Sri Guru Granth Sahib Translation


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The followers of the six orders wander and roam around wearing religious robes, but they do not meet God. They keep the lunar fasts, but they are of no account. Those who read the Vedas in their entirety, still do not see the sublime essence of reality. They apply ceremonial marks to their foreheads, and take cleansing baths, but they are blackened within. They wear religious robes, but without the True Teachings, God is not found. One who had strayed, finds the Path again, if such pre-ordained destiny is written on his forehead. One who sees the Guru with his eyes, embellishes and exalts his human life. || 13 || DAKHANAY, FIFTH MEHL: Focus on that which will not pass away. Abandon your false actions, and meditate on the True Master. || 1 || FIFTH MEHL: God's Light is permeating all, like the moon reflected in the water. He Himself is revealed, O Nanak, to one who has such destiny inscribed upon his forehead. || 2 || FIFTH MEHL: One's face becomes beautiful, chanting the Naam, the Name of the Lord, and singing His Glorious Praises, twenty-four hours a day. O Nanak, in the Court of the Lord, you shall be accepted; even the homeless find a home there. || 3 || PAUREE: By wearing religious robes outwardly, God, the Inner-knower is not found. Without the One Dear Lord, all wander around aimlessly. Their minds are imbued with attachment to family, and so they continually wander around, puffed up with pride. The arrogant wander around the world; why are they so proud of their wealth? Their wealth shall not go with them when they depart; in an instant, it is gone. They wander around in the world, according to the Hukam of the Lord's Command. When one's karma is activated, one finds the Guru, and through Him, the Lord and Master is found. That humble being, who serves the Lord, has his affairs resolved by the Lord. || 14 || DAKHANAY, FIFTH MEHL: All speak with their mouths, but rare are those one who realize death. Nanak is the dust of the feet of those who have faith in the One Lord. || 1 || FIFTH MEHL: Know that He dwells within all; rare are those who realize this. There is no obscuring veil on the body of that one, O Nanak, who meets the Guru. || 2 || FIFTH MEHL: I drink in the water which has washed the feet of those who share the Teachings. My body is filled with infinite love to see my True Master. || 3 || PAUREE: Forgetting the Naam, the Name of the Fearless Lord, he becomes attached to Maya. He comes and goes, and wanders, dancing in countless incarnations. He gives his word, but then backs out. All that he says is false. The false person is hollow within; he is totally engrossed in falsehood. He tries to take vengeance upon the Lord, who bears no vengeance; such a person is trapped by falsehood and greed. The True King, the Primal Lord God, kills him when He sees what he has done. The Messenger of Death sees him, and he rots away in pain. Even-handed justice is administered, O Nanak, in the Court of the True Lord. || 15 || DAKHANAY, FIFTH MEHL: In the early hours of the morning, chant the Name of God, and meditate on the Feet of the Guru. The filth of birth and death is erased, singing the Glorious Praises of the True Lord. || 1 || FIFTH MEHL: The body is dark, blind and empty, without the Naam, the Name of the Lord. O Nanak, fruitful is the birth of one, within whose heart the True Master dwells. || 2 || FIFTH MEHL: With my eyes, I have seen the Light; my great thirst for Him is not quenched.

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O Nanak, these are not the eyes which can see my Beloved Husband Lord. || 3 || PAUREE: That humble being, who, as Gurmukh, serves the Lord, obtains all peace and pleasure. He Himself is saved, along with his family, and all the world is saved as well. He collects the wealth of the Lord's Name, and all his thirst is quenched. He renounces worldly greed, and his inner being is lovingly attuned to the Lord. Forever and ever, the home of his heart is filled with bliss; the Lord is his companion, help and support. He looks alike upon enemy and friend, and wishes well to all. He alone is fulfilled in this world, who meditates on the spiritual wisdom of the Guru. He obtains what is pre-ordained for him, according to the Lord. || 16 || DAKHANAY, FIFTH MEHL: The true person is said to be beautiful; false is the reputation of the false. O Nanak, rare are those who have Truth in their laps. || 1 || FIFTH MEHL: The face of my friend, the Lord, is incomparably beautiful; I would watch Him, twenty-four hours a day. In sleep, I saw my Husband Lord; I am a sacrifice to that dream. || 2 || FIFTH MEHL: O my friend, realize the True Lord. Just to talk about Him is useless. See Him within your mind; your Beloved is not far away. || 3 || PAUREE: The earth, the Akaashic ethers of the sky, the nether regions of the underworld, the moon and the sun shall pass away. Emperors, bankers, rulers and leaders shall depart, and their homes shall be demolished. The poor and the rich, the humble and the intoxicated, all these people shall pass away. The Qazis, Shaykhs and preachers shall all arise and depart. The spiritual teachers, prophets and disciples - none of these shall remain permanently. Fasts, calls to prayer and sacred scriptures - without understanding, all these shall vanish. The 8.4 million species of beings of the earth shall all continue coming and going in reincarnation. The One True Lord God is eternal and unchanging. The Lord's slave is also eternal. || 17 || DAKHANAY, FIFTH MEHL: I have seen and examined all; without the One Lord, there is none at all. Come, and show me Your face, O my friend, so that my body and mind may be cooled and soothed. || 1 || FIFTH MEHL: The lover is without hope, but within my mind, there is great hope. In the midst of hope, only You, O Lord, remain free of hope; I am a sacrifice, a sacrifice, a sacrifice to You. || 2 || FIFTH MEHL: Even if I just hear of separation from You, I am in pain; without seeing You, O Lord, I die. Without her Beloved, the separated lover takes no comfort. || 3 || PAUREE: River-banks, sacred shrines, idols, temples, and places of pilgrimage like Kaydarnaat'h, Mat'huraa and Benares, the thirty-three million gods, along with Indra, shall all pass away. The Simritees, Shaastras, the four Vedas and the six systems of philosophy shall vanish. Prayer books, Pandits, religious scholars, songs, poems and poets shall also depart. Those who are celibate, truthful and charitiable, and the Sannyaasee hermits are all subject to death. The silent sages, the Yogis and the nudists, along with the Messengers of Death, shall pass away. Whatever is seen shall perish; all will dissolve and disappear. Only the Supreme Lord God, the Transcendent Lord, is permanent. His servant becomes permanent as well. || 18 || DAKHANAY, FIFTH MEHL: Hundreds of times naked does not make the person naked; tens of thousands of hungers do not make him hungry; millions of pains do not cause him pain. O Nanak, the Husband Lord blesses him with his Glance of Grace.

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|| 1 || FIFTH MEHL: Even if one were to enjoy all pleasures, and be master of the entire earth, O Nanak, all of that is just a disease. Without the Naam, he is dead. || 2 || FIFTH MEHL: Yearn for the One Lord, and make Him your friend. O Nanak, He alone fulfills your hopes; you should feel embarrassed, visiting other places. || 3 || PAUREE: The One and only Lord is eternal, imperishable, inaccessible and incomprehensible. The treasure of the Naam is eternal and imperishable. Meditating in remembrance on Him, the Lord is attained. The Kirtan of His Praises is eternal and imperishable; the Gurmukh sings the Glorious Praises of the Lord of the Universe. Truth, righteousness, Dharma and intense meditation are eternal and imperishable. Day and night, worship the Lord in adoration. Compassion, righteousness, Dharma and intense meditation are eternal and imperishable; they alone obtain these, who have such pre-ordained destiny. The inscription inscribed upon one's forehead is eternal and imperishable; it cannot be avoided by avoidance. The Congregation, the Company of the Holy, and the word of the humble, are eternal and imperishable. The Holy Guru is eternal and imperishable. Those who have such pre-ordained destiny worship and adore the Lord, forever and ever. || 19 || SHALOK, DAKHANAY, FIFTH MEHL: One who himself has drowned - how can he carry anyone else across? One who is imbued with the Love of the Husband Lord - O Nanak, he himself is saved, and he saves others as well. || 1 || FIFTH MEHL: Wherever someone speaks and hears the Name of my Beloved Lord, that is where I go, O Nanak, to see Him, and blossom forth in bliss. || 2 || FIFTH MEHL: You are in love with your children and your wife; why do you keep calling them your own? O Nanak, without the Naam, the Name of the Lord, the human body has no foundation. || 3 || PAUREE: With my eyes, I gaze upon the Blessed Vision of the Guru's Darshan; I touch my forehead to the Guru's feet. With my feet I walk on the Guru's Path; with my hands, I wave the fan over Him. I meditate on Akaal Moorat, the undying form, within my heart; day and night, I meditate on Him. I have renounced all possessiveness, and have placed my faith in the all-powerful Guru. The Guru has blessed me with the treasure of the Naam; I am rid of all sufferings. Eat and enjoy the Naam, the Name of the indescribable Lord, O Siblings of Destiny. Confirm your faith in the Naam, charity and self-purification; chant the Guru's sermon forever. Blessed with intuitive poise, I have found God; I am rid of the fear of the Messenger of Death. || 20 || SHALOK, DAKHANAY, FIFTH MEHL: I am centered and focused on my Beloved, but I am not satisfied, even by seeing Him. The Lord and Master is within all; I do not see any other. || 1 || FIFTH MEHL: The sayings of the Saints are the paths of peace. O Nanak, they alone obtain them, upon whose foreheads such destiny is written. || 2 || FIFTH MEHL: He is totally permeating the mountains, oceans, deserts, lands, forests, orchards, caves, the nether regions of the underworld, the Akaashic ethers of the skies, and all hearts. Nanak sees that they are all strung on the same thread. || 3 || PAUREE: The Dear Lord is my mother, the Dear Lord is my father; the Dear Lord cherishes and nurtures me. The Dear Lord takes care of me; I am the child of the Lord. Slowly and steadily, He feeds me; He never fails. He does not remind me of my faults; He hugs me close in His embrace. Whatever I ask for, He give me; the Lord is my peace-giving father.

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He has blessed me with the capital, the wealth of spiritual wisdom; He has made me worthy of this merchandise. He has made me a partner with the Guru; I have obtained all peace and comforts. He is with me, and shall never separate from me; the Lord, my father, is potent to do everything. || 21 || SHALOK, DAKHANAY, FIFTH MEHL: O Nanak, break away from the false, and seek out the Saints, your true friends. The false shall leave you, even while you are still alive; but the Saints shall not forsake you, even when you are dead. || 1 || FIFTH MEHL: O Nanak, the lightning flashes, and thunder echoes in the dark black clouds. The downpour from the clouds is heavy; O Nanak, the soul-brides are exalted and embellished with their Beloved. || 2 || FIFTH MEHL: The ponds and the lands are overflowing with water, and the cold wind is blowing. Her bed is adorned with gold, diamonds and rubies; she is blessed with beautiful gowns and delicacies, O Nanak, but without her Beloved, she burns in agony. || 3 || PAUREE: He does the dees which the Creator causes him to do. Even if you run in hundreds of directions, O mortal, you shall still receive what you are pre-destined to receive. Without good karma, you shall obtain nothing, even if you wander across the whole world. Meeting with the Guru, you shall know the Fear of God, and other fears shall be taken away. Through the Fear of God, the attitude of detachment wells up, and one sets out in search of the Lord. Searching and searching, intuitive wisdom wells up, and then, one is not born to die again. Practicing meditation within my heart, I have found the Sanctuary of the Holy. Whoever the Lord places on the boat of Guru Nanak, is carried across the terrifying world-ocean. || 22 || SHALOK, FIFTH MEHL: First, accept death, and give up any hope of life. Become the dust of the feet of all, and then, you may come to me. || 1 || FIFTH MEHL: See, that only one who has died, truly lives; one who is alive, consider him dead. Those who are in love with the One Lord, are the supreme people. || 2 || FIFTH MEHL: Pain does not even approach that person, within whose mind God abides. Hunger and thirst do not affect him, and the Messenger of Death does not approach him. || 3 || PAUREE: Your worth cannot be estimated, O True, Unmoving Lord God. The Siddhas, seekers, spiritual teachers and meditators - who among them can measure You? You are all-powerful, to form and break; You create and destroy all. You are all-powerful to act, and inspire all to act; You speak through each and every heart. You give sustanance to all; why should mankind waver? You are deep, profound and unfathomable; Your virtuous spiritual wisdom is priceless. They do the deeds which they are pre-ordained to do. Without You, there is nothing at all; Nanak chants Your Glorious Praises. || 23 || 1 || 2 ||



O Pandit, O religious scholar, in what foul thoughts are you engaged? You shall be drowned, along with your family, if you do not meditate on the Lord, you unfortunate person. || 1 || Pause ||

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What is the use of reading the Vedas and the Puraanas? It is like loading a donkey with sandalwood. You do not know the exalted state of the Lord's Name; how will you ever cross over? || 1 || You kill living beings, and call it a righteous action. Tell me, brother, what would you call an unrighteous action? You call yourself the most excellent sage; then who would you call a butcher? || 2 || You are blind in your mind, and do not understand your own self; how can you make others understand, O brother? For the sake of Maya and money, you sell knowledge; your life is totally worthless. || 3 || Naarad and Vyaasa say these things; go and ask Suk Dayv as well. Says Kabeer, chanting the Lord's Name, you shall be saved; otherwise, you shall drown, brother. || 4 || 1 || Living in the forest, how will you find Him? Not until you remove corruption from your mind. Those who look alike upon home and forest, are the most perfect people in the world. || 1 || You shall find real peace in the Lord, if you lovingly dwell on the Lord within your being. || 1 || Pause || What is the use of wearing matted hair, smearing the body with ashes, and living in a cave? Conquering the mind, one conquers the world, and then remains detached from corruption. || 2 || They all apply make-up to their eyes; there is little difference between their objectives. But those eyes, to which the ointment of spiritual wisdom is applied, are approved and supreme. || 3 || Says Kabeer, now I know my Lord; the Guru has blessed me with spiritual wisdom. I have met the Lord, and I am emancipated within; now, my mind does not wander at all. || 4 || 2 || You have riches and miraculous spiritual powers; so what business do you have with anyone else? What should I say about the reality of your talk? I am embarrassed even to speak to you. || 1 || One who has found the Lord, does not wander from door to door. || 1 || Pause || The false world wanders all around, in hopes of finding wealth to use for a few days. That humble being, who drinks in the Lord's water, never becomes thirsty again. || 2 || Whoever understands, by Guru's Grace, becomes free of hope in the midst of hope. One comes to see the Lord everywhere, when the soul becomes detached. || 3 || I have tasted the sublime essence of the Lord's Name; the Lord's Name carries everyone across. Says Kabeer, I have become like gold; doubt is dispelled, and I have crossed over the world-ocean. || 4 || 3 || Like drops of water in the water of the ocean, and like waves in the stream, I merge in the Lord. Merging my being into the Absolute Being of God, I have become impartial and transparent, like the air. || 1 || Why should I come into the world again? Coming and going is by the Hukam of His Command; realizing His Hukam, I shall merge in Him. || 1 || Pause || When the body, formed of the five elements, perishes, then any such doubts shall end. Giving up the different schools of philosophy, I look upon all equally; I meditate only on the One Name. || 2 || Whatever I am attached to, to that I am attached; such are the deeds I do. When the Dear Lord grants His Grace, then I am merged in the Word of the Guru's Shabad. || 3 ||

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Die while yet alive, and by so dying, be alive; thus you shall not be reborn again. Says Kabeer, whoever is absorbed in the Naam remains lovingly absorbed in the Primal, Absolute Lord. || 4 || 4 || If You keep me far away from You, then tell me, what is liberation? The One has many forms, and is contained within all; how can I be fooled now? || 1 || O Lord, where will You take me, to save me? Tell me where, and what sort of liberation shall You give me? By Your Grace, I have already obtained it. || 1 || Pause || People talk of salvation and being saved, as long as they do not understand the essence of reality. I have now become pure within my heart, says Kabeer, and my mind is pleased and appeased. || 2 || 5 || Raawan made castles and fortresses of gold, but he had to abandon them when he left. || 1 || Why do you act only to please your mind? When Death comes and grabs you by the hair, then only the Name of the Lord will save you. || 1 || Pause || Death, and deathlessness are the creations of our Lord and Master; this show, this expanse, is only an entanglement. Says Kabeer, those who have the sublime essence of the Lord in their hearts - in the end, they are liberated. || 2 || 6 || The body is a village, and the soul is the owner and farmer; the five farm-hands live there. The eyes, nose, ears, tongue and sensory organs of touch do not obey any order. || 1 || O father, now I shall not live in this village. The accountants summoned Chitar and Gupat, the recording scribes of the conscious and the unconscious, to ask for an account of each and every moment. || 1 || Pause || When the Righteous Judge of Dharma calls for my account, there shall be a very heavy balance against me. The five farm-hands shall then run away, and the bailiff shall arrest the soul. || 2 || Says Kabeer, listen, O Saints: settle your accounts in this farm. O Lord, please forgive Your slave now, in this life, so that he may not have to return again to this terrifying world-ocean. || 3 || 7 ||



No one has seen the Fearless Lord, O renunciate. Without the Fear of God, how can the Fearless Lord be obtained? || 1 || If one sees the Presence of his Husband Lord near at hand, then he feels the Fear of God, O renunciate. If he realizes the Hukam of the Lord's Command, then he becomes fearless. || 2 || Don't practice hypocrisy with the Lord, O renunciate! The whole world is filled with hypocrisy. || 3 || Thirst and desire do not just go away, O renunciate. The body is burning in the fire of worldly love and attachment. || 4 || Anxiety is burned, and the body is burned, O renunciate, only if one lets his mind become dead. || 5 || Without the True Guru, there can be no renunciation, even though all the people may wish for it. || 6 || When God grants His Grace, one meets the True Guru, O renunciate, and automatically, intuitively finds that Lord. || 7 || Says Kabeer, I offer this one prayer, O renunciate. Carry me across the terrifying world-ocean.

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|| 8 || 1 || 8 || O king, who will come to you? I have seen such love from Bidur, that the poor man is pleasing to me. || 1 || Pause || Gazing upon your elephants, you have gone astray in doubt; you do not know the Great Lord God. I judge Bidur's water to be like ambrosial nectar, in comparison with your milk. || 1 || I find his rough vegetables to be like rice pudding; the night of my life passes singing the Glorious Praises of the Lord. Kabeer's Lord and Master is joyous and blissful; He does not care about anyone's social class. || 2 || 9 || SHALOK, KABEER: The battle-drum beats in the sky of the mind; aim is taken, and the wound is inflicted. The spiritual warriors enter the field of battle; now is the time to fight! || 1 || He alone is known as a spiritual hero, who fights in defense of religion. He may be cut apart, piece by piece, but he never leaves the field of battle. || 2 || 2 ||



I have obtained the four kinds of liberation, and the four miraculous spiritual powers, in the Sanctuary of God, my Husband Lord. I am liberated, and famous throughout the four ages; the canopy of praise and fame waves over my head. || 1 || Meditating on the Sovereign Lord God, who has not been saved? Whoever follows the Guru's Teachings and joins the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy, is called the most devoted of the devotees. || 1 || Pause || He is adorned with the conch, the chakra, the mala and the ceremonial tilak mark on his forehead; gazing upon his radiant glory, the Messenger of Death is scared away. He becomes fearless, and the power of the Lord thunders through him; the pains of birth and death are taken away. || 2 || The Lord blessed Ambreek with fearless dignity, and elevated Bhabhikhan to become king. Sudama's Lord and Master blessed him with the nine treasures; he made Dhroo permanent and unmoving; as the north star, he still hasn't moved. || 3 || For the sake of His devotee Prahlaad, God assumed the form of the man-lion, and killed Harnaakhash. Says Naam Dayv, the beautiful-haired Lord is in the power of His devotees; He is standing at Balraja's door, even now! || 4 || 1 || MARU, KABEER JEE: You have forgotten your religion, O madman; you have forgotten your religion. You fill your belly, and sleep like an animal; you have wasted and lost this human life. || 1 || Pause || You never joined the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy. You are engrossed in false pursuits. You wander like a dog, a pig, a crow; soon, you shall have to get up and leave. || 1 || You believe that you yourself are great, and that others are small. Those who are false in thought, word and deed, I have seen them going to hell. || 2 || The lustful, the angry, the clever, the deceitful and the lazy waste their lives in slander, and never remember their Lord in meditation. || 3 || Says Kabeer, the fools, the idiots and the brutes do not remember the Lord. They do not know the Lord's Name; how can they be carried across? || 4 || 1 ||

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The breath is drawn in through the left nostril; it is held in the central channel of the Sushmanaa, and exhaled through the right nostril, repeating the Lord's Name sixteen times. I am powerless; my power has been broken. My unstable mind has been stabliized, and my unadorned soul has been adorned. I drink in the Ambrosial Nectar. || 1 || Within my mind, I chant the Name of the Primal Lord God, the Source of virtue. My vision, that You are I are separate, has melted away. || 1 || Pause || I worship the One who is worthy of being worshipped. I trust the One who is worthy of being trusted. Like water merging in water, I merge in the Lord. Says Jai Dayv, I meditate and contemplate the Luminous, Triumphant Lord. I am lovingly absorbed in the Nirvaanaa of God. || 2 || 1 || KABEER, MARU: Meditate in remembrance on the Lord, or else you will regret it in the end, O mind. O sinful soul, you act in greed, but today or tomorrow, you will have to get up and leave. || 1 || Pause || Clinging to greed, you have wasted your life, deluded in the doubt of Maya. Do not take pride in your wealth and youth; you shall crumble apart like dry paper. || 1 || When the Messenger of Death comes and grabs you by the hair, and knocks you down, on that day, you shall be powerless. You do not remember the Lord, or vibrate upon Him in meditation, and you do not practice compassion; you shall be beaten on your face. || 2 || When the Righteous Judge of Dharma calls for your account, what face will you show Him then? Says Kabeer, listen, O Saints: in the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy, you shall be saved. || 3 || 1 ||



O Love, who else but You could do such a thing? O Patron of the poor, Lord of the World, You have put the canopy of Your Grace over my head. || 1 || Pause || Only You can grant Mercy to that person whose touch pollutes the world. You exalt and elevate the lowly, O my Lord of the Universe; You are not afraid of anyone. || 1 || Naam Dayv, Kabeer, Trilochan, Sadhana and Sain crossed over. Says Ravi Daas, listen, O Saints, through the Dear Lord, all is accomplished. || 2 || 1 || MARU: The Lord is the ocean of peace; the miraculous tree of life, the jewel of miracles and the wish-fulfilling cow are all under His power. The four great blessings, the eight great miraculous spiritual powers and the nine treasures are in the palm of His hand. || 1 || Why don't you chant the Lord's Name, Har, Har, Har? Abandon all other devices of words. || 1 || Pause || The many epics, the Puraanas and the Vedas are all composed out of the letters of the alphabet. After careful thought, Vyaasa spoke the supreme truth, that there is nothing equal to the Lord's Name. || 2 || In intuitive Samaadhi, their troubles are eliminated; the very fortunate ones lovingly focus on the Lord. Says Ravi Daas, the Lord's slave remains detached from the world; the fear of birth and death runs away from his mind. || 3 || 2 || 15 ||

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