PAUREE 28 (Stanza 28)
In this Pauri, Guru Nanak Dev ji discredits the ritualistic practices of Yogis who go around begging for food, wearing earrings, carrying a begging bowl in one hand and a wooden staff in the other hand, and their body covered with ashes to create an outwardly appearance of a holy man. Guru ji says that inner qualities, not the outward appearance, make a person a true Yogi.
MUNDA SANTOKH, SARAM PAT JHOLI, DHIAAN KI KAREH BIBHOOT
O Yogi, make contentment your earrings, hard work your begging bowl and sack, concentration in God’s Name the ashes that cover your body (i.e. be a content, hard working and God loving person).
munda: earrings, santokh: contentment, saram: hard work, pat: begging bowl, jholi: begging sack, dhiaan:kareh: make, bibhoot: ashes concentration,
KHINTHA KAAL, KUARI KAIAA JUGAT, DANDA PARTEET
Let awareness of your mortality be your patched coat, a high moral character your way of life, and faith in God your staff (i.e. be a God fearing person with high moral character and faith in God).
khintha: begger’s worn out patched coat, kaal: death, implies awareness that nobody can escape death, kuaari:kaiaa: body, jugat: conduct or way of life, danda: staff, parteet: purity or chastity, implies high moral character, faith, devotion
AAEE PANTHI, SAGAL JAMAATI, MAN JEETAE JAG JEET
Let universal brotherhood be your sect, (and be aware that) by controlling your mind you can control the worldly temptations.
aaee panthi: a sect of Yogis, sagal: all, jamaati: class, association, brotherhood, sagal jamaati: universal brotherhood, man: mind, jeetae: by conquering, implies by controlling, jag: world, implies worldly temptations
AADES, TISAE AADES,
Let us salute the Almighty God (sing His praises).
aades: salutation to God, tisae: to Him
AAD ANEEL ANAAD ANAHAT, JUG JUG EKO VES II28II
who is ever existent, unaffected by worldly evils (pure), without beginning, without end (indestructible), and unchanging through the ages.
aad: from beginning, aneel: spotless, pure, implies unaffected by worldly evils or Maya, anaad: without beginning, anahat: that cannot be destroyed, jug: ages, eko: one, same, ves: clothing, implies personality
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DID YOU KNOW
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
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). ]