Sri Guru Granth Sahib Translation


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One unto whom You are Merciful, has his sufferings depart. O Merciful Lord, You bless Your devotees with Your Grace. Suffering, pain, terrible disease and Maya do not afflict them. This is the Support of the devotees, that they sing the Glorious Praises of the Lord of the Universe. Forever and ever, day and night, they meditate on the One and Only Lord. Drinking in the Ambrosial Amrit of the Naam, the Name of the Lord, His humble servants remain satisfied with the Naam. || 14 || SHALOK, FIFTH MEHL: Millions of obstacles stand in the way of one who forgets the Name. O Nanak, night and day, he croaks like a raven in a deserted house. || 1 || FIFTH MEHL: Beauteous is that season, when I am united with my Beloved. I do not forget Him for a moment or an instant; O Nanak, I contemplate Him constantly. || 2 || PAUREE: Even brave and mighty men cannot withstand the powerful and overwhelming army which the five passions have gathered. The ten organs of sensation attach even detached renunciates to sensory pleasures. They seek to conquer and overpower them, and so increase their following. The world of the three dispositions is under their influence; no one can stand against them. So tell me - how can the fort of doubt and the moat of Maya be overcome? Worshipping the Perfect Guru, this awesome force is subdued. I stand before Him, day and night, with my palms pressed together. || 15 || SHALOK, FIFTH MEHL: All sins are washed away, by continually singing the Lord's Glories. Millions of afflictions are produced, O Nanak, when the Name is forgotten. || 1 || FIFTH MEHL: O Nanak, meeting the True Guru, one comes to know the Perfect Way. While laughing, playing, dressing and eating, he is liberated. || 2 || PAUREE: Blessed, blessed is the True Guru, who has demolished the fortress of doubt. Waaho! Waaho! - Hail! Hail! to the True Guru, who has united me with the Lord. The Guru has given me the medicine of the inexhaustible treasure of the Naam. He has banished the great and terrible disease. I have obtained the great treasure of the wealth of the Naam. I have obtained eternal life, recognizing my own self. The Glory of the all-powerful Divine Guru cannot be described. The Guru is the Supreme Lord God, the Transcendent Lord, infinite, unseen and unknowable. || 16 || SHALOK, FIFTH MEHL: Make the effort, and you shall live; practicing it, you shall enjoy peace. Meditating, you shall meet God, O Nanak, and your anxiety shall vanish. || 1 || FIFTH MEHL: Bless me with sublime thoughts, O Lord of the Universe, and contemplation in the immaculate Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy. O Nanak, may I never forget the Naam, the Name of the Lord, for even an instant; be merciful to me, Lord God. || 2 || PAUREE: Whatever happens is according to Your Will, so why should I be afraid? Meeting Him, I meditate on the Name - I offer my soul to Him. When the Infinite Lord comes to mind, one is enraptured. Who can touch one who has the Formless Lord on his side? Everything is under His control; no one is beyond Him. He, the True Lord, dwells in the minds of His devotees.

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Your slaves meditate on You; You are the Savior, the Protector Lord. You are the Almighty Overlord of all; You bless us with Your Glance of Grace. || 17 || SHALOK, FIFTH MEHL: Take away my sexual desire, anger, pride, greed, emotional attachment and evil desires. Protect me, O my God; Nanak is forever a sacrifice to You. || 1 || FIFTH MEHL: By eating and eating, the mouth is worn out; by wearing clothes, the limbs grow weary. O Nanak, cursed are the lives of those who are not attuned to the Love of the True Lord. || 2 || PAUREE: As is the Hukam of Your Command, so do things happen. Wherever You keep me, there I go and stand. With the Love of Your Name, I wash away my evil-mindedness. By continually meditating on You, O Formless Lord, my doubts and fears are dispelled. Those who are attuned to Your Love, shall not be trapped in reincarnation. Inwardly and outwardly, they behold the One Lord with their eyes. Those who recognize the Lord's Command never weep. O Nanak, they are blessed with the gift of the Name, woven into the fabric of their minds. || 18 || SHALOK, FIFTH MEHL: Those who do not remember the Lord while they are alive, shall mix with the dust when they die. O Nanak, the foolish and filthy faithless cynic passes his life engrossed in the world. || 1 || FIFTH MEHL: One who remembers the Lord while he is alive, shall be imbued with the Lord's Love when he dies. The precious gift of his life is redeemed, O Nanak, in the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy. || 2 || PAUREE: From the beginning, and through the ages, You have been our Protector and Preserver. True is Your Name, O Creator Lord, and True is Your Creation. You do not lack anything; You are filling each and every heart. You are merciful and all-powerful; You Yourself cause us to serve You. Those whose minds in which You dwell are forever at peace. Having created the creation, You Yourself cherish it. You Yourself are everything, O infinite, endless Lord. Nanak seeks the Protection and Support of the Perfect Guru. || 19 || SHALOK, FIFTH MEHL: In the beginning, in the middle and in the end, the Transcendent Lord has saved me. The True Guru has blessed me with the Lord's Name, and I have tasted the Ambrosial Nectar. In the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy, I chant the Glorious Praises of the Lord, night and day. I have obtained all my objectives, and I shall not wander in reincarnation again. Everything is in the Hands of the Creator; He does what is done. Nanak begs for the gift of the dust of the feet of the Holy, which shall deliver him. || 1 || FIFTH MEHL: Enshrine Him in your mind, the One who created you. Whoever meditates on the Lord and Master obtains peace. Fruitful is the birth, and approved is the coming of the Gurmukh. One who realizes the Hukam of the Lord's Command shall be blessed - so has the Lord and Master ordained. One who is blessed with the Lord's Mercy does not wander. Whatever the Lord and Master gives him, with that he is content. O Nanak, one who is blessed with the kindness of the Lord, our Friend, realizes the Hukam of His Command. But those whom the Lord Himself causes to wander, continue to die, and take reincarnation again. || 2 || PAUREE: The slanderers are destroyed in an instant; they are not spared for even a moment. God will not endure the sufferings of His slaves, but catching the slanderers, He binds them to the cycle of reincarnation.

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Grabbing them by the hair on their heads, the Lord throws them down, and leaves them on the path of Death. They cry out in pain, in the darkest of hells. But hugging His slaves close to His Heart, O Nanak, the True Lord saves them. || 20 || SHALOK, FIFTH MEHL: Meditate on the Lord, O fortunate ones; He is pervading the waters and the earth. O Nanak, meditate on the Naam, the Name of the Lord, and no misfortune shall strike you. || 1 || FIFTH MEHL: Millions of misfortunes block the way of one who forgets the Name of the Lord. O Nanak, like a crow in a deserted house, he cries out, night and day. || 2 || PAUREE: Meditating, meditating in remembrance of the Great Giver, one's heart's desires are fulfilled. The hopes and desires of the mind are realized, and sorrows are forgotten. The treasure of the Naam, the Name of the Lord, is obtained; I have searched for it for so long. My light is merged into the Light, and my labors are over. I abide in that house of peace, poise and bliss. My comings and goings have ended - there is no birth or death there. The Master and the servant have become one, with no sense of separation. By Guru's Grace, Nanak is absorbed in the True Lord. || 21 || 1 || 2 || SUDH ||





With four feet, two horns and a mute mouth, how could you sing the Praises of the Lord? Standing up and sitting down, the stick shall still fall on you, so where will you hide your head? || 1 || Without the Lord, you are like a stray ox; with your nose torn, and your shoulders injured, you shall have only the straw of coarse grain to eat. || 1 || Pause || All day long, you shall wander in the forest, and even then, your belly will not be full. You did not follow the advice of the humble devotees, and so you shall obtain the fruits of your actions. || 2 || Enduring pleasure and pain, drowned in the great ocean of doubt, you shall wander in numerous reincarnations. You have lost the jewel of human birth by forgetting God; when will you have such an opportunity again? || 3 || You turn on the wheel of reincarnation, like an ox at the oil-press; the night of your life passes away without salvation. Says Kabeer, without the Name of the Lord, you shall pound your head, and regret and repent. || 4 || 1 || GUJRI, THIRD HOUSE: Kabeer's mother sobs, cries and bewails - O Lord, how will my grandchildren live? || 1 || Kabeer has given up all his spinning and weaving, and written the Name of the Lord on his body. || 1 || Pause || As long as I pass the thread through the bobbin, I forget the Lord, my Beloved. || 2 || My intellect is lowly - I am a weaver by birth, but I have earned the profit of the Name of the Lord. || 3 || Says Kabeer, listen, O my mother - the Lord alone is the Provider, for me and my children. || 4 || 2 ||

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If You gave me an empire, then what glory would be in it for me? If You made me beg for charity, what would it take away from me? || 1 || Meditate and vibrate upon the Lord, O my mind, and you shall obtain the state of Nirvaanaa. You shall not have to come and go in reincarnation any longer. || 1 || Pause || You created all, and You lead them astray in doubt. They alone understand, unto whom You give understanding. || 2 || Meeting the True Guru, doubt is dispelled. Who else should I worship? I can see no other. || 3 || One stone is lovingly decorated, while another stone is walked upon. If one is a god, then the other must also be a god. Says Naam Dayv, I serve the Lord. || 4 || 1 || GUJRI, FIRST HOUSE: He does not have even a trace of impurity - He is beyond impurity. He is fragrantly scented - He has come to take His Seat in my mind. No one saw Him come - who can know Him, O Siblings of Destiny? || 1 || Who can describe Him? Who can understand Him? The all-pervading Lord has no ancestors, O Siblings of Destiny. || 1 || Pause || As the path of a bird's flight across the sky cannot be seen, and the path of a fish through the water cannot be seen; || 2 || As the mirage leads one to mistake the sky for a pitcher filled with water - so is God, the Lord and Master of Naam Dayv, who fits these three comparisons. || 3 || 2 ||




The calf has contaminated the milk in the breasts. The bumble bee has contaminated the flower, and the fish the water. || 1 || O mother, where shall I find any offering for the Lord's worship? I cannot find any other flowers worthy of the incomparable Lord. || 1 || Pause || The snakes encircle the sandalwood trees. Poison and nectar dwell there together. || 2 || Even with incense, lamps, offerings of food and fragrant flowers, how are Your slaves to worship You? || 3 || I dedicate and offer my body and mind to You. By Guru's Grace, I attain the immaculate Lord. || 4 || I cannot worship You, nor offer You flowers. Says Ravi Daas, what shall my condition be hereafter? || 5 || 1 ||




You have not cleansed the filth from within yourself, although outwardly, you wear the dress of a renunciate. In the heart-lotus of your self, you have not recognized God - why have you become a Sannyaasee?

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|| 1 || Deluded by doubt, O Jai Chand, you have not realized the Lord, the embodiment of supreme bliss. || 1 || Pause || You eat in each and every house, fattening your body; you wear the patched coat and the ear-rings of the beggar, for the sake of wealth. You apply the ashes of cremation to your body, but without a Guru, you have not found the essence of reality. || 2 || Why bother to chant your spells? Why bother to practice austerities? Why bother to churn water? Meditate on the Lord of Nirvaanaa, who has created the 8.4 million species of beings. || 3 || Why bother to carry the water-pot, O saffron-robed Yogi? Why bother to visit the sixty-eight holy places of pilgrimage? Says Trilochan, listen, mortal: you have no corn - what are you trying to thresh? || 4 || 1 || GUJRI: At the very last moment, one who thinks of wealth, and dies in such thoughts, shall be reincarnated over and over again, in the form of serpents. || 1 || O sister, do not forget the Name of the Lord of the Universe. || Pause || At the very last moment, he who thinks of women, and dies in such thoughts, shall be reincarnated over and over again as a prostitute. || 2 || At the very last moment, one who thinks of his children, and dies in such thoughts, shall be reincarnated over and over again as a pig. || 3 || At the very last moment, one who thinks of mansions, and dies in such thoughts, shall be reincarnated over and over again as a goblin. || 4 || At the very last moment, one who thinks of the Lord, and dies in such thoughts, says Trilochan, that man shall be liberated; the Lord shall abide in his heart. || 5 || 2 ||




In the very beginning, was the Primal Lord, unrivalled, the Lover of Truth and other virtues. He is absolutely wonderful, transcending creation; remembering Him, all are emancipated. || 1 || Dwell only upon the beauteous Name of the Lord, the embodiment of ambrosial nectar and reality. Remembering Him in meditation, the fear of birth, old age and death will not trouble you. || 1 || Pause || If you desire to escape the fear of the Messenger of Death, then praise the Lord joyfully, and do good deeds. In the past, present and future, He is always the same; He is the embodiment of supreme bliss. || 2 || If you seek the path of good conduct, forsake greed, and do not look upon other men's property and women. Renounce all evil actions and evil inclinations, and hurry to the Sanctuary of the Lord. || 3 || Worship the immaculate Lord, in thought, word and deed. What is the good of practicing Yoga, giving feasts and charity, and practicing penance? || 4 || Meditate on the Lord of the Universe, the Lord of the Universe, O man; He is the source of all the spiritual powers of the Siddhas. Jai Dayv has openly come to Him; He is the salvation of all, in the past, present and future. || 5 || 1 ||

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