Sri Guru Granth Sahib Translation


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They are tormenting and torturing me. I have come, seeking Your Sanctuary. || 1 || Trying all sorts of things, I have grown weary, but still, they will not leave me alone. But I have heard that they can be rooted out, in the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy; and so I seek their Shelter. || 2 || In their Mercy, the Saints have met me, and from them, I have obtained satisfaction. The Saints have given me the Mantra of the Fearless Lord, and now I practice the Word of the Guru's Shabad. || 3 || I have now conquered those terrible evil-doers, and my speech is now sweet and sublime. Says Nanak, the Divine Light has dawned within my mind; I have obtained the state of Nirvaanaa. || 4 || 4 || 125 || GAUREE, FIFTH MEHL: He is the Eternal King. The Fearless Lord abides with you. So where does this fear come from? || 1 || Pause || In one person, You are arrogant and proud, and in another, You are meek and humble. In one person, You are all by Yourself, and in another, You are poor. || 1 || In one person, you are a Pandit, a religious scholar and a preacher, and in another, You are just a fool. In one person, You grab hold of everything, and in another, You accept nothing. || 2 || What can the poor wooden puppet do? The Master Puppeteer knows everything. As the Puppeteer dresses the puppet, so is the role the puppet plays. || 3 || The Lord has created the various chambers of assorted descriptions, and He Himself protects them. As is that vessel in which the Lord places the soul, so does it dwell. What can this poor being do? || 4 || The One who created the thing, understands it; He has fashioned all of this. Says Nanak, the Lord and Master is Infinite; He alone understands the value of His Creation. || 5 || 5 || 126 || GAUREE, FIFTH MEHL: Give them up - give up the pleasures of corruption; you are entangled in them, you crazy fool, like an animal grazing in the green fields. || 1 || Pause || That which you believe to be of use to you, shall not go even an inch with you. Naked you came, and naked you shall depart. You shall go round and round the cycle of birth and death, and you shall be food for Death. || 1 || Watching, watching the transitory dramas of the world, you are embroiled and enmeshed in them, and you laugh with delight. The string of life is wearing thin, day and night, and you have done nothing for your soul. || 2 || Doing your deeds, you have grown old; your voice fails you, and your body has become weak. You were enticed by Maya in your youth, and your attachment for it has not diminished, one little bit. || 3 || The Guru has shown me that this is the way of the world; I have abandoned the dwelling of pride, and entered Your Sanctuary. The Saint has shown me the Path of God; slave Nanak has implanted devotional worship and the Praise of the Lord. || 4 || 6 || 127 || GAUREE, FIFTH MEHL: Except for You, who is mine? O my Beloved, You are the Support of the breath of life. || 1 || Pause || You alone know the condition of my inner being. You are my Beautiful Friend.

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I receive all comforts from You, O my Unfathomable and Immeasurable Lord and Master. || 1 || I cannot describe Your Manifestations, O Treasure of Excellence, O Giver of peace. God is Inaccessible, Incomprehensible and Imperishable; He is known through the Perfect Guru. || 2 || My doubt and fear have been taken away, and I have been made pure, since my ego was conquered. My fear of birth and death has been abolished, beholding Your Blessed Vision in the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy. || 3 || I wash the Guru's Feet and serve Him; I am a sacrifice to Him, 100,000 times. By His Grace, servant Nanak has crossed over this terrifying world-ocean; I am united with my Beloved. || 4 || 7 || 128 || GAUREE, FIFTH MEHL: Who can please You, except You Yourself? Gazing upon Your Beauteous Form, all are entranced. || 1 || Pause || In the heavenly paradise, in the nether regions of the underworld, on the planet earth and throughout the galaxies, the One Lord is pervading everywhere. Everyone calls upon You with their palms pressed together, saying, "Shiva, Shiva". O Merciful Lord and Master, everyone cries out for Your Help. || 1 || Your Name, O Lord and Master, is the Purifier of sinners, the Giver of peace, immaculate, cooling and soothing. O Nanak, spiritual wisdom, meditation and glorious greatness come from dialogue and discourse with Your Saints. || 2 || 8 || 129 || GAUREE, FIFTH MEHL: Meet with me, O my Dear Beloved. O God, whatever You do - that alone happens. || 1 || Pause || Wandering around through countless incarnations, I endured pain and suffering in so many lives, over and over again. By Your Grace, I obtained this human body; grant me the Blessed Vision of Your Darshan, O Sovereign Lord King. || 1 || That which pleases His Will has come to pass; no one else can do anything. By Your Will, enticed by the illusion of emotional attachment, the people are asleep; they do not wake up. || 2 || Please hear my prayer, O Lord of Life, O Beloved, Ocean of mercy and compassion. Save me, O my Father God. I am an orphan - please, cherish me! || 3 || You reveal the Blessed Vision of Your Darshan, for the sake of the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy. Grant Your Grace, and bless us with the dust of the feet of the Saints; Nanak yearns for this peace. || 4 || 9 || 130 || GAUREE, FIFTH MEHL: I am a sacrifice to those who take the Support of the Naam. || 1 || Pause || How can I recount the praises of those humble beings who are attuned to the Love of the Supreme Lord God? Peace, intuitive poise and bliss are with them. There are no other givers equal to them. || 1 || They have come to save the world - those humble beings who thirst for His Blessed Vision. Those who seek their Sanctuary are carried across; in the Society of the Saints, their hopes are fulfilled. || 2 || If I fall at their Feet, then I live; associating with those humble beings, I remain happy. O God, please be merciful to me, that my mind might become the dust of the feet of Your devotees. || 3 || Power and authority, youth and age - whatever is seen in this world, all of it shall fade away. The treasure of the Naam, the Name of the Lord, is forever new and immaculate. Nanak has earned this wealth of the Lord. || 4 || 10 || 131 ||

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GAUREE, FIFTH MEHL: I came to the Guru, to learn the Way of Yoga. The True Guru has revealed it to me through the Word of the Shabad. || 1 || Pause || He is contained in the nine continents of the world, and within this body; each and every moment, I humbly bow to Him. I have made the Guru's Teachings my ear-rings, and I have enshrined the One Formless Lord within my being. || 1 || I have brought the five disciples together, and they are now under the control of the one mind. When the ten hermits become obedient to the Lord, then I became an immaculate Yogi. || 2 || I have burnt my doubt, and smeared my body with the ashes. My path is to see the One and Only Lord. I have made that intuitive peace my food; the Lord Master has written this pre-ordained destiny upon my forehead. || 3 || In that place where there is no fear, I have assumed my Yogic posture. The unstruck melody of His Bani is my horn. I have made contemplation upon the essential reality my Yogic staff. The Love of the Name in my mind is my Yogic lifestyle. || 4 || By great good fortune, such a Yogi is met, who cuts away the bonds of Maya. Nanak serves and adores this wondrous person, and kisses his feet. || 5 || 11 || 132 || GAUREE, FIFTH MEHL: The Naam, the Name of the Lord, is an incomparably beautiful treasure. Listen, everyone, and meditate on it, O friends. Those, unto whom the Guru has given the Lord's medicine - their minds become pure and immaculate. || 1 || Pause || Darkness is dispelled from within that body, in which the Divine Light of the Guru's Shabad shines. The noose of doubt is cut away from those who place their faith in the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy. || 1 || The treacherous and terrifying world-ocean is crossed over, in the boat of the Saadh Sangat. My mind's desires are fulfilled, meeting the Guru, in love with the Lord. || 2 || The devotees have found the treasure of the Naam; their minds and bodies are satisfied and satiated. O Nanak, the Dear Lord gives it only to those who surrender to the Lord's Command. || 3 || 12 || 133 || GAUREE, FIFTH MEHL: Please be kind and compassionate, O Lord of my life; I am helpless, and I seek Your Sanctuary, God. Please, give me Your Hand, and lift me up, out of the deep dark pit. I have no clever tricks at all. || 1 || Pause || You are the Doer, the Cause of causes - You are everything. You are All-powerful; there is no other than You. You alone know Your condition and extent. They alone become Your servants, upon whose foreheads such good destiny is recorded. || 1 || You are imbued with Your servant, God; Your devotees are woven into Your Fabric, through and through. O Darling Beloved, they yearn for Your Name and the Blessed Vision of Your Darshan, like the chakvee bird which longs to see the moon. || 2 || Between the Lord and His Saint, there is no difference at all. Among hundreds of thousands and millions, there is scarcely one humble being. Those whose hearts are illuminated by God, sing the Kirtan of His Praises night and day with their tongues. || 3 || You are All-powerful and Infinite, the most lofty and exalted, the Giver of peace; O God, You are the Support of the breath of life.

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Please show mercy to Nanak, O God, that he may remain in the Society of the Saints. || 4 || 13 || 134 || GAUREE, FIFTH MEHL: O Saint, You are attuned to the Lord. Please stand my me, Architect of Destiny; please take me to my destination, Great Giver. || 1 || Pause || You alone know Your mystery; You are the Perfect Architect of Destiny. I am a helpless orphan - please keep me under Your Protection and save me. || 1 || Your Feet are the boat to carry us across the world-ocean; You alone know Your ways. Those whom You keep protected, by Your Kindness, cross over to the other side. || 2 || Here and hereafter, God, You are All-powerful; everything is in Your Hands. Please give me that treasure, which will go along with me, O servant of the Lord. || 3 || I am without virtue - please bless me with virtue, so that my mind might chant the Name of the Lord. By the Grace of the Saints, Nanak has met the Lord; his mind and body are soothed and satisfied. || 4 || 14 || 135 || GAUREE, FIFTH MEHL: I am intuitively absorbed in the Divine Lord. The Divine True Guru has become Merciful to me. || 1 || Pause || Cutting away the halter, He has made me His slave, and now I work for the Saints. I have become a worshipper of the One Name; the Guru has shown me this amazing wonder. || 1 || The Divine Light has dawned, and everything is illuminated; the Guru has revealed this spiritual wisdom to my mind. Drinking deeply of the Ambrosial Naam, the Name of the Lord, my mind is satisfied, and my fears have been vanquished. || 2 || Accepting the Command of the Lord's Will, I have found total peace; the home of suffering has been destroyed. When God, our Lord and Master was totally pleased, He revealed everything in the form of ecstasy. || 3 || Nothing comes, and nothing goes; this play is all set in motion by the Lord, the Sovereign King. Says Nanak, our Lord and Master is inaccessible and unfathomable. The Lord's devotees take His Name as their Support. || 4 || 15 || 136 || GAUREE, FIFTH MEHL: He is the Supreme Lord God, the Perfect Transcendent Lord; O my mind, hold tight to the Support of the One who established the solar systems and galaxies. Chant the Name of that Lord. || 1 || Pause || Renounce the intellectual cleverness of your mind, O humble servants of the Lord; understanding the Hukam of His Command, peace is found. Whatever God does, accept that with pleasure; in comfort and in suffering, meditate on Him. || 1 || The Creator emancipates millions of sinners in an instant, without a moment's delay. The Lord, the Destroyer of the pain and sorrow of the poor, blesses those with whom He is pleased. || 2 || He is Mother and Father, the Cherisher of all; He is the Breath of life of all beings, the Ocean of peace. While giving so generously, the Creator does not diminish at all. The Source of jewels, He is All-pervading. || 3 || The beggar begs for Your Name, O Lord and Master; God is contained deep within the nucleus of each and every heart. Slave Nanak has entered His Sanctuary; no one returns from Him empty-handed. || 4 || 16 || 137 ||

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Never forget the Lord, Har, Har, from your mind. Here and hereafter, He is the Giver of all peace. He is the Cherisher of all hearts. || 1 || Pause || He removes the most terrible pains in an instant, if the tongue repeats His Name. In the Lord's Sanctuary there is soothing coolness, peace and tranquility. He has extinguished the burning fire. || 1 || He saves us from the hellish pit of the womb, and carries us across the terrifying world-ocean. Adoring His Lotus Feet in the mind, the fear of death is banished. || 2 || He is the Perfect, Supreme Lord God, the Transcendent Lord, lofty, unfathomable and infinite. Singing His Glorious Praises, and meditating on the Ocean of peace, one's life is not lost in the gamble. || 3 || My mind is engrossed in sexual desire, anger, greed and attachment, O Giver to the unworthy. Please grant Your Grace, and bless me with Your Name; Nanak is forever a sacrifice to You. || 4 || 1 || 138 ||




There is no peace without devotional worship of the Lord. Be victorious, and win the priceless jewel of this human life, by meditating on Him in the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy, even for an instant. || 1 || Pause || Many have renounced and left their children, wealth, spouses, joyful games and pleasures. || 1 || Horses, elephants and the pleasures of power - leaving these behind, the fool must depart naked. || 2 || The body, scented with musk and sandalwood - that body shall come to roll in the dust. || 3 || Infatuated with emotional attachment, they think that God is far away. Says Nanak, he is Ever-present! || 4 || 1 || 139 || GAUREE, FIFTH MEHL: O mind, cross over with the Support of the Lord's Name. The Guru is the boat to carry you across the world-ocean, through the waves of cynicism and doubt. || 1 || Pause || In this Dark Age of Kali Yuga, there is only pitch darkness. The lamp of the Guru's spiritual wisdom illuminates and enlightens. || 1 || The poison of corruption is spread out far and wide. Only the virtuous are saved, chanting and meditating on the Lord. || 2 || Intoxicated with Maya, the people are asleep. Meeting the Guru, doubt and fear are dispelled. || 3 || Says Nanak, meditate on the One Lord; behold Him in each and every heart. || 4 || 2 || 140 || GAUREE, FIFTH MEHL: You alone are my Chief Advisor. I serve You with the Support of the Guru. || 1 || Pause || By various devices, I could not find You. Taking hold of me, the Guru has made me Your slave. || 1 || I have conquered the five tyrants. By Guru's Grace, I have vanquished the army of evil. || 2 || I have received the One Name as His bounty and blessing. Now, I dwell in peace, poise and bliss. || 3 ||

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The slaves of God are good. O Nanak, their faces are radiant. || 4 || 3 || 141 || GAUREE, FIFTH MEHL: Hey, soul: your only Support is the Naam, the Name of the Lord. Whatever else you do or make happen, the fear of death still hangs over you. || 1 || Pause || He is not obtained by any other efforts. By great good fortune, meditate on the Lord. || 1 || You may know hundreds of thousands of clever tricks, but not even one will be of any use at all hereafter. || 2 || Good deeds done in the pride of ego are swept away, like the house of sand by water. || 3 || When God the Merciful shows His Mercy, Nanak receives the Naam in the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy. || 4 || 4 || 142 || GAUREE, FIFTH MEHL: I am a sacrifice, dedicated hundreds of thousands of times, to my Lord and Master. His Name, and His Name alone, is the Support of the breath of life. || 1 || Pause || You alone are the Doer, the Cause of causes. You are the Support of all beings and creatures. || 1 || O God, You are my power, authority and youth. You are absolute, without attributes, and also related, with the most sublime attributes. || 2 || Here and hereafter, You are my Savior and Protector. By Guru's Grace, some understand You. || 3 || God is All-knowing, the Inner-knower, the Searcher of hearts. You are Nanak's strength and support. || 4 || 5 || 143 || GAUREE, FIFTH MEHL: Worship and adore the Lord, Har, Har, Har. In the Society of the Saints, He dwells in the mind; doubt, emotional attachment and fear are vanquished. || 1 || Pause || The Vedas, the Puraanas and the Simritees are heard to proclaim that the Lord's servant dwells as the highest of all. || 1 || All places are filled with fear - know this well. Only the Lord's servants are free of fear. || 2 || People wander through 8.4 million incarnations. God's people are not subject to birth and death. || 3 || Nanak has taken to the Sanctuary of the Lord's Holy Saints; he has given up power, wisdom, cleverness and egotism. || 4 || 6 || 144 || GAUREE, FIFTH MEHL: O my mind, sing the Glorious Praises of the Lord's Name. Serve the Lord continually and continuously; with each and every breath, meditate on the Lord. || 1 || Pause || In the Society of the Saints, the Lord dwells in the mind, and pain, suffering, darkness and doubt depart. || 1 || That humble being, who meditates on the Lord, by the Grace of the Saints, is not afflicted with pain. || 2 || Those unto whom the Guru gives the Mantra of the Lord's Name, are saved from the fire of Maya. || 3 || Be kind to Nanak, O God; let the Lord's Name dwell within my mind and body. || 4 || 7 || 145 || GAUREE, FIFTH MEHL: With your tongue, chant the Name of the One Lord. In this world, it shall bring you peace, comfort and great joy; hereafter, it shall go with your soul, and shall be of use to you. || 1 || Pause || The disease of your ego shall be eradicated. By Guru's Grace, practice Raja Yoga, the Yoga of meditation and success. || 1 || Those who taste the sublime essence of the Lord have their thirst quenched. || 2 || Those who have found the Lord, the Treasure of peace, shall not go anywhere else again. || 3 || Those, unto whom the Guru has given the Lord's Name, Har, Har - O Nanak, their fears are removed. || 4 || 8 || 146 ||

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GAUREE, FIFTH MEHL: One who forgets the Lord's Name, suffers in pain. Those who join the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy, and dwell upon the Lord, find the Ocean of virtue. || 1 || Pause || Those Gurmukhs whose hearts are filled with wisdom, hold the nine treasures, and the miraculous spiritual powers of the Siddhas in the palms of their hands. || 1 || Those who know the Lord God as their Master, do not lack anything. || 2 || Those who realize the Creator Lord, enjoy all peace and pleasure. || 3 || Those whose inner homes are filled with the Lord's wealth - says Nanak, in their company, pain departs. || 4 || 9 || 147 || GAUREE, FIFTH MEHL: Your pride is so great, but what about your origins? You cannot remain, no matter how much you try to hold on. || 1 || Pause || That which is forbidden by the Vedas and the Saints - with that, you are in love. Like the gambler losing the game of chance, you are held in the power of sensory desires. || 1 || The One who is All-powerful to empty out and fill up - you have no love for His Lotus Feet. O Nanak, I have been saved, in the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy. I have been blessed by the Treasure of Mercy. || 2 || 10 || 148 || GAUREE, FIFTH MEHL: I am the slave of my Lord and Master. I eat whatever God gives me. || 1 || Pause || Such is my Lord and Master. In an instant, He creates and embellishes. || 1 || I do that work which pleases my Lord and Master. I sing the songs of God's glory, and His wondrous play. || 2 || I seek the Sanctuary of the Lord's Prime Minister; beholding Him, my mind is comforted and consoled. || 3 || The One Lord is my support, the One is my steady anchor. Servant Nanak is engaged in the Lord's work. || 4 || 11 || 149 || GAUREE, FIFTH MEHL: Is there anyone, who can shatter his ego, and turn his mind away from this sweet Maya? || 1 || Pause || Humanity is in spiritual ignorance; people see things that do not exist. The night is dark and gloomy; how will the morning dawn? || 1 || Wandering, wandering all around, I have grown weary; trying all sorts of things, I have been searching. Says Nanak, He has shown mercy to me; I have found the treasure of the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy. || 2 || 12 || 150 || GAUREE, FIFTH MEHL: He is the Wish-fulfilling Jewel, the Embodiment of Mercy. || 1 || Pause || The Supreme Lord God is Merciful to the meek; meditating in remembrance on Him, peace is obtained. || 1 || The Wisdom of the Undying Primal Being is beyond comprehension. Hearing His Praises, millions of sins are erased. || 2 || O God, Treasure of Mercy, please bless Nanak with Your kindness, that he may repeat the Name of the Lord, Har, Har. || 3 || 13 || 151 || GAUREE POORBEE, FIFTH MEHL: O my mind, in the Sanctuary of God, peace is found. That day, when the Giver of life and peace is forgotten - that day passes uselessly. || 1 || Pause || You have come as a guest for one short night, and yet you hope to live for many ages. Households, mansions and wealth - whatever is seen, is like the shade of a tree. || 1 || My body, wealth, and all my gardens and property shall all pass away. You have forgotten your Lord and Master, the Great Giver.

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In an instant, these shall belong to somebody else. || 2 || You wear white clothes and take cleansing baths, and anoint yourself with sandalwood oil. But you do not remember the Fearless, Formless Lord - you are like an elephant bathing in the mud. || 3 || When God becomes merciful, He leads you to meet the True Guru; all peace is in the Name of the Lord. The Guru has liberated me from bondage; servant Nanak sings the Glorious Praises of the Lord. || 4 || 14 || 152 || GAUREE, FIFTH MEHL: O my mind, dwell always upon the Guru, Guru, Guru. The Guru has made the jewel of this human life prosperous and fruitful. I am a sacrifice to the Blessed Vision of His Darshan. || 1 || Pause || As many breaths and morsels as you take, O my mind - so many times, sing His Glorious Praises. When the True Guru becomes merciful, then this wisdom and understanding is obtained. || 1 || O my mind, taking the Naam, you shall be released from the bondage of death, and the peace of all peace will be found. Serving your Lord and Master, the True Guru, the Great Giver, you shall obtain the fruits of your mind's desires. || 2 || The Name of the Creator is your beloved friend and child; it alone shall go along with you, O my mind. So serve your True Guru, and you shall receive the Name from the Guru. || 3 || When God, the Merciful Guru, showered His Mercy upon me, all my anxieties were dispelled. Nanak has found the peace of the Kirtan of the Lord's Praises. All his sorrows have been dispelled. || 4 || 15 || 153 ||




The thirst of only a few is quenched. || 1 || Pause || People may accumulate hundreds of thousands, millions, tens of millions, and yet the mind is not restrained. They only yearn for more and more. || 1 || They may have all sorts of beautiful women, but still, they commit adultery in the homes of others. They do not distinguish between good and bad. || 2 || They wander around lost, trapped in the myriad bonds of Maya; they do not sing the Praises of the Treasure of Virtue. Their minds are engrossed in poison and corruption. || 3 || Those, unto whom the Lord shows His Mercy, remain dead while yet alive. In the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy, they cross over the ocean of Maya. O Nanak, those humble beings are honored in the Court of the Lord. || 4 || 1 || 154 || GAUREE, FIFTH MEHL: The Lord is the essence of all. || 1 || Pause || Some practice Yoga, some indulge in pleasures; some live in spiritual wisdom, some live in meditation. Some are bearers of the staff. || 1 || Some chant in meditation, some practice deep, austere meditation; some worship Him in adoration, some practice daily rituals. Some live the life of a wanderer. || 2 || Some live by the shore, some live on the water; some study the Vedas. Nanak loves to worship the Lord. || 3 || 2 || 155 || GAUREE, FIFTH MEHL: To sing the Kirtan of the Lord's Praises is my treasure. || 1 || Pause || You are my delight, You are my praise. You are my beauty, You are my love. O God, You are my hope and support. || 1 || You are my pride, You are my wealth. You are my honor, You are my breath of life. The Guru has repaired that which was broken. || 2 || You are in the household, and You are in the forest.

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You are in the village, and You are in the wilderness. Nanak: You are near, so very near! || 3 || 3 || 156 || GAUREE, FIFTH MEHL: I am intoxicated, intoxicated with the Love of the Lord. || 1 || Pause || I drink it in - I am drunk with it. The Guru has given it to me in charity. My mind is drenched with it. || 1 || It is my furnace, it is the cooling plaster. It is my love, it is my longing. My mind knows it as peace. || 2 || I enjoy intuitive peace, and I play in bliss; the cycle of reincarnation is ended for me, and I am merged with the Lord. Nanak is pierced through with the Word of the Guru's Shabad. || 3 || 4 || 157 ||




Chant the Lord's Name; O my friend, chant it. Hereafter, the path is terrifying and treacherous. || 1 || Pause || Serve, serve, forever serve the Lord. Death hangs over your head. Do seva, selfless service, for the Holy Saints, and the noose of Death shall be cut away. || 1 || You may make burnt offerings, sacrificial feasts and pilgrimages to sacred shrines in egotism, but your corruption only increases. You are subject to both heaven and hell, and you are reincarnated over and over again. || 2 || The realm of Shiva, the realms of Brahma and Indra as well - no place anywhere is permanent. Without serving the Lord, there is no peace at all. The faithless cynic comes and goes in reincarnation. || 3 || As the Guru has taught me, so have I spoken. Says Nanak, listen, people: sing the Kirtan of the Lord's Praises, and you shall be saved. || 4 || 1 || 158 ||




Adopting the innocent mind of a child, I have found peace. Joy and sorrow, profit and loss, birth and death, pain and pleasure - they are all the same to my consciousness, since I met the Guru. || 1 || Pause || As long as I plotted and planned things, I was full of frustration. When I met the Kind, Perfect Guru, then I obtained bliss so easily. || 1 || The more clever tricks I tried, the more bonds I was saddled with. When the Holy Saint placed His Hand upon my forehead, then I was liberated. || 2 || As long as I claimed, "Mine, mine!", I was surrounded by wickedness and corruption. But when I dedicated my mind, body and intellect to my Lord and Master, then I began to sleep in peace. || 3 || As long as I walked along, carrying the load, I continued to pay the fine. But I threw away that bundle, when I met the Perfect Guru; O Nanak, then I became fearless. || 4 || 1 || 159 || GAUREE MAALAA, FIFTH MEHL: I have renounced my desires; I have renounced them. I have renounced them; meeting the Guru, I have renounced them. All peace, joy, happiness and pleasures have come since I surrendered to the Will of the Lord of the Universe.

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|| 1 || Pause || Honor and dishonor are the same to me; I have placed my forehead upon the Guru's Feet. Wealth does not excite me, and misfortune does not disturb me; I have embraced love for my Lord and Master. || 1 || The One Lord and Master dwells in the home; He is seen in the wilderness as well. I have become fearless; the Saint has removed my doubts. The All-knowing Lord is pervading everywhere. || 2 || Whatever the Creator does, my mind is not troubled. By the Grace of the Saints and the Company of the Holy, my sleeping mind has been awakened. || 3 || Servant Nanak seeks Your Support; he has come to Your Sanctuary. In the Love of the Naam, the Name of the Lord, he enjoys intuitive peace; pain no longer touches him. || 4 || 2 || 160 || GAUREE MAALAA, FIFTH MEHL: I have found the jewel of my Beloved within my mind. My body is cooled, my mind is cooled and soothed, and I am absorbed into the Shabad, the Word of the True Guru. || 1 || Pause || My hunger has departed, my thirst has totally departed, and all my anxiety is forgotten. The Perfect Guru has placed His Hand upon my forehead; conquering my mind, I have conquered the whole world. || 1 || Satisfied and satiated, I remain steady within my heart, and now, I do not waver at all. The True Guru has given me the inexhaustible treasure; it never decreases, and never runs out. || 2 || Listen to this wonder, O Siblings of Destiny: the Guru has given me this understanding. I threw off the veil of illusion, when I met my Lord and Master; then, I forgot my jealousy of others. || 3 || This is a wonder which cannot be described. They alone know it, who have tasted it. Says Nanak, the Truth has been revealed to me. The Guru has given me the treasure; I have taken it and enshrined it within my heart. || 4 || 3 || 161 || GAUREE MAALAA, FIFTH MEHL: Those who take to the Sanctuary of the Lord, the King, are saved. All other people, in the mansion of Maya, fall flat on their faces on the ground. || 1 || Pause || The great men have studied the Shaastras, the Simritees and the Vedas, and they have said this: "Without the Lord's meditation, there is no emancipation, and no one has ever found peace." || 1 || People may accumulate the wealth of the three worlds, but the waves of greed are still not subdued. Without devotional worship of the Lord, where can anyone find stability? People wander around endlessly. || 2 || People engage in all sorts of mind-enticing pastimes, but their passions are not fulfilled. They burn and burn, and are never satisfied; without the Lord's Name, it is all useless. || 3 || Chant the Name of the Lord, my friend; this is the essence of perfect peace. In the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy, birth and death are ended. Nanak is the dust of the feet of the humble. || 4 || 4 || 162 || GAUREE MAALAA, FIFTH MEHL: Who can help me understand my condition? Only the Creator knows it. || 1 || Pause || This person does things in ignorance; he does not chant in meditation, and does not perform any deep, self-disciplined meditation. This mind wanders around in the ten directions - how can it be restrained? || 1 || "I am the lord, the master of my mind, body, wealth and lands. These are mine."

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In doubt and emotional attachment, this person understands nothing; with this leash, these feet are tied up. || 2 || What did this person do, when he did not exist? When the Immaculate and Formless Lord God was all alone, He did everything by Himself. || 3 || He alone knows His actions; He created this creation. Says Nanak, the Lord Himself is the Doer. The True Guru has dispelled my doubts. || 4 || 5 || 163 || GAUREE MAALAA, FIFTH MEHL: Without the Lord, other actions are useless. Meditative chants, intense deep meditation, austere self-discipline and rituals - these are plundered in this world. || 1 || Pause || Fasting, daily rituals, and austere self-discipline - those who keep the practice of these, are rewarded with less than a shell. Hereafter, the way is different, O Siblings of Destiny. There, these things are of no use at all. || 1 || Those who bathe at sacred shrines of pilgrimage, and wander over the earth, find no place of rest hereafter. There, these are of no use at all. By these things, they only please other people. || 2 || Reciting the four Vedas from memory, they do not obtain the Mansion of the Lord's Presence hereafter. Those who do not understand the One Pure Word, utter total nonsense. || 3 || Nanak voices this opinion: those who practice it, swim across. Serve the Guru, and meditate on the Naam; renounce the egotistical pride from your mind. || 4 || 6 || 164 || GAUREE MAALAA, FIFTH MEHL: O Lord, I chant Your Name, Har, Har, Har. I cannot do anything by myself, O Lord and Master. As You keep me, so I remain. || 1 || Pause || What can the mere mortal do? What is in the hands of this poor creature? As You attach us, so we are attached, O my Perfect Lord and Master. || 1 || Take pity on me, O Great Giver of all, that I may enshrine love for Your Form alone. Nanak offers this prayer to the Lord, that he may chant the Naam, the Name of the Lord. || 2 || 7 || 165 ||




O Merciful to the meek, O Dear Lord King, You have engaged millions of people in Your Service. You are the Lover of Your devotees; this is Your Nature. You are totally pervading all places. || 1 || How can I behold my Beloved? What is that way of life? Become the slave of the Saints, and serve at their feet. I dedicate this soul; I am a sacrifice, a sacrifice to them. Bowing low, I fall at the Feet of the Lord. || 2 || The Pandits, the religious scholars, study the books of the Vedas. Some become renunciates, and bathe at sacred shrines of pilgrimage. Some sing tunes and melodies and songs. But I meditate on the Naam, the Name of the Fearless Lord. || 3 || My Lord and Master has become merciful to me.

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