Listen to Gurbani kirtan live every day from the Harimandir Sahib (Golden Temple). Starting early morning and continuing till late night.
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Literal meaning of Harmandir Sahib is ‘Temple of God’. Sri Guru Ram Das Ji the fourth guru of the Sikhs started the excavation of the pool for constructing the temple. The area was previously a jungle.A small pool was there which was believed to have healing powers. During the construction and later on sangats from all around started to come and settle around the temple. Soon the place turned into a lively city called Amritsar.
Harmandir Sahib became the supreme centre of Sikhism.Shabad is a Sanskrit word meaning speech or sound. But in Sikhism usually the shabad refers to divine speech or sound. The term is synonymously used with Naam and Bani. In Sikhi shabad is equated to God and also shabad is guru. Adi Granth is Shabad and is our Guru hence is Sri Adi Granth is the image of God. When the Shabad is expressed through poetic expressions it becomes Gurbani(Celestial Song).
At Gurbani Shabad Kirtan we intend to connect you to Gurbani Live from Sri Harmandir Sahib.Listening to Shabad Kirtan from Sri Darbar Sahib is elahi experience. In these times when singing kirtan on filmi tunes is becoming popular it is very rare to get oppurtunity to hear the Gurbani in the Raag and Taal in which Gurus intended us to listen. At Sri Harmandir Saheb all Kirtan is only sung in the correct Ragas.
Importance of Gurbani Kirtan
Sikh Gurus placed primary spiritual importance on the singing of Gurbani Kirtan. The purpose of the Shabad Kirtan is to eliminate the mind’s ego and consciousness. Shabad Kirtan helps calm the wandering mind. Mind is all the time wandering in ceaseless flow of thought currents. By quieting it we can link back to the Divine within all of us. Consequently, the Kirtan of the God’s Name is said to be the true faith in the Gurbani. Keeping oneself immersed into Gurbani Kirtan is the symptom of a true devotee. A true devotee involves his body, mind, and soul into Gurbani Kirtan. He makes Inner Kirtan his only Support. He lives on this Spiritual food.
In this present age of kalyuga, importance of Gurbani Kirtan is even magnified. This present age of kalyuga is the age of vices like deceit, disagreement, duplicity and hypocrisy. According to the Shabad Gurbani, the practical and best suited means of Self-realization in this age is through meditation on the God’s Name. The reason is that people in Kal Yuga are not self-controlled and are easily disturbed by various anxieties.
Music and Gurbani Kirtan
The poetry of Sri Guru Granth Sahib is worthy of the highest consideration. Gurbani texts present the teachings of the Gurus and a large number of it was composed simultaneously with the music. Music forms the basis of the rhythms and is also the basis on which much of the Gurbani is classified in Sri Guru Granth Sahib. This music follow a definite metrical system called raags. A raag in Indian classical music means a pattern of melodic notes. This form is not only used to preserve the originality of the composition, as the poetry written in this form is difficult to imitate, but more so to provide the divine experience through the medium of music and the sounds of God?s creation. The total number of ragas used in Sri Guru Granth Sahib is 31. The gurus themselves invented some of these. Under each Raag, the hymns are arranged in different meters as Chaupadas and Ashtapadas; long poems include Chhands, Vars, and Bhagat verses. You can find a collection of Shabds sung in each of these 31 raags here.
Gurbani Kirtan in Sangat
In the congregation(Sangat), kirtan only of Gurbani (Guru Granth?s or Guru Gobind Singh?s hymns) and, for its elaboration, of the compositions of Bhai Gurdas and Bhai Nand Lal, may be performed. This is also referred to as Sachi Bani, any other self made verses are Kachi bani. It is also improper to sing hymns to rhythmic folk tunes or to traditional musical measures(like filmi songs). Take initiative and learn singing the kirtan. Here are some resources to learn Harmonium and tabla.
While participating in Gurbani Kirtan or reading Gurbani on our own it is important to make sure we don’t mispronounce Gurbani. Sometimes it result in totally opposite meaning than what the Gurus intended. Hence it is important to practice and learn shudh ucharan of Gurbani. Now a lot of online resources are available to help in his cause. Here are some Gurbani Santhya vedios to help in learning shudh ucharan.