After the Ardas, the following couplets are recited which are not written in Guru Granth Sahib or the Dasam Granth. These are written in a document called “Tankhahnama”, written by a devout Sikh and a great poet named Bhai Nand Lal ji, and are believed to be questions by Bhai Nand Lal ji and answers by Guru Gobind Singh ji.
AAGYA BHAEE AKAAL KI, TABHI CHALAAEO PANTH
When God ordained, only then the Khalsa Panth was started
Aagya: permission, ordained, bhaee: happened, kaal: time, akaal: without time, one who is beyond time, ever existent, God, tabhi: only then, chalaaeo: started. Panth: path, way, implies way of life, refers to Khalsa Panth which means pure way of life.
SABH SIKHAN KO HUKAM HAE, GURU MAANEO GRANTH
All Sikhs are ordered to consider Granth Saheb as their Guru
Sabh: all, hukam: order, maaneo: consider, accept
GURU GRANTH JI MAANEO, PARGAT GURAAN KI DEH
Cosider Guru Granth Saheb ji as embodiment of the Gurus
pargat: visible, deh: body, pargat Guraan ki deh: visible body of the Gurus, implies embodiment or personification of the Gurus.
JO PRABH KO MILBO CHAHAE, KHOJ SHABAD ME LAE
Those who want to meet the Gurus can find their presence in the Guru’s words.
(i.e. those who want to know the teachings of the Gurus must read and understand the deeper meanings of gurbani written in Guru Granth Saheb)
prabh: master, refers to the ten Gurus, milbo: meet, chahae: wants, khoj: search, find, implies intense effort to understand the deeper meanings, shabad: word, implies gurbani written in Guru Granth Saheb.
RAJ KAREGA KHALSA, AAKI RAHE NA KOE
The righteous ones shall prevail, no one shall remain defiant.
raj: rule, implies prevail, khalsa: pure, virtuous, implies believer in righteousness, aaki: defiant.
KHWAAR HOE SABH MILENGE, BACHE SHARAN JO HOE
Those who drift away (from righteousness) shall repent and shall come back under the protection of the righteous ones and shall be saved.
khwaar: drifting away in wrong direction, milenge: will meet, implies will come back, bache: saved, sharan: under protection.
BOLE SO NEHAAL, SAT SRI AKAL
Those who say ‘Sat Sri Akal’ (God is the only truth) with love and devotion shall experience spiritual bliss.
bole: say, utter, so: those, nehaal: happy, implies spiritually blissful, sat: truth, reality, sri: used for respect, akal: timeless, beyond death, eternal, God.
WAHEGURU JI KA KHALSA, WAHEGURU JI KI FATEH
The Khalsa belongs to God, (victory of the Khalsa is) victory of God.
Khalsa : the pure ones, refers to Khalsa Panth or Sikh Nation, fateh: victory.
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ONE SPIRIT, DIFFERENT BODIES
After Guru Nanak Dev ji, none of the Gurus used their names in their writings. They always used the name “Nanak” as if everything was written by Guru Nanak Dev ji. This reinforces our belief that all our Gurus had the same spirit in different bodies. The eternal source of spiritual knowledge that was within Guru Nanak Dev ji was passed on to each Guru and they uttered Gurbani that originated from the same source.)
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
vidi-aa veechaaree taaN par-upkaaree.
jaaN panch raasee taaN tirath vaasee. (SSGS)
[Contemplate and reflect upon knowledge and you will become benefactor to others.
When you conquer the five passions (lust, anger, greed, attachment, ego), then you shall become pure like a sacred shrine of pilgrimage. ||1|| ]