Sri Guru Granth Sahib Translation

 
 

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This dear soul is caught and driven off, when the pre-ordained Order is received; all the relatives cry out in mourning. The body and the swan-soul become separated, when one's days are past and done, O my mother. As is one's pre-ordained Destiny, so does one receive, according to one's past actions. Blessed is the Creator, the True King, who has linked the whole world to its tasks. || 1 || Meditate in remembrance on the Lord and Master, O my Siblings of Destiny; everyone has to pass this way. These false entanglements last for only a few days; then, one must surely move on to the world hereafter. He must surely move on to the world hereafter, like a guest; so why does he indulge in pride? Chant the Name of the Lord; serving Him, you shall obtain peace in His Court. In the world hereafter, no one's commands will be obeyed. According to their actions, each and every person proceeds. Meditate in remembrance on the Lord and Master, O my Siblings of Destiny; everyone has to pass this way. || 2 || Whatever pleases the Almighty Lord - that alone comes to pass; this world is an opportunity to please Him. The True Creator Lord is pervading and permeating the water, the land and the air. The True Creator Lord is invisible and infinite; His limits cannot be found. Fruitful is the coming of those, who meditate single-mindedly on Him. He destroys, and having destroyed, He creates; by His Order, He adorns us. Whatever pleases the Almighty Lord - that alone comes to pass; this world is an opportunity to please Him. || 3 || Nanak: he alone is known to weep, O Baba, who weeps in the Lord's Love. One who weeps for the sake of worldly objects, O Baba, weeps totally in vain. This weeping is totally in vain; the world forgets the Lord, and weeps for the sake of Maya. They do not distinguish between good and evil; they waste away their lives in vain. Everyone who comes here, shall have to leave; to act in egotism is false. Nanak: he alone is known to weep, O Baba, who weeps in the Lord's Love. || 4 || 1 || WADAHANS, FIRST MEHL: Come, O my companions - let us meet together and dwell upon the True Name. Let us weep over the body's separation from our Lord and Master; let us remember Him in contemplation. Let us remember our Lord and Master in contemplation, and keep a watchful eye on the Path. We shall have to go there as well. The One who created also destroys; whatever happens is by His Will. Whatever He has done, has come to pass; how can we command Him? Come, O my companions - let us meet together and dwell upon the True Name. || 1 || Death would not be called bad, O people, if one knew how to truly die. Serve your Almighty Lord and Master, and your path in the world hereafter will be easy. Take this easy path, and you shall obtain the fruits of your rewards, and receive honor in the world hereafter. Go there with your offering, and you shall merge in the True Lord; your honor shall be confirmed. You shall obtain a place in the Mansion of the Lord Master's Presence; being pleasing to Him, you shall enjoy the pleasures of His Love. Death would not be called bad, O people, if one knew how to truly die. || 2 || The death of brave heroes is blessed, if it is approved by God.


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They alone are proclaimed as brave warriors in the world hereafter, who receive true honor in the Court of the Lord. They are honored in the Court of the Lord; they depart with honor, and they do not suffer pain in the world hereafter. They meditate on the One Lord, and obtain the fruits of their rewards. Serving the Lord, their fear is dispelled. Do not place yourself above others; dwell within your own mind. The Knower Himself knows everything. The death of brave heroes is blessed, if it is approved by God. || 3 || Nanak: for whom should we mourn, O Baba? This world is merely a drama. The Lord Master beholds His work, and contemplates His creative potency. He contemplates His creative potency, having established the Universe. He who created it, He alone knows. He Himself beholds it, and He Himself understands it. He Himself realizes the Hukam of His Command. The One who created these things - He alone knows. His subtle form is infinite. Nanak: for whom should we mourn, O Baba? This world is merely a drama. || 4 || 2 || WADAHANS, FIRST MEHL, DAKHANEE: The True Creator Lord is True - know this well; He is the True Sustainer. He Himself fashioned Himself; the True Lord is invisible and infinite. He brought together and then separated the two grinding stones of the earth and the sky; without the Guru, there is only pitch darkness. He created the sun and the moon; night and day, they move according to His Thought. || 1 || O True Lord and Master, You are True. O True Lord, please bless me with Your Love. || Pause || You created the Universe; You are the Giver of pleasure and pain. You created woman and man, the love of poison and emotional attachment to Maya. The four sources of creation and the power of the Word are also of Your making. You give Support to all beings. You have made the Creation as Your Throne; You are the True Judge. || 2 || You created comings and goings, but You are ever-stable, O Creator Lord. In birth and death, in coming and going, this soul is held in bondage by corruption. The evil person has forgotten the Naam; he has drowned - what can he do now? Forsaking merit, he has loaded the poisonous cargo of demerits; he is a trader of sins. || 3 || The beloved soul has received the Call, the Command of the True Creator Lord. The husband-soul has become separated from the body-bride. The Lord is the re-uniter of the separated ones. No one cares for your beauty, O beautiful bride; the Messenger of Death is bound only by the Commander's Command. He does not distinguish between young children and old people; he tears apart love and affection. || 4 || The nine doors are closed by the True Lord's Command, and the swan-soul takes flight into the skies. The body-bride is separated, and defrauded by falsehood; she is now a widow - the dead body lies in the courtyard. The widow cries out at the door, "The light of my mind has gone out, O my mother, with his death." So cry out, O soul-brides of the Husband Lord, and dwell on the Glorious Praises of the True Lord. || 5 || Her loved one is cleansed, bathed in water, and dressed in silken robes. The musicians play, and the Bani of the True Word is sung; the five relatives feel as if they too are dead, so deadened are their minds. "Separation from my beloved is like death to me!" cries the widow. "My life in this world is cursed and worthless!" But she alone is approved, who dies, while yet still alive; she lives for the sake of the Love of her Beloved. || 6 || So cry out in mourning - you who have come to mourn; this world is false and fraudulent.


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I too have been defrauded, chasing after worldly entanglements; my Husband Lord has forsaken me - I act like a wife without a spouse. In each and every home, are the brides of the Husband Lord; they gaze upon their handsome Lord with love and affection. I sing the Praises of my True Husband Lord; through the Naam, the Name of my Husband Lord, I blossom forth. || 7 || Meeting with the Guru, the soul-bride's dress is transformed, and she is adorned with Truth. Come and meet with me, O brides of the Lord; let's meditate in remembrance on the Creator Lord. Through the Naam, the soul-bride becomes the Lord's favorite; she is adorned with Truth. Don't sing the songs of separation, O Nanak - reflect upon God. || 8 || 3 || WADAHANS, FIRST MEHL: The One who creates and dissolves the world - that Lord and Master alone knows His creative power. Do not search for the True Lord far away; recognize the Word of His Shabad in each and every heart. Recognize the True Word of the Shabad, and do not think that the Lord is far away; He created this creation. Meditating on the Naam, the Name of the Lord, peace is obtained; without the Naam, it is a losing game. The One who established the Universe - He alone knows the Way; what can anyone say? The One who established the world cast the net over it; accept Him as your Lord and Master. || 1 || O Baba, they have come, and now they must get up and depart; this world is only a way-station. Upon each and every head, the True Lord writes their destiny of pain and pleasure, according to their past actions. He bestows pain and pleasure, according to the deeds done; the record of these actions stays with the soul. They do those deeds which the Creator Lord causes them to do; they attempt no other actions. The Lord Himself is detached, while the world is entangled in conflict; by His Command, He emancipates it. They may put this off today, but tomorrow they are seized by death; in love with duality, they practice corruption. || 2 || The path of death is dark and dismal; the way cannot be seen. There is no water, no quilt or mattress, and no food there. There is no food there, no honor or water, no clothes or decorations. The chain is put around one's neck, and the Messenger of Death standing over his head strikes him; he cannot see the door of his home. The seeds planted on this path do not sprout; bearing the load of sin on his head, he regrets and repents. Without the True Lord, no one is his friend; reflect upon this as true. || 3 || O Baba, they alone are known to weep and wail, who meet together and weep, chanting the Praises of the Lord. Defrauded by Maya and worldly affairs, the weepers weep. They weep for the sake of worldly affairs, and they do not wash off their own filth; the world is a dream. Like the juggler, deceiving by his tricks, one is deluded by egotism, falsehood and illusion. The Lord Himself reveals the Path; He Himself is the Doer of deeds. Those who are imbued with the Naam are protected by the Perfect Guru. O Nanak, they merge in celestial bliss. || 4 || 4 || WADAHANS, FIRST MEHL: O Baba, whoever has come, will rise up and leave; this world is a false show. One's true home is obtained by serving the True One; real Truth comes by being truthful. By falsehood and greed, no place of rest is found, and no place in the world hereafter is obtained. No one invites him to come in and sit down - he is like a crow in a deserted house. Caught in birth and death, separated from God for such a long time, the whole world is wasting away. Greed, worldly entanglements and Maya deceive the world.


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Death hovers over its head, and makes it cry. || 1 || Come, O Baba, and Siblings of Destiny - let's join together; take me in your arms, and bless me with your prayers. O Baba, union with the True One cannot be broken; bless me with your prayers for union with my Beloved. Bless me with your prayers, that I may worship God with devotion; for those already united with Him, what more is there to unite? Some have wandered away from the Name of God - they have lost the Path. The Word of the Guru's Shabad is the true game. Do not go on the path of Death; remain absorbed in the Shabad, the true form throughout the ages. Through good fortune, we meet such friends and relatives, who meet with the Guru, and escape the noose of Death. || 2 || O Baba, we come into the world naked, into pain and pleasure, according to the record of our account. The call of our pre-ordained destiny cannot be altered; it follows from our past actions. The True Lord sits and writes of ambrosial nectar and bitter poison; as the Lord attaches us, so are we attached. The charmer, Maya, has worked her charms, and the multi-colored thread is around everyone's neck. Through shallow intellect, the mind becomes shallow, and one eats the fly, along with the sweets. Contrary to custom, he comes into the Dark Age of Kali Yuga naked, and naked he is bound down and sent away again. || 3 || O Baba, weep and mourn if you must; the beloved soul is bound and driven off. The pre-ordained record of destiny cannot be erased; the summons has come from the Lord's Court. The messenger comes, when it pleases God, and the mourners begin to mourn. Sons, brothers, nephews and very dear friends weep and wail. Let him weep, who weeps in the Fear of God, cherishing the virtues of God - no one dies with the dead. O Nanak, throughout the ages, they are known as wise, who weep, remembering the True One. || 4 || 5 ||

 

WADAHANS, THIRD MEHL:

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

Praise God, the True Lord; He is all-powerful to do all things. The soul-bride shall never be a widow; she shall never suffer sorrow. She shall never suffer - night and day, she enjoys pleasures; that soul-bride merges in the Mansion of the Lord's Presence. She knows her Beloved, the Architect of karma, and she speaks words of ambrosial sweetness. The virtuous soul-brides dwell on the virtues of God; they keep their Husband Lord in their remembrance, and they never suffer separation from Him. So praise your True Husband Lord, who is all-powerful to do all things. || 1 || The True Lord and Master is realized through the Word of His Shabad; He blends all with Himself. That soul-bride is imbued with the Love of her Husband Lord, who banishes her self-conceit from within. Eradicating self-conceit from within, death shall not consume her again; as Gurmukh, she knows the One. The desires of the soul-bride are fulfilled; deep within, she is drenched in His Love. She meets the Great Giver, the Life of the World. Imbued with love for the Shabad, she is intoxicated with youth; she merges into the very being of her Husband Lord. The True Lord and Master is realized through the Word of His Shabad.


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He blends all with Himself. || 2 || Those who have realized their Husband Lord - I go and ask those Saints about Him. Renouncing ego, I serve them; thus I meet my True Husband Lord with intuitive ease. The True Husband Lord comes to meet the soul-bride who practices Truth; she is attuned to the True Word of the Shabad. She shall never become a widow; she shall always be a happy bride. Deep within her being, she dwells in the celestial bliss of Samaadhi. Her Husband Lord is permeating and pervading everywhere; beholding Him ever-present, she enjoys His Love with intuitive ease. Those who have realized their Husband Lord - I go and ask those Saints about Him. || 3 || The separated ones also meet with their Husband Lord, if they fall at the feet of the True Guru. The True Guru is forever merciful; through the Word of His Shabad, demerits are burnt away. Burning away her demerits through the Shabad, the soul-bride eradicates her love of duality; she is attuned to the True, True Lord. Through the True Shabad, everlasting peace is obtained, and egotism and doubt are dispelled. The Immaculate Husband Lord is forever the Giver of peace; O Nanak, through the Word of His Shabad, He is met. The separated ones also meet with their Husband Lord, if they fall at the feet of the True Guru. || 4 || 1 || WADAHANS, THIRD MEHL: Listen, O brides of the Lord: serve your Husband Lord, and contemplate the Word of His Shabad. The worthless bride does not know her Husband Lord - she is deluded; forgetting her Husband Lord, she weeps and wails. She weeps, thinking of her Husband Lord, and she constantly cherishes His virtues; her Husband Lord does not die, or go away. As Gurmukh, she knows Him; through the Word of His Shabad, He is realized. Through True Love, she merges with Him. She who does not know her Husband Lord, the Architect of karma, is deluded by falsehood - she herself is false. Listen, O brides of the Lord: serve your Husband Lord, and contemplate the Word of His Shabad. || 1 || He Himself created the whole world; the world comes and goes. The love of Maya has ruined the world; people die, to be re-born, over and over again. People die to be re-born, over and over again, while their sins steadily increase; without spiritual wisdom, they are deluded. Without the Shabad, the Husband Lord is not found; the worthless, false bride wastes her life away, weeping and wailing. He is my Beloved Husband Lord, the Life of the World - for whom should I weep? They alone weep, who forget their Husband Lord. He Himself created the whole world; the world comes and goes. || 2 || That Husband Lord is True, forever True; He does not die or go away. The ignorant soul-bride wanders in delusion; in the love of duality, she sits like a widow. She sits like a widow, in the love of duality; infatuated with Maya, she suffers in pain. She grows old, and her body withers away. Whatever has come, shall all pass away; through the love of duality, all suffer in pain. They do not see the Messenger of Death; they long for Maya, and their consciousness is attached to greed. That Husband Lord is True, forever True; He does not die or go away. || 3 || Some weep and wail, separated from their Husband Lord; the blind ones do not know that their Husband is with them. By Guru's Grace, they meet their True Husband, and cherish Him always deep within. She cherishes her Husband deep within herself - He is always with her, but the self-willed manmukhs think that He is far away. This body rolls in the dust, and is totally useless; it does not realize the Presence of its Lord and Master.


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O Nanak, that soul-bride is united in Union; she cherishes her Beloved Husband forever, deep within. Some weep and wail, separated from their Husband Lord; the blind ones do not know that their Husband is with them. || 4 || 2 || WADAHANS, THIRD MEHL: Those who are separated from their Beloved Husband Lord weep and wail, but my True Husband Lord is always with me. Those who know that they must depart serve the True Guru, and dwell upon the Naam, the Name of the Lord. They dwell constantly upon the Naam, and the True Guru is with them; they serve the True Guru, and so obtain peace. Through the Shabad, they kill death, and enshrine the True Lord within their hearts; they shall not have to come and go again. True is the Lord and Master, and True is His Name; His Gracious Glance brings rapture. Those who are separated from their Beloved Husband Lord weep and wail, but my True Husband Lord is always with me. || 1 || God, my Lord and Master, is the highest of all; how can I meet my Dear Beloved? When the True Guru united me, then I was naturally united with my Husband Lord, and now, I keep Him clasped to my heart. I constantly, lovingly cherish my Beloved within my heart; through the True Guru, I see my Husband Lord. The cloak of Maya's love is false; wearing it, one slips and loses his footing. That cloak is true, which is dyed in the color of the Love of my Beloved; wearing it, my thirst is quenched. God, my Lord and Master, is the highest of all; how can I meet my Dear Beloved? || 2 || I have realized my True Lord God, while the other unworthy ones have gone astray. I dwell constantly upon my Beloved Husband Lord, and contemplate the True Word of the Shabad. The bride contemplates the True Shabad, attuned to His Love; she meets with the True Guru, and finds her Beloved. Deep within, she is attuned to His Love, intoxicated with delight; her enemies and sufferings are all taken away. Surrender body and mind to your Guru, and then your mind will be happy; your thirst and pain shall be taken away. I have realized my True Lord God, while the other unworthy ones have gone astray. || 3 || The True Lord Himself created the world; without the Guru, there is only pitch darkness. He Himself unites, and causes us to unite with Him; He Himself blesses us with His Love. He Himself blesses us with His Love, and deals in celestial peace; the life of the Gurmukh is redeemed. Blessed is his coming into the world; he banishes self-conceit, and is acclaimed as true in the Court of the True Lord. The light of the jewel of spiritual wisdom shines within his heart, O Nanak, and he loves the Naam, the Name of the Lord. The True Lord Himself created the world; without the Guru, there is only pitch darkness. || 4 || 3 || WADAHANS, THIRD MEHL: This body is frail; old age is overtaking it. Those who are protected by the Guru are saved, while others die, to be reincarnated; they continue coming and going. Others die, to be reincarnated; they continue coming and going, and in the end, they depart with regret. Without the Name, there is no peace. According to one's actions here, so are the rewards received; the self-willed manmukhs lose their honor. In the City of Death, there is pitch darkness and huge clouds of dust; neither sister nor brother is there. This body is frail; old age is overtaking it. || 1 ||


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The body becomes golden, when one unites with the True Guru. Doubt and Maya have been removed from within me, and I am merged in the True Name. Merged in the True Name, I sing the Glorious Praises of the Lord; meeting my Beloved, I have found peace. I am in constant bliss, day and night; egotism has been dispelled from within me. I fall at the feet of those persons who enshrine the Naam within their consciousness. The body becomes golden, when one unites with the True Guru. || 2 || We truly praise the True Lord, when the True Guru imparts understanding. Without the True Guru, they are deluded by doubt; going to the world hereafter, what face will they show? What face will they show, when they go there? They will regret and repent for their sins - their actions will bring them only pain and suffering. Those who are imbued with the Naam are dyed in the deep crimson color of the Lord's Love; they merge into the Being of their Husband Lord. I cannot conceive of any other as great as the Lord; unto whom should I go and speak? We truly praise the True Lord, when the True Guru imparts understanding. || 3 || I fall at the feet of those who praise the Truest of the True. Those humble beings are true and immaculately pure; meeting them, all filth is washed off. Meeting them, all filth is washed off; bathing in the Pool of Truth, one becomes truthful, with intuitive ease. The True Guru has given me the realization of the Naam, the Name of the immaculate, unfathomable, imperceptible Lord. Those who worship the Lord with devotion night and day are attuned to His Love; O Nanak, they are absorbed in the True Lord. I fall at the feet of those who meditate on the Truest of the True. || 4 || 4 ||

 

VAAR OF WADAHANS, FOURTH MEHL: TO BE SUNG IN THE TUNE OF LALAA-BEHLEEMAA:

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

SHALOK, THIRD MEHL: The great swan-souls are imbued with the Word of the Shabad; they enshrine the True Name within their hearts. They gather Truth, remain always in Truth, and love the True Name. They are always pure and immaculate - filth does not touch them; they are blessed with the Grace of the Creator Lord. O Nanak, I am a sacrifice to those who meditate on the Lord night and day. || 1 || THIRD MEHL: I thought that he was a great swan, so I associated with him. If I had known that he was only a wretched heron from birth, I would not have touched him. || 2 || THIRD MEHL: Seeing the swans swimming, the herons wanted to do it too. But the poor herons drowned and died, and floated with their heads down and their feet up. || 3 || PAUREE: You Yourself are Yourself, all by Yourself; You Yourself created the creation. You Yourself are Yourself the Formless Lord; there is no other than You. You are the all-powerful Cause of causes; whatever You do, comes to pass. You give gifts to all beings, without their asking. Everyone proclaims, "Waaho! Waaho! Blessed, blessed is the True Guru, who has given the supreme gift of the Name of the Lord.


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|| 1 || SHALOK, THIRD MEHL: The entire creation is in fear; only the Dear Lord is fearless. Serving the True Guru, the Lord comes to dwell in the mind, and then, fear can never stay there. Enemies and pain cannot come close, and no one can touch you. The Gurmukh contemplates God in the mind; whatever pleases God comes to pass. O Nanak, He Himself preserves one's honor; He alone resolves our affairs. || 1 || THIRD MEHL: Some friends are leaving, some have already left, and those remaining will eventually leave. Those who do not serve the True Guru, come and go regretting. O Nanak, those who are attuned to Truth are not separated; serving the True Guru, they merge into the Lord. || 2 || PAUREE: Meet with that True Guru, the true friend, within whose mind the virtuous Lord abides. Meet with that Beloved True Guru, who has subdued egotism from within. Blessed, blessed is that Perfect True Guru, who has given the Lord's Teachings to reform the whole world. O Saints, meditate constantly on the Name of the Lord, and cross over the terrifying, poisonous world-ocean. The Perfect Guru has taught me about the Lord; I am forever a sacrifice to the Guru. || 2 || SHALOK, THIRD MEHL: Service to the True Guru is the essence of comfort and peace. Doing so, one obtains honor here, and the door of salvation in the Court of the Lord. So perform the tasks of Truth, wear Truth, and take the Support of the True Name. Associating with Truth, obtain Truth, and love the True Name. Through the True Word of the Shabad, you shall be happy forever, and acclaimed as True in the True Court. O Nanak, he alone serves the True Guru, whom the Creator has blessed with His Glance of Grace. || 1 || THIRD MEHL: Cursed is the life, and cursed is the dwelling, of those who serve another. They abandon the Ambrosial Nectar and turn to poison; they earn poison, and poison is their only wealth. Poison is their food, and poison is their dress; they fill their mouths with morsels of poison. In this world, they earn only pain and suffering, and dying, they go to dwell in hell. The self-willed manmukhs have filthy faces; they do not know the Word of the Shabad. In sexual desire and anger they waste away. They forsake the Fear of the True Guru, and because of their stubborn-mindedness, their efforts do not succeed. In the City of Death, they are bound and beaten, and no one hears their prayers. O Nanak, they act according to their pre-ordained destiny; the Gurmukhs abide in the Naam. || 2 || PAUREE: Serve the True Guru, O Holy people; He implants the Name of the Lord, Har, Har, within. Worship the True Guru day and night; He leads us the meditate on the Lord of the Universe, the Master of the Universe. Behold the True Guru, each and every moment; He shows us the spiritual path of the Lord. Let everyone fall at the feet of the True Guru; He has dispelled the darkness of emotional attachment. Let everyone hail and praise the True Guru, who has led us to find the treasure of the Lord's devotional worship. || 3 || SHALOK, THIRD MEHL: Meeting the True Guru, hunger departs; hunger does not depart by wearing the robes of a beggar.


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Afflicted with pain, he wanders from house to house, and in the world hereafter, he receives double punishment. Intuitive peace does not come to his inner being - he is not content to eat what comes his way. With his stubborn mind, he begs, and grabs, and annoys those who give. Instead of wearing these beggar's robes, it is better to be a householder, and give to others. Those who are attuned to the Word of the Shabad, acquire understanding; the others wander, deluded by doubt. They act according to their past actions; it is useless to talk to them. O Nanak, those who are pleasing to God are good; He upholds their honor. || 1 || THIRD MEHL: Serving the True Guru, one finds a lasting peace; the pains of birth and death are removed. He is not troubled by anxiety; the carefree Lord comes to dwell in the mind. Deep within, is the sacred shrine of spiritual wisdom, revealed by the True Guru. Filth is removed, and the mind becomes pure, bathing in the sacred shrine, the pool of Ambrosial Nectar. The friend meets with the True Friend, the Lord, through the love of the Shabad. Within the home of his heart, he finds the Divine Self, and his light blends with the Light. The Messenger of Death does not leave the hypocrite; he is led away in dishonor. O Nanak, those who are attuned to the Naam are saved; they are in love with the True Lord. || 2 || PAUREE: Go, and sit in the Sat Sangat, the True Congregation, where the Name of the Lord is churned. In peace and poise, contemplate the Lord's Name - don't lose the essence of the Lord. Chant the Name of the Lord, Har, Har, constantly, day and night, and you shall be accepted in the Court of the Lord. He alone finds the Perfect True Guru, on whose forehead such pre-ordained destiny is written. Let everyone bow in worship to the Guru, who speaks the sermon of the Lord. || 4 || SHALOK, THIRD MEHL: The friends who love the True Guru, meet with the Lord, the True Friend. Meeting their Beloved, they meditate on the True Lord with love and affection. Their minds are appeased by their own minds, through the incomparable Word of the Guru's Shabad. These friends are united, and will not be separated again; they have been united by the Creator Lord Himself. Some do not believe in the Blessed Vision of the Guru's Darshan; they do not contemplate the Word of the Shabad. The separated ones are in love with duality - what more separation can they suffer? Friendship with the self-willed manmukhs lasts for only a few short days. This friendship is broken in an instant; this friendship leads to corruption. They do not fear the True Lord within their hearts, and they do not love the Naam. O Nanak, why become friends with those whom the Creator Lord Himself has misled? || 1 || THIRD MEHL: Some remain constantly imbued with the Love of the One Lord; I am forever a sacrifice to them. I dedicate my body, mind and wealth to them; bowing low, I fall at their feet. Meeting them, the mind is satisfied, and one's hunger and thirst all depart. O Nanak, those who are attuned to the Naam are happy forever; they lovingly focus their awareness on the True Lord. || 2 || PAUREE: I am a sacrifice to the Guru, who recites the sermon of the Lord's Teachings.


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I am forever a sacrifice to that Guru, who has led me to serve the Lord. That Beloved True Guru is always with me; wherever I may be, He will save me. Most blessed is that Guru, who imparts understanding of the Lord. O Nanak, I am a sacrifice to the Guru, who has given me the Lord's Name, and fulfilled the desires of my mind. || 5 || SHALOK, THIRD MEHL: Consumed by desire, the world is burning and dying; burning and burning, it screams. But if it meets with the cooling and soothing True Guru, it does not burn any longer. O Nanak, without the Name, and without contemplating the Word of the Shabad, no one becomes fearless. || 1 || THIRD MEHL: Wearing ceremonial robes, the fire is not quenched, and the mind is filled with anxiety. Destroying the snake's hole, the snake is not killed; it is just like doing deeds without a Guru. Serving the Giver, the True Guru, the Word of the Shabad comes to abide in the mind. The mind and body are cooled and soothed; peace ensues, and the fire of desire is quenched. The greatest comforts and lasting peace are obtained, when one eradicates selfishness from within. He alone becomes a detached Gurmukh, who lovingly focuses his awareness on the True Lord. Anxiety does not affect him at all; he is satisfied and satiated with the Name of the Lord. O Nanak, without the Naam, no one is saved; they are utterly ruined by egotism. || 2 || PAUREE: Those who meditate on the Name of the Lord, Har, Har, obtain all peace and comforts. Fruitful is the entire life of those, who feel hunger for the Name of the Lord in their minds. Those who worship and adore the Lord through the Guru's Word, forget all their pain and suffering. Those Gursikhs are good Saints, who care for nothing other than the Lord. Blessed, blessed is their Guru, whose mouth tastes the Ambrosial Fruit of the Lord. || 6 || SHALOK, THIRD MEHL: In the Dark Age of Kali Yuga, the Messenger of Death is the enemy of life, but he acts according to the Lord's Command. Those who are protected by the Guru are saved, while the self-willed manmukhs receive their punishment. The world is in bondage, under the control of the Messenger of Death; no one can hold him back. So serve the One who created Death; become Gurmukh, and no pain will touch you. O Nanak, Death serves the Gurmukhs; the True Lord abides in their minds. || 1 || THIRD MEHL: This body is filled with disease; without the Word of the Shabad, the painful disease of egotism does not depart. Meeting the True Guru, one becomes immaculately pure, and the Lord's Name comes to dwell within the mind. O Nanak, meditating on the Naam, the Name of the Peace-Giving Lord, one's pains are automatically forgotten. || 2 || PAUREE: I am forever a sacrifice to the Guru, who has taught me about God, the Life of the World. I am every bit a sacrifice to the Guru, who has spoken the Name of the Lord. I am a sacrifice to the Guru, who has totally cured me of the fatal disease of egotism. Glorious and great are the virtues of the Guru, who has eradicated evil, and instructed me in virtue.


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The True Guru meets with those upon whose foreheads such blessed destiny is recorded. || 7 || SHALOK, THIRD MEHL: They alone worship the Lord, who remain dead while yet alive; the Gurmukhs always worship God. God blesses them with the treasure of devotional worship, which no one can take away. They obtain the treasure of virtue, the One True Lord, within their minds. O Nanak, the Gurmukhs remain united with God; they shall never be separated again. || 1 || THIRD MEHL: They do not serve the True Guru; how can they contemplate? They do not appreciate the value of the Shabad; the fools wander in corruption and poison. The blind and the ignorant perform all sorts of ritualistic actions; they are in love with duality. Those who take unjustified pride in themselves, are punished and humiliated by the Messenger of Death. O Nanak, who else is there to ask? God Himself is the Forgiver. || 2 || PAUREE: You, O Creator, know all things; all beings belong to You. Those who are pleasing to You, You unite with Yourself; what can the poor creatures do? You are the all-powerful Cause of causes, the True Creator Lord. Those whom You unite, O Beloved, are united with You; the Gurmukhs contemplate You. I am a sacrifice to my True Guru, who has led me to see my unseen Lord. || 8 || SHALOK, THIRD MEHL: He is the Assayer of jewels; He contemplates the jewel. The ignorant person is totally blind - he does not appreciate the value of the jewel. The Jewel is the Word of the Guru's Shabad; the Knower alone knows it. The fools take pride in themselves, and are ruined in birth and death. O Nanak, he alone obtains the jewel, who, as Gurmukh, enshrines love for it. Chant the Naam, the Name of the Lord, forever and ever - make the Name of the Lord your daily occupation. If God grants His Grace, then He is enshrined within my heart. || 1 || THIRD MEHL: They do not serve the True Guru, and they do not embrace love for the Lord's Name. Do not even think that they are alive - the Creator Lord Himself has killed them. Egotism is such a terrible disease; in the love of duality, they do their deeds. O Nanak, the self-willed manmukhs are in a living death; forgetting the Lord, they suffer in pain. || 2 || PAUREE: Let all bow in reverence, to that humble being whose heart is pure within. I am a sacrifice to that humble being whose mind is filled with the treasure of the Naam. He has a discriminating intellect; he meditates on the Name of the Lord. That True Guru is a friend to all; everyone is dear to Him. The Lord, the Supreme Soul, is pervading everywhere; reflect upon the wisdom of the Guru's Teachings. || 9 || SHALOK, THIRD MEHL: Without serving the True Guru, the soul is in the bondage of deeds done in ego. Without serving the True Guru, one finds no place of rest; he dies, and is reincarnated, and continues coming and going.

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