Sikh Prayer, "Poota Mata Kee Asees"

"A Mother's Blessing for Her Child"

Sikh Child Birthday Celebration with Cake
Sikh Child Birthday Celebration with Cake. Photo © [Kulpreet Singh]

Sikh Prayer of Benediction on Behalf of a Child

Arjun Dev, the 5th guru, composed this prayer of benediction, "Poota Mata Kee Asees," which expresses a mother's hope for her child's well being, and a plea that her child shall always love God.

This prayer may be sung or recited at anytime, or performed as part of a kirtan program as a blessing:

  • When parents are expecting.
  • When celebrating the occasion of a birth.
  • When celebrating a child's birthday.
  • When celebrating Mother's day.

The Gurmukhi words are spelled out phonetically here and may differ somewhat from accepted short form spellings as used in the title.

Goojree Mehlaa 5||
Raag Goojree, 5th Guru's House

"Jis simrat sabh kilavikh naasei pitaree hoe oudhaaro||
Remembering Him, all sins are erased, and ones generations are saved.

So har har tumh sad hee jaaphu jaa kaa ant na paaro||1||
So meditate continually on the Lord, God, who has no end or limitation. ||1||


Pootaa maataa kee aasees||
O son (child), this is your mother's blessing, hope, and prayer,

Nimakh na bisaro tumh ko har har sadaa bhajhu jagadees||1|| rehaao ||
May you never forget for even an instant the Lord God and ever remember the Universal Lord. ||1||Pause||


Satigur tumh ko hoe daeaalaa santasang teree preet||
May the True Guru be kind to you, and may you love the society of saints.

Kaaparr pat parmaesar raakhee bhojan keertan neet||2||
May the preservation of your honor by the Transcendent Lord be your clothing, and may the singing of his praises be as food to you.

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Anmrit peevhu sadaa chir jeevhu har simrat anad anantaa||
Drink the immortalizing Nectar that you may ever have long life, and contemplation of the Lord give you infinite delight.

Rang tamaasaa pooran aasaa kabeh na biaapai chintaa||3||
May joy and playful pleasure be yours, may your hopes be fulfilled, and worries never trouble you.

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Bhavar tumhaaraa ehu man hovo har charnaa hohu koulaa||
Let your mind be the bumble bee, and the Lord's feet be the lotus flower.

Naanak daas oun sang lapattaaiou jio boondeh chaatrik moulaa||4||3||4||
Says servant Nanak, attach your mind to them, and blossom forth like the song-bird, upon finding the rain-drop." ||4||3||4|| SGGS||496

Hear this shabad: sung by Gurmat Gian Group in Raag Gujri Jai Taal (13 Beats)

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