A few years ago, Bhai Sukha Singh Nihang and I were invited to speak by the Gursikhs of Espanola. They are usually known as American Sikhs or 3HO. We hadn't prepared any speeches or research. What you hear was made up on the spot, if it made sense is for you to decide. The Jaap Sahib is the first bani of Sri Dasam Granth Sahib Ji and is full to a point of over flow of sacred Bir ras, or heroic essence. As many of the people do Yoga there, I decided to try and explain the Gurbani via the metaphysical idea of Shakta and Shakti. This theme also occurs in Adi Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaj. As the years have gone by I have learned a lot more with Gurus grace, and I kind of watch back and cringe a little :). One thing is for sure to understand Sri Dasam Granth Sahib Ji, one has to understand and contemplate (jaap) this gurbani. This bani is also related to Amrit Sanchar. Firstly we repeat it as the second out of the five banis recited, but inside the Jaap sahib are many relations to Amrit, that many scholars miss. First to the Khanda (Bhagwati), then to water, to sweetness, and so on, all are important parts of the Amrit. Jaap Sahib is also related to Shastarvidiya, this was explained to me by Baba Giana Singh Nihang, and also another Mazhabi Nihang Singh who used to live at Akal Phoola Singh Burj. To put it simply Jaap Sahib is related to releasing Shakti, and ultilising that power in life or war.