To obtain the state of life of Nirvaanaa, meditate in remembrance on the One Lord.
There is no other place; how else can we be comforted?
I have seen the whole world - without the Lord's Name, there is no peace at all.
Body and wealth shall return to dust - hardly anyone realizes this.
Pleasure, beauty and delicious tastes are useless; what are you doing, O mortal?
One whom the Lord Himself misleads, does not understand His awesome power.
Those who are imbued with the Love of the Lord attain Nirvaanaa, singing the Praises of the True One.
Nanak: those who are pleasing to Your Will, O Lord, seek Sanctuary at Your Door. ||2||
Those who are attached to the hem of the Lord's robe, do not suffer birth and death.
Those who remain awake to the Kirtan of the Lord's Praises - their lives are approved.
Those who attain the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy, are very fortunate.
But those who forget the Name - their lives are cursed, and broken like thin strands of thread.
O Nanak, the dust of the feet of the Holy is more sacred than hundreds of thousands, even millions of cleansing baths at sacred shrines. ||16||
Salok, Fifth Mehl:
Like the beautiful earth, adorned with jewels of grass - such is the mind, within which the Love of the Lord abides.
All one's affairs are easily resolved, O Nanak, when the Guru, the True Guru, is pleased. ||1||
Roaming and wandering in the ten directions, over water, mountains and forests
- wherever the vulture sees a dead body, he flies down and lands. ||2||
One who longs for all comforts and rewards should practice Truth.
Behold the Supreme Lord God near you, and meditate on the Naam, the Name of the One Lord.
Become the dust of all men's feet, and so merge with the Lord.
Do not cause any being to suffer, and you shall go to your true home with honor.
Nanak speaks of the Purifier of sinners, the Creator, the Primal Being. ||17||
Salok, Dohaa, Fifth Mehl:
I have made the One Lord my Friend; He is All-powerful to do everything.
My soul is a sacrifice to Him; the Lord is the treasure of my mind and body. ||1||
Take my hand, O my Beloved; I shall never forsake You.
Those who forsake the Lord, are the most evil people; they shall fall into the horrible pit of hell. ||2||
All treasures are in His Home; whatever the Lord does, comes to pass.
The Saints live by chanting and meditating on the Lord, washing off the filth of their sins.
With the Lotus Feet of the Lord dwelling within the heart, all misfortune is taken away.
One who meets the Perfect Guru, shall not have to suffer through birth and death.
Nanak is thirsty for the Blessed Vision of God's Darshan; by His Grace, He has bestowed it. ||18||
Salok, Dakhanaa, Fifth Mehl:
If you can dispel your doubts, even for an instant, and love your only Beloved,
then wherever you go, there you shall find Him. ||1||
Can they mount horses and handle guns, if all they know is the game of polo?
Can they be swans, and fulfill their conscious desires, if they can only fly like chickens? ||2||
Those who chant the Lord's Name with their tongues and hear it with their ears are saved, O my friend.
Those hands which lovingly write the Praises of the Lord are pure.
It is like performing all sorts of virtuous deeds, and bathing at the sixty-eight sacred shrines of pilgrimage.
They cross over the world-ocean, and conquer the fortress of corruption.