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The Lord's Praises have saved His Saints and devotees. I have found God - I am not searching for any other. || 7 || The Guru has shown me the unseen Mansion of the True Lord. His Mansion is eternal and unchanging; it is not a mere reflection of Maya. Through truth and contentment, doubt is dispelled. || 8 || That person, within whose mind the True Lord dwells - in his company, one becomes Gurmukh. O Nanak, the True Name washes off the pollution. || 9 || 15 || GAUREE, FIRST MEHL: One whose consciousness is permeated with the Lord's Name - receive the blessing of his darshan in the early light of dawn. || 1 || If you do not meditate on the Lord, it is your own misfortune. In each and every age, the Great Giver is my Lord God. || 1 || Pause || Following the Guru's Teachings, the perfect humble beings meditate on the Lord. Within their hearts, the unstruck melody vibrates. || 2 || Those who worship the Lord and love the Lord - showering His Mercy, God protects them. || 3 || Those whose hearts are filled with the Lord, Har, Har - gazing upon the blessed vision of their darshan, peace is obtained. || 4 || Among all beings, the One Lord is pervading. The eogtistical, self-willed manmukhs wander in reincarnation. || 5 || They alone understand, who have found the True Guru. Subduing their ego, they receive the Word of the Guru's Shabad. || 6 || How can anyone know of the Union between the being below and the Supreme Being above? The Gurmukhs obtain this Union; their minds are reconciliated. || 7 || I am a worthless sinner, without merit. What merit do I have? When God showers His Mercy, servant Nanak is emancipated. || 8 || 16 || SIXTEEN ASHTAPADEES OF GWAARAYREE GAUREE ||




As the dairy farmer watches over and protects his cows, so does the Lord cherish and protect us, night and day. He blesses the soul with peace. || 1 || Please protect me here and hereafter, O Lord, Merciful to the meek. I seek Your Sanctuary; please bless me with Your Glance of Grace. || 1 || Pause || Wherever I look, there You are. Save me, O Savior Lord! You are the Giver, and You are the Enjoyer; You are the Support of the breath of life. || 2 || According to the karma of past actions, people descend to the depths or rise to the heights, unless they contemplate spiritual wisdom. Without the Praises of the Lord of the Universe, the darkness is not dispelled. || 3 || I have seen the world being destroyed by greed and egotism. Only by serving the Guru is God obtained, and the true gate of liberation found. || 4 || The Mansion of the Infinite Lord's Presence is within the home of one's own being. He is beyond any boundaries. Without the Word of the Shabad, nothing shall endure. Through understanding, peace is obtained. || 5 || What have you brought, and what will you take away, when you are caught by the noose of Death? Like the bucket tied to the rope in the well, you are pulled up to the Akaashic Ethers, and then lowered down to the nether regions of the underworld. || 6 || Follow the Guru's Teachings, and do not forget the Naam, the Name of the Lord; you shall automatically obtain honor. Deep within the self is the treasure of the Shabad; it is obtained only by eradicating selfishness and conceit. || 7 || When God bestows His Glance of Grace, people settle in the Lap of the Virtuous Lord.

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O Nanak, this Union cannot be broken; the true profit is obtained. || 8 || 1 || 17 || GAUREE, FIRST MEHL: By Guru's Grace, one comes to understand, and then, the account is settled. In each and every heart is the Name of the Immaculate Lord; He is my Lord and Master. || 1 || Without the Word of the Guru's Shabad, no one is emancipated. See this, and reflect upon it. Even though you may perform hundreds of thousands of rituals, without the Guru, there is only darkness. || 1 || Pause || What can you say, to one who is blind and without wisdom? Without the Guru, the Path cannot be seen. How can anyone proceed? || 2 || He calls the counterfeit genuine, and does not know the value of the genuine. The blind man is known as an appraiser; this Dark Age of Kali Yuga is so strange! || 3 || The sleeper is said to be awake, and those who are awake are like sleepers. The living are said to be dead, and no one mourns for those who have died. || 4 || One who is coming is said to be going, and one who is gone is said to have come. That which belongs to others, he calls his own, but he has no liking for that which is his. || 5 || That which is sweet is said to be bitter, and the bitter is said to be sweet. One who is imbued with the Lord's Love is slandered - his is what I have seen in this Dark Age of Kali Yuga. || 6 || He serves the maid, and does not see his Lord and Master. Churning the water in the pond, no butter is produced. || 7 || One who understands the meaning of this verse is my Guru. O Nanak, one who knows his own self, is infinite and incomparable. || 8 || He Himself is All-pervading; He Himself misleads the people. By Guru's Grace, one comes to understand, that God is contained in all. || 9 || 2 || 18 ||




The pollution of the mind is the love of duality. Deluded by doubt, people come and go in reincarnation. || 1 || The pollution of the self-willed manmukhs will never go away, as long as they do not dwell on the Shabad, and the Name of the Lord. || 1 || Pause || All the created beings are contaminated by emotional attachment; they die and are reborn, only to die over and over again. || 2 || Fire, air and water are polluted. The food which is eaten is polluted. || 3 || The actions of those who do not worship the Lord are polluted. Attuned to the Naam, the Name of the Lord, the mind becomes immaculate. || 4 || Serving the True Guru, pollution is eradicated, and then, one does not suffer death and rebirth, or get devoured by death. || 5 || You may study and examine the Shaastras and the Simritees, but without the Name, no one is liberated. || 6 || Throughout the four ages, the Naam is the ultimate; reflect upon the Word of the Shabad. In this Dark Age of Kali Yuga, only the Gurmukhs cross over. || 7 || The True Lord does not die; He does not come or go. O Nanak, the Gurmukh remains absorbed in the Lord. || 8 || 1 || GAUREE, THIRD MEHL: Selfless service is the support of the breath of life of the Gurmukh. Keep the Dear Lord enshrined in your heart. The Gurmukh is honored in the Court of the True Lord. || 1 || O Pandit, O religious scholar, read about the Lord, and renounce your corrupt ways. The Gurmukh crosses over the terrifying world-ocean.

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|| 1 || Pause || The Gurmukh eradicates egotism from within. No filth sticks to the Gurmukh. The Naam, the Name of the Lord, comes to dwell within the mind of the Gurmukh. || 2 || Through karma and Dharma, good actions and righteous faith, the Gurmukh becomes true. The Gurmukh burns away egotism and duality. The Gurmukh is attuned to the Naam, and is at peace. || 3 || Instruct your own mind, and understand Him. You may preach to other people, but no one will listen. The Gurmukh understands, and is always at peace. || 4 || The self-willed manmukhs are such clever hypocrites. No matter what they do, it is not acceptable. They come and go in reincarnation, and find no place of rest. || 5 || The manmukhs perform their rituals, but they are totally selfish and conceited. They sit there, like storks, pretending to meditate. Caught by the Messenger of Death, they shall regret and repent in the end. || 6 || Without serving the True Guru, liberation is not obtained. By Guru's Grace, one meets the Lord. The Guru is the Great Giver, throughout the four ages. || 7 || For the Gurmukh, the Naam is social status, honor and glorious greatness. Maya, the daughter of the ocean, has been slain. O Nanak, without the Name, all clever tricks are false. || 8 || 2 || GAUREE, THIRD MEHL: Learn the Dharma of this age, O Siblings of Destiny; all understanding is obtained from the Perfect Guru. Here and hereafter, the Lord's Name is our Companion. || 1 || Learn of the Lord, and contemplate Him in your mind. By Guru's Grace, your filth shall be washed away. || 1 || Pause || Through argument and debate, He cannot be found. The mind and body are made insipid through the love of duality. Through the Word of the Guru's Shabad, lovingly attune yourself to the True Lord. || 2 || This world is polluted with egotism. By taking cleansing baths daily at sacred shrines of pilgrimage, egotism is not eliminated. Without meeting the Guru, they are tortured by Death. || 3 || Those humble beings are true, who conquer their ego. Through the Word of the Guru's Shabad, they conquer the five thieves. They save themselves, and save all their generations as well. || 4 || The Actor has staged the drama of emotional attachment to Maya. The self-willed manmukhs cling blindly to it. The Gurmukhs remain detached, and lovingly attune themselves to the Lord. || 5 || The disguisers put on their various disguises. Desire rages within them, and they carry on egotistically. They do not understand themselves, and they lose the game of life. || 6 || Putting on religious robes, they act so clever, but they are totally deluded by doubt and emotional attachment to Maya. Without serving the Guru, they suffer in terrible pain. || 7 || Those who are attuned to the Naam, the Name of the Lord, remain detached forever. Even as householders, they lovingly attune themselves to the True Lord. O Nanak, those who serve the True Guru are blessed and very fortunate. || 8 || 3 || GAUREE, THIRD MEHL: Brahma is the founder of the study of the Vedas. From him emanated the gods, enticed by desire. They wander in the three qualities, and they do not dwell within their own home. || 1 || The Lord has saved me; I have met the True Guru. He has implanted devotional worship of the Lord's Name, night and day. || 1 || Pause || The songs of Brahma entangle people in the three qualities.

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Reading about the debates and disputes, they are hit over the head by the Messenger of Death. They do not understand the essence of reality, and they gather their worthless bundles of straw. || 2 || The self-willed manmukhs, in ignorance, take the path of evil. They forget the Lord's Name, and in its place, they establish all sorts of rituals. They drown in the terrifying world-ocean, in the love of duality. || 3 || Driven crazy, infatuated by Maya, they call themselves Pandits - religious scholars; stained with corruption, they suffer terrible pain. The noose of the Messenger of Death is around their necks; they are constantly tormented by death. || 4 || The Messenger of Death does not even approach the Gurmukhs. Through the Word of the Shabad, they burn away their ego and duality. Attuned to the Name, they sing the Glorious Praises of the Lord. || 5 || Maya is the slave of the Lord's devotees; it works for them. One who falls at their feet attains the Mansion of the Lord's Presence. He is forever immaculate; he is absorbed in intuitive peace. || 6 || Those who listen to the Lord's Sermon are seen to be the wealthy people in this world. Everyone bows down to them, and adores them, night and day. They intuitively savor the Glories of the True Lord within their minds. || 7 || The Perfect True Guru has revealed the Shabad; it eradicates the three qualities, and attunes the consciousness to the fourth state. O Nanak, subduing egotism, one is absorbed into God. || 8 || 4 || GAUREE, THIRD MEHL: Brahma studied the Vedas, but these lead only to debates and disputes. He is filled with darkness; he does not understand himself. And yet, if he chants the Word of the Guru's Shabad, he finds God. || 1 || So serve the Guru, and you shall not be consumed by death. The self-willed manmukhs have been consumed by the love of duality. || 1 || Pause || Becoming Gurmukh, the sinful mortals are purified. Through the Word of the Guru's Shabad, they find intuitive peace and poise deep within. I have found my God, through the Guru's Shabad, and I have been reformed. || 2 || God Himself unites us in Union with the True Guru, when we become pleasing to the Mind of my True God. They sing the Glorious Praises of the Lord, in the poise of celestial peace. || 3 || Without the True Guru, they are deluded by doubt. The blind, self-willed manmukhs constantly eat poison. They are beaten by the Messenger of Death with his rod, and they suffer in constant pain. || 4 || The Messenger of Death does not catch sight of those who enter the Sanctuary of the Lord. Subduing egotism, they lovingly center their consciousness on the True Lord. They keep their consciousness constantly focused on the Lord's Name. || 5 || Those humble beings who serve the True Guru are pure and immaculate. Merging their minds into the Mind, they conquer the entire world. In this way, you too shall find happiness, O my friend. || 6 || Those who serve the True Guru are blessed with fruitful rewards. The Naam, the Name of the Lord, abides in their hearts; selfishness and conceit depart from within them. The unstruck melody of the Shabad vibrates for them. || 7 || Who - who has not been purified by the True Guru, O my Siblings of Destiny? The devotees are purified, and honored in His Court. O Nanak, greatness is in the Lord's Name. || 8 || 5 || GAUREE, THIRD MEHL: Those who speak of the three qualities - their doubts do not depart. Their bonds are not broken, and they do not obtain liberation. The True Guru is the Bestower of liberation in this age. || 1 || Those mortals who become Gurmukh give up their doubts. The celestial music wells up, when they lovingly attune their consciousness to the Lord. || 1 || Pause ||

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Those who are controlled by the three qualities have death hovering over their heads. They do not remember the Name of the Creator Lord. They die, and are reborn, over and over, again and again. || 2 || Those whose guru is spiritually blind - their doubts are not dispelled. Abandoning the Source of all, they have become attached to the love of duality. Infected with poison, they are immersed in poison. || 3 || Believing Maya to be the source of all, they wander in doubt. They have forgotten the Dear Lord, and they are in love with duality. The supreme status is obtained only by those who are blessed with His Glance of Grace. || 4 || One who has Truth pervading within, radiates Truth outwardly as well. The Truth does not remain hidden, even though one may try to hide it. The spiritually wise know this intuitively. || 5 || The Gurmukhs keep their consciousness lovingly centered on the Lord. Ego and Maya are burned away by the Word of the Shabad. My True God unites them in His Union. || 6 || The True Guru, The Giver, preaches the Shabad. He controls, and restrains, and holds still the wandering mind. Understanding is obtained through the Perfect Guru. || 7 || The Creator Himself has created the universe; He Himself shall destroy it. Without Him, there is no other at all. O Nanak, how rare are those who, as Gurmukh, understand this! || 8 || 6 || GAUREE, THIRD MEHL: The Gurmukhs obtain the Naam, the Priceless Name of the Lord. They serve the Name, and through the Name, they are absorbed in intuitive peace and poise. With their tongues, they continually sing the Ambrosial Naam. They obtain the Lord's Name; the Lord showers His Mercy upon them. || 1 || Night and day, within your heart, meditate on the Lord of the Universe. The Gurmukhs obtain the supreme state of peace. || 1 || Pause || Peace comes to fill the hearts of those who, as Gurmukh, sing of the True Lord, the treasure of excellence. They become the constant slaves of the slaves of the Lord's slaves. Within their households and families, they remain always detached. || 2 || How rare are those who, as Gurmukh, become Jivan Mukta - liberated while yet alive. They alone obtain the supreme treasure. Eradicating the three qualities, they become pure. They are intuitively absorbed in the True Lord God. || 3 || Emotional attachment to family does not exist, when the True Lord abides within the heart. The mind of the Gurmukh is pierced through and held steady. One who recognizes the Hukam of the Lord's Command understands the True Lord. || 4 || You are the Creator Lord - there is no other for me. I serve You, and through You, I obtain honor. God showers His Mercy, and I sing His Praises. The light of the jewel of the Naam permeates the entire world. || 5 || To the Gurmukhs, the Word of God's Bani seems so sweet. Deep within, their hearts blossom forth; night and day, they lovingly center themselves on the Lord. The True Lord is intuitively obtained, by His Grace. The True Guru is obtained by the destiny of perfect good fortune. || 6 || Egotism, possessiveness, evil-mindedness and suffering depart, when the Lord's Name, the Ocean of Virtue, comes to dwell within the heart. The intellect of the Gurmukhs is awakened, and they praise God, when the Lord's Lotus Feet come to dwell within the heart. || 7 || They alone receive the Naam, unto whom it is given. The Gurmukhs shed their ego, and merge with the Lord. The True Name abides within their hearts. O Nanak, they are intuitively absorbed in the True Lord. || 8 || 7 || GAUREE, THIRD MEHL: The mind has intuitively healed itself, through the Fear of God.

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The mind is attuned to the Word of the Shabad; it is lovingly attuned to the Lord. It abides within its own home, in harmony with the Lord's Will. || 1 || Serving the True Guru, egotistical pride departs, and the Lord of the Universe, the Treasure of Excellence, is obtained. || 1 || Pause || The mind becomes detached and free of desire, when it experiences the Fear of God, through the Shabad. My Immaculate God is pervading and contained among all. By Guru's Grace, one is united in His Union. || 2 || The slave of the Lord's slave attains peace. My Lord God is found in this way. By the Grace of the Lord, one comes to sing the Glorious Praises of the Lord. || 3 || Cursed is that long life, during which love for the Lord's Name is not enshrined. Cursed is that comfortable bed which lures one into the darkness of attachment to sexual desire. Fruitful is the birth of that person who takes the Support of the Naam, the Name of the Lord. || 4 || Cursed, cursed is that home and family, in which the love of the Lord is not embraced. He alone is my friend, who sings the Glorious Praises of the Lord. Without the Lord's Name, there is no other for me. || 5 || From the True Guru, I have obtained salvation and honor. I have meditated on the Name of the Lord, and all my sufferings have been erased. I am in constant bliss, lovingly attuned to the Lord's Name. || 6 || Meeting the Guru, I came to understand my body. The fires of ego and desire have been totally quenched. Anger has been dispelled, and I have grasped hold of tolerance. || 7 || The Lord Himself showers His Mercy, and bestows the Naam. How rare is that Gurmukh, who receives the jewel of the Naam. O Nanak, sing the Glorious Praises of the Lord, the Unknowable, the Incomprehensible. || 8 || 8 ||




Those who turn their faces away from the True Guru, are seen to be unfaithful and evil. They shall be bound and beaten night and day; they shall not have this opportunity again. || 1 || O Lord, please shower Your Mercy upon me, and save me! O Lord God, please lead me to meet the Sat Sangat, the True Congregation, that I may dwell upon the Glorious Praises of the Lord within my heart. || 1 || Pause || Those devotees are pleasing to the Lord, who as Gurmukh, walk in harmony with the Way of the Lord's Will. Subduing their selfishness and conceit, and performing selfless service, they remain dead while yet alive. || 2 || The body and the breath of life belong to the One - perform the greatest service to Him. Why forget Him from your mind? Keep the Lord enshrined in your heart. || 3 || Receiving the Naam, the Name of the Lord, one obtains honor; believing in the Naam, one is at peace. The Naam is obtained from the True Guru; by His Grace, God is found. || 4 || They turn their faces away from the True Guru; they continue to wander aimlessly. They are not accepted by the earth or the sky; they fall into manure, and rot. || 5 || This world is deluded by doubt - it has taken the drug of emotional attachment. Maya does not draw near those who have met with the True Guru. || 6 || Those who serve the True Guru are very beautiful; they cast off the filth of selfishness and conceit.

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Those who are attuned to the Shabad are immaculate and pure. They walk in harmony with the Will of the True Guru. || 7 || O Lord God, You are the One and Only Giver; You forgive us, and unite us with Yourself. Servant Nanak seeks Your Sanctuary; if it is Your Will, please save him! || 8 || 1 || 9 || 27 ||




O my wandering mind, you are like a camel - how will you meet the Lord, your Mother? When I found the Guru, by the destiny of perfect good fortune, my Beloved came and embraced me. || 1 || O camel-like mind, meditate on the True Guru, the Primal Being. || 1 || Pause || O camel-like mind, contemplate the Lord, and meditate on the Lord's Name. When you are called to answer for your account, the Lord Himself shall release you. || 2 || O camel-like mind, you were once very pure; the filth of egotism has now attached itself to you. Your Beloved Husband is now manifest before you in your own home, but you are separated from Him, and you suffer such pain! || 3 || O my beloved camel-like mind, search for the Lord within your own heart. He cannot be found by any device; the Guru will show you the Lord within your heart. || 4 || O my beloved camel-like mind, day and night, lovingly attune yourself to the Lord. Return to your own home, and find the palace of love; meet the Guru, and meet the Lord. || 5 || O camel-like mind, you are my friend; abandon hypocrisy and greed. The hypocritical and the greedy are struck down; the Messenger of Death punishes them with his club. || 6 || O camel-like mind, you are my breath of life; rid yourself of the pollution of hypocrisy and doubt. The Perfect Guru is the Ambrosial Pool of the Lord's Nectar; join the Holy Congregation, and wash away this pollution. || 7 || O my dear beloved camel-like mind, listen only to the Teachings of the Guru. This emotional attachment to Maya is so pervasive. Ultimately, nothing shall go along with anyone. || 8 || O camel-like mind, my good friend, take the supplies of the Lord's Name, and obtain honor. In the Court of the Lord, you shall be robed with honor, and the Lord Himself shall embrace you. || 9 || O camel-like mind, one who surrenders to the Guru becomes Gurmukh, and works for the Lord. Offer your prayers to the Guru; O servant Nanak, He shall unite you with the Lord. || 10 || 1 || GAUREE, FOURTH MEHL: O contemplative camel-like mind, contemplate and look carefully. The forest-dwellers have grown weary of wandering in the forests; following the Guru's Teachings, see your Husband Lord within your heart. || 1 || O camel-like mind, dwell upon the Guru and the Lord of the Universe. || 1 || Pause || O camel-like contemplative mind, the self-willed manmukhs are caught in the great net. The mortal who becomes Gurmukh is liberated, dwelling upon the Name of the Lord, Har, Har. || 2 || O my dear beloved camel-like mind, seek the Sat Sangat, the True Congregation, and the True Guru. Joining the Sat Sangat, meditate on the Lord, and the Lord, Har, Har, shall go along with you. || 3 || O very fortunate camel-like mind, with one Glance of Grace from the Lord, you shall be enraptured.

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If the Lord Himself saves you, then you shall be saved. Dwell upon the Feet of the True Guru. || 4 || O my dear beloved camel-like mind, dwell upon the Divine Light within the body. The Guru has shown me the nine treasures of the Naam. The Merciful Lord has bestowed this gift. || 5 || O camel-like mind, you are so fickle; give up your cleverness and corruption. Dwell upon the Name of the Lord, Har, Har; at the very last moment, the Lord shall liberate you. || 6 || O camel-like mind, you are so very fortunate; dwell upon the jewel of spiritual wisdom. You hold in your hands the sword of the Guru's spiritual wisdom; with this destroyer of death, kill the Messenger of Death. || 7 || The treasure is deep within, O camel-like mind, but you wander around outside in doubt, searching for it. Meeting the Perfect Guru, the Primal Being, you shall discover that the Lord, your Best Friend, is with you. || 8 || You are engrossed in pleasures, O camel-like mind; dwell upon the Lord's lasting love instead! The color of the Lord's Love never fades away; serve the Guru, and dwell upon the Word of the Shabad. || 9 || We are birds, O camel-like mind; the Lord, the Immortal Primal Being, is the tree. The Gurmukhs are very fortunate - they find it. O servant Nanak, dwell upon the Naam, the Name of the Lord. || 10 || 2 || 29 ||





When this mind is filled with pride, then it wanders around like a madman and a lunatic. But when it becomes the dust of all, then it recognizes the Lord in each and every heart. || 1 || The fruit of humility is intuitive peace and pleasure. My True Guru has given me this gift. || 1 || Pause || When he believes others to be bad, then everyone lays traps for him. But when he stops thinking in terms of 'mine' and 'yours', then no one is angry with him. || 2 || When he clings to 'my own, my own', then he is in deep trouble. But when he recognizes the Creator Lord, then he is free of torment. || 3 || When he entangles himself in emotional attachment, he comes and goes in reincarnation, under the constant gaze of Death. But when all his doubts are removed, then there is no difference between him and the Supreme Lord God. || 4 || When he perceives differences, then he suffers pain, punishment and sorrow. But when he recognizes the One and Only Lord, he understands everything. || 5 || When he runs around for the sake of Maya and riches, he is not satisfied, and his desires are not quenched. But when he runs away from Maya, then the Goddess of Wealth gets up and follows him. || 6 || When, by His Grace, the True Guru is met, the lamp is lit within the temple of the mind. When he realizes what victory and defeat really are, then he comes to appreciate the true value of his own home.

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|| 7 || The One Lord is the Creator of all things, the Cause of causes. He Himself is wisdom, contemplation and discerning understanding. He is not far away; He is near at hand, with all. So praise the True One, O Nanak, with love! || 8 || 1 || GAUREE, FIFTH MEHL: Serving the Guru, one is committed to the Naam, the Name of the Lord. It is received only by those who have such good destiny inscribed upon their foreheads. The Lord dwells within their hearts. Their minds and bodies become peaceful and stable. || 1 || O my mind, sing such Praises of the Lord, which shall be of use to you here and hereafter. || 1 || Pause || Meditating on Him, fear and misfortune depart, and the wandering mind is held steady. Meditating on Him, suffering shall never again overtake you. Meditating on Him, this ego runs away. || 2 || Meditating on Him, the five passions are overcome. Meditating on Him, Ambrosial Nectar is collected in the heart. Meditating on Him, this desire is quenched. Meditating on Him, one is approved in the Court of the Lord. || 3 || Meditating on Him, millions of mistakes are erased. Meditating on Him, one becomes Holy, blessed by the Lord. Meditating on Him, the mind is cooled and soothed. Meditating on Him, all filth is washed away. || 4 || Meditating on Him, the jewel of the Lord is obtained. One is reconciled with the Lord, and shall not abandon Him again. Meditating on Him, many acquire a home in the heavens. Meditating on Him, one abides in intuitive peace. || 5 || Meditating on Him, one is not affected by this fire. Meditating on Him, one is not under the gaze of Death. Meditating on Him, your forehead shall be immaculate. Meditating on Him, all pains are destroyed. || 6 || Meditating on Him, no difficulties are encountered. Meditating on Him, one hears the unstruck melody. Meditating on Him, one acquires this pure reputation. Meditating on Him, the heart-lotus is turned upright. || 7 || The Guru has bestowed His Glance of Grace upon all, within whose hearts the Lord has implanted His Mantra. The unbroken Kirtan of the Lord's Praises is their food and nourishment. Says Nanak, they have the Perfect True Guru. || 8 || 2 || GAUREE, FIFTH MEHL: Those who implant the Word of the Guru's Shabad within their hearts cut their connections with the five passions. They keep the ten organs under their control; their souls are enlightened. || 1 || They alone acquire such stability, whom God blesses with His Mercy and Grace. || 1 || Pause || Friend and foe are one and the same to them. Whatever they speak is wisdom. Whatever they hear is the Naam, the Name of the Lord. Whatever they see is meditation. || 2 || They awaken in peace and poise; they sleep in peace and poise. That which is meant to be, automatically happens. In peace and poise, they remain detached; in peace and poise, they laugh. In peace and poise, they remain silent; in peace and poise, they chant. || 3 || In peace and poise they eat; in peace and poise they love. The illusion of duality is easily and totally removed. They naturally join the Saadh Sangat, the Society of the Holy. In peace and poise, they meet and merge with the Supreme Lord God. || 4 ||

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They are at peace in their homes, and they are at peace while detached. In peace, their bodies' duality is eliminated. Bliss comes naturally to their minds. They meet the Lord, the Embodiment of Supreme Bliss. || 5 || In peaceful poise, they drink in the Ambrosial Nectar of the Naam, the Name of the Lord. In peace and poise, they give to the poor. Their souls naturally delight in the Lord's Sermon. The Imperishable Lord abides with them. || 6 || In peace and poise, they assume the unchanging position. In peace and poise, the unstruck vibration of the Shabad resounds. In peace and poise, the belestial bells resound. Within their homes, the Supreme Lord God is pervading. || 7 || With intuitive ease, they meet the Lord, according to their karma. With intuitive ease, they meet with the Guru, in the true Dharma. Those who know, attain the poise of intuitive peace. Slave Nanak is a sacrifice to them. || 8 || 3 || GAUREE, FIFTH MEHL: First, they come forth from the womb. They become attached to their children, spouses and families. The foods of various sorts and appearances will surely pass away, O wretched mortal! || 1 || What is that place which never perishes? What is that Word by which the dirt of the mind is removed? || 1 || Pause || In the Realm of Indra, death is sure and certain. The Realm of Brahma shall not remain permanent. The Realm of Shiva shall also perish. The three dispositions, Maya and the demons shall vanish. || 2 || The mountains, the trees, the earth, the sky and the stars; the sun, the moon, the wind, water and fire; day and night, fasting days and their determination; the Shaastras, the Simritees and the Vedas shall pass away. || 3 || The sacred shrines of pilgrimage, gods, temples and holy books; rosaries, ceremonial tilak marks on the forehead, meditative people, the pure, and the performers of burnt offerings; wearing loin cloths, bowing in reverence and the enjoyment of sacred foods - all these, and all people, shall pass away. || 4 || Social classes, races, Muslims and Hindus; beasts, birds and the many varieties of beings and creatures; the entire world and the visible universe - all forms of existence shall pass away. || 5 || Through the Praises of the Lord, devotional worship, spiritual wisdom and the essence of reality, eternal bliss and the imperishable true place are obtained. There, in the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy, the Lord's Glorious Praises are sung with love. There, in the city of fearlessness, He dwells forever. || 6 || There is no fear, doubt, suffering or anxiety there; there is no coming or going, and no death there. There is eternal bliss, and the unstruck celestial music there. The devotees dwell there, with the Kirtan of the Lord's Praises as their support. || 7 || There is no end or limitation to the Supreme Lord God. Who can enbrace His contemplation? Says Nanak, when the Lord showers His Mercy, the imperishable home is obtained; in the Saadh Sangat, you shall be saved. || 8 || 4 || GAUREE, FIFTH MEHL: One who kills this is a spiritual hero. One who kills this is perfect. One who kills this obtains glorious greatness. One who kills this is freed of suffering. || 1 || How rare is such a person, who kills and casts off duality. Killing it, he attains Raja Yoga, the Yoga of meditation and success. || 1 || Pause ||

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One who kills this has no fear. One who kills this is absorbed in the Naam. One who kills this has his desires quenched. One who kills this is approved in the Court of the Lord. || 2 || One who kills this is wealthy and prosperous. One who kills this is honorable. One who kills this is truly a celibate. One who kills this attains salvation. || 3 || One who kills this - his coming is auspicious. One who kills this is steady and wealthy. One who kills this is very fortunate. One who kills this remains awake and aware, night and day. || 4 || One who kills this is Jivan Mukta, liberated while yet alive. One who kills this lives a pure lifestyle. One who kills this is spiritually wise. One who kills this meditates intuitively. || 5 || Without killing this, one is not acceptable, even though one may perform millions of rituals, chants and austerities. Without killing this, one does not escape the cycle of reincarnation. Without killing this, one does not escape death. || 6 || Without killing this, one does not obtain spiritual wisdom. Without killing this, one's impurity is not washed off. Without killing this, everything is filthy. Without killing this, everything is a losing game. || 7 || When the Lord, the Treasure of Mercy, bestows His Mercy, one obtains release, and attains total perfection. One whose duality has been killed by the Guru, says Nanak, contemplates God. || 8 || 5 || GAUREE, FIFTH MEHL: When someone attaches himself to the Lord, then everyone is his friend. When someone attaches himself to the Lord, then his consciousness is steady. When someone attaches himself to the Lord, he is not afflicted by worries. When someone attaches himself to the Lord, he is emancipated. || 1 || O my mind, unite yourself with the Lord. Nothing else is of any use to you. || 1 || Pause || The great and powerful people of the world are of no use, you fool! The Lord's slave may be born of humble origins, but in his company, you shall be saved in an instant. || 2 || Hearing the Naam, the Name of the Lord, is equal to millions of cleansing baths. Meditating on it is equal to millions of worship ceremonies. Hearing the Word of the Lord's Bani is equal to giving millions in alms. To know the way, through the Guru, is equal to millions of rewards. || 3 || Within your mind, over and over again, think of Him, and your love of Maya shall depart. The Imperishable Lord is always with you. O my mind, immerse yourself in the Love of the Lord. || 4 || Working for Him, all hunger departs. Working for Him, the Messenger of Death will not be watching you. Working for Him, you shall obtain glorious greatness. Working for Him, you shall become immortal. || 5 || His servant does not suffer punishment. His servant suffers no loss. In His Court, His servant does not have to answer for his account. So serve Him with distinction. || 6 || He is not lacking in anything. He Himself is One, although He appears in so many forms. By His Glance of Grace, you shall be happy forever. So work for Him, O my mind. || 7 || No one is clever, and no one is foolish. No one is weak, and no one is a hero.

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