About Japji Sahib
A universal Sikh hymn called Japji Sahib was composed by the founder of the Sikh faith Guru Nanak Dev Ji. The Mool Mantra (beginning), 38 hymns (main), then the final Salok (end), all appearing in the opening verse of the Sikh Holy book Guru Granth Sahib, is what the Japji Sahib consists of. The first part of the Guru Granth Sahib starts with the Japji Sahib hymn. Japji Sahib describes the God – Waheguru – as fearless, one without any form and beyond the cycle of birth and death. Japji Sahib also emphasises that one can realise Waheguru only by the kindness of the Guru. The Japji Sahib is the most important set of verses or Bani and recited daily in the mornings by everyone who practises the faith. Jap means recite/chant, Sahib Ji is to show respect and referred to as ones soul also. Recitation of Japji Sahib helps to strengthen the soul when one feels weak, scared or sad. The powerful verses of Japji Sahib contain the wisdom of Sri Guru Granth Sahib and help relate to your higher self. Heads must be covered, shoes must be taken off when reciting any Bani in the Guru Granth Sahib.