Shabd Guru

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Shabad means sound, Guru means teacher or knowledge that transforms you. The simplest meaning of Shabad Guru is a special sound that is a teacher. The Shabad Guru employs the Naad, totally balanced universal sound, to remove the constrictions and distortions of the ego.

Definition of Shabad Guru

The root structure of the words gives a deeper definition; the Shabad Guru transforms the practitioner by removing the barriers erected by the needs of the ego.

Shabad comes from Sha– and –badSha means the expression of the ego, the attachments we identify with. Bad means to cut out/off or to eradicate.

The root meaning of Sha-bad is that which cuts the ego. It is not just any sound. It is not just a sound of wisdom or a song of truth. It is a sound that cuts away the ego, which obstructs the truth from you.

The second word in the phrase Shabad Guru is GuruGu means darkness or ignorance. Ru is light and knowledge. Gur is a formula or instruction. A Guru, then, is that which gives a formula or technique that transforms darkness into light, ignorance into knowledge.

Guru is an active knowledge. It is not the intellectual knowledge that simply classifies or analyzes. Guru changes you. Guru develops the capacity to see. It gives you procedural knowledge that is in your cells and your subconscious, not just representational knowledge in your ideas.

Limitations of the ego

“If you just remember that you are the student of Sat Nam, that your first word is Sat Nam, and your last word is Sat Nam, that you belong to Sat Nam, then you won’t need anything else to measure yourself by.” ~ Yogi Bhajan

The ego is useful and even necessary for functioning. But when your actions are attached to the ego as if it is your real nature and as if it defines your reality and scope, then you create pain, unhappiness, and problems.

Your spiritual reality is that you are part of a vast creation.

We do not need to create an Infinite self. It already exists. We are all, in essence, a reality that vibrates and creates. That existence is called Sat NamSat is reality, truth or existence. Nam is the identity or creative name.

Effects of the Shabad Guru

Affirmations and positive statements are helpful and good to use. Mantras are effective and gradually create changes. But the Shabad Guru is unique. The patterns are a perfect weave of rhythm, sound, tone, focus, and meaning. There is nothing as effective and universal as those patterns to program the consciousness to be in alignment with the soul.

That may seem simple. But simple does not necessarily mean easy or without challenge. The greatest challenge is the practitioner’s own subconscious. The Shabad provokes a release of stored subconscious patterns of thinking and feeling. If, under the torrential flood of subconscious feelings and thoughts, you persist in repeating the pattern of the Shabad Guru, then the new pattern establishes itself. Your mind clears, and you awaken dormant inner capacities or enhance existing ones.

Origin of the Shabad Guru

The shabads, mantras, and music are recorded in the Siri Guru Granth Sahib. Some of the ten Sikh Gurus – as well as that of the other enlightened men of many faiths – sang shabads that, through the power of their actual sound current, merge the one who recites them into the Infinite, beyond the limits of time and space. The Shabad Guru is a refinement of the Naad.

It’s not because they come from the Sikh tradition. These mantras just happen to be correct mantras. Each of these shabads has embedded in its sounds, rhythms, and words the Infinite identity they share. They awaken the soul, clear the mind, and do not depend on any finite identity, ego, or group.

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Shabds and mantras by Guru Nanak:

Mul Mantra – Fate Killer

Jau tau prem khelan ka chau – “Heart over Head”


Shabds and mantras by Guru Gobind Singh:

Jai Tegang – for removing any negativity

Pooran Jot – for Purity

Re Man Shabd  “Meditate unto infinity until you are meditating without meditating.”