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

ਗੁਰ ਮੂਰਤਿ ਪੂਰਨ ਬ੍ਰਹਮੁ ਅਬਿਗਤੁ ਅਬਿਨਾਸੀ ।
gur moorat pooran braham abigat abinaasee |

Guru is replica of the perfect Braham who is unmanifest and indestructible.

ਪਾਰਬ੍ਰਹਮੁ ਗੁਰ ਸਬਦੁ ਹੈ ਸਤਸੰਗਿ ਨਿਵਾਸੀ ।
paarabraham gur sabad hai satasang nivaasee |

Word of Guru (and not his body) s transcendent Brahm who resides in the holy congregation.

ਸਾਧਸੰਗਤਿ ਸਚੁ ਖੰਡੁ ਹੈ ਭਾਉ ਭਗਤਿ ਅਭਿਆਸੀ ।
saadhasangat sach khandd hai bhaau bhagat abhiaasee |

The company of the sadhus is the abode of truth where opportunity for loving devotion is created.

ਚਹੁ ਵਰਨਾ ਉਪਦੇਸੁ ਕਰਿ ਗੁਰਮਤਿ ਪਰਗਾਸੀ ।
chahu varanaa upades kar guramat paragaasee |

Here all the four varnas are preached to and the wisdom of the Guru (Gurmat) brought before the people.

ਪੈਰੀ ਪੈ ਪਾ ਖਾਕ ਹੋਇ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਰਹਿਰਾਸੀ ।
pairee pai paa khaak hoe guramukh rahiraasee |

Only here touching the feet and by becoming dust of the feet, gurmukhs become followers of the way of discipline.

ਮਾਇਆ ਵਿਚਿ ਉਦਾਸੁ ਗਤਿ ਹੋਇ ਆਸ ਨਿਰਾਸੀ ।੧।
maaeaa vich udaas gat hoe aas niraasee |1|

Becoming neutral amidst hopes, the individuals through the holy congregation go beyond maya.

ਪਉੜੀ ੨
paurree 2

ਗੁਰ ਸਿਖੀ ਬਾਰੀਕ ਹੈ ਸਿਲ ਚਟਣੁ ਫਿਕੀ ।
gur sikhee baareek hai sil chattan fikee |

To be disciple of the Guru is very subtle activity and it is like licking of the tasteless stone.

ਤ੍ਰਿਖੀ ਖੰਡੇ ਧਾਰ ਹੈ ਉਹੁ ਵਾਲਹੁ ਨਿਕੀ ।
trikhee khandde dhaar hai uhu vaalahu nikee |

It is thinner than the hair and sharper than the edge of the sword.

ਭੂਹ ਭਵਿਖ ਨ ਵਰਤਮਾਨ ਸਰਿ ਮਿਕਣਿ ਮਿਕੀ ।
bhooh bhavikh na varatamaan sar mikan mikee |

Nothing is equal to it in present, past and future.

ਦੁਤੀਆ ਨਾਸਤਿ ਏਤੁ ਘਰਿ ਹੋਇ ਇਕਾ ਇਕੀ ।
duteea naasat et ghar hoe ikaa ikee |

In the house of Sikhism, the duality gets erased and one becomes one with that One.

ਦੂਆ ਤੀਆ ਵੀਸਰੈ ਸਣੁ ਕਕਾ ਕਿਕੀ ।
dooaa teea veesarai san kakaa kikee |

Man forgets the idea of second, third, when and why.

ਸਭੈ ਸਿਕਾਂ ਪਰਹਰੈ ਸੁਖੁ ਇਕਤੁ ਸਿਕੀ ।੨।
sabhai sikaan paraharai sukh ikat sikee |2|

Repudiating all the desires, the individual gets delight in the hope of one Lord.

ਪਉੜੀ ੩
paurree 3

ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਮਾਰਗੁ ਆਖੀਐ ਗੁਰਮਤਿ ਹਿਤਕਾਰੀ ।
guramukh maarag aakheeai guramat hitakaaree |

The way leading to the adoption of beneficent wisdom of the Guru (Gurmat) is known as the Gurmukh-way.

ਹੁਕਮਿ ਰਜਾਈ ਚਲਣਾ ਗੁਰ ਸਬਦ ਵੀਚਾਰੀ ।
hukam rajaaee chalanaa gur sabad veechaaree |

In it one is taught to live in the will of the Lord and to ponder upon the Word of Guru.

ਭਾਣਾ ਭਾਵੈ ਖਸਮ ਕਾ ਨਿਹਚਉ ਨਿਰੰਕਾਰੀ ।
bhaanaa bhaavai khasam kaa nihchau nirankaaree |

The will of the Master comes to be loved and in all thoughts permeates the formless Lord.

ਇਸਕ ਮੁਸਕ ਮਹਕਾਰੁ ਹੈ ਹੁਇ ਪਰਉਪਕਾਰੀ ।
eisak musak mahakaar hai hue praupakaaree |

As love and fragrance do not remain hidden, the Gurmukh also does not remain concealed and gets himself busy in altruistic activities.

ਸਿਦਕ ਸਬੂਰੀ ਸਾਬਤੇ ਮਸਤੀ ਹੁਸੀਆਰੀ ।
sidak sabooree saabate masatee huseeaaree |

He imbibes in him the faith, contentment, ecstasy, and the qualities of being skilful.

ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਆਪੁ ਗਵਾਇਆ ਜਿਣਿ ਹਉਮੈ ਮਾਰੀ ।੩।
guramukh aap gavaaeaa jin haumai maaree |3|

Gurmukh decimates ego and conquers it.

ਪਉੜੀ ੪
paurree 4

ਭਾਇ ਭਗਤਿ ਭੈ ਚਲਣਾ ਹੋਇ ਪਾਹੁਣਿਚਾਰੀ ।
bhaae bhagat bhai chalanaa hoe paahunichaaree |

Considering himself a guest, the sikh spends his life in loving devotion.

ਚਲਣੁ ਜਾਣਿ ਅਜਾਣੁ ਹੋਇ ਗਹੁ ਗਰਬੁ ਨਿਵਾਰੀ ।
chalan jaan ajaan hoe gahu garab nivaaree |

They (Sikhs) remain unknown to deceit and pull out ego from their minds.

ਗੁਰਸਿਖ ਨਿਤ ਪਰਾਹੁਣੇ ਏਹੁ ਕਰਣੀ ਸਾਰੀ ।
gurasikh nit paraahune ehu karanee saaree |

Their true conduct is to treat themselves as guests in this world.

ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਸੇਵ ਕਮਾਵਣੀ ਸਤਿਗੁਰੂ ਪਿਆਰੀ ।
guramukh sev kamaavanee satiguroo piaaree |

The object of the Gurmukh is service and only such action is loved by the Lord.

ਸਬਦਿ ਸੁਰਤਿ ਲਿਵ ਲੀਣ ਹੋਇ ਪਰਵਾਰ ਸੁਧਾਰੀ ।
sabad surat liv leen hoe paravaar sudhaaree |

Merging consciousness in the Word they reform the whole family (in the form of world).

ਸਾਧਸੰਗਤਿ ਜਾਇ ਸਹਜ ਘਰਿ ਨਿਰਮਲਿ ਨਿਰੰਕਾਰੀ ।੪।
saadhasangat jaae sahaj ghar niramal nirankaaree |4|

Through holy congregation they become pure and formless and get established in the final stage of equipoise.

ਪਉੜੀ ੫
paurree 5

ਪਰਮ ਜੋਤਿ ਪਰਗਾਸੁ ਕਰਿ ਉਨਮਨਿ ਲਿਵ ਲਾਈ ।
param jot paragaas kar unaman liv laaee |

Kindling the supreme light in his mind a gurmukh remains absorbed in the state of supreme trance.

ਪਰਮ ਤਤੁ ਪਰਵਾਣੁ ਕਰਿ ਅਨਹਦਿ ਧੁਨਿ ਵਾਈ ।
param tat paravaan kar anahad dhun vaaee |

When he adopts the supreme reality (Lord) in his mind, the unstruck melody starts ringing.

ਪਰਮਾਰਥ ਪਰਬੋਧ ਕਰਿ ਪਰਮਾਤਮ ਹਾਈ ।
paramaarath parabodh kar paramaatam haaee |

Becoming conscious for altruism now resides in his heart the sense of God’s omnipresence.

ਗੁਰ ਉਪਦੇਸੁ ਅਵੇਸੁ ਕਰਿ ਅਨਭਉ ਪਦੁ ਪਾਈ ।
gur upades aves kar anbhau pad paaee |

Inspired by the teachings of the Guru, gurmukh attains the state of fearlessness.

ਸਾਧਸੰਗਤਿ ਕਰਿ ਸਾਧਨਾ ਇਕ ਮਨਿ ਇਕੁ ਧਿਆਈ ।
saadhasangat kar saadhanaa ik man ik dhiaaee |

Disciplining himself in the company in the holy ones i.e. losing his ego, he remembers Lord with single-minded devotion.

ਵੀਹ ਇਕੀਹ ਚੜ੍ਹਾਉ ਚੜ੍ਹਿ ਇਉਂ ਨਿਜ ਘਰਿ ਜਾਈ ।੫।
veeh ikeeh charrhaau charrh iaun nij ghar jaaee |5|

This way, entering from this world into the spiritual world, he finally establishes himself in his real nature.

ਪਉੜੀ ੬
paurree 6

ਦਰਪਣਿ ਵਾਂਗ ਧਿਆਨੁ ਧਰਿ ਆਪੁ ਆਪ ਨਿਹਾਲੈ ।
darapan vaang dhiaan dhar aap aap nihaalai |

As is the reflection in the mirror. He sees in the world His ownself.

ਘਟਿ ਘਟਿ ਪੂਰਨ ਬ੍ਰਹਮੁ ਹੈ ਚੰਦੁ ਜਲ ਵਿਚਿ ਭਾਲੈ ।
ghatt ghatt pooran braham hai chand jal vich bhaalai |

That perfect Lord is there in all the selves; the ignorant individual searches Him outside as the moon sees its own reflection in the water and feels it is there.

ਗੋਰਸੁ ਗਾਈ ਵੇਖਦਾ ਘਿਉ ਦੁਧੁ ਵਿਚਾਲੈ ।
goras gaaee vekhadaa ghiau dudh vichaalai |

Lord Himself is there in the milk, cow and ghee.

ਫੁਲਾਂ ਅੰਦਰਿ ਵਾਸੁ ਲੈ ਫਲੁ ਸਾਉ ਸਮ੍ਹਾਲੈ ।
fulaan andar vaas lai fal saau samhaalai |

Taking fragrance from the flowers He Himself is the flavour in them.

ਕਾਸਟਿ ਅਗਨਿ ਚਲਿਤੁ ਵੇਖਿ ਜਲ ਧਰਤਿ ਹਿਆਲੈ ।
kaasatt agan chalit vekh jal dharat hiaalai |

His own phenomenon is there in wood, fire, water, earth and snow.

ਘਟਿ ਘਟਿ ਪੂਰਨੁ ਬ੍ਰਹਮੁ ਹੈ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਵੇਖਾਲੈ ।੬।
ghatt ghatt pooran braham hai guramukh vekhaalai |6|

The perfect Lord resides in all the selves and is visualised by a rare gurmukh.

ਪਉੜੀ ੭
paurree 7

ਦਿਬ ਦਿਸਟਿ ਗੁਰ ਧਿਆਨੁ ਧਰਿ ਸਿਖ ਵਿਰਲਾ ਕੋਈ ।
dib disatt gur dhiaan dhar sikh viralaa koee |

Rare is the gurmukh who concentrates upon the Guru and attains the divine sight.

ਰਤਨ ਪਾਰਖੂ ਹੋਇ ਕੈ ਰਤਨਾ ਅਵਲੋਈ ।
ratan paarakhoo hoe kai ratanaa avaloee |

He is the jeweller having the capacity of testing as well as keeping the jewels in the from of virtues.

ਮਨੁ ਮਾਣਕੁ ਨਿਰਮੋਲਕਾ ਸਤਿਸੰਗਿ ਪਰੋਈ ।
man maanak niramolakaa satisang paroee |

His mind becomes pure like ruby and he remains absorbed in the holy congregation.

ਰਤਨ ਮਾਲ ਗੁਰਸਿਖ ਜਗਿ ਗੁਰਮਤਿ ਗੁਣ ਗੋਈ ।
ratan maal gurasikh jag guramat gun goee |

His mind becomes pure like ruby and he remains absorbed in the holy congregation.

ਜੀਵਦਿਆਂ ਮਰਿ ਅਮਰੁ ਹੋਇ ਸੁਖ ਸਹਜਿ ਸਮੋਈ ।
jeevadiaan mar amar hoe sukh sahaj samoee |

He is dead while being alive i.e. he turns his face from evil propensities.

ਓਤਿ ਪੋਤਿ ਜੋਤੀ ਜੋਤਿ ਮਿਲਿ ਜਾਣੈ ਜਾਣੋਈ ।੭।
ot pot jotee jot mil jaanai jaanoee |7|

Totally merging himself in the supreme light he understands his self as well as the Lord.

ਪਉੜੀ ੮
paurree 8

ਰਾਗ ਨਾਦ ਵਿਸਮਾਦੁ ਹੋਇ ਗੁਣ ਗਹਿਰ ਗੰਭੀਰਾ ।
raag naad visamaad hoe gun gahir ganbheeraa |

Elated in the music and sound (of the word), the disciple of the Guru becomes full of serene qualities.

ਸਬਦ ਸੁਰਤਿ ਲਿਵ ਲੀਣ ਹੋਇ ਅਨਹਦਿ ਧੁਨਿ ਧੀਰਾ ।
sabad surat liv leen hoe anahad dhun dheeraa |

His consciousness gets merged into the Word and his mind stabilizes in the unstruck melody.

ਜੰਤ੍ਰੀ ਜੰਤ੍ਰ ਵਜਾਇਦਾ ਮਨਿ ਉਨਿਮਨਿ ਚੀਰਾ ।
jantree jantr vajaaeidaa man uniman cheeraa |

The Guru plays upon the instrument of sermon, listening to which the mind dones clothes of the highest state of equipoise (to dance before the Lord).

ਵਜਿ ਵਜਾਇ ਸਮਾਇ ਲੈ ਗੁਰ ਸਬਦ ਵਜੀਰਾ ।
vaj vajaae samaae lai gur sabad vajeeraa |

The Sikh of the Guru, getting attuned to the instrument of teaching ultimately turns out himself to be a player of the Guru Word.

ਅੰਤਰਿਜਾਮੀ ਜਾਣੀਐ ਅੰਤਰਿ ਗਤਿ ਪੀਰਾ ।
antarijaamee jaaneeai antar gat peeraa |

Now the omniscient Lord understands his pangs of separation.

ਗੁਰ ਚੇਲਾ ਚੇਲਾ ਗੁਰੂ ਬੇਧਿ ਹੀਰੈ ਹੀਰਾ ।੮।
gur chelaa chelaa guroo bedh heerai heeraa |8|

The disciple transforms into Guru and the guru into disciple in the same manner, as the diamond cutter in fact is also a diamond.

ਪਉੜੀ ੯
paurree 9

ਪਾਰਸੁ ਹੋਇਆ ਪਾਰਸਹੁ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਵਡਿਆਈ ।
paaras hoeaa paarasahu guramukh vaddiaaee |

The greatness of the gurmukh is that he being the philosopher’s stone makes every one a philosopher’s stone.

ਹੀਰੈ ਹੀਰਾ ਬੇਧਿਆ ਜੋਤੀ ਜੋਤਿ ਮਿਲਾਈ ।
heerai heeraa bedhiaa jotee jot milaaee |

As the diamond is cut by the diamond, the light of the gurmukh merges in Supreme Light.

ਸਬਦ ਸੁਰਤਿ ਲਿਵ ਲੀਣੁ ਹੋਇ ਜੰਤ੍ਰ ਜੰਤ੍ਰੀ ਵਾਈ ।
sabad surat liv leen hoe jantr jantree vaaee |

His consciousness is attuned to the Word as the mind of the player absorbs in the instrument.

ਗੁਰ ਚੇਲਾ ਚੇਲਾ ਗੁਰੂ ਪਰਚਾ ਪਰਚਾਈ ।
gur chelaa chelaa guroo parachaa parachaaee |

Now the disciple and the Guru become identical. They become one and merge in one another.

ਪੁਰਖਹੁੰ ਪੁਰਖੁ ਉਪਾਇਆ ਪੁਰਖੋਤਮ ਹਾਈ ।
purakhahun purakh upaaeaa purakhotam haaee |

From man was born man (from Guru Nanak to Guru Angad) and he became the superior man.

ਵੀਹ ਇਕੀਹ ਉਲੰਘਿ ਕੈ ਹੋਇ ਸਹਜਿ ਸਮਾਈ ।੯।
veeh ikeeh ulangh kai hoe sahaj samaaee |9|

Crossing the world with one jump he merged in the innate knowledge.

ਪਉੜੀ ੧੦
paurree 10

ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ ਦਰਸਨੁ ਦੇਖਦੋ ਪਰਮਾਤਮੁ ਦੇਖੈ ।
satigur darasan dekhado paramaatam dekhai |

He who beholds the true Guru has beholden the Lord.

ਸਬਦ ਸੁਰਤਿ ਲਿਵ ਲੀਣ ਹੋਇ ਅੰਤਰਿ ਗਤਿ ਲੇਖੈ ।
sabad surat liv leen hoe antar gat lekhai |

Putting his consciousness into the Word he concentrates upon his self.

ਚਰਨ ਕਵਲ ਦੀ ਵਾਸਨਾ ਹੋਇ ਚੰਦਨ ਭੇਖੈ ।
charan kaval dee vaasanaa hoe chandan bhekhai |

Enjoying the fragrance of the lotus feet of the Guru he transforms himself into sandal.

ਚਰਣੋਦਕ ਮਕਰੰਦ ਰਸ ਵਿਸਮਾਦੁ ਵਿਸੇਖੈ ।
charanodak makarand ras visamaad visekhai |

Tasting the nectar of the lotus feet he goes into a special wondrous state (of super consciousness).

ਗੁਰਮਤਿ ਨਿਹਚਲੁ ਚਿਤੁ ਕਰਿ ਵਿਚਿ ਰੂਪ ਨ ਰੇਖੈ ।
guramat nihachal chit kar vich roop na rekhai |

Now in consonance with the Gurmat, the wisdom of the Guru, he stabilizing the mind goes beyond the boundaries of forms and figures.

ਸਾਧਸੰਗਤਿ ਸਚ ਖੰਡਿ ਜਾਇ ਹੋਇ ਅਲਖ ਅਲੇਖੈ ।੧੦।
saadhasangat sach khandd jaae hoe alakh alekhai |10|

Reaching the holy congregation, the abode of truth, he himself becomes like that imperceptible and ineffable Lord

ਪਉੜੀ ੧੧
paurree 11

ਅਖੀ ਅੰਦਰਿ ਦੇਖਦਾ ਦਰਸਨ ਵਿਚਿ ਦਿਸੈ ।
akhee andar dekhadaa darasan vich disai |

He who sees from inside the eyes, is in fact beholden outside also.

ਸਬਦੈ ਵਿਚਿ ਵਖਾਣੀਐ ਸੁਰਤੀ ਵਿਚਿ ਰਿਸੈ ।
sabadai vich vakhaaneeai suratee vich risai |

He is described through words and He is illumined in the consciousness.

ਚਰਣ ਕਵਲ ਵਿਚਿ ਵਾਸਨਾ ਮਨੁ ਭਵਰੁ ਸਲਿਸੈ ।
charan kaval vich vaasanaa man bhavar salisai |

For the fragrance of the lotus feet of the Guru, the mind, becoming the black bee, enjoys the pleasure.

ਸਾਧਸੰਗਤਿ ਸੰਜੋਗੁ ਮਿਲਿ ਵਿਜੋਗਿ ਨ ਕਿਸੈ ।
saadhasangat sanjog mil vijog na kisai |

Whatever is attained in the holy congregation, he gets not away from it.

ਗੁਰਮਤਿ ਅੰਦਰਿ ਚਿਤੁ ਹੈ ਚਿਤੁ ਗੁਰਮਤਿ ਜਿਸੈ ।
guramat andar chit hai chit guramat jisai |

By putting the mind into the teachings of the Guru, the mind itself changes according to the wisdom of the Guru.

ਪਾਰਬ੍ਰਹਮ ਪੂਰਣ ਬ੍ਰਹਮੁ ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਹੈ ਤਿਸੈ ।੧੧।
paarabraham pooran braham satigur hai tisai |11|

The true Guru is the form of that transcendental Brahm who is beyond all the qualities.

ਪਉੜੀ ੧੨
paurree 12

ਅਖੀ ਅੰਦਰਿ ਦਿਸਟਿ ਹੋਇ ਨਕਿ ਸਾਹੁ ਸੰਜੋਈ ।
akhee andar disatt hoe nak saahu sanjoee |

He is sight in the eyes and breath in the nostril.

ਕੰਨਾਂ ਅੰਦਰਿ ਸੁਰਤਿ ਹੋਇ ਜੀਭ ਸਾਦੁ ਸਮੋਈ ।
kanaan andar surat hoe jeebh saad samoee |

He is consciousness in the ears and taste in the tongue.

ਹਥੀ ਕਿਰਤਿ ਕਮਾਵਣੀ ਪੈਰ ਪੰਥੁ ਸਥੋਈ ।
hathee kirat kamaavanee pair panth sathoee |

With hands He works and becomes fellow traveller on the path.

ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਸੁਖ ਫਲੁ ਪਾਇਆ ਮਤਿ ਸਬਦਿ ਵਿਲੋਈ ।
guramukh sukh fal paaeaa mat sabad viloee |

The gurmukh has attained the fruit of delight after churning the Word with consciousness.

ਪਰਕਿਰਤੀ ਹੂ ਬਾਹਰਾ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਵਿਰਲੋਈ ।
parakiratee hoo baaharaa guramukh viraloee |

Any rare gurmukh remains away from the effects of maya.

ਸਾਧਸੰਗਤਿ ਚੰਨਣ ਬਿਰਖੁ ਮਿਲਿ ਚੰਨਣੁ ਹੋਈ ।੧੨।
saadhasangat chanan birakh mil chanan hoee |12|

The holy congregation is a sandal tree to which whosoever becomes sandal

ਪਉੜੀ ੧੩
paurree 13

ਅਬਿਗਤ ਗਤਿ ਅਬਿਗਤ ਦੀ ਕਿਉ ਅਲਖੁ ਲਖਾਏ ।
abigat gat abigat dee kiau alakh lakhaae |

How is the dynamism of the Unmanifest known?

ਅਕਥ ਕਥਾ ਹੈ ਅਕਥ ਦੀ ਕਿਉ ਆਖਿ ਸੁਣਾਏ ।
akath kathaa hai akath dee kiau aakh sunaae |

How can the story of that ineffable Lord be told?

ਅਚਰਜ ਨੋ ਆਚਰਜੁ ਹੈ ਹੈਰਾਣ ਕਰਾਏ ।
acharaj no aacharaj hai hairaan karaae |

He is wonderful for the wonder itself.

ਵਿਸਮਾਦੇ ਵਿਸਮਾਦੁ ਹੈ ਵਿਸਮਾਦੁ ਸਮਾਏ ।
visamaade visamaad hai visamaad samaae |

The absorbents in the wondrous realization get themselves elated.

ਵੇਦੁ ਨ ਜਾਣੈ ਭੇਦੁ ਕਿਹੁ ਸੇਸਨਾਗੁ ਨ ਪਾਏ ।
ved na jaanai bhed kihu sesanaag na paae |

The Vedas also do not understand this mystery and even the Sesanag (mythological snake having thousand hoods) cannot know its limits.

ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂ ਸਾਲਾਹਣਾ ਗੁਰੁ ਸਬਦੁ ਅਲਾਏ ।੧੩।
vaahiguroo saalaahanaa gur sabad alaae |13|

Vahiguru, God, is eulogised through recitation of the Word of the Guru, Gurbani.

ਪਉੜੀ ੧੪
paurree 14

ਲੀਹਾ ਅੰਦਰਿ ਚਲੀਐ ਜਿਉ ਗਾਡੀ ਰਾਹੁ ।
leehaa andar chaleeai jiau gaaddee raahu |

As, a coach on the highway goes through the beaten tracks,

ਹੁਕਮਿ ਰਜਾਈ ਚਲਣਾ ਸਾਧਸੰਗਿ ਨਿਬਾਹੁ ।
hukam rajaaee chalanaa saadhasang nibaahu |

In the holy congregation one goes on abiding with the divine ordinance (hukam) and will of the Lord.

ਜਿਉ ਧਨ ਸੋਘਾ ਰਖਦਾ ਘਰਿ ਅੰਦਰਿ ਸਾਹੁ ।
jiau dhan soghaa rakhadaa ghar andar saahu |

As, the wise person keeps money intact at home

ਜਿਉ ਮਿਰਜਾਦ ਨ ਛਡਈ ਸਾਇਰੁ ਅਸਗਾਹੁ ।
jiau mirajaad na chhaddee saaeir asagaahu |

And the deep ocean leaves not its general nature;

ਲਤਾ ਹੇਠਿ ਲਤਾੜੀਐ ਅਜਰਾਵਰੁ ਘਾਹੁ ।
lataa hetth lataarreeai ajaraavar ghaahu |

As the grass is trampled under the feet,

ਧਰਮਸਾਲ ਹੈ ਮਾਨਸਰੁ ਹੰਸ ਗੁਰਸਿਖ ਵਾਹੁ ।
dharamasaal hai maanasar hans gurasikh vaahu |

Like this (earth) inn is the Manasarovar and the disciples of the Guru are swans

ਰਤਨ ਪਦਾਰਥ ਗੁਰ ਸਬਦੁ ਕਰਿ ਕੀਰਤਨੁ ਖਾਹੁ ।੧੪।
ratan padaarath gur sabad kar keeratan khaahu |14|

Who in the form of kirtan, singing of the holy hymns, eat the pearls of the Word of the Guru.

ਪਉੜੀ ੧੫
paurree 15

ਚਨਣੁ ਜਿਉ ਵਣ ਖੰਡ ਵਿਚਿ ਓਹੁ ਆਪੁ ਲੁਕਾਏ ।
chanan jiau van khandd vich ohu aap lukaae |

As the sandal tree tries to conceal itself in the forest (but cannot remain hidden),

ਪਾਰਸੁ ਅੰਦਰਿ ਪਰਬਤਾਂ ਹੋਇ ਗੁਪਤ ਵਲਾਏ ।
paaras andar parabataan hoe gupat valaae |

The philosopher’s stone being identical with ordinary stones in the mountains spends its time in hiding.

ਸਤ ਸਮੁੰਦੀ ਮਾਨਸਰੁ ਨਹਿ ਅਲਖੁ ਲਖਾਏ ।
sat samundee maanasar neh alakh lakhaae |

The seven seas are manifest but the Manasarovar remains invisible to common eyes.

ਜਿਉ ਪਰਛਿੰਨਾ ਪਾਰਜਾਤੁ ਨਹਿ ਪਰਗਟੀ ਆਏ ।
jiau parachhinaa paarajaat neh paragattee aae |

As parijat, wish fulfilling tree, also keeps itself unseen;

ਜਿਉ ਜਗਿ ਅੰਦਰਿ ਕਾਮਧੇਨੁ ਨਹਿ ਆਪੁ ਜਣਾਏ ।
jiau jag andar kaamadhen neh aap janaae |

Kamaddhenu, wish fulfilling cow, also lives in this world but never makes itself noticed.

ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਦਾ ਉਪਦੇਸੁ ਲੈ ਕਿਉ ਆਪੁ ਗਣਾਏ ।੧੫।
satigur daa upades lai kiau aap ganaae |15|

Likewise why should they who have adopted the teachings of the true Guru, include themselves in any count.

ਪਉੜੀ ੧੬
paurree 16

ਦੁਇ ਦੁਇ ਅਖੀ ਆਖੀਅਨਿ ਇਕੁ ਦਰਸਨੁ ਦਿਸੈ ।
due due akhee aakheean ik darasan disai |

The eyes are two but they behold the one (Lord).

ਦੁਇ ਦੁਇ ਕੰਨਿ ਵਖਾਣੀਅਨਿ ਇਕ ਸੁਰਤਿ ਸਲਿਸੈ ।
due due kan vakhaaneean ik surat salisai |

The ears are two but they bring out the one consciousness.

ਦੁਇ ਦੁਇ ਨਦੀ ਕਿਨਾਰਿਆਂ ਪਾਰਾਵਾਰੁ ਨ ਤਿਸੈ ।
due due nadee kinaariaan paaraavaar na tisai |

The river has two banks but they are one through the connection of water and are not separate.

ਇਕ ਜੋਤਿ ਦੁਇ ਮੂਰਤੀ ਇਕ ਸਬਦੁ ਸਰਿਸੈ ।
eik jot due mooratee ik sabad sarisai |

The Guru and the disciple are two identities but one shabad, Word permeates through both of them.

ਗੁਰ ਚੇਲਾ ਚੇਲਾ ਗੁਰੂ ਸਮਝਾਏ ਕਿਸੈ ।੧੬।
gur chelaa chelaa guroo samajhaae kisai |16|

When the Guru is disciple and the disciple Guru, who can make the other understand.

ਪਉੜੀ ੧੭
paurree 17

ਪਹਿਲੇ ਗੁਰਿ ਉਪਦੇਸ ਦੇ ਸਿਖ ਪੈਰੀ ਪਾਏ ।
pahile gur upades de sikh pairee paae |

First the Guru making the disciple sit near his feet preaches to him.

ਸਾਧਸੰਗਤਿ ਕਰਿ ਧਰਮਸਾਲ ਸਿਖ ਸੇਵਾ ਲਾਏ ।
saadhasangat kar dharamasaal sikh sevaa laae |

Telling him about the distinction of the holy congregation and the abode of dharma, he is put into the service (of the mankind).

ਭਾਇ ਭਗਤਿ ਭੈ ਸੇਵਦੇ ਗੁਰਪੁਰਬ ਕਰਾਏ ।
bhaae bhagat bhai sevade gurapurab karaae |

Serving through loving devotion, the servants of the Lord celebrate the anniversaries.

ਸਬਦ ਸੁਰਤਿ ਲਿਵ ਕੀਰਤਨੁ ਸਚਿ ਮੇਲਿ ਮਿਲਾਏ ।
sabad surat liv keeratan sach mel milaae |

Attuning the consciousness with the Word, through the singing of hymns, one meets the truth.

ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਮਾਰਗੁ ਸਚ ਦਾ ਸਚੁ ਪਾਰਿ ਲੰਘਾਏ ।
guramukh maarag sach daa sach paar langhaae |

The Gurmukh walks the path of Truth; practicing Truth he crosses the Worldly ocean.

ਸਚਿ ਮਿਲੈ ਸਚਿਆਰ ਨੋ ਮਿਲਿ ਆਪੁ ਗਵਾਏ ।੧੭।
sach milai sachiaar no mil aap gavaae |17|

Thus the truthful one obtains the truth and getting it, the ego is erased.

ਪਉੜੀ ੧੮
paurree 18

ਸਿਰ ਉਚਾ ਨੀਵੇਂ ਚਰਣ ਸਿਰਿ ਪੈਰੀ ਪਾਂਦੇ ।
sir uchaa neeven charan sir pairee paande |

The head is high and the feet are at a low level but still the head bows upon the feet.

ਮੁਹੁ ਅਖੀ ਨਕੁ ਕੰਨ ਹਥ ਦੇਹ ਭਾਰ ਉਚਾਂਦੇ ।
muhu akhee nak kan hath deh bhaar uchaande |

The feet carry the burden of mouth, eyes, nose, ears, hands and the whole body.

ਸਭ ਚਿਹਨ ਛਡਿ ਪੂਜੀਅਨਿ ਕਉਣੁ ਕਰਮ ਕਮਾਂਦੇ ।
sabh chihan chhadd poojeean kaun karam kamaande |

Then, leaving aside all the body organs, only they (feet) are worshipped.

ਗੁਰ ਸਰਣੀ ਸਾਧਸੰਗਤੀ ਨਿਤ ਚਲਿ ਚਲਿ ਜਾਂਦੇ ।
gur saranee saadhasangatee nit chal chal jaande |

They daily go to the holy congregation in the shelter of the Guru.

ਵਤਨਿ ਪਰਉਪਕਾਰ ਨੋ ਕਰਿ ਪਾਰਿ ਵਸਾਂਦੇ ।
vatan praupakaar no kar paar vasaande |

Then they run for the altruistic works and accomplish the work to the maximum possible.

ਮੇਰੀ ਖਲਹੁ ਮੌਜੜੇ ਗੁਰਸਿਖ ਹੰਢਾਂਦੇ ।
meree khalahu mauajarre gurasikh handtaande |

Alas! Were it so that shoes made of my skin were used by the Sikhs of the Guru.

ਮਸਤਕ ਲਗੇ ਸਾਧ ਰੇਣੁ ਵਡਭਾਗਿ ਜਿਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਦੇ ।੧੮।
masatak lage saadh ren vaddabhaag jinhaan de |18|

Whosoever gets the dust of the feet of such people (with above virtues) he is fortunate and a blessed one.

ਪਉੜੀ ੧੯
paurree 19

ਜਿਉ ਧਰਤੀ ਧੀਰਜ ਧਰਮੁ ਮਸਕੀਨੀ ਮੂੜੀ ।
jiau dharatee dheeraj dharam masakeenee moorree |

As the earth is embodiment of continence, dharma and humility,

ਸਭ ਦੂੰ ਨੀਵੀਂ ਹੋਇ ਰਹੀ ਤਿਸ ਮਣੀ ਨ ਕੂੜੀ ।
sabh doon neeveen hoe rahee tis manee na koorree |

It remains under the feet and this humility is true and not false.

ਕੋਈ ਹਰਿ ਮੰਦਰੁ ਕਰੈ ਕੋ ਕਰੈ ਅਰੂੜੀ ।
koee har mandar karai ko karai aroorree |

Somebody constructs temple of god on it and some gather rubbish heaps on it.

ਜੇਹਾ ਬੀਜੈ ਸੋ ਲੁਣੈ ਫਲ ਅੰਬ ਲਸੂੜੀ ।
jehaa beejai so lunai fal anb lasoorree |

Whatever is sowed is got accordingly whether is be a mango or lasuri, a glutinous fruit.

ਜੀਵਦਿਆਂ ਮਰਿ ਜੀਵਣਾ ਜੁੜਿ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਜੂੜੀ ।
jeevadiaan mar jeevanaa jurr guramukh joorree |

While being dead in life i.e. deleting ego from the self, the gurmukhs join gurmukhs in the holy congregation.

ਲਤਾਂ ਹੇਠਿ ਲਤਾੜੀਐ ਗਤਿ ਸਾਧਾਂ ਧੂੜੀ ।੧੯।
lataan hetth lataarreeai gat saadhaan dhoorree |19|

They become the dust of the feet of the holy men, which is trampled under the feet.

ਪਉੜੀ ੨੦
paurree 20

ਜਿਉ ਪਾਣੀ ਨਿਵਿ ਚਲਦਾ ਨੀਵਾਣਿ ਚਲਾਇਆ ।
jiau paanee niv chaladaa neevaan chalaaeaa |

As water flows downwards and takes with it whosoever meets it (and makes it also humble),

ਸਭਨਾ ਰੰਗਾਂ ਨੋ ਮਿਲੈ ਰਲਿ ਜਾਇ ਰਲਾਇਆ ।
sabhanaa rangaan no milai ral jaae ralaaeaa |

All the dyes mix up in water and it becomes one with every colour;

ਪਰਉਪਕਾਰ ਕਮਾਂਵਦਾ ਉਨਿ ਆਪੁ ਗਵਾਇਆ ।
praupakaar kamaanvadaa un aap gavaaeaa |

Erasing ego it does altruistic deeds;

ਕਾਠੁ ਨ ਡੋਬੈ ਪਾਲਿ ਕੈ ਸੰਗਿ ਲੋਹੁ ਤਰਾਇਆ ।
kaatth na ddobai paal kai sang lohu taraaeaa |

It does not sink the wood, it rather makes the iron swim with it;

ਵੁਠੇ ਮੀਹ ਸੁਕਾਲੁ ਹੋਇ ਰਸ ਕਸ ਉਪਜਾਇਆ ।
vutthe meeh sukaal hoe ras kas upajaaeaa |

It makes for prosperity when it rains in rainy season.

ਜੀਵਦਿਆ ਮਰਿ ਸਾਧ ਹੋਇ ਸਫਲਿਓ ਜਗਿ ਆਇਆ ।੨੦।
jeevadiaa mar saadh hoe safalio jag aaeaa |20|

Likewise, the holy saints getting dead in life i.e. removing their ego, making their coming to the world fruitful.

ਪਉੜੀ ੨੧
paurree 21

ਸਿਰ ਤਲਵਾਇਆ ਜੰਮਿਆ ਹੋਇ ਅਚਲੁ ਨ ਚਲਿਆ ।
sir talavaaeaa jamiaa hoe achal na chaliaa |

With feet upward and head down, the tree gets rooted and stands unmoved.

ਪਾਣੀ ਪਾਲਾ ਧੁਪ ਸਹਿ ਉਹ ਤਪਹੁ ਨ ਟਲਿਆ ।
paanee paalaa dhup seh uh tapahu na ttaliaa |

It bears with water, cold and sunshine but does not turn its face from self-mortification.

ਸਫਲਿਓ ਬਿਰਖ ਸੁਹਾਵੜਾ ਫਲ ਸੁਫਲੁ ਸੁ ਫਲਿਆ ।
safalio birakh suhaavarraa fal sufal su faliaa |

Such a tree is blessed one and becomes full of fruit.

ਫਲੁ ਦੇਇ ਵਟ ਵਗਾਇਐ ਕਰਵਤਿ ਨ ਹਲਿਆ ।
fal dee vatt vagaaeaai karavat na haliaa |

On stoning, it gives fruit and does not stir even under the sawing machine.

ਬੁਰੇ ਕਰਨਿ ਬੁਰਿਆਈਆਂ ਭਲਿਆਈ ਭਲਿਆ ।
bure karan buriaaeean bhaliaaee bhaliaa |

The wicked go on doing evil deeds whereas the gentle remain busy in good activities.

ਅਵਗੁਣ ਕੀਤੇ ਗੁਣ ਕਰਨਿ ਜਗਿ ਸਾਧ ਵਿਰਲਿਆ ।
avagun keete gun karan jag saadh viraliaa |

Rare are the people in world who with their saintly heart do good to the evil.

ਅਉਸਰਿ ਆਪ ਛਲਾਇਂਦੇ ਤਿਨ੍ਹਾ ਅਉਸਰੁ ਛਲਿਆ ।੨੧।
aausar aap chhalaaeinde tinhaa aausar chhaliaa |21|

The commoners are duped by time i.e. they change according to the time, but the holy men succeed in deluding the time i.e. they remain free from the influence of time.

ਪਉੜੀ ੨੨
paurree 22

ਮੁਰਦਾ ਹੋਇ ਮੁਰੀਦੁ ਸੋ ਗੁਰ ਗੋਰਿ ਸਮਾਵੈ ।
muradaa hoe mureed so gur gor samaavai |

The disciple who remains dead (among hopes and desires) will ultimately enter into the grave of the Guru i.e. he will transform himself into Guru.

ਸਬਦ ਸੁਰਤਿ ਲਿਵ ਲੀਣੁ ਹੋਇ ਓਹੁ ਆਪੁ ਗਵਾਵੈ ।
sabad surat liv leen hoe ohu aap gavaavai |

He merges his consciousness in the Word and loses his ego.

ਤਨੁ ਧਰਤੀ ਕਰਿ ਧਰਮਸਾਲ ਮਨੁ ਦਭੁ ਵਿਛਾਵੈ ।
tan dharatee kar dharamasaal man dabh vichhaavai |

Accepting body in the form of earth as the resting place, he spreads mat of mind over it.

ਲਤਾਂ ਹੇਠਿ ਲਤਾੜੀਐ ਗੁਰ ਸਬਦੁ ਕਮਾਵੈ ।
lataan hetth lataarreeai gur sabad kamaavai |

Even if he gets trampled under the feet, he conducts himself according to the teachings of the Guru.

ਭਾਇ ਭਗਤਿ ਨੀਵਾਣੁ ਹੋਇ ਗੁਰਮਤਿ ਠਹਰਾਵੈ ।
bhaae bhagat neevaan hoe guramat tthaharaavai |

Getting imbued with the loving devotion, he becomes humble and stabilises his mind.

ਵਰਸੈ ਨਿਝਰ ਧਾਰ ਹੋਇ ਸੰਗਤਿ ਚਲਿ ਆਵੈ ।੨੨।੯।
varasai nijhar dhaar hoe sangat chal aavai |22|9|

He himself moves towards the holy congregation and the grace of the Lord showers upon him.


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