Sri Guru Granth Sahib Translation

 
 

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The truthful Sikhs sit by the True Guru's side and serve Him. The false ones search, but find no place of rest. Those who are not pleased with the Words of the True Guru - their faces are cursed, and they wander around, condemned by God. Those who do not have the Love of the Lord within their hearts - how long can those demonic, self-willed manmukhs be consoled? One who meets the True Guru, keeps his mind in its own place; he spends only his own assets. O servant Nanak, some are united with the Guru; to some, the Lord grants peace, while others - deceitful cheats - suffer in isolation. || 1 || FOURTH MEHL: Those who have the treasure of the Lord's Name deep within their hearts - the Lord resolves their affairs. They are no longer subservient to other people; the Lord God sits by them, at their side. When the Creator is on their side, then everyone is on their side. Beholding their vision, everyone applauds them. Kings and emperors are all created by the Lord; they all come and bow in reverence to the Lord's humble servant. Great is the greatness of the Perfect Guru. Serving the Great Lord, I have obtained immeasurable peace. The Lord has bestowed this eternal gift upon the Perfect Guru; His blessings increase day by day. The slanderer, who cannot endure His greatness, is destroyed by the Creator Himself. Servant Nanak chants the Glorious Praises of the Creator, who protects His devotees forever. || 2 || PAUREE: You, O Lord and Master, are inaccessible and merciful; You are the Great Giver, All-knowing. I can see no other as great as You; O Lord of Wisdom, You are pleasing to my mind. Emotional attachment to your family and everything you see is temporary, coming and going. Those who attach their consciousness to anything except the True Lord are false, and false is their pride. O Nanak, meditate on the True Lord; without the True Lord, the ignorant rot away and putrefy to death. || 10 || SHALOK, FOURTH MEHL: At first, he did not show respect to the Guru; later, he offered excuses, but it is no use. The wretched, self-willed manmukhs wander around and are stuck mid-way; how can they find peace by mere words? Those who have no love for the True Guru within their hearts come with falsehood, and leave with falsehood. When my Lord God, the Creator, grants His Grace, then they come to see the True Guru as the Supreme Lord God. Then, they drink in the Nectar, the Word of the Guru's Shabad; all burning, anxiety, and doubts are eliminated. They remain in ecstasy forever, day and night; O servant Nanak, they sing the Glorious Praises of the Lord, night and day. || 1 || FOURTH MEHL: One who calls himself a Sikh of the Guru, the True Guru, shall rise in the early morning hours and meditate on the Lord's Name. Upon arising early in the morning, he is to bathe, and cleanse himself in the pool of nectar. Following the Instructions of the Guru, he is to chant the Name of the Lord, Har, Har. All sins, misdeeds and negativity shall be erased. Then, at the rising of the sun, he is to sing Gurbani; whether sitting down or standing up, he is to meditate on the Lord's Name. One who meditates on my Lord, Har, Har, with every breath and every morsel of food - that GurSikh becomes pleasing to the Guru's Mind.


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That person, unto whom my Lord and Master is kind and compassionate - upon that GurSikh, the Guru's Teachings are bestowed. Servant Nanak begs for the dust of the feet of that GurSikh, who himself chants the Naam, and inspires others to chant it. || 2 || PAUREE: Those who meditate on You, O True Lord - they are very rare. Those who worship and adore the One Lord in their conscious minds - through their generosity, countless millions are fed. All meditate on You, but they alone are accepted, who are pleasing to their Lord and Master. Those who eat and dress without serving the True Guru die; after death, those wretched lepers are consigned to reincarnation. In His Sublime Presence, they talk sweetly, but behind His back, they exude poison from their mouths. The evil-minded are consigned to separation from the Lord. || 11 || SHALOK, FOURTH MEHL: The faithless baymukh sent out his faithless servant, wearing a blue-black coat, filled with filth and vermin. No one in the world will sit near him; the self-willed manmukh fell into manure, and returned with even more filth covering him. The faithless baymukh was sent to slander and back-bite others, but when he went there, the faces of both he and his faithless master were blackened instead. It was immediately heard throughout the whole world, O Siblings of Destiny, that this faithless man, along with his servant, was kicked and beaten with shoes; in humiliation, they got up and returned to their homes. The faithless baymukh was not allowed to mingle with others; his wife and niece then brought him home to lie down. He has lost both this world and the next; he cries out continually, in hunger and thirst. Blessed, blessed is the Creator, the Primal Being, our Lord and Master; He Himself sits and dispenses true justice. One who slanders the Perfect True Guru is punished and destroyed by the True Lord. This Word is spoken by the One who created the whole universe. || 1 || FOURTH MEHL: One who has a poor beggar for a master - how can he be well-fed? If there is something in his master's house, he can get it; but how can he get what is not there? Serving him, who will be called to answer for his account? That service is painful and useless. O Nanak, serve the Guru, the Lord Incarnate; the Blessed Vision of His Darshan is profitable, and in the end, you shall not be called to account. || 2 || PAUREE: O Nanak, the Saints consider, and the four Vedas proclaim, that whatever the Lord's devotees utter with their mouths, shall come to pass. He is manifest in His cosmic workshop. All people hear of this. The stubborn men who fight with the Saints shall never find peace. The Saints seek to bless them with virtue, but they only burn in their egos. What can those wretched ones do, since, from the very beginning, their destiny is cursed with evil. Those who are struck down by the Supreme Lord God are of no use to anyone. Those who hate the One who has no hatred - according to the true justice of Dharma, they shall perish. Those who are cursed by the Saints will continue wandering aimlessly. When the tree is cut off at its roots, the branches wither and die. || 12 || SHALOK FOURTH MEHL:


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Great is the greatness of the Guru, who meditates on the Lord within. By His Pleasure, the Lord has bestowed this upon the Perfect True Guru; it is not diminished one bit by anyone's efforts. The True Lord and Master is on the side of the True Guru; and so, all those who oppose Him waste away to death in anger, envy and conflict. The Lord, the Creator, blackens the faces of the slanderers, and increases the glory of the Guru. As the slanderers spread their slander, so does the Guru's glory increase day by day. Servant Nanak worships the Lord, who makes everyone fall at His Feet. || 1 || FOURTH MEHL: One who enters into a calculated relationship with the True Guru loses everything, this world and the next. He grinds his teeth continually and foams at the mouth; screaming in anger, he perishes. He continually chases after Maya and wealth, but even his own wealth flies away. What shall he earn, and what shall he eat? Within his heart, there is only cynicism and pain. One who hates the One who has no hatred, shall bear the load of all the sins of the world on his head. He shall find no shelter here or hereafter; his mouth blisters with the slander in his heart. If gold comes into his hands, it turns to dust. But if he should come again to the Sanctuary of the Guru, then even his past sins shall be forgiven. Servant Nanak meditates on the Naam, night and day. Remembering the Lord in meditation, wickedness and sins are erased. || 2 || PAUREE: You are the Truest of the True; Your Regal Court is the most exalted of all. Those who meditate on You, O True Lord, serve the Truth; O True Lord, they take pride in You. Within them is the Truth; their faces are radiant, and they speak the Truth. O True Lord, You are their strength. Those who, as Gurmukh, praise You are Your devotees; they have the insignia and the banner of the Shabad, the True Word of God. I am truly a sacrifice, forever devoted to those who serve the True Lord. || 13 || SHALOK, FOURTH MEHL: Those who were cursed by the Perfect True Guru, from the very beginning, are even now cursed by the True Guru. Even though they may have a great longing to associate with the Guru, the Creator does not allow it. They shall not find shelter in the Sat Sangat, the True Congregation; in the Sangat, the Guru has proclaimed this. Whoever goes out to meet them now, will be destroyed by the tyrant, the Messenger of Death. Those who were condemned by Guru Nanak were declared counterfeit by Guru Angad as well. The Guru of the third generation thought, "What lies in the hands of these poor people?" The Guru of the fourth generation saved all these slanderers and evil-doers. If any son or Sikh serves the True Guru, then all of his affairs will be resolved. He obtains the fruits of his desires - children, wealth, property, union with the Lord and emancipation. All treasures are in the True Guru, who has enshrined the Lord within the heart. He alone obtains the Perfect True Guru, on whose forehead such blessed destiny is pre-ordained. Servant Nanak begs for the dust of the feet of those GurSikhs who love the Lord, their Friend.


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|| 1 || FOURTH MEHL: The Lord Himself bestows glorious greatness; He Himself causes the world to come and fall at their feet. We should only be afraid, if we try to do things by ourselves; the Creator is increasing His Power in every way. Behold, O Siblings of Destiny: this is the Arena of the Beloved True Lord; His power brings everyone to bow in humility. The Lord, our Lord and Master, preserves and protects His devotees; He blackens the faces of the slanderers and evil-doers. The glorious greatness of the True Guru increases day by day; the Lord inspires His devotees to continually sing the Kirtan of His Praises. O GurSikhs, chant the Naam, the Name of the Lord, night and day; through the True Guru, the Creator Lord will come to dwell within the home of your inner being. O GurSikhs, know that the Bani, the Word of the True Guru, is true, absolutely true. The Creator Lord Himself causes the Guru to chant it. The Beloved Lord makes the faces of His GurSikhs radiant; He makes the whole world applaud and acclaim the Guru. Servant Nanak is the slave of the Lord; the Lord Himself preserves the honor of His slave. || 2 || PAUREE: O My True Lord and Master, You Yourself are my True Lord King. Please, implant within me the true treasure of Your Name; O God, I am Your merchant. I serve the True One, and deal in the True One; I chant Your Wondrous Praises. Those humble beings who serve the Lord with love meet Him; they are adorned with the Word of the Guru's Shabad. O my True Lord and Master, You are unknowable; through the Word of the Guru's Shabad, You are known. || 14 || SHALOK, FOURTH MEHL: One whose heart is filled with jealousy of others, never comes to any good. No one pays any attention to what he says; he is just a fool, crying out endlessly in the wilderness. One whose heart is filled with malicious gossip, is known as a malicious gossip; everything he does is in vain. Night and day, he continually gossips about others; his face has been blackened, and he cannot show it to anyone. The body is the field of action, in this Dark Age of Kali Yuga; as you plant, so shall you harvest. Justice is not passed on mere words; if someone eats poison, he dies. O Siblings of Destiny, behold the justice of the True Creator; as people act, so they are rewarded. The Lord has bestowed total understanding upon servant Nanak; he speaks and proclaims the words of the Lord's Court. || 1 || FOURTH MEHL: Those who separate themselves from the Guru, in spite of His Constant Presence - they find no place of rest in the Court of the Lord. If someone goes to meet with those dull-faced slanderers, he will find their faces covered with spit. Those who are cursed by the True Guru, are cursed by all the world. They wander around endlessly. Those who do not publicly affirm their Guru wander around, moaning and groaning. Their hunger shall never depart; afflicted by constant hunger, they cry out in pain. No one hears what they have to say; they live in constant fear and terror, until they finally die. They cannot bear the glorious greatness of the True Guru, and they find no place of rest, here or hereafter.


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Those who go out to meet with those who have been cursed by the True Guru, lose all remnants of their honor. They have already become like lepers; cursed by the Guru, whoever meets them is also afflicted with leprosy. O Lord, I pray that I may not even catch sight of those, who focus their consciousness on the love of duality. That which the Creator pre-ordained from the very beginning - there can be no escape from that. O servant Nanak, worship and adore the Naam, the Name of the Lord; no one can equal it. Great is the greatness of His Name; it increases, day by day. || 2 || FOURTH MEHL: Great is the greatness of that humble being, whom the Guru Himself anointed in His Presence. All the world comes and bows to him, falling at his feet. His praises spread throughout the world. The galaxies and solar systems bow in reverence to him; the Perfect Guru has placed His hand upon his head, and he has become perfect. The glorious greatness of the Guru increases day by day; no one can equal it. O servant Nanak, the Creator Lord Himself established him; God preserves his honor. || 3 || PAUREE: The human body is a great fortress, with its shops and streets within. The Gurmukh who comes to trade gathers the cargo of the Lord's Name. He deals in the treasure of the Lord's Name, the jewels and the diamonds. Those who search for this treasure outside of the body, in other places, are foolish demons. They wander around in the wilderness of doubt, like the deer who searches for the musk in the bushes. || 15 || SHALOK, FOURTH MEHL: One who slanders the Perfect True Guru, shall have difficulty in this world. He is caught and thrown into the most horrible hell, the well of pain and suffering. No one listens to his shrieks and cries; he cries out in pain and misery. He totally loses this world and the next; he has lost all of his investment and profit. He is like the ox at the oil-press; each morning when he rises, God places the yoke upon him. The Lord always sees and hears everything; nothing can be concealed from Him. As you plant, so shall you harvest, according to what you planted in the past. One who is blessed by God's Grace washes the feet of the True Guru. He is carried across by the Guru, the True Guru, like iron which is carried across by wood. O servant Nanak, meditate on the Naam, the Name of the Lord; chanting the Name of the Lord, Har, Har, peace is obtained. || 1 || FOURTH MEHL: Very fortunate is the soul-bride, who, as Gurmukh, meets the Lord, her King. Her inner being is illiminated with His Divine Light; O Nanak, she is absorbed in His Name. || 2 || PAUREE: This body is the home of Dharma; the Divine Light of the True Lord is within it. Hidden within it are the jewels of mystery; how rare is that Gurmukh, that selfless servant, who digs them out. When someone realizes the All-pervading Soul, then he sees the One and Only Lord permeating, through and through. He sees the One, he believes in the One, and with his ears, he listens only to the One.


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O servant Nanak, praise the Naam, the Name of the Lord; this is your service to the Lord, the Truest of the True. || 16 || SHALOK, FOURTH MEHL: All joy is in the hearts of those, within whose minds the Lord abides. In the Court of the Lord, their faces are radiant, and everyone goes to see them. Those who meditate on the Name of the Fearless Lord have no fear. Those who have such pre-destined destiny remember the Sublime Lord. Those, within whose minds the Lord abides, are robed with honor in the Court of the Lord. They are carried across, along with all their family, and the whole world is saved along with them. O Lord, please unite servant Nanak with Your humble servants; beholding them, beholding them, I live. || 1 || FOURTH MEHL: That land, where my True Guru comes and sits, becomes green and fertile. Those beings who go and behold my True Guru are rejuvenated. Blessed, blessed is the father; blessed, blessed is the family; blessed, blessed is the mother, who gave birth to the Guru. Blessed, blessed is the Guru, who worships and adores the Naam; He saves Himself, and emancipates those who see Him. O Lord, be kind, and unite me with the True Guru, that servant Nanak may wash His feet. || 2 || PAUREE: Truest of the True is the Immortal True Guru; He has enshrined the Lord deep within His heart. Truest of the True is the True Guru, the Primal Being, who has conquered sexual desire, anger and corruption. When I see the Perfect True Guru, then deep within, my mind is comforted and consoled. I am a sacrifice to my True Guru; I am devoted and dedicated to Him, forever and ever. || 17 || SHALOK, FOURTH MEHL: By His Grace, He leads us to meet the True Guru; then, as Gurmukh, we chant the Lord's Name, and meditate on it. We do that which pleases the True Guru; the Perfect Guru comes to dwell in the home of the heart. Those who have the treasure of the Naam deep within - all their fears are removed. They are protected by the Lord Himself; others struggle and fight against them, but they only come to death. O servant Nanak, meditate on the Naam; the Lord shall deliver you, here and hereafter. || 1 || FOURTH MEHL: The glorious greatness of the Guru, the True Guru, is pleasing to the GurSikh's mind. The Lord preserves the honor of the True Guru, which increases day by day. The Supreme Lord God is in the Mind of the Guru, the True Guru; the Supreme Lord God saves Him. The Lord is the Power and Support of the Guru, the True Guru; all come to bow before Him. Those who have gazed lovingly upon my True Guru - all their sins are taken away. Their faces are radiant in the Court of the Lord, and they obtain great glory. Servant Nanak begs for the dust of the feet of those GurSikhs, O my Siblings of Destiny. || 2 || PAUREE: I chant the Praises and Glories of the True One. True is the glorious greatness of the True Lord. I praise the True Lord, and the Praises of the True Lord.


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His worth cannot be estimated. Those who have tasted the true essence of the True Lord, remain satisfied and fulfilled. They know this essence of the Lord, but they say nothing, like the mute who tastes the sweet candy, and says nothing. The Perfect Guru serves the Lord God; His vibration vibrates and resounds in the mind. || 18 || SHALOK, FOURTH MEHL: Those who have a festering boil within - they alone know its pain. Those who know the pain of separation from the Lord - I am forever a sacrifice, a sacrifice to them. O Lord, please lead me to meet the Guru, the Primal Being, my Friend; my head shall roll in the dust under His feet. I am the slave of the slaves of those GurSikhs who serve Him. Those who are imbued with the deep crimson color of the Lord's Love - their robes are drenched in the Love of the Lord. Grant Your Grace, and lead Nanak to meet the Guru; I have sold my head to Him. || 1 || FOURTH MEHL: The body is full of mistakes and misdeeds; how can it become pure, O Saints? The Gurmukh purchases virtues, which wash off the sin of egotism. True is the trade which purchases the True Lord with love. No loss will come from this, and the profit comes by the Lord's Will. O Nanak, they alone purchase the Truth, who are blessed with such pre-ordained destiny. || 2 || PAUREE: I praise the True One, who alone is worthy of praise. The True Primal Being is True - this is His unique quality. Serving the True Lord, the Truth comes to dwell in the mind. The Lord, the Truest of the True, is my Protector. Those who worship and adore the Truest of the True, shall go and merge with the True Lord. Those who do not serve the Truest of the True - those self-willed manmukhs are foolish demons. With their mouths, they babble on about this and that, like the drunkard who has drunk his wine. || 19 || SHALOK, THIRD MEHL: Gauree Raga is auspicious, if, through it, one comes to think of his Lord and Master. He should walk in harmony with the Will of the True Guru; this should be his decoration. The True Word of the Shabad is our spouse; ravish and enjoy it, forever and ever. Like the deep crimson color of the madder plant - such is the dye which shall color you, when you dedicate your soul to the True One. One who loves the True Lord is totally imbued with the Lord's Love, like the deep crimson color of the poppy. Falsehood and deception may be covered with false coatings, but they cannot remain hidden. False is the uttering of praises, by those who love falsehood. O Nanak, He alone is True; He Himself casts His Glance of Grace. || 1 || FOURTH MEHL: In the Sat Sangat, the True Congregation, the Lord's Praises are sung. In the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy, the Beloved Lord is met. Blessed is that mortal being, who shares the Teachings for the good of others. He implants the Name of the Lord, and he preaches the Name of the Lord; through the Name of the Lord, the world is saved. Everyone longs to see the Guru; the world, and the nine continents, bow down to Him. You Yourself have established the True Guru; You Yourself have adorned the Guru. You Yourself worship and adore the True Guru; You inspire others to worship Him as well, O Creator Lord.


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If someone separates himself from the True Guru, his face is blackened, and he is destroyed by the Messenger of Death. He shall find no shelter, here or hereafter; the GurSikhs have realized this in their minds. That humble being who meets the True Guru is saved; he cherishes the Naam, the Name of the Lord, in his heart. Servant Nanak says: O GurSikhs, O my sons, meditate on the Lord; only the Lord shall save you. || 2 || THIRD MEHL: Egotism has led the world astray, along with evil-mindedness and the poison of corruption. Meeting with the True Guru, we are blessed by the Lord's Glance of Grace, while the self-willed manmukh gropes around in the darkness. O Nanak, the Lord absorbs into Himself those whom He inspires to love the Word of His Shabad. || 3 || PAUREE: True are the Praises and the Glories of the True One; he alone speaks them, whose mind is softened within. Those who worship the One Lord with single-minded devotion - their bodies shall never perish. Blessed, blessed and acclaimed is that person, who tastes with his tongue the Ambrosial Nectar of the True Name. One whose mind is pleased with the Truest of the True is accepted in the True Court. Blessed, blessed is the birth of those true beings; the True Lord brightens their faces. || 20 || SHALOK, FOURTH MEHL: The faithless cynics go and bow before the Guru, but their minds are corrupt and false, totally false. When the Guru says, "Rise up, my Siblings of Destiny", they sit down, crowded in like cranes. The True Guru prevails among His GurSikhs; they pick out and expel the wanderers. Sitting here and there, they hide their faces; being counterfeit, they cannot mix with the genuine. There is no food for them there; the false go into the filth like sheep. If you try to feed the faithless cynic, he will spit out poison from his mouth. O Lord, let me not be in the company of the faithless cynic, who is cursed by the Creator Lord. This drama belongs to the Lord; He performs it, and He watches over it. Servant Nanak cherishes the Naam, the Name of the Lord. || 1 || FOURTH MEHL: The True Guru, the Primal Being, is inaccessible; He has enshrined the Lord's Name within His heart. No one can equal the True Guru; the Creator Lord is on His side. Devotional worship of the Lord is the sword and armor of the True Guru; He has killed and cast out Death, the torturer. The Lord Himself is the Protector of the True Guru. The Lord saves all those who follow in the footsteps of the True Guru. One who thinks evil of the Perfect True Guru - the Creator Lord Himself destroys him. These words will be confirmed as true in the Court of the Lord; servant Nanak reveals this mystery. || 2 || PAUREE: Those who dwell upon the True Lord while asleep, utter the True Name when they are awake. How rare in the world are those Gurmukhs who dwell upon the True Lord. I am a sacrifice to those who chant the True Name, night and day. The True Lord is pleasing to their minds and bodies; they go to the Court of the True Lord. Servant Nanak chants the True Name; truly, the True Lord is forever brand new. || 21 || SHALOK, FOURTH MEHL: Who is asleep, and who is awake? Those who are Gurmukh are approved.


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Those who do not forget the Lord, with each and every breath and morsel of food, are the perfect and famous persons. By His Grace they find the True Guru; night and day, they meditate. I join the society of those persons, and in so doing, I am honored in the Court of the Lord. While asleep, they chant, "Waaho! Waaho!", and while awake, they chant, "Waaho!" as well. O Nanak, radiant are the faces of those, who rise up early each day, and dwell upon the Lord. || 1 || FOURTH MEHL: Serving his True Guru, one obtains the Naam, the Name of the Infinite Lord. The drowning person is lifted up and out of the terrifying world-ocean; the Great Giver gives the gift of the Lord's Name. Blessed, blessed are those bankers who trade the Naam. The Sikhs, the traders come, and through the Word of His Shabad, they are carried across. O servant Nanak, they alone serve the Creator Lord, who are blessed by His Grace. || 2 || PAUREE: Those who truly worship and adore the True Lord, are truly the humble devotees of the True Lord. Those Gurmukhs who search and seek, find the True One within themselves. Those who truly serve their True Lord and Master, overwhelm and conquer Death, the torturer. The True One is truly the greatest of all; those who serve the True One are blended with the True One. Blessed and acclaimed is the Truest of the True; serving the Truest of the True, one blossoms forth in fruition. || 22 || SHALOK, FOURTH MEHL: The self-willed manmukh is foolish; he wanders around without the Naam, the Name of the Lord. Without the Guru, his mind is not held steady, and he is reincarnated, over and over again. But when the Lord God Himself becomes merciful to him, then the True Guru comes to meet him. O servant Nanak, praise the Naam; the pains of birth and death shall come to an end. || 1 || FOURTH MEHL: I praise my Guru in so many ways, with joyful love and affection. My mind is imbued with the True Guru; He has preserved the make of its making. My tongue is not satisfied by praising Him; He has linked my consciousness with the Lord, my Beloved. O Nanak, my mind hungers for the Name of the Lord; my mind is satisfied, tasting the sublime essence of the Lord. || 2 || PAUREE: The True Lord is truly known for His all-powerful creative nature; He fashioned the days and the nights. I praise that True Lord, forever and ever; True is the glorious greatness of the True Lord. True are the Praises of the Praiseworthy True Lord; the value of the True Lord cannot be appraised. When someone meets the Perfect True Guru, then His Sublime Presence comes to be seen. Those Gurmukhs who praise the True Lord - all their hunger is gone. || 23 || SHALOK, FOURTH MEHL: Searching and examining my mind and body, I have found that God, whom I longed for. I have found the Guru, the Divine Intermediary, who has united me with the Lord God. || 1 || THIRD MEHL: One who is attached to Maya is totally blind and deaf. He does not listen to the Word of the Shabad; he makes a great uproar and tumult. The Gurmukhs chant and meditate on the Shabad, and lovingly center their consciousness on it. They hear and believe in the Name of the Lord; they are absorbed in the Name of the Lord. Whatever pleases God, He causes that to be done. O Nanak, human beings are the instruments which vibrate as God plays them. || 2 ||


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PAUREE: You, O Creator, know everything which occurs within our beings. You Yourself, O Creator, are incalculable, while the entire world is within the realm of calculation. Everything happens according to Your Will; You created all. You are the One, pervading in each and every heart; O True Lord and Master, this is Your play. One who meets the True Guru meets the Lord; no one can turn him away. || 24 || SHALOK, FOURTH MEHL: Hold this mind steady and stable; become Gurmukh and focus your consciousness. How could you ever forget Him, with each breath and morsel of food, sitting down or standing up? My anxiety about birth and death has ended; this soul is under the control of the Lord God. If it pleases You, then save servant Nanak, and bless him with Your Name. || 1 || THIRD MEHL: The egotistical, self-willed manmukh does not know the Mansion of the Lord's Presence; one moment he is here, and the next moment he is there. He is always invited, but he does not go to the Mansion of the Lord's Presence. How shall he be accepted in the Court of the Lord? How rare are those who know the Mansion of the True Guru; they stand with their palms pressed together. If my Lord grants His Grace, O Nanak, He restores them to Himself. || 2 || PAUREE: Fruitful and rewarding is that service, which is pleasing to the Guru's Mind. When the Mind of the True Guru is pleased, then sins and misdeeds run away. The Sikhs listen to the Teachings imparted by the True Guru. Those who surrender to the True Guru's Will are imbued with the four-fold Love of the Lord. This is the unique and distinct life-style of the Gurmukhs: listening to the Guru's Teachings, their minds blossom forth. || 25 || SHALOK, THIRD MEHL: Those who do not affirm their Guru shall have no home or place of rest. They lose both this world and the next; they have no place in the Court of the Lord. This opportunity to bow at the Feet of the True Guru shall never come again. If they miss out on being counted by the True Guru, they shall pass their lives in pain and misery. The True Guru, the Primal Being, has no hatred or vengeance; He unites with Himself those with whom He is pleased. O Nanak, those who behold the Blessed Vision of His Darshan, are emancipated in the Court of the Lord. || 1 || THIRD MEHL: The self-willed manmukh is ignorant, evil-minded and egotistical. He is filled with anger within, and he loses his mind in the gamble. He commits the sins of fraud and unrighteousness. What can he hear, and what can he tell others? He is blind and deaf; he loses his way, and wanders lost in the wilderness. The blind, self-willed manmukh comes and goes in reincarnation; without meeting the True Guru, he finds no place of rest. O Nanak, he acts according to his pre-ordained destiny. || 2 || PAUREE: Those who have hearts as hard as stone, do not sit near the True Guru. Truth prevails there; the false ones do not attune their consciousness to it. By hook or by crook, they pass their time, and then they go back to sit with the false ones again. Falsehood does not mix with the Truth; O people, check it out and see. The false go and mingle with the false, while the truthful Sikhs sit by the side of the True Guru. ||


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26 || SHALOK, FIFTH MEHL: By their own efforts, the slanderers have destroyed all remnants of themselves. The Support of the Saints, O Nanak, is manifest, pervading everywhere. || 1 || FIFTH MEHL: Those who went astray from the Primal Being in the very beginning - where can they find refuge? O Nanak, they are struck down by the All-powerful, the Cause of causes. || 2 || PAUREE, FIFTH MEHL: They take the noose in their hands, and go out at night to strangle others, but God knows everything, O mortal. They spy on other men's women, concealed in their hiding places. They break into well-protected places, and revel in sweet wine. But they shall come to regret their actions - they create their own karma. Azraa-eel, the Angel of Death, shall crush them like sesame seeds in the oil-press. || 27 || SHALOK, FIFTH MEHL: The servants of the True King are acceptable and approved. Those ignorant ones who serve duality, O Nanak, rot, waste away and die. || 1 || FIFTH MEHL: That destiny which was pre-ordained by God from the very beginning cannot be erased. The wealth of the Lord's Name is Nanak's capital; he meditates on it forever. || 2 || PAUREE, FIFTH MEHL: One who has received a kick from the Lord God - where can he place his foot? He commits countless sins, and continually eats poison. Slandering others, he wastes away and dies; within his body, he burns. One who has been struck down by the True Lord and Master - who can save him now? Nanak has entered the Sanctuary of the Unseen Lord, the Primal Being. || 28 || SHALOK, FIFTH MEHL: In the most horrible hell, there is terrible pain and suffering. It is the place of the ungrateful. They are struck down by God, O Nanak, and they die a most miserable death. || 1 || FIFTH MEHL: All kinds of medicines may be prepared, but there is no cure for the slanderer. Those whom the Lord Himself misleads, O Nanak, putrefy and rot in reincarnation. || 2 || PAUREE, FIFTH MEHL: By His Pleasure, the True Guru has blessed me with the inexhaustible wealth of the Name of the True Lord. All my anxiety is ended; I am rid of the fear of death. Sexual desire, anger and other evils have been subdued in the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy. Those who serve another, instead of the True Lord, die unfulfilled in the end. The Guru has blessed Nanak with forgiveness; he is united with the Naam, the Name of the Lord. || 29 || SHALOK, FOURTH MEHL: He is not a penitent, who is greedy within his heart, and who constantly chases after Maya like a leper. When this penitent was first invited, he refused our charity; but later he repented and sent his son, who was seated in the congregation. The village elders all laughed, saying that the waves of greed have destroyed this penitent. If he sees only a little wealth, he does not bother to go there; but when he sees a lot of wealth, the penitent forsakes his vows. O Siblings of Destiny, he is not a penitent - he is only a stork. Sitting together, the Holy Congregation has so decided. The penitent slanders the True Primal Being, and sings the praises of the material world. For this sin, he is cursed by the Lord. Behold the fruit the penitent gathers, for slandering the Great Primal Being; all his labors have gone in vain. When he sits outside among the elders, he is called a penitent; but when he sits within the congregation, the penitent commits sin.

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