PAUREE 29 (Stanza 29)
In this Pauri, Guru Nanak Dev ji describes a ritual performed by Yogis, in which food is prepared, a person is assigned to distribute, and a drum is played to create a ‘holy’ sound while eating. The message is for all, not just for Yogis. Guruji says that like you feed your body every day, you must feed your soul the spiritual food of Divine knowledge, kindness, awareness that God is in every heart, and realization that we get our share what is destined for us and we come and depart from this world by His Will. All the riches and powers seem useless once we realize that we are all His puppets, He is the one holding the strings.
BHUGAT GIAAN, DAYA BHANDAARAN, GHAT GHAT VAAJEH NAAD
O Yogi, make awareness of God (that God is everywhere) your diet, kindness your dispenser, and every heart beat your holy sound (i.e. always remember that God is everywhere, be kind and considerate to all).
bhugat: food, giaan: knowledge, implies awareness of God, daya: mercy, kindness, bhandaaran: kitchen keeper or person who dispenses the food, ghat: heart, vaajeh: beats, naad: sound of an instrument that Yogis play while eating food
AAP NAATH, NAATHI SAB JAAKI, RIDH SIDH AVRAA SAAD
God is the true Master, who has the whole Universe under His control, craving for riches and performing miracles to satisfy ego are diversions that take you away from God.
aap: God Himself, naath: one who controls, master, naathi: one who has the controlling string, refers to a string that is put through the nose of an animal to keep control, ridh: riches, sidh: supernatural powers or miracles, avraa: other, saad: relishes or enjoyments, implies diversions, avraa saad: implies other diversions that take you away from God
SANJOG VIJOG DOE KAAR CHALAAVEH, LEKHE AAVEH BHAAG
God is regulating the world by unions and separations (relationships are made when a person is born, -this is sanjog, relationships end when a person dies – this is vijog). We get our share according to what is destined for us.
sanjog: union, vijog: separation, doe: both, kaar: work, chalaaveh: regulates, lekhe: destiny, bhaag: portion, share
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 II29II
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
This is a good opportunity to memorize Gurbani, one Pauri at a time. You can concentrate better and enjoy more if you recite bani without looking at the gutka.
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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
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|| ]