Mantra for Knowing God: Dev Suroop Kaur on Sochai Soch

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Title :   Mantra for Knowing God: Dev Suroop Kaur on Sochai Soch

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(Editor's Note: Dev Suroop Kaur is one of the most beloved Kundalini Yoga sacred chant artists.
 She is a wise teacher and a prolific musician. Click HERE to listen to her albums and learn more
about Dev Suroop Kaur.)

(Originally published as ‗Shabd Guru‘ in Aquarian Times, Fall 2003, republished on Dev Suroop Kaur's

For nearly 30 years, Yogi Bhajan has invited women from all over the world to join together each
summer in New Mexico and develop their inner strength, talent and grace at Women‘s Camp. Those
of us who have been blessed to attend these courses have many fond memories of gathering for
summer evening lectures under a huge big top situated in a grove of cottonwood trees. We spent
many precious hours at the feet of the Master as he would share innumerable gems and jewels about
how to live fulfilling, satisfying and more self-realized lives.

In these cherished lectures, Yogi Bhajan would often repeat the same concepts over and over again
and in different ways in an effort to penetrate our years of habits, conditioning and preconceived
notions about ourselves. He would tell stories, invite women to share their life experiences to the
group, answer questions from the crowd or simply provide straight-on lectures. Of the many
penetrating concepts he would teach and share, he often discussed the pitfalls of the human tendency
to ‗go out and get‘ what we believe we want. He repeatedly stressed that the way to success was not
in seeking anything outside of ourselves—be it wealth, status, power, possessions or approval.
Rather, through meditation and developing a deep relationship with the divine within, the key to victory
is to train yourself to be still and allow things to come to you. To become truly ‗attractive‘. He summed
up this concept with the simple and penetrating line ―Go inside and be a Master, go outside and be a
victim‖. Stated differently: Go deeply inside, touch your soul and vibrate at the frequency of the
Divine. There you will find your victory and satisfaction—your self-mastery. On the other hand,
succumbing to the seduction and illusion that answers lie outside of yourself, you will become a victim
of your own expectations and illusions. True satisfaction will be fleeting.

Look around you. Look at yourself. Many of us have a tendency to look for solace ‗outside‘. Our
active mind is ever creating schemes and machinations to gain material goods, status, affirmation,
sympathy and empathy. Even though we do it all the time, we often find that there is something empty
in seeking for solutions outside. Self-mastery comes from a deep relationship with the self. The Shabd
Guru is a powerful tool to develop that rare relationship between the finite you and Infinite You. When
you have trouble, go to the Shabd Guru. Choose a verse or chant…any one will do…to sing or recite.
By reciting the words, connect with your soul. Go inside. By so doing, you will find a deep and rich
state of being where lie the permanent, true answers and solutions to your troubles.

The sound current of the Shabd Guru produces a pure vibratory frequency, much like a tone emitted
from a tuning fork when it is struck. The essence of the sound current of the Shabd Guru is the deep,
rich reality of Truth. There is no difference between that reality and the affect one achieves when they
recite the Shabd Guru. Yogi Bhajan states that this technique is very powerful. The words of the
Shabd Guru ‗train the brain‘—the memory and the neurons—and create the means through which the
brain directs the entire body.[1]

Sochai Soch Na Hova-ee is the first verse or pauree of Japji Sahib following the Mool Mantra.[2] In
this verse, Guru Nanak describes this very concept—that searching outside of you is illusory. In
Sochai Soch Na Hova-ee, Guru Nanak lays out the secrets of how to live well. He says that you can
attempt to think and think one hundred thousand times; yet thinking won‘t accomplish a thing. You
may try to pile up worldly goods and possessions, but that does not provide true, lasting satisfaction.
 And of all your wise and fantastic schemes, none of them will go with you in the end. So given that,
time and time again, we experience that our thinking, acquiring, searching and maneuvering do not
really work, how do we become truthful? How does the wall of falsehood fall apart? Guru Nanak says
the answer lies in walking with the very command of God that is with us and within us.

It is said that the total knowledge of God and ecstasy is contained in this pauree. It is an antidote to
depression. It will lift you from the deepest depression, insecurity, nightmares and loss.

Use the power of the Shabd Guru to go inside of yourself, touch your deepest Self, touch God and find

The First Pauree (Verse) of Japji Sahib —Guru Nanak The language of the Shabd Guru is
Gurmukhi, a language similar to Sanskrit in its power to transform. The Siri Guru Granth Sahib was
written in Gurmukhi script and has been translated into English. Here we provide both the
transliteration and the translation.

Sochai soch na hova-ee

Jay sochee lakh vaar

Chupai chup na hova-ee

Jay laa-I rahaa liv taar

Bhukhi-aa bhukh na utree

Jay banana puree-aa bhaar
Sehs si-aanpaa lakh ho-eh

Ta ik no chalai naal

Kiv sachi-aaraa ho-ee-ai

Kiv Koorai tutai paal

Hukam rajaa-ee chalnaa

Naanak likhi-aa naal

English Translation
You think and think 
 Ten-thousand thoughts,
 But not one thought
 Will give you
       What you seek.

You sit in silence
 To find the silence
   But silence never comes.
   Your spirit always sings 
 The song
of the Divine.

And all your troubles,
 And all your cares,
 These will never fade away
     Though you may hoard

 Every treasure in the world.

And all the clever tricks
 You use,
 The countless little tricks- 
 Not even one
   Will go along with you.

How can we find
 The House of Truth?

How can we break
 This wall of lies?

Surrender yourself 
 And walk to Way
      Of Spirit‘s Will.

   Be with what 
 Is already written.

English Translation by Ek Ong Kaar Kaur Khalsa. Go to to purchase a beautiful and
inspiring complete translation of ‗Japji Sahib – The Song of the Soul‘.

How-tos: A Shabd should be recited 11 times a day for a minimum of 40 days to experience its power.
Recite in English or in Gurmukhi transliteration, both are beneficial. However, reciting in Gurmukhi
allows you to better access the power of the mantra, and as the words are recited in proper Naad or
sound current, the tongue hits the meridian points on the upper palate, effecting a change in
consciousness. Work carefully to pronounce the words properly.

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