Sri Guru Granth Sahib Translation


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Beholding the Blessed Vision of His Darshan, Nanak has blossomed forth; the Lord has united him in Union. || 4 || 5 || 8 || SOOHEE, FIFTH MEHL: Eternal and immovable is the City of God and Guru; chanting His Name, I have found peace. I have obtained the fruits of my mind's desires; the Creator Himself established it. The Creator Himself established it. I have found total peace; my children, siblings and Sikhs have all blossomed forth in bliss. Singing the Glorious Praises of the Perfect Transcendent Lord, my affairs have come to be resolved. God Himself is my Lord and Master. He Himself is my Saving Grace; He Himself is my father and mother. Says Nanak, I am a sacrifice to the True Guru, who has embellished and adorned this place. || 1 || Homes, mansions, stores and markets are beautiful, when the Lord's Name abides within. The Saints and devotees worship the Lord's Name in adoration, and the noose of Death is cut away. The noose of Death is cut away, meditating on the Name of the Eternal, Unchanging Lord, Har, Har. Everything is perfect for them, and they obtain the fruits of their mind's desires. The Saints and friends enjoy peace and pleasure; their pain, suffering and doubts are dispelled. The Perfect True Guru has embellished them with the Word of the Shabad; Nanak is forever a sacrifice to them. || 2 || The gift of our Lord and Master is perfect; it increases day by day. The Supreme Lord God has made me His own; His Glorious Greatness is so great! From the very beginning, and throughout the ages, He is the Protector of His devotees; God has become merciful to me. All beings and creatures now dwell in peace; God Himself cherishes and cares for them. The Praises of the Lord and Master are totally pervading in the ten directions; I cannot express His worth. Says Nanak, I am a sacrifice to the True Guru, who has laid this eternal foundation. || 3 || The spiritual wisdom and meditation of the Perfect Transcendent Lord, and the Sermon of the Lord, Har, Har, are continually heard there. The devotees of the Lord, the Destroyer of fear, play endlessly there, and the unstruck melody resounds and vibrates there. The unstruck melody resounds and resonates, and the Saints contemplate the essence of reality; this discourse is their daily routine. They worship the Lord's Name, and all their filth is washed away; they rid themselves of all sinful residues. There is no birth or death there, no coming or going, and no entering into the womb of reincarnation again. Nanak has found the Guru, the Transcendent Lord; by His Grace, desires are fulfilled. || 4 || 6 || 9 || SOOHEE, FIFTH MEHL: The Lord Himself has stood up to resolve the affairs of the Saints; He has come to complete their tasks. The land is beautiful, and the pool is beautiful; within it is contained the Ambrosial Water. The Ambrosial Water is filling it, and my job is perfectly complete; all my desires are fulfilled. Congratulations are pouring in from all over the world; all my sorrows are eliminated. The Vedas and the Puraanas sing the Praises of the Perfect, Unchanging, Imperishable Primal Lord.The Transcendent Lord has kept His promise, and confirmed His nature; Nanak meditates on the Naam, the Name of the Lord. || 1 || The Creator has given me the nine treasures, wealth and spiritual powers, and I do not lack anything.

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Eating, spending and enjoying, I have found peace; the gifts of the Creator Lord continually increase. His gifts increase and shall never be exhausted; I have found the Inner-knower, the Searcher of hearts. Millions of obstacles have all been removed, and pain does not even approach me. Tranquility, peace, poise and bliss in abundance prevail, and all my hunger is satisfied. Nanak sings the Glorious Praises of his Lord and Master, whose Glorious Greatness is wonderful and amazing. || 2 || It was His job, and He has done it; what can the mere mortal being do? The devotees are adorned, singing the Glorious Praises of the Lord; they proclaim His eternal victory. Singing the Glorious Praises of the Lord of the Universe, bliss wells up, and we are friends with the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy. He who made the effort to construct this sacred pool - how can his praises be recounted? The merits of the sixty-eight sacred shrines of pilgrimage, charity, good deeds and immaculate lifestyle, are found in this sacred pool. It is the natural way of the Lord and Master to purify sinners; Nanak takes the Support of the Word of the Shabad. || 3 || The treasure of virtue is my God, the Creator Lord; what Praises of Yours should I sing, O Lord? The prayer of the Saints is, "O Lord and Master, please bless us with the supreme, sublime essence of Your Name." Please, grant us Your Name, grant us this blessing, and do not forget us, even for an instant. Chant the Glorious Praises of the World-Lord, O my tongue; sing them forever, night and day. One who enshrines love for the Naam, the Name of the Lord, his mind and body are drenched with Ambrosial Nectar. Prays Nanak, my desires have been fulfilled; gazing upon the Blessed Vision of the Lord, I live. || 4 || 7 || 10 ||



My Dear Lord and Master, my Friend, speaks so sweetly. I have grown weary of testing Him, but still, He never speaks harshly to me. He does not know any bitter words; the Perfect Lord God does not even consider my faults and demerits. It is the Lord's natural way to purify sinners; He does not overlook even an iota of service. He dwells in each and every heart, pervading everywhere; He is the nearest of the near. Slave Nanak seeks His Sanctuary forever; the Lord is my Ambrosial Friend. || 1 || I am wonder-struck, gazing upon the incomparable Blessed Vision of the Lord's Darshan. My Dear Lord and Master is so beautiful; I am the dust of His Lotus Feet. Gazing upon God, I live, and I am at peace; no one else is as great as He is. Meditating on His Lotus Feet, I have crossed over the sea, the terrifying world-ocean. Nanak seeks the Sanctuary of the Perfect Transcendent Lord; You have no end or limitation, Lord. || 2 || I shall not forsake, even for an instant, my Dear Beloved Lord, the Support of the breath of life. The Guru, the True Guru, has instructed me in the contemplation of the True, Inaccessible Lord. Meeting with the humble, Holy Saint, I obtained the Naam, the Name of the Lord, and the pains of birth and death left me.

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I have been blessed with peace, poise and abundant bliss, and the knot of egotism has been untied. He is inside all, and outside of all; He is untouched by love or hate. Slave Nanak has entered the Sanctuary of the Lord of the Universe; the Beloved Lord is the Support of the mind. || 3 || I searched and searched, and found the immovable, unchanging home of the Lord. I have seen that everything is transitory and perishable, and so I have linked my consciousness to the Lotus Feet of the Lord. God is eternal and unchanging, and I am just His hand-maiden; He does not die, or come and go in reincarnation. He is overflowing with Dharmic faith, wealth and success; He fulfills the desires of the mind. The Vedas and the Simritees sing the Praises of the Creator, while the Siddhas, seekers and silent sages meditate on Him. Nanak has entered the Sanctuary of his Lord and Master, the treasure of mercy; by great good fortune, he sings the Praises of the Lord, Har, Har. || 4 || 1 || 11 ||



SHALOK, THIRD MEHL: In her red robes, the discarded bride goes out, seeking enjoyment with another's husband. She leaves the husband of her own home, enticed by her love of duality. She finds it sweet, and eats it up; her excessive sensuality only makes her disease worse. She forsakes the Lord, her sublime Husband, and then later, she suffers the pain of separation from Him. But she who becomes Gurmukh, turns away from corruption and adorns herself, attuned to the Love of the Lord. She enjoys her celestial Husband Lord, and enshrines the Lord's Name within her heart. She is humble and obedient; she is His virtuous bride forever; the Creator unites her with Himself. O Nanak, she who has obtained the True Lord as her husband, is a happy soul-bride forever. || 1 || THIRD MEHL: O meek, red-robed bride, keep your Husband Lord always in your thoughts. O Nanak, your life shall be embellished, and your generations shall be saved along with you. || 2 || PAUREE: He Himself established His throne, in the Akaashic ethers and the nether worlds. By the Hukam of His Command, He created the earth, the true home of Dharma. He Himself created and destroys; He is the True Lord, merciful to the meek. You give sustenance to all; how wonderful and unique is the Hukam of Your Command! You Yourself are permeating and pervading; You Yourself are the Cherisher. || 1 || SHALOK, THIRD MEHL: The red-robed woman becomes a happy soul-bride, only when she accepts the True Name. Become pleasing to your True Guru, and you shall be totally beautified; otherwise, there is no place of rest. So decorate yourself with the decorations that will never stain, and love the Lord day and night. O Nanak, what is the character of the happy soul-bride? Within her, is Truth; her face is bright and radiant, and she is absorbed in her Lord and Master. || 1 || THIRD MEHL: O people: I am in red, dressed in a red robe. But my Husband Lord is not obtained by any robes; I have tried and tried, and given up wearing robes. O Nanak, they alone obtain their Husband Lord, who listen to the Guru's Teachings. Whatever pleases Him, happens. In this way, the Husband Lord is met. || 2 ||

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PAUREE: By His Command, He created the creation, the world with its many species of beings. I do not know how great Your Command is, O Unseen and Infinite True Lord. You join some with Yourself; they reflect on the Word of the Guru's Shabad. Those who are imbued with the True Lord are immaculate and pure; they conquer egotism and corruption. He alone is united with You, whom You unite with Yourself; he alone is true. || 2 || SHALOK, THIRD MEHL: O red-robed woman, the whole world is red, engrossed in evil-mindedness and the love of duality. In an instant, this falsehood totally vanishes; like the shade of a tree, it is gone. The Gurmukh is the deepest crimson of crimson, dyed in the permanent color of the Lord's Love. She turns away from Maya, and enters the celestial home of the Lord; the Ambrosial Name of the Lord dwells within her mind. O Nanak, I am a sacrifice to my Guru; meeting Him, I sing the Glorious Praises of the Lord. || 1 || THIRD MEHL: The red color is vain and useless; it cannot help you obtain your Husband Lord. This color does not take long to fade; she who loves duality, ends up a widow. She who loves to wear her red dress is foolish and double-minded. So make the True Word of the Shabad your red dress, and let the Fear of God, and the Love of God, be your ornaments and decorations. O Nanak, she is a happy soul-bride forever, who walks in harmony with the Will of the True Guru. || 2 || PAUREE: He Himself created Himself, and He Himself evaluates Himself. His limits cannot be known; through the Word of the Guru's Shabad, He is understood. In the darkness of attachment to Maya, the world wanders in duality. The self-willed manmukhs find no place of rest; they continue coming and going. Whatever pleases Him, that alone happens. All walk according to His Will. || 3 || SHALOK, THIRD MEHL: The red-robed bride is vicious; she forsakes God, and cultivates love for another man. She has neither modesty or self-discipline; the self-willed manmukh constantly tells lies, and is ruined by the bad karma of evil deeds. She who has such pre-ordained destiny, obtains the True Guru has her Husband. She discards all her red dresses, and wears the ornaments of mercy and forgiveness around her neck. In this world and the next, she receives great honor, and the whole world worships her. She who is enjoyed by her Creator Lord stands out, and does not blend in with the crowd. O Nanak, the Gurmukh is the happy soul-bride forever; she has the Imperishable Lord God as her Husband. || 1 || FIRST MEHL: The red color is like a dream in the night; it is like a necklace without a string. The Gurmukhs take on the permanent color, contemplating the Lord God. O Nanak, with the supreme sublime essence of the Lord's Love, all sins and evil deeds are turned to ashes. || 2 || PAUREE: He Himself created this world, and staged this wondrous play. Into the body of the five elements, He infused attachment, falsehood and self-conceit. The ignorant, self-willed manmukh comes and goes, wandering in reincarnation. He Himself teaches some to become Gurmukh, through the spiritual wisdom of the Lord. He blesses them with the treasure of devotional worship, and the wealth of the Lord's Name. || 4 || SHALOK, THIRD MEHL:

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O red-robed woman, discard your red dress, and then, you shall come to love your Husband Lord. By wearing her red dress, no one has found her Husband Lord; the self-willed manmukh is burnt to death. Meeting the True Guru, she discards her red dress, and eradicates egotism from within. Her mind and body are imbued with the deep red color of His Love, and her tongue is imbued, singing His Praises and excellences. She becomes His soul-bride forever, with the Word of the Shabad in her mind; she makes the Fear of God and the Love of God her ornaments and decorations. O Nanak, by His Merciful Grace, she obtains the Mansion of the Lord's Presence, and keeps Him enshrined in her heart. || 1 || THIRD MEHL: O bride, forsake your red dress, and decorate yourself with the crimson color of His Love. Your comings and goings shall be forgotten, contemplating the Word of the Guru's Shabad. The soul-bride is adorned and beautiful; the Celestial Lord, her Husband, abides in her home. O Nanak, the bride ravishes and enjoys Him; and He, the Ravisher, ravishes and enjoys her. || 2 || PAUREE: The foolish, self-willed manmukh is engrossed in false attachment to family. Practicing egotism and self-conceit, he dies and departs, taking nothing along with him. He does not understand that the Messenger of Death is hovering over his head; he is deluded by duality. This opportunity will not come into his hands again; the Messenger of Death will seize him. He acts according to his pre-ordained destiny. || 5 || SHALOK, THIRD MEHL: Do not call them 'satee', who burn themselves along with their husbands' corpses. O Nanak, they alone are known as 'satee', who die from the shock of separation. || 1 || THIRD MEHL: They are also known as 'satee', who abide in modesty and contentment. They serve their Lord, and rise in the early hours to contemplate Him. || 2 || THIRD MEHL: The widows burn themselves in the fire, along with their husbands' corpses. If they truly knew their husbands, then they suffer terrible bodily pain. O Nanak, if they did not truly know their husbands, why should they burn themselves in the fire? Whether their husbands are alive or dead, those wives remain far away from them. || 3 || PAUREE: You created pain along with pleasure; O Creator, such is the writ You have written. There is no other gift as great as the Name; it has no form or sign. The Naam, the Name of the Lord, is an inexhaustible treasure; it abides in the mind of the Gurmukh. In His Mercy, He blesses us with the Naam, and then, the writ of pain and pleasure is not written. Those humble servants who serve with love, meet the Lord, chanting the Chant of the Lord. || 6 || SHALOK, SECOND MEHL: They know that they will have to depart, so why do they make such ostentatious displays? Those who do not know that they will have to depart, continue to arrange their affairs. || 1 || SECOND MEHL: He accumulates wealth during the night of his life, but in the morning, he must depart. O Nanak, it shall not go along with him, and so he regrets. || 2 || SECOND MEHL: Paying a fine under pressure, does not bring either merit or goodness. That alone is a good deed, O Nanak, which is done by one's own free will. || 3 || SECOND MEHL: Stubborn-mindedness will not win the Lord to one's side, no matter how much it is tried. The Lord is won over to your side, by offering Him your true love, O servant Nanak, and contemplating the Word of the Shabad. || 4 || PAUREE: The Creator created the world; He alone understands it. He Himself created the Universe, and He Himself shall destroy it afterwards.

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All have grown weary of wandering throughout the four ages, but none know the Lord's worth. The True Guru has shown me the One Lord, and my mind and body are at peace. The Gurmukh praises the Lord forever; that alone happens, which the Creator Lord does. || 7 || SHALOK, SECOND MEHL: Those who have the Fear of God, have no other fears; those who do not have the Fear of God, are very afraid. O Nanak, this mystery is revealed at the Court of the Lord. || 1 || SECOND MEHL: That which flows, mingles with that which flows; that which blows, mingles with that which blows. The living mingle with the living, and the dead mingle with the dead. O Nanak, praise the One who created the creation. || 2 || PAUREE: Those who meditate on the True Lord are true; they contemplate the Word of the Guru's Shabad. They subdue their ego, purify their minds, and enshrine the Lord's Name within their hearts. The fools are attached to their homes, mansions and balconies. The self-willed manmukhs are caught in darkness; they do not know the One who created them. He alone understands, whom the True Lord causes to understand; what can the helpless creatures do? || 8 || SHALOK, THIRD MEHL: O bride, decorate yourself, after you surrender and accept your Husband Lord. Otherwise, your Husband Lord will not come to your bed, and your ornaments will be useless. O bride, your decorations will adorn you, only when your Husband Lord's Mind is pleased. Your ornaments will be acceptable and approved, only when your Husband Lord loves you. So make the Fear of God your ornaments, joy your betel nuts to chew, and love your food. Surrender your body and mind to your Husband Lord, and then, O Nanak, He will enjoy you. || 1 || THIRD MEHL: The wife takes flowers, and fragrance of betel, and decorates herself. But her Husband Lord does not come to her bed, and so these efforts are useless. || 2 || THIRD MEHL: They are not said to be husband and wife, who merely sit together. They alone are called husband and wife, who have one light in two bodies. || 3 || PAUREE: Without the Fear of God, there is no devotional worship, and no love for the Naam, the Name of the Lord. Meeting with the True Guru, the Fear of God wells up, and one is embellished with the Fear and the Love of God. When the body and mind are imbued with the Lord's Love, egotism and desire are conquered and subdued. The mind and body become immaculately pure and very beautiful, when one meets the Lord, the Destroyer of ego. Fear and love all belong to Him; He is the True Lord, permeating and pervading the Universe. || 9 || SHALOK, FIRST MEHL: Waaho! Waaho! You are wonderful and great, O Lord and Master; You created the creation, and made us. You made the waters, waves, oceans, pools, plants, clouds and mountains. You Yourself stand in the midst of what You Yourself created. The selfless service of the Gurmukhs is approved; in celestial peace, they live the essence of reality. They receive the wages of their labor, begging at the Door of their Lord and Master. O Nanak, the Court of the Lord is overflowing and carefree; O my True Carefree Lord, no one returns empty-handed from Your Court. || 1 || FIRST MEHL: The teeth are like brilliant, beautiful pearls, and the eyes are like sparkling jewels. Old age is their enemy, O Nanak; when they grow old, they waste away. ||

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2 || PAUREE: Praise the Lord, forever and ever; dedicate your body and mind to Him. Through the Word of the Guru's Shabad, I have found the True, Profound and Unfathomable Lord. The Lord, the jewel of jewels, is permeating my mind, body and heart. The pains of birth and death are gone, and I shall never again be consigned to the cycle of reincarnation. O Nanak, praise the Naam, the Name of the Lord, the ocean of excellence. || 10 || SHALOK, FIRST MEHL: O Nanak, burn this body; this burnt body has forgotten the Naam, the Name of the Lord. The dirt is piling up, and in the world hereafter, your hand shall not be able to reach down into this stagnant pond to clean it out. || 1 || FIRST MEHL: O Nanak, wicked are the uncountable actions of the mind. They bring terrible and painful retributions, but if the Lord forgives me, then I will be spared this punishment. || 2 || PAUREE: True is the Command He sends forth, and True are the Orders He issues. Forever unmoving and unchanging, permeating and pervading everywhere, He is the All-knowing Primal Lord. By Guru's Grace, serve Him, through the True Insignia of the Shabad. That which He makes is perfect; through the Guru's Teachings, enjoy His Love. He is inaccessible, unfathomable and unseen; as Gurmukh, know the Lord. || 11 || SHALOK, FIRST MEHL: O Nanak, the bags of coins are brought in and placed in the Court of our Lord and Master, and there, the genuine and the counterfeit are separated. || 1 || FIRST MEHL: They go and bathe at sacred shrines of pilgrimage, but their minds are still evil, and their bodies are thieves. Some of their filth is washed off by these baths, but they only accumulate twice as much. Like a gourd, they may be washed off on the outside, but on the inside, they are still filled with poison. The holy man is blessed, even without such bathing, while a thief is a thief, no matter how much he bathes. || 2 || PAUREE: He Himself issues His Commands, and links the people of the world to their tasks. He Himself joins some to Himself, and through the Guru, they find peace. The mind runs around in the ten directions; the Guru holds it still. Everyone longs for the Name, but it is only found through the Guru's Teachings. Your pre-ordained destiny, written by the Lord in the very beginning, cannot be erased. || 12 || SHALOK, FIRST MEHL: The two lamps light the fourteen markets. There are just as many traders as there are living beings. The shops are open, and trading is going on; whoever comes there, is bound to depart. The Righteous Judge of Dharma is the broker, who gives his sign of approval. O Nanak, those who earn the profit of the Naam are accepted and approved. And when they return home, they are greeted with cheers; they obtain the glorious greatness of the True Name. || 1 || FIRST MEHL: Even when the night is dark, whatever is white retains its white color. And even when the light of day is dazzlingly bright, whatever is black retains its black color. The blind fools have no wisdom at all; their understanding is blind. O Nanak, without the Lord's Grace, they will never receive honor. || 2 || PAUREE: The True Lord Himself created the body-fortress. Some are ruined through the love of duality, engrossed in egotism. This human body is so difficult to obtain; the self-willed manmukhs suffer in pain. He alone understands, whom the Lord Himself causes to understand; he is blessed by the True Guru.

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He created the entire world for His play; He is pervading amongst all. || 13 || SHALOK, FIRST MEHL: Thieves, adulterers, prostitutes and pimps, make friendships with the unrighteous, and eat with the unrighteous. They do not know the value of the Lord's Praises, and Satan is always with them. If a donkey is anointed with sandalwood paste, he still loves to roll in the dirt. O Nanak, by spinning falsehood, a fabric of falsehood is woven. False is the cloth and its measurement, and false is pride in such a garment. || 1 || FIRST MEHL: The callers to prayer, the flute-players, the horn-blowers, and also the singers - some are givers, and some are beggars; they become acceptable only through Your Name, Lord. O Nanak, I am a sacrifice to those who hear and accept the Name. || 2 || PAUREE: Attachment to Maya is totally false, and false are those who go that way. Through egotism, the world is caught in conflict and strife, and it dies. The Gurmukh is free of conflict and strife, and sees the One Lord, pervading everywhere. Recognizing that the Supreme Soul is everywhere, he crosses over the terrifying world-ocean. His light merges into the Light, and he is absorbed into the Lord's Name. || 14 || SHALOK: FIRST MEHL: O True Guru, bless me with Your charity; You are the All-powerful Giver. May I subdue and quiet my egotism, pride, sexual desire, anger and self-conceit. Burn away all my greed, and give me the Support of the Naam, the Name of the Lord. Day and night, keep me ever-fresh and new, spotless and pure; let me never be soiled by sin. O Nanak, in this way I am saved; by Your Grace, I have found peace. || 1 || FIRST MEHL: There is only the one Husband Lord, for all who stand at His Door. O Nanak, they ask for news of their Husband Lord, from those who are imbued with His Love. || 2 || FIRST MEHL: All are imbued with love for their Husband Lord; I am a discarded bride - what good am I? My body is filled with so many faults; my Lord and Master does not even turn His thoughts to me. || 3 || FIRST MEHL: I am a sacrifice to those who praise the Lord with their mouths. All the nights are for the happy soul-brides; I am a discarded bride - if only I could have even one night with Him! || 4 || PAUREE: I am a beggar at Your Door, begging for charity; O Lord, please grant me Your Mercy, and give to me. As Gurmukh, unite me, your humble servant, with You, that I may receive Your Name. Then, the unstruck melody of the Shabad will vibrate and resound, and my light will blend with the Light. Within my heart, I sing the Glorious Praises of the Lord, and celebrate the Word of the Lord's Shabad. The Lord Himself is pervading and permeating the world; so fall in love with Him! || 15 || SHALOK, FIRST MEHL: Those who do not obtain the sublime essence, the love and delight of their Husband Lord, are like guests in a deserted house; they leave just as they have come, empty-handed. || 1 || FIRST MEHL: He receives hundreds and thousands of reprimands, day and night; the swan-soul has renounced the Lord's Praises, and attached itself to a rotting carcass. Cursed is that life, in which one only eats to fill his belly. O Nanak, without the True Name, all one's friends turn to enemies. || 2 || PAUREE: The minstrel continually sings the Glorious Praises of the Lord, to embellish his life. The Gurmukh serves and praises the True Lord, enshrining Him within his heart.

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He obtains his own home and mansion, by loving the Naam, the Name of the Lord. As Gurmukh, I have obtained the Naam; I am a sacrifice to the Guru. You Yourself embellish and adorn us, O Creator Lord. || 16 || SHALOK, FIRST MEHL: When the lamp is lit, the darkness is dispelled; reading the Vedas, sinful intellect is destroyed. When the sun rises, the moon is not visible. Wherever spiritual wisdom appears, ignorance is dispelled. Reading the Vedas is the world's occupation; the Pandits read them, study them and contemplate them. Without understanding, all are ruined. O Nanak, the Gurmukh is carried across. || 1 || FIRST MEHL: Those who do not savor the Word of the Shabad, do not love the Naam, the Name of the Lord. They speak insipidly with their tongues, and are continually disgraced. O Nanak, they act according to the karma of their past actions, which no one can erase. || 2 || PAUREE: One who praises his God, receives honor. He drives out egotism from within himself, and enshrines the True Name within his mind. Through the True Word of the Guru's Bani, he chants the Glorious Praises of the Lord, and finds true peace. He is united with the Lord, after being separated for so long; the Guru, the Primal Being, unites him with the Lord. In this way, his filthy mind is cleansed and purified, and he meditates on the Name of the Lord. || 17 || SHALOK, FIRST MEHL: With the fresh leaves of the body, and the flowers of virtue, Nanak has weaved his garland. The Lord is pleased with such garlands, so why pick any other flowers? || 1 || SECOND MEHL: O Nanak, it is the spring season for those, within whose homes their Husband Lord abides. But those, whose Husband Lord is far away in distant lands, continue burning, day and night. || 2 || PAUREE: The Merciful Lord Himself forgives those who dwell upon the Word of the Guru, the True Guru. Night and day, I serve the True Lord, and chant His Glorious Praises; my mind merges into Him. My God is infinite; no one knows His limit. Grasping hold of the feet of the True Guru, meditate continually on the Lord's Name. Thus you shall obtain the fruits of your desires, and all wishes shall be fulfilled within your home. || 18 || SHALOK, FIRST MEHL: Spring brings forth the first blossoms, but the Lord blossoms earlier still. By His blossoming, everything blossoms; no one else causes Him to blossom forth. || 1 || SECOND MEHL: He blossoms forth even earlier than the spring; reflect upon Him. O Nanak, praise the One who gives Support to all. || 2 || SECOND MEHL: By uniting, the united one is not united; he unites, only if he is united. But if he unites deep within his soul, then he is said to be united. || 3 || PAUREE: Praise the Name of the Lord, Har, Har, and practice truthful deeds. Attached to other deeds, one is consigned to wander in reincarnation. Attuned to the Name, one obtains the Name, and through the Name, sings the Lord's Praises. Praising the Word of the Guru's Shabad, he merges in the Lord's Name. Service to the True Guru is fruitful and rewarding; serving Him, the fruits are obtained. || 19 || SHALOK, SECOND MEHL: Some people have others, but I am forlorn and dishonored; I have only You, Lord.

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I might as well just die crying, if You will not come into my mind. || 1 || SECOND MEHL: When there is peace and pleasure, that is the time to remember your Husband Lord. In times of suffering and pain, remember Him then as well. Says Nanak, O wise bride, this is the way to meet your Husband Lord. || 2 || PAUREE: I am a worm - how can I praise You, O Lord; Your glorious greatness is so great! You are inaccessible, merciful and unapproachable; You Yourself unite us with Yourself. I have no other friend except You; in the end, You alone will be my Companion and Support. You save those who enter Your Sanctuary.. O Nanak, He is care-free; He has no greed at all. || 20 ||



Since your birth, what have you done? You have never even chanted the Name of the Lord. || 1 || You have not meditated on the Lord; what thoughts are you attached to? What preparations are you making for your death, O unfortunate one? || 1 || Pause || Through pain and pleasure, you have taken care of your family. But at the time of death, you shall have to endure the agony all alone. || 2 || When you are seized by the neck, then you shall cry out. Says Kabeer, why didn't you remember the Lord before this? || 3 || 1 || SOOHEE, KABEER JEE: My innocent soul trembles and shakes. I do not know how my Husband Lord will deal with me. || 1 || The night of my youth has passed away; will the day of old age also pass away? My dark hairs, like bumble bees, have gone away, and grey hairs, like cranes, have settled upon my head. || 1 || Pause || Water does not remain in the unbaked clay pot; when the soul-swan departs, the body withers away. || 2 || I decorate myself like a young virgin; but how can I enjoy pleasures, without my Husband Lord? || 3 || My arm is tired, driving away the crows. Says Kabeer, this is the way the story of my life ends. || 4 || 2 || SOOHEE, KABEER JEE: Your time of service is at its end, and you will have to give your account. The hard-hearted Messenger of Death has come to take you away. What have you earned, and what have you lost? Come immediately! You are summoned to His Court! || 1 || Get going! Come just as you are! You have been summoned to His Court. The Order has come from the Court of the Lord. || 1 || Pause || I pray to the Messenger of Death: please, I still have some outstanding debts to collect in the village. I will collect them tonight; I will also pay you something for your expenses, and I will recite my morning prayers on the way. || 2 || Blessed, blessed is the most fortunate servant of the Lord, who is imbued with the Lord's Love, in the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy. Here and there, the humble servants of the Lord are always happy. They win the priceless treasure of this human life. || 3 || When he is awake, he is sleeping, and so he loses this life. The property and wealth he has accumulated passes on to someone else. Says Kabeer, those people are deluded, who forget their Lord and Master, and roll in the dust.

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|| 4 || 3 || SO0HEE, KABEER JEE, LALLIT: My eyes are exhausted, and my ears are tired of hearing; my beautiful body is exhausted. Driven forward by old age, all my senses are exhausted; only my attachment to Maya is not exhausted. || 1 || O mad man, you have not obtained spiritual wisdom and meditation. You have wasted this human life, and lost. || 1 || Pause || O mortal, serve the Lord, as long as the breath of life remains in the body. And even when your body dies, your love for the Lord shall not die; you shall dwell at the Feet of the Lord. || 2 || When the Word of the Shabad abides deep within, thirst and desire are quenched. When one understands the Hukam of the Lord's Command, he plays the game of chess with the Lord; throwing the dice, he conquers his own mind. || 3 || Those humble beings, who know the Imperishable Lord and meditate on Him, are not destroyed at all. Says Kabeer, those humble beings who know how to throw these dice, never lose the game of life. || 4 || 4 || SOOHEE, LALIT, KABEER JEE: In the one fortress of the body, there are five rulers, and all five demand payment of taxes. I have not farmed anyone's land, so such payment is difficult for me to pay. || 1 || O people of the Lord, the tax-collector is constantly torturing me! Raising my arms up, I complained to my Guru, and He has saved me. || 1 || Pause || The nine tax-assessors and the ten magistrates go out; they do not allow their subjects to live in peace. They do not measure with a full tape, and they take huge amounts in bribes. || 2 || The One Lord is contained in the seventy-two chambers of the body, and He has written off my account. The records of the Righteous Judge of Dharma have been searched, and I owe absolutely nothing. || 3 || Let no one slander the Saints, because the Saints and the Lord are as one. Says Kabeer, I have found that Guru, whose Name is Clear Understanding. || 4 || 5 ||



The happy soul-bride knows the worth of her Husband Lord. Renouncing pride, she enjoys peace and pleasure. She surrenders her body and mind to Him, and does not remain separate from Him. She does not see or hear, or speak to another. || 1 || How can anyone know the pain of another, if there is no compassion and sympathy within? || 1 || Pause || The discarded bride is miserable, and loses both worlds; she does not worship her Husband Lord. The bridge over the fire of hell is difficult and treacherous. No one will accompany you there; you will have to go all alone. || 2 || Suffering in pain, I have come to Your Door, O Compassionate Lord. I am so thirsty for You, but You do not answer me. Says Ravi Daas, I seek Your Sanctuary, God; as You know me, so will You save me. || 3 || 1 || SOOHEE: That day which comes, that day shall go. You must march on; nothing remains stable. Our companions are leaving, and we must leave as well. We must go far away.

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Death is hovering over our heads. || 1 || Why are you asleep? Wake up, you ignorant fool! You believe that your life in the world is true. || 1 || Pause || The One who gave you life shall also provide you with nourishment. In each and every heart, He runs His shop. Meditate on the Lord, and renounce your egotism and self-conceit. Within your heart, contemplate the Naam, the Name of the Lord, sometime. || 2 || Your life has passed away, but you have not arranged your path. Evening has set in, and soon there will be darkness on all sides. Says Ravi Daas, O ignorant mad-man, don't you realize, that this world is the house of death?! || 3 || 2 || SOOHEE: You may have lofty mansions, halls and kitchens. But you cannot stay in them, even for an instant, after death. || 1 || This body is like a house of straw. When it is burnt, it mixes with dust. || 1 || Pause || Even relatives, family and friends begin to say, "Take his body out, immediately!" || 2 || And the wife of his house, who was so attached to his body and heart, runs away, crying out, "Ghost! Ghost!" || 3 || Says Ravi Daas, the whole world has been plundered, but I have escaped, chanting the Name of the One Lord. || 4 || 3 ||



Burning and burning, writhing in pain, I wring my hands. I have gone insane, seeking my Husband Lord. O my Husband Lord, You are angry with me in Your Mind. The fault is with me, and not with my Husband Lord. || 1 || O my Lord and Master, I do not know Your excellence and worth. Having wasted my youth, now I come to regret and repent. || 1 || Pause || O black bird, what qualities have made you black? "I have been burnt by separation from my Beloved." Without her Husband Lord, how can the soul-bride ever find peace? When He becomes merciful, then God unites us with Himself. || 2 || The lonely soul-bride suffers in the pit of the world. She has no companions, and no friends. In His Mercy, God has united me with the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy. And when I look again, then I find God as my Helper. || 3 || The path upon which I must walk is very depressing. It is sharper than a two-edged sword, and very narrow. That is where my path lies. O Shaykh Fareed, think of that path early on. || 4 || 1 || SOOHEE, LALIT: You were not able to make yourself a raft when you should have. When the ocean is churning and over-flowing, then it is very difficult to cross over it. || 1 || Do not touch the safflower with your hands; its color will fade away, my dear. || 1 || Pause || First, the bride herself is weak, and then, her Husband Lord's Order is hard to bear. Milk does not return to the breast; it will not be collected again. || 2 || Says Fareed, O my companions, when our Husband Lord calls, the soul departs, sad at heart, and this body returns to dust. || 3 || 2 ||

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