Sri Guru Granth Sahib Translation


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If it is in his karma, then he finds the True Guru; without such karma, He cannot be found. He meets the True Guru, and he is transformed into gold, if it is the Lord's Will. || 1 || O my mind, focus your consciousness on the Name of the Lord, Har, Har. The Lord is found through the True Guru, and then he remains merged with the True Lord. || 1 || Pause || Spiritual wisdom wells up through the True Guru, and then this cynicism is dispelled. Through the True Guru, the Lord is realized, and then, he is not consigned to the womb of reincarnation ever again. || 2 || By Guru's Grace, the mortal dies in life, and by so dying, lives to practice the Word of the Shabad. He alone finds the Door of Salvation, who eradicates self-conceit from within himself. || 3 || By Guru's Grace, the mortal is reincarnated into the Home of the Lord, having eradicated Maya from within. He eats the uneatable, and is blessed with a discriminating intellect; he meets the Supreme Person, the Primal Lord God. || 4 || The world is unconscious, like a passing show; the mortal departs, having lost his capital. The profit of the Lord is obtained in the Sat Sangat, the True Congregation; by good karma, it is found. || 5 || Without the True Guru, no one finds it; see this in your mind, and consider this in your heart. By great good fortune, the mortal finds the Guru, and crosses over the terrifying world-ocean. || 6 || The Name of the Lord is my Anchor and Support. I take only the Support of the Name of the Lord, Har, Har. O Dear Lord, please be kind and lead me to meet the Guru, that I may find the Door of Salvation. || 7 || The pre-ordained destiny inscribed on the mortal's forehead by our Lord and Master cannot be erased. O Nanak, those humble beings are perfect, who are pleased by the Lord's Will. || 8 || 1 || MALAAR, THIRD MEHL: The world is involved with the words of the Vedas, thinking about the three gunas - the three dispositions. Without the Name, it suffers punishment by the Messenger of Death; it comes and goes in reincarnation, over and over again. Meeting with the True Guru, the world is liberated, and finds the Door of Salvation. || 1 || O mortal, immerse yourself in service to the True Guru. By great good fortune, the mortal finds the Perfect Guru, and meditates on the Name of the Lord, Har, Har. || 1 || Pause || The Lord, by the Pleasure of His Own Will, created the Universe, and the Lord Himself gives it sustenance and support. The Lord, by His Own Will, makes the mortal's mind immaculate, and lovingly attunes him to the Lord. The Lord, by His Own Will, leads the mortal to meet the True Guru, the Embellisher of all his lives. || 2 || Waaho! Waaho! Blessed and Great is the True Word of His Bani. Only a few, as Gurmukh, understand. Waaho! Waaho! Praise God as Great! No one else is as Great as He. When God's Grace is received, He Himself forgives the mortal, and unites him with Himself. || 3 || The True Guru has revealed our True, Supreme Lord and Master. The Ambrosial Nectar rains down and the mind is satisfied, remaining lovingly attuned to the True Lord.

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In the Lord's Name, it is forever rejuvenated; it shall never wither and dry up again. || 4 || Without the True Guru, no one finds the Lord; anyone can try and see. By the Lord's Grace, the True Guru is found, and then the Lord is met with intuitive ease. The self-willed manmukh is deluded by doubt; without good destiny, the Lord's wealth is not obtained. || 5 || The three dispositions are completely distracting; people read and study and contemplate them. Those people are never liberated; they do not find the Door of Salvation. Without the True Guru, they are never released from bondage; they do not embrace love for the Naam, the Name of the Lord. || 6 || The Pandits, the religious scholars, and the silent sages, reading and studying the Vedas, have grown weary. They do not even think of the Lord's Name; they do not dwell in the home of their own inner being. The Messenger of Death hovers over their heads; they are ruined by the deceit within themselves. || 7 || Everyone longs for the Name of the Lord; without good destiny, it is not obtained. When the Lord bestows His Glance of Grace, the mortal meets the True Guru, and the Lord's Name comes to dwell within the mind. O Nanak, through the Name, honor wells up, and the mortal remains immersed in the Lord. || 8 || 2 ||



When the Lord shows His Mercy, He enjoins the mortal to work for the Guru. His pains are taken away, and the Lord's Name comes to dwell within. True deliverance comes by focusing one's consciousness on the True Lord. Listen to the Shabad, and the Word of the Guru's Bani. || 1 || O my mind, serve the Lord, Har, Har, the true treasure. By Guru's Grace, the wealth of the Lord is obtained. Night and day, focus your meditation on the Lord. || 1 || Pause || The soul-bride who adorns herself without her Husband Lord, is ill-mannered and vile, wasted away into ruin. This is the useless way of life of the self-willed manmukh. Forgetting the Naam, the Name of the Lord, he performs all sorts of empty rituals. || 2 || The bride who is Gurmukh is beautifully embellished. Through the Word of the Shabad, she enshrines her Husband Lord within her heart. She realizes the One Lord, and subdues her ego. That soul-bride is virtuous and noble. || 3 || Without the Guru, the Giver, no one finds the Lord. The greedy self-willed manmukh is attracted and engrossed in duality. Only a few spiritual teachers realize this, that without meeting the Guru, liberation is not obtained. || 4 || Everyone tells the stories told by others. Without subduing the mind, devotional worship does not come. When the intellect achieves spiritual wisdom, the heart-lotus blossoms forth. The Naam, the Name of the Lord, comes to abide in that heart. || 5 || In egotism, everyone can pretend to worship God with devotion. But this does not soften the mind, and it does not bring peace. By speaking and preaching, the mortal only shows off his self-conceit. His devotional worship is useless, and his life is a total waste. || 6 || They alone are devotees, who are pleasing to the Mind of the True Guru. Night and day, they remain lovingly attuned to the Name.

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They behold the Naam, the Name of the Lord, ever-present, near at hand. Through the Word of the Guru's Shabad, He is pervading and permeating everywhere. || 7 || God Himself forgives, and bestows His Love. The world is suffering from the terrible disease of egotism. By Guru's Grace, this disease is cured. O Nanak, through the Truth, the mortal remains immersed in the True Lord. || 8 || 1 || 3 || 5 || 8 ||



My Beloved Lord is the Giver of loving devotional worship. His humble servants are imbued with His Love. He is imbued with His servants, day and night; He does not forget them from His Mind, even for an instant. He is the Lord of the World, the Treasure of virtue; He is always with me. All glorious virtues belong to the Lord of the Universe. With His Feet, He has fascinated my mind; as His humble servant, I am intoxicated with love for His Name. O Nanak, my Beloved is forever Merciful; out of millions, hardly anyone realizes Him. || 1 || O Beloved, Your state is inaccessible and infinite. You save even the worst sinners. He is the Purifier of sinners, the Lover of His devotees, the Ocean of mercy, our Lord and Master. In the Society of the Saints, vibrate and meditate on Him with commitment forever; He is the Inner-knower, the Searcher of hearts. Those who wander in reincarnation through millions of births, are saved and carried across, by meditating in remembrance on the Naam. Nanak is thirsty for the Blessed Vision of Your Darshan, O Dear Lord; please take care of him. || 2 || My mind is absorbed in the Lotus Feet of the Lord. O God, You are the water; Your humble servants are fish. O Dear God, You alone are the water and the fish. I know that there is no difference between the two. Please take hold of my arm and bless me with Your Name. I am honored only by Your Grace. In the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy, vibrate and meditate with love on the One Lord of the Universe, who is Merciful to the meek. Nanak, the lowly and helpless, seeks the Sanctuary of the Lord, who in His Kindness has made him His Own. || 3 || He unites us with Himself. Our Sovereign Lord King is the Destroyer of fear. My Wondrous Lord and Master is the Inner-knower, the Searcher of hearts. My Beloved, the Treasure of virtue, has met me. Supreme happiness and peace well up, as I cherish the Glorious Virtues of the Lord of the Universe. Meeting with Him, I am embellished and exalted; gazing on Him, I am fascinated, and I realize my pre-ordained destiny. Prays Nanak, I seek the Sanctuary of those who meditate on the Lord, Har, Har. || 4 || 1 ||



SHALOK, THIRD MEHL: Meeting with the Guru, the mind is delighted, like the earth embellished by the rain. Everything becomes green and lush; the pools and ponds are filled to overflowing. The inner self is imbued with the deep crimson color of love for the True Lord. The heart-lotus blossoms forth and the mind becomes true; through the Word of the Guru's Shabad, it is ecstatic and exalted.

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The self-willed manmukh is on the wrong side. You can see this with your own eyes. He is caught in the trap like the deer; the Messenger of Death hovers over his head. Hunger, thirst and slander are evil; sexual desire and anger are horrible. These cannot be seen with your eyes, until you contemplate the Word of the Shabad. Whoever is pleasing to You is content; all his entanglements are gone. Serving the Guru, his capital is preserved. The Guru is the ladder and the boat. O Nanak, whoever is attached to the Lord receives the essence; O True Lord, You are found when the mind is true. || 1 || FIRST MEHL: There is one path and one door. The Guru is the ladder to reach one's own place. Our Lord and Master is so beautiful, O Nanak; all comfort and peace are in the Name of the True Lord. || 2 || PAUREE: He Himself created Himself; He Himself understands Himself. Separating the sky and the earth, He has spread out His canopy. Without any pillars, He supports the sky, through the insignia of His Shabad. Creating the sun and the moon, He infused His Light into them. He created the night and the day; Wondrous are His miraculous plays. He created the sacred shrines of pilgrimage, where people contemplate righteousness and Dharma, and take cleansing baths on special occasions. There is no other equal to You; how can we speak and describe You? You are seated on the throne of Truth; all others come and go in reincarnation. || 1 || SHALOK, FIRST MEHL: O Nanak, when it rains in the month of Saawan, four are delighted: the snake, the deer, the fish and the wealthy people who seek pleasure. || 1 || FIRST MEHL: O Nanak, when it rains in the month of Saawan, four suffer the pains of separation: the cow's calves, the poor, the travellers and the servants. || 2 || PAUREE: You are True, O True Lord; You dispense True Justice. Like a lotus, You sit in the primal celestial trance; You are hidden from view. Brahma is called great, but even he does not know Your limits. You have no father or mother; who gave birth to You? You have no form or feature; You transcend all social classes. You have no hunger or thirst; You are satisfied and satiated. You have merged Yourself into the Guru; You are pervading through the Word of Your Shabad. When he is pleasing to the True Lord, the mortal merges in Truth. || 2 || SHALOK, FIRST MEHL: The physician was called in; he touched my arm and felt my pulse. The foolish physician did not know that the pain was in the mind. || 1 || SECOND MEHL: O physician, you are a competent physician, if you first diagnose the disease. Prescribe such a remedy, by which all sorts of illnesses may be cured. Administer that medicine, which will cure the disease, and allow peace to come and dwell in the body. Only when you are rid of your own disease, O Nanak, will you be known as a physician. || 2 || PAUREE: Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva and the deities were created. Brahma was given the Vedas, and enjoined to worship God. The ten incarnations, and Rama the king, came into being. According to His Will, they quickly killed all the demons. Shiva serves Him, but cannot find His limits. He established His throne on the principles of Truth. He enjoined all the world to its tasks, while He keeps Himself hidden from view.

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The Primal Lord has ordained that mortals must practice righteousness. || 3 || SHALOK, SECOND MEHL: The month of Saawan has come, O my companions; think of your Husband Lord. O Nanak, the discarded bride is in love with another; now she weeps and wails, and dies. || 1 || SECOND MEHL: The month of Saawan has come, O my companions; the clouds have burst forth with rain. O Nanak, the blessed soul-brides sleep in peace; they are in love with their Husband Lord. || 2 || PAUREE: He Himself has staged the tournament, and arranged the arena for the wrestlers. They have entered the arena with pomp and ceremony; the Gurmukhs are joyful. The false and foolish self-willed manmukhs are defeated and overcome. The Lord Himself wrestles, and He Himself defeats them. He Himself staged this play. The One God is the Lord and Master of all; this is known by the Gurmukhs. He writes the inscription of His Hukam on the foreheads of all, without pen or ink. In the Sat Sangat, the True Congregation, Union with Him is obtained; there, the Glorious Praises of the Lord are chanted forever. O Nanak, praising the True Word of His Shabad, one comes to realize the Truth. || 4 || SHALOK, THIRD MEHL: Hanging low, low and thick in the sky, the clouds are changing color. How do I know whether my love for my Husband Lord shall endure? The love of those soul-brides endures, if their minds are filled with the Love and the Fear of God. O Nanak, she who has no Love and Fear of God - her body shall never find peace. || 1 || THIRD MEHL: Hanging low, low and thick in the sky, the clouds come, and pure water rains down. O Nanak, that soul-bride suffers in pain, whose mind is torn away from her Husband Lord. || 2 || PAUREE: The One Lord created both sides and pervades the expanse. The words of the Vedas became pervasive, with arguments and divisions. Attachment and detachment are the two sides of it; Dharma, true religion, is the guide between the two. The self-willed manmukhs are worthless and false. Without a doubt, they lose in the Court of the Lord. Those who follow the Guru's Teachings are the true spiritual warriors; they have conquered sexual desire and anger. They enter into the True Mansion of the Lord's Presence, embellished and exalted by the Word of the Shabad. Those devotees are pleasing to Your Will, O Lord; they dearly love the True Name. I am a sacrifice to those who serve their True Guru. || 5 || SHALOK, THIRD MEHL: Hanging low, low and thick in the sky, the clouds come, and water rains down in torrents. O Nanak, she walks in harmony with the Will of her Husband Lord; she enjoys peace and pleasure forever. || 1 || THIRD MEHL: Why are you standing up, standing up to look? You poor wretch, this cloud has nothing in its hands. The One who sent this cloud - cherish Him in your mind. He alone enshrines the Lord in his mind, upon whom the Lord bestows His Glance of Grace. O Nanak, all those who lack this Grace, cry and weep and wail. || 2 || PAUREE: Serve the Lord forever; He acts in no time at all. He stretched the sky across the heavens; in an instant, He creates and destroys. He Himself created the world; He contemplates His Creative Omnipotence. The self-willed manmukh will be called to account hereafter; he will be severely punished.

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The Gurmukh's account is settled with honor; the Lord blesses him with the treasure of His Praise. No one's hands can reach there; no one will hear anyone's cries. The True Guru will be your best friend there; at the very last instant, He will save you. These beings should serve no other than the True Guru or the Creator Lord above the heads of all. || 6 || SHALOK, THIRD MEHL: O sparrow-hawk, the One unto whom you call - everyone longs for that Lord. When He grants His Grace, it rains, and the forests and fields blossom forth in their greenery. By Guru's Grace, He is found; only a rare few understand this. Sitting down and standing up, meditate continually on Him, and be at peace forever and ever. O Nanak, the Ambrosial Nectar rains down forever; the Lord gives it to the Gurmukh. || 1 || THIRD MEHL: When the people of the world are suffering in pain, they call upon the Lord in loving prayer. The True Lord naturally listens and hears and gives comfort. He commands the god of rain, and the rain pours down in torrents. Corn and wealth are produced in great abundance and prosperity; their value cannot be estimated. O Nanak, praise the Naam, the Name of the Lord; He reaches out and gives sustenance to all beings. Eating this, peace is produced, and the mortal never again suffers in pain. || 2 || PAUREE: O Dear Lord, You are the Truest of the True. You blend those who are truthful into Your Own Being. Those caught in duality are on the side of duality; entrenched in falsehood, they cannot merge into the Lord. You Yourself unite, and You Yourself separate; You display Your Creative Omnipotence. Attachment brings the sorrow of separation; the mortal acts in accordance with pre-ordained destiny. I am a sacrifice to those who remain lovingly attached to the Lord's Feet. They are like the lotus which remains detached, floating upon the water. They are peaceful and beautiful forever; they eradicate self-conceit from within. They never suffer sorrow or separation; they are merged in the Being of the Lord. || 7 || SHALOK, THIRD MEHL: O Nanak, praise the Lord; everything is in His power. Serve Him, O mortal beings; there is none other than Him. The Lord God abides within the mind of the Gurmukh, and then he is at peace, forever and ever. He is never cynical; all anxiety has been taken out from within him. Whatever happens, happens naturally; no one has any say about it. When the True Lord abides in the mind, then the mind's desires are fulfilled. O Nanak, He Himself hears the words of those, whose accounts are in His Hands. || 1 || THIRD MEHL: The Ambrosial Nectar rains down continually; realize this through realization. Those who, as Gurmukh, realize this, keep the Lord's Ambrosial Nectar enshrined within their hearts. They drink in the Lord's Ambrosial Nectar, and remain forever imbued with the Lord; they conquer egotism and thirsty desires. The Name of the Lord is Ambrosial Nectar; the Lord showers His Grace, and it rains down. O Nanak, the Gurmukh comes to behold the Lord, the Supreme Soul. || 2 ||

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PAUREE: How can the unweighable be weighed? Without weighing Him, He cannot be obtained. Reflect on the Word of the Guru's Shabad, and immerse yourself in His Glorious Virtues. He Himself weighs Himself; He unites in Union with Himself. His value cannot be estimated; nothing can be said about this. I am a sacrifice to my Guru; He has made me realize this true realization. The world has been deceived, and the Ambrosial Nectar is being plundered. The self-willed manmukh does not realize this. Without the Name, nothing will go along with him; he wastes his life, and departs. Those who follow the Guru's Teachings and remain awake and aware, preserve and protect the home of their heart; demons have no power against them. || 8 || SHALOK, THIRD MEHL: O sparrow-hawk, do not cry out. Do not let this mind of yours be so thirsty for a drop of water. Obey the Hukam, the Command of your Lord and Master, and your thirst shall be quenched. Your love for Him shall increase four-fold. || 1 || THIRD MEHL: O sparrow-hawk, your place is in the water; you move around in the water. But you do not appreciate the water, and so you cry out. In the water and on the land, it rains down in the ten directions. No place is left dry. With so much rain, those who are die of thirst are very unfortunate. O Nanak, the Gurmukhs understand; the Lord abides within their minds. || 2 || PAUREE: The Yogic Masters, celibates, Siddhas and spiritual teachers - none of them has found the limits of the Lord. The Gurmukhs meditate on the Naam, and merge in You, O Lord. For thirty-six ages, God remained in utter darkness, as He pleased. The vast expanse of water swirled around. The Creator of all is Infinite, Endless and Inaccessible. He formed fire and conflict, hunger and thirst. Death hangs over the heads of the people of the world, in the love of duality. The Savior Lord saves those who realize the Word of the Shabad. || 9 || SHALOK, THIRD MEHL: This rain pours down on all; it rains down in accordance with God's Loving Will. Those trees become green and lush, which remain immersed in the Guru's Word. O Nanak, by His Grace, there is peace; the pain of these creatures is gone. || 1 || THIRD MEHL: The night is wet with dew; lightning flashes, and the rain pours down in torrents. Food and wealth are produced in abundance when it rains, if it is the Will of God. Consuming it, the minds of His creatures are satisfied, and they adopt the lifestyle of the way. This wealth is the play of the Creator Lord. Sometimes it comes, and sometimes it goes. The Naam is the wealth of the spiritually wise. It is permeating and pervading forever. O Nanak, those who are blessed with His Glance of Grace receive this wealth. || 2 || PAUREE: He Himself does, and causes all to be done. Unto whom can I complain? He Himself calls the mortal beings to account; He Himself causes them to act. Whatever pleases Him happens. Only a fool issues commands. He Himself saves and redeems; He Himself is the Forgiver. He Himself sees, and He Himself hears; He gives His Support to all. He alone is pervading and permeating all; He considers each and every one.

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The Gurmukh reflects on the self, lovingly attached to the True Lord. O Nanak, whom can we ask? He Himself is the Great Giver. || 10 || SHALOK, THIRD MEHL: This world is a sparrow-hawk; let no one be deluded by doubt. This sparrow-hawk is an animal; it has no understanding at all. The Name of the Lord is Ambrosial Nectar; drinking it in, thirst is quenched. O Nanak, those Gurmukhs who drink it in shall never again be afflicted by thirst. || 1 || THIRD MEHL: Malaar is a calming and soothing raga; meditating on the Lord brings peace and tranquility. When the Dear Lord grants His Grace, then the rain falls on all the people of the world. From this rain, all creatures find the ways and means to live, and the earth is embellished. O Nanak, this world is all water; everything came from water. By Guru's Grace, a rare few realize the Lord; such humble beings are liberated forever. || 2 || PAUREE: O True and Independent Lord God, You alone are my Lord and Master. You Yourself are everything; who else is of any account? False is the pride of man. True is Your glorious greatness. Coming and going in reincarnation, the beings and species of the world came into being. But if the mortal serves his True Guru, his coming into the world is judged to be worthwhile. And if he eradicates eogtism from within himself, then how can he be judged? The self-willed manmukh is lost in the darkness of emotional attachment, like the man lost in the wilderness. Countless sins are erased, by even a tiny particle of the Lord's Name. || 11 || SHALOK, THIRD MEHL: O sparrow-hawk, you do not know the Mansion of your Lord and Master's Presence. Offer your prayers to see this Mansion. You speak as you please, but your speech is not accepted. Your Lord and Master is the Great Giver; whatever you desire, you shall receive from Him. Not only the thirst of the poor sparrow-hawk, but the thirst of the whole world is quenched. || 1 || THIRD MEHL: The night is wet with dew; the sparrow-hawk sings the True Name with intuitive ease. This water is my very soul; without water, I cannot survive. Through the Word of the Guru's Shabad, this water is obtained, and egotism is eradicated from within. O Nanak, I cannot live without Him, even for a moment; the True Guru has led me to meet Him. || 2 || PAUREE: There are countless worlds and nether regions; I cannot calculate their number. You are the Creator, the Lord of the Universe; You create it, and You destroy it. The 8.4 million species of beings issued forth from You. Some are called kings, emperors and nobles. Some claim to be bankers and accumulate wealth, but in duality they lose their honor. Some are givers, and some are beggars; God is above the heads of all. Without the Name, they are vulgar, dreadful and wretched. Falsehood shall not last, O Nanak; whatever the True Lord does, comes to pass. || 12 || SHALOK, THIRD MEHL: O sparrow-hawk, the virtuous soul-bride attains the Mansion of her Lord's Presence; the unworthy, unvirtuous one is far away. Deep within your inner being, the Lord abides. The Gurmukh beholds Him ever-present. When the Lord bestows His Glance of Grace, the mortal no longer weeps and wails.

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O Nanak, those who are imbued with the Naam intuitively merge with the Lord; they practice the Word of the Guru's Shabad. || 1 || THIRD MEHL: The sparrow-hawk prays: O Lord, grant Your Grace, and bless me with the gift of the life of the soul. Without the water, my thirst is not quenched, and my breath of life is ended and gone. You are the Giver of peace, O Infinite Lord God; You are the Giver of the treasure of virtue. O Nanak, the Gurmukh is forgiven; in the end, the Lord God shall be your only friend. || 2 || PAUREE: He created the world; He considers the merits and demerits of the mortals. Those who are entangled in the three gunas - the three dispositions - do not love the Naam, the Name of the Lord. Forsaking virtue, they practice evil; they shall be miserable in the Court of the Lord. They lose their life in the gamble; why did they even come into the world? But those who conquer and subdue their minds, through the True Word of the Shabad - night and day, they love the Naam. Those people enshrine the True, Invisible and Infinite Lord in their hearts. You, O Lord, are the Giver, the Treasure of virtue; I am unvirtuous and unworthy. He alone finds You, whom You bless and forgive, and inspire to contemplate the Word of the Guru's Shabad. || 13 || SHALOK, FIFTH MEHL: The faithless cynics forget the Name of the Lord; the night of their lives does not pass in peace. Their days and nights become comfortable, O Nanak, singing the Glorious Praises of the Lord. || 1 || FIFTH MEHL: All sorts of jewels and gems, diamonds and rubies, shine forth from their foreheads. O Nanak, those who are pleasing to God, look beautiful in the Court of the Lord. || 2 || PAUREE: Serving the True Guru, I dwell on the True Lord. The work you have done for the True Guru shall be very useful in the end. The Messenger of Death cannot even touch that person who is protected by the True Lord. Lighting the lamp of the Guru's Teachings, my awareness has been awakened. The self-willed manmukhs are false; without the Name, they wander around like demons. They are nothing more than beasts, wrapped up in human skin; they are black-hearted within. The True Lord is pervading all; through the True Word of the Shabad, He is seen. O Nanak, the Naam is the greatest treasure. The Perfect Guru has revealed it to me. || 14 || SHALOK, THIRD MEHL: The sparrow-hawk realizes the Hukam of the Lord's Command with intuitive ease through the Guru. The clouds mercifully burst forth, and the rain pours down in torrents. The cries and wailings of the sparrow-hawk have ceased, and peace has come to abide in its mind. O Nanak, praise that Lord, who reaches out and gives sustenance to all beings and creatures. || 1 || THIRD MEHL: O sparrow-hawk, you do not know what thirst is within you, or what you can drink to quench it. You wander in the love of duality, and you do not obtain the Ambrosial Water. When God casts His Glance of Grace, then the mortal automatically meets the True Guru. O Nanak, the Ambrosial Water is obtained from the True Guru, and then the mortal remains merged in the Lord with intuitive ease. || 2 || PAUREE: Some go and sit in the forest realms, and do not answer any calls. Some, in the dead of winter, break the ice and immerse themselves in freezing water. Some rub ashes on their bodies, and never wash off their dirt.

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Some look hideous, with their uncut hair matted and dishevelled. They bring dishonor to their family and ancestry. Some wander naked day and night and never sleep. Some burn their limbs in fire, damaging and ruining themselves. Without the Name, the body is reduced to ashes; what good is it to speak and cry then? Those who serve the True Guru, are embellished and exalted in the Court of their Lord and Master. || 15 || SHALOK, THIRD MEHL: The sparrow-hawk chirps in the ambrosial hours of the morning before the dawn; its prayers are heard in the Court of the Lord. The order is issued to the clouds, to let the rains of mercy shower down. I am a sacrifice to those who enshrine the True Lord within their hearts. O Nanak, through the Name, all are rejuvenated, contemplating the Word of the Guru's Shabad. || 1 || THIRD MEHL: O sparrow-hawk, this is not the way to quench your thirst, even though you may cry out a hundred times. By God's Grace, the True Guru is found; by His Grace, love wells up. O Nanak, when the Lord and Master abides in the mind, corruption and evil leave from within. || 2 || PAUREE: Some are Jains, wasting their time in the wilderness; by their pre-ordained destiny, they are ruined. The Naam, the Name of the Lord, is not on their lips; they do not bathe at sacred shrines of pilgrimage. They pull out their hair with their hands, instead of shaving. They remain unclean day and night; they do not love the Word of the Shabad. They have no status, no honor, and no good karma. They waste away their lives in vain. Their minds are false and impure; that which they eat is impure and defiled. Without the Shabad, no one achieves a lifestyle of good conduct. The Gurmukh is absorbed in the True Lord God, the Universal Creator. || 16 || SHALOK, THIRD MEHL: In the month of Saawan, the bride is happy, contemplating the Word of the Guru's Shabad. O Nanak, she is a happy soul-bride forever; her love for the Guru is unlimited. || 1 || THIRD MEHL: In Saawan, she who has no virtue is burned, in attachment and love of duality. O Nanak, she does not appreciate the value of her Husband Lord; all her decorations are worthless. || 2 || PAUREE: The True, Unseen, Mysterious Lord is not won over by stubbornness. Some sing according to traditional ragas, but the Lord is not pleased by these ragas. Some dance and dance and keep the beat, but they do not worship Him with devotion. Some refuse to eat; what can be done with these fools? Thirst and desire have greatly increased; nothing brings satisfaction. Some are tied down by rituals; they hassle themselves to death. In this world, profit comes by drinking in the Ambrosial Nectar of the Naam. The Gurmukhs gather in loving devotional worship of the Lord. || 17 || SHALOK, THIRD MEHL: Those Gurmukhs who sing in the Raga of Malaar - their minds and bodies become cool and calm. Through the Word of the Guru's Shabad, they realize the One, the One True Lord. Their minds and bodies are true; they obey the True Lord, and they are known as true. True devotional worship is deep within them; they are automatically blessed with honor. In this Dark Age of Kali Yuga, there is utter darkness; the self-willed manmukh cannot find the way. O Nanak, very blessed are those Gurmukhs, unto whom the Lord is revealed. || 1 || THIRD MEHL: The clouds rain down mercifully, and joy wells up in the minds of the people.

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I am forever a sacrifice to the One, by whose Command the clouds burst forth with rain. The Gurmukhs dwell on the Word of the Shabad. They sing the Glorious Praises of the True Lord. O Nanak, those humble beings who are imbued with the Naam are pure and immaculate. They are intuitively merged in the True Lord. || 2 || PAUREE: Serving the Perfect True Guru, I have found the Perfect Lord. Meditating on the Perfect Lord, by perfect karma, I have enshrined the Shabad within my mind. Through perfect spiritual wisdom and meditation, my filth has been washed away. The Lord is my sacred shrine of pilgrimage and pool of purification; I wash my mind in Him. One who dies in the Shabad and conquers his mind - blessed is the mother who gave birth to him. He is true in the Court of the Lord, and his coming into this world is judged to be true. No one can challenge that person, with whom our Lord and Master is pleased. O Nanak, praising the True Lord, his pre-ordained destiny is activated. || 18 || SHALOK, THIRD MEHL: Those who give out ceremonial hats of recognition are fools; those who receive them have no shame. The mouse cannot enter its hole with a basket tied around its waist. Those who give out blessings shall die, and those that they bless shall also depart. O Nanak, no one knows the Lord's Command, by which all must depart. The spring harvest is the Name of the One Lord; the harvest of autumn is the True Name. I receive a letter of pardon from my Lord and Master, when I reach His Court. There are so many courts of the world, and so many who come and go there. There are so many beggars begging; so many beg and beg until death. || 1 || FIRST MEHL: The elephant eats a hundred pounds of ghee and molasses, and five hundred pounds of corn. He belches and grunts and scatters dust, and when the breath leaves his body, he regrets it. The blind and arrogant die insane. Submitting to the Lord, one become pleasing to Him. The sparrow eats only half a grain, then it flies through the sky and chirps. The good sparrow is pleasing to her Lord and Master, if she chirps the Name of the Lord. The powerful tiger kills hundreds of deer, and all sorts of other animals eat what it leaves. It becomes very strong, and cannot be contained in its den, but when it must go, it regrets. So who is impressed by the roar of the blind beast? He is not pleasing at all to his Lord and Master. The insect loves the milkweed plant; perched on its branch, it eats it. It becomes good and pleasing to its Lord and Master, if it chirps the Name of the Lord. O Nanak, the world lasts for only a few days; indulging in pleasures, pain is produced. There are many who boast and brag, but none of them can remain detached from the world. The fly dies for the sake of sweets. O Lord, death does not even approach those whom You protect. You carry them across the terrifying world-ocean. || 2 || PAUREE: You are Inaccessible and Unfathomable, O Invisible and Infinite True Lord Master. You are the Giver, all are beggars of You. You alone are the Great Giver. Those who serve You find peace, reflecting on the Guru's Teachings. Some, according to Your Will, are in love with Maya. Through the Word of the Guru's Shabad, praise the Lord with love and affection within. Without love, there is no devotion. Without the True Guru, love is not enshrined. You are the Lord God; everyone serves You. This is the prayer of Your humble minstrel.

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