PAUREE 23 (Stanza 23)
In this Pauri, Guru Nanak dev ji says that God’s Creation is beyond the comprehension of even His devotees, and to His devotees, lots of wealth and power are of no significance.
SAALAHEE SAALAH EYTEE SURAT NAA PAAEEA
Devotees remember Him by saying His praises, (but even) they cannot comprehend (the vastness of His Creation).
salaahi: people who praise God, or devotees, saalah: praise, eytee: to those, surat: understanding or comprehension, paaeea: obtain
NADIAAN ATE VAH PAVAE SAMUND NA JAANIAE
Like rivers and streams falling into ocean cannot realize the vastness of the ocean.
nadiaan: rivers, Vah: streams, samund: sea, na jaaniae: do not know
SAMUND SAHA SULTAAN GIRHA SETEE MAAL DHAN
(Even) the Kings and Emperors with mountains and oceans of wealth
saha: wealthy man, or king, sultaan: emperor, girha: mountain, setee: equal to, maal dhan: wealth
KEERI TUL NA HOVENI JE TIS MANAU NA VEESRAE II23II
are no match to the poorest of the poor who does not forget God. This implies that all the wealth and power are worth nothing if a person does not remember God with love and devotion.
keeri: ant, implies poorest of the poor, tul: equal to, manau: from mind, veesrae: forget
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DID YOU KNOW
According to the current Rehat Maryada published by the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC), every Sikh is expected to recite the following banis everyday:
Morning: Japji Saheb, Jaap Saheb, Ten Swayyas. Ardas is performed after reciting these banis.
Evening: Rehras Saheb and Ardas.
Night: Kirtan Sohela
- Written by Guru Nanak Dev Ji
- This is the first bani in Guru Granth Saheb, also called Adi Granth.
- This bani is not assigned to any Raga (most of the bani in Guru Granth Saheb is in various Ragas)
- Consists of mool mantra, 38 paurees, and a slok.
- This bani is recited in the morning before starting the daily routine.
- Written by Guru Gobind Singh ji
- This bani is not in the Adi Granth (Guru Granth Saheb ji). It is in Dasam Granth, which is a separate Granth (holy book) containing writings of Guru Gobind Singh ji only.
- This bani has 199 verses, which are written on the first ten pages of Dasam Granth.
- This bani is recited in the morning, before starting the daily routine, after Japji Saheb.
- Written by Guru Gobind Singh ji
- This bani is not in the Adi Granth (Guru Granth Saheb ji). It is in Dasam Granth.
- This bani has 10 verses, four lines each.
- This bani is recited in the morning, before starting the daily routine, after Jaap Saheb.
- A collection of nine hymns, four of which are written by Guru Nanak Dev ji, three by Guru Ram Das ji, and two by Guru Arjan Dev ji. These hymns follow Japji Saheb in the Adi Granth.
- Also includes Chopyee Saheb, one swayya, and one dohera by Guru Gobind Singh ji, six paurees of Anand Saheb (first five + the last) written by Guru Amar Das ji, and two hymns by Guru Arjan Dev ji.
- This bani is recited in the evening at sunset.
- A collection of five hymns, first three by Guru Nanak Dev ji, fourth by Guru Ram Das ji, and the last hymn is written by Guru Arjan Dev ji.
- All five hymns are from Adi Granth – Guru Granth Saheb ji.
- This bani is recited immediately before going to bed at night and also at funerals
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|| ]