Sri Guru Granth Sahib Translation


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The Perfect Guru is honored and celebrated; He has taken away the pains of my mind. || 2 || I am the servant and slave of my Master; what glorious greatness of His can I describe? The Perfect Master, by the Pleasure of His Will, forgives, and then one practices Truth. I am a sacrifice to my Guru, who re-unites the separated ones. || 3 || The intellect of His servant and slave is noble and true; it is made so by the Guru's intellect. The intuition of those who are true is beautiful; the intellect of the self-willed manmukh is insipid. My mind and body belong to You, God; from the very beginning, Truth has been my only support. || 4 || In Truth I sit and stand; I eat and speak the Truth. With Truth in my consciousness, I gather the wealth of Truth, and drink in the sublime essence of Truth. In the home of Truth, the True Lord protects me; I speak the Words of the Guru's Teachings with love. || 5 || The self-willed manmukh is very lazy; he is trapped in the wilderness. He is drawn to the bait, and continually pecking at it, he is trapped; his link to the Lord is ruined. By Guru's Grace, one is liberated, absorbed in the primal trance of Truth. || 6 || His slave remains continually pierced through with love and affection for God. Without the True Lord, the soul of the false, corrupt person is burnt to ashes. Abandoning all evil actions, he crosses over in the boat of Truth. || 7 || Those who have forgotten the Naam have no home, no place of rest. The Lord's slave renounces greed and attachment, and obtains the Lord's Name. If You forgive him, Lord, then He is united with You; Nanak is a sacrifice. || 8 || 4 || MARU, FIRST MEHL: The Lord's slave renounces his egotistical pride, through the Guru's Fear, intuitively and easily. The slave realizes his Lord and Master; glorious is his greatness! Meeting with his Lord and Master, he finds peace; His value cannot be desribed. || 1 || I am the slave and servant of my Lord and Master; all glory is to my Master. By Guru's Grace, I am saved, in the Sanctuary of the Lord. || 1 || Pause || The slave has been given the most excellent task, by the Primal Command of the Master. The slave realizes the Hukam of His Command, and submits to His Will forever. The Lord King Himself grants forgiveness; how glorious is His greatness! || 2 || He Himself is True, and everything is True; this is revealed through the Word of the Guru's Shabad. He alone serves You, whom You have enjoined to do so. Without serving Him, no one finds Him; in duality and doubt, they are ruined. || 3 || How could we forget Him from our minds? The gifts which he bestows increase day by day. Soul and body, all belong to Him; He infused the breath into us. If he shows His Mercy, then we serve Him; serving Him, we merge in Truth. || 4 || He alone is the Lord's slave, who remains dead while yet alive, and eradicates egotism from within. His bonds are broken, the fire of his desire is quenched, and he is liberated. The treasure of the Naam, the Name of the Lord, is within all, but how rare are those who, as Gurmukh, obtain it. || 5 || Within the Lord's slave, there is no virtue at all; the Lord's slave is totally unworthy. There is no Giver as great as You, Lord; You alone are the Forgiver. Your slave obeys the Hukam of Your Command; this is the most excellent action. || 6 || The Guru is the pool of nectar in the world-ocean; whatever one desires, that fruit is obtained.

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The treasure of the Naam brings immortality; enshrine it in your heart and mind. Serving the Guru, eternal peace is obtained, by those whom the Lord inspires to obey the Hukam of His Command. || 7 || Gold and silver, and all metals, mix with dust in the end. Without the Name, nothing goes along with you; the True Guru has imparted this understanding. O Nanak, those who are attuned to the Naam are immaculate and pure; they remain merged in the Truth. || 8 || 5 || MARU, FIRST MEHL: The Order is issued, and he cannot remain; the permit to stay has been torn up. This mind is tied to its faults; it suffers terrible pain in its body. The Perfect Guru forgives all the mistakes of the beggar at His Door. || 1 || How can he stay here? He must get up and depart. Contemplate the Word of the Shabad, and understand this. He alone is united, whom You, O Lord, unite. Such is the Primal Command of the Infinite Lord. || 1 || Pause || As You keep me, I remain; whatever You give me, I eat. As You lead me, I follow, with the Ambrosial Name in my mouth. All glorious greatness rests in the hands of my Lord and Master; my mind yearns to unite with You. || 2 || Why should anyone praise any other created being? That Lord acts and sees. The One who created me, abides within my mind; there is no other at all. So praise that True Lord, and you shall be blessed with true honor. || 3 || The Pandit, the religious scholar, reads, but does not reach the Lord; he is totally entangled in worldly affairs. He keeps the company of both virtue and vice, tormented by hunger and the Messenger of Death. One who is protected by the Perfect Lord, forgets separation and fear. || 4 || They alone are perfect, O Siblings of Destiny, whose honor is certified. Perfect is the intellect of the Perfect Lord. True is His glorious greatness. His gifts never run short, although those who receive may grow weary of receiving. || 5 || Searching the salty sea, one finds the pearl. It looks beautiful for a few days, but in the end, it is eaten away by dust. If one serves the Guru, the ocean of Truth, the gifts one receives never run short. || 6 || They alone are pure, who are pleasing to my God; all others are soiled with filth. The filthy become pure, when they meet with the Guru, the Philosopher's Stone. Who can estimate the value of the color of the true jewel? || 7 || Wearing religious robes, the Lord is not obtained, nor is He obtained by giving donations at sacred shrines of pilgrimage. Go and ask the readers of the Vedas; without faith, the world is cheated. O Nanak, he alone values the jewel, who is blessed with the spiritual wisdom of the Perfect Guru. || 8 || 6 || MARU, FIFTH MEHL: The self-willed manmukh, in a fit of passion, abandons his home, and is ruined; then, he spies on the homes of others. He neglects his household duties, and does not meet with the True Guru; he is caught in the whirlpool of evil-mindedness. Wandering in foreign lands and reading scriptures, he grows weary, and his thirsty desires only increase. His perishable body does not remember the Word of the Shabad; like a beast, he fills his belly. || 1 || O Baba, this is the way of life of the Sannyaasi, the renunciate. Through the Word of the Guru's Shabad, he is to enshrine love for the One Lord. Imbued with Your Name, Lord, he remains satisfied and fulfilled. || 1 || Pause || He dyes his robes with saffron dye, and wearing these robes, he goes out begging. Tearing his robes, he makes a patched coat, and puts the money in his wallet. From house to house he goes begging, and tries to teach the world; but his mind is blind, and so he loses his honor. He is deluded by doubt, and does not remember the Word of the Shabad.

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He loses his life in the gamble. || 2 || Without the Guru, the fire within is not quenched; and outside, the fire still burns. Without serving the Guru, there is no devotional worship. How can anyone, by himself, know the Lord? Slandering others, one lives in hell; within him is hazy darkness. Wandering to the eixty-eight sacred shrines of pilgrimage, he is ruined. How can the filth of sin be washed away? || 3 || He sifts through the dust, and applies ashes to his body, but he is searching for the path of Maya's wealth. Inwardly and outwardly, he does not know the One Lord; if someone tells him the Truth, he grows angry. He reads the scriptures, but tells lies; such is the intellect of one who has no guru. Without chanting the Naam, how can he find peace? Without the Name, how can he look good? || 4 || Some shave their heads, some keep their hair in matted tangles; some keep it in braids, while some keep silent, filled with egotistical pride. Their minds waver and wander in ten directions, without loving devotion and enlightenment of the soul. They abandon the Ambrosial Nectar, and drink the deadly poison, driven mad by Maya. Past actions cannot be erased; without understanding the Hukam of the Lord's Command, they become beasts. || 5 || With bowl in hand, wearing his patched coat, great desires well up in his mind. Abandoning his own wife, he is engrossed in sexual desire; his thoughts are on the wives of others. He teaches and preaches, but does not contemplate the Shabad; he is bought and sold on the street. With poison within, he pretends to be free of doubt; he is ruined and humiliated by the Messenger of Death. || 6 || He alone is a Sannyaasi, who serves the True Guru, and removes his self-conceit from within. He does not ask for clothes or food; without asking, he accepts whatever he receives. He does not speak empty words; he gathers in the wealth of tolerance, and burns away his anger with the Naam. Blessed is such a householder, Sannyaasi and Yogi, who focuses his consciousness on the Lord's feet. || 7 || Amidst hope, the Sannyaasi remains unmoved by hope; he remains lovingly focused on the One Lord. He drinks in the sublime essence of the Lord, and so finds peace and tranquility; in the home of his own being, he remains absorbed in the deep trance of meditation. His mind does not waver; as Gurmukh, he understands. He restrains it from wandering out. Following the Guru's Teachings, he searches the home of his body, and obtains the wealth of the Naam. || 8 || Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva are exalted, imbued with contemplative meditation on the Naam. The sources of creation, speech, the heavens and the underworld, all beings and creatures, are infused with Your Light. All comforts and liberation are found in the Naam, and the vibrations of the Guru's Bani; I have enshrined the True Name within my heart. Without the Naam, no one is saved; O Nanak, with the Truth, cross over to the other side. || 9 || 7 || MARU, FIRST MEHL: Through the union of mother and father, the fetus is formed. The egg and sperm join together to make the body. Upside-down within the womb, it lovingly dwells on the Lord; God provides for it, and gives it nourishment there. || 1 || How can he cross over the terrifying world-ocean? The Gurmukh obtains the Immaculate Naam, the Name of the Lord; the unbearable load of sins is removed. || 1 || Pause || I have forgotten Your Virtues, Lord; I am insane - what can I do now? You are the Merciful Giver, above the heads of all. Day and night, You give gifts, and take care of all. || 2 || One is born to achieve the four great objectives of life.

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The spirit has taken up its home in the material world. Driven by hunger, it sees the path of Maya's riches; this emotional attachment takes away the treasure of liberation. || 3 || Weeping and wailing, he does not receive them; he searches here and there, and grows weary. Engrossed in sexual desire, anger and egotism, he falls in love with his false relatives. || 4 || He eats and enjoys, listens and watches, and dresses up to show off in this house of death. Without the Word of the Guru's Shabad, he does not undersand himself. Without the Lord's Name, death cannot be avoided. || 5 || The more attachment and egotism delude and confuse him, the more he cries out, "Mine, mine!", and the more he loses out. His body and wealth pass away, and he is torn by skepticism and cynicism; in the end, he regrets and repents, when the dust falls on his face. || 6 || He grows old, his body and youth waste away, and his throat is plugged with mucous; water flows from his eyes. He feet fail him, and his hands shake and tremble; the faithless cynic does not enshrine the Lord in his heart. || 7 || His intellect fails him, his black hair turns white, and no one wants to keep him in their home. Forgetting the Naam, these are the stigmas which stick to him; the Messenger of Death beats him, and drags him to hell. || 8 || The record of one's past actions cannot be erased; who else is to blame for one's birth and death? Without the Guru, life and death are pointless; without the Word of the Guru's Shabad, life just burns away. || 9 || The pleasures enjoyed in happiness bring ruin; acting in corruption is useless indulgence. Forgetting the Naam, and caught by greed, he betrays his own source; the club of the Righteous Judge of Dharma will strike him over the head. || 10 || The Gurmukhs sing the Glorious Praises of the Lord's Name; the Lord God blesses them with His Glance of Grace. Those beings are pure, perfect unlimited and infinite; in this world, they are the embodiment of the Guru, the Lord of the Universe. || 11 || Meditate in remembrance on the Lord; meditate and contemplate the Guru's Word, and love to associate with the humble servants of the Lord. The Lord's humble servants are the embodiment of the Guru; they are supreme and respected in the Court of the Lord. Nanak seeks the dust of the feet of those humble servants of the Lord. || 12 || 8 ||



The double-minded person comes and goes, and has numerous friends. The soul-bride is separated from her Lord, and she has no place of rest; how can she be comforted? || 1 || My mind is attuned to the Love of my Husband Lord. I am devoted, dedicated, a sacrifice to the Lord; if only He would bless me with His Glance of Grace, even for an instant! || 1 || Pause || I am a rejected bride, abandoned in my parents' home; how can I go to my in-laws now? I wear my faults around my neck; without my Husband Lord, I am grieving, and wasting away to death. || 2 || But if, in my parents' home, I remember my Husband Lord, then I will come to dwell in the home of my in-laws yet. The happy soul-brides sleep in peace; they find their Husband Lord, the treasure of virtue. || 3 || Their blankets and mattresses are made of silk, and so are the clothes on their bodies. The Lord rejects the impure soul-brides.

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Their life-night passes in misery. || 4 || I have tasted many flavors, and worn many robes, but without my Husband Lord, my youth is slipping away uselessly; I am separated from Him, and I cry out in pain. || 5 || I have heard the True Lord's message, contemplating the Guru. True is the home of the True Lord; by His Gracious Grace, I love Him. || 6 || The spiritual teacher applies the ointment of Truth to his eyes, and sees God, the Seer. The Gurmukh comes to know and understand; ego and pride are subdued. || 7 || O Lord, You are pleased with those who are like Yourself; there are many more like me. O Nanak, the Husband does not separate from those who are imbued with Truth. || 8 || 1 || 9 || MARU, FIRST MEHL: Neither the sisters, nor the sisters-in-law, nor the mothers-in-law, shall remain. The true relationship with the Lord cannot be broken; it was established by the Lord, O sister soul-brides. || 1 || I am a sacrifice to my Guru; I am forever a sacrifice to Him. Wandering so far without the Guru, I grew weary; now, the Guru has united me in Union with my Husband Lord. || 1 || Pause || Aunts, uncles, grandparents and sisters-in-law - they all come and go; they cannot remain. They are like boatloads of passengers embarking. || 2 || Uncles, aunts, and cousins of all sorts, cannot remain. The caravans are full, and great crowds of them are loading up at the riverbank. || 3 || O sister-friends, my Husband Lord is dyed in the color of Truth. She who lovingly remembers her True Husband Lord is not separated from Him again. || 4 || All the seasons are good, in which the soul-bride falls in love with the True Lord. That soul-bride, who knows her Husband Lord, sleeps in peace, night and day. || 5 || At the ferry, the ferryman announces, "O travellers, hurry up and cross over." I have seen them crossing over there, on the boat of the True Guru. || 6 || Some are getting on board, and some have already set out; some are weighed down with their loads. Those who deal in Truth, remain with their True Lord God. || 7 || I am not called good, and I see none who are bad. O Nanak, one who conquers and subdues his ego, becomes just like the True Lord. || 8 || 2 || 10 || MARU, FIRST MEHL: I do not believe that anyone is foolish; I do not believe that anyone is clever. Imbued forever with the Love of my Lord and Master, I chant His Name, night and day. || 1 || O Baba, I am so foolish, but I am a sacrifice to the Name. You are the Creator, You are wise and all-seeing. Through Your Name, we are carried across. || 1 || Pause || The same person is foolish and wise; the same light within has two names. The most foolish of the foolish are those who do not believe in the Name. || 2 || Through the Guru's Gate, the Gurdwara, the Name is obtained. Without the True Guru, it is not received. Through the Pleasure of the True Guru's Will, the Name comes to dwell in the mind, and then, night and day, one remains lovingly absorbed in the Lord. || 3 || In power, pleasures, beauty, wealth and youth, one gambles his life away. Bound by the Hukam of God's Command, the dice are thrown; he is just a piece in the game of chess. || 4 || The world is clever and wise, but it is deluded by doubt, and forgets the Name; the Pandit, the religious scholar, studies the scriptures, but he is still a fool.

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Forgetting the Name, he dwells upon the Vedas; he writes, but he is confused by his poisonous corruption. || 5 || He is like the crop planted in the salty soil, or the tree growing on the river bank, or the white clothes sprinkled with dirt. This world is the house of desire; whoever enters it, is burnt down by egotistical pride. || 6 || Where are all the kings and their subjects? Those who are immersed in duality are destroyed. Says Nanak, these are the steps of the ladder, of the Teachings of the True Guru; only the Unseen Lord shall remain. || 7 || 3 || 11 ||



One whose mind is filled with the Lord's Love, is intuitively exalted by the True Word of the Shabad. He alone knows the pain of this love; what does anyone else know about its cure? || 1 || He Himself unites in His Union. He Himself inspires us with His Love. He alone appreciates the value of Your Love, upon whom You shower Your Grace, O Lord. || 1 || Pause || One whose spiritual vision is awakened - his doubt is driven out. By Guru's Grace, he obtains the supreme status. He alone is a Yogi, who understands this way, and contemplates the Word of the Guru's Shabad. || 2 || By good destiny, the soul-bride is united with her Husband Lord. Following the Guru's Teachings, she eradicates her evil-mindedness from within. With love, she continually enjoys pleasure with Him; she becomes the beloved of her Husband Lord. || 3 || Other than the True Guru, there is no physician. He Himself is the Immaculate Lord. Meeting with the True Guru, evil is conquered, and spiritual wisdom is contemplated. || 4 || One who is committed to this most sublime Shabad becomes Gurmukh, and is rid of thirst and hunger. By one's own efforts, nothing can be accomplished; the Lord, in His Mercy, bestows power. || 5 || The True Guru has revealed the essence of the Shaastras and the Vedas. In His Mercy, He has come into the home of my self. In the midst of Maya, the Immaculate Lord is known, by those upon whom You bestow Your Grace. || 6 || One who becomes Gurmukh, obtains the essence of reality; he eradictes his self-conceit from within. Without the True Guru, all are entangled in worldly affairs; consider this in your mind, and see. || 7 || Some are deluded by doubt; they strut around egotistically. Some, as Gurmukh, subdue their egotism. Attuned to the True Word of the Shabad, they remain detached from the world. The other ignorant fools wander, confused and deluded by doubt. || 8 || Those who have not become Gurmukh, and who have not found the Naam, the Name of the Lord - those self-willed manmukhs waste their lives uselessly. In the world hereafter, nothing except the Name will be of any assistance; this is understood by contemplating the Guru. || 9 || The Ambrosial Naam is the Giver of peace forever. Throughout the four ages, it is known through the Perfect Guru. He alone receives it, unto whom You bestow it; this is the essence of reality which Nanak has realized. || 10 || 1 ||

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Wandering and roaming through 8.4 million incarnations, you have now been given this human life, so difficult to obtain. || 1 || You fool! You are attached and clinging to such trivial pleasures! The Ambrosial Nectar abides with you, but you are engrossed in sin and corruption. || 1 || Pause || You have come to trade in gems and jewels, but you have loaded only barren soil. || 2 || That home within which you live - you have not kept that home in your thoughts. || 3 || He is immovable, indestructible, the Giver of peace to the soul; and yet you do not sing His Praises, even for an instant. || 4 || You have forgotten that place where you must go; you have not attached your mind to the Lord, even for an instant. || 5 || Gazing upon your children, spouse, household and paraphernalia, you are entangled in them. || 6 || As God links the mortals, so are they linked, and so are the deeds they do. || 7 || When He becomes Merciful, then the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy, is found; servant Nanak meditates on God. || 8 || 1 || MARU, FIFTH MEHL: Granting His Grace, He has protected me; I have found the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy. My tongue lovingly chants the Lord's Name; this love is so sweet and intense! || 1 || He is the place of rest for my mind, my friend, companion, associate and relative; He is the Inner-knower, the Searcher of hearts. || 1 || Pause || He created the world-ocean; I seek the Sanctuary of that God. By Guru's Grace, I worship and adore God; the Messenger of Death can't say anything to me. || 2 || Emancipation and liberation are at His Door; He is the treasure in the hearts of the Saints. The all-knowing Lord and Master shows us the true way of life; He is our Savior and Protector forever. || 3 || Pain, suffering and troubles are eradicated, when the Lord abides in the mind. Death, hell and the most horrible dwelling of sin and corruption cannot even touch such a person. || 4 || Wealth, miraculous spiritual powers and the nine treasures come from the Lord, as do the streams of Ambrosial Nectar. In the beginning, in the middle, and in the end, He is perfect, lofty, unapproachable and unfathomable. || 5 || The Siddhas, seekers, angelic beings, silent sages, and the Vedas speak of Him. Meditating in remembrance on the Lord and Master, celestial peace is enjoyed; He has no end or limitation. || 6 || Countless sins are erased in an instant, meditating on the Benevolent Lord within the heart. Such a person becomes the purest of the pure, and is blessed with the merits of millions of donations to charity and cleansing baths. || 7 || God is power, intellect, understanding, the breath of life, wealth, and everything for the Saints. May I never forget Him from my mind, even for an instant - this is Nanak's prayer. || 8 || 2 || MARU, FIFTH MEHL: The sharp tool cuts down the tree, but it does not feel anger in its mind. It serves the purpose of the cutter, and does not blame him at all. || 1 || O my mind, continually, continuously, meditate on the Lord. The Lord of the Universe is merciful, divine and compassionate.

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Listen - this is the way of the Saints. || 1 || Pause || He plants his feet in the boat, and then sits down in it; the fatigue of his body is relieved. The great ocean does not even affect him; in an instant, he arrives on the other shore. || 2 || Sandalwood, aloe, and camphor-paste - the earth does not love them. But it doesn't mind, if someone digs it up bit by bit, and applies manure and urine to it. || 3 || High and low, bad and good - the comforting canopy of the sky stretches evenly over all. It knows nothing of friend and enemy; all beings are alike to it. || 4 || Blazing with its dazzling light, the sun rises, and dispels the darkness. Touching both the pure and the impure, it harbors no hatred to any. || 5 || The cool and fragrant wind gently blows upon all places alike. Wherever anything is, it touches it there, and does not hesitate a bit. || 6 || Good or bad, whoever comes close to the fire - his cold is taken away. It knows nothing of its own or others'; it is constant in the same quality. || 7 || Whoever seeks the Sancuary of the feet of the Sublime Lord - his mind is attuned to the Love of the Beloved. Constantly singing the Glorious Praises of the Lord of the World, O Nanak, God becomes merciful to us. || 8 || 3 ||



Moonlight, moonlight - in the courtyard of the mind, let the moonlight of God shine down. || 1 || Meditation, meditation - sublime is meditation on the Name of the Lord, Har, Har. || 2 || Renunciation, renunciation - noble is the renunciation of sexual desire, anger and greed. || 3 || Begging, begging - it is noble to beg for the Lord's Praise from the Guru. || 4 || Vigils, vigils - sublime is the vigil spent singing the Kirtan of the Lord's Praises. || 5 || Attachment, attachment - sublime is the attachment of the mind to the Guru's Feet. || 6 || He alone is blessed with this way of life, upon whose forehead such destiny is recorded. || 7 || Says Nanak, everything is sublime and noble, for one who enters the Sanctuary of God. || 8 || 1 || 4 || MARU, FIFTH MEHL: Please come, O please come into the home of my heart, that I may hear with my ears the Lord's Praises. || 1 || Pause || With your coming, my soul and body are rejuvenated, and I sing with you the Lord's Praises. || 1 || By the Grace of the Saint, the Lord dwells within the heart, and the love of duality is eradicated. || 2 || By the kindness of the devotee, the intellect is enlightened, and pain and evil-mindedness are eradicated. || 3 || Beholding the Blessed Vision of His Darshan, one is sanctified, and is no longer consigned to the womb of reincarnation. || 4 || The nine treasures, wealth and miraculous spiritual powers are obtained, by one who is pleasing to Your mind. || 5 || Without the Saint, I have no place of rest at all; I cannot think of any other place to go. || 6 || I am unworthy; no one gives me sanctuary. But in the Society of the Saints, I merge in God. || 7 || Says Nanak, the Guru has revealed this miracle; within my mind, I enjoy the Lord, Har, Har. || 8 || 2 || 5 ||

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MARU, FIFTH MEHL: Fruitful is the life, the life of one who hears about the Lord, and chants and meditates on Him; he lives forever. || 1 || Pause || The real drink is that which satisfies the mind; this drink is the sublime essence of the Ambrosial Naam. || 1 || The real food is that which will never leave you hungry again; it will leave you contented and satisfied forever. || 2 || The real clothes are those which protect your honor before the Transcendent Lord, and do not leave you naked ever again. || 3 || The real enjoyment within the mind is to be absorbed in the sublime essence of the Lord, in the Society of the Saints. || 4 || Sew devotional worship to the Lord into the mind, without any needle or thread. || 5 || Imbued and intoxicated with the sublime essence of the Lord, this experience will never wear off again. || 6 || One is blessed with all treasures, when God, in His Mercy, gives them. || 7 || O Nanak, service to the Saints beings peace; I drink in the wash water of the feet of the Saints. || 8 || 3 || 6 ||



The household which is filled with abundance - that household suffers anxiety. One whose household has little, wanders around searching for more. He alone is happy and at peace, who is liberated from both conditions. || 1 || Householders and kings fall into hell, along with renunciates and angry men, and all those who study and recite the Vedas in so many ways. Perfect is the work of that humble servant, who remains unattached while in the body. || 2 || The mortal sleeps, even while he is awake; he is being plundered by doubt. Without the Guru, liberation is not obtained, friend. In the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy, the bonds of egotism are released, and one comes to behold the One and only Lord. || 3 || Doing deeds, one is placed in bondage; but if he does not act, he is slandered. Intoxicated with emotional attachment, the mind is afflicted with anxiety. One who looks alike upon pleasure and pain, by Guru's Grace, sees the Lord in each and every heart. || 4 || Within the world, one is afflicted by skepticism; he does not know the imperceptible Unspoken Speech of the Lord. He alone understands, whom the Lord inspires to understand. The Lord cherishes him as His child. || 5 || He may try to abandon Maya, but he is not released. If he collects things, then his mind is afraid of losing them. I wave the fly-brush over that holy person, whose honor is protected in the midst of Maya. || 6 || He alone is a warrior hero, who remains dead to the world. One who runs away will wander in reincarnation. Whatever happens, accept that as good. Realize the Hukam of His Command, and your evil-mindedness will be burnt away. || 7 || Whatever He links us to, to that we are linked. He acts, and does, and watches over His Creation. You are the Giver of peace, the Perfect Lord of Nanak; as You grant Your blessings, I dwell upon Your Name. || 8 || 1 || 7 || MARU, FIFTH MEHL: Beneath the tree, all beings have gathered. Some are hot-headed, and some speak very sweetly. Sunset has come, and they rise up and depart; their days have run their course and expired. || 1 || Those who committed sins are sure to be ruined. Azraa-eel, the Angel of Death, seizes and tortures them.

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They are consigned to hell by the Creator Lord, and the Accountant calls them to give their account. || 2 || No brothers or sisters can go with them. Leaving behind their property, youth and wealth, they march off. They do not know the kind and compassionate Lord; they shall be crushed like sesame seeds in the oil-press. || 3 || You happily, cheerfully steal the possessions of others, but the Lord God is with you, watching and listening. Through worldly greed, you have fallen into the pit; you know nothing of the future. || 4 || You shall be born and born again, and die and die again, only to be reincarnated again. You shall suffer terrible punishment, on your way to the land beyond. The mortal does not know the One who created him; he is blind, and so he shall suffer. || 5 || Forgetting the Creator Lord, he is ruined. The drama of the world is bad; it brings sadness and then happiness. One who does not meet the Saint does not have faith or contentment; he wanders just as he pleases. || 6 || The Lord Himself stages all this drama. Some, he lifts up, and some he throws into the waves. As He makes them dance, so do they dance. Everyone lives their lives according to their past actions. || 7 || When the Lord and Master grants His Grace, then we meditate on Him. In the Society of the Saints, one is not consigned to hell. Please bless Nanak with the gift of the Ambrosial Naam, the Name of the Lord; he continually sings the songs of Your Glories. || 8 || 2 || 8 || 12 || 20 ||



The True Lord is True; there is no other at all. He who created, shall in the end destroy. As it pleases You, so You keep me, and so I remain; what excuse could I offer to You? || 1 || You Yourself create, and You Yourself destroy. You yourself link each and every person to their tasks. You contemplate Yourself, You Yourself make us worthy; You Yourself place us on the Path. || 2 || You Yourself are all-wise, You Yourself are all-knowing. You Yourself created the Universe, and You are pleased. You Yourself are the air, water and fire; You Yourself unite in Union. || 3 || You Yourself are the moon, the sun, the most perfect of the perfect. You Yourself are spiritual wisdom, meditation, and the Guru, the Warrior Hero. The Messenger of Death, and his noose of death, cannot touch one, who is lovingly focused on You, O True Lord. || 4 || You Yourself are the male, and You Yourself are the female. You Yourself are the chess-board, and You Yourself are the chessman. You Yourself staged the drama in the arena of the world, and You Yourself evaluate the players. || 5 || You Yourself are the bumble bee, the flower, the fruit and the tree. You Yourself are the water, the desert, the ocean and the pool. You Yourself are the great fish, the tortoise, the Cause of causes; Your form cannot be known. || 6 || You Yourself are the day, and You Yourself are the night. You Yourself are pleased by the Word of the Guru's Bani. From the very beginning, and throughout the ages, the unstruck sound current resounds, night and day; in each and every heart, the Word of the Shabad, echoes Your Will. || 7 || You Yourself are the jewel, incomparably beautiful and priceless. You Yourself are the Assessor, the Perfect Weigher.

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You Yourself test and forgive. You Yourself give and take, O Siblings of Destiny. || 8 || He Himself is the bow, and He Himself is the archer. He Himself is all-wise, beautiful and all-knowing. He is the speaker, the orator and the listener. He Himself made what is made. || 9 || Air is the Guru, and water is known to be the father. The womb of the great mother earth gives birth to all. Night and day are the two nurses, male and female; the world plays in this play. || 10 || You Yourself are the fish, and You Yourself are the net. You Yourself are the cows, and You yourself are their keeper. Your Light fills all the beings of the world; they walk according to Your Command, O God. || 11 || You Yourself are the Yogi, and You Yourself are the enjoyer. You Yourself are the reveller; You form the supreme Union. You Yourself are speechless, formless and fearless, absorbed in the primal ecstasy of deep meditation. || 12 || The sources of creation and speech are contained within You, Lord. All that is seen, is coming and going. They are the true bankers and traders, whom the True Guru has inspired to understand. || 13 || The Word of the Shabad is understood through the Perfect True Guru. The True Lord is overflowing with all powers. You are beyond our grasp, and forever independent. You do not have even an iota of greed. || 14 || Birth and death are meaningless, for those who enjoy the sublime celestial essence of the Shabad within their minds. He Himself is the Giver of liberation, satisfaction and blessings, to those devotees who love Him in their minds. || 15 || He Himself is immaculate; by contact with the Guru, spiritual wisdom is obtained. Whatever is seen, shall merge into You. Nanak, the lowly, begs for charity at Your Door; please, bless him with the glorious greatness of Your Name. || 16 || 1 || MARU, FIRST MEHL: He Himself is the earth, the mythical bull which supports it and the Akaashic ethers. The True Lord Himself reveals His Glorious Virtues. He Himself is celibate, chaste and contented; He Himself is the Doer of deeds. || 1 || He who created the creation, beholds what He has created. No one can erase the Inscription of the True Lord. He Himself is the Doer, the Cause of causes; He Himself is the One who bestows glorious greatness. || 2 || The five thieves cause the fickle consciousness to waver. It looks into the homes of others, but does not search its own home. The body-village crumbles into dust; without the Word of the Shabad, one's honor is lost. || 3 || One who realizes the Lord through the Guru, comprehends the three worlds. He subdues his desires, and struggles with his mind. Those who serve You, become just like You; O Fearless Lord, You are their best friend from infancy. || 4 || You Yourself are the heavenly realms, this world and the nether regions of the underworld. You Yourself are the embodiment of light, forever young. With matted hair, and a horrible, dreadful form, still, You have no form or feature. || 5 || The Vedas and the Bible do not know the mystery of God. He has no mother, father, child or brother. He created all the mountains, and levels them again; the Unseen Lord cannot be seen. || 6 || I have grown weary of making so many friends. No one can rid me of my sins and mistakes. God is the Supreme Lord and Master of all the angels and mortal beings; blessed with His Love, their fear is dispelled. || 7 || He puts back on the Path those who have wandered and strayed. You Yourself make them stray, and You teach them again. I cannot see anything except the Name.

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