Sri Guru Granth Sahib Translation


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Her heart is not happy, but she does not retrace her steps, in hopes of seeing the Blessed Vision of the Lord's Darshan. || 1 || So fly away, black crow, so that I may quickly meet my Beloved Lord. || 1 || Pause || Says Kabeer, to obtain the status of eternal life, worship the Lord with devotion. The Name of the Lord is my only Support; with my tongue, I chant the Lord's Name. || 2 || 1 || 14 || 65 || RAAG GAUREE 11: All around, there are thick bushes of sweet basil, and there in the midst of the forest, the Lord is singing with joy. Beholding His wondrous beauty, the milk-maid was entranced, and said, "Please don't leave me; please don't come and go!" || 1 || My mind is attached to Your Feet, O Archer of the Universe; he alone meets You, who is blessed by great good fortune. || 1 || Pause || In Brindaaban, where Krishna grazes his cows, he entices and fascinates my mind. You are my Lord Master, the Archer of the Universe; my name is Kabeer. || 2 || 2 || 15 || 66 || GAUREE POORBEE 12: Many people wear various robes, but what is the use of living in the forest? What good does it do if a man burns incense before his gods? What good does it do to dip one's body in water? || 1 || O soul, I know that I will have to depart. You ignorant idiot: understand the Imperishable Lord. Whatever you see, you will not see that again, but still, you cling to Maya. || 1 || Pause || The spiritual teachers, meditators and the great preachers are all engrossed in these worldly affairs. Says Kabeer, without the Name of the One Lord, this world is blinded by Maya. || 2 || 1 || 16 || 67 || GAUREE 12: O people, O victims of this Maya, abandon your doubts and dance out in the open. What sort of a hero is one who is afraid to face the battle? What sort of satee is she who, when her time comes, starts collecting her pots and pans? || 1 || Stop your wavering, O crazy people! Now that you have taken up the challenge of death, let yourself burn and die, and attain perfection. || 1 || Pause || The world is engrossed in sexual desire, anger and Maya; in this way it is plundered and ruined. Says Kabeer, do not forsake the Lord, your Sovereign King, the Highest of the High. || 2 || 2 || 17 || 68 || GAUREE 13: Your Command is upon my head, and I no longer question it. You are the river, and You are the boatman; salvation comes from You. || 1 || O human being, embrace the Lord's meditation, whether your Lord and Master is angry with you or in love with you. || 1 || Pause || Your Name is my Support, like the flower blossoming in the water. Says Kabeer, I am the slave of Your home; I live or die as You will. || 2 || 18 || 69 || GAUREE: Wandering through 8.4 million incarnations, Krishna's father Nand was totally exhausted. Because of his devotion, Krishna was incarnated in his home; how great was the good fortune of this poor man! || 1 || You say that Krishna was Nand's son, but whose son was Nand himself? When there was no earth or ether or the ten directions, where was this Nand then? || 1 ||

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Pause || He does not fall into misfortune, and He does not take birth; His Name is the Immaculate Lord. Kabeer's Lord is such a Lord and Master, who has no mother or father. || 2 || 19 || 70 || GAUREE: Slander me, slander me - go ahead, people, and slander me. Slander is pleasing to the Lord's humble servant. Slander is my father, slander is my mother. || 1 || Pause || If I am slandered, I go to heaven; the wealth of the Naam, the Name of the Lord, abides within my mind. If my heart is pure, and I am slandered, then the slanderer washes my clothes. || 1 || One who slanders me is my friend; the slanderer is in my thoughts. The slanderer is the one who prevents me from being slandered. The slanderer wishes me long life. || 2 || I have love and affection for the slanderer. Slander is my salvation. Slander is the best thing for servant Kabeer. The slanderer is drowned, while I am carried across. || 3 || 20 || 71 || O my Sovereign Lord King, You are Fearless; You are the Carrier to carry us across, O my Lord King. || 1 || Pause || When I was, then You were not; now that You are, I am not. Now, You and I have become one; seeing this, my mind is content. || 1 || When there was wisdom, how could there be strength? Now that there is wisdom, strength cannot prevail. Says Kabeer, the Lord has taken away my wisdom, and I have attained spiritual perfection. || 2 || 21 || 72 || GAUREE: He fashioned the body chamber with six rings, and placed within it the incomparable thing. He made the breath of life the watchman, with lock and key to protect it; the Creator did this in no time at all. || 1 || Keep your mind awake and aware now, O Sibling of Destiny. You were careless, and you have wasted your life; your home is being plundered by thieves. || 1 || Pause || The five senses stand as guards at the gate, but now can they be trusted? When you are conscious in your consciousness, you shall be enlightened and illuminated. || 2 || Seeing the nine openings of the body, the soul-bride is led astray; she does not obtain that incomparable thing. Says Kabeer, the nine openings of the body are being plundered; rise up to the Tenth Gate, and discover the true essence. || 3 || 22 || 73 || GAUREE: O mother, I do not know any other, except Him. My breath of life resides in Him, whose praises are sung by Shiva and Sanak and so many others. || 1 || Pause || My heart is illuminated by spiritual wisdom; meeting the Guru, I meditate in the Sky of the Tenth Gate. The diseases of corruption, fear and bondage have run away; my mind has come to know peace in its own true home. || 1 || Imbued with a balanced single-mindedness, I know and obey God; nothing else enters my mind. My mind has become fragrant with the scent of sandalwood; I have renounced egotistical selfishness and conceit. || 2 || That humble being, who sings and meditates on the Praises of his Lord and Master, is the dwelling-place of God. He is blessed with great good fortune; the Lord abides in his mind. Good karma radiates from his forehead. || 3 || I have broken the bonds of Maya; the intuitive peace and poise of Shiva has dawned within me, and I am merged in oneness with the One.

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Says Kabeer, meeting the Guru, I have found absolute peace. My mind has ceased its wanderings; I am happy. || 4 || 23 || 74 ||





Through these fifty-two letters, the three worlds and all things are described. These letters shall perish; they cannot describe the Imperishable Lord. || 1 || Wherever there is speech, there are letters. Where there is no speech, there, the mind rests on nothing. He is in both speech and silence. No one can know Him as He is. || 2 || If I come to know the Lord, what can I say; what good does it do to speak? He is contained in the seed of the banyan-tree, and yet, His expanse spreads across the three worlds. || 3 || One who knows the Lord understands His mystery, and bit by bit, the mystery disappears. Turning away from the world, one's mind is pierced through with this mystery, and one obtains the Indestructible, Impenetrable Lord. || 4 || The Muslim knows the Muslim way of life; the Hindu knows the Vedas and Puraanas. To instruct their minds, people ought to study some sort of spiritual wisdom. || 5 || I know only the One, the Universal Creator, the Primal Being. I do not believe in anyone whom the Lord writes and erases. If someone knows the One, the Universal Creator, he shall not perish, since he knows Him. || 6 || KAKKA: When the rays of Divine Light come into the heart-lotus, the moon-light of Maya cannot enter the basket of the mind. And if one obtains the subtle fragrance of that spiritual flower, he cannot describe the indescribable; he could speak, but who would understand? || 7 || KHAKHA: The mind has entered this cave. It does not leave this cave to wander in the ten directions. Knowing their Lord and Master, people show compassion; then, they become immortal, and attain the state of eternal dignity. || 8 || GAGGA: One who understands the Guru's Word does not listen to anything else. He remains like a hermit and does not go anywhere, when he grasps the Ungraspable Lord and dwells in the sky of the Tenth Gate. || 9 || GHAGHA: He dwells in each and every heart. Even when the body-pitcher bursts, he does not diminish. When someone finds the Path to the Lord within his own heart, why should he abandon that Path to follow some other path? || 10 || NGANGA: Restrain yourself, love the Lord, and dismiss your doubts. Even if you do not see the Path, do not run away; this is the highest wisdom. || 11 || CHACHA: He painted the great picture of the world. Forget this picture, and remember the Painter. This wondrous painting is now the problem. Forget this picture and focus your consciousness on the Painter. || 12 || CHHACHHA: The Sovereign Lord of the Universe is here with you. Why are you so unhappy? Why don't you abandon your desires? O my mind, each and every moment I try to instruct you, but you forsake Him, and entangle yourself with others. || 13 || JAJJA: If someone burns his body while he is still alive, and burns away the desires of his youth, then he finds the right way. When he burns his desire for his own wealth, and that of others, then he finds the Divine Light.

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|| 14 || JHAJHA: You are entangled in the world, and you do not know how to get untangled. You hold back in fear, and are not approved by the Lord. Why do you talk such nonsense, trying to convince others? Stirring up arguments, you shall only obtain more arguments. || 15 || NYANYA: He dwells near you, deep within your heart; why do you leave Him and go far away? I searched the whole world for Him, but I found Him near myself. || 16 || TATTA: It is such a difficult path, to find Him within your own heart. Open the doors within, and enter the Mansion of His Presence. Beholding the Immovable Lord, you shall not slip and go anywhere else. You shall remain firmly attached to the Lord, and your heart will be happy. || 17 || T'HAT'HA: Keep yourself far away from this mirage. With great difficulty, I have calmed my mind. That cheater, who cheated and devoured the whole world - I have cheated that cheater, and my mind is now at peace. || 18 || DADDA: When the Fear of God wells up, other fears depart. Other fears are absorbed into that Fear. When one rejects the Fear of God, then other fears cling to him. But if he becomes fearless, the fears of his heart run away. || 19 || DHADHA: Why do you search in other directions? Searching for Him like this, the breath of life runs out. When I returned after climbing the mountain, I found Him in the fortress - the fortress which He Himself made. || 20 || NANNA: The warrior who fights on the battle-field should keep up and press on. He should not yield, and he should not retreat. Blessed is the coming of one who conquers the one and renounces the many. || 21 || TATTA: The impassable world-ocean cannot be crossed over; the body remains embroiled in the three worlds. But when the Lord of the three worlds enters into the body, then one's essence merges with the essence of reality, and the True Lord is attained. || 22 || T'HAT'HA: He is Unfathomable; His depths cannot be fathomed. He is Unfathomable; this body is impermanent, and unstable. The mortal builds his dwelling upon this tiny space; without any pillars, he wishes to support a mansion. || 23 || DADDA: Whatever is seen shall perish. Contemplate the One who is unseen. When the key is inserted in the Tenth Gate, then the Blessed Vision of the Merciful Lord's Darshan is seen. || 24 || DHADHA: When one ascends from the lower realms of the earth to the higher realms of the heavens, then everything is resolved. The Lord dwells in both the lower and higher worlds. Leaving the earth, the soul ascends to the heavens; then, the lower and higher join together, and peace is obtained. || 25 || NANNA: The days and nights go by; I am looking for the Lord. Looking for Him, my eyes have become blood-shot. After looking and looking,when He is finally found, then the one who was looking merges into the One who was looked for. || 26 || PAPPA: He is limitless; His limits cannot be found. I have attuned myself to the Supreme Light. One who controls his five senses rises above both sin and virtue. || 27 || FAFFA: Even without the flower, the fruit is produced. One who looks at a slice of that fruit and reflects on it, will not be consigned to reincarnation. A slice of that fruit slices all bodies. || 28 || BABBA: When one drop blends with another drop, then these drops cannot be separated again. Become the Lord's slave, and hold tight to His meditation.

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If you turn your thoughts to the Lord, the Lord will take care of you like a relative. || 29 || BHABHA: When doubt is pierced, union is achieved. I have shattered my fear, and now I have come to have faith. I thought that He was outside of me, but now I know that He is within me. When I came to understand this mystery, then I recognized the Lord. || 30 || MAMMA: Clinging to the source, the mind is satisfied. One who knows this mystery understands his own mind. Let no one delay in uniting his mind. Those who obtain the True Lord are immersed in delight. || 31 || MAMMA: The mortal's business is with his own mind; one who disciplines his mind attains perfection. Only the mind can deal with the mind; says Kabeer, I have not met anything like the mind. || 32 || This mind is Shakti; this mind is Shiva. This mind is the life of the five elements. When this mind is channeled, and guided to enlightenment, it can describe the secrets of the three worlds. || 33 || YAYYA: If you know anything, then destroy your evil-mindedness, and subjugate the body-village. When you are engaged in the battle, don't run away; then, you shall be known as a spiritual hero. || 34 || RARRA: I have found tastes to be tasteless. Becoming tasteless, I have realized that taste. Abandoning these tastes, I have found that taste. Drinking in that taste, this taste is no longer pleasing. || 35 || LALLA: Embrace such love for the Lord in your mind, that you shall not have to go to any other; you shall attain the supreme truth. And if you embrace love and affection for Him there, then you shall obtain the Lord; obtaining Him, you shall be absorbed in His Feet. || 36 || WAWA: Time and time again, dwell upon the Lord. Dwelling upon the Lord, defeat shall not come to you. I am a sacrifice, a sacrifice to those, who sing the praises of the Saints, the sons of the Lord. Meeting the Lord, total Truth is obtained. || 37 || WAWA: Know Him. By knowing Him, this mortal becomes Him. When this soul and that Lord are blended, then, having been blended, they cannot be known separately. || 38 || SASSA: Discipline your mind with sublime perfection. Refrain from that talk which attracts the heart. The heart is attracted, when love wells up. The King of the three worlds is perfectly pervading and permeating there. || 39 || KHAKHA: Anyone who seeks Him, and by seeking Him, finds Him, shall not be born again. When someone seeks Him, and comes to understand and contemplate Him, then he crosses over the terrifying world-ocean in an instant. || 40 || SASSA: The bed of the soul-bride is adorned by her Husband Lord; her skepticism is dispelled. Renouncing the shallow pleasures of the world, she obtains the supreme delight. Then, she is the soul-bride; He is called her Husband Lord. || 41 || HAHA: He exists, but He is not known to exist. When He is known to exist, then the mind is pleased and appeased. Of course the Lord exists, if one could only understand Him. Then, He alone exists, and not this mortal being. || 42 || Everyone goes around saying, "I'll take this, and I'll take that." Because of that, they suffer in terrible pain. When someone comes to love the Lord of Lakhshmi, his sorrow departs, and he obtains total peace. || 43 || KHAKHA: Many have wasted their lives, and then perished. Wasting away, they do not remember the Lord, even now. But if someone, even now, comes to know the transitory nature of the world and restrain his mind, he shall find his permanent home, from which he was separated.

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|| 44 || The fifty-two letters have been joined together. But people cannot recognize the One Word of God. Kabeer speaks the Shabad, the Word of Truth. One who is a Pandit, a religious scholar, must remain fearless. It is the business of the scholarly person to join letters. The spiritual person contemplates the essence of reality. According to the wisdom within the mind, says Kabeer, so does one come to understand. || 45 ||




SHALOK: There are fifteen lunar days, and seven days of the week. Says Kabeer, it is neither here nor there. When the Siddhas and seekers come to know the Lord's mystery, they themselves become the Creator; they themselves become the Divine Lord. || 1 || T'HITEE: On the day of the new moon, give up your hopes. Remember the Lord, the Inner-knower, the Searcher of hearts. You shall attain the Gate of Liberation while yet alive. You shall come to know the Shabad, the Word of the Fearless Lord, and the essence of your own inner being. || 1 || One who enshrines love for the Lotus Feet of the Lord of the Universe - by the Grace of the Saints, her mind becomes pure; night and day, she remains awake and aware, singing the Kirtan of the Lord's Praises. || 1 || Pause || On the first day of the lunar cycle, contemplate the Beloved Lord. He is playing within the heart; He has no body - He is Infinite. The pain of death never consumes that person who remains absorbed in the Primal Lord God. || 2 || On the second day of the lunar cycle, know that there are two beings within the fiber of the body. Maya and God are blended with everything. God does not increase or decrease. He is unknowable and immaculate; He does not change. || 3 || On the third day of the lunar cycle, one who maintains his equilibrium amidst the three modes finds the source of ecstasy and the highest status. In the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy, faith wells up. Outwardly, and deep within, God's Light is always radiant. || 4 || On the fourth day of the lunar cycle, restrain your fickle mind, and do not ever associate with sexual desire or anger. On land and sea, He Himself is in Himself. He Himself meditates and chants His Chant. || 5 || On the fifth day of the lunar cycle, the five elements expand outward. Men are occupied in the pursuit of gold and women. How rare are those who drink in the pure essence of the Lord's Love. They shall never again suffer the pains of old age and death. || 6 || On the sixth day of the lunar cycle, the six chakras run in six directions. Without enlightenment, the body does not remain steady. So erase your duality and hold tight to forgiveness, and you will not have to endure the torture of karma or religious rituals. || 7 || On the seventh day of the lunar cycle, know the Word as True, and you shall be accepted by the Lord, the Supreme Soul. Your doubts shall be eradicated, and your pains eliminated, and in the ocean of the celestial void, you shall find peace. || 8 || On the eighth day of the lunar cycle, the body is made of the eight ingredients. Within it is the Unknowable Lord, the King of the supreme treasure. The Guru, who knows this spiritual wisdom, reveals the secret of this mystery. Turning away from the world, He abides in the Unbreakable and Impenetrable Lord. || 9 || On the ninth day of the lunar cycle, discipline the nine gates of the body. Keep your pulsating desires restrained.

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Forget all your greed and emotional attachment; you shall live throughout the ages, eating the fruit of immortality. || 10 || On the tenth day of the lunar cycle, there is ecstasy in all directions. Doubt is dispelled, and the Lord of the Universe is met. He is the Embodiment of light, the incomparable essence. He is stainless, without stain, beyond both sunshine and shade. || 11 || On the eleventh day of the lunar cycle, if you run in the direction of the One, you will not have to suffer the pains of reincarnation again. Your body will become cool, immaculate and pure. The Lord was said to be far away, but He is found near at hand. || 12 || On the twelfth day of the lunar cycle, twelve suns rise. Day and night, the celestial bugles vibrate the unstruck melody. Then, one beholds the Father of the three worlds. This is wonderful! The human being has become God! || 13 || On the thirteenth day of the lunar cycle, the thirteen holy books proclaim that you must recognize the Lord in the nether regions of the underworld as well as the heavens. There is no high or low, no honor or dishonor. The Lord is pervading and permeating all. || 14 || On the fourteenth day of the lunar cycle, in the fourteen worlds and on each and every hair, the Lord abides. Center yourself and meditate on truth and contentment. Speak the speech of God's spiritual wisdom. || 15 || On the day of the full moon, the full moon fills the heavens. Its power is diffused through its gentle light. In the beginning, in the end, and in the middle, God remains firm and steady. Kabeer is immersed in the ocean of peace. || 16 ||




Sing the Glorious Praises of the Lord each and every day. Meeting with the Guru, you shall come to know the mystery of the Lord. || 1 || Pause || On Sunday, begin the devotional worship of the Lord, and restrain the desires within the temple of the body. When your attention is focused day and night upon that imperishable place, then the celestial flutes play the unstruck melody in tranquil peace and poise. || 1 || On Monday, the Ambrosial Nectar trickles down from the moon. Tasting it, all poisons are removed in an instant. Restrained by Gurbani, the mind remains indoors; drinking in this Nectar, it is intoxicated. || 2 || On Tuesday, understand reality; you must know the way the five thieves work. Those who leave their own home to go out wandering shall feel the terrible wrath of the Lord, their King. || 3 || On Wednesday, one's understanding is enlightened. The Lord comes to dwell in the lotus of the heart. Meeting the Guru, one comes to look alike upon pleasure and pain, and the inverted lotus is turned upright. || 4 || On Thursday, wash off your corruption. Forsake the trinity, and attach yourself to the One God. At the confluence of the three rivers of knowledge, right action and devotion, there, why not wash away your sinful mistakes? || 5 || On Friday, keep up and complete your fast; day and night, you must fight against your own self. If you restrain your five senses, then you shall not cast your glance on another. || 6 || On Saturday, keep the candle of God's Light steady within your heart; you will be enlightened, inwardly and outwardly.

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All your karma will be erased. || 7 || Know that as long as you place your hopes in others, you shall not find the Mansion of the Lord's Presence. When you embrace love for the Lord, says Kabeer, then, you shall become pure in your very fiber. || 8 ||




God makes even stones float. So why shouldn't Your humble slave also float across, chanting Your Name, O Lord? || 1 || Pause || You saved the prostitute, and the ugly hunch-back; You helped the hunter and Ajaamal swim across as well. The hunter who shot Krishna in the foot - even he was liberated. I am a sacrifice, a sacrifice to those who chant the Lord's Name. || 1 || You saved Bidur, the son of the slave-girl, and Sudama; You restored Ugrasain to his throne. Without meditation, without penance, without a good family, without good deeds, Naam Dayv's Lord and Master saved them all. || 2 || 1 ||





The company I keep is wretched and low, and I am anxious day and night; my actions are crooked, and I am of lowly birth. || 1 || O Lord, Master of the earth, Life of the soul, please do not forget me! I am Your humble servant. || 1 || Pause || Take away my pains, and bless Your humble servant with Your Sublime Love. I shall not leave Your Feet, even though my body may perish. || 2 || Says Ravi Daas, I seek the protection of Your Sanctuary; please, meet Your humble servant - do not delay! || 3 || 1 || Baygumpura, 'the city without sorrow', is the name of the town. There is no suffering or anxiety there. There are no troubles or taxes on commodities there. There is no fear, blemish or downfall there. || 1 || Now, I have found this most excellent city. There is lasting peace and safety there, O Siblings of Destiny. || 1 || Pause || God's Kingdom is steady, stable and eternal. There is no second or third status; all are equal there. That city is populous and eternally famous. Those who live there are wealthy and contented. || 2 || They stroll about freely, just as they please. They know the Mansion of the Lord's Presence, and no one blocks their way. Says Ravi Daas, the emancipated shoe-maker: whoever is a citizen there, is a friend of mine. || 3 || 2 ||




The path to God is very treacherous and mountainous, and all I have is this worthless ox. I offer this one prayer to the Lord, to preserve my capital. || 1 || Is there any merchant of the Lord to join me?

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My cargo is loaded, and now I am leaving. || 1 || Pause || I am the merchant of the Lord; I deal in spiritual wisdom. I have loaded the Wealth of the Lord's Name; the world has loaded poison. || 2 || O you who know this world and the world beyond: write whatever nonsense you please about me. The club of the Messenger of Death shall not strike me, since I have cast off all entanglements. || 3 || Love of this world is like the pale, temporary color of the safflower. The color of my Lord's Love, however, is permanent, like the dye of the madder plant. So says Ravi Daas, the tanner. || 4 || 1 ||




The frog in the deep well knows nothing of its own country or other lands; just so, my mind, infatuated with corruption, understands nothing about this world or the next. || 1 || O Lord of all worlds: reveal to me, even for an instant, the Blessed Vision of Your Darshan. || 1 || Pause || My intellect is polluted; I cannot understand Your state, O Lord. Take pity on me, dispel my doubts, and teach me true wisdom. || 2 || Even the great Yogis cannot describe Your Glorious Virtues; they are beyond words. I am dedicated to Your loving devotional worship, says Ravi Daas the tanner. || 3 || 1 ||




In the Golden Age of Sat Yuga, was Truth; in the Silver Age of Trayta Yuga, charitable feasts; in the Brass Age of Dwaapar Yuga, there was worship. In those three ages, people held to these three ways. But in the Iron Age of Kali Yuga, the Name of the Lord is your only Support. || 1 || How can I swim across? No one has explained to me, so that I might understand how I can escape reincarnation. || 1 || Pause || So many forms of religion have been described; the whole world is practicing them. What actions will bring emancipation, and total perfection? || 2 || One may distinguish between good and evil actions, and listen to the Vedas and the Puraanas, but doubt still persists. Skepticism continually dwells in the heart, so who can eradicate egotistical pride? || 3 || Outwardly, he washes with water, but deep within, his heart is tarnished by all sorts of vices. So how can he become pure? His method of purification is like that of an elephant, covering himself with dust right after his bath! || 4 || With the rising of the sun, the night is brought to its end; the whole world knows this. It is believed that with the touch of the Philosopher's Stone, copper is immediately transformed into gold. || 5 || When one meets the Supreme Philosopher's Stone, the Guru, if such pre-ordained destiny is written on one's forehead, then the soul blends with the Supreme Soul, and the stubborn doors are opened wide. || 6 || Through the way of devotion, the intellect is imbued with Truth; doubts, entanglements and vices are cut away. The mind is restrained, and one attains joy, contemplating the One Lord, who is both with and without qualities. || 7 || I have tried many methods, but by turning it away, the noose of doubt is not turned away. Love and devotion have not welled up within me, and so Ravi Daas is disillusioned and discouraged. || 8 || 1 ||

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