Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Some common mistakes made in reciting Nitnem...

I've been lucky to have Sangat of Gursikhs who have corrected me and others in the way we recite Nitnem. It is amazing that when getting Santhiaa (Gurbani training) or reciting Gurbani in front of elders to hear, how many mistakes we make unknowingly. Hopefully, awareness of these common mistakes and more, can help us to prevent making these mistakes. Below is list of ten common mistakes made in uchaaran (pronunciation) of Nitnem brought to the attention by elder Gursikhs. Please feel to add more by leaving a comment.

1) ਸਤਿ ਨਾਮੁ ਕਰਤਾ ਪੁਰਖੁ ਨਿਰਭਉ ਨਿਰਵੈਰੁ ਅਕਾਲ ਮੂਰਤਿ ਅਜੂਨੀ ਸੈਭੰ ਗੁਰ ਪ੍ਰਸਾਦਿ ॥
Incorrect Uchaaran: ਏਕ ੳਂਕਾਰ - eik onkaar
Correct Uchaaran: ਇਕ ਓਅੰਕਾਰ - ek o-ankaar 

2) ਸਹਸ ਸਿਆਣਪਾ ਲਖ ਹੋਹਿ ਤ ਇਕ ਨ ਚਲੈ ਨਾਲਿ ॥ (Japji Sahib)
Incorrect Uchaaran: ਹੋਇ - hoe
Correct Uchaaran: ਹੋਹਿ - hohe

3)  ਸੁਣਿਐ ਸਿਧ ਪੀਰ ਸੁਰਿ ਨਾਥ ॥ (Japji Sahib)
Incorrect Uchaaran: ਸੁਣੀਐ - sunnee-ai (means: listen)
Correct Uchaaran: ਸੁਣਿਐ - sunni-ai (means: by listening)

4) ਚੰਗਿਆਈਆ ਬੁਰਿਆਈਆ ਵਾਚੈ ਧਰਮੁ ਹਦੂਰਿ ॥ (Japji Sahib)
Incorrect Uchaaran: ਵਾਜੈ - vaajai (means: play)
Correct Uchaaran: ਵਾਚੈ - vaachai (means: read out)

5) ਹਰਿ ਜੀਉ ਗੁਫਾ ਅੰਦਰਿ ਰਖਿ ਕੈ ਵਾਜਾ ਪਵਣੁ ਵਜਾਇਆ ||
Incorrect Uchaaran: ਹਰਿ ਜੀਉ,  ਗੁਫਾ... - har jeeo, gufaa....
Correct Uchaaran: ਹਰਿ,  ਜੀਉ ਗੁਫਾ... - har, jeeo gufaa... (ਜੀਉ means: soul) 

6) ਜਿਨ ਕਉ ਲਗੀ ਪਿਆਸ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਸੇਇ ਖਾਹਿ ॥ (Rehraas Sahib - Benti Shabads at end)
Incorrect Uchaaran: ਸੇਈ - se-ee 
Correct Uchaaran: ਸੇਇ - se-e

7) ਨੇਤ੍ਰੀ ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ ਪੇਖਣਾ ਸ੍ਰਵਣੀ ਸੁਨਣਾ ਗੁਰ ਨਾਉ ||
Incorrect Uchaaran: ਨੇਤ੍ਰੀ   - netree (means: an eye)
Correct Uchaaran: ਨੇਤ੍ਰੀਂ  - netree(n) (means: eyes - note: the bindi (nasal sound) at end of the word makes it plural)

8) ਰਖੇ ਰਖਣਹਾਰਿ ਆਪਿ ਉਬਾਰਿਅਨੁ || (Rehraas Sahib - Benti Shabads at end)
Incorrect Uchaaran: ਉਬਾਰੀਅਨੁ  - ubaareean
Correct Uchaaran: ਉਬਾਰਿਅਨੁ - ubaraaen

9) ਫਿਰ ਅੰਗਦ ਗੁਰ ਤੇ ਅਮਰਦਾਸੁ ਰਾਮਦਾਸੈ ਹੋਈਂ ਸਹਾਇ ॥ (Ardaas)
Incorrect Uchaaran: ਹੋਏ - hoe
Correct Uchaaran: ਹੋਈਂ - hoee(n)

10) ਤੇਗ ਬਹਾਦਰ ਸਿਮਰਿਐ ਘਰ ਨਉ ਨਿਧਿ ਆਵੈ ਧਾਇ ॥ (Ardaas)
Incorrect Uchaaran: ਗੁਰ ਤੇਗ ਬਹਾਦਰ ਸਿਮਰੀਐ - gur teg bahaadar simree-ai
Correct Uchaaran: ਤੇਗ ਬਹਾਦਰ ਸਿਮਰਿਐ - teg bahaadar simri-ai


Inderpal Singh Assi said...

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ke Fateh!

It was not long ago, when a gurmukh told of this same issue or dilemma that bhai manvir singh ji speaks and he gave me this link to visit to learn the correct pronunciation of Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaj. It is so amazing and when i do quick cross reference of the correct pronunciation of gurbani to the incorrect pronunciation it astounds me that we have over looked the small things that make huge changes in the meaning of guru sahib.

the website which the gurmukh provided me was, a link in which a great gurmukh who is known as bhagat ji was assigned by a sant (sant baba gurbachan singh ji) to do seva of guru sahib and this has landed his to discover the real, correct pronunciation of guru sahib.

here the link make do of what you can sangat.


Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ke Fateh!

Inderpal Singh Assi said...

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ke Fateh!

Here is a link to a website in which a bhagat ji has done great seva of guru granth sahib ji maharaj and has studied, understood and recoreded the correct uchaaran of maharaj from the first ang to the last ang.

visit the site to learn the correct uchaaran of maharaj and learn of this great bhagat.


Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ke Fateh!