Sri Guru Granth Sahib Translation


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The Lord has exposed the penitent's secret sin to the elders. The Righteous Judge of Dharma said to the Messenger of Death, "Take this penitent and put him with the worst of the worst murderers." No one is to look at the face of this penitent again. He has been cursed by the True Guru. Nanak speaks and reveals what has taken place in the Court of the Lord. He alone understands, who is blessed and adorned by the Lord. || 1 || FOURTH MEHL: The devotees of the Lord worship and adore the Lord, and the glorious greatness of the Lord. The Lord's devotees continually sing the Kirtan of His Praises; the Name of the Lord is the Giver of peace. The Lord ever bestows upon His devotees the glorious greatness of His Name, which increases day by day. The Lord inspires His devotees to sit, steady and stable, in the home of their inner being. He preserves their honor. The Lord summons the slanderers to answer for their accounts, and He punishes them severely. As the slanderers think of acting, so are the fruits they obtain. Actions done in secrecy are sure to come to light, even if one does it underground. Servant Nanak blossoms forth in joy, beholding the glorious greatness of the Lord. || 2 || PAUREE, FIFTH MEHL: The Lord Himself is the Protector of His devotees; what can the sinner do to them? The proud fool acts in pride, and eating his own poison, he dies. His few days have come to an end, and he is cut down like the crop at harvest. According to one's actions, so is one spoken of. Glorious and great is the Lord and Master of servant Nanak; He is the Master of all. || 30 || SHALOK, FOURTH MEHL: The self-willed manmukhs forget the Primal Lord, the Source of all; they are caught in greed and egotism. They pass their nights and days in conflict and struggle; they do not contemplate the Word of the Shabad. The Creator has taken away all their understanding and purity; all their speech is evil and corrupt. No matter what they are given, they are not satisfied; within their hearts there is great desire, ignorance and darkness. O Nanak, it is good to break away from the self-willed manmukhs, who have love and attachment to Maya. || 1 || FOURTH MEHL: Those whose hearts are filled with the love of duality, do not love the Gurmukhs. They come and go, and wander in reincarnation; even in their dreams, they find no peace. They practice falsehood and they speak falsehood; attached to falsehood, they become false. The love of Maya is total pain; in pain they perish, and in pain they cry out. O Nanak, there can be no union between the love of worldliness and the love of the Lord, no matter how much everyone may desire it. Those who have the treasure of virtuous deeds find peace through the Word of the Guru's Shabad. || 2 || PAUREE, FIFTH MEHL: O Nanak, the Saints and the silent sages think, and the four Vedas proclaim, that whatever the Lord's devotees speak comes to pass. He is revealed in His cosmic workshop; all people hear of it. The foolish people, who fight with the Saints, find no peace. The Saints seek to bless them with virtue, but they are burning with egotism.

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What can those wretched ones do? Their evil destiny was pre-ordained. Those who are struck down by the Supreme Lord God do not belong to anyone. Those who hate the One who has no hatred, are destroyed by righteous justice. Those who are cursed by the Saints wander around lost. When the tree is cut off at its roots, the branches wither and die. || 31 || SHALOK, FIFTH MEHL: Guru Nanak implanted the Naam, the Name of the Lord, within me; He is All-powerful, to create and destroy. Remember God forever, my friend, and all your suffering will disappear. || 1 || FIFTH MEHL: The hungry person does not care about honor, dishonor or harsh words. Nanak begs for the Name of the Lord; please grant Your Grace, and unite me with Yourself. || 2 || PAUREE: According to the deeds which one does, so are the fruits one obtains. If someone chews on red-hot iron, his throat will be burned. The halter is put around his neck and he is led away, because of the evil deeds he has done. None of his desires are fulfilled; he continually steals the filth of others. The ungrateful wretch does not appreciate what he has been given; he wanders lost in reincarnation. He loses all support, when the Support of the Lord is taken away from him. He does not let the embers of strife die down, and so the Creator destroys him. Those who indulge in egotism crumble and fall to the ground. || 32 || SHALOK, THIRD MEHL: The Gurmukh is blessed with spiritual wisdom and a discerning intellect. He sings the Glorious Praises of the Lord, and weaves this garland into his heart. He becomes the purest of the pure, a being of supreme understanding. Whoever he meets, he saves and carries across. The fragrance of the Lord's Name permeates his being deep within. He is honored in the Court of the Lord, and his speech is the most sublime. Those who hear him are delighted. O Nanak, meeting the True Guru, one obtains the wealth and property of the Naam. || 1 || FOURTH MEHL: The sublime state of the True Guru is not known; no one knows what pleases the Perfect True Guru. Deep within the hearts of His GurSikhs, the True Guru is pervading. The Guru is pleased with those who long for His Sikhs. As the True Guru directs them, they do their work and chant their prayers. The True Lord accepts the service of His GurSikhs. But those who want the GurSikhs to work for them, without the Order of the True Guru - the Guru's Sikhs shall not come near them again. One who works diligently for the Guru, the True Guru - the GurSikhs work for him. One who comes to deceive, who rises up and goes out to deceive - the GurSikhs shall never come near him. Nanak proclaims and announces this wisdom of God. One who is not pleasing to the Mind of the True Guru may do his deeds, but that being will only suffer in terrible pain. || 2 || PAUREE: O True Lord and Master, You are so very great. As great as You are, You are the greatest of the great. He alone is united with You, whom You unite with Yourself. You Yourself bless and forgive us, and tear up our accounts. One whom You unite with Yourself, whole-heartedly serves the True Guru. You are the True One, the True Lord and Master; my soul, body, flesh and bones are all Yours.

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If it pleases You, then save me, True Lord. Nanak places the hopes of his mind in You alone, O greatest of the great! || 33 || 1 || SUDH ||




SHALOK, FIFTH MEHL: Auspicious and approved is the birth of that humble being who chants the Name of the Lord, Har, Har. I am a sacrifice to that humble being who vibrates and meditates on God, the Lord of Nirvaanaa. The pains of birth and death are eradicated, upon meeting the All-knowing Lord, the Primal Being. In the Society of the Saints, he crosses over the world-ocean; O servant Nanak, he has the strength and support of the True Lord. || 1 || FIFTH MEHL: I rise up in the early morning hours, and the Holy Guest comes into my home. I wash His feet; He is always pleasing to my mind and body. I hear the Naam, and I gather in the Naam; I am lovingly attuned to the Naam. My home and wealth are totally sanctified as I sing the Glorious Praises of the Lord. The Trader in the Lord's Name, O Nanak, is found by great good fortune. || 2 || PAUREE: Whatever pleases You is good; True is the Pleasure of Your Will. You are the One, pervading in all; You are contained in all. You are diffused throughout and permeating all places and interspaces; You are known to be deep within the hearts of all beings. Joining the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy, and submitting to His Will, the True Lord is found. Nanak takes to the Sanctuary of God; he is forever and ever a sacrifice to Him. || 1 || SHALOK, FIFTH MEHL: If you are conscious, then be conscious of the True Lord, Your Lord and Master. O Nanak, come aboard upon the boat of the service of the True Guru, and cross over the terrifying world-ocean. || 1 || FIFTH MEHL: He wears his body, like clothes of wind - what a proud fool he is! O Nanak, they will not go with him in the end; they shall be burnt to ashes. || 2 || PAUREE: They alone are delivered from the world, who are preserved and protected by the True Lord. I live by beholding the faces of those who taste the Ambrosial Essence of the Lord. Sexual desire, anger, greed and emotional attachment are burnt away, in the Company of the Holy. God grants His Grace, and the Lord Himself tests them. O Nanak, His play is not known; no one can understand it. || 2 || SHALOK, FIFTH MEHL: O Nanak, that day is beautiful, when God comes to mind. Cursed is that day, no matter how pleasant the season, when the Supreme Lord God is forgotten. || 1 || FIFTH MEHL: O Nanak, become friends with the One, who holds everything in His hands. They are accounted as false friends, who do not go with you, for even one step. || 2 || PAUREE: The treasure of the Naam, the Name of the Lord, is Ambrosial Nectar; meet together and drink it in, O Siblings of Destiny. Remembering Him in meditation, peace is found, and all thirst is quenched. So serve the Supreme Lord God and the Guru, and you shall never be hungry again. All your desires shall be fulfilled, and you shall obtain the status of immortality. You alone are as great as Yourself, O Supreme Lord God; Nanak seeks Your Sanctuary. || 3 || SHALOK, FIFTH MEHL: I have seen all places; there is no place without Him.

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O Nanak, those who meet with the True Guru find the object of life. || 1 || FIFTH MEHL: Like the flash of lightning, worldly affairs last only for a moment. The only thing which is pleasing, O Nanak, is that which inspires one to meditate on the Name of the Master. || 2 || PAUREE: People have searched all the Simritees and Shaastras, but no one knows the Lord's value. That being, who joins the Saadh Sangat enjoys the Love of the Lord. True is the Naam, the Name of the Creator, the Primal Being. It is the mine of precious jewels. That mortal, who has such pre-ordained destiny inscribed upon his forehead, meditates in remembrance on the Lord. O Lord, please bless Nanak, Your humble guest, with the supplies of the True Name. || 4 || SHALOK, FIFTH MEHL: He harbors anxiety within himself, but to the eyes, he appears to be happy; his hunger never departs. O Nanak, without the True Name, no one's sorrows have ever departed. || 1 || FIFTH MEHL: Those caravans which did not load the Truth have been plundered. O Nanak, those who meet the True Guru, and acknowledge the One Lord, are congratulated. || 2 || PAUREE: Beautiful is that place, where the Holy people dwell. They serve their All-powerful Lord, and they give up all their evil ways. The Saints and the Vedas proclaim, that the Supreme Lord God is the Saving Grace of sinners. You are the Lover of Your devotees - this is Your natural way, in each and every age. Nanak asks for the One Name, which is pleasing to his mind and body. || 5 || SHALOK, FIFTH MEHL: The sparrows are chirping, and dawn has come; the wind stirs up the waves. Such a wondrous thing the Saints have fashioned, O Nanak, in the Love of the Naam. || 1 || FIFTH MEHL: Homes, palaces and pleasures are there, where You, O Lord, come to mind. All worldly grandeur, O Nanak, is like false and evil friends. || 2 || PAUREE: The wealth of the Lord is the true capital; how rare are those who understand this. He alone receives it, O Siblings of Destiny, unto whom the Architect of Destiny gives it. His servant is imbued with the Love of the Lord; his body and mind blossom forth. In the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy, he sings the Glorious Praises of the Lord, and all of his sufferings are removed. O Nanak, he alone lives, who acknowledges the One Lord. || 6 || SHALOK, FIFTH MEHL: The fruit of the swallow-wort plant looks beautiful, attached to the branch of the tree; but when it is separated from the stem of its Master, O Nanak, it breaks apart into thousands of fragments. || 1 || FIFTH MEHL: Those who forget the Lord die, but they cannot die a complete death. Those who turn their backs on the Lord suffer, like the thief impaled on the gallows. || 2 || PAUREE: The One God is the treasure of peace; I have heard that He is eternal and imperishable. He is totally pervading the water, the land and the sky; the Lord is said to be permeating each and every heart. He looks alike upon the high and the low, the ant and the elephant. Friends, companions, children and relatives are all created by Him. O Nanak, one who is blessed with the Naam, enjoys the Lord's love and affection. || 7 || SHALOK, FIFTH MEHL: Those who do not forget the Lord, with each breath and morsel of food, whose minds are filled with the Mantra of the Lord's Name - they alone are blessed; O Nanak, they are the perfect Saints. || 1 || FIFTH MEHL: Twenty-four hours a day, he wanders around, driven by his hunger for food.

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How can he escape from falling into hell, when he does not remember the Prophet? || 2 || PAUREE: Serve Him, O mortals, who has the Lord's Name in His lap. You shall dwell in peace and ease in this world; in the world hereafter, it shall go with you. So build your home of true righteousness, with the unshakable pillars of Dharma. Take the Support of the Lord, who gives support in the spiritual and material worlds. Nanak grasps the Lotus Feet of the Lord; he humbly bows in His Court. || 8 || SHALOK, FIFTH MEHL: The beggar begs for charity: give to me, O my Beloved! O Great Giver, O Giving Lord, my consciousness is continually centered on You. The immeasurable warehouses of the Lord can never be emptied out. O Nanak, the Word of the Shabad is infinite; it has arranged everything perfectly. || 1 || FIFTH MEHL: O Sikhs, love the Word of the Shabad; in life and death, it is our only support. Your face shall be radiant, and you shall find a lasting peace, O Nanak, remembering the One Lord in meditation. || 2 || PAUREE: There, the Ambrosial Nectar is distributed; the Lord is the Bringer of peace. They are not placed upon the path of Death, and they shall not have to die again. One who comes to savor the Lord's Love experiences it. The Holy beings chant the Bani of the Word, like nectar flowing from a spring. Nanak lives by beholding the Blessed Vision of the Darshan of those who have implanted the Lord's Name within their minds. || 9 || SHALOK, FIFTH MEHL: Serving the Perfect True Guru, suffering ends. O Nanak, worshipping the Naam in adoration, one's affairs come to be resolved. || 1 || FIFTH MEHL: Remembering Him in meditation, misfortune departs, and one comes to abide in peace and bliss. O Nanak, meditate forever on the Lord - do not forget Him, even for an instant. || 2 || PAUREE: How can I estimate the glory of those, who have found the Lord, Har, Har? One who seeks the Sanctuary of the Holy is released from bondage. One who sings the Glorious Praises of the Imperishable Lord does not burn in the womb of reincarnation. One who meets the Guru and the Supreme Lord God, who reads and understands, enters the state of Samaadhi. Nanak has obtained that Lord Master, who is inaccessible and unfathomable. || 10 || SHALOK, FIFTH MEHL: People do not perform their duties, but instead, they wander around aimlessly. O Nanak, if they forget the Name, how can they ever find peace? || 1 || FIFTH MEHL: The bitter poison of corruption is everywhere; it clings to the substance of the world. O Nanak, the humble being has realized that the Name of the Lord alone is sweet. || 2 || PAUREE: This is the distinguishing sign of the Holy Saint, that by meeting with him, one is saved. The Messenger of Death does not come near him; he never has to die again. He crosses over the terrifying, poisonous world-ocean. So weave the garland of the Lord's Glorious Praises into your mind, and all your filth shall be washed away. Nanak remains blended with his Beloved, the Supreme Lord God. || 11 || SHALOK, FIFTH MEHL: O Nanak, approved is the birth of those, within whose consciousness the Lord abides. Useless talk and babbling is useless, my friend. || 1 || FIFTH MEHL: I have come to see the Supreme Lord God, the Perfect, Inaccessible, Wonderful Lord.

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Nanak has made the Lord's Name his wealth, by the Grace of the Perfect Guru. || 2 || PAUREE: Deception does not work with our Lord and Master; through their greed and emotional attachment, people are ruined. They do their evil deeds, and sleep in the intoxication of Maya. Time and time again, they are consigned to reincarnation, and abandoned on the path of Death. They receive the consequences of their own actions, and are yoked to their pain. O Nanak, if one forgets the Name, all the seasons are evil. || 12 || SHALOK, FIFTH MEHL: While standing up, sitting down and sleeping, be at peace; O Nanak, praising the Naam, the Name of the Lord, the mind and body are cooled and soothed. || 1 || FIFTH MEHL: Filled with greed, he constantly wanders around; he does not do any good deeds. O Nanak, the Lord abides within the mind of one who meets with the Guru. || 2 || PAUREE: All material things are bitter; the True Name alone is sweet. Those humble servants of the Lord who taste it, come to savor its flavor. It comes to dwell within the mind of those who are so pre-destined by the Supreme Lord God. The One Immaculate Lord is pervading everywhere; He destroys the love of duality. Nanak begs for the Lord's Name, with his palms pressed together; by His Pleasure, God has granted it. || 13 || SHALOK, FIFTH MEHL: The most excellent begging is begging for the One Lord. Other talk is corrupt, O Nanak, except that of the Lord Master. || 1 || FIFTH MEHL: One who recognizes the Lord is very rare; his mind is pierced through with the Love of the Lord. Such a Saint is the Uniter, O Nanak - he straightens out the path. || 2 || PAUREE: Serve Him, O my soul, who is the Giver and the Forgiver. All sinful mistakes are erased, by meditating in remembrance on the Lord of the Universe. The Holy Saint has shown me the Way to the Lord; I chant the GurMantra. The taste of Maya is totally bland and insipid; the Lord alone is pleasing to my mind. Meditate, O Nanak, on the Transcendent Lord, who has blessed you with your soul and your life. || 14 || SHALOK, FIFTH MEHL: The time has come to plant the seed of the Lord's Name; one who plants it, shall eat its fruit. He alone receives it, O Nanak, whose destiny is so pre-ordained. || 1 || FIFTH MEHL: If one begs, then he should beg for the Name of the True One, which is given only by His Pleasure. Eating this gift from the Lord and Master, O Nanak, the mind is satisfied. || 2 || PAUREE: They alone earn profit in this world, who have the wealth of the Lord's Name. They do not know the love of duality; they place their hopes in the True Lord. They serve the One Eternal Lord, and give up everything else. One who forgets the Supreme Lord God - useless is his breath. God draws His humble servant close in His loving embrace and protects him - Nanak is a sacrifice to Him. || 15 || SHALOK, FIFTH MEHL: The Supreme Lord God gave the Order, and the rain automatically began to fall. Grain and wealth were produced in abundance; the earth was totally satisfied and satiated. Forever and ever, chant the Glorious Praises of the Lord, and pain and poverty shall run away. People obtain that which they are pre-ordained to receive, according to the Will of the Lord. The Transcendent Lord keeps you alive; O Nanak, meditate on Him. || 1 || FIFTH MEHL:

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To obtain the state of life of Nirvaanaa, meditate in remembrance on the One Lord. There is no other place; how else can we be comforted? I have seen the whole world - without the Lord's Name, there is no peace at all. Body and wealth shall return to dust - hardly anyone realizes this. Pleasure, beauty and delicious tastes are useless; what are you doing, O mortal? One whom the Lord Himself misleads, does not understand His awesome power. Those who are imbued with the Love of the Lord attain Nirvaanaa, singing the Praises of the True One. Nanak: those who are pleasing to Your Will, O Lord, seek Sanctuary at Your Door. || 2 || PAUREE: Those who are attached to the hem of the Lord's robe, do not suffer birth and death. Those who remain awake to the Kirtan of the Lord's Praises - their lives are approved. Those who attain the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy, are very fortunate. But those who forget the Name - their lives are cursed, and broken like thin strands of thread. O Nanak, the dust of the feet of the Holy is more sacred than hundreds of thousands, even millions of cleansing baths at sacred shrines. || 16 || SHALOK, FIFTH MEHL: Like the beautiful earth, adorned with jewels of grass - such is the mind, within which the Love of the Lord abides. All one's affairs are easily resolved, O Nanak, when the Guru, the True Guru, is pleased. || 1 || FIFTH MEHL: Roaming and wandering in the ten directions, over water, mountains and forests - wherever the vulture sees a dead body, he flies down and lands. || 2 || PAUREE: One who longs for all comforts and rewards should practice Truth. Behold the Supreme Lord God near you, and meditate on the Naam, the Name of the One Lord. Become the dust of all men's feet, and so merge with the Lord. Do not cause any being to suffer, and you shall go to your true home with honor. Nanak speaks of the Purifier of sinners, the Creator, the Primal Being. || 17 || SHALOK, DOHAA, FIFTH MEHL: I have made the One Lord my Friend; He is All-powerful to do everything. My soul is a sacrifice to Him; the Lord is the treasure of my mind and body. || 1 || FIFTH MEHL: Take my hand, O my Beloved; I shall never forsake You. Those who forsake the Lord, are the most evil people; they shall fall into the horrible pit of hell. || 2 || PAUREE: All treasures are in His Home; whatever the Lord does, comes to pass. The Saints live by chanting and meditating on the Lord, washing off the filth of their sins. With the Lotus Feet of the Lord dwelling within the heart, all misfortune is taken away. One who meets the Perfect Guru, shall not have to suffer through birth and death. Nanak is thirsty for the Blessed Vision of God's Darshan; by His Grace, He has bestowed it. || 18 || SHALOK, DAKHANAA, FIFTH MEHL: If you can dispel your doubts, even for an instant, and love your only Beloved, then wherever you go, there you shall find Him. || 1 || FIFTH MEHL: Can they mount horses and handle guns, if all they know is the game of polo? Can they be swans, and fulfill their conscious desires, if they can only fly like chickens? || 2 || PAUREE: Those who chant the Lord's Name with their tongues and hear it with their ears are saved, O my friend. Those hands which lovingly write the Praises of the Lord are pure. It is like performing all sorts of virtuous deeds, and bathing at the sixty-eight sacred shrines of pilgrimage. They cross over the world-ocean, and conquer the fortress of corruption.

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O Nanak, serve the Infinite Lord; grasp the hem of His robe, and He will save you. || 19 || SHALOK, FIFTH MEHL: Worldly affairs are unprofitable, if the One Lord does not come to mind. O Nanak, the bodies of those who forget their Master shall burst apart. || 1 || FIFTH MEHL: The ghost has been transformed into an angel by the Creator Lord. God has emancipated all the Sikhs and resolved their affairs. He has seized the slanderers and thrown them to the ground, and declared them false in His Court. Nanak's God is glorious and great; He Himself creates and adorns. || 2 || PAUREE: God is unlimited; He has no limit; He is the One who does everything. The Inaccessible and Unapproachable Lord and Master is the Support of His beings. Giving His Hand, He nurtures and cherishes; He is the Filler and Fulfiller. He Himself is Merciful and Forgiving. Chanting the True Name, one is saved. Whatever pleases You - that alone is good; slave Nanak seeks Your Sanctuary. || 20 || SHALOK, FIFTH MEHL: One who belongs to God has no hunger. O Nanak, everyone who falls at his feet is saved. || 1 || FIFTH MEHL: If the beggar begs for the Lord's Name every day, his Lord and Master will grant his request. O Nanak, the Transcendent Lord is the most generous host; He does not lack anything at all. || 2 || PAUREE: To imbue the mind with the Lord of the Universe is the true food and dress. To embrace love for the Name of the Lord is to possess horses and elephants. To meditate on the Lord steadfastly is to rule over kingdoms of property and enjoy all sorts of pleasures. The minstrel begs at God's Door - he shall never leave that Door. Nanak has this yearning in his mind and body - he longs continually for God. || 21 || 1 || SUDH KEECHAY ||






I was on fire, but now I have found the Water of the Lord's Name. This Water of the Lord's Name has cooled my burning body. || 1 || Pause || To subdue their minds, some go off into the forests; but that Water is not found without the Lord God. || 1 || That fire has consumed angels and mortal beings, but the Water of the Lord's Name saves His humble servants from burning. || 2 || In the terrifying world-ocean, there is an ocean of peace. I continue to drink it in, but this Water is never exhausted. || 3 || Says Kabeer, meditate and vibrate upon the Lord, like the sparrow-hawk remembering the water. The Water of the Lord's Name has quenched my thirst. || 4 || 1 || GAUREE, KABEER JEE: O Lord, my thirst for the Water of Your Name will not go away. The fire of my thirst burns even more brightly in that Water. || 1 || Pause || You are the Ocean of Water, and I am just a fish in that Water. In that Water, I remain; without that Water, I would perish. || 1 || You are the cage, and I am Your parrot. So what can the cat of death do to me? || 2 || You are the tree, and I am the bird. I am so unfortunate - I cannot see the Blessed Vision of Your Darshan! || 3 ||

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You are the True Guru, and I am Your new disciple. Says Kabeer, O Lord, please meet me - this is my very last chance! || 4 || 2 || GAUREE, KABEER JEE: When I realize that there is One, and only One Lord, why then should the people be upset? || 1 || I am dishonored; I have lost my honor. No one should follow in my footsteps. || 1 || Pause || I am bad, and bad in my mind as well. I have no partnership with anyone. || 2 || I have no shame about honor or dishonor. But you shall know, when your own false covering is laid bare. || 3 || Says Kabeer, honor is that which is accepted by the Lord. Give up everything - meditate, vibrate upon the Lord alone. || 4 || 3 || GAUREE, KABEER JEE: If Yoga could be obtained by wandering around naked, then all the deer of the forest would be liberated. || 1 || What does it matter whether someone goes naked, or wears a deer skin, if he does not remember the Lord within his soul? || 1 || Pause || If the spiritual perfection of the Siddhas could be obtained by shaving the head, then why haven't sheep found liberation? || 2 || If someone could save himself by celibacy, O Siblings of Destiny, why then haven't eunuchs obtained the state of supreme dignity? || 3 || Says Kabeer, listen, O men, O Siblings of Destiny: without the Lord's Name, who has ever found salvation? || 4 || 4 || GAUREE, KABEER JEE: Those who take their ritual baths in the evening and the morning are like the frogs in the water. || 1 || When people do not love the Lord's Name, they must all go to the Righteous Judge of Dharma. || 1 || Pause || Those who love their bodies and try different looks, do not feel compassion, even in dreams. || 2 || The wise men call them four-footed creatures; the Holy find peace in this ocean of pain. || 3 || Says Kabeer, why do you perform so many rituals? Renounce everything, and drink in the supreme essence of the Lord. || 4 || 5 || GAUREE, KABEER JEE: What use is chanting, and what use is penance, fasting or devotional worship, to one whose heart is filled with the love of duality? || 1 || O humble people, link your mind to the Lord. Through cleverness, the four-armed Lord is not obtained. || 1 || Pause || Set aside your greed and worldly ways. Set aside sexual desire, anger and egotism. || 2 || Ritual practices bind people in egotism; meeting together, they worship stones. || 3 || Says Kabeer, He is obtained only by devotional worship. Through innocent love, the Lord is met. || 4 || 6 || GAUREE, KABEER JEE: In the dwelling of the womb, there is no ancestry or social status. All have originated from the Seed of God. || 1 || Tell me, O Pandit, O religious scholar: since when have you been a Brahmin? Don't waste your life by continually claiming to be a Brahmin. || 1 || Pause || If you are indeed a Brahmin, born of a Brahmin mother, then why didn't you come by some other way? || 2 || How is it that you are a Brahmin, and I am of a low social status? How is it that I am formed of blood, and you are made of milk? || 3 || Says Kabeer, one who contemplates God, is said to be a Brahmin among us.

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|| 4 || 7 || GAUREE, KABEER JEE: In the darkness, no one can sleep in peace. The king and the pauper both weep and cry. || 1 || As long as the tongue does not chant the Lord's Name, the person continues coming and going in reincarnation, crying out in pain. || 1 || Pause || It is like the shadow of a tree; when the breath of life passes out of the mortal being, tell me, what becomes of his wealth? || 2 || It is like the music contained in the instrument; how can anyone know the secret of the dead? || 3 || Like the swan on the lake, death hovers over the body. Drink in the Lord's sweet elixir, Kabeer. || 4 || 8 || GAUREE, KABEER JEE: The creation is born of the Light, and the Light is in the creation. It bears two fruits: the false glass and the true pearl. || 1 || Where is that home, which is said to be free of fear? There, fear is dispelled and one lives without fear. || 1 || Pause || On the banks of sacred rivers, the mind is not appeased. People remain entangled in good and bad deeds. || 2 || Sin and virtue are both the same. In the home of your own being, is the Philosopher's Stone; renounce your search for any other virtue. || 3 || Kabeer: O worthless mortal, do not lose the Naam, the Name of the Lord. Keep this mind of yours involved in this involvement. || 4 || 9 || GAUREE, KABEER JEE: He claims to know the Lord, who is beyond measure and beyond thought; by mere words, he plans to enter heaven. || 1 || I do not know where heaven is. Everyone claims that he plans to go there. || 1 || Pause || By mere talk, the mind is not appeased. The mind is only appeased, when egotism is conquered. || 2 || As long as the mind is filled with the desire for heaven, he does not dwell at the Lord's Feet. || 3 || Says Kabeer, unto whom should I tell this? The Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy, is heaven. || 4 || 10 || GAUREE, KABEER JEE: We are born, and we grow, and having grown, we pass away. Before our very eyes, this world is passing away. || 1 || How can you not die of shame, claiming, "This world is mine"? At the very last moment, nothing is yours. || 1 || Pause || Trying various methods, you cherish your body, but at the time of death, it is burned in the fire. || 2 || You apply sandalwood oil to your limbs, but that body is burned with the firewood. || 3 || Says Kabeer, listen, O virtuous people: your beauty shall vanish, as the whole world watches. || 4 || 11 || GAUREE, KABEER JEE: Why do you cry and mourn, when another person dies? Do so only if you yourself are to live. || 1 || I shall not die as the rest of the world dies, for now I have met the life-giving Lord. || 1 || Pause || People anoint their bodies with fragrant oils, and in that pleasure, they forget the supreme bliss. || 2 || There is one well, and five water-carriers. Even though the rope is broken, the fools continue trying to draw water. || 3 || Says Kabeer, through contemplation, I have obtained this one understanding. There is no well, and no water-carrier. || 4 || 12 || GAUREE, KABEER JEE: The mobile and immobile creatures, insects and moths - in numerous lifetimes, I have passed through those many forms.

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|| 1 || I lived in many such homes, O Lord, before I came into the womb this time. || 1 || Pause || I was a Yogi, a celibate, a penitent, and a Brahmchaaree, with strict self-discipline. Sometimes I was a king, sitting on the throne, and sometimes I was a beggar. || 2 || The faithless cynics shall die, while the Saints shall all survive. They drink in the Lord's Ambrosial Essence with their tongues. || 3 || Says Kabeer, O God, have mercy on me. I am so tired; now, please bless me with Your perfection. || 4 || 13 || GAUREE, KABEER JEE, WITH WRITINGS OF THE FIFTH MEHL: Kabeer has seen such wonders! Mistaking it for cream, the people are churning water. || 1 || Pause || The donkey grazes upon the green grass; arising each day, he laughs and brays, and then dies. || 1 || The bull is intoxicated, and runs around wildly. He romps and eats and then falls into hell. || 2 || Says Kabeer, a strange sport has become manifest: the sheep is sucking the milk of her lamb. || 3 || Chanting the Lord's Name, my intellect is enlightened. Says Kabeer, the Guru has blessed me with this understanding. || 4 || 1 || 14 || GAUREE, KABEER JEE, PANCH-PADAS: I am like a fish out of water, because in my previous life, I did not practice penance and intense meditation. || 1 || Now tell me, Lord, what will my condition be? I left Benares - I had little common sense. || 1 || Pause || I wasted my whole life in the city of Shiva; at the time of my death, I moved to Magahar. || 2 || For many years, I practiced penance and intense meditation at Kaashi; now that my time to die has come, I have come to dwell at Magahar! || 3 || Kaashi and Magahar - I consider them the same. With inadequate devotion, how can anyone swim across? || 4 || Says Kabeer, the Guru and Ganaysha and Shiva all know that Kabeer died chanting the Lord's Name. || 5 || 15 || GAUREE, KABEER JEE: You may anoint your limbs with sandalwood oil, but in the end, that body will be burned with the firewood. || 1 || Why should anyone take pride in this body or wealth? They shall end up lying on the ground; they shall not go along with you to the world beyond. || 1 || Pause || They sleep by night and work during the day, but they do not chant the Lord's Name, even for an instant. || 2 || They hold the string of the kite in their hands, and chew betel leaves in their mouths, but at the time of death, they shall be tied up tight, like thieves. || 3 || Through the Guru's Teachings, and immersed in His Love, sing the Glorious Praises of the Lord. Chant the Name of the Lord, Raam, Raam, and find peace. || 4 || In His Mercy, He implants the Naam within us; inhale deeply the sweet aroma and fragrance of the Lord, Har, Har. || 5 || Says Kabeer, remember Him, you blind fool! The Lord is True; all worldly affairs are false. || 6 || 16 || GAUREE, KABEER JEE, TI-PADAS AND CHAU-TUKAS: I have turned away from death and turned to the Lord. Pain has been eliminated, and I dwell in peace and comfort. My enemies have been transformed into friends. The faithless cynics have been transformed into good-hearted people. || 1 || Now, I feel that everything brings me peace. Peace and tranquility have come, since I realized the Lord of the Universe. || 1 ||

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