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

AASAA, THIRD HOUSE, FIRST MEHL:

You may have thousands of armies, thousands of marching bands and lances, and thousands of men to rise and salute you. Your rule may extend over thousands of miles, and thousands of men may rise to honor you. But, if your honor is of no account to the Lord, then all of your ostentatious show is useless. || 1 || Without the Name of the Lord, the world is in turmoil. Even though the fool may be taught again and again, he remains the blindest of the blind. || 1 || Pause || You may earn thousands, collect thousands, and spend thousands of dollars; thousands may come, and thousands may go. But, if your honor is of no account to the Lord, then where will you go to find a safe haven? || 2 || Thousands of Shaastras may be explained to the mortal, and thousands of Pandits may read the Puraanas to him; but, if his honor is of no account to the Lord, then all of this is unacceptable. || 3 || Honor comes from the True Name, the Name of the Merciful Creator. If it abides in the heart, day and night, O Nanak, then the mortal shall swim across, by His Grace. || 4 || 1 || 31 || AASAA, FIRST MEHL: The One Name is my lamp; I have put the oil of suffering into it. Its flame has dried up this oil, and I have escaped my meeting with the Messenger of Death. || 1 || O people, do not make fun of me. Thousands of wooden logs, piled up together, need only a tiny flame to burn. || 1 || Pause || The Lord is my festive dish, of rice balls on leafy plates; the True Name of the Creator Lord is my funeral ceremony. Here and hereafter, in the past and in the future, this is my support. || 2 || The Lord's Praise is my River Ganges and my city of Benares; my soul takes its sacred cleansing bath there. That becomes my true cleansing bath, if night and day, I enshrine love for You. || 3 || The rice balls are offered to the gods and the dead ancestors, but it is the Brahmins who eat them! O Nanak, the rice balls of the Lord are a gift which is never exhausted. || 4 || 2 || 32 ||

 

AASAA, FOURTH HOUSE, FIRST MEHL:

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

The Gods, yearning for the Blessed Vision of the Lord's Darshan, suffered through pain and hunger at the sacred shrines. The yogis and the celibates live their disciplined lifestyle, while others wear saffron robes and become hermits. || 1 || For Your sake, O Lord Master, they are imbued with love. Your Names are so many, and Your Forms are endless. No one can tell how may Glorious Virtues You have. || 1 || Pause || Leaving behind hearth and home, palaces, elephants, horses and native lands, mortals have journeyed to foreign lands. The spiritual leaders, prophets, seers and men of faith renounced the world, and became acceptable. || 2 || Renouncing tasty delicacies, comfort, happiness and pleasures, some have abandoned their clothes and now wear skins. Those who suffer in pain, imbued with Your Name, have become beggars at Your Door. || 3 || Some wear skins, and carry begging bowls, bearing wooden staffs, and sitting on deer skins. Others raise their hair in tufts and wear sacred threads and loin-cloths. You are the Lord Master, I am just Your puppet. Prays Nanak, what is my social status to be? || 4 || 1 || 33 ||


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AASAA, FIFTH HOUSE, FIRST MEHL:

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

The five evil passions dwell hidden within the mind. They do not remain still, but move around like wanderers. || 1 || My soul does not stay held by the Merciful Lord. It is greedy, deceitful, sinful and hypocritical, and totally attached to Maya. || 1 || Pause || I will decorate my neck with garlands of flowers. When I meet my Beloved, then I will put on my decorations. || 2 || I have five companions and one Spouse. It is ordained from the very beginning, that the soul must ultimately depart. || 3 || The five companions will lament together. When the soul is trapped, prays Nanak, it is called to account. || 4 || 1 || 34 ||

 

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

AASAA, SIXTH HOUSE, FIRST MEHL:

If the pearl of the mind is strung like a jewel on the thread of the breath, and the soul-bride adorns her body with compassion, then the Beloved Lord will enjoy His lovely bride. || 1 || O my Love, I am fascinated by Your many glories; Your Glorious Virtues are not found in any other. || 1 || Pause || If the bride wears the garland of the Lord's Name, Har, Har, around her neck, and if she uses the toothbrush of the Lord; and if she fashions and wears the bracelet of the Creator Lord around her wrist, then she shall hold her consciousness steady. || 2 || She should make the Lord, the Slayer of demons, her ring, and take the Transcendent Lord as her silken clothes. The soul-bride should weave patience into the braids of her hair, and apply the lotion of the Lord, the Great Lover. || 3 || If she lights the lamp in the mansion of her mind, and makes her body the bed of the Lord, then, when the King of spiritual wisdom comes to her bed, He shall take her, and enjoy her. || 4 || 1 || 35 || AASAA, FIRST MEHL: The created being acts as he is made to act; what can be said to him, O Siblings of Destiny? Whatever the Lord is to do, He is doing; what cleverness could be used to affect Him? || 1 || The Order of Your Will is so sweet, O Lord; this is pleasing to You. O Nanak, he alone is honored with greatness, who is absorbed in the True Name. || 1 || Pause || The deeds are done according to pre-ordained destiny; no one can turn back this Order. As it is written, so it comes to pass; no one can erase it. || 2 || He who talks on and on in the Lord's Court is known as a joker. He is not successful in the game of chess, and his chessmen do not reach their goal. || 3 || By himself, no one is literate, learned or wise; no one is ignorant or evil. When, as a slave, one praises the Lord, only then is he known as a human being. || 4 || 2 || 36 || AASAA, FIRST MEHL: Let the Word of the Guru's Shabad be the ear-rings in your mind, and wear the patched coat of tolerance. Whatever the Lord does, look upon that as good; thus you shall obtain the treasure of Sehj Yoga.


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|| 1 || O father, the soul which is united in union as a Yogi, remains united in the supreme essence throughout the ages. One who has obtained the Ambrosial Naam, the Name of the Immaculate Lord - his body enjoys the pleasure of spiritual wisdom. || 1 || Pause || In the Lord's City, he sits in his Yogic posture, and he forsakes his desires and conflicts. The sound of the horn ever rings out its beautiful melody, and day and night, he is filled with the sound current of the Naad. || 2 || My cup is reflective meditation, and spiritual wisdom is my walking stick; to dwell in the Lord's Presence is the ashes I apply to my body. The Praise of the Lord is my occupation; and to live as Gurmukh is my pure religion. || 3 || My arm-rest is to see the Lord's Light in all, although their forms and colors are so numerous. Says Nanak, listen, O Bharthari Yogi: love only the Supreme Lord God. || 4 || 3 || 37 || AASAA, FIRST MEHL: Make spiritual wisdom your molasses, and meditation your scented flowers; let good deeds be the herbs. Let devotional faith be the distilling fire, and your love the ceramic cup. Thus the sweet nectar of life is distilled. || 1 || O Baba, the mind is intoxicated with the Naam, drinking in its Nectar. It remains absorbed in the Lord's Love. Night and day, remaining attached to the Love of the Lord, the celestial music of the Shabad resounds. || 1 || Pause || The Perfect Lord naturally gives the cup of Truth, to the one upon whom He casts His Glance of Grace. One who trades in this Nectar - how could he ever love the wine of the world? || 2 || The Teachings of the Guru, the Ambrosial Bani - drinking them in, one becomes acceptable and renowned. Unto the one who loves the Lord's Court, and the Blessed Vision of His Darshan, of what use is liberation or paradise? || 3 || Imbued with the Lord's Praises, one is forever a Bairaagee, a renunciate, and one's life is not lost in the gamble. Says Nanak, listen, O Bharthari Yogi: drink in the intoxicating nectar of the Lord. || 4 || 4 || 38 || AASAA, FIRST MEHL: Having attacked Khuraasaan, Baabar terrified Hindustan. The Creator Himself does not take the blame, but has sent the Mugal as the messenger of death. There was so much slaughter that the people screamed. Didn't You feel compassion, Lord? || 1 || O Creator Lord, You are the Master of all. If some powerful man strikes out against another man, then no one feels any grief in their mind. || 1 || Pause || But if a powerful tiger attacks a flock of sheep and kills them, then its master must answer for it. This priceless country has been laid waste and defiled by dogs, and no one pays any attention to the dead. You Yourself unite, and You Yourself separate; I gaze upon Your Glorious Greatness. || 2 || One may give himself a great name, and revel in the pleasures of the mind, but in the Eyes of the Lord and Master, he is just a worm, for all the corn that he eats. Only one who dies to his ego while yet alive, obtains the blessings, O Nanak, by chanting the Lord's Name. || 3 || 5 || 39 ||

 

RAAG AASAA, SECOND HOUSE, THIRD MEHL:

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

The Blessed Vision of the Lord's Darshan is obtained by great good fortune. Through the Word of the Guru's Shabad, true detachment is obtained.


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The six systems of philosophy are pervasive, but the Guru's system is profound and unequalled. || 1 || The Guru's system is the way to liberation. The True Lord Himself comes to dwell in the mind. || 1 || Pause || Through the Guru's system, the world is saved, if it is embraced with love and affection. How rare is that person who truly loves the Guru's Way. Through the Guru's system, everlasting peace is obtained. || 2 || Through the Guru's system, the Door of Salvation is obtained. Serving the True Guru, one's family is saved. There is no salvation for those who have no Guru. Beguiled by worthless sins, they are struck down. || 3 || Through the Word of the Guru's Shabad, the body finds peace and tranquility. The Gurmukh is not afflicted by pain. The Messenger of Death does not come near him. O Nanak, the Gurmukh is absorbed in the True Lord. || 4 || 1 || 40 || AASAA, THIRD MEHL: One who dies in the Word of the Shabad, eradicates his self-conceit from within. He serves the True Guru, with no iota of self-interest. The Fearless Lord, the Great Giver, ever abides in his mind. The True Bani of the Word is obtained only by good destiny. || 1 || So gather merits, and let your demerits depart from within you. You shall be absorbed into the Shabad, the Word of the Perfect Guru. || 1 || Pause || One who purchases merits, knows the value of these merits. He chants the Ambrosial Nectar of the Word, and the Name of the Lord. Through the True Bani of the Word, he becomes pure. Through merit, the Name is obtained. || 2 || The invaluable merits cannot be acquired. The pure mind is absorbed into the True Word of the Shabad. How very fortunate are those who meditate on the Naam, and ever enshrine in their minds the Lord, the Giver of merit. || 3 || I am a sacrifice to those who gather merits. At the Gate of Truth, I sing the Glorious Praises of the True One. He Himself spontaneously bestows His gifts. O Nanak, the value of the Lord cannot be described. || 4 || 2 || 41 || AASAA, THIRD MEHL: Great is the greatness of the True Guru; He merges in His Merger, those who have been separated for so long. He Himself merges the merged in His Merger. He Himself knows His own worth. || 1 || How can anyone appraise the Lord's worth? Through the Word of the Guru's Shabad, one may merge with the Infinite, Unapproachable and Incomprehensible Lord. || 1 || Pause || Few are the Gurmukhs who know His worth. How rare are those who receive the Lord's Grace. Through the Sublime Bani of His Word, one becomes sublime. The Gurmukh chants the Word of the Shabad. || 2 || Without the Name, the body suffers in pain; but when one meets the True Guru, then that pain is removed. Without meeting the Guru, the mortal earns only pain. The self-willed manmukh receives only more punishment. || 3 || The essence of the Lord's Name is so very sweet; he alone drinks it, whom the Lord causes to drink it. By Guru's Grace, the essence of the Lord is obtained. O Nanak, imbued with the Naam, the Name of the Lord, salvation is attained. || 4 || 3 || 42 || AASAA, THIRD MEHL: My God is True, deep and profound. Serving Him, the body acquires peace and tranquility. Through the Word of the Shabad, His humble servants easily swim across.


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I fall at their feet forever and ever. || 1 || Those being whose minds are imbued and drenched with the Lord's Love - their pains of birth and death are taken away. They are automatically ushered into the Court of the Lord. || 1 || Pause || One who has tasted the Shabad, obtains the true flavor. The Name of the Lord abides within his mind. The Lord God is Eternal and All-pervading. He Himself is near, and He Himself is far away. || 2 || Everyone talks and speaks through speech; the Lord Himself forgives, and unites us with Himself. By merely speaking and talking, He is not obtained. By Guru's Grace, He comes to abide in the mind. || 3 || The Gurmukh eradicates his self-conceit from within. He is imbued with the Lord's Love, having discarded worldly attachment. He contemplates the utterly Immaculate Word of the Guru's Shabad. O Nanak, the Naam, the Name of the Lord, is our Salvation. || 4 || 4 || 43 || AASAA, THIRD MEHL: Attached to the love of duality, one only incurs pain. Without the Word of the Shabad, one's life is wasted away in vain. Serving the True Guru, understanding is obtained, and then, one is not attached to the love of duality. || 1 || Those who hold fast to their roots, become acceptable. Night and day, they meditate within their hearts on the Lord's Name; through the Word of the Guru's Shabad, they know the One Lord. || 1 || Pause || One who is attached to the branch, does not receive the fruits. For blind actions, blind punishment is received. The blind, self-willed manmukh finds no place of rest. He is a maggot in manure, and in manure he shall rot away. || 2 || Serving the Guru, everlasting peace is obtained. Joining the True Congregation, the Sat Sangat, the Glorious Praises of the Lord are sung. One who contemplates the Naam, the Name of the Lord, saves himself, and his family as well. || 3 || Through the Word of the Guru's Bani, the Naam resounds; O Nanak, through the Word of the Shabad, one finds the Mansion of the Lord's Presence within the home of the heart. Under Guru's Instruction, bathe in the Pool of Truth, in the Water of the Lord; thus the filth of evil-mindedness and sin shall all be washed away. || 4 || 5 || 44 || AASAA, THIRD MEHL: The self-willed manmukhs are dying; they are wasting away in death. In the love of duality, they murder their own souls. Crying out, "Mine, mine!", they are ruined. They do not remember their souls; they are asleep in superstition. || 1 || He alone dies a real death, who dies in the Word of the Shabad. The Guru has inspired me to realize, that praise and slander are one and the same; in this world, the profit is obtained by chanting the Name of the Lord. || 1 || Pause || Those who lack the Naam, the Name of the Lord, are dissolved within the womb. Useless is the birth of those who are lured by duality. Without the Naam, all are burning in pain. The Perfect True Guru has given me this understanding. || 2 || The fickle mind is struck down so many times. Having lost this opportunity, no place of rest shall be found. Cast into the womb of reincarnation, the mortal lives in manure; in such a home, the self-willed manmukh takes up residence. || 3 || I am forever a sacrifice to my True Guru; the light of the Gurmukh blends with the Divine Light of the Lord. Through the Immaculate Bani of the Word, the mortal dwells within the home of his own inner self. O Nanak, he conquers his ego, and remains forever detached. || 4 || 6 || 45 || AASAA, THIRD MEHL: The Lord's slave sets aside his own social status.


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He dedicates his mind and body to the True Guru, and seeks His Sanctuary. His greatest greatness is that the Naam, the Name of the Lord, is in his heart. The Beloved Lord God is his constant companion. || 1 || He alone is the Lord's slave, who remains dead while yet alive. He looks upon pleasure and pain alike; by Guru's Grace, he is saved through the Word of the Shabad. || 1 || Pause || He does his deeds according to the Lord's Primal Command. Without the Shabad, no one is approved. Singing the Kirtan of the Lord's Praises, the Naam abides within the mind. He Himself gives His gifts, without hesitation. || 2 || The self-willed manmukh wanders around the world in doubt. Without any capital, he makes false transactions. Without any capital, he does not obtain any merchandise. The mistaken manmukh wastes away his life. || 3 || One who serves the True Guru is the Lord's slave. His social status is exalted, and his reputation is exalted. Climbing the Guru's Ladder, he becomes the most exalted of all. O Nanak, through the Naam, the Name of the Lord, greatness is obtained. || 4 || 7 || 46 || AASAA, THIRD MEHL: The self-willed manmukh practices falsehood, only falsehood. He never attains the Mansion of the Lord Presence. Attached to duality, he wanders, deluded by doubt. Entangled in worldly attachments, he comes and goes. || 1 || Behold, the decorations of the discarded bride! Her consciousness is attached to children, spouse, wealth, and Maya, falsehood, emotional attachment, hypocrisy and corruption. || 1 || Pause || She who is pleasing to God is forever a happy soul-bride. She makes the Word of the Guru's Shabad her decoration. Her bed is so comfortable; she enjoys her Lord, night and day. Meeting her Beloved, the obtains eternal peace. || 2 || She is a true, virtuous soul-bride, who enshrines love for the True Lord. She keeps her Husband Lord always clasped to her heart. She sees Him near at hand, ever-present. My God is all-pervading everywhere. || 3 || Social status and beauty will not go with you hereafter. As are the deeds done here, so does one become. Through the Word of the Shabad, one becomes the highest of the high. O Nanak, he is absorbed in the True Lord. || 4 || 8 || 47 || AASAA, THIRD MEHL: The Lord's humble servant is imbued with devotional love, effortlessly and spontaneously. Through awe and fear of the Guru, he is truly absorbed in the True One. Without the Perfect Guru, devotional love is not obtained. The self-willed manmukhs lose their honor, and cry out in pain. || 1 || O my mind, chant the Lord's Name, and meditate on Him forever. You shall always be in ecstasy, day and night, and you shall obtain the fruits of your desires. || 1 || Pause || Through the Perfect Guru, the Perfect Lord is obtained, and the Shabad, the True Name, is enshrined in the mind. One who bathes in the Pool of Ambrosial Nectar becomes immaculately pure within. He becomes forever sanctified, and is absorbed in the True Lord. || 2 || He sees the Lord God ever-present. By Guru's Grace, he sees the Lord permeating and pervading everywhere. Wherever I go, there I see Him. Without the Guru, there is no other Giver. || 3 || The Guru is the ocean, the perfect treasure, the most precious jewel and priceless ruby. By Guru's Grace, the Great Giver blesses us; O Nanak, the Forgiving Lord forgives us. || 4 || 9 || 48 || AASAA, THIRD MEHL: The Guru is the Ocean; the True Guru is the Embodiment of Truth. Through perfect good destiny, one serves the Guru.


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He alone understands, whom the Lord Himself inspires to understand. By Guru's Grace, one serves Him. || 1 || With the jewel of spiritual wisdom, total understanding is obtained. By Guru's Grace, ignorance is dispelled; one then remains wakeful, night and day, and beholds the True Lord. || 1 || Pause || Through the Word of the Guru's Shabad, attachment and pride are burnt away. From the Perfect Guru, true understanding is obtained. Through the Word of the Guru's Shabad, one realizes the Lord's Presence within. Then, one's coming and going cease, and one becomes stable, absorbed in the Naam, the Name of the Lord. || 2 || The world is tied to birth and death. The unconscious, self-willed manmukh is enveloped in the darkness of Maya and emotional attachment. He slanders others, and practices utter falsehood. He is a maggot in manure, and into manure he is absorbed. || 3 || Joining the True Congregation, the Sat Sangat, total understanding is obtained. Through the Word of the Guru's Shabad, devotional love for the Lord is implanted. One who surrenders to the Lord's Will is peaceful forever. O Nanak, he is absorbed into the True Lord. || 4 || 10 || 49 || AASAA, THIRD MEHL, PANCH-PADAS: One who dies in the Word of the Shabad, finds eternal bliss. He is united with the True Guru, the Guru, the Lord God. He does not die any more, and he does not come or go. Through the Perfect Guru, he merges with the True Lord. || 1 || One who has the Naam, the Name of the Lord, written in his pre-ordained destiny, night and day, meditates forever on the Naam; he obtains the wondrous blessing of devotional love from the Perfect Guru. || 1 || Pause || Those, whom the Lord God has blended with Himself - their sublime state cannot be described. The Perfect True Guru has given the Glorious Greatness, of the most exalted order, and I am absorbed into the Lord's Name. || 2 || Whatever the Lord does, He does all by Himself. In an instant, He establishes, and disestablishes. By merely speaking, talking, shouting and preaching about the Lord, even hundreds of times, the mortal is not approved. || 3 || The Guru meets with those, who take virtue as their treasure; they listen to the True Word of the Guru's Bani, the Shabad. Pain departs, from that place where the Shabad abides. By the jewel of spiritual wisdom, one is easily absorbed into the True Lord. || 4 || No other wealth is as great as the Naam. It is bestowed only by the True Lord. Through the Perfect Word of the Shabad, it abides in the mind. O Nanak, imbued with the Naam, peace is obtained. || 5 || 11 || 50 || AASAA, THIRD MEHL: One may dance and play numerous instruments; but this mind is blind and deaf, so for whose benefit is this speaking and preaching? Deep within is the fire of greed, and the dust-storm of doubt. The lamp of knowledge is not burning, and understanding is not obtained. || 1 || The Gurmukh has the light of devotional worship within his heart. Understanding his own self, he meets God. || 1 || Pause || The Gurmukh's dance is to embrace love for the Lord; to the beat of the drum, he sheds his ego from within. My God is True; He Himself is the Knower of all. Through the Word of the Guru's Shabad, recognize the Creator Lord within yourself. || 2 || The Gurmukh is filled with devotional love for the Beloved Lord. He intuitively reflects upon the Word of the Guru's Shabad. For the Gurmukh, loving devotional worship is the way to the True Lord. But the dances and the worship of the hypocrites bring only pain.


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|| 3 || True Devotion is to remain dead while yet alive. By Guru's Grace, one crosses over the terrible world-ocean. Through the Guru's Teachings, one's devotion is accepted, and then, the Dear Lord Himself comes to dwell in the mind. || 4 || When the Lord bestows His Mercy, He leads us to meet the True Guru. Then, one's devotion becomes steady, and the consciousness is centered upon the Lord. Those who are imbued with Devotion have truthful reputations. O Nanak, imbued with the Naam, the Name of the Lord, peace is obtained. || 5 || 12 || 51 ||

 

AASAA, EIGHTH HOUSE, KAAFEE, THIRD MEHL:

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

By the Pleasure of the Lord's Will, one meets the True Guru, and true understanding is obtained. By Guru's Grace, the Lord abides in the mind, and one comes to understand the Lord. || 1 || My Husband Lord, the Great Giver, is One. There is no other at all. By Guru's merciful favor, He abides in the mind, and then, a lasting peace ensues. || 1 || Pause || In this age, the Lord's Name is fearless; it is obtained by meditative reflection upon the Guru. Without the Name, the blind, foolish, self-willed manmukh is under Death's power. || 2 || By the Pleasure of the Lord's Will, the humble being performs His service, and understands the True Lord. By the Pleasure of the Lord's Will, He is to be praised; surrendering to His Will, peace ensues. || 3 || By the Pleasure of the Lord's Will, the prize of this human birth is obtained, and the intellect is exalted. O Nanak, praise the Naam, the Name of the Lord; as Gurmukh, you shall be emancipated. || 4 || 39 || 13 || 52 ||

 

AASAA, FOURTH MEHL, SECOND HOUSE:

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

You are the True Creator, my Lord Master. That which is pleasing to Your Will, comes to pass. Whatever You give, that is what I receive. || 1 || Pause || All are Yours; all meditate on You. He alone, whom You bless with Your Mercy, obtains the jewel of the Naam. The Gurmukhs obtain it, and the self-willed manmukhs lose it. You Yourself separate the mortals, and You Yourself unite them. || 1 || You are the River - all are within You. Other than You, there is no one at all. All beings and creatures are your play-things. The united ones are separated, and the separated ones are re-united. || 2 || That humble being, whom You inspire to understand, understands; he continually speaks and chants the Glorious Praises of the Lord. One who serves the Lord, obtains peace. He is easily absorbed in the Lord's Name. || 3 || You Yourself are the Creator; by Your doing, all things come to be. Without You, there is no other at all. You watch over the creation, and understand it. O servant Nanak, the Lord is revealed to the Gurmukh. || 4 || 1 || 53 ||


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

RAAG AASAA, SECOND HOUSE, FOURTH MEHL:

Some form alliances with friends, children and siblings. Some form alliances with in-laws and relatives. Some form alliances with chiefs and leaders for their own selfish motives. My alliance is with the Lord, who is pervading everywhere. || 1 || I have formed my alliance with the Lord; the Lord is my only support. Other than the Lord, I have no other faction or alliance; I sing of the countless and endless Glorious Praises of the Lord. || 1 || Pause || Those with whom you form alliances, shall perish. Making false alliances, the mortals repent and regret in the end. Those who practice falsehood shall not last. I have formed my alliance with the Lord; there is no one more powerful than Him. || 2 || All these alliances are mere extensions of the love of Maya. Only fools argue over Maya. They are born, and they die, and they lose the game of life in the gamble. My alliance is with the Lord, who embellishes all, in this world and the next. || 3 || In this Dark Age of Kali Yuga, the five thieves instigate alliances and conflicts. Sexual desire, anger, greed, emotional attachment and self-conceit have increased. One who is blessed by the Lord's Grace, joins the Sat Sangat, the True Congregation. My alliance is with the Lord, who has destroyed all these alliances. || 4 || In the false love of duality, people sit and form alliances. They complain about other peoples' faults, while their own self-conceit only increases. As they plant, so shall they harvest. Servant Nanak has joined the Lord's alliance of Dharma, which shall conquer the whole world. || 5 || 2 || 54 || AASAA, FOURTH MEHL: Constantly listening to the Ambrosial Gurbani in the heart, it becomes pleasing to the mind. Through Gurbani, the Incomprehensible Lord is comprehended. || 1 || As Gurmukh, listen to the Naam, the Name of the Lord, O my sisters. The One Lord is pervading and permeating deep within the heart; with your mouth, recite the Ambrosial Hymns of the Guru. || 1 || Pause || My mind and body are filled with divine love, and great sadness. By great good fortune, I have obtained the True Guru, the Primal Being. || 2 || In the love of duality, the mortals wander through poisonous Maya. The unfortunate ones do not meet the True Guru. || 3 || The Lord Himself inspires us to drink in the Lord's Ambrosial Elixir. Through the Perfect Guru, O Nanak, the Lord is obtained. || 4 || 3 || 55 || AASAA, FOURTH MEHL: The Love of the Naam, the Name of the Lord, is the Support of my mind and body. I chant the Naam; the Naam is the essence of peace. || 1 || So chant the Naam, O my friends and companions. Without the Naam, there is nothing else for me. By great good fortune, as Gurmukh, I have received the Lord's Name. || 1 || Pause || Without the Naam, I cannot live. By great good fortune, the Gurmukhs obtain the Naam. || 2 || Those who lack the Naam have their faces rubbed in the dirt of Maya.


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Without the Naam, cursed, cursed are their lives. || 3 || The Great Lord is obtained by great good destiny. O Nanak, the Gurmukh is blessed with the Naam. || 4 || 4 || 56 || AASAA, FOURTH MEHL: I sing His Glorious Praises, and through the Word of His Bani, I speak His Glorious Praises. As Gurmukh, I chant and recite the Glorious Praises of the Lord. || 1 || Chanting and meditating on the Naam, my mind becomes blissful. The True Guru has implanted the True Name of the True Lord within me; I sing His Glorious Praises, and taste the supreme ecstasy. || 1 || Pause || The humble servants of the Lord sing the Lord's Glorious Praises. By great good fortune, the detached, absolute Lord is obtained. || 2 || Those without virtue are stained by Maya's filth. Lacking virtue, the egotistical die, and suffer reincarnation. || 3 || The ocean of the body yields pearls of virtue. O Nanak, the Gurmukh churns this ocean, and discovers this essence. || 4 || 5 || 57 || AASAA, FOURTH MEHL: I listen to the Naam, the Name of the Lord; the Naam is pleasing to my mind. By great good fortune, the Gurmukh obtains the Lord. || 1 || Chant the Naam, as Gurmukh, and be exalted. Without the Naam, I have no other support; the Naam is woven into all my breaths and morsels of food. || 1 || Pause || The Naam illuminates my mind; listening to it, my mind is pleased. One who speaks the Naam - he alone is my friend and companion. || 2 || Without the Naam, the fools depart naked. They burn away to death, chasing the poison of Maya, like the moth chasing the flame. || 3 || He Himself establishes, and, having established, disestablishes. O Nanak, the Lord Himself bestows the Naam. || 4 || 6 || 58 || AASAA, FOURTH MEHL: The vine of the Lord's Name, Har, Har, has taken root in the Gurmukh. It bears the fruit of the Lord; its taste is so tasty! || 1 || Chant the Name of the Lord, Har, Har, in endless waves of joy. Chant and repeat the Naam; through the Guru's Teachings praise the Lord, and slay the horrible serpent of the Messenger of Death. || 1 || Pause || The Lord has implanted His devotional worship in the Guru. When the Guru is pleased, He bestows it upon His Sikh, O my siblings of Destiny. || 2 || One who acts in ego, knows nothing about the Way. He acts like an elephant, who takes a bath, and then throws dust on his head. || 3 || If one's destiny is great and exalted, O Nanak, one chants the Naam, the Name of the Immaculate, True Lord. || 4 || 7 || 59 || AASAA, FOURTH MEHL: My mind suffers hunger for the Name of the Lord, Har, Har. Hearing the Naam, my mind is satisfied, O my Siblings of Destiny. || 1 || Chant the Naam, O my friends, O GurSikhs. Chant the Naam, and through the Naam, obtain peace; through the Guru's Teachings, enshrine the Naam in your heart and mind. || 1 || Pause || Hearing the Naam, the Name of the Lord, the mind is in bliss. Reaping the profit of the Naam, through the Guru's Teachings, my soul has blossomed forth. || 2 || Without the Naam, the mortal is a leper, blinded by emotional attachment. All his actions are fruitless; they lead only to painful entanglements. || 3 || The very fortunate ones chant the Praises of the Lord, Har, Har, Har. O Nanak, through the Guru's Teachings, one embraces love for the Naam. || 4 || 8 || 60 ||


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

FOURTH MEHL, RAAG AASAA, SIXTH HOUSE:

You may pluck the strings with your hand, O Yogi, but your playing of the harp is in vain. Under Guru's Instruction, chant the Glorious Praises of the Lord, O Yogi, and this mind of yours shall be imbued with the Lord's Love. || 1 || O Yogi, give your intellect the Teachings of the Lord. The Lord, the One Lord, is pervading throughout all the ages; I humbly bow down to Him. || 1 || Pause || You sing in so many Ragas and harmonies, and you talk so much, but this mind of yours is only playing a game. You work the well and irrigate the fields, but the oxen have already left to graze in the jungle. || 2 || In the field of the body, plant the Lord's Name, and the Lord will sprout there, like a lush green field. O mortal, hook up your unstable mind like an ox, and irrigate your fields with the Lord's Name, through the Guru's Teachings. || 3 || The Yogis, the wandering Jangams, and all the world is Yours, O Lord. According to the wisdom which You give them, so do they follow their ways. O Lord God of servant Nanak, O Inner-knower, Searcher of hearts, please link my mind to You. || 4 || 9 || 61 || AASAA, FOURTH MEHL: How long must one search for angle bells and cymbals, and how long must one play the guitar? In the brief instant between coming and going, I meditate on the Naam, the Name of the Lord. || 1 || Such is the devotional love which has been produced in my mind. Without the Lord, I cannot live even for an instant, like the fish which dies without water. || 1 || Pause || How long must one tune the five strings, and assemble the seven singers, and how long will they raise their voices in song? In the time it takes to select and assemble these musicians, a moment elapses, and my mind sings the Glorious Praises of the Lord. || 2 || How long must one dance and stretch out one's feet, and how long must one reach out with one's hands? Stretching out one's hands and feet, there is a moment's delay; and then, my mind meditates on the Lord. || 3 || How long must one satisfy the people, in order to obtain honor? O servant Nanak, meditate forever in your heart on the Lord, and then everyone will congratulate you. || 4 || 10 || 62 || AASAA, FOURTH MEHL: Join the Sat Sangat, the Lord's True Congregation; joining the Company of the Holy, sing the Glorious Praises of the Lord. With the sparkling jewel of spiritual wisdom, the heart is illumined, and ignorance is dispelled. || 1 || O humble servant of the Lord, let your dancing be meditation on the Lord, Har, Har. If only I cold meet such Saints, O my Siblings of Destiny; I would wash the feet of such servants. || 1 || Pause || Meditate on the Naam, the Name of the Lord, O my mind; night and day, center your consciousness on the Lord. You shall have the fruits of your desires, and you shall never feel hunger again. || 2 || The Infinite Lord Himself is the Creator; the Lord Himself speaks, and causes us to speak. The Saints are good, who are pleasing to Your Will; their honor is approved by You. || 3 || Nanak is not satisfied by chanting the Lord's Glorious Praises; the more he chants them, the more he is at peace. The Lord Himself has bestowed the treasure of devotional love; His customers purchase virtues, and carry them home. || 4 || 11 || 63 ||

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