Sri Guru Granth Sahib Translation


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Some read the Sanskrit scriptures, and some read the Puraanas. Some meditate on the Naam, the Name of the Lord, and chant it on their malas, focusing on it in meditation. I know nothing, now or ever; I recognize only Your One Name, Lord. || 1 || I do not know, Lord, what my condition shall be. I am foolish and ignorant; I seek Your Sanctuary, God. Please, save my honor and my self-respect. || 1 || Pause || Sometimes, the soul soars high in the heavens, and sometimes it falls to the depths of the nether regions. The greedy soul does not remain stable; it searches in the four directions. || 2 || With death pre-ordained, the soul comes into the world, gathering the riches of life. I see that some have already gone, O my Lord and Master; the burning fire is coming closer! || 3 || No one has any friend, and no one has any brother; no one has any father or mother. Prays Nanak, if You bless me with Your Name, it shall be my help and support in the end. || 4 || 1 || RAAMKALEE, FIRST MEHL: Your Light is prevailing everywhere. Wherever I look, there I see the Lord. || 1 || Please rid me of the desire to live, O my Lord and Master. My mind is entangled in the deep dark pit of Maya. How can I cross over, O Lord and Master? || 1 || Pause || He dwells deep within, inside the heart; how can He not be outside as well? Our Lord and Master always takes care of us, and keeps us in His thoughts. || 2 || He Himself is near at hand, and He is far away. He Himself is all-pervading, permeating everywhere. Meeting the True Guru, the darkness is dispelled.

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Wherever I look, there I see Him pervading. || 3 || There is doubt within me, and Maya is outside; it hits me in the eyes like an arrow. Prays Nanak, the slave of the Lord's slaves: such a mortal suffers terribly. || 4 || 2 || RAAMKALEE, FIRST MEHL: Where is that door, where You live, O Lord? What is that door called? Among all doors, who can find that door? For the sake of that door, I wander around sadly, detached from the world; if only someone would come and tell me about that door. || 1 || How can I cross over the world-ocean? While I am living, I cannot be dead. || 1 || Pause || Pain is the door, and anger is the guard; hope and anxiety are the two shutters. Maya is the water in the moat; in the middle of this moat, he has built his home. The Primal Lord sits in the Seat of Truth. || 2 || You have so many Names, Lord, I do not know their limit. There is no other equal to You. Do not speak out loud - remain in your mind. The Lord Himself knows, and He Himself acts. || 3 || As long as there is hope, there is anxiety; so how can anyone speak of the One Lord? In the midst of hope, remain untouched by hope; then, O Nanak, you shall meet the One Lord. || 4 || In this way, you shall cross over the world-ocean. This is the way to remain dead while yet alive. || 1 || Second Pause || 3 || RAAMKALEE, FIRST MEHL: Awareness of the Shabad and the Teachings is my horn; the people hear the sound of its vibrations. Honor is my begging-bowl, and the Naam, the Name of the Lord, is the charity I receive. || 1 || O Baba, Gorakh is the Lord of the Universe; He is always awake and aware. He alone is Gorakh, who sustains the earth; He created it in an instant. || 1 || Pause || Binding together water and air, He infused the breath of life into the body, and made the lamps of the sun and the moon. To die and to live, He gave us the earth, but we have forgotten these blessings. || 2 || There are so many Siddhas, seekers, Yogis, wandering pilgrims, spiritual teachers and good people. If I meet them, I chant the Lord's Praises, and then, my mind serves Him. || 3 || Paper and salt, protected by ghee, remain untouched by water, as the lotus remains unaffected in water. Those who meet with such devotees, O servant Nanak - what can death do to them? || 4 || 4 || RAAMKALEE, FIRST MEHL: Listen, Machhindra, to what Nanak says. One who subdues the five passions does not waver. One who practices Yoga in such a way, saves himself, and saves all his generations. || 1 || He alone is a hermit, who attains such understanding. Day and night, he remains absorbed in deepest Samaadhi. || 1 || Pause || He begs for loving devotion to the Lord, and lives in the Fear of God. He is satisfied, with the priceless gift of contentment. Becoming the embodiment of meditation, he attains the true Yogic posture. He focuses his consciousness in the deep trance of the True Name. || 2 || Nanak chants the Ambrosial Bani. Listen, O Machhindra: this is the insignia of the true hermit. One who, in the midst of hope, remains untouched by hope, shall truly find the Creator Lord. || 3 || Prays Nanak, I share the mysterious secrets of God. The Guru and His disciple are joined together!

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One who eats this food, this medicine of the Teachings, has the wisdom of the six Shaastras. || 4 || 5 || RAAMKALEE, FIRST MEHL: My boat is wobbly and unsteady; it is filled with sins. The wind is rising - what if it tips over? As sunmukh, I have turned to the Guru; O my Perfect Master; please be sure to bless me with Your glorious greatness. || 1 || O Guru, my Saving Grace, please carry me across the world-ocean. Bless me with devotion to the perfect, imperishable Lord God; I am a sacrifice to You. || 1 || Pause || He alone is a Siddha, a seeker, a Yogi, a wandering pilgrim, who meditates on the One Perfect Lord. Touching the feet of the Lord Master, they are emancipated; they come to receive the Word of the Teachings. || 2 || I know nothing of charity, meditation, self-discipline or religious rituals; I only chant Your Name, God. Nanak has met the Guru, the Transcendent Lord God; through the True Word of His Shabad, he is set free. || 3 || 6 || RAAMKALEE, FIRST MEHL: Focus your consciousness in deep absorption on the Lord. Make your body a raft, to cross over. Deep within is the fire of desire; keep it in check. Day and night, that lamp shall burn unceasingly. || 1 || Float such a lamp upon the water; this lamp will bring total understanding. || 1 || Pause || This understanding is good clay; a lamp made of such clay is acceptable to the Lord. So shape this lamp on the wheel of good actions. In this world and in the next, this lamp shall be with you. || 2 || When He Himself grants His Grace, then, as Gurmukh, one may understand Him. Within the heart, this lamp is permanently lit. It is not extinguished by water or wind. Such a lamp will carry you across the water. || 3 || Wind does not shake it, or put it out. Its light reveals the Divine Throne. The Kh'shaatriyas, Brahmins, Soodras and Vaishyas cannot find its value, even by thousands of calculations. If any of them lights such a lamp, O Nanak, he is emancipated. || 4 || 7 || RAAMKALEE, FIRST MEHL: To place one's faith in Your Name, Lord, is true worship. With an offering of Truth, one obtains a place to sit. If a prayer is offered with truth and contentment, the Lord will hear it, and call him in to sit by Him. || 1 || O Nanak, no one returns empty-handed; such is the Court of the True Lord. || 1 || Pause || The treasure I seek is the gift of Your Grace. Please bless this humble beggar - this is what I seek. Please, pour Your Love into the cup of my heart. This is Your pre-determined value. || 2 || The One who created everything, does everything. He Himself appraises His own value. The Sovereign Lord King becomes manifest to the Gurmukh. He does not come, and He does not go. || 3 || People curse at the beggar; by begging, he does not receive honor. O Lord, You inspire me to speak Your Words, and tell the Story of Your Court. || 4 || 8 || RAAMKALEE, FIRST MEHL: The drop is in the ocean, and the ocean is in the drop. Who understands, and knows this? He Himself creates the wondrous play of the world. He Himself contemplates it, and understands its true essence.

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|| 1 || How rare are those who contemplate this spiritual wisdom. Through this, the supreme state of liberation is attained. || 1 || Pause || The night is in the day, and the day is in the night. The same is true of hot and cold. No one else knows His state and extent; without the Guru, this is not understood. || 2 || The female is in the male, and the male is in the female. Understand this, O God-realized being! The meditation is in the music, and knowledge is in meditation. Become Gurmukh, and speak the Unspoken Speech. || 3 || The Light is in the mind, and the mind is in the Light. The Guru brings the five senses together, like brothers. Nanak is forever a sacrifice to those who enshrine love for the One Word of the Shabad. || 4 || 9 || RAAMKALEE, FIRST MEHL: When the Lord God showered His Mercy, egotism was eradicated from within me. That humble servant who contemplates the Word of the Guru's Shabad, is very dear to the Lord. || 1 || That humble servant of the Lord is pleasing to his Lord God; day and night, he performs devotional worship, day and night. Disregarding his own honor, he sings the Glorious Praises of the Lord. || 1 || Pause || The unstruck melody of the sound current resonates and resounds; my mind is appeased by the subtle essence of the Lord. Through the Perfect Guru, I am absorbed in Truth. Through the Guru, I have found the Lord, the Primal Being. || 2 || Gurbani is the sound current of the Naad, the Vedas, everything. My mind is attuned to the Lord of the Universe. He is my sacred shrine of pilgrimage, fasting and austere self-discipline. The Lord saves, and carries across, those who meet with the Guru. || 3 || One whose self-conceit is gone, sees his fears run away. That servant grasps the Guru's feet. The Guru, the True Guru, has expelled my doubts. Says Nanak, I have merged into the Word of the Shabad. || 4 || 10 || RAAMKALEE, FIRST MEHL: He runs around, begging for clothes and food. He burns with hunger and corruption, and will suffer in the world hereafter. He does not follow the Guru's Teachings; through his evil-mindedness, he loses his honor. Only through the Guru's Teachings will such a person become devoted. || 1 || The way of the Yogi is to dwell in the celestial home of bliss. He looks impartially, equally upon all. He receives the charity of the Lord's Love, and the Word of the Shabad, and so he is satisfied. || 1 || Pause || The five bulls, the senses, pull the wagon of the body around. By the Lord's power, one's honor is preserved. But when the axle breaks, the wagon falls and crashes. It falls apart, like a pile of logs. || 2 || Contemplate the Word of the Guru's Shabad, Yogi. Look upon pain and pleasure as one and the same, sorrow and separation. Let your food be contemplative meditation upon the Naam, the Name of the Lord, and the Word of the Guru's Shabad. Your wall shall be permanent, by meditating on the Formless Lord. || 3 || Wear the loin-cloth of poise, and be free of entanglements. The Guru's Word shall release you from sexual desire and anger. In your mind, let your ear-rings be the Sanctuary of the Guru, the Lord. O Nanak, worshipping the Lord in deep devotion, the humble are carried across. || 4 || 11 ||

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In the Golden Age of Sat Yuga, everyone spoke the Truth. In each and every home, devotional worship was performed by the people, according to the Guru's Teachings. In that Golden Age, Dharma had four feet. How rare are those people who, as Gurmukh, contemplate this and understand. || 1 || In all four ages, the Naam, the Name of the Lord, is glory and greatness. One who holds tight to the Naam is liberated; without the Guru, no one obtains the Naam. || 1 || Pause || In the Silver Age of Traytaa Yuga, one leg was removed. Hypocrisy became prevalent, and people thought that the Lord was far away. The Gurmukhs still understood and realized; the Naam abided deep within them, and they were at peace. || 2 || In the Brass Age of Dwaapur Yuga, duality and double-mindedness arose. Deluded by doubt, they knew duality. In this Brass Age, Dharma was left with only two feet. Those who became Gurmukh implanted the Naam deep within. || 3 || In the Iron Age of Kali Yuga, Dharma was left with only one power. It walks on just one foot; love and emotional attachment to Maya have increased. Love and emotional attachment to Maya bring total darkness. If someone meets the True Guru, he is saved, through the Naam, the Name of the Lord. || 4 || Throughout the ages, there is only the One True Lord. Among all, is the True Lord; there is no other at all. Praising the True Lord, true peace is attained. How rare are those, who as Gurmukh, chant the Naam. || 5 || Throughout all the ages, the Naam is the ultimate, the most sublime. How rare are those, who as Gurmukh, understand this. One who meditates on the Lord's Name is a humble devotee. O Nanak, in each and every age, the Naam is glory and greatness. || 6 || 1 ||



If someone is very fortunate, and is blessed with great high destiny, then he meditates on the Name of the Lord, Har, Har. Chanting the Naam, the Name of the Lord, he finds peace, and merges in the Naam. || 1 || O mortal, as Gurmukh, worship the Lord in devotion forever. Your heart shall be illumined; through the Guru's Teachings, lovingly attune yourself to the Lord. You shall merge in the Name of the Lord, Har, Har. || 1 || Pause || The Great Giver is filled with diamonds, emeralds, rubies and pearls; one who has good fortune and great destiny inscribed upon his forehead, digs them out, by following the Guru's Teachings. || 2 || The Lord's Name is the jewel, the emerald, the ruby; digging it out, the Guru has placed it in your palm. The unfortunate, self-willed manmukh does not obtain it; this priceless jewel remains hidden behind a curtain of straw. || 3 || If such pre-ordained destiny is written upon one's forehead, then the True Guru enjoins him to serve Him. O Nanak, then he obtains the jewel, the gem; blessed, blessed is that one who follows the Guru's Teachings, and finds the Lord. || 4 || 1 || RAAMKALEE, FOURTH MEHL: Meeting with the humble servants of the Lord, I am in ecstasy; they preach the sublime sermon of the Lord.

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The filth of evil-mindedness is totally washed away; joining the Sat Sangat, the True Congregation, one is blessed with understanding. || 1 || O humble servant of the Lord, follow the Guru's Teachings, and chant the Name of the Lord. Whoever hears and speaks it is liberated; chanting the Lord's Name, one is embellished with beauty. || 1 || Pause || If someone has supremely high destiny written on his forehead, the Lord leads him to meet the humble servants of the Lord. Be merciful, and grant me the Blessed Vision of the Saints' Darshan, which shall rid me of all poverty and pain. || 2 || The Lord's people are good and sublime; the unfortunate ones do not like them at all. The more the Lord's exalted servants speak of Him, the more the slanderers attack and sting them. || 3 || Cursed, cursed are the slanderers who do not like the humble, the friends and companions of the Lord. Those who do not like the honor and glory of the Guru are faithless, black-faced thieves, who have turned their backs on the Lord. || 4 || Have mercy, have mercy, please save me, Dear Lord. I am meek and humble - I seek Your protection. I am Your child, and You are my father, God. Please forgive servant Nanak and merge him with Yourself. || 5 || 2 || RAAMKALEE, FOURTH MEHL: The friends of the Lord, the humble, Holy Saints are sublime; the Lord spreads out His protecting hands above them. The Gurmukhs are the Holy Saints, pleasing to God; in His mercy, He blends them with Himself. || 1 || O Lord, my mind longs to meet with the humble servants of the Lord. The sweet, subtle essence of the Lord is immortalizing ambrosia. Meeting the Saints, I drink it in. || 1 || Pause || The Lord's people are the most lofty and exalted. Meeting with them, the most exalted status is obtained. I am the slave of the slave of the Lord's slaves; my Lord and Master is pleased with me. || 2 || The humble servant serves; one who enshrines love for the Lord in his heart, mind and body is very fortunate. One who talks too much without love, speaks falsely, and obtains only false rewards. || 3 || Take pity on me, O Lord of the World, O Great Giver; let me fall at the feet of the Saints. I would cut off my head, and cut it into pieces, O Nanak, and set it down for the Saints to walk upon. || 4 || 3 || RAAMKALEE, FOURTH MEHL: If I am blessed with supreme high destiny, I will meet the humble servants of the Lord, without delay. The Lord's humble servants are pools of ambrosial nectar; by great good fortune, one bathes in them. || 1 || O Lord, let me work for the humble servants of the Lord. I carry water, wave the fan and grind the corn for them; I massage and wash their feet. I apply the dust of their feet to my forehead. || 1 || Pause || The Lord's humble servants are great, very great, the greatest and most exalted; they lead us to meet the True Guru. No one else is as great as the True Guru; meeting the True Guru, I meditate on the Lord, the Primal Being. || 2 || Those who seek the Sanctuary of the True Guru find the Lord. My Lord and Master saves their honor. Some come for their own purposes, and sit before the Guru; they pretend to be in Samaadhi, like storks with their eyes closed. || 3 || Associating with the wretched and the lowly, like the stork and the crow, is like feeding on a carcass of poison. Nanak: O God, unite me with the Sangat, the Congregation. United with the Sangat, I will become a swan.

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|| 4 || 4 || RAAMKALEE, FOURTH MEHL: O True Guru, please be kind, and unite me with the Lord. My Sovereign Lord is the Beloved of my breath of life. I am a slave; I fall at the Guru's feet. He has shown me the Path, the Way to my Lord God. || 1 || The Name of my Lord, Har, Har, is pleasing to my mind. I have no friend except the Lord; the Lord is my father, my mother, my companion. || 1 || Pause || My breath of life will not survive for an instant, without my Beloved; unless I see Him, I will die, O my mother! Blessed, blessed is my great, high destiny, that I have come to the Guru's Sanctuary. Meeting with the Guru, I have obtained the Blessed Vision of the Lord's Darshan. || 2 || I do not know or understand any other within my mind; I meditate and chant the Lord's Chant. Those who lack the Naam, wander in shame; their noses are chopped off, bit by bit. || 3 || O Life of the World, rejuvenate me! O my Lord and Master, enshrine Your Name deep within my heart. O Nanak, perfect is the Guru, the Guru. Meeting the True Guru, I meditate on the Naam. || 4 || 5 || RAAMKALEE, FOURTH MEHL: The True Guru, the Great Giver, is the Great, Primal Being; meeting Him, the Lord is enshrined within the heart. The Perfect Guru has granted me the life of the soul; I meditate in remembrance on the Ambrosial Name of the Lord. || 1 || O Lord, the Guru has implanted the Name of the Lord, Har, Har, within my heart. As Gurmukh, I have heard His sermon, which pleases my mind; blessed, blessed is my great destiny. || 1 || Pause || Millions, thirty-three millions of gods meditate on Him, but they cannot find His end or limitation. With sexual urges in their hearts, they beg for beautiful women; stretching out their hands, they beg for riches. || 2 || One who chants the Praises of the Lord is the greatest of the great; the Gurmukh keeps the Lord clasped to his heart. If one is blessed with high destiny, he meditates on the Lord, who carries him across the terrifying world-ocean. || 3 || The Lord is close to His humble servant, and His humble servant is close to the Lord; He keeps His humble servant clasped to His Heart. O Nanak, the Lord God is our father and mother. I am His child; the Lord cherishes me. || 4 || 6 || 18 ||



Have mercy on me, O Generous Giver, Lord of the meek; please do not consider my merits and demerits. How can dust be washed? O my Lord and Master, such is the state of mankind. || 1 || O my mind, serve the True Guru, and be at peace. Whatever you desire, you shall receive that reward, and you shall not be afflicted by pain any longer. || 1 || Pause || He creates and adorns the earthen vessels; He infuses His Light within them. As is the destiny pre-ordained by the Creator, so are the deeds we do. || 2 || He believes the mind and body are all his own; this is the cause of his coming and going.

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He does not think of the One who gave him these; he is blind, entangled in emotional attachment. || 3 || One who knows that God created him, reaches the Incomparable Mansion of the Lord's Presence. Worshipping the Lord, I sing His Glorious Praises. Nanak is Your slave. || 4 || 1 || RAAMKALEE, FIFTH MEHL: Place yourself beneath all men's feet, and you will be uplifted; serve Him in this way. Know that all are above you, and you shall find peace in the Court of the Lord. || 1 || O Saints, speak that speech which purifies the gods and sanctifies the divine beings. As Gurmukh, chant the Word of His Bani, even for an instant. || 1 || Pause || Renounce your fraudulent plans, and dwell in the celestial palace; do not call anyone else false. Meeting with the True Guru, you shall receive the nine treasures; in this way, you shall find the essence of reality. || 2 || Eradicate doubt, and as Gurmukh, enshrine love for the Lord; understand your own soul, O Siblings of Destiny. Know that God is near at hand, and ever-present. How could you try to hurt anyone else? || 3 || Meeting with the True Guru, your path shall be clear, and you shall easily meet your Lord and Master. Blessed, blessed are those humble beings, who, in this Dark Age of Kali Yuga, find the Lord. Nanak is forever a sacrifice to them. || 4 || 2 || RAAMKALEE, FIFTH MEHL: Coming does not please me, and going does not bring me pain, and so my mind is not afflicted by disease. I am in bliss forever, for I have found the Perfect Guru; my separation from the Lord is totally ended. || 1 || This is how I have joined my mind to the Lord. Attachment, sorrow, disease and public opinion do not affect me, and so, I enjoy the subtle essence of the Lord, Har, Har, Har. || 1 || Pause || I am pure in the heavenly realm, pure on this earth, and pure in the nether regions of the underworld. I remain apart from the people of the world. Obedient to the Lord, I enjoy peace forever; wherever I look, I see the Lord of glorious virtues. || 2 || There is no Shiva or Shakti, no energy or matter, no water or wind, no world of form there, where the True Guru, the Yogi, dwells, where the Imperishable Lord God, the Unapproachable Master abides. || 3 || Body and mind belong to the Lord; all wealth belongs to the Lord; what glorious virtues of the Lord can I describe? Says Nanak, the Guru has destroyed my sense of 'mine and yours'. Like water with water, I am blended with God. || 4 || 3 || RAAMKALEE, FIFTH MEHL: It is beyond the three qualities; it remains untouched. The seekers and Siddhas do not know it. There is a chamber filled with jewels, overflowing with Ambrosial Nectar, in the Guru's Treasury. || 1 || This thing is wonderful and amazing! It cannot be described. It is an unfathomable object, O Siblings of Destiny! || 1 || Pause || Its value cannot be estimated at all; what can anyone say about it? By speaking and describing it, it cannot be understood; only one who sees it realizes it. || 2 || Only the Creator Lord knows it; what can any poor creature do? Only He Himself knows His own state and extent. The Lord Himself is the treasure overflowing. || 3 || Tasting such Ambrosial Nectar, the mind remains satisfied and satiated.

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Says Nanak, my hopes are fulfilled; I have found the Guru's Sanctuary. || 4 || 4 || RAAMKALEE, FIFTH MEHL: God has made me His own, and vanquished all my enemies. Those enemies who have plundered this world, have all been placed in bondage. || 1 || The True Guru is my Transcendent Lord. I enjoy countless pleasures of power and tasty delights, chanting Your Name, and placing my faith in You. || 1 || Pause || I do not think of any other at all. The Lord is my protector, above my head. I am carefree and independent, when I have the Support of Your Name, O my Lord and Master. || 2 || I have become perfect, meeting with the Giver of peace, and now, I lack nothing at all. I have obtained the essence of excellence, the supreme status; I shall not forsake it to go anywhere else. || 3 || I cannot describe how You are, O True Lord, unseen, infinite, immeasurable, unfathomable and unmoving Lord. O Nanak, He is my Lord and Master. || 4 || 5 || RAAMKALEE, FIFTH MEHL: You are wise; You are eternal and unchanging. You are my social class and honor. You are unmoving - You never move at all. How can I be worried? || 1 || You alone are the One and only Lord; You alone are the king. By Your Grace, I have found peace. || 1 || Pause || You are the ocean, and I am Your swan; the pearls and rubies are in You. You give, and You do not hesitate for an instant; I receive, forever enraptured. || 2 || I am Your child, and You are my father; You place the milk in my mouth. I play with You, and You caress me in every way. You are forever the ocean of excellence. || 3 || You are perfect, perfectly all-pervading; I am fulfilled with You as well. I am merged, merged, merged and remain merged; O Nanak, I cannot describe it! || 4 || 6 || RAAMKALEE, FIFTH MEHL: Make your hands the cymbals, your eyes the tambourines, and your forehead the guitar you play. Let the sweet flute music resound in your ears, and with your tongue, vibrate this song. Move your mind like the rhythmic hand-motions; do the dance, and shake your ankle bracelets. || 1 || This is the rhythmic dance of the Lord. The Merciful Audience, the Lord, sees all your make-up and decorations. || 1 || Pause || The whole earth is the stage, with the canopy of the sky overhead. The wind is the director; people are born of water. From the five elements, the puppet was created with its actions. || 2 || The sun and the moon are the two lamps which shine, with the four corners of the world placed between them. The ten senses are the dancing girls, and the five passions are the chorus; they sit together within the one body. They all put on their own shows, and speak in different languages. || 3 || In each and every home there is dancing, day and night; in each and every home, the bugles blow. Some are made to dance, and some are whirled around; some come and some go, and some are reduced to dust. Says Nanak, one who meets with the True Guru, does not have to dance the dance of reincarnation again.

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|| 4 || 7 || RAAMKALEE, FIFTH MEHL: He sings the song of the One Universal Creator; he sings the tune of the One Lord. He lives in the land of the One Lord, shows the way to the One Lord, and remains attuned to the One Lord. He centers his consciousness on the One Lord, and serves only the One Lord, who is known through the Guru. || 1 || Blessed and good is such a kirtanee, who sings such Praises. He sings the Glorious Praises of the Lord, and renounces the entanglements and pursuits of Maya. || 1 || Pause || He makes the five virtues, like contentment, his musical instruments, and plays the seven notes of the love of the Lord. The notes he plays are the renunciation of pride and power; his feet keep the beat on the straight path. He does not enter the cycle of reincarnation ever again; he keeps the One Word of the Shabad tied to the hem of his robe. || 2 || To play like Naarad, is to know that the Lord is ever-present. The tinkling of the ankle bells is the shedding of sorrows and worries. The dramatic gestures of acting are celestial bliss. Such a dancer is not reincarnated again. || 3 || If anyone, out of millions of people, becomes pleasing to his Lord and Master, he sings the Lord's Praises in this way. I have taken the Support of the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy. Says Nanak, the Kirtan of the One Lord's Praises are sung there. || 4 || 8 || RAAMKALEE, FIFTH MEHL: Some call Him, 'Raam, Raam', and some call Him, 'Khudaa-i'. Some serve Him as 'Gusain', others as 'Allaah'. || 1 || He is the Cause of causes, the Generous Lord. He showers His Grace and Mercy upon us. || 1 || Pause || Some bathe at sacred shrines of pilgrimage, and some make the pilgrimage to Mecca. || 2 || Some perform devotional worship services, and some bow their heads in prayer. || 2 || Some read the Vedas, and some the Koran. Some wear blue robes, and some wear white. || 3 || Some call themselves Muslim, and some call themselves Hindu. Some yearn for paradise, and others long for heaven. || 4 || Says Nanak, one who realizes the Hukam of God's Will, knows the secrets of his Lord and Master. || 5 || 9 || RAAMKALEE, FIFTH MEHL: The wind merges into the wind. The light blends into the light. The dust becomes one with the dust. What support is there for the one who is lamenting? || 1 || Who has died? O, who has died? O God-realized beings, meet together and consider this. What a wondrous thing has happened! || 1 || Pause || No one knows what happens after death. The one who is lamenting will also arise and depart. Mortal beings are bound by the bonds of doubt and attachment. When life becomes a dream, the blind man babbles and grieves in vain. || 2 || The Creator Lord created this creation. It comes and goes, subject to the Will of the Infinite Lord. No one dies; no one is capable of dying. The soul does not perish; it is imperishable. || 3 || That which is known, does not exist. I am a sacrifice to the one who knows this. Says Nanak, the Guru has dispelled my doubt. No one dies; no one comes or goes. || 4 || 10 || RAAMKALEE, FIFTH MEHL: Meditate on the Lord of the Universe, the Beloved Lord of the World. Meditating in remembrance on the Lord's Name, you shall live, and the Great Death shall not consume you ever again. || 1 || Pause || Through millions of incarnations, you have come, wandering, wandering, wandering.

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By the highest destiny, you found the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy. Without the Perfect Guru, no one is saved. This is what Baba Nanak says, after deep reflection. || 2 || 11 ||



The four Vedas proclaim it, but you don't believe them. The six Shaastras also say one thing. The eighteen Puraanas all speak of the One God. Even so, Yogi, you do not understand this mystery. || 1 || The celestial harp plays the incomparable melody, but in your intoxication, you do not hear it, O Yogi. || 1 || Pause || In the first age, the Golden Age, the village of truth was inhabited. In the Silver Age of Traytaa Yuga, things began to decline. In the Brass Age of Dwaapur Yuga, half of it was gone. Now, only one leg of Truth remains, and the One Lord is revealed. || 2 || The beads are strung upon the one thread. By means of many, various, diverse knots, they are tied, and kept separate on the string. The beads of the mala are lovingly chanted upon in many ways. When the thread is pulled out, the beads come together in one place. || 3 || Throughout the four ages, the One Lord made the body His temple. It is a treacherous place, with several windows. Searching and searching, one comes to the Lord's door. Then, O Nanak, the Yogi attains a home in the Mansion of the Lord's Presence. || 4 || Thus, the celestial harp plays the incomparable melody; hearing it, the Yogi's mind finds it sweet. || 1 || Second Pause || 1 || 12 || RAAMKALEE, FIFTH MEHL: The body is a patch-work of threads. The muscles are stitched together with the needles of the bones. The Lord has erected a pillar of water. O Yogi, why are you so proud? || 1 || Meditate on your Lord Master, day and night. The patched coat of the body shall last for only a few days. || 1 || Pause || Smearing ashes on your body, you sit in a deep meditative trance. You wear the ear-rings of 'mine and yours'. You beg for bread, but you are not satisfied. Abandoning your Lord Master, you beg from others; you should feel ashamed. || 2 || Your consciousness is restless, Yogi, as you sit in your Yogic postures. You blow your horn, but still feel sad. You do not understand Gorakh, your guru. Again and again, Yogi, you come and go. || 3 || He, unto whom the Master shows Mercy - unto Him, the Guru, the Lord of the World, I offer my prayer. One who has the Name as his patched coat, and the Name as his robe, O servant Nanak, such a Yogi is steady and stable. || 4 || One who meditates on the Master in this way, night and day, finds the Guru, the Lord of the World, in this life. || 1 || Second Pause || 2 || 13 || RAAMKALEE, FIFTH MEHL: He is the Creator, the Cause of causes; I do not see any other at all. My Lord and Master is wise and all-knowing. Meeting with the Gurmukh, I enjoy His Love. || 1 || Such is the sweet, subtle essence of the Lord. How rare are those who, as Gurmukh, taste it. || 1 || Pause || The Light of the Ambrosial Name of the Lord is immaculate and pure.

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