Khalsa Diwan Malaysia (KDM) stops Deh Shiva bar Mohe, a 17th-century shabad written by Guru Gobind Singh in Punjabi Schools, Malaysia – Giani Lakhbir Singh

Deh Shiva bar Mohe is a 17th-century hymn (shabad) written by Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Sikh Guru, in the Dasam Granth.  The language used is Braj Bhasha. The hymn is a part of Chandi Charitar which describes the glory of Shakti (power), a section of the Dasam Granth.

 ਸ੍ਵੈਯਾ ॥


Savaiyaa ॥

ਦੇਹ ਸਿਵਾ ਬਰ ਮੋਹਿ ਇਹੈ ਸੁਭ ਕਰਮਨ ਤੇ ਕਬਹੂੰ ਨ ਟਰੋਂ ॥
Deha Sivaa Bara Mohi Eihai Subha Karamna Te Kabahooan Na Ttaroaaʼn ॥
Grant me, O God, this blessing: May I never refrain from righteous acts.

ਨ ਡਰੋਂ ਅਰਿ ਸੋ ਜਬ ਜਾਇ ਲਰੋਂ ਨਿਸਚੈ ਕਰ ਅਪਨੀ ਜੀਤ ਕਰੋਂ ॥
Na Daroaaʼn Ari So Jaba Jaaei Laroaaʼn Nisachai Kara Apanee Jeeta Karoaaʼn ॥
May I fight with fear all the foes in the battle of life, and with the courage of Faith, achieve the victory.

ਅਰੁ ਸਿਖ ਹੋਂ ਆਪਨੇ ਹੀ ਮਨ ਕੌ ਇਹ ਲਾਲਚ ਹਉ ਗੁਨ ਤਉ ਉਚਰੋਂ ॥
Aru Sikha Hoaaʼn Aapane Hee Mana Kou Eiha Laalcha Hau Guna Tau Aucharoaaʼn ॥
May my mind be ingrained with your Teachings; May my highest ambition be to sing Your praises.

ਜਬ ਆਵ ਕੀ ਅਉਧ ਨਿਦਾਨ ਬਨੈ ਅਤ ਹੀ ਰਨ ਮੈ ਤਬ ਜੂਝ ਮਰੋਂ ॥੨੩੧॥
Jaba aav Kee Aaudha Nidaana Banai Ata Hee Rana Mai Taba Joojha Maroaaʼn ॥231॥
And, when this mortal life comes to its end, May I die fighting in battle with courage.


There were some correspondence on FB which implies that “Deh Siva ..” should not be recited. See Figure 1.  The content of the extract is reproduced below for ease of reading.  Note that that this extract clearly points to an instruction that “Deh Siva …” SHOULD NOT BE RECITED AS A PART OF THE ASSEMBLY.  

The content of the extract above is 


All PECs must start the day with an assembly.  The assembly should be held before 2:00 pm.  The assembly should start with “Negara Ku”.  If the PEC desires it could follow by any “shabad taken from Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji” and announcements.  The classes should commence by 2:00 pm.

** Note:-

  1. Actually we do not have a national anthem of our own.  Dey Shiva is not our national anthem.
  2. PETM sugest and request all PECs to come up with a suitable Gurbani Shabad.
  3. Come up with its tune and singing rhythem.  Perhaps you could record on CD and send to us by May 2017.  PETM will select and then issue a circular so as we could have ONE common Shabad for our PECs.
  4. Your input is greatly appreciated.

Figure 1: PEC and “Deh Siva …”

Deh Shiva Ban PEC 2



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