Sri Guru Granth Sahib Translation

 
 

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Pause || My body was afflicted with millions of diseases. They have been transformed into the peaceful, tranquil concentration of Samaadhi. When someone understands his own self, he no longer suffers from illness and the three fevers. || 2 || My mind has now been restored to its original purity. When I became dead while yet alive, only then did I come to know the Lord. Says Kabeer, I am now immersed in intuitive peace and poise. I do not fear anyone, and I do not strike fear into anyone else. || 3 || 17 || GAUREE, KABEER JEE: When the body dies, where does the soul go? It is absorbed into the untouched, unstruck melody of the Word of the Shabad. Only one who knows the Lord realizes Him. The mind is satisfied and satiated, like the mute who eats the sugar candy and just smiles, without speaking. || 1 || Such is the spiritual wisdom which the Lord has imparted. O mind, hold your breath steady within the central channel of the Sushmanaa. || 1 || Pause || Adopt such a Guru, that you shall not have to adopt another again. Dwell in such a state, that you shall never have to dwell in any other. Embrace such a meditation, that you shall never have to embrace any other. Die in such a way, that you shall never have to die again. || 2 || Turn your breath away from the left channel, and away from the right channel, and unite them in the central channel of the Sushmanaa. At their confluence within your mind, take your bath there without water. To look upon all with an impartial eye - let this be your daily occupation. Contemplate this essence of reality - what else is there to contemplate? || 3 || Water, fire, wind, earth and ether - adopt such a way of life and you shall be close to the Lord. Says Kabeer, meditate on the Immaculate Lord. Go to that home, which you shall never have to leave. || 4 || 18 || GAUREE, KABEER JEE, TI-PADAS: He cannot be obtained by offering your weight in gold. But I have bought the Lord by giving my mind to Him. || 1 || Now I recognize that He is my Lord. My mind is intuitively pleased with Him. || 1 || Pause || Brahma spoke of Him continually, but could not find His limit. Because of my devotion to the Lord, He has come to sit within the home of my inner being. || 2 || Says Kabeer, I have renounced my restless intellect. It is my destiny to worship the Lord alone. || 3 || 1 || 19 || GAUREE, KABEER JEE: That death which terrifies the entire world - the nature of that death has been revealed to me, through the Word of the Guru's Shabad. || 1 || Now, how shall I die? My mind has already accepted death. Those who do not know the Lord, die over and over again, and then depart. || 1 || Pause || Everyone says, "I will die, I will die." But he alone becomes immortal, who dies with intuitive understanding. || 2 || Says Kabeer, my mind is filled with bliss; my doubts have been eliminated, and I am in ecstasy. || 3 || 20 || GAUREE, KABEER JEE: There is no special place where the soul aches; where should I apply the ointment? I have searched the body, but I have not found such a place. || 1 || He alone knows it, who feels the pain of such love; the arrows of the Lord's devotional worship are so sharp! || 1 || Pause || I look upon all His soul-brides with an impartial eye; how can I know which ones are dear to the Husband Lord? || 2 || Says Kabeer, one who has such destiny inscribed upon her forehead - her Husband Lord turns all others away, and meets with her. || 3 || 21 ||


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GAUREE, KABEER JEE: One who has the Lord as his Master, O Siblings of Destiny - countless liberations knock at his door. || 1 || If I say now that my trust is in You alone, Lord, then what obligation do I have to anyone else? || 1 || Pause || He bears the burden of the three worlds; why should He not cherish you also? || 2 || Says Kabeer, through contemplation, I have obtained this one understanding. If the mother poisons her own child, what can anyone do? || 3 || 22 || GAUREE, KABEER JEE: Without Truth, how can the woman be a true satee - a widow who burns herself on her husband's funeral pyre? O Pandit, O religious scholar, see this and contemplate it within your heart. || 1 || Without love, how can one's affection increase? As long as there is attachment to pleasure, there can be no spiritual love. || 1 || Pause || One who, in his own soul, believes the Queen Maya to be true, does not meet the Lord, even in dreams. || 2 || One who surrenders her body, mind, wealth, home and self - she is the true soul-bride, says Kabeer. || 3 || 23 || GAUREE, KABEER JEE: The whole world is engrossed in corruption. This corruption has drowned entire families. || 1 || O man, why have you wrecked your boat and sunk it? You have broken with the Lord, and joined hands with corruption. || 1 || Pause || Angels and human beings alike are burning in the raging fire. The water is near at hand, but the beast does not drink it in. || 2 || By constant contemplation and awareness, the water is brought forth. That water is immaculate and pure, says Kabeer. || 3 || 24 || GAUREE, KABEER JEE: That family, whose son has no spiritual wisdom or contemplation - why didn't his mother just become a widow? || 1 || That man who has not practiced devotional worship of the Lord - why didn't such a sinful man die at birth? || 1 || Pause || So many pregnancies end in miscarriage - why was this one spared? He lives his life in this world like a deformed amputee. || 2 || Says Kabeer, without the Naam, the Name of the Lord, beautiful and handsome people are just ugly hunch-backs. || 3 || 25 || GAUREE, KABEER JEE: I am forever a sacrifice to those humble beings who take the Name of their Lord and Master. || 1 || Those who sing the Glorious Praises of the Pure Lord are pure. They are my Siblings of Destiny, so dear to my heart. || 1 || Pause || I am the dust of the lotus feet of those whose hearts are filled with the All-pervading Lord. || 2 || I am a weaver by birth, and patient of mind. Slowly, steadily, Kabeer chants the Glories of God. || 3 || 26 || GAUREE, KABEER JEE: From the Sky of the Tenth Gate, the nectar trickles down, distilled from my furnace. I have gathered in this most sublime essence, making my body into firewood. || 1 || He alone is called intoxicated with intuitive peace and poise, who drinks in the juice of the Lord's essence, contemplating spiritual wisdom. || 1 || Pause || Intuitive poise is the bar-maid who comes to serve it. I pass my nights and days in ecstasy. || 2 || Through conscious meditation, I linked my consciousness with the Immaculate Lord. Says Kabeer, then I obtained the Fearless Lord. || 3 || 27 || GAUREE, KABEER JEE: The natural tendency of the mind is to chase the mind.


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Who has established himself as a Siddha, a being of miraculous spiritual powers, by killing his mind? || 1 || Who is that silent sage, who has killed his mind? By killing the mind, tell me, who is saved? || 1 || Pause || Everyone speaks through the mind. Without killing the mind, devotional worship is not performed. || 2 || Says Kabeer, one who knows the secret of this mystery, beholds within his own mind the Lord of the three worlds. || 3 || 28 || GAUREE, KABEER JEE: The stars which are seen in the sky - who is the painter who painted them? || 1 || Tell me, O Pandit, what is the sky attached to? Very fortunate is the knower who knows this. || 1 || Pause || The sun and the moon give their light; God's creative extension extends everywhere. || 2 || Says Kabeer, he alone knows this, whose heart is filled with the Lord, and whose mouth is also filled with the Lord. || 3 || 29 || GAUREE, KABEER JEE: The Simritee is the daughter of the Vedas, O Siblings of Destiny. She has brought a chain and a rope. || 1 || She has imprisoned the people in her own city. She has tightened the noose of emotional attachment and shot the arrow of death. || 1 || Pause || By cutting, she cannot be cut, and she cannot be broken. She has become a serpent, and she is eating the world. || 2 || Before my very eyes, she has plundered the entire world. Says Kabeer, chanting the Lord's Name, I have escaped her. || 3 || 30 || GAUREE, KABEER JEE: I have grasped the reins and attached the bridle; abandoning everything, I now ride through the skies. || 1 || I made self-reflection my mount, and in the stirrups of intuitive poise, I placed my feet. || 1 || Pause || Come, and let me ride you to heaven. If you hold back, then I shall strike you with the whip of spiritual love. || 2 || Says Kabeer, those who remain detached from the Vedas, the Koran and the Bible are the best riders. || 3 || 31 || GAUREE, KABEER JEE: That mouth, which used to eat the five delicacies - I have seen the flames being applied to that mouth. || 1 || O Lord, my King, please rid me of this one affliction: may I not be burned in fire, or cast into the womb again. || 1 || Pause || The body is destroyed by so many ways and means. Some burn it, and some bury it in the earth. || 2 || Says Kabeer, O Lord, please reveal to me Your Lotus Feet; after that, go ahead and send me to my death. || 3 || 32 || GAUREE, KABEER JEE: He Himself is the fire, and He Himself is the wind. When our Lord and Master wishes to burn someone, then who can save him? || 1 || When I chant the Lord's Name, what does it matter if my body burns? My consciousness remains absorbed in the Lord's Name. || 1 || Pause || Who is burned, and who suffers loss? The Lord plays, like the juggler with his ball. || 2 || Says Kabeer, chant the two letters of the Lord's Name - Raa Maa. If He is your Lord and Master, He will protect you. || 3 || 33 || GAUREE, KABEER JEE, DU-PADAS: I have not practiced Yoga, or focused my consciousness on meditation. Without renunciation, I cannot escape Maya. || 1 || How have I passed my life?


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I have not taken the Lord's Name as my Support. || 1 || Pause || Says Kabeer, I have searched the skies, and have not seen another, equal to the Lord. || 2 || 34 || GAUREE, KABEER JEE: That head which was once embellished with the finest turban - upon that head, the crow now cleans his beak. || 1 || What pride should we take in this body and wealth? Why not hold tight to the Lord's Name instead? || 1 || Pause || Says Kabeer, listen, O my mind: this may be your fate as well! || 2 || 35 || THIRTY-FIVE STEPS OF GAUREE GWAARAYREE. ||

 

RAAG GAUREE GWAARAYREE, ASHTAPADEES OF KABEER JEE:

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

People beg for pleasure, but pain comes instead. I would rather not beg for that pleasure. || 1 || People are involved in corruption, but still, they hope for pleasure. How will they find their home in the Sovereign Lord King? || 1 || Pause || Even Shiva and Brahma are afraid of this pleasure, but I have judged that pleasure to be true. || 2 || Even sages like Sanak and Naarad, and the thousand-headed serpent, did not see the mind within the body. || 3 || Anyone can search for this mind, O Siblings of Destiny. When it escapes from the body, where does the mind go? || 4 || By Guru's Grace, Jai Dayv and Naam Dayv came to know this, through loving devotional worship of the Lord. || 5 || This mind does not come or go. One whose doubt is dispelled, knows the Truth. || 6 || This mind has no form or outline. By God's Command it was created; understanding God's Command, it will be absorbed into Him again. || 7 || Does anyone know the secret of this mind? This mind shall merge into the Lord, the Giver of peace and pleasure. || 8 || There is One Soul, and it pervades all bodies. Kabeer dwells upon this Mind. || 9 || 1 || 36 || GAUREE GWAARAYREE: Those who are awake to the One Name, day and night - many of them have become Siddhas - perfect spiritual beings - with their consciousness attuned to the Lord. || 1 || Pause || The seekers, the Siddhas and the silent sages have all lost the game. The One Name is the wish-fulfilling Elysian Tree, which saves them and carries them across. || 1 || Those who are rejuvenated by the Lord, do not belong to any other. Says Kabeer, they realize the Name of the Lord. || 2 || 37 || GAUREE AND ALSO SORAT'H: O shameless being, don't you feel ashamed? You have forsaken the Lord - now where will you go? Unto whom will you turn? || 1 || Pause || One whose Lord and Master is the highest and most exalted - it is not proper for him to go to the house of another. || 1 || That Lord and Master is pervading everywhere. The Lord is always with us; He is never far away. || 2 || Even Maya takes to the Sanctuary of His Lotus Feet. Tell me, what is there which is not in His home? || 3 || Everyone speaks of Him; He is All-powerful. He is His Own Master; He is the Giver. || 4 || Says Kabeer, he alone is perfect in this world, in whose heart there is none other than the Lord. || 5 || 38 ||


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Whose son is he? Whose father is he? Who dies? Who inflicts pain? || 1 || The Lord is the thug, who has drugged and robbed the whole world. I am separated from the Lord; how can I survive, O my mother? || 1 || Pause || Whose husband is he? Whose wife is she? Contemplate this reality within your body. || 2 || Says Kabeer, my mind is pleased and satisfied with the thug. The effects of the drug have vanished, since I recognized the thug. || 3 || 39 || Now, the Lord, my King, has become my help and support. I have cut away birth and death, and attained the supreme status. || 1 || Pause || He has united me with the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy. He has rescued me from the five demons. I chant with my tongue and meditate on the Ambrosial Naam, the Name of the Lord. He has made me his own slave. || 1 || The True Guru has blessed me with His generosity. He has lifted me up, out of the world-ocean. I have fallen in love with His Lotus Feet. The Lord of the Universe dwells continually within my consciousness. || 2 || The burning fire of Maya has been extinguished. My mind is contented with the Support of the Naam. God, the Lord and Master, is totally permeating the water and the land. Wherever I look, there is the Inner-knower, the Searcher of hearts. || 3 || He Himself has implanted His devotional worship within me. By pre-ordained destiny, one meets Him, O my Siblings of Destiny. When He grants His Grace, one is perfectly fulfilled. Kabeer's Lord and Master is the Cherisher of the poor. || 4 || 40 || There is pollution in the water, and pollution on the land; whatever is born is polluted. There is pollution in birth, and more pollution in death; all beings are ruined by pollution. || 1 || Tell me, O Pandit, O religious scholar: who is clean and pure? Meditate on such spiritual wisdom, O my friend. || 1 || Pause || There is pollution in the eyes, and pollution in speech; there is pollution in the ears as well. Standing up and sitting down, one is polluted; one's kitchen is polluted as well. || 2 || Everyone knows how to be caught, but hardly anyone knows how to escape. Says Kabeer, those who meditate on the Lord within their hearts, are not polluted. || 3 || 41 || GAUREE: Resolve this one conflict for me, O Lord, if you require any work from Your humble servant. || 1 || Pause || Is this mind greater, or the One to whom the mind is attuned? Is the Lord greater, or one who knows the Lord? || 1 || Is Brahma greater, or the One who created Him? Are the Vedas greater, or the One from which they came? || 2 || Says Kabeer, I have become depressed; is the sacred shrine of pilgrimage greater, or the slave of the Lord? || 3 || 42 || RAAG GAUREE CHAYTEE: Behold, O Siblings of Destiny, the storm of spiritual wisdom has come. It has totally blown away the thatched huts of doubt, and torn apart the bonds of Maya. || 1 || Pause || The two pillars of double-mindedness have fallen, and the beams of emotional attachment have come crashing down. The thatched roof of greed has caved in, and the pitcher of evil-mindedness has been broken. ||


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1 || Your servant is drenched with the rain that has fallen in this storm. Says Kabeer, my mind became enlightened, when I saw the sun rise. || 2 || 43 ||

 

GAUREE CHAYTEE:

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

They do not listen to the Lord's Praises, and they do not sing the Lord's Glories, but they try to bring down the sky with their talk. || 1 || What can anyone say to such people? You should always be careful around those whom God has excluded from His devotional worship. || 1 || Pause || They do not offer even a handful of water, while they slander the one who brought forth the Ganges. || 2 || Sitting down or standing up, their ways are crooked and evil. They ruin themselves, and then they ruin others. || 3 || They know nothing except evil talk. They would not even obey Brahma's orders. || 4 || They themselves are lost, and they mislead others as well. They set their own temple on fire, and then they fall asleep within it. || 5 || They laugh at others, while they themselves are one-eyed. Seeing them, Kabeer is embarrassed. || 6 || 1 || 44 ||

 

RAAG GAUREE BAIRAAGAN, KABEER JEE:

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

He does not honor his ancestors while they are alive, but he holds feasts in their honor after they have died. Tell me, how can his poor ancestors receive what the crows and the dogs have eaten up? || 1 || If only someone would tell me what real happiness is! Speaking of happiness and joy, the world is perishing. How can happiness be found? || 1 || Pause || Making gods and goddesses out of clay, people sacrifice living beings to them. Such are your dead ancestors, who cannot ask for what they want. || 2 || You murder living beings and worship lifeless things; at your very last moment, you shall suffer in terrible pain. You do not know the value of the Lord's Name; you shall drown in the terrifying world-ocean. || 3 || You worship gods and goddesses, but you do not know the Supreme Lord God. Says Kabeer, you have not remembered the Lord who has no ancestors; you are clinging to your corrupt ways. || 4 || 1 || 45 || GAUREE: One who remains dead while yet alive, will live even after death; thus he merges into the Primal Void of the Absolute Lord. Remaining pure in the midst of impurity, he will never again fall into the terrifying world-ocean. || 1 || O my Lord, this is the milk to be churned. Through the Guru's Teachings, hold your mind steady and stable, and in this way, drink in the Ambrosial Nectar. || 1 || Pause || The Guru's arrow has pierced the hard core of this Dark Age of Kali Yuga, and the state of enlightenment has dawned. In the darkness of Maya, I mistook the rope for the snake, but that is over, and now I dwell in the eternal home of the Lord. || 2 ||


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Maya has drawn her bow without an arrow, and has pierced this world, O Siblings of Destiny. The drowning person is blown around in the ten directions by the wind, but I hold tight to the string of the Lord's Love. || 3 || The disturbed mind has been absorbed in the Lord; duality and evil-mindedness have run away. Says Kabeer, I have seen the One Lord, the Fearless One; I am attuned to the Name of the Lord. || 4 || 2 || 46 || GAUREE BAIRAAGAN, TI-PADAS: I turned my breath inwards, and pierced through the six chakras of the body, and my awareness was centered on the Primal Void of the Absolute Lord. Search for the One who does not come or go, who does not die and is not born, O renunciate. || 1 || My mind has turned away from the world, and is absorbed in the Mind of God. By Guru's Grace, my understanding has been changed; otherwise, I was totally ignorant. || 1 || Pause || That which was near has become distant, and again, that which was distant is near, for those who realize the Lord as He is. It is like the sugar water made from the candy; only one who drinks it knows its taste. || 2 || Unto whom should I speak Your speech, O Lord; it is beyond the three qualities. Is there anyone with such discerning wisdom? Says Kabeer, as is the fuse which you apply, so is the flash you will see. || 3 || 3 || 47 || GAUREE: There is no rainy season, ocean, sunshine or shade, no creation or destruction there. No life or death, no pain or pleasure is felt there. There is only the Primal Trance of Samaadhi, and no duality. || 1 || The description of the state of intuitive poise is indescribable and sublime. It is not measured, and it is not exhausted. It is neither light nor heavy. || 1 || Pause || Neither lower nor upper worlds are there; neither day nor night are there. There is no water, wind or fire; there, the True Guru is contained. || 2 || The Inaccessible and Unfathomable Lord dwells there within Himself; by Guru's Grace, He is found. Says Kabeer, I am a sacrifice to my Guru; I remain in the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy. || 3 || 4 || 48 || GAUREE: With both sin and virtue, the ox of the body is purchased; the air of the breath is the capital which has appeared. The bag on its back is filled with desire; this is how we purchase the herd. || 1 || My Lord is such a wealthy merchant! He has made the whole world his peddler. || 1 || Pause || Sexual desire and anger are the tax-collectors, and the waves of the mind are the highway robbers. The five elements join together and divide up their loot. This is how our herd is disposed of! || 2 || Says Kabeer, listen, O Saints: This is the state of affairs now! Going uphill, the ox has grown weary; throwing off his load, he continues on his journey. || 3 || 5 || 49 || GAUREE, PANCH-PADAS: For a few short days, the soul-bride stays in her parent's house; then, she must go to her in-laws. The blind, foolish and ignorant people do not know this. || 1 || Tell me, why is the bride wearing her ordinary clothes? The guests have arrived at her home, and her Husband has come to take her away. || 1 || Pause || Who has lowered the rope of the breath down, into the well of the world which we see? The rope of the breath breaks away from the pitcher of the body, and the water-carrier gets up and departs. || 2 ||


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When the Lord and Master is kind and grants His Grace, then her affairs are all resolved. Then she is known as the happy soul-bride, if she contemplates the Word of the Guru's Shabad. || 3 || Bound by the actions she has committed, she wanders around - see this and understand. What can we say to her? What can the poor soul-bride do? || 4 || Disappointed and hopeless, she gets up and departs. There is no support or encouragement in her consciousness. So remain attached to the Lord's Lotus Feet, and hurry to His Sanctuary, Kabeer! || 5 || 6 || 50 || GAUREE: The Yogi says that Yoga is good and sweet, and nothing else is, O Siblings of Destiny. Those who shave their heads, and those who amputate their limbs, and those who utter only a single word, all say that they have attained the spiritual perfection of the Siddhas. || 1 || Without the Lord, the blind ones are deluded by doubt. And those, to whom I go to find release - they themselves are bound by all sorts of chains. || 1 || Pause || The soul is re-absorbed into that from which it originated, when one leaves this path of errors. The scholarly Pandits, the virtuous, the brave and the generous, all assert that they alone are great. || 2 || He alone understands, whom the Lord inspires to understand. Without understanding, what can anyone do? Meeting the True Guru, the darkness is dispelled, and in this way, the jewel is obtained. || 3 || Give up the evil actions of your left and right hands, and grasp hold of the Feet of the Lord. Says Kabeer, the mute has tasted the molasses, but what can he say about it if he is asked? || 4 || 7 || 51 ||

 

RAAG GAUREE POORBEE, KABEER JEE:

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

Where something existed, now there is nothing. The five elements are no longer there. The Ida, the Pingala and the Sushmanaa - O human being, how can the breaths through these be counted now? || 1 || The string has been broken, and the Sky of the Tenth Gate has been destroyed. Where has your speech gone? This cynicism afflicts me, night and day; who can explain this to me and help me understand? || 1 || Pause || Where the world is - the body is not there; the mind is not there either. The Joiner is forever unattached; now, within whom is the soul said to be contained? || 2 || By joining the elements, people cannot join them, and by breaking, they cannot be broken, until the body perishes. Of whom is the soul the master, and of whom is it the servant? Where, and to whom does it go? || 3 || Says Kabeer, I have lovingly focused my attention on that place where the Lord dwells, day and night. Only He Himself truly knows the secrets of His mystery; He is eternal and indestructible. || 4 || 1 || 52 || GAUREE: Let contemplation and intuitive meditation be your two ear-rings, and true wisdom your patched overcoat. In the cave of silence, dwell in your Yogic posture; let the subjugation of desire be your spiritual path. || 1 || O my King, I am a Yogi, a hermit, a renunciate. I do not die or suffer pain or separation. || 1 || Pause || The solar systems and galaxies are my horn; the whole world is the bag to carry my ashes. Eliminating the three qualities and finding release from this world is my deep meditation. || 2 || My mind and breath are the two gourds of my fiddle, and the Lord of all the ages is its frame.


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The string has become steady, and it does not break; this guitar vibrates with the unstruck melody. || 3 || Hearing it, the mind is enraptured and becomes perfect; it does not waver, and it is not affected by Maya. Says Kabeer, the bairaagee, the renunciate, who has played such a game, is not reincarnated again into the world of form and substance. || 4 || 2 || 53 || GAUREE: Nine yards, ten yards, and twenty-one yards - weave these into the full piece of cloth; take the sixty threads and add nine joints to the seventy-two on the loom. || 1 || Life weaves itself into its patterns. Leaving her home, the soul goes to the world of the weaver. || 1 || Pause || This cloth cannot be measured in yards or weighed with weights; its food is two and a half measures. If it does not obtain food right away, it quarrels with the master of the house. || 2 || How many days will you sit here, in opposition to your Lord and Master? When will this opportunity come again? Leaving his pots and pans, and the bobbins wet with his tears, the weaver soul departs in jealous anger. || 3 || The wind-pipe is empty now; the thread of the breath does not come out any longer. The thread is tangled; it has run out. So renounce the world of form and substance while you remain here, O poor soul; says Kabeer: you must understand this! || 4 || 3 || 54 || GAUREE: When one light merges into another, what becomes of it then? That person, within whose heart the Lord's Name does not well up - may that person burst and die! || 1 || O my dark and beautiful Lord, my mind is attached to You. || 1 || Pause || Meeting with the Holy, the perfection of the Siddhas is obtained. What good is Yoga or indulgence in pleasures? When the two meet together, the business is conducted, and the link with the Lord's Name is established. || 2 || People believe that this is just a song, but it is a meditation on God. It is like the instructions given to the dying man at Benares. || 3 || Whoever sings or listens to the Lord's Name with conscious awareness - says Kabeer, without a doubt, in the end, he obtains the highest status. || 4 || 1 || 4 || 55 || GAUREE: Those who try to do things by their own efforts are drowned in the terrifying world-ocean; they cannot cross over. Those who practice religious rituals and strict self-discipline - their egotistical pride shall consume their minds. || 1 || Your Lord and Master has given you the breath of life and food to sustain you; Oh, why have you forgotten Him? Human birth is a priceless jewel, which has been squandered in exchange for a worthless shell. || 1 || Pause || The thirst of desire and the hunger of doubt afflict you; you do not contemplate the Lord in your heart. Intoxicated with pride, you cheat yourself; you have not enshrined the Word of the Guru's Shabad within your mind. || 2 || Those who are deluded by sensual pleasures, who are tempted by sexual delights and enjoy wine are corrupt. But those who, through destiny and good karma, join the Society of the Saints, float over the ocean, like iron attached to wood. || 3 || I have wandered in doubt and confusion, through birth and reincarnation; now, I am so tired. I am suffering in pain and wasting away. Says Kabeer, meeting with the Guru, I have obtained supreme joy; my love and devotion have saved me. || 4 || 1 || 5 || 56 || GAUREE: Like the straw figure of a female elephant, fashioned to trap the bull elephant, O crazy mind, the Lord of the Universe has staged the drama of this world.


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Attracted by the lure of sexual desire, the elephant is captured, O crazy mind, and now the halter is placed around its neck. || 1 || So escape from corruption and immerse yourself in the Lord; take this advice, O crazy mind. You have not meditated fearlessly on the Lord, O crazy mind; you have not embarked upon the Lord's Boat. || 1 || Pause || The monkey stretches out its hand, O crazy mind, and takes a handful of corn; now unable to escape, O crazy mind, it is made to dance door to door. || 2 || Like the parrot caught in the trap, O crazy mind, you trapped by the affairs of Maya. Like the weak dye of the safflower, O crazy mind, so is the expanse of this world of form and substance. || 3 || There are so many holy shrines in which to bathe, O crazy mind, and so many gods to worship. Says Kabeer, you shall not be saved like this, O crazy mind; only by serving the Lord will you find release. || 4 || 1 || 6 || 57 || GAUREE: Fire does not burn it, and the wind does not blow it away; thieves cannot get near it. Accumulate the wealth of the Lord's Name; that wealth does not go anywhere. || 1 || My wealth is God, the Lord of Wealth, the Lord of the Universe, the Support of the earth: this is called the most excellent wealth. The peace which is obtained by serving God, the Lord of the Universe - that peace cannot be found in kingdoms or power. || 1 || Pause || Shiva and Sanak, in their search for this wealth, became Udaasees, and renounced the world. One whose mind is filled with the Lord of liberation, and whose tongue chants the Name of the Lord, shall not be caught by the noose of Death. || 2 || My own wealth is the spiritual wisdom and devotion given by the Guru; my mind is held steady in perfect neutral balance. It is like water for the burning soul, like an anchoring support for the wandering mind; the bondage of doubt and fear is dispelled. || 3 || Says Kabeer: O you who are intoxicated with sexual desire, reflect upon this in your heart, and see. Within your home there are hundreds of thousands, millions of horses and elephants; but within my home is the One Lord. || 4 || 1 || 7 || 58 || GAUREE: Like the monkey with a handful of grain, who will not let go because of greed - just so, all the deeds committed in greed ultimately become a noose around one's neck. || 1 || Without devotional worship, human life passes away in vain. Without the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy, without vibrating and meditating on the Lord God, one does not abide in Truth. || 1 || Pause || Like the flower which blossoms in the wilderness with no one to enjoy its fragrance, so do people wander in reincarnation; over and over again, they are destroyed by Death. || 2 || This wealth, youth, children and spouse which the Lord has given you - this is all just a passing show. Those who are caught and entangled in these are carried away by sensual desire. || 3 || Age is the fire, and the body is the house of straw; on all four sides, this play is being played out. Says Kabeer, to cross over the terriffying world-ocean, I have taken to the Shelter of the True Guru. || 4 || 1 || 8 || 59 || GAUREE: The water of the sperm is cloudy, and the egg of the ovary is crimson. From this clay, the puppet is fashioned. || 1 || I am nothing, and nothing is mine. This body, wealth, and all delicacies are Yours, O Lord of the Universe. || 1 || Pause ||


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Into this clay, the breath is infused. By Your Power, You have set this false contrivance in motion. || 2 || Some collect hundreds of thousands of dollars, but in the end, the pitcher of the body bursts. || 3 || Says Kabeer, that single foundation which you have laid will be destroyed in an instant - you are so egotistical. || 4 || 1 || 9 || 60 || GAUREE: Just as Dhroo and Prahlaad meditated on the Lord, so should you meditate on the Lord, O my soul. || 1 || O Lord, Merciful to the meek, I have placed my faith in You; along with all my family, I have come aboard Your boat. || 1 || Pause || When it is pleasing to Him, then He inspires us to obey the Hukam of His Command. He causes this boat to cross over. || 2 || By Guru's Grace, such understanding is infused into me; my comings and goings in reincarnation have ended. || 3 || Says Kabeer, meditate, vibrate upon the Lord, the Sustainer of the earth. In this world, in the world beyond and everywhere, He alone is the Giver. || 4 || 2 || 10 || 61 || GAUREE 9: He leaves the womb, and comes into the world; as soon as the air touches him, he forgets his Lord and Master. || 1 || O my soul, sing the Glorious Praises of the Lord. || 1 || Pause || You were upside-down, living in the womb; you generated the intense meditative heat of 'tapas'. Then, you escaped the fire of the belly. || 2 || After wandering through 8.4 million incarnations, you came. If you stumble and fall now, you shall find no home or place of rest. || 3 || Says Kabeer, meditate, vibrate upon the Lord, the Sustainer of the earth. He is not seen to be coming or going; He is the Knower of all. || 4 || 1 || 11 || 62 || GAUREE POORBEE: Don't wish for a home in heaven, and don't be afraid to live in hell. Whatever will be will be, so don't get your hopes up in your mind. || 1 || Sing the Glorious Praises of the Lord, from whom the most excellent treasure is obtained. || 1 || Pause || What good is chanting, penance or self-mortification? What good is fasting or cleansing baths, unless you know the way to worship the Lord God with loving devotion? || 2 || Don't feel so delighted at the sight of wealth, and don't weep at the sight of suffering and adversity. As is wealth, so is adversity; whatever the Lord proposes, comes to pass. || 3 || Says Kabeer, now I know that the Lord dwells within the hearts of His Saints; that servant performs the best service, whose heart is filled with the Lord. || 4 || 1 || 12 || 63 || GAUREE: O my mind, even if you carry someone's burden, they don't belong to you. This world is like the perch of the bird on the tree. || 1 || I drink in the sublime essence of the Lord. With the taste of this essence, I have forgotten all other tastes. || 1 || Pause || Why should we weep at the death of others, when we ourselves are not permanent? Whoever is born shall pass away; why should we cry out in grief? || 2 || We are re-absorbed into the One from whom we came; drink in the Lord's essence, and remain attached to Him. Says Kabeer, my consciousness is filled with thoughts of remembrance of the Lord; I have become detached from the world. || 3 || 2 || 13 || 64 || RAAG GAUREE: The bride gazes at the path, and sighs with tearful eyes.

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