Sri Guru Granth Sahib Translation


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Such a Paakhandi does not grow old or die. Says Charpat, God is the embodiment of Truth; the supreme essence of reality has no shape or form. || 5 || FIRST MEHL: He alone is a Bairaagi, who turns himself toward God. In the Tenth Gate, the sky of the mind, he erects his pillar. Night and day, he remains in deep inner meditation. Such a Bairaagi is just like the True Lord. Says Bhart'har, God is the embodiment of Truth; the supreme essence of reality has no shape or form. || 6 || FIRST MEHL: How is evil eradicated? How can the true way of life be found? What is the use of piercing the ears, or begging for food? Throughout existence and non-existence, there is only the Name of the One Lord. What is that Word, which holds the heart in its place? When you look alike upon sunshine and shade, says Nanak, then the Guru will speak to you. The students follow the six systems. They are neither worldly people, nor detached renunciates. One who remains absorbed in the Formless Lord - why should he go out begging? || 7 || PAUREE: That alone is said to be the Lord's temple, where the Lord is known. In the human body, the Guru's Word is found, when one understands that the Lord, the Supreme Soul, is in all. Don't look for Him outside your self. The Creator, the Architect of Destiny, is within the home of your own heart. The self-willed manmukh does not appreciate the value of the Lord's temple; they waste away and lose their lives. The One Lord is pervading in all; through the Word of the Guru's Shabad, He can be found. || 12 || SHALOK, THIRD MEHL: Only a fool listens to the words of the fool. What are the signs of the fool? What does the fool do? A fool is stupid; he dies of egotism. His actions always bring him pain; he lives in pain. If someone's beloved friend falls into the pit, what can be used to pull him out? One who becomes Gurmukh contemplates the Lord, and remains detached. Chanting the Lord's Name, he saves himself, and he carries across those who are drowning as well. O Nanak, he acts in accordance with the Will of God; he endures whatever he is given. || 1 || FIRST MEHL: Says Nanak, listen, O mind, to the True Teachings. Opening His ledger, God will call you to account. Those rebels who have unpaid accounts shall be called out. Azraa-eel, the Angel of Death, shall be appointed to punish them. They will find no way to escape coming and going in reincarnation; they are trapped in the narrow path. Falsehood will come to an end, O Nanak, and Truth will prevail in the end. || 2 || PAUREE: The body and everything belongs to the Lord; the Lord Himself is all-pervading. The Lord's value cannot be estimated; nothing can be said about it. By Guru's Grace, one praises the Lord, imbued with feelings of devotion. The mind and body are totally rejuvenated, and egotism is eradicated. Everything is the play of the Lord. The Gurmukh understands this. || 13 || SHALOK, FIRST MEHL: Branded with a thousand marks of disgrace, Indra cried in shame. Paras Raam returned home crying. Ajai cried and weeped, when he was made to eat the manure he had given, pretending it was charity. Such is the punishment received in the Court of the Lord.

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Rama weeped when he was sent into exile, and separated from Sita and Lakhshman. The ten-headed Raawan, who stole away Sita with the beat of his tambourine, wept when he lost Sri Lanka. The Paandavas once lived in the Presence of the Lord; they were made slaves, and wept. Janmayjaa wept, that he had lost his way. One mistake, and he became a sinner. The Shaykhs, Pirs and spiritual teachers weep; at the very last instant, they suffer in agony. The kings weep - their ears are cut; they go begging from house to house. The miser weeps; he has to leave behind the wealth he has gathered. The Pandit, the religious scholar, weeps when his learning is gone. The young woman weeps because she has no husband. O Nanak, the whole world is suffering. He alone is victorious, who believes in the Lord's Name. No other action is of any account. || 1 || SECOND MEHL: Meditation, austerity and everything come through belief in the Lord's Name. All other actions are useless. O Nanak, believe in the One who is worth believing in. By Guru's Grace, he is realized. || 2 || PAUREE: The union of the body and the soul-swan was pre-ordained by the Creator Lord. He is hidden, and yet pervading all. He is revealed to the Gurmukh. Singing the Glorious Praises of the Lord, and chanting His Praises, one merges in His Glories. True is the True Word of the Guru's Bani. One unites in Union with the True Lord. He Himself is everything; He Himself grants glorious greatness. || 14 || SHALOK, SECOND MEHL: O Nanak, the blind man may go to appraise the jewels, but he will not know their value; he will return home after exposing his ignorance. || 1 || SECOND MEHL: The Jeweller has come, and opened up the bag of jewels. The merchandise and the merchant are merged together. They alone purchase the gem, O Nanak, who have virtue in their purse. Those who do not appreciate the value of the jewels, wander like blind men in the world. || 2 || PAUREE: The fortress of the body has nine gates; the tenth gate is kept hidden. The rigid door is not open; only through the Word of the Guru's Shabad can it be opened. The unstruck sound current resounds and vibrates there. The Word of the Guru's Shabad is heard. Deep within the nucleus of the heart, the Divine Light shines forth. Through devotional worship, one meets the Lord. The One Lord is pervading and permeating all. He Himself created the creation. || 15 || SHALOK, SECOND MEHL: He is truly blind, who follows the way shown by the blind man. O Nanak, why should the one who can see, get lost? Do not call them blind, who have no eyes in their face. They alone are blind, O Nanak, who wander away from their Lord and Master. || 1 || SECOND MEHL: One whom the Lord has made blind - the Lord can make him see again. He acts only as he knows, although he may be spoken to a hundred times. Where the real thing is not seen, self-conceit prevails there - know this well. O Nanak, how can the purshaser purchase the real thing, if he cannot recognize it? || 2 || SECOND MEHL: How can someone be called blind, if he was made blind by the Lord's Command?

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O Nanak, one who does not understand the Hukam of the Lord's Command should be called blind. || 3 || PAUREE: Deep within the body is the fortress of the Lord, and all lands and countries. He Himself sits in primal, profound Samaadhi; He Himself is all-pervading. He Himself created the Universe, and He Himself remains hidden within it. Serving the Guru, the Lord is known, and the Truth is revealed. He is True, the Truest of the True; the Guru has imparted this understanding. || 16 || SHALOK, FIRST MEHL: Night is the summer season, and day is the winter season; sexual desire and anger are the two fields planted. Greed prepares the soil, and the seed of falsehood is planted; attachment and love are the farmer and hired hand. Contemplation is the plow, and corruption is the harvest; this is what one earns and eats, according to the Hukam of the Lord's Command. O Nanak, when one is called to give his account, he will be barren and infertile. || 1 || FIRST MEHL: Make the Fear of God the farm, purity the water, truth and contentment the cows and bulls, humility the plow, consciousness the plowman, remembrance the preparation of the soil, and union with the Lord the planting time. Let the Lord's Name be the seed, and His Forgiving Grace the harvest. Do this, and the whole world will seem false. O Nanak, if He bestows His Merciful Glance of Grace, then all your separation will be ended. || 2 || PAUREE: The self-willed manmukh is trapped in the darkness of emotional attachment; in the love of duality he speaks. The love of duality brings pain forever; he churns the water endlessly. The Gurmukh meditates on the Naam, the Name of the Lord; he churns, and obtains the essence of reality. The Divine Light illuminates his heart deep within; he seeks the Lord, and obtains Him. He Himself deludes in doubt; no one can comment on this. || 17 || SHALOK, SECOND MEHL: O Nanak, don't be anxious; the Lord will take care of you. He created the creatures in water, and He gives them their nourishment. There are no stores open there, and no one farms there. No business is ever transacted there, and no one buys or sells. Animals eat other animals; this is what the Lord has given them as food. He created them in the oceans, and He provides for them as well. O Nanak, don't be anxious; the Lord will take care of you. || 1 || FIRST MEHL: O Nanak, this soul is the fish, and death is the hungry fisherman. The blind man does not even think of this. And suddenly, the net is cast. O Nanak, his consciousness is unconscious, and he departs, bound by anxiety. But if the Lord bestows His Glance of Grace, then He unites the soul with Himself. || 2 || PAUREE: They are true, forever true, who drink in the sublime essence of the Lord. The True Lord abides in the mind of the Gurmukh; He strikes the true bargain. Everything is in the home of the self within; only the very fortunate obtain it. The hunger within is conquered and overcome, singing the Glorious Praises of the Lord. He Himself unites in His Union; He Himself blesses them with understanding. || 18 || SHALOK, FIRST MEHL: The cotton is ginned, woven and spun; the cloth is laid out, washed and bleached white. The tailor cuts it with his scissors, and sews it with his thread. Thus, the torn and tattered honor is sewn up again, through the Lord's Praise, O Nanak, and one lives the true life. Becoming worn, the cloth is torn; with needle and thread it is sewn up again. It will not last for a month, or even a week.

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It barely lasts for an hour, or even a moment. But the Truth does not grow old; and when it is stitched, it is never torn again. O Nanak, the Lord and Master is the Truest of the True. While we meditate on Him, we see Him. || 1 || FIRST MEHL: The knife is Truth, and its steel is totally True. Its workmanship is incomparably beautiful. It is sharpened on the grindstone of the Shabad. It is placed in the scabbard of virtue. If the Shaykh is killed with that, then the blood of greed will spill out. One who is slaughtered in this ritualistic way, will be attached to the Lord. O Nanak, at the Lord's door, he is absorbed into His Blessed Vision. || 2 || FIRST MEHL: A beautiful dagger hangs by your waist, and you ride such a beautiful horse. But don't be too proud; O Nanak, you may fall head first to the ground. || 3 || PAUREE: They alone walk as Gurmukh, who receive the Shabad in the Sat Sangat, the True Congregation. Meditating on the True Lord, they become truthful; they carry in their robes the supplies of the Lord's wealth. The devotees look beautiful, singing the Praises of the Lord; following the Guru's Teachings, they become stable and unchanging. They enshrine the jewel of contemplation within their minds, and the most sublime Word of the Guru's Shabad. He Himself unites in His Union; He Himself grants glorious greatness. || 19 || SHALOK, THIRD MEHL: Everyone is filled with hope; hardly anyone is free of hope. O Nanak, blessed is the birth of one, who remains dead while yet alive. || 1 || THIRD MEHL: Nothing is in the hands of hope. How can one become free of hope? What can this poor being do? The Lord Himself creates confusion. || 2 || PAUREE: Cursed is the life in this world, without the True Name. God is the Great Giver of givers. His wealth is permanent and unchanging. That humble being is immaculate, who worships the Lord with each and every breath. With your tongue, vibrate the One Inaccessible Lord, the Inner-knower, the Searcher of hearts. He is all-pervading everywhere. Nanak is a sacrifice to Him. || 20 || SHALOK, FIRST MEHL: The union between the lake of the True Guru, and the swan of the soul, was pre-ordained from the very beginning, by the Pleasure of the Lord's Will. The diamonds are in this lake; they are the food of the swams. The cranes and the ravens may be very wise, but they do not remain in this lake. They do not find their food there; their food is different. Practicing Truth, the True Lord is found. False is the pride of the false. O Nanak, they alone meet the True Guru, who are so pre-destined by the Lord's Command. || 1 || My Lord and Master is immaculate, as are those who think of Him. O Nanak, serve Him, who gives to you forever and ever. O Nanak, serve Him; by serving Him, sorrow is dispelled. Faults and demerits vanish, and virtues take their place; peace comes to dwell in the mind. || 2 || PAUREE: He Himself is all-pervading; He Himself is absorbed in the profound state of Samaadhi. He Himself instructs; the Gurmukh is satisfied and fulfilled. Some, He causes to wander in the wilderness, while others are committed to His devotional worship. He alone understands, whom the Lord causes to understand; He Himself attaches mortals to His Name. O Nanak, meditating on the Naam, the Name of the Lord, true greatness is obtained. || 21 || 1 || SUDH ||

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SHALOK, FIFTH MEHL: As I have heard of the True Guru, so I have seen Him. He re-unites the separated ones with God; He is the Mediator at the Court of the Lord. He implants the Mantra of the Lord's Name, and eradicates the illness of egotism. O Nanak, he alone meets the True Guru, who has such union pre-ordained. || 1 || FIFTH MEHL: If the One Lord is my Friend, then all are my friends. If the One Lord is my enemy, then all fight with me. The Perfect Guru has shown me that, without the Name, everything is useless. The faithless cynics and the evil people wander in reincarnation; they are attached to other tastes. Servant Nanak has realized the Lord God, by the Grace of the Guru, the True Guru. || 2 || PAUREE: The Creator Lord created the Creation. He Himself is the perfect Banker; He Himself earns His profit. He Himself made the expansive Universe; He Himself is imbued with joy. The value of God's almighty creative power cannot be estimated. He is inaccessible, unfathomable, endless, the farthest of the far. He Himself is the greatest Emperor; He Himself is His own Prime Minister. No one knows His worth, or the greatness of His resting place. He Himself is our True Lord and Master. He reveals Himself to the Gurmukh. || 1 || SHALOK, FIFTH MEHL: Listen, O my beloved friend: please show me the True Guru. I dedicate my mind to Him; I keep Him continually enshrined within my heart. Without the One and Only True Guru, life in this world is cursed. O servant Nanak, they alone meet the True Guru, with whom He constantly abides. || 1 || FIFTH MEHL: Deep within me is the longing to meet You; how can I find You, God? I will search for someone, some friend, who will unite me with my Beloved. The Perfect Guru has united me with Him; wherever I look, there He is. Servant Nanak serves that God; there is no other as great as He is. || 2 || PAUREE: He is the Great Giver, the Generous Lord; with what mouth can I praise Him? In His Mercy, He protects, preserves and sustains us. No one is under anyone else's control; He is the One Support of all. He cherishes all as His children, and reaches out with His hand. He stages His joyous plays, which no one understands at all. The all-powerful Lord gives His Support to all; I am a sacrifice to Him. Night and day, sing the Praises of the One who is worthy of being praised. Those who fall at the Guru's Feet, enjoy the sublime essence of the Lord. || 2 || SHALOK, FIFTH MEHL: He has widened the narrow path for me, and preserved my integrity, along with that of my family. He Himself has arranged and resolved my affairs. I dwell upon that God forever. God is my mother and father; He hugs me close in His embrace, and cherishes me, like His tiny baby. All beings and creatures have become kind and compassionate to me.

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O Nanak, the Lord has blessed me with His Glance of Grace. || 1 || FIFTH MEHL: To ask for any other than You, Lord, is the most miserable of miseries. Please bless me with Your Name, and make me content; may the hunger of my mind be satisfied. The Guru has made the woods and meadows green again. O Nanak, is it any wonder that He blesses human beings as well? || 2 || PAUREE: Such is that Great Giver; may I never forget Him from my mind. I cannot survive without Him, for an instant, for a moment, for a second. Inwardly and outwardly, He is with us; how can we hide anything from Him? One whose honor He Himself has preserved, crosses over the terrifying world-ocean. He alone is a devotee, a spiritual teacher, and a disciplined pratictioner of meditation, whom the Lord has so blessed. He alone is perfect and renowned as supreme, whom the Lord has blessed with His power. He alone endures the unendurable, whom the Lord inspires to endure it. And he alone meets the True Lord, within whose mind the Guru's Mantra is implanted. || 3 || SHALOK, FIFTH MEHL: Blessed are those beautiful Ragas which, when chanted, quench all thirst. Blessed are those beautiful people who, as Gurmukh, chant the Name of the Lord. I am a sacrifice to those who single-mindedly worship and adore the One Lord. I yearn for the dust of their feet; by His Grace, it is obtained. I am a sacrifice to those who are imbued with love for the Lord of the Universe. I tell them the state of my soul, and pray that I may be united with the Sovereign Lord King, my Friend. The Perfect Guru has united me with Him, and the pains of birth and death have departed. Servant Nanak has found the inaccessible, infinitely beautiful Lord, and he will not go anywhere else. || 1 || FIFTH MEHL: Blessed is that time, blessed is that hour, blessed is that second, excellent is that instant; blessed is that day, and that opportunity, when I gazed upon the Blessed Vision of the Guru's Darshan. The mind's desires are fulfilled, when the inaccessible, unfathomable Lord is obtained. Egotism and emotional attachment are eradicated, and one leans only on the Support of the True Name. O servant Nanak, one who is committed to the Lord's service - the whole world is saved along with him. || 2 || PAUREE: How rare are those who are blessed to praise the Lord, in devotional worship. Those who are blessed with the Lord's treasures are not called to give their account again. Those who are imbued with His Love are absorbed in ecstasy. They take the Support of the One Name; the One Name is their only food. For their sake, the world eats and enjoys. Their Beloved Lord belongs to them alone. The Guru comes and meets them; they alone know God. I am a sacrifice to those who are pleasing to their Lord and Master. || 4 || SHALOK, FIFTH MEHL: My friendship is with the One Lord alone; I am in love with the One Lord alone. The Lord is my only friend; my companionship is with the One Lord alone. My conversation is with the One Lord alone; He never frowns, or turns His face away. He alone knows the state of my soul; He never ignores my love. He is my only counselor, all-powerful to destroy and create. The Lord is my only Giver. He places His hand upon the heads of the generous in the world. I take the Support of the One Lord alone; He is all-powerful, over the heads of all. The Saint, the True Guru, has united me with the Lord.

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He placed His hand on my forehead. The Guru led me to meet the greatest Lord and Master; He saved the whole world. The desires of the mind are fulfilled; I have attained my pre-destined Union with God. Nanak has obtained the True Name; He enjoys the enjoyments forever. || 1 || FIFTH MEHL: Friendship with the self-willed manmukhs is an alliance with Maya. As we watch, they run away; they never stand firm. As long as they get food and clothing, they stick around. But on that day when they receive nothing, then they start to curse. The self-willed manmukhs are ignorant and blind; they do not know the secrets of the soul. The false bond does not last; it is like stones joined with mud. The blind do not understand themselves; they are engrossed in false worldly entanglements. Entangled in false attachments, they pass their lives in egotism and self-conceit. But that being, whom the Lord has blessed with His Mercy from the very beginning, does perfect deeds, and accumulates good karma. O servant Nanak, those humble beings alone are saved, who enter the Sanctuary of the True Guru. || 2 || PAUREE: Those who are imbued with the Lord's Vision, speak the Truth. How can I obtain the dust of those who realize their Lord and Master? The mind, stained by corruption, becomes pure by associating with them. One sees the Mansion of the Lord's Presence, when the door of doubt is opened. That one, unto whom the Mansion of the Lord's Presence is revealed, is never pushed or shoved. My mind and body are enraptured, when the Lord blesses me, even for an instant, with His Glance of Grace. The nine treasures, and the treasure of the Naam are obtained by commitment to the Word of the Guru's Shabad. He alone is blessed with the dust of the feet of the Saints, upon whose forehead such pre-ordained desiny is inscribed. || 5 || SHALOK, FIFTH MEHL: O deer-eyed bride, I speak the Truth, which shall save you. Listen to these beautiful words, O beauteous bride; your Beloved Lord is your mind's only support. You have fallen in love with an evil person; tell me - show me why! I lack nothing, and I am not sad or depressed; I have no deficiency at all. I abandoned and lost my fascinating and beautiful Husband Lord; in this evil-mindedness, I have lost my good fortune. I am not mistaken, and I am not confused; I have no egotism, and commit no offense. As You have linked me, so I am linked; listen to my true message. She alone is the blessed soul-bride, and she alone is fortunate, upon whom the Husband Lord has showered His Mercy. Her Husband Lord takes away all her faults and mistakes; hugging her close in His embrace, He embellishes her. The unfortunate soul-bride makes this prayer: O Nanak, when will my turn come? All the blessed soul-brides celebrate and make merry; bless me as well with a night of bliss, O Lord. || 1 || FIFTH MEHL: Why do you waver, O my mind? The Lord is the Fulfiller of hopes and desires. Meditate on the True Guru, the Primal Being; He is the Destroyer of all pains. Worship and adore the Lord's Name, O my mind; all sinful residues and corruption shall be washed away. Those who are blessed with such pre-ordained destiny, are in love with the Formless Lord. They abandon the tastes of Maya, and gather in the infinite wealth of the Naam. Twenty-four hours a day, they are lovingly absorbed in the One Lord; they surrender and accept the Will of the Infinite Lord.

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Servant Nanak begs for this one gift: please bless me, Lord, with the Blessed Vision of Your Darshan; my mind is in love with You. || 2 || PAUREE: One who is conscious of You finds everlasting peace. One who is conscious of You does not suffer at the hands of the Messenger of Death. One who is conscious of You is not anxious. One who has the Creator as his Friend - all his affairs are resolved. One who is conscious of You is renowned and respected. One who is conscious of You becomes very wealthy. One who is conscious of You has a great family. One who is conscious of You saves his ancestors. || 6 || SHALOK, FIFTH MEHL: Blind inwardly, and blind outwardly, he sings falsely, falsely. He washes his body, and draws ritual marks on it, and totally runs after wealth. But the filth of his egotism is not removed from within, and over and over again, he comes and goes in reincarnation. Engulfed in sleep, and tormented by frustrated sexual desire, he chants the Lord's Name with his mouth. He is called a Vaishnav, but he is bound to deeds of egotism; by threshing only husks, what rewards can be obtained? Sitting among the swans, the crane does not become one of them; sitting there, he keeps staring at the fish. And when the gathering of swans looks and sees, they realize that they can never form an alliance with the crane. The swans peck at the diamonds and pearls, while the crane chases after frogs. The poor crane flies away, so that his secret will not be exposed. Whatever the Lord attaches one to, to that he is attached. Who is to blame, when the Lord wills it so? The True Guru is the lake, overflowing with pearls. One who meets the True Guru obtains them. The Sikh-swans gather at the lake, according to the Will of the True Guru. The lake is filled with the wealth of these jewels and pearls; they are spent and consumed, but they never run out. The swan never leaves the lake; such is the Pleasure of the Creator's Will. O servant Nanak, one who has such pre-ordained destiny inscribed upon his forehead - that Sikh comes to the Guru. He saves himself, and saves all his generations as well; he emancipates the whole world. || 1 || FIFTH MEHL: He is called a Pandit, a religious scholar, and yet he wanders along many pathways. He is as hard as uncooked beans. He is filled with attachment, and constantly engrossed in doubt; his body cannot hold still. False is his coming, and false is his going; he is continually on the lookout for Maya. If someone speaks the truth, then he is aggravated; he is totally filled with anger. The evil fool is engrossed in evil-mindedness and false intellectualizations; his mind is attached to emotional attachment. The deceiver abides with the five deceivers; it is a gathering of like minds. And when the Jeweller, the True Guru, appraises him, then he is exposed as mere iron. Mixed and mingled with others, he was passed off as genuine in many places; but now, the veil has been lifted, and he stands naked before all. One who comes to the Sanctuary of the True Guru, shall be transformed from iron into gold. The True Guru has no anger or vengeance; He looks upon son and enemy alike. Removing faults and mistakes, He purifies the human body.

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O Nanak, one who has such pre-ordained destiny inscribed upon his forehead, is in love with the True Guru. The Word of the Perfect True Guru's Bani is Ambrosial Nectar; it dwells in the heart of one who is blessed by the Guru's Mercy. His coming and going in reincarnation is ended; forever and ever, he is at peace. || 2 || PAUREE: He alone understands You, Lord, with whom You are pleased. He alone is approved in the Court of the Lord, with whom You are pleased. Egotism is eradicated, when You bestow Your Grace. Sinful residues are erased, when You are thoroughly pleased. One who has the Lord Master on his side, becomes fearless. One who is blessed with Your Mercy, becomes truthful. One who is blessed with Your Kindness, is not touched by fire. You are forever Merciful to those who are receptive to the Guru's Teachings. || 7 || SHALOK, FIFTH MEHL: Please grant Your Grace, O Merciful Lord; please forgive me. Forever and ever, I chant Your Name; I fall at the feet of the True Guru. Please, dwell within my mind and body, and end my sufferings. Please give me Your hand, and save me, that fear may not afflict me. May I sing Your Glorious Praises day and night; please commit me to this task. Associating with the humble Saints, the disease of egotism is eradicated. The One Lord and Master is all-pervading, permeating everywhere. By Guru's Grace, I have truly found the Truest of the True. Please bless me with Your Kindness, O Kind Lord, and bless me with Your Praises. Gazing upon the Blessed Vision of Your Darshan, I am in ecstasy; this is what Nanak loves. || 1 || FIFTH MEHL: Meditate on the One Lord within your mind, and enter the Sanctuary of the One Lord alone. Be in love with the One Lord; there is no other at all. Beg from the One Lord, the Great Giver, and you will be blessed with everything. In your mind and body, with each breath and morsel of food, meditate on the One and only Lord God. The Gurmukh obtains the true treasure, the Ambrosial Naam, the Name of the Lord. Very fortunate are those humble Saints, within whose minds the Lord has come to abide. He is pervading and permeating the water, the land and the sky; there is no other at all. Meditating on the Naam, and chanting the Naam, Nanak abides in the Will of his Lord and Master. || 2 || PAUREE: One who has You as his Saving Grace - who can kill him? One who has You as his Saving Grace conquers the three worlds. One who has You on his side - his face is radiant and bright. One who has You on his side, is the purest of the Pure. One who is blessed with Your Grace is not called to give his account. One with whom You are pleased, obtains the nine treasures. One who has You on his side, God - unto whom is he subservient? One who is blessed with Your Kind Mercy is dedicated to Your worship. || 8 || SHALOK, FIFTH MEHL: Be Merciful, O my Lord and Master, that I may pass my life in the Society of the Saints. Those who forget You are born only to die and be reincarnated again; their sufferings will never end. || 1 || FIFTH MEHL: Meditate in remembrance within your heart on the True Guru, whether you are on the most difficult path, on the mountain or by the river bank. Chanting the Name of the Lord, Har, Har, no one shall block your way. || 2 || PAUREE:

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Where You are, Almighty Lord, there is no one else. There, in the fire of the mother's womb, You protected us. Hearing Your Name, the Messenger of Death runs away. The terrifying, treacherous, impassible world-ocean is crossed over, through the Word of the Guru's Shabad. Those who feel thirst for You, take in Your Ambrosial Nectar. This is the only act of goodness in this Dark Age of Kali Yuga, to sing the Glorious Praises of the Lord of the Universe. He is Merciful to all; He sustains us with each and every breath. Those who come to You with love and faith are never turned away empty-handed. || 9 || SHALOK, FIFTH MEHL: Those whom You bless with the Support of Your Name, O Supreme Lord God, do not know any other. Inaccessible, Unfathomable Lord and Master, All-powerful True Great Giver: You are eternal and unchanging, without vengeance and True; True is the Darbaar of Your Court. Your worth cannot be described; You have no end or limitation. To forsake God, and ask for something else, is all corruption and ashes. They alone find peace, and they are the true kings, whose dealings are true. Those who are in love with God's Name, intuitively enjoy the essence of peace. Nanak worships and adores the One Lord; he seeks the dust of the Saints. || 1 || FIFTH MEHL: Singing the Kirtan of the Lord's Praises, bliss, peace and rest are obtained. Forsake other clever tricks, O Nanak; only through the Name will you be saved. || 2 || PAUREE: No one can bring You under control, by despising the world. No one can bring You under control, by studying the Vedas. No one can bring You under control, by wandering all over the world. No one can bring You under control, by any clever tricks. No one can bring You under control, by giving huge donations to charities. Everyone is under Your power, O inaccessible, unfathomable Lord. You are under the control of Your devotees; You are the strength of Your devotees. || 10 || SHALOK, FIFTH MEHL: The Lord Himself is the true physician. These physicians of the world only burden the soul with pain. The Word of the Guru's Shabad is Ambrosial Nectar; it is so delicious to eat. O Nanak, one whose mind is filled with this Nectar - all his pains are dispelled. || 1 || FIFTH MEHL: By the Hukam of Lord's Command, they move about; by the Lord's Command, they remain still. By His Hukam, they endure pain and pleasure alike. By His Hukam, they chant the Naam, the Name of the Lord, day and night. O Nanak, he alone does so, who is blessed. By the Hukam of the Lord's Command, they die; by the Hukam of His Command, they live. By His Hukam, they become tiny, and huge. By His Hukam, they receive pain, happiness and bliss. By His Hukam, they chant the Guru's Mantra, which always works. By His Hukam, coming and going in reincarnation cease, O Nanak, when He links them to His devotional worship. || 2 || PAUREE: I am a sacrifice to that musician who is Your servant, O Lord. I am a sacrifice to that musician who sings the Glorious Praises of the Infinite Lord. Blessed, blessed is that musician, for whom the Formless Lord Himself longs. Very fortunate is that musician who comes to the gate of the Court of the True Lord. That musician meditates on You, Lord, and praises You day and night. He begs for the Ambrosial Naam, the Name of the Lord, and will never be defeated. His clothes and his food are true, and he enshrines love for the Lord within.

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Praiseworthy is that musician who loves God. || 11 || SHALOK, FIFTH MEHL: The Bani of the Guru's Word is Ambrosial Nectar; its taste is sweet. The Name of the Lord is Ambrosial Nectar. Meditate in remembrance on the Lord in your mind, body and heart; twenty-four hours a day, sing His Glorious Praises. Listen to these Teachings, O Sikhs of the Guru. This is the true purpose of life. This priceless human life will be made fruitful; embrace love for the Lord in your mind. Celestial peace and absolute bliss come when one meditates on God - suffering is dispelled. O Nanak, chanting the Naam, the Name of the Lord, peace wells up, and one obtains a place in the Court of the Lord. || 1 || FIFTH MEHL: O Nanak, meditate on the Naam, the Name of the Lord; this is the Teaching imparted by the Perfect Guru. In the Lord's Will, they practice meditation, austerity and self-discipline; in the Lord's Will, they are released. In the Lord's Will, they are made to wander in reincarnation; in the Lord's Will, they are forgiven. In the Lord's Will, pain and pleasure are experienced; in the Lord's Will, actions are performed. In the Lord's Will, clay is fashioned into form; in the Lord's Will, His Light is infused into it. In the Lord's Will, enjoyments are enjoyed; in the Lord's Will, these enjoyments are denied. In the Lord's Will, they are incarnated in heaven and hell; in the Lord's Will, they fall to the ground. In the Lord's Will, they are committed to His devotional worship and Praise; O Nanak, how rare are these! || 2 || PAUREE: Hearing, hearing of the glorious greatness of the True Name, I live. Even ignorant beasts and goblins can be saved, in an instant. Day and night, chant the Name, forever and ever. The most horrible thirst and hunger is satisfied through Your Name, O Lord. Disease, sorrow and pain run away, when the Name dwells within the mind. He alone attains his Beloved, who loves the Word of the Guru's Shabad. The worlds and solar systems are saved by the Infinite Lord. Your glory is Yours alone, O my Beloved True Lord. || 12 || SHALOK, FIFTH MEHL: I abandoned and lost my Beloved Friend, O Nanak; I was fooled by the transitory color of the safflower, which fades away. I did not know Your value, O my Friend; without You, I am not worth even half a shell. || 1 || FIFTH MEHL: My mother-in-law is my enemy, O Nanak; my father-in-law is argumentative and my brother-in-law burns me at every step. They can all just play in the dust, when You are my Friend, O Lord. || 2 || PAUREE: You relieve the pains of those, within whose consciousness You dwell, O Lord. Those, within whose consciousness You dwell, never lose. One who meets the Perfect Guru will surely be saved. One who is attached to Truth, contemplates Truth. One, into whose hands the treasure comes, stops searching. He alone is known as a devotee, who loves the One Lord. He is the dust under the feet of all; he is the lover of the Lord's feet. Everything is Your wonderful play; the whole creation is Yours. || 13 || SHALOK, FIFTH MEHL: I have totally discarded praise and slander, O Nanak; I have forsaken and abandoned everything. I have seen that all relationships are false, and so I have grasped hold of the hem of Your robe, Lord. || 1 || FIFTH MEHL: I wandered and wandered and went crazy, O Nanak, in countless foreign lands and pathways.

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