PAURI 1(Stanza 1)
In this Pauri, Guru Amar Das ji says that the gift of meditating on God’s Name with true love and devotion can only be obtained from the true Guru. Those who are blessed by the Guru with this gift achieve true happiness. Note that these verses are written by the third Guru, Guru Amar Das ji, but he did not put his name, instead he used the name of the first Guru, Guru Nanak Dev ji. This is true throughout Guru Granth Saheb
RAMKALI MEHLA TEEJA
The following verses are written by the third Guru, Guru Amar Das ji, in ‘Ramkali’ Raaga.
Ramkali: name of the raaga- most of the shabads in Guru Granth Saheb are in various raagas, Ramkali is one of the ragas, mehla teeja: third Guru
The song of eternal bliss
anand: permanent happiness, eternal bliss
EK ONKAAR SATGUR PRASAAD
(I pray for the) blessings of my true Guru and the Supreme Creator.
ek: one, onkaar is a combination of two words, oam and kaar, oam means Supreme, kaar means consistent or unchanging, onkaar means Supreme Being that is not subject to change, satgur: true Guru, prasaad: blessing
Anµdu BieAw myrI mwey siqgurU mY pwieAw ]
ANAND BHAYAA MERI MAAE, SATGURU MAE PAAYA
O my mother, I have achieved the eternal happiness, (because) I have found the true Guru.
anand: happiness, implies eternal happiness or bliss, bhayaa: happened, achieved, maae: o mother, way of expressing extreme emotions, Satguru: true Guru, refers to Guru Nanak and Guru Angad Dev ji, paaya: obtained, found
SATGUR TAA PAYAA SEHEJ SETI, MAN VAJIAA VADHAAIYA
I have found the true Guru, with that I have achieved a state of tranquility, and my mind is filled with feelings of true happiness.
sehej: unwavering state of mind, tranquility, seti: with, man: mind, vajiaa: sounded, vadhaaiaa: congratulations, implies feelings of happiness or bliss
RAAG RATAN PARVAAR PARIAA, SABAD GAAVAN AAIYA
(as if) all the beautiful ragas and melodies have come to sing God’s praises in my heart (beautiful sounds of God’s praises are filled in my heart)
rattan: jewel, implies precious, beautiful, raag rattan: beautiful raagas, parvaar: family, implies related ragas, pariaa: beautiful maids, implies melodies, sabad: God’s praises, gaavan: to sing, aaiaa: have come
SABDO TA GAVOH HARI KERA, MAN JINEE VASAAYA
(O devotees, you also) sing God’s praises, (because true happiness comes to those) who remain immersed in God’s remembrance.
sabdo: God’s praises, gavoh: sing, Hari: God, kera: of, man: mind, jinee: whose, vasaaya: dwell, implies immersed in
KAHE NANAK ANAND HOA, SATGURU MAE PAAIYA 
Nanak says, I am in total bliss (because) I have found my true Guru.
kahe: says, Anand: happiness, bliss, satguru: true Guru
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
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). ]