Welcome to Day 03 of 40 Day SADHANA. Today’s Mantra is the Second Pauri of Japji Sahib. Hukmi Hovan Akar. Chanting this Mantra imparts patience and stability.

MANTRA & MEANING | 2nd Pauri of Japji Sahib

ਹੁਕਮੀ ਹੋਵਨਿ ਆਕਾਰ ਹੁਕਮੁ ਨ ਕਹਿਆ ਜਾਈ ॥
Hukmī hovan ākār hukam na kahiā jāī.
By His Command, bodies are created; His Command cannot be described.

ਹੁਕਮੀ ਹੋਵਨਿ ਜੀਅ ਹੁਕਮਿ ਮਿਲੈ ਵਡਿਆਈ ॥
Hukmī hovan jīa hukam milai vadiāī.
By His Command, souls come into being; by His Command, glory and greatness are obtained.

ਹੁਕਮੀ ਉਤਮੁ ਨੀਚੁ ਹੁਕਮਿ ਲਿਖਿ ਦੁਖ ਸੁਖ ਪਾਈਅਹਿ ॥
Hukmī uṯam nīcẖ hukam likẖ ḏukẖ sukẖ pāīah.
By His Command, some are high and some are low; by His Written Command, pain and pleasure are obtained.

ਇਕਨਾ ਹੁਕਮੀ ਬਖਸੀਸ ਇਕਿ ਹੁਕਮੀ ਸਦਾ ਭਵਾਈਅਹਿ ॥
Iknā hukmī bakẖsīs ik hukmī saḏā bẖavāīah.
Some, by His Command, are blessed and forgiven; others, by His Command, wander aimlessly forever.

ਹੁਕਮੈ ਅੰਦਰਿ ਸਭੁ ਕੋ ਬਾਹਰਿ ਹੁਕਮ ਨ ਕੋਇ ॥
Hukmai anḏar sabẖ ko bāhar hukam na koe.
Everyone is subject to His Command; no one is beyond His Command.

ਨਾਨਕ ਹੁਕਮੈ ਜੇ ਬੁਝੈ ਤ ਹਉਮੈ ਕਹੈ ਨ ਕੋਇ ॥੨॥
Nānak hukmai je bujẖai ṯa haumai kahai na koe. ||2||
O Nanak, one who understands His Command, does not speak in ego. ||2||

INSIGHT

In 40 Days of Sadhana through these 38 Pauris and 2 Salokas of Japji, are a journey towards self-realisation. In this – the 2nd Pauri of Japji, the answer to the question asked in the end of 1st Pauri is given i.e. “Kiv sacẖiārā hoīai kiv kūrhai ṯutai pāl”. How can we become truthful and break the wall of falsehood and illusions – Maya ? The brief answer also comes in the last line – “ Hukam rajāī cẖalṇā Nānak likẖiā nāl.” – By surrendering to the will of God.
Now, in the 2nd Pauri, this very thought is explained through various examples. Man in his quest for truth is guided by Guru Nanak who tells him to understand God’s divine will. Everything in this universe exists and acts according to His will. We are all but only puppets in God’s hands. We feel pleasures and pains according to His Hukam/Order. All happenings glories, greatness, blessings fall into His perfect plan. Those who don’t understand this truth keep on wandering aimlessly. Nanak says, “Those who understand this truth come out of the bondage of false ego and impatience and by following a path of complete Surrender, Gratitude and Patience, achieve self realisation.

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