Anand Sahib Defined: What is The Sikhism Song of Bliss?

Melodious Ecstasies of the Inner Mind

Anand, the Ecstasy of Inner Bliss
Anand, the Ecstasy of Inner Bliss. Photo © [S Khalsa]

Definition:

The word Anand means sublime bliss.

Anand Sahib is a composition of Guru Amar Das, the third guru of the Sikhs. It describes the strains of melodious ecstasies which fill the inner meditative mind intent on contemplation of the divine.

Anand Sahib is recited in part or whole:

  • During the Amrit ceremony of Sikh initiation.
  • As one of the five required bani, the daily prayers of Nitnem.
  • At the conclusion of Anand Karaj the Sikh wedding ceremony.
  • In conjunction with the serving of Prashad, the sanctified offering of a sweet delicacy, whether it be the commencement or conclusion of any Sikh worship service, event or ceremony:
    • Gurdwara service or kirtan program.
    • Janam Sanskar - baby naming ceremony.
    • Amrit Sanchar - ceremony of initiation and rebirth as Khalsa.
    • Anand Karaj - wedding ceremony.
    • Antam Sanskar - funeral ceremony depending on circumstances but especially prior to and at conclusion of reading Sidharan Paath on behalf of the deceased.
  • In conjunction with any Akhand (unbroken) or Sidharan (intermittent) paath, complete readings of the Guru Granth.

Pronunciation and Spelling

Pronunciation: A nand  - the first n has a nasal quality like the n in can't.  Sa hib- First syllable sa, the a sounds like the a in saw. Second syllable i sounds like the i in him. 

Alternate Spellings: Gurmukhi Spelling of Anand Illustrated

Example from Scripture:

Anand Sahib, the Song of Bliss, has 40 stanzas of which this is the first:

"Anand bha-i-aa meree maa-ae satiguroo mai paa-i-aa||
I am in ecstasy, O my mother, for I have found my True Guru.

Satigur ta paa-i-aa sehaj saetee man vajee-aa vaadhaa-ee-aa||
I have found the True Guru, with intuitive ease, and my mind resounds with the melodies of bliss.

Raag ratan parvaar paree-aa sabad gaavan aa-ee-aa||
The jeweled melodies and their related celestial harmonies have come to sing divine hymns.



Sabado ta gaavhu haree kaeraa man jinee vasaa-i-aa||
Singing divine hymns, the Lord is enshrined within the mind.

Kehai naanak anand hoaa satiguroo mai paa-i-aa||1||
Says Nanak, I am in ecstasy, for I have found my True Guru." ||1|| SGGS||917

 

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