Japji Sahib is a prayer at the beginning of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib, a holy scripture of the Sikhs. It was composed by Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the first Guru in the line of the ten Sikh Gurus. It is a discourse on 'what is true worship' and 'what is the nature of God' and is described as the best way to God realisation.
Japji begins with Mool Mantra which is an emphasis on Bhakti [Devotion] and Divine will/Cosmic law. It is followed by 38 pauris (stanzas) and ends with a final Salok at the end of the composition.
After the Mool Mantra, and the prologue, the journey continues with the question: How can the wall of falsehood be broken so that one is looked at as a Sachiaara [One who sees reality as it is]. The Guru’s response is in Japji Pauris (steps), which the devotee climbs to reach the final destination where the Nirankar, the Formless Almighty resides. That is the realm of the Truth.
The concepts relating to cosmology, karma, reincarnation, liberation, Divine Grace and rituals are clarified. The message in Japji has inspired many seekers of The Truth.
38 Pauris are divided into four semesters.
Semester 01: Pauri 01 to Pauri 09
Semester 02: Pauri 10 to Pauri 19
Semester 03: Pauri 20 to Pauri 29
Semester 04: Pauri 30 to Pauri 38
Every semester ends with an examination. There is NO grading/NO scoring/NO marking for the exams. It is merely a self-assessment.
It helps you recognize your own spiritual progress. For more details refer to FAQ's. At the end of final semester, a certificate of completion is provided.