D Records founder, Taran Mehndi shares a personal anecdote about the Shabad, Jeon Janau Teon Raakh and the birth of its composition.
Jeon Janau Teon Raakh
I was walking up the stairs to the mezzanine floor on Guru’s beloved home. My heart was flustered with sadness that day. As I climbed the stairs, instantaneously my heart, my teary eyes, my consciousness was held by the Shabad Wisdom, caressing my broken spirit, collecting me piece by piece.
I don’t remember what incident had broken me that day but I am in deep deep gratitude to Patshah ji for both that incident and the cajoling, the hand holding, for bringing to my consciousness – the Shabad Wisdom “Jeon Janau Teon Raakh” I had never sung or read the Shabad before that day.
I entered the small lovely abode which could barely inhabit 7 or 8 bodies. Drenched in this love and in the know that I am being held by my Guru…
I sat for the Haazri, eyes closed, hands on the Vaja… note by note this composition poured out.
My Patshah ji’s gift to me that day which collected my broken spirits and made me whole.
Sharing with you all my blessings and bliss on this day.
Description of the Shabad
Amidst and in acknowledgment of all the corruption, intoxication, attachment a soul encounters and gets entangled in it, there a part of it that still recognises the infinite wisdom. Patshah Sri Guru Arjan Sahib ji describes its abject state, the denial, the cheatings, the sedimented state of slumber, of unconsciousness and writes a prayer of surrender, of hope, of mercy.
About the Shabad
A melodious composition of a soul in awakening, this yearning prayer, ardas authored as a Chhant (a poetic format) on 740 Ang of Sri Guru Granth Sahib is composed by Taran Mehndi, an architect, film maker, an author and a seeker.
On the martyrdom day of Sri Guru Arjan Dev ji, the singer released a teaser. Full shabad will be available across all platforms on .
The singer has to her credit an album titled Mayee Ree, featuring her 7 year old daughter Rabab and her celebrated husband Daler Mehndi.
Last year, Taran Mehndi had produced, directed and sung Loka Samastha, an album on collective consciousness about freedom from biases of genders, age, stereo typing, religion, society stigmas et el. In her directorial debut, she casted 13 characters aged 6 – 73 all facing the camera for the first time. She thoroughly believes music, art, theatre have the power to bring in behaviour change and create much needed attitude of oneness. Kaur has an extensive body of work on Mental Health, videos and songs on leading and living a stress free life for WHO with Voyce.