Sri Guru Granth Sahib Translation


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O foolish mind, why do you cry and bewail? You shall obtain your pre-ordained destiny. God is the Giver of pain and pleasure. Abandon others, and think of Him alone. Whatever He does - take comfort in that. Why do you wander around, you ignorant fool? What things did you bring with you? You cling to worldly pleasures like a greedy moth. Dwell upon the Lord's Name in your heart. O Nanak, thus you shall return to your home with honor. || 4 || This merchandise, which you have come to obtain - the Lord's Name is obtained in the home of the Saints. Renounce your egotistical pride, and with your mind, purchase the Lord's Name - measure it out within your heart. Load up this merchandise, and set out with the Saints. Give up other corrupt entanglements. "Blessed, blessed", everyone will call you, and your face shall be radiant in the Court of the Lord. In this trade, only a few are trading. Nanak is forever a sacrifice to them. || 5 || Wash the feet of the Holy, and drink in this water. Dedicate your soul to the Holy. Take your cleansing bath in the dust of the feet of the Holy. To the Holy, make your life a sacrifice. Service to the Holy is obtained by great good fortune. In the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy, the Kirtan of the Lord's Praise is sung. From all sorts of dangers, the Saint saves us. Singing the Glorious Praises of the Lord, we taste the ambrosial essence. Seeking the Protection of the Saints, we have come to their door. All comforts, O Nanak, are so obtained. || 6 || He infuses life back into the dead. He gives food to the hungry. All treasures are within His Glance of Grace. People obtain that which they are pre-ordained to receive. All things are His; He is the Doer of all. Other than Him, there has never been any other, and there shall never be. Meditate on Him forever and ever, day and night. This way of life is exalted and immaculate. One whom the Lord, in His Grace, blesses with His Name - O Nanak, that person becomes immaculate and pure. || 7 || One who has faith in the Guru in his mind comes to dwell upon the Lord God. He is acclaimed as a devotee, a humble devotee throughout the three worlds. The One Lord is in his heart. True are his actions; true are his ways. True is his heart; Truth is what he speaks with his mouth. True is his vision; true is his form. He distributes Truth and he spreads Truth. One who recognizes the Supreme Lord God as True - O Nanak, that humble being is absorbed into the True One. || 8 || 15 || SHALOK: He has no form, no shape, no color; God is beyond the three qualities. They alone understand Him, O Nanak, with whom He is pleased. || 1 || ASHTAPADEE: Keep the Immortal Lord God enshrined within your mind. Renounce your love and attachment to people. Beyond Him, there is nothing at all. The One Lord is pervading among all. He Himself is All-seeing; He Himself is All-knowing, Unfathomable, Profound, Deep and All-knowing. He is the Supreme Lord God, the Transcendent Lord, the Lord of the Universe, the Treasure of mercy, compassion and forgiveness.

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To fall at the Feet of Your Holy Beings - this is the longing of Nanak's mind. || 1 || He is the Fulfiller of wishes, who can give us Sanctuary; that which He has written, comes to pass. He destroys and creates in the twinkling of an eye. No one else knows the mystery of His ways. He is the embodiment of ecstasy and everlasting joy. I have heard that all things are in His home. Among kings, He is the King; among yogis, He is the Yogi. Among ascetics, He is the Ascetic; among householders, He is the Enjoyer. By constant meditation, His devotee finds peace. O Nanak, no one has found the limits of that Supreme Being. || 2 || There is no limit to His play. All the demigods have grown weary of searching for it. What does the son know of his father's birth? All are strung upon His string. He bestows good sense, spiritual wisdom and meditation on His humble servants and slaves who meditate on the Naam. He leads some astray in the three qualities; they are born and die, coming and going over and over again. The high and the low are His places. As He inspires us to know Him, O Nanak, so is He known. || 3 || Many are His forms; many are His colors. Many are the appearances which He assumes, and yet He is still the One. In so many ways, He has extended Himself. The Eternal Lord God is the One, the Creator. He performs His many plays in an instant. The Perfect Lord is pervading all places. In so many ways, He created the creation. He alone can estimate His worth. All hearts are His, and all places are His. Nanak lives by chanting, chanting the Name of the Lord. || 4 || The Naam is the Support of all creatures. The Naam is the Support of the earth and solar systems. The Naam is the Support of the Simritees, the Vedas and the Puraanas. The Naam is the Support by which we hear of spiritual wisdom and meditation. The Naam is the Support of the Akaashic ethers and the nether regions. The Naam is the Support of all bodies. The Naam is the Support of all worlds and realms. Associating with the Naam, listening to it with the ears, one is saved. Those whom the Lord mercifully attaches to His Naam - O Nanak, in the fourth state, those humble servants attain salvation. || 5 || His form is true, and true is His place. His personality is true - He alone is supreme. His acts are true, and true is His Word. The True Lord is permeating all. True are His actions; His creation is true. His root is true, and true is what originates from it. True is His lifestyle, the purest of the pure. All goes well for those who know Him. The True Name of God is the Giver of peace. Nanak has obtained true faith from the Guru. || 6 || True are the Teachings, and the Instructions of the Holy. True are those into whose hearts He enters. One who knows and loves the Truth - chanting the Naam, he obtains salvation. He Himself is True, and all that He has made is true.

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He Himself knows His own state and condition. He is the Creator Lord of His world. No one else understands Him, although they may try. The created cannot know the extent of the Creator. O Nanak, whatever pleases Him comes to pass. || 7 || Gazing upon His wondrous wonder, I am wonder-struck and amazed! One who realizes this, comes to taste this state of joy. God's humble servants remain absorbed in His Love. Following the Guru's Teachings, they receive the four cardinal blessings. They are the givers, the dispellers of pain. In their company, the world is saved. The slave of the Lord's servant is so very blessed. In the company of His servant, one becomes attached to the Love of the One. His humble servant sings the Kirtan, the songs of the glory of God. By Guru's Grace, O Nanak, he receives the fruits of his rewards. || 8 || 16 || SHALOK: True in the beginning, True throughout the ages, True here and now. O Nanak, He shall forever be True. || 1 || ASHTAPADEE: His Lotus Feet are True, and True are those who touch Them. His devotional worship is True, and True are those who worship Him. The Blessing of His Vision is True, and True are those who behold it. His Naam is True, and True are those who meditate on it. He Himself is True, and True is all that He sustains. He Himself is virtuous goodness, and He Himself is the Bestower of virtue. The Word of His Shabad is True, and True are those who speak of God. Those ears are True, and True are those who listen to His Praises. All is True to one who understands. O Nanak, True, True is He, the Lord God. || 1 || One who believes in the Embodiment of Truth with all his heart recognizes the Cause of causes as the Root of all. One whose heart is filled with faith in God - the essence of spiritual wisdom is revealed to his mind. Coming out of fear, he comes to live without fear. He is absorbed into the One, from whom he originated. When something blends with its own, it cannot be said to be separate from it. This is understood only by one of discerning understanding. Meeting with the Lord, O Nanak, he becomes one with Him. || 2 || The servant is obedient to his Lord and Master. The servant worships his Lord and Master forever. The servant of the Lord Master has faith in his mind. The servant of the Lord Master lives a pure lifestyle. The servant of the Lord Master knows that the Lord is with him. God's servant is attuned to the Naam, the Name of the Lord. God is the Cherisher of His servant. The Formless Lord preserves His servant. Unto His servant, God bestows His Mercy. O Nanak, that servant remembers Him with each and every breath. || 3 || He covers the faults of His servant. He surely preserves the honor of His servant. He blesses His slave with greatness. He inspires His servant to chant the Naam, the Name of the Lord. He Himself preserves the honor of His servant. No one knows His state and extent. No one is equal to the servant of God. The servant of God is the highest of the high. One whom God applies to His own service, O Nanak - that servant is famous in the ten directions. || 4 || He infuses His Power into the tiny ant; it can then reduce the armies of millions to ashes. Those whose breath of life He Himself does not take away - He preserves them, and holds out His Hands to protect them.

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You may make all sorts of efforts, but these attempts are in vain. No one else can kill or preserve - He is the Protector of all beings. So why are you so anxious, O mortal? Meditate, O Nanak, on God, the invisible, the wonderful! || 5 || Time after time, again and again, meditate on God. Drinking in this Nectar, this mind and body are satisfied. The jewel of the Naam is obtained by the Gurmukhs; they see no other than God. Unto them, the Naam is wealth, the Naam is beauty and delight. The Naam is peace, the Lord's Name is their companion. Those who are satisfied by the essence of the Naam - their minds and bodies are drenched with the Naam. While standing up, sitting down and sleeping, the Naam, says Nanak, is forever the occupation of God's humble servant. || 6 || Chant His Praises with your tongue, day and night. God Himself has given this gift to His servants. Performing devotional worship with heart-felt love, they remain absorbed in God Himself. They know the past and the present. They recognize God's Own Command. Who can describe His Glory? I cannot describe even one of His virtuous qualities. Those who dwell in God's Presence, twenty-four hours a day - says Nanak, they are the perfect persons. || 7 || O my mind, seek their protection; give your mind and body to those humble beings. Those humble beings who recognizes God are the givers of all things. In His Sanctuary, all comforts are obtained. By the Blessing of His Darshan, all sins are erased. So renounce all other clever devices, and enjoin yourself to the service of those servants. Your comings and goings shall be ended. O Nanak, worship the feet of God's humble servants forever. || 8 || 17 || SHALOK: The one who knows the True Lord God, is called the True Guru. In His Company, the Sikh is saved, O Nanak, singing the Glorious Praises of the Lord. || 1 || ASHTAPADEE: The True Guru cherishes His Sikh. The Guru is always merciful to His servant. The Guru washes away the filth of the evil intellect of His Sikh. Through the Guru's Teachings, he chants the Lord's Name. The True Guru cuts away the bonds of His Sikh. The Sikh of the Guru abstains from evil deeds. The True Guru gives His Sikh the wealth of the Naam. The Sikh of the Guru is very fortunate. The True Guru arranges this world and the next for His Sikh. O Nanak, with the fullness of His heart, the True Guru mends His Sikh. || 1 || That selfless servant, who lives in the Guru's household, is to obey the Guru's Commands with all his mind. He is not to call attention to himself in any way. He is to meditate constantly within his heart on the Name of the Lord. One who sells his mind to the True Guru - that humble servant's affairs are resolved. One who performs selfless service, without thought of reward, shall attain his Lord and Master.

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He Himself grants His Grace; O Nanak, that selfless servant lives the Guru's Teachings. || 2 || One who obeys the Guru's Teachings one hundred per cent - that selfless servant comes to know the state of the Transcendent Lord. The True Guru's Heart is filled with the Name of the Lord. So many times, I am a sacrifice to the Guru. He is the treasure of everything, the Giver of life. Twenty-four hours a day, He is imbued with the Love of the Supreme Lord God. The servant is in God, and God is in the servant. He Himself is One - there is no doubt about this. By thousands of clever tricks, He is not found. O Nanak, such a Guru is obtained by the greatest good fortune. || 3 || Blessed is His Darshan; receiving it, one is purified. Touching His Feet, one's conduct and lifestyle become pure. Abiding in His Company, one chants the Lord's Praise, and reaches the Court of the Supreme Lord God. Listening to His Teachings, one's ears are satisfied. The mind is contented, and the soul is fulfilled. The Guru is perfect; His Teachings are everlasting. Beholding His Ambrosial Glance, one becomes saintly. Endless are His virtuous qualities; His worth cannot be appraised. O Nanak, one who pleases Him is united with Him. || 4 || The tongue is one, but His Praises are many. The True Lord, of perfect perfection - no speech can take the mortal to Him. God is Inaccessible, Incomprehensible, balanced in the state of Nirvaanaa. He is not sustained by food; He has no hatred or vengeance; He is the Giver of peace. No one can estimate His worth. Countless devotees continually bow in reverence to Him. In their hearts, they meditate on His Lotus Feet. Nanak is forever a sacrifice to the True Guru; by His Grace, he meditates on God. || 5 || Only a few obtain this ambrosial essence of the Lord's Name. Drinking in this Nectar, one becomes immortal. That person whose mind is illuminated by the treasure of excellence, never dies. Twenty-four hours a day, he takes the Name of the Lord. The Lord gives true instruction to His servant. He is not polluted by emotional attachment to Maya. In his mind, he cherishes the One Lord, Har, Har. In the pitch darkness, a lamp shines forth. O Nanak, doubt, emotional attachment and pain are erased. || 6 || In the burning heat, a soothing coolness prevails. Happiness ensues and pain departs, O Siblings of Destiny. The fear of birth and death is dispelled, by the perfect Teachings of the Holy Saint. Fear is lifted, and one abides in fearlessness. All evils are dispelled from the mind. He takes us into His favor as His own. In the Company of the Holy, chant the Naam, the Name of the Lord. Stability is attained; doubt and wandering cease, O Nanak, listening with one's ears to the Praises of the Lord, Har, Har. || 7 || He Himself is absolute and unrelated; He Himself is also involved and related. Manifesting His power, He fascinates the entire world. God Himself sets His play in motion. Only He Himself can estimate His worth. There is none, other than the Lord. Permeating all, He is the One. Through and through, He pervades in form and color.

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He is revealed in the Company of the Holy. Having created the creation, He infuses His own power into it. So many times, Nanak is a sacrifice to Him. || 8 || 18 || SHALOK: Nothing shall go along with you, except your devotion. All corruption is like ashes. Practice the Name of the Lord, Har, Har. O Nanak, this is the most excellent wealth. || 1 || ASHTAPADEE: Joining the Company of the Saints, practice deep meditation. Remember the One, and take the Support of the Naam, the Name of the Lord. Forget all other efforts, O my friend - enshrine the Lord's Lotus Feet within your heart. God is All-powerful; He is the Cause of causes. Grasp firmly the object of the Lord's Name. Gather this wealth, and become very fortunate. Pure are the instructions of the humble Saints. Keep faith in the One Lord within your mind. All disease, O Nanak, shall then be dispelled. || 1 || The wealth which you chase after in the four directions - you shall obtain that wealth by serving the Lord. The peace, which you always yearn for, O friend - that peace comes by the love of the Company of the Holy. The glory, for which you perform good deeds - you shall obtain that glory by seeking the Lord's Sanctuary. All sorts of remedies have not cured the disease - the disease is cured only by giving the medicine of the Lord's Name. Of all treasures, the Lord's Name is the supreme treasure. Chant it, O Nanak, and be accepted in the Court of the Lord. || 2 || Enlighten your mind with the Name of the Lord. Having wandered around in the ten directions, it comes to its place of rest. No obstacle stands in the way of one whose heart is filled with the Lord. The Dark Age of Kali Yuga is so hot; the Lord's Name is soothing and cool. Remember, remember it in meditation, and obtain everlasting peace. Your fear shall be dispelled, and your hopes shall be fulfilled. By devotional worship and loving adoration, your soul shall be enlightened. You shall go to that home, and live forever. Says Nanak, the noose of death is cut away. || 3 || One who contemplates the essence of reality, is said to be the true person. Birth and death are the lot of the false and the insincere. Coming and going in reincarnation is ended by serving God. Give up your selfishness and conceit, and seek the Sanctuary of the Divine Guru. Thus the jewel of this human life is saved. Remember the Lord, Har, Har, the Support of the breath of life. By all sorts of efforts, people are not saved - not by studying the Simritees, the Shaastras or the Vedas. Worship the Lord with whole-hearted devotion. O Nanak, you shall obtain the fruits of your mind's desire. || 4 || Your wealth shall not go with you; why do you cling to it, you fool? Children, friends, family and spouse - who of these shall accompany you? Power, pleasure, and the vast expanse of Maya - who has ever escaped from these? Horses, elephants, chariots and pageantry - false shows and false displays. The fool does not acknowledge the One who gave this; forgetting the Naam, O Nanak, he will repent in the end. || 5 || Take the Guru's advice, you ignorant fool; without devotion, even the clever have drowned. Worship the Lord with heart-felt devotion, my friend; your consciousness shall become pure. Enshrine the Lord's Lotus Feet in your mind; the sinful residues of countless lifetimes shall depart.

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Chant the Naam yourself, and inspire others to chant it as well. Hearing, speaking and living it, emancipation is obtained. The essential reality is the True Name of the Lord. With intuitive ease, O Nanak, sing His Glorious Praises. || 6 || Chanting His Glories, your filth shall be washed off. The all-consuming poison of ego will be gone. You shall become carefree, and you shall dwell in peace. With every breath and every morsel of food, cherish the Lord's Name. Renounce all clever tricks, O mind. In the Company of the Holy, you shall obtain the true wealth. So gather the Lord's Name as your capital, and trade in it. In this world you shall be at peace, and in the Court of the Lord, you shall be acclaimed. See the One permeating all; says Nanak, your destiny is pre-ordained. || 7 || Meditate on the One, and worship the One. Remember the One, and yearn for the One in your mind. Sing the endless Glorious Praises of the One. With mind and body, meditate on the One Lord God. The One Lord Himself is the One and Only. The Pervading Lord God is totally permeating all. The many expanses of the creation have all come from the One. Adoring the One, past sins are removed. Mind and body within are imbued with the One God. By Guru's Grace, O Nanak, the One is known. || 8 || 19 || SHALOK: After wandering and wandering, O God, I have come, and entered Your Sanctuary. This is Nanak's prayer, O God: please, attach me to Your devotional service. || 1 || ASHTAPADEE: I am a beggar; I beg for this gift from You: please, by Your Mercy, Lord, give me Your Name. I ask for the dust of the feet of the Holy. O Supreme Lord God, please fulfill my yearning; may I sing the Glorious Praises of God forever and ever. With each and every breath, may I meditate on You, O God. May I enshrine affection for Your Lotus Feet. May I perform devotional worship to God each and every day. You are my only Shelter, my only Support. Nanak asks for the most sublime, the Naam, the Name of God. || 1 || By God's Gracious Glance, there is great peace. Rare are those who obtain the juice of the Lord's essence. Those who taste it are satisfied. They are fulfilled and realized beings - they do not waver. They are totally filled to over-flowing with the sweet delight of His Love. Spiritual delight wells up within, in the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy. Taking to His Sanctuary, they forsake all others. Deep within, they are enlightened, and they center themselves on Him, day and night. Most fortunate are those who meditate on God. O Nanak, attuned to the Naam, they are at peace. || 2 || The wishes of the Lord's servant are fulfilled. From the True Guru, the pure teachings are obtained. Unto His humble servant, God has shown His kindness. He has made His servant eternally happy. The bonds of His humble servant are cut away, and he is liberated. The pains of birth and death, and doubt are gone. Desires are satisfied, and faith is fully rewarded, imbued forever with His all-pervading peace. He is His - he merges in Union with Him. Nanak is absorbed in devotional worship of the Naam. || 3 || Why forget Him, who does not overlook our efforts?

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Why forget Him, who acknowledges what we do? Why forget Him, who has given us everything? Why forget Him, who is the Life of the living beings? Why forget Him, who preserves us in the fire of the womb? By Guru's Grace, rare is the one who realizes this. Why forget Him, who lifts us up out of corruption? Those separated from Him for countless lifetimes, are re-united with Him once again. Through the Perfect Guru, this essential reality is understood. O Nanak, God's humble servants meditate on Him. || 4 || O friends, O Saints, make this your work. Renounce everything else, and chant the Name of the Lord. Meditate, meditate, meditate in remembrance of Him, and find peace. Chant the Naam yourself, and inspire others to chant it. By loving devotional worship, you shall cross over the world-ocean. Without devotional meditation, the body will be just ashes. All joys and comforts are in the treasure of the Naam. Even the drowning can reach the place of rest and safety. All sorrows shall vanish. O Nanak, chant the Naam, the treasure of excellence. || 5 || Love and affection, and the taste of yearning, have welled up within; within my mind and body, this is my purpose: beholding with my eyes His Blessed Vision, I am at peace. My mind blossoms forth in ecstasy, washing the feet of the Holy. The minds and bodies of His devotees are infused with His Love. Rare is the one who obtains their company. Show Your mercy - please, grant me this one request: by Guru's Grace, may I chant the Naam. His Praises cannot be spoken; O Nanak, He is contained among all. || 6 || God, the Forgiving Lord, is kind to the poor. He loves His devotees, and He is always merciful to them. The Patron of the patronless, the Lord of the Universe, the Sustainer of the world, the Nourisher of all beings. The Primal Being, the Creator of the Creation. The Support of the breath of life of His devotees. Whoever meditates on Him is sanctified, focusing the mind in loving devotional worship. I am unworthy, lowly and ignorant. Nanak has entered Your Sanctuary, O Supreme Lord God. || 7 || Everything is obtained: the heavens, liberation and deliverance, if one sings the Lord's Glories, even for an instant. So many realms of power, pleasures and great glories, come to one whose mind is pleased with the Sermon of the Lord's Name. Abundant foods, clothes and music come to one whose tongue continually chants the Lord's Name, Har, Har. His actions are good, he is glorious and wealthy; the Mantra of the Perfect Guru dwells within his heart. O God, grant me a home in the Company of the Holy. All pleasures, O Nanak, are so revealed. || 8 || 20 || SHALOK: He possesses all qualities; He transcends all qualities; He is the Formless Lord. He Himself is in Primal Samaadhi. Through His Creation, O Nanak, He meditates on Himself. || 1 || ASHTAPADEE: When this world had not yet appeared in any form, who then committed sins and performed good deeds? When the Lord Himself was in Profound Samaadhi, then against whom were hate and jealousy directed? When there was no color or shape to be seen, then who experienced joy and sorrow? When the Supreme Lord Himself was Himself All-in-all, then where was emotional attachment, and who had doubts?

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He Himself has staged His own drama; O Nanak, there is no other Creator. || 1 || When there was only God the Master, then who was called bound or liberated? When there was only the Lord, Unfathomable and Infinite, then who entered hell, and who entered heaven? When God was without attributes, in absolute poise, then where was mind and where was matter - where was Shiva and Shakti? When He held His Own Light unto Himself, then who was fearless, and who was afraid? He Himself is the Performer in His own plays; O Nanak, the Lord Master is Unfathomable and Infinite. || 2 || When the Immortal Lord was seated at ease, then where was birth, death and dissolution? When there was only God, the Perfect Creator, then who was afraid of death? When there was only the One Lord, unmanifest and incomprehensible, then who was called to account by the recording scribes of the conscious and the subconscious? When there was only the Immaculate, Incomprehensible, Unfathomable Master, then who was emancipated, and who was held in bondage? He Himself, in and of Himself, is the most wonderful. O Nanak, He Himself created His Own Form. || 3 || When there was only the Immaculate Being, the Lord of beings, there was no filth, so what was there to be washed clean? When there was only the Pure, Formless Lord in Nirvaanaa, then who was honored, and who was dishonored? When there was only the Form of the Lord of the Universe, then who was tainted by fraud and sin? When the Embodiment of Light was immersed in His Own Light, then who was hungry, and who was satisfied? He is the Cause of causes, the Creator Lord. O Nanak, the Creator is beyond calculation. || 4 || When His Glory was contained within Himself, then who was mother, father, friend, child or sibling? When all power and wisdom was latent within Him, then where were the Vedas and the scriptures, and who was there to read them? When He kept Himself, All-in-all, unto His Own Heart, then who considered omens to be good or bad? When He Himself was lofty, and He Himself was near at hand, then who was called master, and who was called disciple? We are wonder-struck at the wondrous wonder of the Lord. O Nanak, He alone knows His own state. || 5 || When the Undeceiveable, Impenetrable, Inscrutable One was self-absorbed, then who was swayed by Maya? When He paid homage to Himself, then the three qualities were not prevailing. When there was only the One, the One and Only Lord God, then who was not anxious, and who felt anxiety? When He Himself was satisfied with Himself, then who spoke and who listened? He is vast and infinite, the highest of the high. O Nanak, He alone can reach Himself. || 6 || When He Himself fashioned the visible world of the creation, he made the world subject to the three dispositions.

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Sin and virtue then began to be spoken of. Some have gone to hell, and some yearn for paradise. Worldly snares and entanglements of Maya, egotism, attachment, doubt and loads of fear; pain and pleasure, honor and dishonor - these came to be described in various ways. He Himself creates and beholds His own drama. He winds up the drama, and then, O Nanak, He alone remains. || 7 || Wherever the Eternal Lord's devotee is, He Himself is there. He unfolds the expanse of His creation for the glory of His Saint. He Himself is the Master of both worlds. His Praise is to Himself alone. He Himself performs and plays His amusements and games. He Himself enjoys pleasures, and yet He is unaffected and untouched. He attaches whomever He pleases to His Name. He causes whomever He pleases to play in His play. He is beyond calculation, beyond measure, uncountable and unfathomable. As You inspire him to speak, O Lord, so does servant Nanak speak. || 8 || 21 || SHALOK: O Lord and Master of all beings and creatures, You Yourself are prevailing everywhere. O Nanak, The One is All-pervading; where is any other to be seen? || 1 || ASHTAPADEE: He Himself is the speaker, and He Himself is the listener. He Himself is the One, and He Himself is the many. When it pleases Him, He creates the world. As He pleases, He absorbs it back into Himself. Without You, nothing can be done. Upon Your thread, You have strung the whole world. One whom God Himself inspires to understand - that person obtains the True Name. He looks impartially upon all, and he knows the essential reality. O Nanak, he conquers the whole world. || 1 || All beings and creatures are in His Hands. He is Merciful to the meek, the Patron of the patronless. No one can kill those who are protected by Him. One who is forgotten by God, is already dead. Leaving Him, where else could anyone go? Over the heads of all is the One, the Immaculate King. The ways and means of all beings are in His Hands. Inwardly and outwardly, know that He is with you. He is the Ocean of excellence, infinite and endless. Slave Nanak is forever a sacrifice to Him. || 2 || The Perfect, Merciful Lord is pervading everywhere. His kindness extends to all. He Himself knows His own ways. The Inner-knower, the Searcher of hearts, is present everywhere. He cherishes His living beings in so many ways. That which He has created meditates on Him. Whoever pleases Him, He blends into Himself. They perform His devotional service and sing the Glorious Praises of the Lord. With heart-felt faith, they believe in Him. O Nanak, they realize the One, the Creator Lord. || 3 || The Lord's humble servant is committed to His Name. His hopes do not go in vain. The servant's purpose is to serve; obeying the Lord's Command, the supreme status is obtained. Beyond this, he has no other thought. Within his mind, the Formless Lord abides. His bonds are cut away, and he becomes free of hatred. Night and day, he worships the Feet of the Guru. He is at peace in this world, and happy in the next.

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O Nanak, the Lord God unites him with Himself. || 4 || Join the Company of the Holy, and be happy. Sing the Glories of God, the embodiment of supreme bliss. Contemplate the essence of the Lord's Name. Redeem this human body, so difficult to obtain. Sing the Ambrosial Words of the Lord's Glorious Praises; this is the way to save your mortal soul. Behold God near at hand, twenty-four hours a day. Ignorance shall depart, and darkness shall be dispelled. Listen to the Teachings, and enshrine them in your heart. O Nanak, you shall obtain the fruits of your mind's desires. || 5 || Embellish both this world and the next; enshrine the Lord's Name deep within your heart. Perfect are the Teachings of the Perfect Guru. That person, within whose mind it abides, realizes the Truth. With your mind and body, chant the Naam; lovingly attune yourself to it. Sorrow, pain and fear shall depart from your mind. Deal in the true trade, O trader, and your merchandise shall be safe in the Court of the Lord. Keep the Support of the One in your mind. O Nanak, you shall not have to come and go in reincarnation again. || 6 || Where can anyone go, to get away from Him? Meditating on the Protector Lord, you shall be saved. Meditating on the Fearless Lord, all fear departs. By God's Grace, mortals are released. One who is protected by God never suffers in pain. Chanting the Naam, the mind becomes peaceful. Anxiety departs, and ego is eliminated. No one can equal that humble servant. The Brave and Powerful Guru stands over his head. O Nanak, his efforts are fulfilled. || 7 || His wisdom is perfect, and His Glance is Ambrosial. Beholding His Vision, the universe is saved. His Lotus Feet are incomparably beautiful. The Blessed Vision of His Darshan is fruitful and rewarding; His Lordly Form is beautiful. Blessed is His service; His servant is famous. The Inner-knower, the Searcher of hearts, is the most exalted Supreme Being. That one, within whose mind He abides, is blissfully happy. Death does not draw near him. One becomes immortal, and obtains the immortal status, meditating on the Lord, O Nanak, in the Company of the Holy. || 8 || 22 || SHALOK: The Guru has given the healing ointment of spiritual wisdom, and dispelled the darkness of ignorance. By the Lord's Grace, I have met the Saint; O Nanak, my mind is enlightened. || 1 || ASHTAPADEE: In the Society of the Saints, I see God deep within my being. God's Name is sweet to me. All things are contained in the Heart of the One, although they appear in so many various colors. The nine treasures are in the Ambrosial Name of God. Within the human body is its place of rest. The Deepest Samaadhi, and the unstruck sound current of the Naad are there. The wonder and marvel of it cannot be described. He alone sees it, unto whom God Himself reveals it. O Nanak, that humble being understands. || 1 || The Infinite Lord is inside, and outside as well. Deep within each and every heart, the Lord God is pervading. In the earth, in the Akaashic ethers, and in the nether regions of the underworld - in all worlds, He is the Perfect Cherisher.

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