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Japji: Meditation in Sikhism

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Translation and commentary
Swami Rama

Japji is a cardinal prayer in Sikhism that was originally scripted by Guru Nanak Dev, the first Satguru in the line of ten Sikh gurus. Primarily chanted at the beginning of the Granth Sahib, this prayer is commonly used during initiation and cremation ceremonies.

In order to make it accessible to a Western audience, Swami Rama translates this holy Sikh scripture into English verses, and includes detailed commentary on Sikhism and Japji. Purchase your copy of Japji: Meditation in Sikhism and discover the meaning and value behind this sacred prayer.

About the Author

Swami Rama, the founder of the Himalayan Institute, was one of the most remarkable figures of the twentieth century. His teachings, publications, and humanitarian efforts have rippled positive changes around the world, and have brought yoga into the lives of countless people. He was born in northern India in 1925, and was raised from childhood by the Himalayan sage Bengali Baba. Swami Rama later received higher education in both India and Europe. From 1949 to 1952 he held the prestigious position of Shankaracharya in South India. He then returned to his master to receive further training at his cave monastery. In 1969 he came to the United States and established the Himalayan Institute. His best-known work, Living with the Himalayan Masters, reveals the many facets of his wisdom and his embodiment of an ancient Himalayan tradition. View more of his teachings on the Himalayan Institute Wisdom Library.


"Swami Rama has deep insight into the Infinite. His personal attainment is visible in every stanza. This exposition with Japji Sahib as its basis will shed light for all times to come. It will impart solace. It will impart love."
-- Justice Pritam Singh Safeer

"Swami Rama's translation of Japji not only rhymes well but also retains the essence of the original. An inspired soul, Swami Rama has made a successful attempt to project to the world Guru Nanak's essentially spiritual and elevating message, which I am sure will help in promoting universal brotherhood and removing barriers created in the name of religion."
-- Dr. Mohinder Singh, Director, Guru Nanak Institute for Comparative Study of Religion, New Delhi, India

"Swami Rama is not only gifted with a metric expression that I evidenced in each and every word of this masterly rendering, but also has a mantric vision to support his expression."
-- Dr. I. Panduranga Rao, Director, Bharatiya Bhasha Parishad

Product Details

Publisher: Himalayan Institute
Copyright: 1987, Current printing 2013
ISBN: 978-9-35088-061-6
103 pages
5.5" x 8.5"
Eastern Philosophy

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