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Jiske sir upar tu swaami

Posted on: November 10, 2011

This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

Guru Nanak Dev ji de prakash utsav diyan saareyan nu lakh-lakh wadhaiyan hon ji!!!

A million greetings and best wishes on the occasion of the anniversary of the advent of Shri Guru Nanak Dev ji.

Today is the most significant celebration in the Sikh tradition, the day of arrival of Shri Guru Nanak Dev ji on this earth, in the year 1469. The actual calendar dates vary, because the manner in which the common use calendars have been transformed over the centuries. However, the celebration now occurs on the full moon day of the month of Kartik, which is today. Honored as the first Guru in the lineage of ten Gurus of Sikhism, he was born in the village of Talwandi, now known as Nankana Sahib, is near Lahore in present-day Pakistan.

Commentaries on his life give details of his blossoming awareness from a young age. At the age of five, the child Nanak is said to have voiced interest in divine subjects. At age seven, his father, Shri Kaalu Mehta, enrolled him in the village school. Notable lore recounts that as a child, he astonished his teacher by describing the implicit symbolism of the first letter of the Persian alphabet, which is an almost straight stroke, resembling the mathematical version of one, as denoting the unity or oneness of God. Other childhood accounts refer to strange and miraculous events, an example being the scenario witnessed by Rai Bular of a poisonous cobra shielding the face of the sleeping child Nanak from the harsh sunlight. (Rai Bular Bhatti was the Muslim landlord of Talwandi, under whom child Nanak’s father, Shri Kaalu Mehta worked as a patwari).

Sikh tradition states that at the age of 30, he had a vision. One day, after he failed to return from his morning ablutions, his clothes were found on the bank of the local stream. The townspeople assumed he had drowned in the river; Daulat Khan (erstwhile governor of Lahore) had the river dragged, but no body was found. Three days after this disappearance, he reappeared, but remained silent as to his experiences. After one day of silence, he spoke, “There is neither Hindu nor Mussulman (Muslim) so whose path shall I follow? I shall follow God’s path. God is neither Hindu nor Mussulman and the path which I follow is God’s.” He then recounted his experience from the days he was missing. He said that he had been taken to God’s court. There, he was offered a cup filled with amrit (nectar) and given the command “This is the cup of the adoration of God’s name. Drink it. I am with you. I bless you and raise you up. Whoever remembers you will enjoy my favour. Go, rejoice of my name and teach others to do so. I have bestowed the gift of my name upon you. Let this be your calling.” From this point onwards, Nanak is described in accounts as a Guru.

(There is a lot of information about the life and teachings of Guru Nanak Dev ji, available online).

In this post, I present this song from the Punjabi film ‘Man Jeete, Jag Jeet’ (1973). Literally the title means, ‘Conquer Your Mind, and Your Will Conquer the World’. The very special thing about this poem is that it is an original creation of Guru Arjan Dev ji, the 5th Guru in the Sikh tradition, and has been written in honor of Guru Naka Dev ji. The verses eulogize the commanding supremacy and the empathy of Guru Nanak Dev for the believers, and that his blessings and oversight are the redeeming of this life.

The music is by S Mohinder, and the singing voice is that of Mohammed Rafi. On screen, the song is performed by Sunil Dutt, sporting a turban and a beard. Apparently, he is playing the role of a dacoit leader. He carries a gun, is riding a horse, and is followed by a number of other men on horsebacks, in similar attire. At the end of video clip, he reaches what looks like a police parade ground, and either he has been tricked into coming there or he is voluntarily going in to surrender, I am just guessing. Other readers who may have more information about this film and this scenario, request them to please add more information.

An original verse, authored by Shri Guru Arjan Dev, in the honor of Shri Guru Nanak Dev ji, wonderfully composed by S Mohinder.

jis ke sir upar tu swami, so dukh kaisa paave

O Lord, one who is under Your protection, one who considers You to be above himself
He will not experience any suffering in life

bol na jaane maayaa madmaataa, marnaa chitt na aave

(And others, who are arrogant, do not acknowledge a higher authority)
They are intoxicated with maayaa, the illusion of this world
They cannot speak the right things
And are ignorant of death as the final destination
(NOTE: chitt = the center of awareness inside the human apparatus, not the same as mind. It is one of the four basic components of the non-physical human existence viz., mann (mind), buddhi (intelligence), chitt (awareness), and ahankaar (false ego)).

mere ram raaye, tu santaan kaa, sant tere
tere sewak ko bhao kichh naahin, jamm nahin aave nedey

O the beloved of Lord Ram (whom I adore as mine)
You are the benefactor of saintly souls
And all saintly souls belong to You
One who serves You, has nothing to be afraid of in life
And in death, it is salvation for him, even Yamraj, the Lord of Death does not come near him
(NOTE: bhao = fear, same as bhay’; kichh = same as ‘kuchh’; jamm = Yamraj, the Lord of Death; nedey = near)

jo tere rang raate swami, tin ka janm-maran dukh naasa
teri bakhsh na metey koi, satgur ka dilaasaa

One who is suffused in the colors of Your influence
His sorrowful cycle of life and death is broken
Your blessing cannot be erased by any power
(One who is thus blessed by You, none can harm him)
That is the assurance of Satguru
(NOTE: rang = color; raate = suffused; tin = his; naasa = destroyed, same as ‘naash’; bakhsh = blessing; metey = erase, same as ‘mitaanaa’; dilaasaa = assurance, guaranteed)

naam dhyaayan, sukh phal paayan, aatth pehar arraadhe
teri sharan tere parwaase, panch dusht le saadhe

Those who meditate on Your name and worship You day and night (aatth pehar)
They will receive the fruits of happiness and bliss
Those who seek shelter in You, and depend on Your support
Will overcome and be able to control the five evils in life
(NOTE: the five evils here allude to the five senses in the human body. If these senses are not controlled, they ultimately become the source of misery, and not enjoyment, and hence are compared to evil.)
(NOTE: aatth = eight; pehar = a unit of time in Hindu culture, approximately equal to three hours, there are eight ‘pehar’ in a day; sharan = refuge, protection; parwaase = same as ‘bharose’; panch = five; dusht = evil; saadh = literal meaning is practice, in context means to control through practice)

gyaan dhyaan kichh karm na jaanaa, saar na jaanaa teri
sab te waddaa Satgur Nanak, jin kal raakhi meri

I am a lowly seeker, bereft of any knowledge, or practice of meditation
And my deeds and action are not pure
I do not understand the essence of Your truth and glory
All I know that there is none who is greater than Satguru Nanak
He protects my honor, and keeps my failings a secret
(NOTE: saar = essence; waddaa = big, same as ‘badaa’; kal = relief, comfort)

Audio – Part I (Rafi version)

Video – Part I (Rafi version)

Audio – Part II (Asha Bhosle version)

Video – Part II (Asha Bhosle version)

Song-Jiske sir upar tu swaami (Man Jeete Jag Jeet) (1973) Singer-Rafi/Asha Bhosle, Lyrics-Shri Guru Arjan Dev ji, MD-S Mohinder


jis ke sir upar tu swami
so dukh kaisa paave
jis ke sir upar tu swami
so dukh kaisa paave
bol na jaane maayaa madmaataa
marnaa chitt na aave
marnaa chitt na aave
jis ke sir upar tu swami
so dukh kaisa paave
satnaam satnaam
waaheguru waaheguru

mere ram raaye
tu santaan kaa, sant tere
tere sewak ko bhao kichh naahin
jamm nahin aave nedey
jo tere rang raate swami
tin ka janm-maran dukh naasa
teri bakhsh na metey koi
satgur ka dilaasaa
satgur ka dilaasaa
jis ke sir upar tu swami
so dukh kaisa paave
satnaam satnaam
waaheguru waaheguru

naam dhyaayan
sukh phal paayan
aatth pehar arraadhe
teri sharan tere parwaase
panch dusht le saadhe
gyaan dhyaan kichh karm na jaanaa
saar na jaanaa teri
sab te waddaa Satgur Nanak
jin kal raakhi meri
jin kal raakhi meri
jis ke sir upar tu swami
so dukh kaisa paave
satnaam satnaam
waaheguru waaheguru

2 Responses to "Jiske sir upar tu swaami"

Sudhir ji,
MAN JEETE JAG JEET(1973) was directed by B.S.Thapa,the music by S.Mohinder and the Lyrics were by Hasanpuri and Inderjeet.
The cast included Sunil Dutt,Radha Saluja,Madhumati,Mukri,Omprakash,Ranjeet(real name Gopal Bedi),Sona,Janakidas etc.
The story is about the heroics and sacrifices made by Sardar Bakhel Singh(Sunil Dutt).Gurmeet Kaur(Radha Saluja) is a kind hearted,compassionate and devout sikh woman,who lives with her widowed father(Janakidas) and teaches children in an outdoor school.
One day,2 bandits abduct her and take her to the hide out of the dreaded bandit Sardar Bakhel Singh(Sunil Dutt).She is kept in a cave watched by some bandits and has to save her honour.
The story reveals that the Bandit has a special reason to bring her here and how he fulfils his aim,sacrificing own life in the course of its achievement,solely to protect Sikhism.


Arun ji,

Dependable as always. 🙂

Thanks for the details about the film.



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