Course Description

Ascribed to Guru Nanak Sahib by the tradition, Japu Sahib is one of the longer Banis comprising of thirty-eight pauris (lit. rung; poetry in verse) and two saloks (lit. praise, a poetic form)uttered in no particular rag. The Bani is important in the Sikh tradition from many aspects. It is central to a Sikh’s daily recital and reflection, besides being a part of the ceremony of khande-ki-pahul (Khalsa initiation ceremony). It also finds mention in every major rahitnama (documents recording Sikh code of conduct) that prescribes daily Sikh routine.

The Sikh tradition believes Japu Sahib to be a glimpse into the Guru Granth Sahib and its worldview. It stands as a firsthand witness account of Guru experiencing ‘Truth’, the eternal Divine reality. Japu Sahib is considered to be deep, that continually speaks to the metaphysical, even as it communicates at a physical plane. Its apparently multi-layered message traverses between the human intellect and consciousness, and at time seems to go even beyond into a world not possibly experienced by human faculties.

Over the past centuries, many have tried to unravel Japu Sahib for the commoners. Over seventy commentaries of Japu Sahib can be traced today, many possibly still unknown, highlighting the significance of the Bani.

Japu Sahib course is another humble attempt at revisiting the Guru’s message.


Surender Pal Singh

Surender Pal Singh is a researcher in Sikh studies. He serves as Content Manager at the Sikh Research Institute (SikhRI), where he develops curriculum, presentations, and research papers on Sikh history and culture. He teaches a course on Gurbani at Sidak, an annual leadership program by SikhRI. He is the co-author of Gurbani linguistics book Guru Granth Sahib – Its Language and Grammar and Workbook Gurbani Language and Grammar. He has over seven years of experience in teaching Gurbani linguistics and fifteen years of experience in teaching Sikh theology and culture. He received Master of Arts in English and Religious Studies. He lives in Panjab.

Course curriculum

  • 1


    • Prof. Sahib Singh (Panjabi)

    • Bhai Vir Singh (Panjabi)

    • Giani Haribans Singh (Panjabi)

    • Joginder Singh Talwara (Panjabi)

    • Dr. Gopal Singh (English)

    • Manmohan Singh (Panjabi & English)

    • Sant Teja Singh (English)

    • Gurbachan Singh Talib (English)

    • Gurbachan Singh Makin (English)

    • Pandit Narain Singh Giani (Panjabi)

    • Dewan Singh (English)

    • Hazara Singh Sodhi (Panjabi)

    • Bhagat Singh (English)

    • Kartar Singh Duggal (English)

    • Shamsher Singh Puri (English)

    • Kavi Santokh Singh Curamani (Panjabi)

    • Prof. Malkiat Singh Bains (English)

    • Khushwant Singh (English)

    • Pandit Tara Singh (Panjabi)

    • Surinderjit Singh (English)

    • Sohan Singh (English)

    • Sukhbir Singh Kapoor (English)

    • Dr. Onkar Singh & Gurukiran Kaur (English)

    • Sikh Missionary College (Panjabi)

    • Rajinder Kaur Rohi (Panjabi, English & Hindi)

    • Dr. Harjinder Singh Majhail (English)

    • Satpal Kaur Sodhi (Panjabi)

    • Dr. Darshan Singh, (English)

    • Dr. Tejinder Singh Sidhu

    • Sahib Singh Galhotra (Panjabi)

    • Vinoba Bhave (English)

    • Osho (English)

  • 2

    The Bani

    • Introduction

    • Title

    • Salok 1

    • Pauri 1

    • Pauri 2

    • Pauri 3

    • Pauri 4

    • Pauri 5

    • Pauri 6

    • Pauri 7