Shabad for Anxiety/Fear/Relaxation

Any Bani can give any kirpa. There is no limitation on the kirpa that a particular shabad can give. However, I find that meditation on a shabad that discusses the blessings that one is seeking helps grant those blessings more quickly. I’ve found this shabad to be extremely helpful in dealing with anxieties and fears, especially those day to day anxieties regarding work and life etc.

ਭੈਰਉ ਮਹਲਾ
Bhairao, Fifth Mehl:

ਊਠਤ ਸੁਖੀਆ, ਬੈਠਤ ਸੁਖੀਆ
Standing up, I am at peace; sitting down, I am at peace.

ਭਉ ਨਹੀ ਲਾਗੈ, ਜਾਂ ਐਸੇ ਬੁਝੀਆ
I feel no fear, because this is what I understand. ||1||

ਰਾਖਾ ਏਕੁ ਹਮਾਰਾ ਸੁਆਮੀ
The One Lord, my Lord and Master, is my Protector.

ਸਗਲ ਘਟਾ ਕਾ ਅੰਤਰਜਾਮੀਰਹਾਉ
He is the Inner-knower, the Searcher of Hearts. ||1||Pause||

ਸੋਇ ਅਚਿੰਤਾ, ਜਾਗਿ ਅਚਿੰਤਾ
I sleep without worry, and I awake without worry.

ਜਹ ਕਹਾਂ ਪ੍ਰਭੁ! ਤੂੰ ਵਰਤੰਤਾ
You, O God, are pervading everywhere. ||2||

ਘਰਿ ਸੁਖਿ ਵਸਿਆ, ਬਾਹਰਿ ਸੁਖੁ ਪਾਇਆ
I dwell in peace in my home, and I am at peace outside.

ਕਹੁ ਨਾਨਕ, ਗੁਰਿ ਮੰਤ੍ਰੁ ਦ੍ਰਿੜਾਇਆ
Says Nanak, the Guru has implanted His Mantra within me. ||3||2||


21 responses to “Shabad for Anxiety/Fear/Relaxation

  1. i want to be a name is harpreet kaur birth date is 23 march 1976.i have lost my studies,career and health for the past 10 years.i do all the prayers as per your guidance but i am still having problems.what should i do?i have done amrit paan in gurudwara but i have not benefitted.i have started my l.l.b.after a gap of 10 years but i am not able to study.i have done my b.a. and m.a. in economics and was a university mother’s name is gurmeet kaur father’s name is charanjeet singh i suffering from some sort of black magic?

    • Waheguru ji ka khalsa whaeguru ji ki fateh

      usually the simpler explanations have more truth in them then explanations involving unseen processes like magic etc. Odds are that you have health problems simply b/c of some bad karma combined with wrong health habits in this life. If you start following proper habits then those problems will disappear. with better health (and good sangat, following rahit, ardass etc) you will find it easier to focus on your bani and on your studies. If a problem took a long time to appear, it may need more time to be resolved, so have patience. Bhagat ji always recommends that people with health problems read his health pothi, which you can download from
      As for Amrit, the punj pyare should follow rahit, Amrit MUST be of 5 banis and not fewer, and the person taking Amrit must live the lifestyle to gain the benefit. Even in that case, we have to do simran, seva, satsangat, and have proper habits to overcome the negative effects of our past janam’s karams. We really have no idea how bad they are, perhaps Satguru’s grace is holding back the worst of them and we are only experiencing their partial effect.
      I also had serious health problems that greatly interfered with my studies. It took a long time to overcome them but I did and I finished my studies as well. It was revealed in a dream that these problems were due to an obstacle from my past karams. in that dream a giant poisonous black snake was killed by the sangat to protect me, while an unkown mahapurkh watched. in this way, it was symbolically revealed that those bad karams were finished. after that point things in my life improved, albeit slowly.
      The other thing i want to add is that sometimes after a long layaway from studies, the mind doesn’t function as quickly. I recommend you eat a lot of fruits and veggies in your diet. Eat a handful of almonds soaked from overnight everyday and throw in some haldhi b/c it’s a great detoxifier. Grind up some flaxseeds and store them in a glass jar in your freezer. Eat a tablespoon or two with meals everyday to give your brain more omega 3 fatty acids. I also find that when i exercise regularly, my mind is sharper and quicker. It can take time to bring your mind up to where you want it to be, but by examining your habits you can see what brought you to this place in life, and by replacing those habits with new ones, you can set yourself up to go where you want to go in life.
      i hope that helps. and remember, Guru ji is the anchor of life, the fulcrum, he should be your center. In this way we begin the process of attaching to the permanent and remain safer from the ups and downs of life.

      Waheguru ji ka khalsa whaeguru ji ki fateh

  2. wahe guru ji ka khalsa, wahe guru ji ko fateh,
    My small addition to what “Singh” has stated above.

    “… but i am still having problems. what should i do? … but i have not benefitted.”
    These two phrases are the barriers preventing you from overcoming your problems. When you do paath, your mind is already looking for a solution and expecting the problems to go away, and this prevents you from concentrating on your paath and loose the benefit of paath from residing in your heart. Since you have done amrit paan, so obviously you must be doing 5 bannis paath in the morning, rehras in evening and kirtan solhila before retiring for the night. Just try to concentrate more on the paath instead on doing paath with the objective of just solving your problems.
    Remeber, we as Gursikhs have to accept both happiness and sorrow with equal heart. “Tera bhana meetha lagge.” Waheguru wants you to remember him thru his shabad from your heart. Just hand over your problems to him with trust and not expecting something back in return.
    They will disappear without you even notcing it.
    May waheguru bless with lots of sushine.

  3. Where can i find this prayer in english so when i say it it will be pronounced in punjabi when recited? thanks

  4. this is an informative and practical sikh wbsite. syabash! today sikh youths need spiritual succor that feeds their thirst for answers in quantum terms and holistic terms..and not simplify sikhi as singing of banis only. many turn to christianity and hinduism for healing because our parcharaks have become professional singers only and not giving practical tips on how to live life to our utmost best. keep it up. will inform friends abt this site.

    by the way… for those sikhs who suffer from depression and stress.. read Dey shiva bar mohe ehe… x7 times,…Soora so pehchanniye…and Khag khand bihandan…shabds x7 with feelings and awe….youll be amazed how your spirits will be uplifted into chardikala state…do it..dont discuss! Tq all and sat sri akaal.

  5. sat shri akal,

    How many times should the shabad Bhairo mahala 5 be said? i have bad anger problems that lead to anxiety and depression and stress.

    sat shri akal.

    • Why not all day? There is no limit and the more you meditate the better off you are. I also recommend you look up bach flower remedies on the web. These are also very helpful, but make bani the main focus.

  6. i will look for bach flower tintures, thanks. its nice when i do it all the time…keeps me focused on God instead of stressful things. thanks

    Sat shri akaal

  7. When one cannot be at poise due to some external things please try doing meditation, shabads or Gurbani sections that resonate with your situation with absolute loving devotion to God. Do not think about the outcome but believe with all your heart that God will fulfill and take care of all your needs.
    Devotion and Love to unseen Creator within us and everywhere.
    Waheguru Satnam


    Myself amandeep singh, suffering from anxiety and depression as per doctors. Excellent in studies i was, however due to some supernatural problems i never believed earlier i have suffered lots in last 10 years. Mind hardly able to concentrate cannot do path as not able to concentrate.howevre i love to listen to katha. following rehat fully doing sewa.All i have lost my happiness. Always feel anxiety within, my blood pressure rises feel that i will die not able to concentrate on work. Only able to save my job due to daswand as some gurusikh whom i met as a starnger told me.
    Born on 14.04.1985 felling very low.All my inner energy i am losing. Sometimes pains sometimes breathlessness some times fatigue. Not a single day in last 10 years i remember when i was fully fit without a pill. If its black magic than why to me? If its anxiety i dont know.
    I always give a damm to superstitions like purchasing things on saturday,always said no to all rituals such as shrads, never followed in caste rituals, married simply as per gurmat.
    But now my man(mind) after long struggle has started thinking that i lost in life due to going against superstitions.
    Please guide and motivate me.

    • Black magic *cannot touch* a *rahit following* Amritdhari*. Your answer is right there.

      Whenever people have medical problems I always believe that the best thing to do is go to a reputable doctor who specializes in ayurvedic, naturopathic, or homeopathic medicine. Not all doctors are created equal. Exercise and good organic foods help immensely.

      Stress can cause numerous ailments and we all must take time to relax and de-stress. I find that nothing helps me deal with stress better than keeping amritvela. Amritvela simran is very powerful, as is exercise for dealing with stress.

      When the mothers of the Khalsa panth lost their husbands and sons to Mughal atrocities, when their children were fed to dogs in front of their very eyes, when their children were chopped into pieces and hung in a garland around their necks, even then they did not waver in their faith and continued to maintain their surti in Waheguru’s charan. We all must face our karam from our past lives, it is not God’s job to magically do everything for us. But Bani can burn off much of this bad karma, and it can make us stronger in the face of even very difficult karma.

      The protection in satsangat is huge, and I always feel better after spending time in sangat.

      IF after all this you are still having problems, then I would suggest that you go to a mahapursh and ask for help. They have insights that I do not. I also find katha divans and books from puratan mahapurkhs like Baba Isher Singh ji, Baba Waryam Singh ji to be tremendously encouraging.

  9. Waheguru ji ka khalsa Waheguru ji ki fateh
    Meri problem eh hai ki Mein bahut mehnat kardi ha tere meinu padhna v acha lagda Hai par Mein apni mehnat da rang nhi milta.. Kyu nhi milda

    • Waheguru ji ka khalsa Waheguru ji ki fateh
      We all have our karams from our past lives and this life which make it difficult. Even if you do immense efforts you will not get something if it is not written in your karams. How are karams changed? SEVA, SIMRAN, SATSANGAT, ARDASS, and the daya of the powerful saints and Guru ji.
      As for what specific karma is blocking you, I cannot say. Perhaps a pooran sant could advise you on that.


    satkarman te kabhun na daro

  11. Hi,

    I am new to reciting Gurbanis and I dont mean to offend anyone with my my question. I notice the word “Guru” is a powerful word in the Granth Sahib, however I am not sure what it means to seek the Guru. As with the last time in the above bani the last line says “the Guru has implanted His Mantra within me.”, who is Guru Nanak Devji referring to when saying the Guru has implanted his mantra within me. Who is the Guru?

    • Hi Leena,

      Guru ji is teaching that the rule in this age is that one must have a complete and perfect Guru to become one with God. In this age the only complete Guru is Guru Granth Sahib ji. We get the Guru’s mantra by taking Amrit from the punj pyare (Guru Granth Sahib ji often refers to this process as deekhya). Guru ji sends his shakti (power) through the punj pyare and into the Amrit. The Guru’s mantra is implanted within you in the Amrit sanchar as well. Please feel free to follow up with further questions if you need to.

  12. Hi, Thank you for this. What page in the Guru Granth sahib is this shabad from??

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