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Pritpaala originates from a Pauri by Guru Amardas in Suhi Ki Vaar. It emphasizes a concept introduced by Guru Nanak, Saibhang, and repeats Guru Nanak's words from Raag Malhar and Gauri: "Aape Aap Vartada" - "He Himself Permeates." To the best of my knowledge this beautiful shabad has not been recorded by anyone.


Much gratitude to Slovenian composer Katarina Koprivc for her original and beautiful composition "The Remains of Love," as well as to Enrico Nichelatti for Strings, Suellen Primost for Cello on this track.  In this case, which is somewhat unusual, the music was composed before the melody.  When I first heard this composition from Katarina, I loved it and wanted to sing something along with it.  So I opened a random hymn from the Guru Granth Sahib using an iPhone app and sang along Katarina's composition the following Guru Amardas Pauri.  The Pauri is written in Raag Suhi, a raag about about love, so there was a coincidental match with Katarina's original title, The Remains of Love.


ਸੂਹੀ ਕੀ ਵਾਰ: (ਮ: ੩) 
ਗੁਰੂ ਗ੍ਰੰਥ ਸਾਹਿਬ : ਅੰਗ ੭੮੫  
Suhi Ki Vaar - Guru Amar Das
Guru Granth Sahib - Page 785


ਆਪੇ ਤਖਤੁ ਰਚਾਇਓਨੁ ਆਕਾਸ ਪਤਾਲਾ ॥
Aapae Thakhath Rachaaeioun Aakaas Pathaalaa ||
आपे तखतु रचाइओनु आकास पताला ॥
He Himself established His throne, in the Akaashic ethers and the nether worlds.

ਹੁਕਮੇ ਧਰਤੀ ਸਾਜੀਅਨੁ ਸਚੀ ਧਰਮ ਸਾਲਾ ॥
Hukamae Dhharathee Saajeean Sachee Dhharam Saalaa ||
हुकमे धरती साजीअनु सची धरम साला ॥
By the Hukam of His Command, He created the earth, the true home of Dharma.

ਆਪਿ ਉਪਾਇ ਖਪਾਇਦਾ ਸਚੇ ਦੀਨ ਦਇਆਲਾ ॥
Aap Oupaae Khapaaeidhaa Sachae Dheen Dhaeiaalaa ||
आपि उपाइ खपाइदा सचे दीन दइआला ॥
He Himself created and destroys; He is the True Lord, merciful to the meek.

ਸਭਨਾ ਰਿਜਕੁ ਸੰਬਾਹਿਦਾ ਤੇਰਾ ਹੁਕਮੁ ਨਿਰਾਲਾ ॥
Sabhanaa Rijak Sanbaahidhaa Thaeraa Hukam Niraalaa ||
सभना रिजकु स्मबाहिदा तेरा हुकमु निराला ॥
You give sustenance to all; how wonderful and unique is the Hukam of Your Command!

ਆਪੇ ਆਪਿ ਵਰਤਦਾ ਆਪੇ ਪ੍ਰਤਿਪਾਲਾ ॥੧॥
Aapae Aap Varathadhaa Aapae Prathipaalaa ||1||
आपे आपि वरतदा आपे प्रतिपाला ॥१॥
You Yourself are permeating and pervading; You Yourself are the Cherisher. ||1||



Every heart is God's throne; every song is under His direction

Throne is the resting place for a king, the ruler, the emperor.  The question is where is the resting place for God. Where does he sit?

In Ramkali, Guru Arjan Dev says, "O king of kings, with the greatest court, final justice, the real doer of everything, you sit on the true throne."  

ਵਡਾ ਤੇਰਾ ਦਰਬਾਰੁ ਸਚਾ ਤੁਧੁ ਤਖਤੁ ॥
Vaddaa Thaeraa Dharabaar Sachaa Thudhh Thakhath ||
वडा तेरा दरबारु सचा तुधु तखतु ॥
The Darbaar of Your Court is glorious and great. Your holy throne is True.


Guru Amardas says, "Your created your own throne in the ethers and the ethers. 

ਆਪੇ ਤਖਤੁ ਰਚਾਇਓਨੁ ਆਕਾਸ ਪਤਾਲਾ ॥
Aapae Thakhath Rachaaeioun Aakaas Pathaalaa ||
आपे तखतु रचाइओनु आकास पताला ॥
He Himself established His throne, in the Akaashic ethers and the nether worlds.

In Raag Asa, Guru Nanak says that the one who sits on the throne is imbued in the five elements.

ਤਖਤ ਨਿਵਾਸੀ ਪੰਚ ਸਮਾਇ ॥
Thakhath Nivaasee Panch Samaae ||
तखत निवासी पंच समाइ ॥
The one on the throne is imbued in five (elements)

So every element, every molecule, every atom is His throne. If you recognize, God resides in your heart. So my own heart is God's throne.  Every heart is God's throne. 

Guru Nanak asks a question in the 27th pauri of Japji Sahib: Where does God sit and rule the world?

ਸੋ ਦਰੁ ਕੇਹਾ ਸੋ ਘਰੁ ਕੇਹਾ ਜਿਤੁ ਬਹਿ ਸਰਬ ਸਮਾਲੇ ॥
So Dhar Kaehaa So Ghar Kaehaa Jith Behi Sarab Samaalae ||
सो दरु केहा सो घरु केहा जितु बहि सरब समाले ॥
Where is that Gate, and where is that Dwelling, in which You sit and take care of all?

And he answers this question in the end:



ਸੋ ਪਾਤਿਸਾਹੁ ਸਾਹਾ ਪਾਤਿਸਾਹਿਬੁ ਨਾਨਕ ਰਹਣੁ ਰਜਾਈ ॥੨੭॥
So Paathisaahu Saahaa Paathisaahib Naanak Rehan Rajaaee ||27||
सो पातिसाहु साहा पातिसाहिबु नानक रहणु रजाई ॥२७॥
He is the King, the King of kings, the Supreme Lord and Master of kings. Nanak remains subject to His Will. ||27||

Guru Nanak concludes that it is not "he" that is singing, it is really through the command of the supreme being that he is singing. Every heart is God's throne, and from there he makes Guru Nanak sing. Every heart is singing ... Sabhai Ghat Raam Bolai.  Every song is under His direction. 

Dharamsaal: The Earth is a beautiful temple where we come together and sing.

The word Dharamsaal literally means the home of dharma, or a temple.  Just like paathsaal means house of education or school.  Guru Amardas says, "Your beautified the earth like a temple" in the following line: 

ਹੁਕਮੇ ਧਰਤੀ ਸਾਜੀਅਨੁ ਸਚੀ ਧਰਮ ਸਾਲਾ ॥
Hukamae Dhharathee Saajeean Sachee Dhharam Saalaa ||
हुकमे धरती साजीअनु सची धरम साला ॥
By the Hukam of His Command, He created the earth, the true home of Dharma.


The concept of the earth being a temple originates from Guru Nanak who says the following in the 34th pauri of Japji Sahib:

ਰਾਤੀ ਰੁਤੀ ਥਿਤੀ ਵਾਰ ॥
Raathee Ruthee Thhithee Vaar ||
राती रुती थिती वार ॥
Nights, days, weeks and seasons;

ਪਵਣ ਪਾਣੀ ਅਗਨੀ ਪਾਤਾਲ ॥
Pavan Paanee Aganee Paathaal ||
पवण पाणी अगनी पाताल ॥
Wind, water, fire and the nether regions

ਤਿਸੁ ਵਿਚਿ ਧਰਤੀ ਥਾਪਿ ਰਖੀ ਧਰਮਸਾਲ ॥
This Vich Dhharathee Thhaap Rakhee Dhharam Saal ||
तिसु विचि धरती थापि रखी धरम साल ॥
In the midst of these, He established the earth as a home for Dharma.

Guru Arjan Dev describes what happens in a temple in a Chhant in Raag Gauri:

ਮੋਹਨ ਤੇਰੇ ਊਚੇ ਮੰਦਰ ਮਹਲ ਅਪਾਰਾ ॥
Mohan Thaerae Oochae Mandhar Mehal Apaaraa ||
मोहन तेरे ऊचे मंदर महल अपारा ॥
O Mohan, your temple is so lofty, and your mansion is unsurpassed.

ਮੋਹਨ ਤੇਰੇ ਸੋਹਨਿ ਦੁਆਰ ਜੀਉ ਸੰਤ ਧਰਮ ਸਾਲਾ ॥
Mohan Thaerae Sohan Dhuaar Jeeo Santh Dhharam Saalaa ||
मोहन तेरे सोहनि दुआर जीउ संत धरम साला ॥
O Mohan, your gates are so beautiful. They are the worship-houses of the Saints.

ਧਰਮ ਸਾਲ ਅਪਾਰ ਦੈਆਰ ਠਾਕੁਰ ਸਦਾ ਕੀਰਤਨੁ ਗਾਵਹੇ ॥
Dhharam Saal Apaar Dhaiaar Thaakur Sadhaa Keerathan Gaavehae ||
धरम साल अपार दैआर ठाकुर सदा कीरतनु गावहे ॥
In these incomparable worship-houses, they continually sing Kirtan, the Praises of their Lord and Master.

ਜਹ ਸਾਧ ਸੰਤ ਇਕਤ੍ਰ ਹੋਵਹਿ ਤਹਾ ਤੁਝਹਿ ਧਿਆਵਹੇ ॥
Jeh Saadhh Santh Eikathr Hovehi Thehaa Thujhehi Dhhiaavehae ||
जह साध संत इकत्र होवहि तहा तुझहि धिआवहे ॥
Where the Saints and the Holy gather together, there they meditate on you.

Places of worship are made so saints can get together, meditate upon the one and sing the ONE's praises.  The purpose of life is to sing and the earth has been designed to be a place where this singing can be done.  The earth has been designed by God to come together and sing. Earth becomes beautiful when we come together and sing.  

What is singing other than just following the command of the ONE.  Gurbani says Sabhai Ghat Raam Bolai or Every heart is singing in the temple of the earth. 



A unique collaboration with Bay Area cellist Suellen Primost and troubadour saxophonist Jeremy Marais
SAN RAMON, Calif. - Sept. 6, 2016 - PRLog -- Ekonkar Records announces the release of Shivpreet Singh's Kirtan album Saas Saas. The album includes six new tracks including an English poem, four Gurbani shabads, and a meditation track.  Much of the music from the album was several years in the making.  The title track Saas Saas is the first fusion recreation of a popular traditional composition. Ardaas is a rejuvination of Shivpreet Singh's memorable title track composition from his first album.  Kartaa is a new composition in Raag Shri with unconventional accompaniment of the cello and sax, and a pop beat.




Links to Saas Saas on iTunes | Spotify | Google Play | YouTube

This album features two talented musicians who are new to Gurbani music: Suellen Primost on the cello and Jeremy Marais on the Saxophone.  Vocals, music, mixing and mastering are done by Shivpreet Singh.

Saas Saas can now be heard from several streaming sites including Spotify, You Tube Music, Pandora and Apple Music.  Tracks can also be downloaded from several digital avenues including iTunes, Amazon Music and Google Play.


About Shivpreet Singh

Shivpreet Singh is a California based singer and composer who is a pioneer in fusion Indian music. Trained initially by the legendary Indian Classical master Pt. Raghunath Prasanna, and later at U.C. Berkeley, his music blends multiple genres. He was the first south asian in the US to land a major label contract. Since 2010 he has been producing music independently in collaboration with musicians around the world and his compositions have been downloaded and streamed over 1 million times in the past 5 years. http://www.shivpreetsingh.com

Press Release: https://www.prlog.org/12584920-shivpreet-singh-releases-new-kirtan-album-saas-saas.html


This fusion piece was composed in collaboration with Peter Rand (Keys), Saranya Varma (Vocals), Nicola Offidani (Guitar), Raul Rodriguez (Drums), and Rob Glass (Bass).  Thanks for listening, liking, and sharing!
I just realized ... Since I started putting videos on youtube, more than one-million minutes have been watched on my channel.  I don't know most of the people who listen to my music but I am very grateful for their love and inspiration.    


I don't put a lot of my music on YouTube because frankly it is easier to just publish music without videos.  But among the ones that I have posted, these are my favorite:






The Words

Charan Kamal Prabh Kay Nit Dhiayaon
Kavan sumat jit preetam paon

Kavan Sanjog milaon prabh apnay
Pal pal nimakh sadaa har japnay

Aisi kirpa kart parch mercy
Har Nanak bisar na kahoo beray

Translation 

I meditate continually on the lotus feet of love.
What wisdom will lead me to attain my love?

What blessed destiny will lead me to meet my love?
Each and every moment meditate on love.

Bless me with such mercy my love
that I may never ever forget you.
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Chamkan Tare by Guru Arjan
Music and Vocals: Shivpreet Singh (California)
Drums: Raul R (Florida)

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