Sri Guru Granth Sahib Translation

 
 
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[Sukhmani]

In this world, no one accomplishes anything by himself. O Nanak, everything is done by God. || 51 || SHALOK: Because of the balance due on his account, he can never be released; he makes mistakes each and every moment. O Forgiving Lord, please forgive me, and carry Nanak across. || 1 || PAUREE: The sinner is unfaithful to himself; he is ignorant, with shallow understanding. He does not know the essence of all, the One who gave him body, soul and peace. For the sake of personal profit and Maya, he goes out, searching in the ten directions. He does not enshrine the Generous Lord God, the Great Giver, in his mind, even for an instant. Greed, falsehood, corruption and emotional attachment - these are what he collects within his mind. The worst perverts, thieves and slanderers - he passes his time with them. But if it pleases You, Lord, then You forgive the counterfeit along with the genuine. O Nanak, if it pleases the Supreme Lord God, then even a stone will float on water. || 52 || SHALOK: Eating, drinking, playing and laughing, I have wandered through countless incarnations. Please, God, lift me up and out of the terrifying world-ocean. Nanak seeks Your Support. || 1 || PAUREE: Playing, playing, I have been reincarnated countless times, but this has only brought pain. Troubles are removed, when one meets with the Holy; immerse yourself in the Word of the True Guru. Adopting an attitude of tolerance, and gathering truth, partake of the Ambrosial Nectar of the Name. When my Lord and Master showed His Great Mercy, I found peace, happiness and bliss. My merchandise has arrived safely, and I have made a great profit; I have returned home with honor. The Guru has given me great consolation, and the Lord God has come to meet me. He Himself has acted, and He Himself acts. He was in the past, and He shall be in the future. O Nanak, praise the One, who is contained in each and every heart. || 53 || SHALOK: O God, I have come to Your Sanctuary, O Merciful Lord, Ocean of compassion. One whose mind is filled with the One Word of the Lord, O Nanak, becomes totally blissful. || 1 || PAUREE: In the Word, God established the three worlds. Created from the Word, the Vedas are contemplated. From the Word, came the Shaastras, Simritees and Puraanas. From the Word, came the sound current of the Naad, speeches and explanations. From the Word, comes the way of liberation from fear and doubt. From the Word, come religious rituals, karma, sacredness and Dharma. In the visible universe, the Word is seen. O Nanak, the Supreme Lord God remains unattached and untouched. || 54 || SHALOK: With pen in hand, the Inaccessible Lord writes man's destiny on his forehead. The Lord of Incomparable Beauty is involved with all. I cannot describe Your Praises with my mouth, O Lord. Nanak is fascinated, gazing upon the Blessed Vision of Your Darshan; he is a sacrifice to You. || 1 || PAUREE: O Immovable Lord, O Supreme Lord God, Imperishable, Destroyer of sins: O Perfect, All-pervading Lord, Destroyer of pain, Treasure of virtue: O Companion, Formless, Absolute Lord, Support of all: O Lord of the Universe, Treasure of excellence, with clear eternal understanding: Most Remote of the Remote, Lord God: You are, You were, and You shall always be. O Constant Companion of the Saints, You are the Support of the unsupported. O my Lord and Master, I am Your slave. I am worthless, I have no worth at all.


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Nanak: grant me the Gift of Your Name, Lord, that I may string it and keep it within my heart. || 55 || SHALOK: The Divine Guru is our mother, the Divine Guru is our father; the Divine Guru is our Lord and Master, the Transcendent Lord. The Divine Guru is my companion, the Destroyer of ignorance; the Divine Guru is my relative and brother. The Divine Guru is the Giver, the Teacher of the Lord's Name. The Divine Guru is the Mantra which never fails. The Divine Guru is the image of peace, truth and wisdom. The Divine Guru is the Philosopher's Stone - touching it, one is transformed. The Divine Guru is the sacred shrine of pilgrimage, and the pool of divine nectar; bathing in the Guru's wisdom, one experiences the Infinite. The Divine Guru is the Creator, and the Destroyer of all sins; the Divine Guru is the Purifier of sinners. The Divine Guru existed in the very beginning, throughout the ages, in each and every age. The Divine Guru is the Mantra of the Lord's Name; chanting it, one is saved. O God, please be merciful to me, that I may be with the Divine Guru; I am a foolish sinner, but holding onto Him, I will be carried across. The Divine Guru is the True Guru, the Supreme Lord God, the Transcendent Lord; Nanak bows in humble reverence to the Lord, the Divine Guru. || 1 || Read this Shalok at the beginning, and at the end. ||

 

GAUREE SUKHMANI, FIFTH MEHL, SHALOK:

ONE UNIVERSAL CREATOR GOD. BY THE GRACE OF THE TRUE GURU:

I bow to the Primal Guru. I bow to the Guru of the ages. I bow to the True Guru. I bow to the Great, Divine Guru. || 1 || ASHTAPADEE: Meditate, meditate, meditate in remembrance of Him, and find peace. Worry and anguish shall be dispelled from your body. Remember in praise the One who pervades the whole Universe. His Name is chanted by countless people, in so many ways. The Vedas, the Puraanas and the Simritees, the purest of utterances, were created from the One Word of the Name of the Lord. That one, in whose soul the One Lord dwells - the praises of his glory cannot be recounted. Those who yearn only for the blessing of Your Darshan - Nanak: save me along with them! || 1 || Sukhmani: Peace of Mind, the Nectar of the Name of God. The minds of the devotees abide in a joyful peace. || Pause || Remembering God, one does not have to enter into the womb again. Remembering God, the pain of death is dispelled. Remembering God, death is eliminated. Remembering God, one's enemies are repelled. Remembering God, no obstacles are met. Remembering God, one remains awake and aware, night and day. Remembering God, one is not touched by fear. Remembering God, one does not suffer sorrow. The meditative remembrance of God is in the Company of the Holy. All treasures, O Nanak, are in the Love of the Lord. || 2 || In the remembrance of God are wealth, miraculous spiritual powers and the nine treasures. In the remembrance of God are knowledge, meditation and the essence of wisdom. In the remembrance of God are chanting, intense meditation and devotional worship. In the remembrance of God, duality is removed. In the remembrance of God are purifying baths at sacred shrines of pilgrimage. In the remembrance of God, one attains honor in the Court of the Lord. In the remembrance of God, one becomes good. In the remembrance of God, one flowers in fruition.


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They alone remember Him in meditation, whom He inspires to meditate. Nanak grasps the feet of those humble beings. || 3 || The remembrance of God is the highest and most exalted of all. In the remembrance of God, many are saved. In the remembrance of God, thirst is quenched. In the remembrance of God, all things are known. In the remembrance of God, there is no fear of death. In the remembrance of God, hopes are fulfilled. In the remembrance of God, the filth of the mind is removed. The Ambrosial Naam, the Name of the Lord, is absorbed into the heart. God abides upon the tongues of His Saints. Nanak is the servant of the slave of His slaves. || 4 || Those who remember God are wealthy. Those who remember God are honorable. Those who remember God are approved. Those who remember God are the most distinguished persons. Those who remember God are not lacking. Those who remember God are the rulers of all. Those who remember God dwell in peace. Those who remember God are immortal and eternal. They alone hold to the remembrance of Him, unto whom He Himself shows His Mercy. Nanak begs for the dust of their feet. || 5 || Those who remember God generously help others. Those who remember God - to them, I am forever a sacrifice. Those who remember God - their faces are beautiful. Those who remember God abide in peace. Those who remember God conquer their souls. Those who remember God have a pure and spotless lifestyle. Those who remember God experience all sorts of joys. Those who remember God abide near the Lord. By the Grace of the Saints, one remains awake and aware, night and day. O Nanak, this meditative remembrance comes only by perfect destiny. || 6 || Remembering God, one's works are accomplished. Remembering God, one never grieves. Remembering God, one speaks the Glorious Praises of the Lord. Remembering God, one is absorbed into the state of intuitive ease. Remembering God, one attains the unchanging position. Remembering God, the heart-lotus blossoms forth. Remembering God, the unstruck melody vibrates. The peace of the meditative remembrance of God has no end or limitation. They alone remember Him, upon whom God bestows His Grace. Nanak seeks the Sanctuary of those humble beings. || 7 || Remembering the Lord, His devotees are famous and radiant. Remembering the Lord, the Vedas were composed. Remembering the Lord, we become Siddhas, celibates and givers. Remembering the Lord, the lowly become known in all four directions. For the remembrance of the Lord, the whole world was established. Remember, remember in meditation the Lord, the Creator, the Cause of causes. For the remembrance of the Lord, He created the whole creation. In the remembrance of the Lord, He Himself is Formless. By His Grace, He Himself bestows understanding. O Nanak, the Gurmukh attains the remembrance of the Lord. || 8 || 1 || SHALOK: O Destroyer of the pains and the suffering of the poor, O Master of each and every heart, O Masterless One: I have come seeking Your Sanctuary.


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O God, please be with Nanak! || 1 || ASHTAPADEE: Where there is no mother, father, children, friends or siblings - O my mind, there, only the Naam, the Name of the Lord, shall be with you as your help and support. Where the great and terrible Messenger of Death shall try to crush you, there, only the Naam shall go along with you. Where the obstacles are so very heavy, the Name of the Lord shall rescue you in an instant. By performing countless religious rituals, you shall not be saved. The Name of the Lord washes off millions of sins. As Gurmukh, chant the Naam, O my mind. O Nanak, you shall obtain countless joys. || 1 || The rulers of the all the world are unhappy; one who chants the Name of the Lord becomes happy. Acquiring hundreds of thousands and millions, your desires shall not be contained. Chanting the Name of the Lord, you shall find release. By the countless pleasures of Maya, your thirst shall not be quenched. Chanting the Name of the Lord, you shall be satisfied. Upon that path where you must go all alone, there, only the Lord's Name shall go with you to sustain you. On such a Name, O my mind, meditate forever. O Nanak, as Gurmukh, you shall obtain the state of supreme dignity. || 2 || You shall not be saved by hundreds of thousands and millions of helping hands. Chanting the Naam, you shall be lifted up and carried across. Where countless misfortunes threaten to destroy you, the Name of the Lord shall rescue you in an instant. Through countless incarnations, people are born and die. Chanting the Name of the Lord, you shall come to rest in peace. The ego is polluted by a filth which can never be washed off. The Name of the Lord erases millions of sins. Chant such a Name with love, O my mind. O Nanak, it is obtained in the Company of the Holy. || 3 || On that path where the miles cannot be counted, there, the Name of the Lord shall be your sustenance. On that journey of total, pitch-black darkness, the Name of the Lord shall be the Light with you. On that journey where no one knows you, with the Name of the Lord, you shall be recognized. Where there is awesome and terrible heat and blazing sunshine, there, the Name of the Lord will give you shade. Where thirst, O my mind, torments you to cry out, there, O Nanak, the Ambrosial Name, Har, Har, shall rain down upon you. || 4 || Unto the devotee, the Naam is an article of daily use. The minds of the humble Saints are at peace. The Name of the Lord is the Support of His servants. By the Name of the Lord, millions have been saved. The Saints chant the Praises of the Lord, day and night. Har, Har - the Lord's Name - the Holy use it as their healing medicine. The Lord's Name is the treasure of the Lord's servant. The Supreme Lord God has blessed His humble servant with this gift. Mind and body are imbued with ecstasy in the Love of the One Lord. O Nanak, careful and discerning understanding is the way of the Lord's humble servant. || 5 || The Name of the Lord is the path of liberation for His humble servants. With the food of the Name of the Lord, His servants are satisfied. The Name of the Lord is the beauty and delight of His servants. Chanting the Lord's Name, one is never blocked by obstacles. The Name of the Lord is the glorious greatness of His servants. Through the Name of the Lord, His servants obtain honor.


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The Name of the Lord is the enjoyment and Yoga of His servants. Chanting the Lord's Name, there is no separation from Him. His servants are imbued with the service of the Lord's Name. O Nanak, worship the Lord, the Lord Divine, Har, Har. || 6 || The Lord's Name, Har, Har, is the treasure of wealth of His servants. The treasure of the Lord has been bestowed on His servants by God Himself. The Lord, Har, Har is the All-powerful Protection of His servants. His servants know no other than the Lord's Magnificence. Through and through, His servants are imbued with the Lord's Love. In deepest Samaadhi, they are intoxicated with the essence of the Naam. Twenty-four hours a day, His servants chant Har, Har. The devotees of the Lord are known and respected; they do not hide in secrecy. Through devotion to the Lord, many have been liberated. O Nanak, along with His servants, many others are saved. || 7 || This Elysian Tree of miraculous powers is the Name of the Lord. The Khaamadhayn, the cow of miraculous powers, is the singing of the Glory of the Lord's Name, Har, Har. Highest of all is the Lord's Speech. Hearing the Naam, pain and sorrow are removed. The Glory of the Naam abides in the hearts of His Saints. By the Saint's kind intervention, all guilt is dispelled. The Society of the Saints is obtained by great good fortune. Serving the Saint, one meditates on the Naam. There is nothing equal to the Naam. O Nanak, rare are those, who, as Gurmukh, obtain the Naam. || 8 || 2 || SHALOK: The many Shaastras and the many Simritees - I have seen and searched through them all. They are not equal to Har, Haray - O Nanak, the Lord's Invaluable Name. || 1 || ASHTAPADEE: Chanting, intense meditation, spiritual wisdom and all meditations; the six schools of philosophy and sermons on the scriptures; the practice of Yoga and righteous conduct; the renunciation of everything and wandering around in the wilderness; the performance of all sorts of works; donations to charities and offerings of jewels to fire; cutting the body apart and making the pieces into ceremonial fire offerings; keeping fasts and making vows of all sorts - none of these are equal to the contemplation of the Name of the Lord, O Nanak, if, as Gurmukh, one chants the Naam, even once. || 1 || You may roam over the nine continents of the world and live a very long life; you may become a great ascetic and a master of disciplined meditation and burn yourself in fire; you may give away gold, horses, elephants and land; you may practice techniques of inner cleansing and all sorts of Yogic postures; you may adopt the self-mortifying ways of the Jains and great spiritual disciplines; piece by piece, you may cut your body apart; but even so, the filth of your ego shall not depart. There is nothing equal to the Name of the Lord. O Nanak, as Gurmukh, chant the Naam, and obtain salvation. || 2 || With your mind filled with desire, you may give up your body at a sacred shrine of pilgrimage; but even so, egotistical pride shall not be removed from your mind. You may practice cleansing day and night, but the filth of your mind shall not leave your body. You may subject your body to all sorts of disciplines, but your mind will never be rid of its corruption. You may wash this transitory body with loads of water, but how can a wall of mud be washed clean? O my mind, the Glorious Praise of the Name of the Lord is the highest; O Nanak, the Naam has saved so many of the worst sinners. || 3 || Even with great cleverness, the fear of death clings to you.


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You try all sorts of things, but your thirst is still not satisfied. Wearing various religious robes, the fire is not extinguished. Even making millions of efforts, you shall not be accepted in the Court of the Lord. You cannot escape to the heavens, or to the nether regions, if you are entangled in emotional attachment and the net of Maya. All other efforts are punished by the Messenger of Death, which accepts nothing at all, except meditation on the Lord of the Universe. Chanting the Name of the Lord, sorrow is dispelled. O Nanak, chant it with intuitive ease. || 4 || One who prays for the four cardinal blessings should commit himself to the service of the Saints. If you wish to erase your sorrows, sing the Name of the Lord, Har, Har, within your heart. If you long for honor for yourself, then renounce your ego in the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy. If you fear the cycle of birth and death, then seek the Sanctuary of the Holy. Those who thirst for the Blessed Vision of God's Darshan - Nanak is a sacrifice, a sacrifice to them. || 5 || Among all persons, the supreme person is the one who gives up his egotistical pride in the Company of the Holy. One who sees himself as lowly, shall be accounted as the highest of all. One whose mind is the dust of all, recognizes the Name of the Lord, Har, Har, in each and every heart. One who eradicates cruelty from within his own mind, looks upon all the world as his friend. One who looks upon pleasure and pain as one and the same, O Nanak, is not affected by sin or virtue. || 6 || To the poor, Your Name is wealth. To the homeless, Your Name is home. To the dishonored, You, O God, are honor. To all, You are the Giver of gifts. O Creator Lord, Cause of causes, O Lord and Master, Inner-knower, Searcher of all hearts: You alone know Your own condition and state. You Yourself, God, are imbued with Yourself. You alone can celebrate Your Praises. O Nanak, no one else knows. || 7 || Of all religions, the best religion is to chant the Name of the Lord and maintain pure conduct. Of all religious rituals, the most sublime ritual is to erase the filth of the dirty mind in the Company of the Holy. Of all efforts, the best effort is to chant the Name of the Lord in the heart, forever. Of all speech, the most ambrosial speech is to hear the Lord's Praise and chant it with the tongue. Of all places, the most sublime place, O Nanak, is that heart in which the Name of the Lord abides. || 8 || 3 || SHALOK: You worthless, ignorant fool - dwell upon God forever. Cherish in your consciousness the One who created you; O Nanak, He alone shall go along with you. || 1 || ASHTAPADEE: Think of the Glory of the All-pervading Lord, O mortal; what is your origin, and what is your appearance? He who fashioned, adorned and decorated you - in the fire of the womb, He preserved you. In your infancy, He gave you milk to drink. In the flower of your youth, He gave you food, pleasure and understanding. As you grow old, family and friends are there to feed you as you rest.


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This worthless person has not appreciated in the least, all the good deeds done for him. If you bless him with forgiveness, O Nanak, only then will he be saved. || 1 || By His Grace, you abide in comfort upon the earth. With your children, siblings, friends and spouse, you laugh. By His Grace, you drink in cool water. You have peaceful breezes and priceless fire. By His Grace, you enjoy all sorts of pleasures. You are provided with all the necessities of life. He gave you hands, feet, ears, eyes and tongue, and yet, you forsake Him and attach yourself to others. Such sinful mistakes cling to the blind fools; Nanak: uplift and save them, God! || 2 || From beginning to end, He is our Protector, and yet, the ignorant do not give their love to Him. Serving Him, the nine treasures are obtained, and yet, the foolish do not link their minds with Him. Our Lord and Master is Ever-present, forever and ever, and yet, the spiritually blind believe that He is far away. In His service, one obtains honor in the Court of the Lord, and yet, the ignorant fool forgets Him. Forever and ever, this person makes mistakes; O Nanak, the Infinite Lord is our Saving Grace. || 3 || Forsaking the jewel, they are engrossed with a shell. They renounce Truth and embrace falsehood. That which passes away, they believe to be permanent. That which is immanent, they believe to be far off. They struggle for what they must eventually leave. They turn away from the Lord, their Help and Support, who is always with them. They wash off the sandalwood paste; like donkeys, they are in love with the mud. They have fallen into the deep, dark pit. Nanak: lift them up and save them, O Merciful Lord God! || 4 || They belong to the human species, but they act like animals. They curse others day and night. Outwardly, they wear religious robes, but within is the filth of Maya. They cannot conceal this, no matter how hard they try. Outwardly, they display knowledge, meditation and purification, but within clings the dog of greed. The fire of desire rages within; outwardly they apply ashes to their bodies. There is a stone around their neck - how can they cross the unfathomable ocean? Those, within whom God Himself abides - O Nanak, those humble beings are intuitively absorbed in the Lord. || 5 || By listening, how can the blind find the path? Take hold of his hand, and then he can reach his destination. How can a riddle be understood by the deaf? Say 'night', and he thinks you said 'day'. How can the mute sing the Songs of the Lord? He may try, but his voice will fail him. How can the cripple climb up the mountain? He simply cannot go there. O Creator, Lord of Mercy - Your humble servant prays; Nanak: by Your Grace, please save me. || 6 || The Lord, our Help and Support, is always with us, but the mortal does not remember Him. He shows love to his enemies. He lives in a castle of sand. He enjoys the games of pleasure and the tastes of Maya. He believes them to be permanent - this is the belief of his mind. Death does not even come to mind for the fool. Hate, conflict, sexual desire, anger, emotional attachment, falsehood, corruption, immense greed and deceit:


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So many lifetimes are wasted in these ways. Nanak: uplift them, and redeem them, O Lord - show Your Mercy! || 7 || You are our Lord and Master; to You, I offer this prayer. This body and soul are all Your property. You are our mother and father; we are Your children. In Your Grace, there are so many joys! No one knows Your limits. O Highest of the High, Most Generous God, the whole creation is strung on Your thread. That which has come from You is under Your Command. You alone know Your state and extent. Nanak, Your slave, is forever a sacrifice. || 8 || 4 || SHALOK: One who renounces God the Giver, and attaches himself to other affairs - O Nanak, he shall never succeed. Without the Name, he shall lose his honor. || 1 || ASHTAPADEE: He obtains ten things, and puts them behind him; for the sake of one thing withheld, he forfeits his faith. But what if that one thing were not given, and the ten were taken away? Then, what could the fool say or do? Our Lord and Master cannot be moved by force. Unto Him, bow forever in adoration. That one, unto whose mind God seems sweet - all pleasures come to abide in his mind. One who abides by the Lord's Will, O Nanak, obtains all things. || 1 || God the Banker gives endless capital to the mortal, who eats, drinks and expends it with pleasure and joy. If some of this capital is later taken back by the Banker, the ignorant person shows his anger. He himself destroys his own credibility, and he shall not again be trusted. When one offers to the Lord, that which belongs to the Lord, and willingly abides by the Will of God's Order, the Lord will make him happy four times over. O Nanak, our Lord and Master is merciful forever. || 2 || The many forms of attachment to Maya shall surely pass away - know that they are transitory. People fall in love with the shade of the tree, and when it passes away, they feel regret in their minds. Whatever is seen, shall pass away; and yet, the blindest of the blind cling to it. One who gives her love to a passing traveler - nothing shall come into her hands in this way. O mind, the love of the Name of the Lord bestows peace. O Nanak, the Lord, in His Mercy, unites us with Himself. || 3 || False are body, wealth, and all relations. False are ego, possessiveness and Maya. False are power, youth, wealth and property. False are sexual desire and wild anger. False are chariots, elephants, horses and expensive clothes. False is the love of gathering wealth, and reveling in the sight of it. False are deception, emotional attachment and egotistical pride. False are pride and self-conceit. Only devotional worship is permanent, and the Sanctuary of the Holy. Nanak lives by meditating, meditating on the Lotus Feet of the Lord. || 4 || False are the ears which listen to the slander of others. False are the hands which steal the wealth of others.


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False are the eyes which gaze upon the beauty of another's wife. False is the tongue which enjoys delicacies and external tastes. False are the feet which run to do evil to others. False is the mind which covets the wealth of others. False is the body which does not do good to others. False is the nose which inhales corruption. Without understanding, everything is false. Fruitful is the body, O Nanak, which takes to the Lord's Name. || 5 || The life of the faithless cynic is totally useless. Without the Truth, how can anyone be pure? Useless is the body of the spiritually blind, without the Name of the Lord. From his mouth, a foul smell issues forth. Without the remembrance of the Lord, day and night pass in vain, like the crop which withers without rain. Without meditation on the Lord of the Universe, all works are in vain, like the wealth of a miser, which lies useless. Blessed, blessed are those, whose hearts are filled with the Name of the Lord. Nanak is a sacrifice, a sacrifice to them. || 6 || He says one thing, and does something else. There is no love in his heart, and yet with his mouth he talks tall. The Omniscient Lord God is the Knower of all. He is not impressed by outward display. One who does not practice what he preaches to others, shall come and go in reincarnation, through birth and death. One whose inner being is filled with the Formless Lord - by his teachings, the world is saved. Those who are pleasing to You, God, know You. Nanak falls at their feet. || 7 || Offer your prayers to the Supreme Lord God, who knows everything. He Himself values His own creatures. He Himself, by Himself, makes the decisions. To some, He appears far away, while others perceive Him near at hand. He is beyond all efforts and clever tricks. He knows all the ways and means of the soul. Those with whom He is pleased are attached to the hem of His robe. He is pervading all places and interspaces. Those upon whom He bestows His favor, become His servants. Each and every moment, O Nanak, meditate on the Lord. || 8 || 5 || SHALOK: Sexual desire, anger, greed and emotional attachment - may these be gone, and egotism as well. Nanak seeks the Sanctuary of God; please bless me with Your Grace, O Divine Guru. || 1 || ASHTAPADEE: By His Grace, you partake of the thirty-six delicacies; enshrine that Lord and Master within your mind. By His Grace, you apply scented oils to your body; remembering Him, the supreme status is obtained. By His Grace, you dwell in the palace of peace; meditate forever on Him within your mind. By His Grace, you abide with your family in peace; keep His remembrance upon your tongue, twenty-four hours a day. By His Grace, you enjoy tastes and pleasures; O Nanak, meditate forever on the One, who is worthy of meditation. || 1 || By His Grace, you wear silks and satins; why abandon Him, to attach yourself to another? By His Grace, you sleep in a cozy bed; O my mind, sing His Praises, twenty-four hours a day.


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By His Grace, you are honored by everyone; with your mouth and with your tongue, chant His Praises. By His Grace, you remain in the Dharma; O mind, meditate continually on the Supreme Lord God. Meditating on God, you shall be honored in His Court; O Nanak, you shall return to your true home with honor. || 2 || By His Grace, you have a healthy, golden body; attune yourself to that Loving Lord. By His Grace, your honor is preserved; O mind, chant the Praises of the Lord, Har, Har, and find peace. By His Grace, all your deficits are covered; O mind, seek the Sanctuary of God, our Lord and Master. By His Grace, no one can rival you; O mind, with each and every breath, remember God on High. By His Grace, you obtained this precious human body; O Nanak, worship Him with devotion. || 3 || By His Grace, you wear decorations; O mind, why are you so lazy? Why don't you remember Him in meditation? By His Grace, you have horses and elephants to ride; O mind, never forget that God. By His Grace, you have land, gardens and wealth; keep God enshrined in your heart. O mind, the One who formed your form - standing up and sitting down, meditate always on Him. Meditate on Him - the One Invisible Lord; here and hereafter, O Nanak, He shall save you. || 4 || By His Grace, you give donations in abundance to charities; O mind, meditate on Him, twenty-four hours a day. By His Grace, you perform religious rituals and worldly duties; think of God with each and every breath. By His Grace, your form is so beautiful; constantly remember God, the Incomparably Beautiful One. By His Grace, you have such high social status; remember God always, day and night. By His Grace, your honor is preserved; by Guru's Grace, O Nanak, chant His Praises. || 5 || By His Grace, you listen to the sound current of the Naad. By His Grace, you behold amazing wonders. By His Grace, you speak ambrosial words with your tongue. By His Grace, you abide in peace and ease. By His Grace, your hands move and work. By His Grace, you are completely fulfilled. By His Grace, you obtain the supreme status. By His Grace, you are absorbed into celestial peace. Why forsake God, and attach yourself to another? By Guru's Grace, O Nanak, awaken your mind! || 6 || By His Grace, you are famous all over the world; never forget God from your mind. By His Grace, you have prestige; O foolish mind, meditate on Him! By His Grace, your works are completed; O mind, know Him to be close at hand. By His Grace, you find the Truth; O my mind, merge yourself into Him. By His Grace, everyone is saved; O Nanak, meditate, and chant His Chant. || 7 || Those, whom He inspires to chant, chant His Name. Those, whom He inspires to sing, sing the Glorious Praises of the Lord.


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By God's Grace, enlightenment comes. By God's Kind Mercy, the heart-lotus blossoms forth. When God is totally pleased, He comes to dwell in the mind. By God's Kind Mercy, the intellect is exalted. All treasures, O Lord, come by Your Kind Mercy. No one obtains anything by himself. As You have delegated, so do we apply ourselves, O Lord and Master. O Nanak, nothing is in our hands. || 8 || 6 || SHALOK: Unapproachable and Unfathomable is the Supreme Lord God; whoever speaks of Him shall be liberated. Listen, O friends, Nanak prays, to the wonderful story of the Holy. || 1 || ASHTAPADEE: In the Company of the Holy, one's face becomes radiant. In the Company of the Holy, all filth is removed. In the Company of the Holy, egotism is eliminated. In the Company of the Holy, spiritual wisdom is revealed. In the Company of the Holy, God is understood to be near at hand. In the Company of the Holy, all conflicts are settled. In the Company of the Holy, one obtains the jewel of the Naam. In the Company of the Holy, one's efforts are directed toward the One Lord. What mortal can speak of the Glorious Praises of the Holy? O Nanak, the glory of the Holy people merges into God. || 1 || In the Company of the Holy, one meets the Incomprehensible Lord. In the Company of the Holy, one flourishes forever. In the Company of the Holy, the five passions are brought to rest. In the Company of the Holy, one enjoys the essence of ambrosia. In the Company of the Holy, one becomes the dust of all. In the Company of the Holy, one's speech is enticing. In the Company of the Holy, the mind does not wander. In the Company of the Holy, the mind becomes stable. In the Company of the Holy, one is rid of Maya. In the Company of the Holy, O Nanak, God is totally pleased. || 2 || In the Company of the Holy, all one's enemies become friends. In the Company of the Holy, there is great purity. In the Company of the Holy, no one is hated. In the Company of the Holy, one's feet do not wander. In the Company of the Holy, no one seems evil. In the Company of the Holy, supreme bliss is known. In the Company of the Holy, the fever of ego departs. In the Company of the Holy, one renounces all selfishness. He Himself knows the greatness of the Holy. O Nanak, the Holy are at one with God. || 3 || In the Company of the Holy, the mind never wanders. In the Company of the Holy, one obtains everlasting peace. In the Company of the Holy, one grasps the Incomprehensible. In the Company of the Holy, one can endure the unendurable. In the Company of the Holy, one abides in the loftiest place. In the Company of the Holy, one attains the Mansion of the Lord's Presence. In the Company of the Holy, one's Dharmic faith is firmly established. In the Company of the Holy, one dwells with the Supreme Lord God. In the Company of the Holy, one obtains the treasure of the Naam. O Nanak, I am a sacrifice to the Holy. || 4 || In the Company of the Holy, all one's family is saved. In the Company of the Holy, one's friends, acquaintances and relatives are redeemed. In the Company of the Holy, that wealth is obtained. Everyone benefits from that wealth. In the Company of the Holy, the Lord of Dharma serves. In the Company of the Holy, the divine, angelic beings sing God's Praises. In the Company of the Holy, one's sins fly away. In the Company of the Holy, one sings the Ambrosial Glories. In the Company of the Holy, all places are within reach.

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