Vaaran Bhai Gurdas Ji

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ੴ ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਪ੍ਰਸਾਦਿ ॥
ik oankaar satigur prasaad |

One Oankar, the primal energy, realized through the grace of divine preceptor

ਪਉੜੀ ੧
paurree 1

ਪਹਿਲਾ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਜਨਮੁ ਲੈ ਭੈ ਵਿਚਿ ਵਰਤੈ ਹੋਇ ਇਆਣਾ ।
pahilaa guramukh janam lai bhai vich varatai hoe eaanaa |

Having been born in this world, the gurmukh becoming innocent and ignorant ducts himself in the fear of the Lord.

ਗੁਰ ਸਿਖ ਲੈ ਗੁਰਸਿਖੁ ਹੋਇ ਭਾਇ ਭਗਤਿ ਵਿਚਿ ਖਰਾ ਸਿਆਣਾ ।
gur sikh lai gurasikh hoe bhaae bhagat vich kharaa siaanaa |

Adopting the teaching of the Guru becomes the Sikh of the Guru and sustaining himself in the loving devotion, e leads a pure and intelligent life.

ਗੁਰ ਸਿਖ ਸੁਣਿ ਮੰਨੈ ਸਮਝਿ ਮਾਣਿ ਮਹਤਿ ਵਿਚਿ ਰਹੈ ਨਿਮਾਣਾ ।
gur sikh sun manai samajh maan mahat vich rahai nimaanaa |

After listening to and understanding it, e accepts the teachings of the Guru and even earning the glories continues be humble.

ਗੁਰ ਸਿਖ ਗੁਰਸਿਖੁ ਪੂਜਦਾ ਪੈਰੀ ਪੈ ਰਹਰਾਸਿ ਲੁਭਾਣਾ ।
gur sikh gurasikh poojadaa pairee pai raharaas lubhaanaa |

In accordance with the teachings of the Guru, he worships the e Sikhs and touching their feet and, following their virtus path, he becomes avourite of all.

ਗੁਰ ਸਿਖ ਮਨਹੁ ਨ ਵਿਸਰੈ ਚਲਣੁ ਜਾਣਿ ਜੁਗਤਿ ਮਿਹਮਾਣਾ ।
gur sikh manahu na visarai chalan jaan jugat mihamaanaa |

Guru's instruction is never forgotten by the Sikh and he having learnt the way of considering himself as a passing guest, spends his life (purposefully) here.

ਗੁਰ ਸਿਖ ਮਿਠਾ ਬੋਲਣਾ ਨਿਵਿ ਚਲਣਾ ਗੁਰਸਿਖੁ ਪਰਵਾਣਾ ।
gur sikh mitthaa bolanaa niv chalanaa gurasikh paravaanaa |

The Sikh of the Guru speaks sweetly and accept humility as the proper way of life.

ਘਾਲਿ ਖਾਇ ਗੁਰਸਿਖ ਮਿਲਿ ਖਾਣਾ ।੧।
ghaal khaae gurasikh mil khaanaa |1|

The Gurmukh, guru-oriented person earns is livelihood by hard labour and shares his victuals with other Sikhs of the um.

ਪਉੜੀ ੨
paurree 2

ਦਿਸਟਿ ਦਰਸ ਲਿਵ ਸਾਵਧਾਨੁ ਸਬਦ ਸੁਰਤਿ ਚੇਤੰਨੁ ਸਿਆਣਾ ।
disatt daras liv saavadhaan sabad surat chetan siaanaa |

The vision of a gurmukh remains seated in his desire for the glimpse of the Lord, and by virtue of his watchful realization of the sabad, he acquires wisdom.

ਨਾਮੁ ਦਾਨੁ ਇਸਨਾਨੁ ਦਿੜੁ ਮਨ ਬਚ ਕਰਮ ਕਰੈ ਮੇਲਾਣਾ ।
naam daan isanaan dirr man bach karam karai melaanaa |

Being steadfast in meditation upon mint, charity, and ablution, he maintains co-ordination in his mind, speech and actions.

ਗੁਰਸਿਖ ਥੋੜਾ ਬੋਲਣਾ ਥੋੜਾ ਸਉਣਾ ਥੋੜਾ ਖਾਣਾ ।
gurasikh thorraa bolanaa thorraa saunaa thorraa khaanaa |

The Sikh of the Guru speaks less, sleeps less and eats little.

ਪਰ ਤਨ ਪਰ ਧਨ ਪਰਹਰੈ ਪਰ ਨਿੰਦਾ ਸੁਣਿ ਮਨਿ ਸਰਮਾਣਾ ।
par tan par dhan paraharai par nindaa sun man saramaanaa |

Repudiating other's body (woman) and other's wealth he avoids listening to the slander of others.

ਗੁਰ ਮੂਰਤਿ ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਸਬਦੁ ਸਾਧਸੰਗਤਿ ਸਮਸਰਿ ਪਰਵਾਣਾ ।
gur moorat satigur sabad saadhasangat samasar paravaanaa |

He accepts the presence of Guru equally in the sabad (Word) and the holy congregation.

ਇਕ ਮਨਿ ਇਕੁ ਅਰਾਧਣਾ ਦੁਤੀਆ ਨਾਸਤਿ ਭਾਵੈ ਭਾਣਾ ।
eik man ik araadhanaa duteea naasat bhaavai bhaanaa |

With single-mindedness he adores the one Lord, and having no sense of duality, he rejoices in the will of the Lord.

ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਹੋਦੈ ਤਾਣਿ ਨਿਤਾਣਾ ।੨।
guramukh hodai taan nitaanaa |2|

Despite his all powers the gurmukh considers himself meek and humble .

ਪਉੜੀ ੩
paurree 3

ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਰੰਗੁ ਨ ਦਿਸਈ ਹੋਂਦੀ ਅਖੀਂ ਅੰਨ੍ਹਾ ਸੋਈ ।
guramukh rang na disee hondee akheen anhaa soee |

He who cannot see the grandneur of gurmukhs is blind despite his eyes.

ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਸਮਝਿ ਨ ਸਕਈ ਹੋਂਦੀ ਕੰਨੀਂ ਬੋਲਾ ਹੋਈ ।
guramukh samajh na sakee hondee kaneen bolaa hoee |

He ‘who does not understand the idea of a gurmukh is deaf despite his ears.

ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਸਬਦੁ ਨ ਗਾਵਈ ਹੋਂਦੀ ਜੀਭੈ ਗੁੰਗਾ ਗੋਈ ।
guramukh sabad na gaavee hondee jeebhai gungaa goee |

He ho does not sing the hymns of Gurmukh is dumb though having a tongue.

ਚਰਣ ਕਵਲ ਦੀ ਵਾਸ ਵਿਣੁ ਨਕਟਾ ਹੋਂਦੇ ਨਕਿ ਅਲੋਈ ।
charan kaval dee vaas vin nakattaa honde nak aloee |

Devoid of the fragrance of the lotus feet of the Guru, he is supposed to be with a clipped nose (brazen-faced) despite his lovely nose.

ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਕਾਰ ਵਿਹੂਣਿਆਂ ਹੋਂਦੀ ਕਰੀਂ ਲੁੰਜਾ ਦੁਖ ਰੋਈ ।
guramukh kaar vihooniaan hondee kareen lunjaa dukh roee |

A person devoid of Gurmukh's sense of service is a wailing cripple, his healthy hands notwithstanding and he goes on weeping.

ਗੁਰਮਤਿ ਚਿਤਿ ਨ ਵਸਈ ਸੋ ਮਤਿ ਹੀਣੁ ਲਹਦਾ ਢੋਈ ।
guramat chit na vasee so mat heen lahadaa dtoee |

One in whose heart, the wisdom of the Guru is not sustained, is a fool who gets no shelter anywhere.

ਮੂਰਖ ਨਾਲਿ ਨ ਕੋਇ ਸਥੋਈ ।੩।
moorakh naal na koe sathoee |3|

The idiot has no companion.

ਪਉੜੀ ੪
paurree 4

ਘੁਘੂ ਸੁਝੁ ਨ ਸੁਝਈ ਵਸਦੀ ਛਡਿ ਰਹੈ ਓਜਾੜੀ ।
ghughoo sujh na sujhee vasadee chhadd rahai ojaarree |

Owl does not have any thoughtful understanding and leaving habitats lives in deserted places.

ਇਲਿ ਪੜ੍ਹਾਈ ਨ ਪੜ੍ਹੈ ਚੂਹੇ ਖਾਇ ਉਡੇ ਦੇਹਾੜੀ ।
eil parrhaaee na parrhai choohe khaae udde dehaarree |

Kite cannot be taught texts and eating rats keeps on flying the whole day.

ਵਾਸੁ ਨ ਆਵੈ ਵਾਂਸ ਨੋ ਹਉਮੈ ਅੰਗਿ ਨ ਚੰਨਣ ਵਾੜੀ ।
vaas na aavai vaans no haumai ang na chanan vaarree |

Even being in the garden of sandal wood, the egotist bamboo does not get fragrant.

ਸੰਖੁ ਸਮੁੰਦਹੁ ਸਖਣਾ ਗੁਰਮਤਿ ਹੀਣਾ ਦੇਹ ਵਿਗਾੜੀ ।
sankh samundahu sakhanaa guramat heenaa deh vigaarree |

As the conch remains empty though liviing in sea, the person devoid of the wisdom of Guru (gurmati) is spoiling his body.

ਸਿੰਮਲੁ ਬਿਰਖੁ ਨ ਸਫਲੁ ਹੋਇ ਆਪੁ ਗਣਾਏ ਵਡਾ ਅਨਾੜੀ ।
sinmal birakh na safal hoe aap ganaae vaddaa anaarree |

The cotton-silk tree does not bear fruit howsoever much that colourless may brag of its greatness.

ਮੂਰਖੁ ਫਕੜਿ ਪਵੈ ਰਿਹਾੜੀ ।੪।
moorakh fakarr pavai rihaarree |4|

Only fools quarrls over trivialities.

ਪਉੜੀ ੫
paurree 5

ਅੰਨ੍ਹੇ ਅਗੈ ਆਰਸੀ ਨਾਈ ਧਰਿ ਨ ਵਧਾਈ ਪਾਵੈ ।
anhe agai aarasee naaee dhar na vadhaaee paavai |

A barber showing mirror to a blind person never gets the reward.

ਬੋਲੈ ਅਗੈ ਗਾਵੀਐ ਸੂਮੁ ਨ ਡੂਮੁ ਕਵਾਇ ਪੈਨ੍ਹਾਵੈ ।
bolai agai gaaveeai soom na ddoom kavaae painhaavai |

Singing before a deaf person is in vain and likewise a miser does not present a robe to his minstrel as a gift.

ਪੁਛੈ ਮਸਲਤਿ ਗੁੰਗਿਅਹੁ ਵਿਗੜੈ ਕੰਮੁ ਜਵਾਬੁ ਨ ਆਵੈ ।
puchhai masalat gungiahu vigarrai kam javaab na aavai |

If the dumb is consulted on any issue, the issue will go worse and he will not be able to answer.

ਫੁਲਵਾੜੀ ਵੜਿ ਗੁਣਗੁਣਾ ਮਾਲੀ ਨੋ ਨ ਇਨਾਮੁ ਦਿਵਾਵੈ ।
fulavaarree varr gunagunaa maalee no na inaam divaavai |

If a person devoid of the sense of smell goes to a garden, he cannot recommend the gardener for award.

ਲੂਲੇ ਨਾਲਿ ਵਿਆਹੀਐ ਕਿਵ ਗਲਿ ਮਿਲਿ ਕਾਮਣਿ ਗਲਿ ਲਾਵੈ ।
loole naal viaaheeai kiv gal mil kaaman gal laavai |

How could a woman married to a cripple embrace him.

ਸਭਨਾ ਚਾਲ ਸੁਹਾਵਣੀ ਲੰਗੜਾ ਕਰੇ ਲਖਾਉ ਲੰਗਾਵੈ ।
sabhanaa chaal suhaavanee langarraa kare lakhaau langaavai |

Where all others have a fair gait, the lame however he may pretend, would definitely be seen limping.

ਲੁਕੈ ਨ ਮੂਰਖੁ ਆਪੁ ਲਖਾਵੈ ।੫।
lukai na moorakh aap lakhaavai |5|

Thus, the fool never remains hidden, and he definitely exposes himself.

ਪਉੜੀ ੬
paurree 6

ਪਥਰੁ ਮੂਲਿ ਨ ਭਿਜਈ ਸਉ ਵਰ੍ਹਿਆ ਜਲਿ ਅੰਦਰਿ ਵਸੈ ।
pathar mool na bhijee sau varhiaa jal andar vasai |

Even after remaining in water for a hundred years the stone would not get wet at all.

ਪਥਰ ਖੇਤੁ ਨ ਜੰਮਈ ਚਾਰਿ ਮਹੀਨੇ ਇੰਦਰੁ ਵਰਸੈ ।
pathar khet na jamee chaar maheene indar varasai |

It may rain for four months continuously, but a stone would not sprout in the field.

ਪਥਰਿ ਚੰਨਣੁ ਰਗੜੀਏ ਚੰਨਣ ਵਾਂਗਿ ਨ ਪਥਰੁ ਘਸੈ ।
pathar chanan ragarree chanan vaang na pathar ghasai |

A stone grinding sandal, never gets worn off like sandal.

ਸਿਲ ਵਟੇ ਨਿਤ ਪੀਸਦੇ ਰਸ ਕਸ ਜਾਣੇ ਵਾਸੁ ਨ ਰਸੈ ।
sil vatte nit peesade ras kas jaane vaas na rasai |

Grinding stones always grind the material but never know about the taste and virtues of the things ground.

ਚਕੀ ਫਿਰੈ ਸਹੰਸ ਵਾਰ ਖਾਇ ਨ ਪੀਐ ਭੁਖ ਨ ਤਸੈ ।
chakee firai sahans vaar khaae na peeai bhukh na tasai |

The grinding stone moves around thousands of times but it never feels hunger or thirst.

ਪਥਰ ਘੜੈ ਵਰਤਣਾ ਹੇਠਿ ਉਤੇ ਹੋਇ ਘੜਾ ਵਿਣਸੈ ।
pathar gharrai varatanaa hetth ute hoe gharraa vinasai |

The relationship between the stone and the pitcher is such that pitcher has to perish whether the stone strikes the pitcher or vice versa.

ਮੂਰਖ ਸੁਰਤਿ ਨ ਜਸ ਅਪਜਸੈ ।੬।
moorakh surat na jas apajasai |6|

The stupid does not understand the difference between fame and infamy.

ਪਉੜੀ ੭
paurree 7

ਪਾਰਸ ਪਥਰ ਸੰਗੁ ਹੈ ਪਾਰਸ ਪਰਸਿ ਨ ਕੰਚਨੁ ਹੋਵੈ ।
paaras pathar sang hai paaras paras na kanchan hovai |

Ordinary stone may be in contact with the philosopher's stone but it does not get transformed into gold.

ਹੀਰੇ ਮਾਣਕ ਪਥਰਹੁ ਪਥਰ ਕੋਇ ਨ ਹਾਰਿ ਪਰੋਵੈ ।
heere maanak patharahu pathar koe na haar parovai |

Diamonds and rubies are extracted from the stones but the latter cannot be stringed as a necklace.

ਵਟਿ ਜਵਾਹਰੁ ਤੋਲੀਐ ਮੁਲਿ ਨ ਤੁਲਿ ਵਿਕਾਇ ਸਮੋਵੈ ।
vatt javaahar toleeai mul na tul vikaae samovai |

The jewels are weighed with weights but the latter cannot equate in value with the jewels.

ਪਥਰ ਅੰਦਰਿ ਅਸਟ ਧਾਤੁ ਪਾਰਸੁ ਪਰਸਿ ਸੁਵੰਨੁ ਅਲੋਵੈ ।
pathar andar asatt dhaat paaras paras suvan alovai |

Eight metals (alloys) remain amidst stones but they convert into gold by the touch of philosopher's stone alone.

ਪਥਰੁ ਫਟਕ ਝਲਕਣਾ ਬਹੁ ਰੰਗੀ ਹੋਇ ਰੰਗੁ ਨ ਗੋਵੈ ।
pathar fattak jhalakanaa bahu rangee hoe rang na govai |

Crystal stone shines in many colours but still remains a mere stone.

ਪਥਰ ਵਾਸੁ ਨ ਸਾਉ ਹੈ ਮਨ ਕਠੋਰੁ ਹੋਇ ਆਪੁ ਵਿਗੋਵੈ ।
pathar vaas na saau hai man katthor hoe aap vigovai |

Stone has neither fragrance nor taste; the hard-hearted one simply destroys itself.

ਕਰਿ ਮੂਰਖਾਈ ਮੂਰਖੁ ਰੋਵੈ ।੭।
kar moorakhaaee moorakh rovai |7|

The foolish goes on lamenting his own stupidity.

ਪਉੜੀ ੮
paurree 8

ਜਿਉਂ ਮਣਿ ਕਾਲੇ ਸਪ ਸਿਰਿ ਸਾਰ ਨ ਜਾਣੈ ਵਿਸੂ ਭਰਿਆ ।
jiaun man kaale sap sir saar na jaanai visoo bhariaa |

Having jewel in its head and knowing it not, the snake remains filled with poison.

ਜਾਣੁ ਕਥੂਰੀ ਮਿਰਗ ਤਨਿ ਝਾੜਾਂ ਸਿੰਙਦਾ ਫਿਰੈ ਅਫਰਿਆ ।
jaan kathooree mirag tan jhaarraan singadaa firai afariaa |

It is known that musk remains in the body of deer, but it goes on smelling it franatically in the bushes.

ਜਿਉਂ ਕਰਿ ਮੋਤੀ ਸਿਪ ਵਿਚਿ ਮਰਮੁ ਨ ਜਾਣੈ ਅੰਦਰਿ ਧਰਿਆ ।
jiaun kar motee sip vich maram na jaanai andar dhariaa |

The pearl dwells in the shell but the shell does not know the mystery.

ਜਿਉਂ ਗਾਈਂ ਥਣਿ ਚਿਚੁੜੀ ਦੁਧੁ ਨ ਪੀਐ ਲੋਹੂ ਜਰਿਆ ।
jiaun gaaeen than chichurree dudh na peeai lohoo jariaa |

The tick stuck with the teats of cow, takes not its milk but sucks the blood only.

ਬਗਲਾ ਤਰਣਿ ਨ ਸਿਖਿਓ ਤੀਰਥਿ ਨ੍ਹਾਇ ਨ ਪਥਰੁ ਤਰਿਆ ।
bagalaa taran na sikhio teerath nhaae na pathar tariaa |

Living in water the crane never learns how to swim and the stone, in spite of its ablutions at various pilgrimage centres cannot swim and go across.

ਨਾਲਿ ਸਿਆਣੇ ਭਲੀ ਭਿਖ ਮੂਰਖ ਰਾਜਹੁ ਕਾਜੁ ਨ ਸਰਿਆ ।
naal siaane bhalee bhikh moorakh raajahu kaaj na sariaa |

That is why, begging in the company of wise people is better then ruling over a kingdom alongwith Hoots.

ਮੇਖੀ ਹੋਇ ਵਿਗਾੜੈ ਖਰਿਆ ।੮।
mekhee hoe vigaarrai khariaa |8|

Because he who himself is fake, will also spoil the pure one.

ਪਉੜੀ ੯
paurree 9

ਕਟਣੁ ਚਟਣੁ ਕੁਤਿਆਂ ਕੁਤੈ ਹਲਕ ਤੈ ਮਨੁ ਸੂਗਾਵੈ ।
kattan chattan kutiaan kutai halak tai man soogaavai |

The dog, only bites and licks but if it goes mad, one's mind becomes scared of it.

ਠੰਢਾ ਤਤਾ ਕੋਇਲਾ ਕਾਲਾ ਕਰਿ ਕੈ ਹਥੁ ਜਲਾਵੈ ।
tthandtaa tataa koeilaa kaalaa kar kai hath jalaavai |

Coal whether cold or hot makes the hand black or burns it.

ਜਿਉ ਚਕਚੂੰਧਰ ਸਪ ਦੀ ਅੰਨ੍ਹਾ ਕੋੜ੍ਹੀ ਕਰਿ ਦਿਖਲਾਵੈ ।
jiau chakachoondhar sap dee anhaa korrhee kar dikhalaavai |

Mole caught by snake makes it blind or leper.

ਜਾਣੁ ਰਸਉਲੀ ਦੇਹ ਵਿਚਿ ਵਢੀ ਪੀੜ ਰਖੀ ਸਰਮਾਵੈ ।
jaan rsaulee deh vich vadtee peerr rakhee saramaavai |

Tumor in the body when operated upon gives pain and if it is kept untouched it is a cause for embarrassment.

ਵੰਸਿ ਕਪੂਤੁ ਕੁਲਛਣਾ ਛਡੈ ਬਣੈ ਨ ਵਿਚਿ ਸਮਾਵੈ ।
vans kapoot kulachhanaa chhaddai banai na vich samaavai |

A wicked son can neither be repudiated nor he can adjust in the family.

ਮੂਰਖ ਹੇਤੁ ਨ ਲਾਈਐ ਪਰਹਰਿ ਵੈਰੁ ਅਲਿਪਤੁ ਵਲਾਵੈ ।
moorakh het na laaeeai parahar vair alipat valaavai |

Therefore, the stupid should not be loved and while enmity towards him should be avoided, detachment towards him should be maintained.

ਦੁਹੀਂ ਪਵਾੜੀਂ ਦੁਖਿ ਵਿਹਾਵੈ ।੯।
duheen pavaarreen dukh vihaavai |9|

Otherwise, both the ways, suffering is bound to occur.

ਪਉੜੀ ੧੦
paurree 10

ਜਿਉ ਹਾਥੀ ਦਾ ਨ੍ਹਾਵਣਾ ਬਾਹਰਿ ਨਿਕਲਿ ਖੇਹ ਉਡਾਵੈ ।
jiau haathee daa nhaavanaa baahar nikal kheh uddaavai |

As the elephant washes its body and coming out of water, it throws mud over it;

ਜਿਉ ਊਠੈ ਦਾ ਖਾਵਣਾ ਪਰਹਰਿ ਕਣਕ ਜਵਾਹਾਂ ਖਾਵੈ ।
jiau aootthai daa khaavanaa parahar kanak javaahaan khaavai |

As the camel avoiding wheat eats low variety of corn named java-s;

ਕਮਲੇ ਦਾ ਕਛੋਟੜਾ ਕਦੇ ਲਕ ਕਦੇ ਸੀਸਿ ਵਲਾਵੈ ।
kamale daa kachhottarraa kade lak kade sees valaavai |

The loin cloth of mad man is sometimes worn by him around his waiste and sometimes on his head;

ਜਿਉਂ ਕਰਿ ਟੁੰਡੇ ਹਥੜਾ ਸੋ ਚੁਤੀਂ ਸੋ ਵਾਤਿ ਵਤਾਵੈ ।
jiaun kar ttundde hatharraa so chuteen so vaat vataavai |

The hand of a cripple sometime goes to his buttocks and the same one sometimes to his mouth when yawning;

ਸੰਨ੍ਹੀ ਜਾਣੁ ਲੁਹਾਰ ਦੀ ਖਿਣੁ ਜਲਿ ਵਿਚਿ ਖਿਨ ਅਗਨਿ ਸਮਾਵੈ ।
sanhee jaan luhaar dee khin jal vich khin agan samaavai |

Blacksmith's pincers are sometimes put in fire and the next moment in water;

ਮਖੀ ਬਾਣੁ ਕੁਬਾਣੁ ਹੈ ਲੈ ਦੁਰਗੰਧ ਸੁਗੰਧ ਨ ਭਾਵੈ ।
makhee baan kubaan hai lai duragandh sugandh na bhaavai |

Evil is the nature of fly, it prefers foul smell to fragrance;

ਮੂਰਖ ਦਾ ਕਿਹੁ ਹਥਿ ਨ ਆਵੈ ।੧੦।
moorakh daa kihu hath na aavai |10|

Likewise, the fool gets nothing.

ਪਉੜੀ ੧੧
paurree 11

Foolish gets himself entrapped and is a liar

ਤੋਤਾ ਨਲੀ ਨ ਛਡਈ ਆਪਣ ਹਥੀਂ ਫਾਥਾ ਚੀਕੈ ।
totaa nalee na chhaddee aapan hatheen faathaa cheekai |

The parrot does not leave the rod and caught in it cries and wails.

ਬਾਂਦਰੁ ਮੁਠਿ ਨ ਛਡਈ ਘਰਿ ਘਰਿ ਨਚੈ ਝੀਕਣੁ ਝੀਕੈ ।
baandar mutth na chhaddee ghar ghar nachai jheekan jheekai |

Monkey too does not leave the handful of corn (in the pitcher) and suffers dancing and gritting its teeth from door to door.

ਗਦਹੁ ਅੜੀ ਨ ਛਡਈ ਚੀਘੀ ਪਉਦੀ ਹੀਕਣਿ ਹੀਕੈ ।
gadahu arree na chhaddee cheeghee paudee heekan heekai |

The donkey also when beaten, kicks and brays loudly but does not shed its stubbornness.

ਕੁਤੇ ਚਕੀ ਚਟਣੀ ਪੂਛ ਨ ਸਿਧੀ ਧ੍ਰੀਕਣਿ ਧ੍ਰੀਕੈ ।
kute chakee chattanee poochh na sidhee dhreekan dhreekai |

The dog does not leave licking the flour mill and its tail though pulled, never turns straight.

ਕਰਨਿ ਕੁਫਕੜ ਮੂਰਖਾਂ ਸਪ ਗਏ ਫੜਿ ਫਾਟਨਿ ਲੀਕੈ ।
karan kufakarr moorakhaan sap ge farr faattan leekai |

The foolish ones boast foolishly and beat the track while the snake has gone away.

ਪਗ ਲਹਾਇ ਗਣਾਇ ਸਰੀਕੈ ।੧੧।
pag lahaae ganaae sareekai |11|

Even when humiliated by their turbans taken off their heads, they count themselves superior to their collaterals.

ਪਉੜੀ ੧੨
paurree 12

ਅੰਨ੍ਹਾ ਆਖੇ ਲੜਿ ਮਰੈ ਖੁਸੀ ਹੋਵੈ ਸੁਣਿ ਨਾਉ ਸੁਜਾਖਾ ।
anhaa aakhe larr marai khusee hovai sun naau sujaakhaa |

The blind stupid one fights to the finish if he is called blind (intellectually) and feels flattered if called eyed (a wise one).

ਭੋਲਾ ਆਖੇ ਭਲਾ ਮੰਨਿ ਅਹਮਕੁ ਜਾਣਿ ਅਜਾਣਿ ਨ ਭਾਖਾ ।
bholaa aakhe bhalaa man ahamak jaan ajaan na bhaakhaa |

Calling him simple minded makes him feel good but he would not talk to one who tells him that he is a silly person.

ਧੋਰੀ ਆਖੈ ਹਸਿ ਦੇ ਬਲਦ ਵਖਾਣਿ ਕਰੈ ਮਨਿ ਮਾਖਾ ।
dhoree aakhai has de balad vakhaan karai man maakhaa |

He smiles at being called a carrier of the burden (of all) but feels angry when told that he is just an ox.

ਕਾਉਂ ਸਿਆਣਪ ਜਾਣਦਾ ਵਿਸਟਾ ਖਾਇ ਨ ਭਾਖ ਸੁਭਾਖਾ ।
kaaun siaanap jaanadaa visattaa khaae na bhaakh subhaakhaa |

The crow knows many skills but it crows jarringly and eats faeces.

ਨਾਉ ਸੁਰੀਤ ਕੁਰੀਤ ਦਾ ਮੁਸਕ ਬਿਲਾਈ ਗਾਂਡੀ ਸਾਖਾ ।
naau sureet kureet daa musak bilaaee gaanddee saakhaa |

To the bad customs the stupid refers as good conduct and calls the indurated faeces of cat, fragrant.

ਹੇਠਿ ਖੜਾ ਥੂ ਥੂ ਕਰੈ ਗਿਦੜ ਹਥਿ ਨ ਆਵੈ ਦਾਖਾ ।
hetth kharraa thoo thoo karai gidarr hath na aavai daakhaa |

As the jackal unable to reach and eat grapes on tree, spits over them, so is the case of a fool.

ਬੋਲ ਵਿਗਾੜੁ ਮੂਰਖੁ ਭੇਡਾਖਾ ।੧੨।
bol vigaarr moorakh bheddaakhaa |12|

The foolish person is a blind follower like sheep and his obdurate talk spoils his relationship with every one.

ਪਉੜੀ ੧੩
paurree 13

ਰੁਖਾਂ ਵਿਚਿ ਕੁਰੁਖੁ ਹੈ ਅਰੰਡੁ ਅਵਾਈ ਆਪੁ ਗਣਾਏ ।
rukhaan vich kurukh hai arandd avaaee aap ganaae |

The worst possible among the trees is castor tree which undesrvedly makes itself noticed.

ਪਿਦਾ ਜਿਉ ਪੰਖੇਰੂਆਂ ਬਹਿ ਬਹਿ ਡਾਲੀ ਬਹੁਤੁ ਬਫਾਏ ।
pidaa jiau pankherooaan beh beh ddaalee bahut bafaae |

Pidd jiu, a very small among the birds goes an jumping from one branch to another and feels much inflated.

ਭੇਡ ਭਿਵਿੰਗਾ ਮੁਹੁ ਕਰੈ ਤਰਣਾਪੈ ਦਿਹਿ ਚਾਰਿ ਵਲਾਏ ।
bhedd bhivingaa muhu karai taranaapai dihi chaar valaae |

The sheep, too, during its brief... youth bleats loudly (proudly).

ਮੁਹੁ ਅਖੀ ਨਕੁ ਕਨ ਜਿਉਂ ਇੰਦ੍ਰੀਆਂ ਵਿਚਿ ਗਾਂਡਿ ਸਦਾਏ ।
muhu akhee nak kan jiaun indreean vich gaandd sadaae |

Anus also feels proud of being called one of the organs like eye, ear, nose and mouth.

ਮੀਆ ਘਰਹੁ ਨਿਕਾਲੀਐ ਤਰਕਸੁ ਦਰਵਾਜੇ ਟੰਗਵਾਏ ।
meea gharahu nikaaleeai tarakas daravaaje ttangavaae |

The husband even while kicked out of home by wife hangs his quiver at the door (to show his masculinity).

ਮੂਰਖ ਅੰਦਰਿ ਮਾਣਸਾਂ ਵਿਣੁ ਗੁਣ ਗਰਬੁ ਕਰੈ ਆਖਾਏ ।
moorakh andar maanasaan vin gun garab karai aakhaae |

Similarly among the human beings, the stupid one devoid of all virtues feels proud of himself and persistently tries to get noticed.

ਮਜਲਸ ਬੈਠਾ ਆਪੁ ਲਖਾਏ ।੧੩।
majalas baitthaa aap lakhaae |13|

In an assembly, he beholds only his ownself (and not the wisdom of others).

ਪਉੜੀ ੧੪
paurree 14

ਮੂਰਖ ਤਿਸ ਨੋ ਆਖੀਐ ਬੋਲੁ ਨ ਸਮਝੈ ਬੋਲਿ ਨ ਜਾਣੈ ।
moorakh tis no aakheeai bol na samajhai bol na jaanai |

Foolish is he who neither understands the matter in hand nor speaks well.

ਹੋਰੋ ਕਿਹੁ ਕਰਿ ਪੁਛੀਐ ਹੋਰੋ ਕਿਹੁ ਕਰਿ ਆਖਿ ਵਖਾਣੈ ।
horo kihu kar puchheeai horo kihu kar aakh vakhaanai |

He is asked something else and he replies altogether about something different.

ਸਿਖ ਦੇਇ ਸਮਝਾਈਐ ਅਰਥੁ ਅਨਰਥੁ ਮਨੈ ਵਿਚਿ ਆਣੈ ।
sikh dee samajhaaeeai arath anarath manai vich aanai |

Ill advised, he misinterprets it and brings forth from his mind the contrary meaning.

ਵਡਾ ਅਸਮਝੁ ਨ ਸਮਝਈ ਸੁਰਤਿ ਵਿਹੂਣਾ ਹੋਇ ਹੈਰਾਣੈ ।
vaddaa asamajh na samajhee surat vihoonaa hoe hairaanai |

He is a big idiot who does not understand and being devoid of consciousness is ever surprised and confused.

ਗੁਰਮਤਿ ਚਿਤਿ ਨ ਆਣਈ ਦੁਰਮਤਿ ਮਿਤ੍ਰੁ ਸਤ੍ਰੁ ਪਰਵਾਣੈ ।
guramat chit na aanee duramat mitru satru paravaanai |

He never cherishes in his heart the wisdom of the Gum and due to his evil intellect considers his friend as a foe.

ਅਗਨੀ ਸਪਹੁਂ ਵਰਜੀਐ ਗੁਣ ਵਿਚਿ ਅਵਗੁਣ ਕਰੈ ਧਿਙਾਣੈ ।
aganee sapahun varajeeai gun vich avagun karai dhingaanai |

The wisdom of not going near snake and fire he takes otherwise and forcibly turns virtue into vice.

ਮੂਤੈ ਰੋਵੈ ਮਾ ਨ ਸਿਞਾਣੈ ।੧੪।
mootai rovai maa na siyaanai |14|

He behaves like an infant who does not recognise his mother and goes on crying and pissing.

ਪਉੜੀ ੧੫
paurree 15

ਰਾਹੁ ਛਡਿ ਉਝੜਿ ਪਵੈ ਆਗੂ ਨੋ ਭੁਲਾ ਕਰਿ ਜਾਣੈ ।
raahu chhadd ujharr pavai aagoo no bhulaa kar jaanai |

He who leaving the path away follows a trackless waste and considers his leader gone astray, is a fool.

ਬੇੜੇ ਵਿਚਿ ਬਹਾਲੀਐ ਕੁਦਿ ਪਵੈ ਵਿਚਿ ਵਹਣ ਧਿਙਾਣੈ ।
berre vich bahaaleeai kud pavai vich vahan dhingaanai |

Seated in the boat he jumps impulsively into the current.

ਸੁਘੜਾਂ ਵਿਚਿ ਬਹਿਠਿਆਂ ਬੋਲਿ ਵਿਗਾੜਿ ਉਘਾੜਿ ਵਖਾਣੈ ।
sugharraan vich bahitthiaan bol vigaarr ughaarr vakhaanai |

Sitting among the noble ones he, due to his ill talk stands exposed.

ਸੁਘੜਾਂ ਮੂਰਖ ਜਾਣਦਾ ਆਪਿ ਸੁਘੜੁ ਹੋਇ ਵਿਰਤੀਹਾਣੈ ।
sugharraan moorakh jaanadaa aap sugharr hoe virateehaanai |

The wise he considers stupid and hids his own conduct as a clever one.

ਦਿਹ ਨੋ ਰਾਤਿ ਵਖਾਣਦਾ ਚਾਮਚੜਿਕ ਜਿਵੇਂ ਟਾਨਾਣੈ ।
dih no raat vakhaanadaa chaamacharrik jiven ttaanaanai |

Like , a bat and a glow worm he describes the day as night.

ਗੁਰਮਤਿ ਮੂਰਖੁ ਚਿਤਿ ਨ ਆਣੈ ।੧੫।
guramat moorakh chit na aanai |15|

The wisdom of Gum never resides in the heart of a foolish person.

ਪਉੜੀ ੧੬
paurree 16

ਵੈਦਿ ਚੰਗੇਰੀ ਊਠਣੀ ਲੈ ਸਿਲ ਵਟਾ ਕਚਰਾ ਭੰਨਾ ।
vaid changeree aootthanee lai sil vattaa kacharaa bhanaa |

A physician in order to cure a female camel, of a melon stuck in its throat, crushed the melon in its throat by hitting out side the neck with his pestle and mortar.

ਸੇਵਕਿ ਸਿਖੀ ਵੈਦਗੀ ਮਾਰੀ ਬੁਢੀ ਰੋਵਨਿ ਰੰਨਾ ।
sevak sikhee vaidagee maaree budtee rovan ranaa |

His servant (who was watching) thought he had mastered the art and killed an old ill woman by the same process, causing general lamentation among women.

ਪਕੜਿ ਚਲਾਇਆ ਰਾਵਲੈ ਪਉਦੀ ਉਘੜਿ ਗਏ ਸੁ ਕੰਨਾ ।
pakarr chalaaeaa raavalai paudee ugharr ge su kanaa |

The people seized the pretending physician and produced him before the king who ordered for him a thorough beating, upon which he came to his senses.

ਪੁਛੈ ਆਖਿ ਵਖਾਣਿਉਨੁ ਉਘੜਿ ਗਇਆ ਪਾਜੁ ਪਰਛੰਨਾ ।
puchhai aakh vakhaaniaun ugharr geaa paaj parachhanaa |

When questioned he confessed the whole circumstance and his imposture was thus exposed.

ਪਾਰਖੂਆ ਚੁਣਿ ਕਢਿਆ ਜਿਉ ਕਚਕੜਾ ਨ ਰਲੈ ਰਤੰਨਾ ।
paarakhooaa chun kadtiaa jiau kachakarraa na ralai ratanaa |

The wise men threw him out as a piece of glass cannot rank with jewels.

ਮੂਰਖੁ ਅਕਲੀ ਬਾਹਰਾ ਵਾਂਸਹੁ ਮੂਲਿ ਨ ਹੋਵੀ ਗੰਨਾ ।
moorakh akalee baaharaa vaansahu mool na hovee ganaa |

A fool has no sense as a bamboo could never equal sugar-cane.

ਮਾਣਸ ਦੇਹੀ ਪਸੂ ਉਪੰਨਾ ।੧੬।
maanas dehee pasoo upanaa |16|

He in fact, is an animal born in the form of a man.

ਪਉੜੀ ੧੭
paurree 17

ਮਹਾਦੇਵ ਦੀ ਸੇਵ ਕਰਿ ਵਰੁ ਪਾਇਆ ਸਾਹੈ ਦੇ ਪੁਤੈ ।
mahaadev dee sev kar var paaeaa saahai de putai |

The son of a banker served Mahadev and got a boon (of attaining wealth).

ਦਰਬੁ ਸਰੂਪ ਸਰੇਵੜੈ ਆਏ ਵੜੇ ਘਰਿ ਅੰਦਰਿ ਉਤੈ ।
darab saroop sarevarrai aae varre ghar andar utai |

Wealth came to his house in the guise of sadhus of gramanic tradition.

ਜਿਉ ਹਥਿਆਰੀ ਮਾਰੀਅਨਿ ਤਿਉ ਤਿਉ ਦਰਬ ਹੋਇ ਧੜਧੁਤੈ ।
jiau hathiaaree maareean tiau tiau darab hoe dharradhutai |

As they were beaten, heaps of money emerged there in his house.

ਬੁਤੀ ਕਰਦੇ ਡਿਠਿਓਨੁ ਨਾਈ ਚੈਨੁ ਨ ਬੈਠੇ ਸੁਤੈ ।
butee karade dditthion naaee chain na baitthe sutai |

A barber working in the house also saw this scene and he becoming restive lost his sleep.

ਮਾਰੇ ਆਣਿ ਸਰੇਵੜੇ ਸੁਣਿ ਦੀਬਾਣਿ ਮਸਾਣਿ ਅਛੁਤੈ ।
maare aan sarevarre sun deebaan masaan achhutai |

Availing an opportunity he killed all the sadhus and the matter of the innocent victims came to the court of law.

ਮਥੈ ਵਾਲਿ ਪਛਾੜਿਆ ਵਾਲ ਛਡਾਇਅਨਿ ਕਿਸ ਦੈ ਬੁਤੈ ।
mathai vaal pachhaarriaa vaal chhaddaaeian kis dai butai |

Catching hold from his hair he was thrashed. Now by what power he will give rescued from that clutch.

ਮੂਰਖੁ ਬੀਜੈ ਬੀਉ ਕੁਰੁਤੈ ।੧੭।
moorakh beejai beeo kurutai |17|

The foolish sows seeds out of season (and suffers loss).

ਪਉੜੀ ੧੮
paurree 18

ਗੋਸਟਿ ਗਾਂਗੇ ਤੇਲੀਐ ਪੰਡਿਤ ਨਾਲਿ ਹੋਵੈ ਜਗੁ ਦੇਖੈ ।
gosatt gaange teleeai panddit naal hovai jag dekhai |

A discussion between Gangu, the oilman and a pandit was being witnessed by one and all.

ਖੜੀ ਕਰੈ ਇਕ ਅੰਗੁਲੀ ਗਾਂਗਾ ਦੁਇ ਵੇਖਾਲੈ ਰੇਖੈ ।
kharree karai ik angulee gaangaa due vekhaalai rekhai |

Showing one finger to Gang/ the pandit indicated that the Lord is one. But Gangu thought that he wanted to extract his (Ganges) one eye and hence he showed two fingers indicating that he will bring out both of his (pandit's) eyes.

ਫੇਰਿ ਉਚਾਇ ਪੰਜਾਂਗੁਲਾ ਗਾਂਗਾ ਮੁਠਿ ਹਲਾਇ ਅਲੇਖੈ ।
fer uchaae panjaangulaa gaangaa mutth halaae alekhai |

But the pandit thought that Gangu is hinting at the two dimensions of Lord - nirgun (beyond all virtues) and sagun, (with all virtues).

ਪੈਰੀਂ ਪੈ ਉਠਿ ਚਲਿਆ ਪੰਡਿਤੁ ਹਾਰਿ ਭੁਲਾਵੈ ਭੇਖੈ ।
paireen pai utth chaliaa panddit haar bhulaavai bhekhai |

Pandit now raised five fingers to show that His two forms are due to the five elements, but, considering the pandit as indicating that with five fingers he would scratch the face of Gangu,

ਨਿਰਗੁਣੁ ਸਰਗੁਣੁ ਅੰਗ ਦੁਇ ਪਰਮੇਸਰੁ ਪੰਜਿ ਮਿਲਨਿ ਸਰੇਖੈ ।
niragun saragun ang due paramesar panj milan sarekhai |

Gangs brandished his fist showing that he would kill him by the stroke of his fist. Now pandit felt that he was being made to understand that unity of five elements was the cause of the creation.

ਅਖੀਂ ਦੋਵੈਂ ਭੰਨਸਾਂ ਮੁਕੀ ਲਾਇ ਹਲਾਇ ਨਿਮੇਖੈ ।
akheen dovain bhanasaan mukee laae halaae nimekhai |

Mistakingly the pandit accepted his defeat and fell at his opponent's feet and left the place. In fact the fool had meant that he would bring out his eyes and attack with a tight fist but this was interpreted differently by the pandit.

ਮੂਰਖ ਪੰਡਿਤੁ ਸੁਰਤਿ ਵਿਸੇਖੈ ।੧੮।
moorakh panddit surat visekhai |18|

Thus because of his specific thinking even the pandit was also proved a fool.

ਪਉੜੀ ੧੯
paurree 19

ਠੰਢੇ ਖੂਹਹੁੰ ਨ੍ਹਾਇ ਕੈ ਪਗ ਵਿਸਾਰਿ ਆਇਆ ਸਿਰਿ ਨੰਗੈ ।
tthandte khoohahun nhaae kai pag visaar aaeaa sir nangai |

Having taken bath on the well, a person forgot his turban and returned home bare headed.

ਘਰ ਵਿਚਿ ਰੰਨਾਂ ਕਮਲੀਆਂ ਧੁਸੀ ਲੀਤੀ ਦੇਖਿ ਕੁਢੰਗੈ ।
ghar vich ranaan kamaleean dhusee leetee dekh kudtangai |

Seeing his improper conduct (of being bare headed) the silly women started weeping and wailing (Seeing turbanless master of the house they conjectured the death of some one in the family).

ਰੰਨਾਂ ਦੇਖਿ ਪਿਟੰਦੀਆਂ ਢਾਹਾਂ ਮਾਰੈਂ ਹੋਇ ਨਿਸੰਗੈ ।
ranaan dekh pittandeean dtaahaan maarain hoe nisangai |

Seeing the weeping women, others too, began mourning. People gethered and sitting in lines started condoling with the family.

ਲੋਕ ਸਿਆਪੇ ਆਇਆ ਰੰਨਾਂ ਪੁਰਸ ਜੁੜੇ ਲੈ ਪੰਗੈ ।
lok siaape aaeaa ranaan puras jurre lai pangai |

Now the barber woman who leads the mourning on occasions asked as to who is to be wept and whose dirge she should lead, i.e. what is the name of the dead.

ਨਾਇਣ ਪੁਛਦੀ ਪਿਟਦੀਆਂ ਕਿਸ ਦੈ ਨਾਇ ਅਲ੍ਹਾਣੀ ਅੰਗੈ ।
naaein puchhadee pittadeean kis dai naae alhaanee angai |

The daughter-in-law of family hinted towards father-in-law to elicit answer of this question (because he was found bare headed.

ਸਹੁਰੇ ਪੁਛਹੁ ਜਾਇ ਕੈ ਕਉਣ ਮੁਆ ਨੂਹ ਉਤਰੁ ਮੰਗੈ ।
sahure puchhahu jaae kai kaun muaa nooh utar mangai |

Then the fact was disclosed by him that he just forgot to wear turban).

ਕਾਵਾਂ ਰੌਲਾ ਮੂਰਖੁ ਸੰਗੈ ।੧੯।
kaavaan raualaa moorakh sangai |19|

In the assembly of the fools such cawing takes place (because crows also listening to one voice start cawing jointly).

ਪਉੜੀ ੨੦
paurree 20

ਜੇ ਮੂਰਖੁ ਸਮਝਾਈਐ ਸਮਝੈ ਨਾਹੀ ਛਾਂਵ ਨ ਧੁਪਾ ।
je moorakh samajhaaeeai samajhai naahee chhaanv na dhupaa |

Even if told about the shade and the sunshine, the fool does not understand it.

ਅਖੀਂ ਪਰਖਿ ਨ ਜਾਣਈ ਪਿਤਲ ਸੁਇਨਾ ਕੈਹਾਂ ਰੁਪਾ ।
akheen parakh na jaanee pital sueinaa kaihaan rupaa |

With his eyes he cannot distinguish between brass and bronze or gold and silver.

ਸਾਉ ਨ ਜਾਣੈ ਤੇਲ ਘਿਅ ਧਰਿਆ ਕੋਲਿ ਘੜੋਲਾ ਕੁਪਾ ।
saau na jaanai tel ghia dhariaa kol gharrolaa kupaa |

He can not know the difference of taste between the pot of ghee and an oil vessel.

ਸੁਰਤਿ ਵਿਹੂਣਾ ਰਾਤਿ ਦਿਹੁ ਚਾਨਣੁ ਤੁਲਿ ਅਨ੍ਹੇਰਾ ਘੁਪਾ ।
surat vihoonaa raat dihu chaanan tul anheraa ghupaa |

Day and night he is devoid of consciousness and to him light and darkness are the same.

ਵਾਸੁ ਕਥੂਰੀ ਥੋਮ ਦੀ ਮਿਹਰ ਕੁਲੀ ਅਧਉੜੀ ਤੁਪਾ ।
vaas kathooree thom dee mihar kulee adhaurree tupaa |

Fragrance of musk and odour of garlic or stiching of velvet and hide are the same for him.

ਵੈਰੀ ਮਿਤ੍ਰ ਨ ਸਮਝਈ ਰੰਗੁ ਸੁਰੰਗ ਕੁਰੰਗੁ ਅਛੁਪਾ ।
vairee mitr na samajhee rang surang kurang achhupaa |

He does not identify a friend and an enemy and remains completely unconcerned towards the bad or good colour (of life).

ਮੂਰਖ ਨਾਲਿ ਚੰਗੇਰੀ ਚੁਪਾ ।੨੦।੩੨। ਬੱਤੀਹ ।
moorakh naal changeree chupaa |20|32| bateeh |

Silence is the best in the company of fool.


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