Sri Guru Granth Sahib Translation

 
 
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[Sidhha Goshth]

He is the Architect of Destiny; He blesses us with mind and body. That Architect of Destiny is in my mind and mouth. God is the Life of the world; there is no other at all. O Nanak, imbued with the Naam, the Name of the Lord, one is honored. || 9 || One who lovingly chants the Name of the Sovereign Lord King, fights the battle and conquers his own mind; day and night, he remains imbued with the Lord's Love. He is famous throughout the three worlds and the four ages. One who knows the Lord, becomes like Him. He becomes absolutely immaculate, and his body is sanctified. His heart is happy, in love with the One Lord. He lovingly centers his attention deep within upon the True Word of the Shabad. || 10 || Don't be angry - drink in the Ambrosial Nectar; you shall not remain in this world forever. The ruling kings and the paupers shall not remain; they come and go, throughout the four ages. Everyone says that they will remain, but none of them remain; unto whom should I offer my prayer? The One Shabad, the Name of the Lord, will never fail you; the Guru grants honor and understanding. || 11 || My shyness and hesitation have died and gone, and I walk with my face unveiled. The confusion and doubt from my crazy, insane mother-in-law has been removed from over my head. My Beloved has summoned me with joyful caresses; my mind is filled with the bliss of the Shabad. Imbued with the Love of my Beloved, I have become Gurmukh, and carefree. || 12 || Chant the jewel of the Naam, and earn the profit of the Lord. Greed, avarice, evil and egotism; slander, inuendo and gossip; the self-willed manmukh is blind, foolish and ignorant. For the sake of earning the profit of the Lord, the mortal comes into the world. But he becomes a mere slave laborer, and is mugged by the mugger, Maya. One who earns the profit of the Naam, with the capital of faith, O Nanak, is truly honored by the True Supreme King. || 13 || The world is ruined on the path of Death. No one has the power to erase Maya's influence. If wealth visits the home of the lowliest clown, seeing that wealth, all pay their respects to him. Even an idiot is thought of as clever, if he is rich. Without devotional worship, the world is insane. The One Lord is contained among all. He reveals Himself, unto those whom He blesses with His Grace. || 14 || Throughout the ages, the Lord is eternally established; He has no vengeance. He is not subject to birth and death; He is not entangled in worldly affairs. Whatever is seen, is the Lord Himself. Creating Himself, He establishes Himself in the heart. He Himself is unfathomable; He links people to their affairs. He is the Way of Yoga, the Life of the World. Living a righteous lifestyle, true peace is found. Without the Naam, the Name of the Lord, how can anyone find liberation? || 15 || Without the Name, even one's own body is an enemy. Why not meet the Lord, and take away the pain of your mind? The traveller comes and goes along the highway. What did he bring when he came, and what will he take away when he goes? Without the Name, one loses everywhere. The profit is earned, when the Lord grants understanding. In merchandise and trade, the merchant is trading. Without the Name, how can one find honor and nobility? || 16 || One who contemplates the Lord's Virtues is spiritually wise. Through His Virtues, one receives spiritual wisdom. How rare in this world, is the Giver of virtue. The True way of life comes through contemplation of the Guru. The Lord is inaccessible and unfathomable.


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His worth cannot be estimated. They alone meet Him, whom the Lord causes to meet. The virtuous soul bride continually contemplates His Virtues. O Nanak, following the Guru's Teachings, one meets the Lord, the true friend. || 17 || Unfulfilled sexual desire and unresolved anger waste the body away, as gold is dissolved by borax. The gold is touched to the touchstone, and tested by fire; when its pure color shows through, it is pleasing to the eye of the assayer. The world is a beast, and arrogent Death is the butcher. The created beings of the Creator receive the karma of their actions. What else can be said? There is nothing at all to say. || 18 || Searching, searching, I drink in the Ambrosial Nectar. I have adopted the way of tolerance, and given my mind to the True Guru. Everyone calls himself true and genuine. He alone is true, who obtains the jewel throughout the four ages. Eating and drinking, one dies, but still does not know. He dies in an instant, when he realizes the Word of the Shabad. His consciousness becomes permanently stable, and his mind accepts death. By Guru's Grace, he realizes the Naam, the Name of the Lord. || 19 || The Profound Lord dwells in the sky of the mind, the Tenth Gate; singing His Glorious Praises, one dwells in intuitive poise and peace. He does not go to come, or come to go. By Guru's Grace, he remains lovingly focused on the Lord. The Lord of the mind-sky is inaccessible, independent and beyond birth. The most worthy Samaadhi is to keep the consciousness stable, focused on Him. Remembering the Lord's Name, one is not subject to reincarnation. The Guru's Teachings are the most Excellent; all other ways lack the Naam, the Name of the Lord. || 20 || Wandering to countless doorsteps and homes, I have grown weary. My incarnations are countless, without limit. I have had so many mothers and fathers, sons and daughters. I have had so many gurus and disciples. Through a false guru, liberation is not found. There are so many brides of the One Husband Lord - consider this. The Gurmukh dies, and lives with God. Searching in the ten directions, I found Him within my own home. I have met Him; the True Guru has led me to meet Him. || 21 || The Gurmukh sings, and the Gurmukh speaks. The Gurmukh evaluates the value of the Lord, and inspires others to evaluate Him as well. The Gurmukh comes and goes without fear. His filth is taken away, and his stains are burnt off. The Gurmukh contemplates the sound current of the Naad for his Vedas. The Gurmukh's cleansing bath is the performance of good deeds. For the Gurmukh, the Shabad is the most excellent Ambrosial Nectar. O Nanak, the Gurmukh crosses over. || 22 || The fickle consciousness does not remain stable. The deer secretly nibbles at the green sprouts. One who enshrines the Lord's lotus feet in his heart and consciousness lives long, always remembering the Lord. Everyone has worries and cares. He alone finds peace, who thinks of the One Lord. When the Lord dwells in the consciousness, and one is absorbed in the Lord's Name, one is liberated, and returns home with honor. || 23 || The body falls apart, when one knot is untied. Behold, the world is on the decline; it wlll be totally destroyed. Only one who looks alike upon sunshine and shade has his bonds shattered; he is liberated and returns home. Maya is empty and petty; she has defrauded the world. Such destiny is pre-ordained by past actions. Youth is wasting away; old age and death hover above the head.


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The body falls apart, like algae upon the water. || 24 || God Himself appears throughout the three worlds. Throughout the ages, He is the Great Giver; there is no other at all. As it pleases You, You protect and preserve us. I ask for the Lord's Praises, which bless me with honor and credit. Remaining awake and aware, I am pleasing to You, O Lord. When You unite me with Yourself, then I am merged in You. I chant Your Victorious Praises, O Life of the World. Accepting the Guru's Teachings, one is sure to merge in the One Lord. || 25 || Why do you speak such nonsense, and argue with the world? You shall die repenting, when you see your own insanity. He is born, only to die, but he does not wish to live. He comes hopeful, and then goes, without hope. Regretting, repenting and grieving, he is dust mixing with dust. Death does not chew up one who sings the Glorious Praises of the Lord. The nine treasures are obtained through the Name of the Lord; the Lord bestows intuitive peace and poise. || 26 || He speaks spiritual wisdom, and He Himself understands it. He Himself knows it, and He Himself comprehends it. One who takes the Words of the Guru into his very fiber, is immaculate and holy, and is pleasing to the True Lord. In the ocean of the Guru, there is no shortage of pearls. The treasure of jewels is truly inexhaustible. Do those deeds which the Guru has ordained. Why are you chasing after the Guru's actions? O Nanak, through the Guru's Teachings, merge in the True Lord. || 27 || Love is broken, when one speaks in defiance. The arm is broken, when it is pulled from both sides. Love breaks, when the speech goes sour. The Husband Lord abandons and leaves behind the evil-minded bride. The broken knot is tied again, through contemplation and meditation. Through the Word of the Guru's Shabad, one's affairs are resolved in one's own home. One who earns the profit of the True Name, will not lose it again; the Lord and Master of the three worlds is your best friend. || 28 || Control your mind, and keep it in its place. The world is destroyed by conflict, regretting its sinful mistakes. There is one Husband Lord, and all are His brides. The false bride wears many costumes. He stops her from going into the homes of others; He summons her to the Mansion of His Presence, and no obstacles block her path. She is embellished with the Word of the Shabad, and is loved by the True Lord. She is the happy soul bride, who takes the Support of her Lord and Master. || 29 || Wandering and roaming around, O my companion, your beautiful robes are torn. In jealousy, the body is not at peace; without the Fear of God, multitudes are ruined. One who remains dead within her own home, through the Fear of God, is looked upon with favor by her all-knowing Husband Lord. She maintains fear of her Guru, and chants the Name of the Fearless Lord. Living on the mountain, I suffer such great thirst; when I see Him, I know that He is not far away. My thirst is quenched, and I have accepted the Word of the Shabad. I drink my fill of the Ambrosial Nectar. Everyone says, "Give! Give!" As He pleases, He gives. Through the Gurdwara, the Guru's Door, He gives, and quenches the thirst. || 30 || Searching and seeking, I fell down and collapsed upon the bank of the river of life. Those who are heavy with sin sink down, but those who are light swim across. I am a sacrifice to those who meet the immortal and immeasurable Lord. The dust of their feet brings emancipation; in their company, we are united in the Lord's Union. I gave my mind to my Guru, and received the Immaculate Name.


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I serve the One who gave me the Naam; I am a sacrifice to Him. He who builds, also demolishes; there is no other than Him. By Guru's Grace, I contemplate Him, and then my body does not suffer in pain. || 31 || No one is mine - whose gown should I grasp and hold? No one ever was, and no one shall ever be mine. Coming and going, one is ruined, afflicted with the disease of dual-mindedness. Those beings who lack the Naam, the Name of the Lord, collapse like pillars of salt. Without the Name, how can they find release? They fall into hell in the end. Using a limited number of words, we describe the unlimited True Lord. The ignorant lack understanding. Without the Guru, there is no spiritual wisdom. The separated soul is like the broken string of a guitar, which does not vibrate its sound. God unites the separated souls with Himself, awakening their destiny. || 32 || The body is the tree, and the mind is the bird; the birds in the tree are the five senses. They peck at the essence of reality, and merge with the One Lord. They are never trapped at all. But the others fly away in a hurry, when they see the food. Their feathers are clipped, and they are caught in the noose; through their mistakes, they are caught in disaster. Without the True Lord, how can anyone find release? The jewel of the Lord's Glorious Praises comes by the karma of good actions. When He Himself releases them, only then are they released. He Himself is the Great Master. By Guru's Grace, they are released, when He Himself grants His Grace. Glorious greatness rests in His Hands. He blesses those with whom He is pleased. || 33 || The soul trembles and shakes, when it loses its mooring and support. Only the support of the True Lord brings honor and glory. Through it, one's works are never in vain. The Lord is eternal and forever stable; the Guru is stable, and contemplation upon the True Lord is stable. O Lord and Master of angels, men and Yogic masters, You are the support of the unsupported. In all places and interspaces, You are the Giver, the Great Giver. Wherever I look, there I see You, Lord; You have no end or limitation. You are pervading and permeating the places and interspaces; reflecting upon the Word of the Guru's Shabad, You are found. You give gifts even when they are not asked for; You are great, inaccessible and infinite. || 34 || O Merciful Lord, You are the embodiment of mercy; creating the Creation, You behold it. Please shower Your Mercy upon me, O God, and unite me with Yourself. In an instant, You destroy and rebuild. You are all-wise and all-seeing; You are the Greatest Giver of all givers. He is the Eradicator of poverty, and the Destroyer of pain; the Gurmukh realizes spiritual wisdom and meditation. || 35 || Losing his wealth, he cries out in anguish; the fool's consciousness is engrossed in wealth. How rare are those who gather the wealth of Truth, and love the Immaculate Naam, the Name of the Lord. If by losing your wealth, you may become absorbed in the Love of the One Lord, then just let it go. Dedicate your mind, and surrender your head; seek only the Support of the Creator Lord. Worldly affairs and wanderings cease, when the mind is filled with the bliss of the Shabad. Even one's enemies become friends, meeting with the Guru, the Lord of the Universe. Wandering from forest to forest searching, you will find that those things are within the home of your own heart. United by the True Guru, you shall remain united, and the pains of birth and death will be ended. || 36 || Through various rituals, one does not find release. Without virtue, one is sent to the City of Death.


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One will not have this world or the next; committing sinful mistakes, one comes to regret and repent in the end. He has neither spiritual wisdom or meditation; neither Dharmic faith mor meditation. Without the Name, how can one be fearless? How can he understand egotistical pride? I am so tired - how can I get there? This ocean has no bottom or end. I have no loving companions, whom I can ask for help. O Nanak, crying out, "Beloved, Beloved", we are united with the Uniter. He who separated me, unites me again; my love for the Guru is infinite. || 37 || Sin is bad, but it is dear to the sinner. He loads himself with sin, and expands his world through sin. Sin is far away from one who understands himself. He is not afflicted by sorrow or separation. How can one avoid falling into hell? How can he cheat the Messenger of Death? How can coming and going be forgotten? Falsehood is bad, and death is cruel. The mind is enveloped by entanglements, and into entanglements it falls. Without the Name, how can anyone be saved? They rot away in sin. || 38 || Again and again, the crow falls into the trap. Then he regrets it, but what can he do now? Even though he is trapped, he pecks at the food; he does not understand. If he meets the True Guru, then he sees with his eyes. Like a fish, he is caught in the noose of death. Do not seek liberation from anyone else, except the Guru, the Great Giver. Over and over again, he comes; over and over again, he goes. Be absorbed in love for the One Lord, and remain lovingly focused on Him. In this way you shall be saved, and you shall not fall into the trap again. || 39 || She calls out, "Brother, O brother - stay, O brother!" But he becomes a stranger. Her brother departs for his own home, and his sister burns with the pain of separation. In this world, her father's home, the daughter, the innocent soul bride, loves her Young Husband Lord. If you long for your Husband Lord, O soul bride, then serve the True Guru with love. How rare are the spiritually wise, who meet the True Guru, and truly understand. All glorious greatness rests in the Lord and Master's Hands. He grants them, when He is pleased. How rare are those who contemplate the Word of the Guru's Bani; they become Gurmukh. This is the Bani of the Supreme Being; through it, one dwells within the home of his inner being. || 40 || Shattering and breaking apart, He creates and re-creates; creating, He shatters again. He builds up what He has demolished, and demolishes what He has built. He dries up the pools which are full, and fills the dried tanks again. He is all-powerful and independent. Deluded by doubt, they have gone insane; without destiny, what do they obtain? The Gurmukhs know that God holds the string; wherever He pulls it, they must go. Those who sing the Glorious Praises of the Lord, are forever imbued with His Love; they never again feel regret. Bhabha: If someone seeks, and then becomes Gurmukh, then he comes to dwell in the home of his own heart. Bhabha: The way of the terrifying world-ocean is treacherous. Remain free of hope, in the midst of hope, and you shall cross over. By Guru's Grace, one comes to understand himself; in this way, he remains dead while yet alive. || 41 || Crying out for the wealth and riches of Maya, they die; but Maya does not go along with them. The soul-swan arises and departs, sad and depressed, leaving its wealth behind. The false mind is hunted by the Messenger of Death; it carries its faults along when it goes. The mind turns inward, and merges with mind, when it is with virtue.


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Crying out, "Mine, mine!", they have died, but without the Name, they find only pain. So where are their forts, mansions, palaces and courts? They are like a short story. O Nanak, without the True Name, the false just come and go. He Himself is clever and so very beautiful; He Himself is wise and all-knowing. || 42 || Those who come, must go in the end; they come and go, regretting and repenting. They will pass through 8.4 millions species; this number does not decrease or rise. They alone are saved, who love the Lord. Their worldly entanglements are ended, and Maya is conquered. Whoever is seen, shall depart; who should I make my friend? I dedicate my soul, and place my body and mind in offering before Him. You are eternally stable, O Creator, Lord and Master; I lean on Your Support. Conquered by virtue, egotism is killed; imbued with the Word of the Shabad, the mind rejects the world. || 43 || Neither the kings nor the nobles will remain; neither the rich nor the poor will remain. When one's turn comes, no one can stay here. The path is difficult and treacherous; the pools and mountains are impassable. My body is filled with faults; I am dying of grief. Without virtue, how can I enter my home? The virtuous take virtue, and meet God; how can I meet them with love? If ony I could be like them, chanting and meditating within my heart on the Lord. He is overflowing with faults and demerits, but virtue dwells within him as well. Without the True Guru, he does not see God's Virtues; he does not chant the Glorious Virtues of God. || 44 || God's soldiers take care of their homes; their pay is pre-ordained, before they come into the world. They serve their Supreme Lord and Master, and obtain the profit. They renounce greed, avarice and evil, and forget them from their minds. In the fortress of the body, they announce the victory of their Supreme King; they are never ever vanquished. One who calls himself a servant of his Lord and Master, and yet speaks defiantly to Him, shall forfeit his pay, and not be seated upon the throne. Glorious greatness rests in the hands of my Beloved; He gives, according to the Pleasure of His Will. He Himself does everything; who else should we address? No one else does anything. || 45 || I cannot conceive of any other, who could be seated upon the royal cushions. The Supreme Man of men eradicates hell; He is True, and True is His Name. I wandered around searching for Him in the forests and meadows; I contemplate Him within my mind. The treasures of myriads of pearls, jewels and emeralds are in the hands of the True Guru. Meeting with God, I am exalted and elevated; I love the One Lord single-mindedly. O Nanak, one who lovingly meets with his Beloved, earns profit in the world hereafter. He who created and formed the creation, made your form as well. As Gurmukh, meditate on the Infinite Lord, who has no end or limitation. || 46 || Rharha: The Dear Lord is beautiful; There is no other king, except Him. Rharha: Listen to the spell, and the Lord will come to dwell in your mind. By Guru's Grace, one finds the Lord; do not be deluded by doubt. He alone is the true banker, who has the capital of the wealth of the Lord. The Gurmukh is perfect - applaud him!


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Through the beautiful Word of the Guru's Bani, the Lord is obtained; contemplate the Word of the Guru's Shabad. Self-conceit is eliminated, and pain is eradicated; the soul bride obtains her Husband Lord. || 47 || He hoards gold and silver, but this wealth is false and poisonous, nothing more than ashes. He calls himself a banker, gathering wealth, but he is ruined by his dual-mindedness. The truthful ones gather Truth; the True Name is priceless. The Lord is immaculate and pure; through Him, their honor is true, and their speech is true. You are my friend and companion, all-knowing Lord; You are the lake, and You are the swan. I am a sacrifice to that being, whose mind is filled with the True Lord and Master. Know the One who created love and attachment to Maya, the Enticer. One who realizes the all-knowing Primal Lord, looks alike upon poison and nectar. || 48 || Without patience and forgiveness, countless hundreds of thousands have perished. Their numbers cannot be counted; how could I count them? Bothered and bewildered, uncounted numbers have died. One who realizes his Lord and Master is set free, and not bound by chains. Through the Word of the Shabad, enter the Mansion of the Lord's Presence; you shall be blessed with patience, forgiveness, truth and peace. Partake of the true wealth of meditation, and the Lord Himself shall abide within your body. With mind, body and mouth, chant His Glorious Virtues forever; courage and composure shall enter deep within your mind. Through egotism, one is distracted and ruined; other than the Lord, all things are corrupt. Forming His creatures, He placed Himself within them; the Creator is unattached and infinite. || 49 || No one knows the mystery of the Creator of the World. Whatever the Creator of the World does, is certain to occur. For wealth, some meditate on the Lord. By pre-ordained destiny, wealth is obtained. For the sake of wealth, some become servants or thieves. Wealth does not go along with them when they die; it passes into the hands of others. Without Truth, honor is not obtained in the Court of the Lord. Drinking in the subtle essence of the Lord, one is emancipated in the end. || 50 || Seeing and perceiving, O my companions, I am wonder-struck and amazed. My egotism, which proclaimed itself in possessiveness and self-conceit, is dead. My mind chants the Word of the Shabad, and attains spiritual wisdom. I am so tired of wearing all these necklaces, hair-ties and bracelets, and decorating myself. Meeting with my Beloved, I have found peace; now, I wear the necklace of total virtue. O Nanak, the Gurmukh attains the Lord, with love and affection. Without the Lord, who has found peace? Reflect upon this in your mind, and see. Read about the Lord, understand the Lord, and enshrine love for the Lord. Chant the Lord's Name, and meditate on the Lord; hold tight to the Support of the Name of the Lord. || 51 || The inscription inscribed by the Creator Lord cannot be erased, O my companions. He who created the universe, in His Mercy, installs His Feet within us. Glorious greatness rests in the Hands of the Creator; reflect upon the Guru, and understand this. This inscription cannot be challenged. As it pleases You, You care for me. By Your Glance of Grace, I have found peace; O Nanak, reflect upon the Shabad. The self-willed manmukhs are confused; they rot away and die. Only by reflecting upon the Guru can they be saved. What can anyone say, about that Primal Lord, who cannot be seen? I am a sacrifice to my Guru, who has revealed Him to me, within my own heart. || 52 || That Pandit, that religious scholar, is said to be well-educated, if he contemplates knowledge with intuitive ease.


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Considering his knowledge, he finds the essence of reality, and lovingly focuses his attention on the Name of the Lord. The self-willed manmukh sells his knowledge; he earns poison, and eats poison. The fool does not think of the Word of the Shabad. He has no understanding, no comprehension. || 53 || That Pandit is called Gurmukh, who imparts understanding to his students. Contemplate the Naam, the Name of the Lord; gather in the Naam, and earn the true profit in this world. With the true notebook of the true mind, study the most sublime Word of the Shabad. O Nanak, he alone is learned, and he alone is a wise Pandit, who wears the necklace of the Lord's Name. || 54 || 1 ||

RAAMKALEE, FIRST MEHL, SIDH GOSHT ~ CONVERSATIONS WITH THE SIDDHAS:

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

The Siddhas formed an assembly; sitting in their Yogic postures, they shouted, "Salute this gathering of Saints." I offer my salutation to the One who is true, infinite and incomparably beautiful. I cut off my head, and offer it to Him; I dedicate my body and mind to Him. O Nanak, meeting with the Saints, Truth is obtained, and one is spontaneously blessed with distinction. || 1 || What is the use of wandering around? Purity comes only through Truth. Without the True Word of the Shabad, no one finds liberation. || 1 || Pause || "Who are you? What is your name? What is your way? What is your goal? We pray that you will answer us truthfully; we are a sacrifice to the humble Saints. Where is your seat? Where do you live, boy? Where did you come from, and where are you going? Tell us, Nanak - the detached Siddhas wait to hear your reply. What is your path?" || 2 || He dwells deep within the nucleus of each and every heart. This is my seat and my home. I walk in harmony with the Will of the True Guru. I came from the Celestial Lord God; I go wherever He orders me to go. I am Nanak, forever under the Command of His Will. I sit in the posture of the eternal, imperishable Lord. These are the Teachings I have received from the Guru. As Gurmukh, I have come to understand and realize myself; I merge in the Truest of the True. || 3 || "The world-ocean is treacherous and impassable; how can one cross over? Charpat the Yogi says, O Nanak, think it over, and give us your true reply." What answer can I give to someone, who claims to understand himself? I speak the Truth; if you have already crossed over, how can I argue with you? || 4 || The lotus flower floats untouched upon the surface of the water, and the duck swims through the stream; with one's consciousness focused on the Word of the Shabad, one crosses over the terrifying world-ocean. O Nanak, chant the Naam, the Name of the Lord. One who lives alone, as a hermit, enshring the One Lord in his mind, remaining unaffected by hope in the midst of hope, sees and inspires others to see the inaccessible, unfathomable Lord. Nanak is his slave. || 5 || "Listen, Lord, to our prayer. We seek your true opinion. Don't be angry with us - please tell us: How can we find the Guru's Door?" This fickle mind sits in its true home, O Nanak, through the Support of the Naam, the Name of the Lord. The Creator Himself unites us in Union, and inspires us to love the Truth. || 6 || "Away from stores and highways, we live in the woods, among plants and trees. For food, we take fruits and roots.


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This is the spiritual wisdom spoken by the renunciates. We bathe at sacred shrines of pilgrimage, and obtain the fruits of peace; not even an iota of filth sticks to us. Luhaareepaa, the disciple of Gorakh says, this is the Way of Yoga." || 7 || In the stores and on the road, do not sleep; do not let your consciousness covet anyone else's home. Without the Name, the mind has no firm support; O Nanak, this hunger never departs. The Guru has revealed the stores and the city within the home of my own heart, where I intuitively carry on the true trade. Sleep little, and eat little; O Nanak, this is the essence of wisdom. || 8 || "Wear the robes of the sect of Yogis who follow Gorakh; put on the ear-rings, begging wallet and patched coat. Among the twelve schools of Yoga, ours is the highest; among the six schools of philosophy, ours is the best path. This is the way to instruct the mind, so you will never suffer beatings again." Nanak speaks: the Gurmukh understands; this is the way that Yoga is attained. || 9 || Let constant absorption in the Word of the Shabad deep within be your ear-rings; eradicate egotism and attachment. Discard sexual desire, anger and egotism, and through the Word of the Guru's Shabad, attain true understanding. For your patched coat and begging bowl, see the Lord God pervading and permeating everywhere; O Nanak, the One Lord will carry you across. True is our Lord and Master, and True is His Name. Analyze it, and you shall find the Word of the Guru to be True. || 10 || Let your mind turn away in detachment from the world, and let this be your begging bowl. Let the lessons of the five elements be your cap. Let the body be your meditation mat, and the mind your loin cloth. Let truth, contentment and self-discipline be your companions. O Nanak, the Gurmukh dwells on the Naam, the Name of the Lord. || 11 || "Who is hidden? Who is liberated? Who is united, inwardly and outwardly? Who comes, and who goes? Who is permeating and pervading the three worlds?" || 12 || He is hidden within each and every heart. The Gurmukh is liberated. Through the Word of the Shabad, one is united, inwardly and outwardly. The self-willed manmukh perishes, and comes and goes. O Nanak, the Gurmukh merges in Truth. || 13 || "How is one placed in bondage, and consumed by the sepent of Maya? How does one lose, and how does one gain? How does one become immaculate and pure? How is the darkness of ignorance removed? One who understands this essence of reality is our Guru." || 14 || Man is bound by evil-mindedness, and consumed by Maya, the serpent. The self-willed manmukh loses, and the Gurmukh gains. Meeting the True Guru, darkness is dispelled. O Nanak, eradicating egotism, one merges in the Lord. || 15 || Focused deep within, in perfect absorption, the soul-swan does not fly away, and the body-wall does not collapse. Then, one knows that his true home is in the cave of intuitive poise. O Nanak, the True Lord loves those who are truthful. || 16 || "Why have you left your house and become a wandering Udaasee? Why have you adopted these religious robes? What merchandise do you trade? How will you carry others across with you?" || 17 || I became a wandering Udaasee, searching for the Gurmukhs. I have adopted these robes seeking the Blessed Vision of the Lord's Darshan. I trade in the merchandise of Truth. O Nanak, as Gurmukh, I carry others across. || 18 || "How have you changed the course of your life? With what have you linked your mind?


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How have you subdued your hopes and desires? How have you found the Light deep within your nucleus? Without teeth, how can you eat iron? Give us your true opinion, Nanak." || 19 || Born into the House of the True Guru, my wandering in reincarnation ended. My mind is attached and attuned to the unstruck sound current. Through the Word of the Shabad, my hopes and desires have been burnt away. As Gurmukh, I found the Light deep within the nucleus of my self. Eradicating the three qualities, one eats iron. O Nanak, the Emancipator emancipates. || 20 || "What can you tell us about the beginning? In what home did the absolute dwell then? What are the ear-rings of spiritual wisdom? Who dwells in each and every heart? How can one avoid the attack of death? How can one enter the home of fearlessness? How can one know the posture of intuition and contentment, and overcome one's adversaries?" Through the Word of the Guru's Shabad, egotism and corruption are conquered, and then one comes to dwell in the home of the self within. One who realizes the Shabad of the One who created the creation - Nanak is his slave. || 21 || "Where did we come from? Where are we going? Where will we be absorbed? One who reveals the meaning of this Shabad is the Guru, who has no greed at all. How can one find the essence of the unmanifest reality? How does one become Gurmukh, and enshrine love for the Lord? He Himself is consciousness, He Himself is the Creator; share with us, Nanak, your wisdom." By His Command we come, and by His Command we go; by His Command, we merge in absorption. Through the Perfect Guru, live the Truth; through the Word of the Shabad, the state of dignity is attained. || 22 || We can only express a sense of wonder about the beginning. The absolute abided endlessly deep within Himself then. Consider freedom from desire to be the ear-rings of the Guru's spiritual wisdom. The True Lord, the Soul of all, dwells within each and every heart. Through the Guru's Word, one merges in the absolute, and intuitively receives the immaculate essence. O Nanak, that Sikh who seeks and finds the Way does not serve any other. Wonderful and amazing is His Command; He alone realizes His Command and knows the true way of life of His creatures. One who eradicates his self-conceit becomes free of desire; he alone is a Yogi, who enshrines the True Lord deep within. || 23 || From His state of absolute existence, He assumed the immaculate form; from formless, He assumed the supreme form. By pleasing the True Guru, the supreme status is obtained, and one is absorbed in the True Word of the Shabad. He knows the True Lord as the One and only; he sends his egotism and duality far away. He alone is a Yogi, who realizes the Word of the Guru's Shabad; the lotus of the heart blossoms forth within. If one remains dead while yet alive, then he understands everything; he knows the Lord deep within himself, who is kind and compassionate to all. O Nanak, he is blessed with glorious greatness; he realizes himself in all beings. || 24 || We emerge from Truth, and merge into Truth again. The pure being merges into the One True Lord. The false come, and find no place of rest; in duality, they come and go. This coming and going in reincarnation is ended through the Word of the Guru's Shabad; the Lord Himself analyzes and grants His forgiveness.


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One who suffers from the disease of duality, forgets the Naam, the source of nectar. He alone understands, whom the Lord inspires to understand. Through the Word of the Guru's Shabad, one is liberated. O Nanak, the Emancipator emancipates one who drives out egotism and duality. || 25 || The self-willed manmukhs are deluded, under the shadow of death. They look into the homes of others, and lose. The manmukhs are confused by doubt, wandering in the wilderness. Having lost their way, they are plundered; they chant their mantras at cremation grounds. They do not think of the Shabad; instead, they utter obscenities. O Nanak, those who are attuned to the Truth know peace. || 26 || The Gurmukh lives in the Fear of God, the True Lord. Through the Word of the Guru's Bani, the Gurmukh refines the unrefined. The Gurmukh sings the immaculate, Glorious Praises of the Lord. The Gurmukh attains the supreme, sanctified status. The Gurmukh meditates on the Lord with every hair of his body. O Nanak, the Gurmukh merges in Truth. || 27 || The Gurmukh is pleasing to the True Guru; this is contemplation on the Vedas. Pleasing the True Guru, the Gurmukh is carried across. Pleasing the True Guru, the Gurmukh receives the spiritual wisdom of the Shabad. Pleasing the True Guru, the Gurmukh comes to know the path within. The Gurmukh attains the unseen and infinite Lord. O Nanak, the Gurmukh finds the door of liberation. || 28 || The Gurmukh speaks the unspoken wisdom. In the midst of his family, the Gurmukh lives a spiritual life. The Gurmukh lovingly meditates deep within. The Gurmukh obtains the Shabad, and righteous conduct. He knows the mystery of the Shabad, and inspires others to know it. O Nanak, burning away his ego, he merges in the Lord. || 29 || The True Lord fashioned the earth for the sake of the Gurmukhs. There, he set in motion the play of creation and destruction. One who is filled with the Word of the Guru's Shabad enshrines love for the Lord. Attuned to the Truth, he goes to his home with honor. Without the True Word of the Shabad, no one receives honor. O Nanak, without the Name, how can one be absorbed in Truth? || 30 || The Gurmukh obtains the eight miraculous spiritual powers, and all wisdom. The Gurmukh crosses over the terrifying world-ocean, and obtains true understanding. The Gurmukh knows the ways of truth and untruth. The Gurmukh knows worldliness and renunciation. The Gurmukh crosses over, and carries others across as well. O Nanak, the Gurmukh is emancipated through the Shabad. || 31 || Attuned to the Naam, the Name of the Lord, egotism is dispelled. Attuned to the Naam, they remain absorbed in the True Lord. Attuned to the Naam, they contemplate the Way of Yoga. Attuned to the Naam, they find the door of liberation. Attuned to the Naam, they understand the three worlds. O Nanak, attuned to the Naam, eternal peace is found. || 32 || Attuned to the Naam, they attain Sidh Gosht - conversation with the Siddhas. Attuned to the Naam, they practice intense meditation forever. Attuned to the Naam, they live the true and excellent lifestyle. Attuned to the Naam, they contemplate the Lord's virtues and spiritual wisdom. Without the Name, all that is spoken is useless. O Nanak, attuned to the Naam, their victory is celebrated. || 33 || Through the Perfect Guru, one obtains the Naam, the Name of the Lord. The Way of Yoga is to remain absorbed in Truth. The Yogis wander in the twelve schools of Yoga; the Sannyaasis in six and four. One who remains dead while yet alive, through the Word of the Guru's Shabad, finds the door of liberation.

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