Sukhmani Sahib

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The Sukhmani Sahib is a set of 192 gurbani (hymns) recorded in the Guru Granth Sahib, the main scripture of Sikhism. The gurbani were written in the 16th century by Guru Arjan (1563–1606), the fifth of the ten Sikh gurus. In the Guru Granth Sahib, the Sukhmani Sahib is recorded on ang 262.

The Sukhmani Sahib is divided into 24 sections (called ashtpadi), each of which contains eight gurbani. Ashtpada is the Sanskrit word for a verse that has eight (asht) metrical feet (pādi).

Gurbani from the Sukhmani Sahib are frequently recited by Sikhs, either in a place of worship (gurdwara) or at home. Reciting the entire Sukhmani Sahib takes about 90 minutes, and is normally undertaken by everyone in the gurdwara's congregation. The term sukhmani comprises two words: sukh (peace) and mani (treasure). Reciting gurbani is believed to bring peace to one's mind and to the world.

Below are a few translated lines from the first ashtpadi of the Sukhmani Sahib:

Meditate, meditate: by meditation peace is found.
Antagonism and dispute are dispelled from your body.
Meditate and Praise the One who pervades the whole Universe.
Countless people, in so many ways, chant your Name.
The Vedas, the Puraanas and the Simritees, the purest of utterances,
All say the same Word for the One Lord.
That one, in whom even for a second you dwell - their praises cannot be recounted.
Those who yearn only for the blessing of Your Sight—Nanak: save me along with them!