PAUREE 36 (Stanza 36)
In this Pauri, Guru Nanak Dev ji describes the third stage of spiritual development (Saram Khand or stage of spiritual effort). With the recognition of purpose and duty in Dharam Khand and realization of the vastness of God’s Creation in Giaan Khand, a person works hard to ascend further into this stage where the mind and soul become pure and beautiful and the person becomes pious like an angel.
GIAAN KHAND MEH GIAAN PARCHAND, TITHAE NAAD BINOD KOD ANAND
In the stage of Giaan Khand (as described in the previous Pauri), the effect of Divine Knowledge is extremely overwhelming. No worldly music and acts of entertainment can equal the Divine joy a person experiences in this stage.
khand: realm, implies spiritual stage, Giaan: spiritual knowledge or enlightenment, parchand: extremely powerful, overwhelming, thithae: there, naad: music tunes, binod: amusement, kod: derived from word ‘kautak’-means acts of amusement, anand: happiness, joy
SARAM KHAND KI BAANI ROOP
Saram Khand (the stage of spiritual effort) consists of beautification of the soul (implies elevating the soul to a very high spiritual level)
saram: derived from Sanskrit word ‘shram’, means hard work, saram khand: the stage of spiritual effort, baani:roop: beauty making of, consists of,
TITHAE GHARAT GHARIAE BAHUT ANOOP
In this stage the souls are molded extremely beautiful (implies that a person becomes extremely enlightened).
tithae: there, gharat: the molded form, ghariae: to make, to mold, bahut: extremely, anoop: without comparison, implies extremely beautiful
TAA KIAA GALAA KATHIA NA JAHE, JE KO KAHAE PICHHAE PACHHUTAE
The beauty of those souls (their state of enlightenment) cannot be described, if someone tries (to describe), he will only regret it later.
taa kiaa: of those, galaa: tales, experiences, kathia: to describe, je ko: if someone, kahae: describes, pichhae:pachutae: repents, regrets later,
TITHAE GHARIAE SURAT MAT MAN BUDH,
There (in this stage of spiritual hard work), a person molds his conscience, mind, soul, and intellect.
tithae: there, ghariae: is made, is molded, surat: conscience, mat: mind, man: soul, budh: intellect
TITHAE GHARIAE SURAA SIDHAA KI SUDH II36II
There (in this stage), a person molds himself to such an elevated spiritual level that his enlightened state compares to that of angels and persons with divine powers.
suraa: angels, sidhaa: people with divine powers, sudh: intellect, understanding
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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
SOOCHE EH NA AAKHIEH BEHEN JO PINDA DHOE, SOOCHE SEYEE NANKA JIN MAN VASYAA SOE (SGGS-Asa Di Waar)
[(Spiritual) cleanliness does not come by taking a shower, Nanak says, (spiritually) clean are those who remember God with love and devotion. ]