Quotes about the bani of Guru Amar Das by the Siri Singh Sahib Bhai Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogiji
“Bani is Guru, Guru is Bani and all nectars are contained in it. If there is a nectar inside, then outside shall be with nectars. Every sector of life will become nectar when inside there is no façade, but only nectar. Those who do not produce any inside are besieged by ambitions, temptations, desires, adversities, you name it. Our fort is our own radiance and within that fort we need that radiation to just be alive and [we need] that nectar to be in excellence.” (November 19, 1989)
“You do not know the basic formula of life. I, My Mind, We, Thou, Thee. That is what Anand Sahib is all about. It’s the Guru’s given wisdom between a (person) and his mind, a (person) and his body, and a (person) and his spirit. Anybody can adopt it. Anybody can understand it. Anybody can work with it and live in bliss.”(From Success and the Spirit: An Aquarian Path to Abundance, Lectures and Meditations from the Teachings of Yogi Bhajan.)
“When you read the Song of Bliss (Anand Sahib), that is where Guru talks to his own mind. ‘O my eyes, you have come here for this purpose; O my ears, you have come for this purpose; O my body, you have come for this purpose.’ Everything has been talked to. For that system, the basic philosophy is explained in Anand Sahib. It is the path of the sage. But sage here is the evolutionary self, which involves itself and revolves around its own self and then it amalgamates with its own better qualities, better self. It’s a process of self-conviction, self-confidence, self-growth.”(June 1, 1978)
“In Guru’s bani, in Anand Sahib, Guru even talks to the limbs of the body, reminding them of the duties, giving them the direction, giving them the job description, giving them the identity. Guru is kind.” (May 1, 1994)
“Among the Sikhs when a child is born we do kirtan; when a child is dead we do kirtan. When a child is born we read the Anand Sahib and when a child dies we read the Anand Sahib. It’s very difficult to do that; it’s very painful to do that. It is impossible to do that, but it’s an act of consciousness because we believe all things come from God and all things go to God.” (March 18, 1984)
“Read Anand Sahib. The Song of bBiss, it will tell you what your ears have to do, it will tell you what your eyes have to do, it will tell you what your tongue has to do, it will tell you what your body has to do. It will tell you part by part the secret of Infinity.” (January 8, 1989)
“…it is a part of Naad Yoga, [that] any two people who recite anything together will get together and will have a very good togetherness. For that purpose Anand Sahib is the bani exactly for that purpose; husband and wife can recite it sutra by sutra.” (February 28, 1977)
“…there is a bani which you must read in English if you do not know Gurmukhi. It is called Anand Sahib, song of bliss. It can open you up to a reality which you’ve never been opened to.” (June 3, 1998)
“Anand means bliss. It comes with discipline, with dedication, and with affection. If a person is well-disciplined to their dedication and affection, then such a love can be pure and it will not have boundaries. The investment will be real enough to give a person an experience of no pain. When there is no pain, there is no duality, and achievement and clarity becomes better.”(May 13, 1996)
Quotes courtesy The Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings®The Nectar of Anand Sahib
More Resources on Anand Sahib
“Guru Amar Das gave us this Song of Bliss. Mind and body are explained in relation to cosmic divinity. This shabd not only brings bliss, but it can also make up for deficiencies in the body. It organizes and brings happiness, harmony, and peace. It makes you beautiful, bountiful, and blissful. A wonderful way for husband and wife to merge together is to recite Anand Sahib together, alternating sutras (lines). It is said that whoever recites the forty pauris of Anand Sahib will have endless bliss. Try it yourself and find out!” (Excerpted from Heros, Saints and Yogis: Tales of Self Discovery and the Path of Sikh Dharma by MSS Shakti Parwha Kaur Khalsa and MSS Guruka Singh Khalsa)
The State and Psychology of Anand (excerpted lecture by the Siri Singh Sahib Bhai Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogiji) on Sikh Dharma International website.
“Whosoever recites the forty Pauris of Anand Sahib will have endless bliss, because the Guru is limitless. In this Bani, mind and body are explained in relation to cosmic divinity. Guru Amar Das gave us this Song of Bliss to qualify the mind and to understand the depth. For husband and wife to get together, recite it together, alternating sutras (lines)” (from Victory and Virtue).
The Song of Bliss – the story of the creation of the Anand Sahib by Guru Amar Das (SikhNet.com)