Gurbani

Bentai Chupai:

  • Benti Chaupai (also referred to as Chaupai Sahib) is from the Dasam Granth and was written by the tenth Guru, Guru Gobind Singh
  • Sikhs recite this bani to gain spiritual safety and defend against external and internal enemies, worries and afflictions.
  • Benti Chaupai is also part of the Rehras Sahib, which is recited in the evenings.

Anand Sahib:

  • Anand Sahib is called the ‘Song of Bliss’ and consists of 40 stanzas.
  • This bani was written by Guru Amar Das, the third Guru of the Sikhs.
  • Anand Sahib is also recited in part at all religious ceremonies.
  • It appears on pages 917 to 922 of Guru Granth Sahib.

Japji Sahib:

  • Japji Sahib is the first bani in the Guru Granth Sahib.It was compiled by Guru Nanak Dev.
  • Japji Sahib is regarded as one of the most important banis by the Sikhs and is recited every morning.
  • Japji Sahib consists of the Mool Mantar as the beginning followed by 38 hymns and a final Salok at the end.

Kirtan Sohila:

  • It contains a total of five shabads from three different Gurus: Guru Nanak Dev, Guru Ram Das and Guru Arjan Dev.
  • Kirtan Sohila is also recited before a cremation, following a death.
  • This bani is found on pages 12 to 13 of Guru Granth Sahib.

Rehrass Sahib:

  • Rehras Sahib is the evening prayer of the Sikhs.
  • Each section of the prayer casts light on a different aspect of God.
  • It contains the hymns of four different Gurus: Guru Nanak Dev, Guru Amardas, Guru Ram Das and Guru Arjan Dev.

Sukhmani Sahib:

  • This bani is believed to bring peace to one’s mind and peace to the world.
  • This set of 192 hymns was compiled by the fifth Guru, Guru Arjan Dev.
  • Sukhmani Sahib is divided into 24 sections. Each section is called an Ashtpadi which consists of 8 hymns.