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Prays Nanak, when He brings His play to its close, then only the One, the One Lord remains. || 4 || 4 || MARU, FIFTH MEHL: Pride, emotional attachment, greed and corruption are gone; I have not placed anything else, other than the Lord, within my consciousness. I have purchased the jewel of the Naam and the Glorious Praises of the Lord; loading this merchandise, I have set out on my journey. || 1 || The love which the Lord's servant feels for the Lord lasts forever. In my life, I served my Lord and Master, and as I depart, I keep Him enshrined in my consciousness. || 1 || Pause || I have not turned my face away from my Lord and Master's Command. He fills my household with celestial peace and bliss; if He asks me to leave, I leave at once. || 2 || When I am under the Lord's Command, I find even hunger pleasurable; I know no difference between sorrow and joy. Whatever the Command of my Lord and Master is, I bow my forehead and accept it. || 3 || The Lord and Master has become merciful to His servant; He has embellished both this world and the next. Blessed is that servant, and fruitful is his birth; O Nanak, he realizes his Lord and Master. || 4 || 5 || MARU, FIFTH MEHL: Good karma has dawned for me - my Lord and Master has become merciful. I sing the Kirtan of the Praises of the Lord, Har, Har. My struggle is ended; I have found peace and tranquility. All my wanderings have ceased. || 1 || Now, I have obtained the state of eternal life. The Primal Lord, the Architect of Destiny, has come into my conscious mind; I seek the Sanctuary of the Saints. || 1 || Pause || Sexual desire, anger, greed and emotional attachment are eradicated; all my enemies are eliminated. He is always ever-present, here and now, watching over me; He is never far away. || 2 || In peace and cool tranquility, my faith has been totally fulfilled; the Saints are my Helpers and Support. He has purified the sinners in an instant; I cannot express His Glorious Praises. || 3 || I have become fearless; all fear has departed. The feet of the Lord of the Universe are my only Shelter. Nanak sings the Praises of his Lord and Master; night and day, he is lovingly focused on Him. || 4 || 6 || MARU, FIFTH MEHL: He is all-powerful, the Master of all virtues, but you never sing of Him! You shall have to leave all this in an instant, but again and again, you chase after it. || 1 || Why do you not contemplate your God? You are entangled in association with your enemies, and the enjoyment of pleasures; your soul is burning up with them! || 1 || Pause || Hearing His Name, the Messenger of Death will release you, and yet, you do not enter His Sanctuary! Turn out this wretched jackal, and seek the Shelter of that God. || 2 || Praising Him, you shall cross over the terrifying world-ocean, and yet, you have not fallen in love with Him! This meager, short-lived dream, this thing - you are engrossed in it, over and over again. || 3 || When our Lord and Master, the ocean of mercy, grants His Grace, one finds honor in the Society of the Saints. Says Nanak, I am rid of the illusion of the three-phased Maya, when God becomes my help and support. || 4 || 7 || MARU, FIFTH MEHL: The Inner-knower, the Searcher of hearts, knows everything; what can anyone hide from Him?


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Your hands and feet will fall off in an instant, when you are burnt in the fire. || 1 || You fool, you have forgotten the Lord from your mind! You eat His salt, and then you are untrue to Him; before your very eyes, you shall be torn apart. || 1 || Pause || The incurable disease has arisen in your body; it cannot be removed or overcome. Forgetting God, one endures utter agony; this is the essence of reality which Nanak has realized. || 2 || 8 || MARU, FIFTH MEHL: I have enshrined the lotus feet of God within my consciousness. I sing the Glorious Praises of the Lord, continually, continuously. There is none other than Him at all. He alone exists, in the beginning, in the middle, and in the end. || 1 || He Himself is the Shelter of the Saints. || 1 || Pause || The entire universe is under His control. He Himself, the Formless Lord, is Himself by Himself. Nanak holds tight to that True Lord. He has found peace, and shall never suffer pain again. || 2 || 9 ||

MARU, FIFTH MEHL, THIRD HOUSE:

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

He is the Giver of peace to the breath of life, the Giver of life to the soul; how can you forget Him, you ignorant person? You taste the weak, insipid wine, and you have gone insane. You have uselessly wasted this precious human life. || 1 || O man, such is the foolishness you practice. Renouncing the Lord, the Support of the earth, you wander, deluded by doubt; you are engrossed in emotional attachment, associating with Maya, the slave-girl. || 1 || Pause || Abandoning the Lord, the Support of the earth, you serve her of lowly ancestry, and you pass you life acting egotistically. You do useless deeds, you ignorant person; this is why you are called a blind, self-willed manmukh. || 2 || That which is true, you believe to be untrue; what is transitory, you believe to be permanent. You grasp as your own, what belongs to others; in such delusions you are deluded. || 3 || The Kh'shaatriyas, Brahmins, Soodras and Vaishyas all cross over, through the Name of the One Lord. Guru Nanak speaks the Teachings; whoever listens to them is carried across. || 4 || 1 || 10 || MARU, FIFTH MEHL: You may act in secrecy, but God is still with you; you can only deceive other people. Forgetting your Dear Lord, you enjoy corrupt pleasures, and so you shall have to embrace red-hot pillars. || 1 || O man, why do you go out to the households of others? You filthy, heartless, lustful donkey! Haven't you heard of the Righteous Judge of Dharma? || 1 || Pause || The stone of corruption is tied around your neck, and the load of slander is on your head. You must cross over the vast open ocean, but you cannot cross over to the other side. || 2 || You are engrossed in sexual desire, anger, greed and emotional attachment; you have turned your eyes away from the Truth. You cannot even raise your head above the water of the vast, impassable sea of Maya. || 3 || The sun is liberated, and the moon is liberated; the God-realized being is pure and untouched. His inner nature is like that of fire, untouched and forever immaculate. || 4 || When good karma dawns, the wall of doubt is torn down.


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He lovingly accepts the Guru's Will. One who is blessed with the medicine of the GurMantra, the Name of the Lord, O servant Nanak, does not suffer the agonies of reincarnation. || 5 || 2 || O man, in this way, you shall cross over to the other side. Meditate on your Dear Lord, and be dead to the world; renounce your love of duality. || Second Pause || 2 || 11 || MARU, FIFTH MEHL: I have quit searching outside; the Guru has shown me that God is within the home of my own heart. I have seen God, fearless, of wondrous beauty; my mind shall never leave Him to go anywhere else. || 1 || I have found the jewel; I have found the Perfect Lord. The invaluable value cannot be obtained; in His Mercy, the Guru bestows it. || 1 || Pause || The Supreme Lord God is imperceptible and unfathomable; meeting the Holy Saint, I speak the Unspoken Speech. The unstruck sound current of the Shabad vibrates and resounds in the Tenth Gate; the Ambrosial Naam trickles down there. || 2 || I lack nothing; the thirsty desires of my mind are satisfied. The inexhaustible treasure has entered into my being. I serve the feet, the feet, the feet of the Guru, and manage the unmanageable. I have found the juice, the sublime essence. || 3 || Intuitively I come, and intuively I go; my mind intuitively plays. Says Nanak, when the Guru drives out doubt, then the soul-bride enters the Mansion of the Lord's Presence. || 4 || 3 || 12 || MARU, FIFTH MEHL: You feel no love for the One who created and embellished you. The seed, planted out season, does not germinate; it does not produce flower or fruit. || 1 || O mind, this is the time to plant the seed of the Name. Focus your mind, and cultivate this crop; at the proper time, make this your purpose. || 1 || Pause || Eradicate the stubbornness and doubt of your mind, and go to the Sanctuary of the True Guru. He alone does such deeds, who has such pre-ordained karma. || 2 || He falls in love with the Lord of the Universe, and his efforts are approved. My crop has germinated, and it shall never be used up. || 3 || I have obtained the priceless wealth, which shall never leave me or go anywhere else. Says Nanak, I have found peace; I am satisfied and fulfilled. || 4 || 4 || 13 || MARU, FIFTH MEHL: The egg of doubt has burst; my mind has been enlightened. The Guru has shattered the shackles on my feet, and has set me free. || 1 || My coming and going in reincarnation is ended. The boiling cauldron has cooled down; the Guru has blessed me with the cooling, soothing Naam, the Name of the Lord. || 1 || Pause || Since I joined the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy, those who were eyeing me have left. The one who tied me up, has released me; what can the Watchman of Death do to me now? || 2 || The load of my karma has been removed, and I am now free of karma. I have crossed the world-ocean, and reached the other shore; the Guru has blessed me with this Dharma. || 3 || True is my place, and True is my seat; I have made Truth my life's purpose. True is my capital, and True is the merchandise, which Nanak has placed into the home of the heart. || 4 || 5 || 14 || MARU, FIFTH MEHL:


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The Pandit, the religious scholar, proclaims the Vedas, but he is slow to act on them. Another person on silence sits alone, but his heart is tied in knots of desire. Another becomes an Udaasi, a renunciate; he abandons his home and walks out on his family, but his wandering impulses do not leave him. || 1 || Who can I tell about the state of my soul? Where can I find such a person who is liberated, and who can unite me with my God? || 1 || Pause || Someone may practice intensive meditation, and discipline his body, but his mind still runs around in ten directions. The celibate practices celibacy, but his heart is filled with pride. The Sannyaasi wanders around at sacred shrines of pilgrimage, but his mindless anger is still within him. || 2 || The temple dancers tie bells around their ankles to earn their living. Others go on fasts, take vows, perform the six rituals and wear religious robes for show. Some sing songs and melodies and hymns, but their minds do not sing of the Lord, Har, Har. || 3 || The Lord's Saints are immaculately pure; they are beyond pleasure and pain, beyond greed and attachment. My mind obtains the dust of their feet, when the Lord God shows mercy. Says Nanak, I met the Perfect Guru, and then the anxiety of my mind was removed. || 4 || My Sovereign Lord is the Inner-knower, the Searcher of hearts. The Beloved of my soul knows everything; all trivial talk is forgotten. || 1 || Second Pause || 6 || 15 || MARU, FIFTH MEHL: One who has Your Name in his heart is the king of all the hundreds of thousands and millions of beings. Those, whom my True Guru has not blessed with Your Name, are poor idiots, who die and are reborn. || 1 || My True Guru protects and preserves my honor. When You come to mind, Lord, then I obtain perfect honor. Forgetting You, I roll in the dust. || 1 || Pause || The mind's pleasures of love and beauty bring just as many blames and sins. The Name of the Lord is the treasure of Emancipation; it is absolute peace and poise. || 2 || The pleasures of Maya fade away in an instant, like the shade of a passing cloud. They alone are dyed in the deep crimson of the Lord's Love, who meet the Guru, and sing the Praises of the Lord, Har, Har. || 3 || My Lord and Master is lofty and exalted, grand and infinite. The Darbaar of His Court is inaccessible. Through the Naam, glorious greatness and respect are obtained; O Nanak, my Lord and Master is my Beloved. || 4 || 7 || 16 ||

MARU, FIFTH MEHL, FOURTH HOUSE:

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

The One Universal Creator Lord created the creation. He made all the days and the nights. The forests, meadows, three worlds, water, the four Vedas, the four sources of creation, the countries, the continents and all the worlds, have all come from the One Word of the Lord. || 1 || Hey - understand the Creator Lord. If you meet the True Guru, then you'll understand. || 1 || Pause || He formed the expanse of the entire universe from the three gunas, the three qualities. People are incarnated in heaven and in hell. In egotism, they come and go.


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The mind cannot hold still, even for an instant. Without the Guru, there is only pitch darkness. Meeting with the True Guru, one is emancipated. || 2 || All the deeds done in egotism, are just chains around the neck. Harboring self-conceit and self-interest is just like placing chains around one's ankles. He alone meets with the Guru, and realizes the One Lord, who has such destiny written on his forehead. || 3 || He alone meets the Lord, who is pleasing to His Mind. He alone is deluded, who is deluded by God. No one, by himself, is ignorant or wise. He alone chants the Naam, whom the Lord inspires to do so. You have no end or limitation. Servant Nanak is forever a sacrifice to You. || 4 || 1 || 17 || MARU, FIFTH MEHL: Maya, the enticer, has enticed the world of the three gunas, the three qualities. The false world is engrossed in greed. Crying out, "Mine, mine!" they collect possessions, but in the end, they are all deceived. || 1 || The Lord is fearless, formless and merciful. He is the Cherisher of all beings and creatures. || 1 || Pause || Some collect wealth, and bury it in the ground. Some cannot abandon wealth, even in their dreams. The king exercises his power, and fills his money-bags, but this fickle companion will not go along with him. || 2 || Some love this wealth even more than their body and breath of life. Some collect it, forsaking their fathers and mothers. Some hide it from their children, friends and siblings, but it will not remain with them. || 3 || Some become hermits, and sit in meditative trances. Some are Yogis, celibates, religious scholars and thinkers. Some dwell in homes, graveyards, cremation grounds and forests; but Maya still clings to them there. || 4 || When the Lord and Master releases one from his bonds, the Name of the Lord, Har, Har, comes to dwell in his soul. In the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy, His humble servants are liberated; O Nanak, they are redeemed and enraptured by the Lord's Glance of Grace. || 5 || 2 || 18 || MARU, FIFTH MEHL: Meditate in remembrance on the One Immaculate Lord. No one is turned away from Him empty-handed. He cherished and preserved you in your mother's womb; He blessed you with body and soul, and embellished you. Each and every instant, meditate on that Creator Lord. Meditating in remembrance on Him, all faults and mistakes are covered. Enshrine the Lord's lotus feet deep within the nucleus of your self. Save your soul from the waters of corruption. Your cries and shrieks shall be ended; meditating on the Lord of the Universe, your doubts and fears shall be dispelled. Rare is that being, who finds the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy. Nanak is a sacrifice, a sacrifice to Him. || 1 || The Lord's Name is the support of my mind and body. Whoever meditates on Him is emancipated. || 1 || Pause || He believes that the false thing is true. The ignorant fool falls in love with it. He is intoxicated with the wine of sexual desire, anger and greed; he loses this human life in exchance for a mere shell. He abandons his own, and loves that of others. His mind and body are permeated with the intoxication of Maya. His thirsty desires are not quenched, although he indulges in pleasures. His hopes are not fulfilled, and all his words are false. He comes alone, and he goes alone.


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False is all his talk of me and you. The Lord Himself administers the poisonous potion, to mislead and delude. O Nanak, the the karma of past actions cannot be erased. || 2 || Beasts, birds, demons and ghosts - in these many ways, the false wander in reincarnation. Wherever they go, they cannot remain there. They have no place of rest; they rise up again and again and run around. Their minds and bodies are filled with immense, expansive desires. The poor wretches are cheated by egotism. They are filled with countless sins, and are severely punished. The extent of this cannot be estimated. Forgetting God, they fall into hell. There are no mothers there, no siblings, no friends and no spouses. Those humble beings, unto whom the Lord and Master becomes Merciful, O Nanak, cross over. || 3 || Rambling and roaming, wandering around, I came to seek the Sanctuary of God. He is the Master of the meek, the father and mother of the world. The Merciful Lord God is the Destroyer of sorrow and suffering. He emancipates whoever He pleases. He lifts them up and pulls him out of the deep dark pit. Emancipation comes through loving devotional worship. The Holy Saint is the very embodiment of the Lord's form. He Himself saves us from the great fire. By myself, I cannot practice meditation, austerities, penance and self-discipline. In the beginning and in the end, God is inaccessible and unfathomable. Please bless me with Your Name, Lord; Your slave begs only for this. O Nanak, my Lord God is the Giver of the true state of life. || 4 || 3 || 19 || MARU, FIFTH MEHL: Why do you try to deceive others, O people of the world? The Fascinating Lord is Merciful to the meek. || 1 || This is what I have come to know. The brave and heroic Guru, the Generous Giver, gives Sanctuary and preserves our honor. || 1 || Pause || He submits to the Will of His devotees; He is forever and ever the Giver of peace. || 2 || Please bless me with Your Mercy, that I may meditate on Your Name alone. || 3 || Nanak, the meek and humble, begs for the Naam, the Name of the Lord; it eradicates duality and doubt. || 4 || 4 || 20 || MARU, FIFTH MEHL: My Lord and Master is utterly powerful. I am just His poor servant. || 1 || My Enticing Beloved is very dear to my mind and my breath of life. He blesses me with His gift. || 1 || Pause || I have seen and tested all. There is none other than Him. || 2 || He sustains and nurtures all beings. He was, and shall always be. || 3 || Please bless me with Your Mercy, O Divine Lord, and link Nanak to Your service. || 4 || 5 || 21 || MARU, FIFTH MEHL: The Redeemer of sinners, who carries us across; I am a sacrifice, a sacrifice, a sacrifice, a sacrifice to Him. If only I could meet with such a Saint, who would inspire me to meditate on the Lord, Har, Har, Har. || 1 || No one knows me; I am called Your slave. This is my support and sustenance. || 1 || Pause || You support and cherish all; I am meek and humble - this is my only prayer. You alone know Your Way; You are the water, and I am the fish. || 2 || O Perfect and Expansive Lord and Master, I follow You in love.


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O God, You are pervading all the worlds, solar systems and galaxies. || 3 || You are eternal and unchanging, imperishable, invisible and infinite, O divine fascinating Lord. Please bless Nanak with the gift of the Society of the Saints, and the dust of the feet of Your slaves. || 4 || 6 || 22 || MARU, FIFTH MEHL: The Saints are fulfilled and satisfied; they know the Guru's Mantra and the Teachings. They cannot even be described; they are blessed with the glorious greatness of the Naam, the Name of the Lord. || 1 || My Beloved is a priceless jewel. His Name is unattainable and immeasurable. || 1 || Pause || One whose mind is satisfied believing in the imperishable Lord God, becomes Gurmukh and attains the essence of spiritual wisdom. He sees all in his meditation. He banishes egotistical pride from his mind. || 2 || Permanent is the place of those who, through the Guru, realize the Mansion of the Lord's Presence. Meeting the Guru, they remain awake and aware night and day; they are committed to the Lord's service. || 3 || They are perfectly fulfilled and satisfied, intuitively absorbed in Samaadhi. The Lord's treasure comes into their hands; O Nanak, through the Guru, they attain it. || 4 || 7 || 23 ||

MARU, FIFTH MEHL, SIXTH HOUSE, DU-PADAS:

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

Abandon all your clever tricks; meet with the Holy, and renounce your egotistical pride. Everything else is false; with your tongue, chant the Name of the Lord, Raam, Raam. || 1 || O my mind, with your ears, listen to the Name of the Lord. The sins of your many past lifetimes shall be washed away; then, what can the wretched Messenger of Death do to you? || 1 || Pause || Pain, poverty and fear shall not afflict you, and you shall find peace and pleasure. By Guru's Grace, Nanak speaks; meditation on the Lord is the essence of spiritual wisdom. || 2 || 1 || 24 || MARU, FIFTH MEHL: Those who have forgotten the Naam, the Name of the Lord - I have seen them reduced to dust. The love of children and friends, and the pleasures of married life are torn apart. || 1 || O my mind, continually, continuously chant the Naam, the Name of the Lord. You shall not burn in the ocean of fire, and your mind and body shall be blessed with peace. || 1 || Pause || Like the shade of a tree, these things shall pass away, like the clouds blown away by the wind. Meeting with the Holy, devotional worship to the Lord is implanted within; O Nanak, only this shall work for you. || 2 || 2 || 25 || MARU, FIFTH MEHL: The perfect, primal Lord is the Giver of peace; He is always with you. He does not die, and he does not come or go in reincarnation. He does not perish, and He is not affected by heat or cold. || 1 || O my mind, be in love with the Naam, the Name of the Lord. Within the mind, think of the Lord, Har, Har, the treasure. This is the purest way of life. || 1 || Pause || Whoever meditates on the merciful compassionate Lord, the Lord of the Universe, is successful. He is always new, fresh and young, clever and beautiful; Nanak's mind is pierced through with His Love. || 2 || 3 || 26 || MARU, FIFTH MEHL: While walking and sitting, sleeping and waking, contemplate within your heart the GurMantra.


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Run to the Lord's lotus feet, and join the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy. Cross over the terrifying world-ocean, and reach the other side. || 1 || O my mind, enshrine the Naam, the Name of the Lord, within your heart. Love the Lord, and commit your mind and body to Him; forget everything else. || 1 || Pause || Soul, mind, body and breath of life belong to God; eliminate your self-conceit. Meditate, vibrate on the Lord of the Universe, and all your desires shall be fulfilled; O Nanak, you shall never be defeated. || 2 || 4 || 27 || MARU, FIFTH MEHL: Renounce your self-conceit, and the fever shall depart; become the dust of the feet of the Holy. He alone receives Your Name, Lord, whom You bless with Your Mercy. || 1 || O my mind, drink in the Ambrosial Nectar of the Naam, the Name of the Lord. Abandon other bland, insipid tastes; become immortal, and live throughout the ages. || 1 || Pause || Savor the essence of the One and only Naam; love the Naam, focus and attune yourself to the Naam. Nanak has made the One Lord his only friend, companion and relative. || 2 || 5 || 28 || MARU, FIFTH MEHL: He nourishes and preserves mortals in the womb of the mother, so that the fiery heat does not hurt them. That Lord and Master protects us here. Understand this in your mind. || 1 || O my mind, take the Support of the Naam, the Name of the Lord. Understand the One who created you; the One God is the Cause of causes. || 1 || Pause || Remember the One Lord in your mind, renounce your clever tricks, and give up all your religious robes. Meditating in remembrance forever on the Lord, Har, Har, O Nanak, countless beings have been saved. || 2 || 6 || 29 || MARU, FIFTH MEHL: His Name is the Purifier of sinners; He is the Master of the masterless. In the vast and terrifying world-ocean, he is the raft for those who have such destiny inscribed on their foreheads. || 1 || Without the Naam, the Name of the Lord, huge numbers of companions have drowned. Even if someone does not remember the Lord, the Cause of causes, still, the Lord reaches out with His hand, and saves him. || 1 || Pause || In the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy, chant the Glorious Praises of the Lord, and take the Path of the Ambrosial Name of the Lord. Shower me with Your Mercy, O Lord; listening to Your sermon, Nanak lives. || 2 || 7 || 30 ||

MARU, ANJULEE ~ WITH HANDS CUPPED IN PRAYER, FIFTH MEHL, SEVENTH HOUSE:

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

Union and separation are ordained by the Primal Lord God. The puppet is made from the five elements. By the Command of the Dear Lord King, the soul came and entered into the body. || 1 || In that place, where the fire rages like an oven, in that darkness where the body lies face down - there, one remembers his Lord and Master with each and every breath, and then he is rescued. || 2 || Then, one comes out from within the womb, and forgetting his Lord and Master, he attaches his consciousness to the world. He comes and goes, and wanders in reincarnation; he cannot remain anywhere. || 3 || The Merciful Lord Himself emancipates. He created and established all beings and creatures. Those who depart after having been victorious in this priceless human life -


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O Nanak, their coming into the world is approved. || 4 || 1 || 31 || The One Lord alone is our help and support; neither physician nor friend, nor sister nor brother can be this. || 1 || His actions alone come to pass; He washes off the filth of sins. Meditate in remembrance on that Supreme Lord. || 2 || He abides in each and every heart, and dwells in all; His seat and place are eternal. || 3 || He does not come or go, and He is always with us. His actions are perfect. || 4 || He is the Savior and the Protector of His devotees. The Saints live by meditating on God, the support of the breath of life. The Almighty Lord and Master is the Cause of causes; Nanak is a sacrifice to Him. || 5 || 2 || 32 ||

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

MARU, NINTH MEHL:

The Name of the Lord is forever the Giver of peace. Meditating in remembrance on it, Ajaamal was saved, and Ganika the prostitute was emancipated. || 1 || Pause || Dropadi the princess of Panchaala remembered the Lord's Name in the royal court. The Lord, the embodiment of mercy, removed her suffering; thus His own glory was increased. || 1 || That man, who sings the Praise of the Lord, the treasure of mercy, has the help and support of the Lord. Says Nanak, I have come to rely on this. I seek the Sanctuary of the Lord. || 2 || 1 || MARU, NINTH MEHL: What should I do now, O mother? I have wasted my whole life in sin and corruption; I never remembered the Lord. || 1 || Pause || When Death places the noose around my neck, then I lose all my senses. Now, in this disaster, other than the Name of the Lord, who will be my help and support? || 1 || That wealth, which he believes to be his own, in an instant, belongs to another. Says Nanak, this still really bothers my mind - I never sang the Praises of the Lord. || 2 || 2 || MARU, NINTH MEHL: O my mother, I have not renounced the pride of my mind. I have wasted my life intoxicated with Maya; I have not focused myself in meditation on the Lord. || 1 || Pause || When Death's club falls on my head, then I will be wakened from my sleep. But what good will it do to repent at that time? I cannot escape by running away. || 1 || When this anxiety arises in the heart, then, one comes to love the Guru's feet. My life becomes fruitful, O Nanak, only when I am absorbed in the Praises of God. || 2 || 3 ||

MARU, ASHTAPADEES, FIRST MEHL, FIRST HOUSE:

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

Reciting and listening to the Vedas and the Puraanas, countless wise men have grown weary. So many in their various religious robes have grown weary, wandering to the sixty-eight sacred shrines of pilgrimage. The True Lord and Master is immaculate and pure. The mind is satisfied only by the One Lord. || 1 || You are eternal; You do not grow old. All others pass away. One who lovingly focuses on the Naam, the source of nectar - his pains are taken away.


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|| 1 || Pause || Study the Lord's Name, and understand the Lord's Name; follow the Guru's Teachings, and through the Naam, you shall be saved. Perfect are the Teachings of the Perfect Guru; contemplate the Perfect Word of the Shabad. The Lord's Name is the sixty-eight sacred shrines of pilgrimage, and the Eradicator of sinful residues. || 2 || The blind ignorant mortal stirs the water and churns the water, wishing to obtain butter. Following the Guru's Teachings, one churns the cream, and the treasure of the Ambrosial Naam is obtained. The self-willed manmukh is a beast; he does not know the essence of reality that is contained within himself. || 3 || Dying in egotism and self-conceit, one dies, and dies again, only to be reincarnated over and over again. But when he dies in the Word of the Guru's Shabad, then he does not die, ever again. When he follows the Guru's Teachings, and enshrines the Lord, the Life of the World, within his mind, he redeems all his generations. || 4 || The Naam, the Name of the Lord, is the true object, the true commodity. The Naam is the only true profit in this world. Follow the Guru's Teachings, and contemplate it. To work in the love of duality, brings constant loss in this world. || 5 || True is one's association, true is one's place, and true is one's hearth and home, when one has the support of the Naam. Contemplating the True Word of the Guru's Bani, and the True Word of the Shabad, one becomes content. || 6 || Enjoying princely pleasures, one shall be destroyed in pain and pleasure. Adopting a name of greatness, one strings heavy sins around his neck. Mankind cannot give gifts; You alone are the Giver of everything. || 7 || You are inaccessible and unfathomable; O Lord, You are imperishable and infinite. Through the Word of the Guru's Shabad, seeking at the Lord's Door, one finds the treasure of liberation. O Nanak, this union is not broken, if one deals in the merchandise of Truth. || 8 || 1 || MARU, FIRST MEHL: The boat is loaded with sin and corruption, and launched into the sea. The shore cannot be seen on this side, nor on the shore beyond. There are no oars, nor any boatmen, to cross over the terrifying world-ocean. || 1 || O Baba, the world is caught in the great noose. By Guru's Grace, they are saved, contemplating the True Name. || 1 || Pause || The True Guru is the boat; the Word of the Shabad will carry them across. There is neither wind nor fire, neither water nor form there. The True Name of the True Lord is there; it carries them across the terrifying world-ocean. || 2 || The Gurmukhs reach the shore beyond, lovingly focusing on the True Lord. Their comings and goings are ended, and their light merges into the Light. Following the Guru's Teachings, intuitive peace wells up within them, and they remain merged in the True Lord. || 3 || The snake may be locked in a basket, but it is still poisonous, and the anger within its mind remains. One obtains what is pre-ordained; why does he blame others? If one, as Gurmukh, hears and believes in the Name, the charm against poison, his mind becomes content. || 4 || The crocodile is caught by the hook and line; caught in the trap of evil-mindedness, he regrets and repents, again and again. He does not understand birth and death; the inscription of one's past actions cannot be erased. || 5 || Injecting the poison of egotism, the world was created; with the Shabad enshrined within, the poison is eliminated. Old age cannot torment one who remains lovingly absorbed in the True Lord.


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He alone is called Jivan-Mikta, liberated while yet alive, from within whom egotism is eradicated. || 6 || The world is chasing after worldly affairs; caught and bound, it does not understand contemplative meditation. The foolish, ignorant, self-willed manmukh has forgotten birth and death. Those whom the Guru has protected are saved, contemplating the True Word of the Shabad. || 7 || In the cage of divine love, the parrot, speaks. It pecks at the Truth, and drinks in the Ambrosial Nectar; it flies away, only once. Meeting with the Guru, one recognizes his Lord and Master; says Nanak, he finds the gate of liberation. || 8 || 2 || MARU, FIRST MEHL: One who dies in the Word of the Shabad conquers death; otherwise, where can you run? Through the Fear of God, fear runs away; His Name is Ambrosial Nectar. You alone kill and protect; except for You, there is no place at all. || 1 || O Baba, I am filthy, shallow and totally without understanding. Without the Naam, no one is anything; the Perfect Guru has made my intellect perfect. || 1 || Pause || I am full of faults, and I have no virtue at all. Without virtues, how can I go home? Through the Word of the Shabad, intuitive peace wells up; without good destiny, the wealth is not obtained. Those whose minds are not filled with the Naam are bound and gagged, and suffer in pain. || 2 || Those who have forgotten the Naam - why have they even come into the world? Here and hereafter, they do not find any peace; they have loaded their carts with ashes. Those who are separated, do not meet with the Lord; they suffer in terrible pain at Death's Door. || 3 || I do not know what will happen in the world hereafter; I am so confused - please teach me, Lord! I am confused; I would fall at the feet of one who shows me the Way. Without the Guru, there is no giver at all; His value cannot be described. || 4 || If I see my friend, then I will embrace Him; I have sent Him the letter of Truth. His soul-bride stands waiting expectantly; as Gurmukh, I see Him with my eyes. By the Pleasure of Your Will, You abide in my mind, and bless me with Your Glance of Grace. || 5 || One who is wandering hungry and thirsty - what can he give, and what can anyone ask from him? I cannot conceive of any other, who can bless my mind and body with perfection. The One who created me takes care of me; He Himself blesses me with glory. || 6 || In the body-village is my Lord and Master, whose body is ever-new, Innocent and child-like, incomparably playful. He is neither a woman, nor a man, nor a bird; the True Lord is so wise and beautiful. Whatever pleases Him, happens; You are the lamp, and You are the incense. || 7 || He hears the songs and tastes the flavors, but these flavors are useless and insipid, and bring only disease to the body. One who loves the Truth and speaks the Truth, escapes from the sorrow of separation. Nanak does not forget the Naam; whatever happens is by the Lord's Will. || 8 || 3 || MARU, FIRST MEHL: Practice Truth - other greed and attachments are useless. The True Lord has fascinated this mind, and my tongue enjoys the taste of Truth. Without the Name, there is no juice; the others depart, loaded with poison. || 1 || I am such a slave of Yours, O my Beloved Lord and Master. I walk in harmony with Your Command, O my True, Sweet Beloved. || 1 || Pause || Night and day, the slave works for his overlord. I have sold my mind for the Word of the Guru's Shabad; my mind is comforted and consoled by the Shabad.

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