PAUREE 25 (Stanza 25)
In this Pauri, Guru Nanak Dev ji says that God’s gifts are infinite; He keeps on giving even to those who deny His existence. Due to our foolishness, we forget Him even while consuming His bounties. Guruji says that everything happens under His Will and nobody has the power to change that. Desire to remember Him with love and devotion is the greatest treasure and can be obtained only by His blessing.
BAHUTAA KARAM LIKHIAA NAA JAAE
His blessings are too many, it is impossible to write (describe) them all.
bahutaa: too many, karam: blessings
VADAA DAATAA TIL NA TAMAAE
The Great Giver, God, has not an iota of greed.
vadaa daataa: the Great Giver, God, til: a very small seed called til seed, implies very little, tamaae: greed
KETE MANGEH JODH APAAR
Many great warriors beg (at His door) for His gifts.
kete: many, mangeh: beg, jodh: warriors, apaar: great
KETIAA GANAT NAHEE VEECHAAR
Many more, who cannot be counted, are (begging for His bounties)
ketiaa: many more, ganat: count, nahee veechaar: cannot be described
KETE KHAP TUTE VEKAAR
Many remain consumed in vices and die in anxiety.
khap: anxiety, tute: break, implies die, vekaar: vices
KETE LAE LAE MUKKAR PAHE
Many keep on receiving His gifts, but deny receiving them (i.e. never thank God for His bounties)
lae lae: keep on receiving, mukkar: deny
KETE MOORAKH KHAAHI KHAAHE
Many foolish people keep on consuming His gifts (but forget the Giver)
moorakh: fool, khahi khae: keep on eating
KETIAA DOOKH BHOOKH SAD MAAR
Many are destined to be in distress, hunger and continuous punishment.
dookh: pain, distress, bhookh: hunger, sad: always, maar: punishment
EH BHI DAAT TERI DATAAR
This also is Your blessing (in disguise) O God (because a person remembers God only when in distress).
eh bhi: this also, daat: gift or blessing, daataar: the Giver, God
BAND KHALAASI BHAANAE HOE
Freedom from attachment to worldly things can only be obtained by accepting His Will.
band: imprisonment, implies attachment to worldly things or Maya, khalaasi: freedom, bhaanae: His Will
HOR AAKH NA SAKAE KOE
No one else has a say in it
hor: someone else, aakh: say
JE KO KHAAEK AAKHAN PAE
If some foolish person tells that he has a say in it (i.e. he can interfere in God’s Will)
khaaek: fool, aakhan: say or tell
OH JAANNAE JETIAA MOH KHAAE
Only he will know how much he will have to suffer for his foolishness.
oh jaane: only he knows, jeetiaa: how many, moh: face, khaae: eat, moh khaae: receive blows on face, implies suffering
AAPE JAANAE AAPE DEI
God Himself knows (our needs) and He, on His own, keeps on giving.
aape: He Himself, or He on His own, jaanae: knows, dei: gives
AAKHAE SE BHI KEI KEI
Very few acknowledge this (that He knows our needs and keeps on giving).
aakhae: say, acknowledge, se bhi: this also, kei kei: very few
JIS NO BAKHSE SIFAT SALAAH NANAK PAATSAHI PATSAAH ||25||
Nanak says, one who is blessed with the desire to remember Him with love and devotion is the truly rich person in the world (i.e. remembering God with love and devotion is the greatest treasure).
jis no: to whom, bakhse: blesses, sifat: qualities, salaah: praising, sifat salaah: praising His qualities, implies remembering Him with love and devotion, patsaah: king, paatsahi patsah: king of kings, implies spiritually richest person
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DID YOU KNOW
In Sikhism, we have five seats of authority, called TAKHATS. Takhat literally means ‘throne’. The five Seats of Authority (Takhats) are:
1. Akal Takhat
Akal Takhat (the throne of timeless God) is situated in front of the Harmandar Sahib in the Golden Temple complex in Amritsar, Punjab. It was established by Guru Hargobind Ji (the 6th Guru) in 1609. The Guru did not consider it appropriate to discuss the political and military matters inside the Golden Temple itself, which is meant purely for worship of God. So, he established a separate place, within the complex, to discuss those matters. Even today, the political matters and other issues are discussed here by the Sikh leadership and Hukamnamaas (orders for the Sikh masses) are issued by the Jathedaar (head priest) of Akal Takhat.
2. Takhat Sri Patna Saheb
The second seat of authority is called ‘Takhat Sri Patna Saheb’. It is located in the city of Patna in Bihar state in India. Guru Teg Bahdur ji lived here in 1665 and Guru Gobind Singh ji was born here and spent his childhood here. Some of Guru Gobind Singh ji’s relics, including his weapons and proclamations, are preserved here.
3. Takhat Sri Kesgarh Saheb
The third seat of authority is known as Sri Kesgarh Saheb, where Guru Gobind Singh ji created the Khalsa on the Vaisakhi day of 1699. The historic double edged sword, called Khanda, with which the Guru stirred the Amrit (baptism water) that auspicious day, is kept here along with a number of other weapons of Guru Gobind Singh ji. Kesgarh Saheb is located in the township of Anandpur in Punjab. This town was founded by the ninth Guru, Guru Teg Bahadur ji in 1665.
4. Takhat Sri Hazur Saheb
The fourth seat of authority is Takhat Sri Hazur Saheb. It is situated in the city of Nader in Maharashtra State in India. It is the place where Guru Gobind Singh ji passed away in 1708 and gave Guruship to Guru Granth Saheb (the Adi Granth). Maharaja Ranjit Singh renovated the temple and provided gold plated dome. Some of Guru Gobind Singh ji’s weapons and other relics are kept here and are put on display for visitors.
5. Takhat Sri Damdama Saheb
The fifth seat of authority is Damdama Saheb. This place owes its importance to the literary work done by Guru Gobind Singh ji during his stay here in 1706. Here, the tenth Guru prepared the authentic edition of the Aadi Granth, to which he gave the Guruship at the time of his passing away. Most of Guru Gobind Singh ji’s own writings were also prepared at this location.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
SAHEB SETI HUKAM NA CHALAE, KEHI BANAE ARDAAS (SGGS-Asa Di Waar)
[Ordering God (to get something) does not work, what works with Him is Ardaas (prayer). ]