The 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]

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 any time, or performed as part of a kirtan program as a blessing for the following occasions:

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

Words of the Prayer

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

You can hear this Shabad sung by Gurmat Gian Group in Raag Gujri Jai Taal (13 Beats)