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Alahunian (Gurmukhi ਅਲਾਹਣੀਆ), is the name given to the Bani by Guru Nanak Dev Ji. It is a composition in measure Vadahans in the Guru Granth Sahib on Page 578, Line 18 to Page 585, Line 10. Alahni (singular) is rarely used in deference to its plural form Alahnian. This refers to a dirge (funeral song) wailingly sung in chorus by women mourning the death of a close relation. Etymologically, the word means an "utterance in praise of a departed person".

In the common life of Punjab, "alahnian" are sung to mourn a death, "ghorian" are sung to celebrate a wedding; similarly "chhants" are recited at the time of marriage; "sadd" (call) is a dirge, "pahare" quarters of day or night, "ruttin" (seasons), "var sat" (week days), "din-rain" (day and night) are the compositions stressing the importance of time which should be utilized in remembrance of the Lord.

The sorrowful singing of Alahnian is part of the mourning custom of siapa. The women assemble at the house of the dead person and cry aloud beating their breasts while standing, or sit together and bewail. They weep bitterly and sing alahnian in the most pathetic, desperate and sorrowful tones. The village barbress (nain) or mirasan starts the alahni by singing aloud the first line of the dirge eulogizing the dead person, followed by the group in chorus. The siapa goes on continually for a number of days until the last ceremonies are held; and the relatives of the deceased keep coming from far and near, the women joining in the heartrending wail from day to day.

Alahni is also a poetic form in Punjabi which refers to the style of this mourning song. The strain may alter with the subject. Guru Nanak employed this mode in his bani, as he adopted several other popular, folk forms. Five of his Shabads (hymns) included in the Guru Granth Sahib in Raga Vadahans (pp. 578 to 582) are entitled Alahnian. In these hymns, the sovereignty of God's Will is proclaimed. By implication, the customs of siapa and alahnian are deprecated.

One must not give way to idle wailing, but learn to accept what has been ordained by the Almighty. The reality of death is brought home to man. "As man hath come into this world, so must he depart." The recitation of Alahnian brings solace to the grief-afflicted soul and leads it to seek shelter in God. Surrender to His Will is the burden of this verse. "None ever die with the dead," says Guru Nanak. "Blessed is he who praises the Lord's merits and weeps in fear of Him. They who bewail by remembering Him are through the ages acknowledged wise." Death is inevitable. But death is for the manmukh, one who is ruled by his own ego, one who has turned away from God. Death is not for the gurmukh who is turned towards God.

By Naam Simran, i.e. constant remembrance of the Name of God, one discards the fear of death. This is the way to achieving the state of fearlessness, the state of liberation and everlastingness. He is truly triumphant in the world who absorbs himself in Naam and is firm in his faith, who performs his worldly duty and yet remains unattached, always ready to leave the world without sorrow. One, who submits to the "Will of the Lord" or Hukam and leads a pious life, lives in peace and tranquillity and dreads not the call of death. Death for such virtuous persons is a victory. All have to reach the same destination, says Guru Nanak.

Instead of crying and wailing at the death of a relation, men should sit together and sing the praise of God. The poetic metre used in Alahnian corresponds with the tune in which this folk form is cast. It is a kind of "duvaiya chhand", in which last line of each Shabad echoes the burden of the line in the first part of Alahnian. The language is Sadh Bhakha with a strong flavour of Lahndi dialect. Alliteration has been used and new compounds formed to make the lines musical. Some of the verses convey the eternal truths in such homely yet terse language that they have become part of Punjabi speech. For instance: "jeha likhia teha paia" as is it foreordained for one, so does one receive, and "ko marai na moia nale" none ever die with the dead.

Bani

ਰਾਗੁ ਵਡਹੰਸੁ ਮਹਲਾ ੧ ਘਰੁ ੫ ਅਲਾਹਣੀਆ Raag Wadahans, First Mehl, Fifth House, Alaahanees ~ Songs Of Mourning:

ੴ ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਪ੍ਰਸਾਦਿ ॥ One Universal Creator God. By The Grace Of The True Guru:

ਧੰਨੁ ਸਿਰੰਦਾ ਸਚਾ ਪਾਤਿਸਾਹੁ ਜਿਨਿ ਜਗੁ ਧੰਧੈ ਲਾਇਆ ॥ Blessed is the Creator, the True King, who has linked the whole world to its tasks.

ਮੁਹਲਤਿ ਪੁਨੀ ਪਾਈ ਭਰੀ ਜਾਨੀਅੜਾ ਘਤਿ ਚਲਾਇਆ ॥ When one's time is up, and the measure is full, this dear soul is caught, and driven off.

ਜਾਨੀ ਘਤਿ ਚਲਾਇਆ ਲਿਖਿਆ ਆਇਆ ਰੁੰਨੇ ਵੀਰ ਸਬਾਏ ॥ This dear soul is driven off, when the pre-ordained Order is received, and all the relatives cry out in mourning.

ਕਾਂਇਆ ਹੰਸ ਥੀਆ ਵੇਛੋੜਾ ਜਾਂ ਦਿਨ ਪੁੰਨੇ ਮੇਰੀ ਮਾਏ ॥ The body and the swan-soul are separated, when one's days are past and done, O my mother.

ਜੇਹਾ ਲਿਖਿਆ ਤੇਹਾ ਪਾਇਆ ਜੇਹਾ ਪੁਰਬਿ ਕਮਾਇਆ ॥ As is one's pre-ordained Destiny, so does one receive, according to one's past actions.

ਧੰਨੁ ਸਿਰੰਦਾ ਸਚਾ ਪਾਤਿਸਾਹੁ ਜਿਨਿ ਜਗੁ ਧੰਧੈ ਲਾਇਆ ॥੧॥ Blessed is the Creator, the True King, who has linked the whole world to its tasks. ||1||

ਸਾਹਿਬੁ ਸਿਮਰਹੁ ਮੇਰੇ ਭਾਈਹੋ ਸਭਨਾ ਏਹੁ ਪਇਆਣਾ ॥ Meditate in remembrance on the Lord and Master, O my Siblings of Destiny; everyone has to pass this way.

ਏਥੈ ਧੰਧਾ ਕੂੜਾ ਚਾਰਿ ਦਿਹਾ ਆਗੈ ਸਰਪਰ ਜਾਣਾ ॥ These false entanglements last for only a few days; then, one must surely move on to the world hereafter.

ਆਗੈ ਸਰਪਰ ਜਾਣਾ ਜਿਉ ਮਿਹਮਾਣਾ ਕਾਹੇ ਗਾਰਬੁ ਕੀਜੈ ॥ He must surely move on to the world hereafter, like a guest; so why does he indulge in ego?

ਜਿਤੁ ਸੇਵਿਐ ਦਰਗਹ ਸੁਖੁ ਪਾਈਐ ਨਾਮੁ ਤਿਸੈ ਕਾ ਲੀਜੈ ॥ Chant the Name of the Lord; serving Him, you shall obtain peace in His Court.

ਆਗੈ ਹੁਕਮੁ ਨ ਚਲੈ ਮੂਲੇ ਸਿਰਿ ਸਿਰਿ ਕਿਆ ਵਿਹਾਣਾ ॥ In the world hereafter, no one's commands will be obeyed. According to their actions, each and every person proceeds.

ਸਾਹਿਬੁ ਸਿਮਰਿਹੁ ਮੇਰੇ ਭਾਈਹੋ ਸਭਨਾ ਏਹੁ ਪਇਆਣਾ ॥੨॥ Meditate in remembrance on the Lord and Master, O my Siblings of Destiny; everyone has to pass this way. ||2||

ਜੋ ਤਿਸੁ ਭਾਵੈ ਸੰਮ੍ਰਥ ਸੋ ਥੀਐ ਹੀਲੜਾ ਏਹੁ ਸੰਸਾਰੋ ॥ Whatever pleases the Almighty Lord, that alone comes to pass; this world is an opportunity to please Him.

ਜਲਿ ਥਲਿ ਮਹੀਅਲਿ ਰਵਿ ਰਹਿਆ ਸਾਚੜਾ ਸਿਰਜਣਹਾਰੋ ॥ The True Creator Lord is pervading and permeating the water, the land and the air.

ਸਾਚਾ ਸਿਰਜਣਹਾਰੋ ਅਲਖ ਅਪਾਰੋ ਤਾ ਕਾ ਅੰਤੁ ਨ ਪਾਇਆ ॥ The True Creator Lord is invisible and infinite; His limits cannot be found.

ਆਇਆ ਤਿਨ ਕਾ ਸਫਲੁ ਭਇਆ ਹੈ ਇਕ ਮਨਿ ਜਿਨੀ ਧਿਆਇਆ ॥ Fruitful is the coming of those, who meditate single-mindedly on Him.

ਢਾਹੇ ਢਾਹਿ ਉਸਾਰੇ ਆਪੇ ਹੁਕਮਿ ਸਵਾਰਣਹਾਰੋ ॥ He destroys, and having destroyed, He creates; by His Order, He adorns us.

ਜੋ ਤਿਸੁ ਭਾਵੈ ਸੰਮ੍ਰਥ ਸੋ ਥੀਐ ਹੀਲੜਾ ਏਹੁ ਸੰਸਾਰੋ ॥੩॥ Whatever pleases the Almighty Lord, that alone comes to pass; this world is an opportunity to please Him. ||3||

ਨਾਨਕ ਰੁੰਨਾ ਬਾਬਾ ਜਾਣੀਐ ਜੇ ਰੋਵੈ ਲਾਇ ਪਿਆਰੋ ॥ Nanak: he alone truly weeps, O Baba, who weeps in the Lord's Love.

ਵਾਲੇਵੇ ਕਾਰਣਿ ਬਾਬਾ ਰੋਈਐ ਰੋਵਣੁ ਸਗਲ ਬਿਕਾਰੋ ॥ One who weeps for the sake of worldly objects, O Baba, weeps totally in vain.

ਰੋਵਣੁ ਸਗਲ ਬਿਕਾਰੋ ਗਾਫਲੁ ਸੰਸਾਰੋ ਮਾਇਆ ਕਾਰਣਿ ਰੋਵੈ ॥ This weeping is all in vain; the world forgets the Lord, and weeps for the sake of Maya.

ਚੰਗਾ ਮੰਦਾ ਕਿਛੁ ਸੂਝੈ ਨਾਹੀ ਇਹੁ ਤਨੁ ਏਵੈ ਖੋਵੈ ॥ He does not distinguish between good and evil, and wastes away this life in vain.

ਐਥੈ ਆਇਆ ਸਭੁ ਕੋ ਜਾਸੀ ਕੂੜਿ ਕਰਹੁ ਅਹੰਕਾਰੋ ॥ Everyone who comes here, shall have to leave; to act in ego is false.

ਨਾਨਕ ਰੁੰਨਾ ਬਾਬਾ ਜਾਣੀਐ ਜੇ ਰੋਵੈ ਲਾਇ ਪਿਆਰੋ ॥੪॥੧॥ Nanak: he alone truly weeps, O Baba, who weeps in the Lord's Love. ||4||1||

ਵਡਹੰਸੁ ਮਹਲਾ ੧ ॥ Wadahans, First Mehl:

ਆਵਹੁ ਮਿਲਹੁ ਸਹੇਲੀਹੋ ਸਚੜਾ ਨਾਮੁ ਲਏਹਾਂ ॥ Come, O my companions - let us meet together and dwell upon the True Name.

ਰੋਵਹ ਬਿਰਹਾ ਤਨ ਕਾ ਆਪਣਾ ਸਾਹਿਬੁ ਸੰਮ੍ਹ੍ਹਾਲੇਹਾਂ ॥ Let us weep over the body's separation from the Lord and Master; let us remember Him in contemplation.

ਸਾਹਿਬੁ ਸਮ੍ਹ੍ਹਾਲਿਹ ਪੰਥੁ ਨਿਹਾਲਿਹ ਅਸਾ ਭਿ ਓਥੈ ਜਾਣਾ ॥ Let us remember the Lord and Master in contemplation, and keep a watchful eye on the Path. We shall have to go there as well.

ਜਿਸ ਕਾ ਕੀਆ ਤਿਨ ਹੀ ਲੀਆ ਹੋਆ ਤਿਸੈ ਕਾ ਭਾਣਾ ॥ He who has created, also destroys; whatever happens is by His Will.

ਜੋ ਤਿਨਿ ਕਰਿ ਪਾਇਆ ਸੁ ਆਗੈ ਆਇਆ ਅਸੀ ਕਿ ਹੁਕਮੁ ਕਰੇਹਾ ॥ Whatever He has done, has come to pass; how can we command Him?

ਆਵਹੁ ਮਿਲਹੁ ਸਹੇਲੀਹੋ ਸਚੜਾ ਨਾਮੁ ਲਏਹਾ ॥੧॥ Come, O my companions - let us meet together and dwell upon the True Name. ||1||

ਮਰਣੁ ਨ ਮੰਦਾ ਲੋਕਾ ਆਖੀਐ ਜੇ ਮਰਿ ਜਾਣੈ ਐਸਾ ਕੋਇ ॥ Death would not be called bad, O people, if one knew how to truly die.

ਸੇਵਿਹੁ ਸਾਹਿਬੁ ਸੰਮ੍ਰਥੁ ਆਪਣਾ ਪੰਥੁ ਸੁਹੇਲਾ ਆਗੈ ਹੋਇ ॥ Serve your Almighty Lord and Master, and your path in the world hereafter will be easy.

ਪੰਥਿ ਸੁਹੇਲੈ ਜਾਵਹੁ ਤਾਂ ਫਲੁ ਪਾਵਹੁ ਆਗੈ ਮਿਲੈ ਵਡਾਈ ॥ Take this easy path, and you shall obtain the fruits of your rewards, and receive honor in the world hereafter.

ਭੇਟੈ ਸਿਉ ਜਾਵਹੁ ਸਚਿ ਸਮਾਵਹੁ ਤਾਂ ਪਤਿ ਲੇਖੈ ਪਾਈ ॥ Go there with your offering, and you shall merge in the True Lord; your honor shall be confirmed.

ਮਹਲੀ ਜਾਇ ਪਾਵਹੁ ਖਸਮੈ ਭਾਵਹੁ ਰੰਗ ਸਿਉ ਰਲੀਆ ਮਾਣੈ ॥ You shall obtain a place in the Mansion of the Lord Master's Presence; being pleasing to Him, you shall enjoy the pleasures of His Love.

ਮਰਣੁ ਨ ਮੰਦਾ ਲੋਕਾ ਆਖੀਐ ਜੇ ਕੋਈ ਮਰਿ ਜਾਣੈ ॥੨॥ Death would not be called bad, O people, if one knew how to truly die. ||2||

ਮਰਣੁ ਮੁਣਸਾ ਸੂਰਿਆ ਹਕੁ ਹੈ ਜੋ ਹੋਇ ਮਰਨਿ ਪਰਵਾਣੋ ॥ The death of brave heroes is blessed, if it is approved by God.

ਸੂਰੇ ਸੇਈ ਆਗੈ ਆਖੀਅਹਿ ਦਰਗਹ ਪਾਵਹਿ ਸਾਚੀ ਮਾਣੋ ॥ They alone are acclaimed as brave warriors in the world hereafter, who receive true honor in the Court of the Lord.

ਦਰਗਹ ਮਾਣੁ ਪਾਵਹਿ ਪਤਿ ਸਿਉ ਜਾਵਹਿ ਆਗੈ ਦੂਖੁ ਨ ਲਾਗੈ ॥ They are honored in the Court of the Lord; they depart with honor, and they do not suffer pain in the world hereafter.

ਕਰਿ ਏਕੁ ਧਿਆਵਹਿ ਤਾਂ ਫਲੁ ਪਾਵਹਿ ਜਿਤੁ ਸੇਵਿਐ ਭਉ ਭਾਗੈ ॥ They meditate on the One Lord, and obtain the fruits of their rewards. Serving the Lord, their fear is dispelled.

ਊਚਾ ਨਹੀ ਕਹਣਾ ਮਨ ਮਹਿ ਰਹਣਾ ਆਪੇ ਜਾਣੈ ਜਾਣੋ ॥ Do not indulge in egotism, and dwell within your own mind; the Knower Himself knows everything.

ਮਰਣੁ ਮੁਣਸਾਂ ਸੂਰਿਆ ਹਕੁ ਹੈ ਜੋ ਹੋਇ ਮਰਹਿ ਪਰਵਾਣੋ ॥੩॥ The death of brave heroes is blessed, if it is approved by God. ||3||

ਨਾਨਕ ਕਿਸ ਨੋ ਬਾਬਾ ਰੋਈਐ ਬਾਜੀ ਹੈ ਇਹੁ ਸੰਸਾਰੋ ॥ Nanak: for whom should we mourn, O Baba? This world is merely a play.

ਕੀਤਾ ਵੇਖੈ ਸਾਹਿਬੁ ਆਪਣਾ ਕੁਦਰਤਿ ਕਰੇ ਬੀਚਾਰੋ ॥ The Lord Master beholds His work, and contemplates His creative potency.

ਕੁਦਰਤਿ ਬੀਚਾਰੇ ਧਾਰਣ ਧਾਰੇ ਜਿਨਿ ਕੀਆ ਸੋ ਜਾਣੈ ॥ He contemplates His creative potency, having established the Universe. He who created it, He alone knows.

ਆਪੇ ਵੇਖੈ ਆਪੇ ਬੂਝੈ ਆਪੇ ਹੁਕਮੁ ਪਛਾਣੈ ॥ He Himself beholds it, and He Himself understands it. He Himself realizes the Hukam of His Command.

ਜਿਨਿ ਕਿਛੁ ਕੀਆ ਸੋਈ ਜਾਣੈ ਤਾ ਕਾ ਰੂਪੁ ਅਪਾਰੋ ॥ He who created these things, He alone knows. His subtle form is infinite.

ਨਾਨਕ ਕਿਸ ਨੋ ਬਾਬਾ ਰੋਈਐ ਬਾਜੀ ਹੈ ਇਹੁ ਸੰਸਾਰੋ ॥੪॥੨॥ Nanak: for whom should we mourn, O Baba? This world is merely a play. ||4||2||

ਵਡਹੰਸੁ ਮਹਲਾ ੧ ਦਖਣੀ ॥ Wadahans, First Mehl, Dakhanee:

ਸਚੁ ਸਿਰੰਦਾ ਸਚਾ ਜਾਣੀਐ ਸਚੜਾ ਪਰਵਦਗਾਰੋ ॥ The True Creator Lord is True - know this well; He is the True Sustainer.

ਜਿਨਿ ਆਪੀਨੈ ਆਪੁ ਸਾਜਿਆ ਸਚੜਾ ਅਲਖ ਅਪਾਰੋ ॥ He Himself fashioned His Own Self; the True Lord is invisible and infinite.

ਦੁਇ ਪੁੜ ਜੋੜਿ ਵਿਛੋੜਿਅਨੁ ਗੁਰ ਬਿਨੁ ਘੋਰੁ ਅੰਧਾਰੋ ॥ He brought together, and then separated, the two grinding stones of the earth and the sky; without the Guru, there is only pitch darkness.

ਸੂਰਜੁ ਚੰਦੁ ਸਿਰਜਿਅਨੁ ਅਹਿਨਿਸਿ ਚਲਤੁ ਵੀਚਾਰੋ ॥੧॥ He created the sun and the moon; night and day, they move according to His Thought. ||1||

ਸਚੜਾ ਸਾਹਿਬੁ ਸਚੁ ਤੂ ਸਚੜਾ ਦੇਹਿ ਪਿਆਰੋ ॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥ O True Lord and Master, You are True. O True Lord, bless me with Your Love. ||Pause||

ਤੁਧੁ ਸਿਰਜੀ ਮੇਦਨੀ ਦੁਖੁ ਸੁਖੁ ਦੇਵਣਹਾਰੋ ॥ You created the Universe; You are the Giver of pain and pleasure.

ਨਾਰੀ ਪੁਰਖ ਸਿਰਜਿਐ ਬਿਖੁ ਮਾਇਆ ਮੋਹੁ ਪਿਆਰੋ ॥ You created woman and man, the love of poison, and emotional attachment to Maya.

ਖਾਣੀ ਬਾਣੀ ਤੇਰੀਆ ਦੇਹਿ ਜੀਆ ਆਧਾਰੋ ॥ The four sources of creation, and the power of the Word, are also of Your making. You give Support to all beings.

ਕੁਦਰਤਿ ਤਖਤੁ ਰਚਾਇਆ ਸਚਿ ਨਿਬੇੜਣਹਾਰੋ ॥੨॥ You have made the Creation as Your Throne; You are the True Judge. ||2||

ਆਵਾ ਗਵਣੁ ਸਿਰਜਿਆ ਤੂ ਥਿਰੁ ਕਰਣੈਹਾਰੋ ॥ You created comings and goings, but You are ever-stable, O Creator Lord.

ਜੰਮਣੁ ਮਰਣਾ ਆਇ ਗਇਆ ਬਧਿਕੁ ਜੀਉ ਬਿਕਾਰੋ ॥ In birth and death, in coming and going, this soul is held in bondage by corruption.

ਭੂਡੜੈ ਨਾਮੁ ਵਿਸਾਰਿਆ ਬੂਡੜੈ ਕਿਆ ਤਿਸੁ ਚਾਰੋ ॥ The evil person has forgotten the Naam; he has drowned - what can he do now?

ਗੁਣ ਛੋਡਿ ਬਿਖੁ ਲਦਿਆ ਅਵਗੁਣ ਕਾ ਵਣਜਾਰੋ ॥੩॥ Forsaking merit, he has loaded the poisonous cargo of demerits; he is a trader of sins. ||3||

ਸਦੜੇ ਆਏ ਤਿਨਾ ਜਾਨੀਆ ਹੁਕਮਿ ਸਚੇ ਕਰਤਾਰੋ ॥ The beloved soul has received the Call, the Command of the True Creator Lord.

ਨਾਰੀ ਪੁਰਖ ਵਿਛੁੰਨਿਆ ਵਿਛੁੜਿਆ ਮੇਲਣਹਾਰੋ ॥ The soul, the husband, has become separated from the body, the bride. The Lord is the Re-uniter of the separated ones.

ਰੂਪੁ ਨ ਜਾਣੈ ਸੋਹਣੀਐ ਹੁਕਮਿ ਬਧੀ ਸਿਰਿ ਕਾਰੋ ॥ No one cares for your beauty, O beautiful bride.; the Messenger of Death is bound only by the Lord Commander's Command.

ਬਾਲਕ ਬਿਰਧਿ ਨ ਜਾਣਨੀ ਤੋੜਨਿ ਹੇਤੁ ਪਿਆਰੋ ॥੪॥ He does not distinguish between young children and old people; he tears apart love and affection. ||4||

ਨਉ ਦਰ ਠਾਕੇ ਹੁਕਮਿ ਸਚੈ ਹੰਸੁ ਗਇਆ ਗੈਣਾਰੇ ॥ The nine doors are closed by the True Lord's Command, and the swan-soul takes flight into the skies.

ਸਾ ਧਨ ਛੁਟੀ ਮੁਠੀ ਝੂਠਿ ਵਿਧਣੀਆ ਮਿਰਤਕੜਾ ਅੰਙਨੜੇ ਬਾਰੇ ॥ The body-bride is separated, and defrauded by falsehood; she is now a widow - her husband's body lies dead in the courtyard.

ਸੁਰਤਿ ਮੁਈ ਮਰੁ ਮਾਈਏ ਮਹਲ ਰੁੰਨੀ ਦਰ ਬਾਰੇ ॥ The widow cries out at the door, "The light of my mind has gone out, O my mother, with his death".

ਰੋਵਹੁ ਕੰਤ ਮਹੇਲੀਹੋ ਸਚੇ ਕੇ ਗੁਣ ਸਾਰੇ ॥੫॥ So cry out, O soul-brides of the Husband Lord, and dwell on the Glorious Praises of the True Lord. ||5||

ਜਲਿ ਮਲਿ ਜਾਨੀ ਨਾਵਾਲਿਆ ਕਪੜਿ ਪਟਿ ਅੰਬਾਰੇ ॥ Her loved one is cleansed, bathed in water, and dressed in silken robes.

ਵਾਜੇ ਵਜੇ ਸਚੀ ਬਾਣੀਆ ਪੰਚ ਮੁਏ ਮਨੁ ਮਾਰੇ ॥ The musicians play, and the Bani of the True Lord's Words are sung; the five relatives feel as if they too are dead, so deadened are their minds.

ਜਾਨੀ ਵਿਛੁੰਨੜੇ ਮੇਰਾ ਮਰਣੁ ਭਇਆ ਧ੍ਰਿਗੁ ਜੀਵਣੁ ਸੰਸਾਰੇ ॥ Separation from my beloved is like death to me!" cries the widow".My life in this world is cursed and worthless!

ਜੀਵਤੁ ਮਰੈ ਸੁ ਜਾਣੀਐ ਪਿਰ ਸਚੜੈ ਹੇਤਿ ਪਿਆਰੇ ॥੬॥ But she alone is approved, who dies, while yet still alive; she lives for the sake of the Love of her Beloved. ||6||

ਤੁਸੀ ਰੋਵਹੁ ਰੋਵਣ ਆਈਹੋ ਝੂਠਿ ਮੁਠੀ ਸੰਸਾਰੇ ॥ So cry out in mourning, you who have come to mourn; this world is false and fraudulent.

ਹਉ ਮੁਠੜੀ ਧੰਧੈ ਧਾਵਣੀਆ ਪਿਰਿ ਛੋਡਿਅੜੀ ਵਿਧਣਕਾਰੇ ॥ I too have been defrauded, chasing after worldly entanglements; my Husband Lord has forsaken me - I practice the evil deeds of a wife without a spouse.

ਘਰਿ ਘਰਿ ਕੰਤੁ ਮਹੇਲੀਆ ਰੂੜੈ ਹੇਤਿ ਪਿਆਰੇ ॥ In each and every home, are the brides of the Husband Lord; they gaze upon their Handsome Lord with love and affection.

ਮੈ ਪਿਰੁ ਸਚੁ ਸਾਲਾਹਣਾ ਹਉ ਰਹਸਿਅੜੀ ਨਾਮਿ ਭਤਾਰੇ ॥੭॥ I sing the Praises of my True Husband Lord, and through the Naam, the Name of my Husband Lord, I blossom forth. ||7||

ਗੁਰਿ ਮਿਲਿਐ ਵੇਸੁ ਪਲਟਿਆ ਸਾ ਧਨ ਸਚੁ ਸੀਗਾਰੋ ॥ Meeting with the Guru, the soul-bride's dress is transformed, and she is adorned with Truth.

ਆਵਹੁ ਮਿਲਹੁ ਸਹੇਲੀਹੋ ਸਿਮਰਹੁ ਸਿਰਜਣਹਾਰੋ ॥ Come and meet with me, O brides of the Lord; let's meditate in remembrance on the Creator Lord.

ਬਈਅਰਿ ਨਾਮਿ ਸਹਾਗਣੀ ਸਚੁ ਸਵਾਰਣਹਾਰੋ ॥ Through the Naam, the soul-bride becomes the Lord's favorite; she is adorned with Truth.

ਗਾਵਹੁ ਗੀਤੁ ਨ ਬਿਰਹੜਾ ਨਾਨਕ ਬ੍ਰਹਮ ਬੀਚਾਰੋ ॥੮॥੩॥ Do not sing the songs of separation, O Nanak; reflect upon God. ||8||3||

ਵਡਹੰਸੁ ਮਹਲਾ ੧ ॥ Wadahans, First Mehl:

ਜਿਨਿ ਜਗੁ ਸਿਰਜਿ ਸਮਾਇਆ ਸੋ ਸਾਹਿਬੁ ਕੁਦਰਤਿ ਜਾਣੋਵਾ ॥ The One who creates and dissolves the world - that Lord and Master alone knows His creative power.

ਸਚੜਾ ਦੂਰਿ ਨ ਭਾਲੀਐ ਘਟਿ ਘਟਿ ਸਬਦੁ ਪਛਾਣੋਵਾ ॥ Do not search for the True Lord far away; recognize the Word of the Shabad in each and every heart.

ਸਚੁ ਸਬਦੁ ਪਛਾਣਹੁ ਦੂਰਿ ਨ ਜਾਣਹੁ ਜਿਨਿ ਏਹ ਰਚਨਾ ਰਾਚੀ ॥ Recognize the Shabad, and do not think that the Lord is far away; He created this creation.

ਨਾਮੁ ਧਿਆਏ ਤਾ ਸੁਖੁ ਪਾਏ ਬਿਨੁ ਨਾਵੈ ਪਿੜ ਕਾਚੀ ॥ Meditating on the Naam, the Name of the Lord, one obtains peace; without the Naam, he plays a losing game.

ਜਿਨਿ ਥਾਪੀ ਬਿਧਿ ਜਾਣੈ ਸੋਈ ਕਿਆ ਕੋ ਕਹੈ ਵਖਾਣੋ ॥ The One who established the Universe, He alone knows the Way; what can anyone say?

ਜਿਨਿ ਜਗੁ ਥਾਪਿ ਵਤਾਇਆ ਜਾਲ ਸੋ ਸਾਹਿਬੁ ਪਰਵਾਣੋ ॥੧॥ The One who established the world cast the net of Maya over it; accept Him as your Lord and Master. ||1||

ਬਾਬਾ ਆਇਆ ਹੈ ਉਠਿ ਚਲਣਾ ਅਧ ਪੰਧੈ ਹੈ ਸੰਸਾਰੋਵਾ ॥ O Baba, he has come, and now he must get up and depart; this world is only a way-station.

ਸਿਰਿ ਸਿਰਿ ਸਚੜੈ ਲਿਖਿਆ ਦੁਖੁ ਸੁਖੁ ਪੁਰਬਿ ਵੀਚਾਰੋਵਾ ॥ Upon each and every head, the True Lord writes their destiny of pain and pleasure, according to their past actions.

ਦੁਖੁ ਸੁਖੁ ਦੀਆ ਜੇਹਾ ਕੀਆ ਸੋ ਨਿਬਹੈ ਜੀਅ ਨਾਲੇ ॥ He bestows pain and pleasure, according to the deeds done; the record of these deeds stays with the soul.

ਜੇਹੇ ਕਰਮ ਕਰਾਏ ਕਰਤਾ ਦੂਜੀ ਕਾਰ ਨ ਭਾਲੇ ॥ He does those deeds which the Creator Lord causes him to do; he attempts no other actions.

ਆਪਿ ਨਿਰਾਲਮੁ ਧੰਧੈ ਬਾਧੀ ਕਰਿ ਹੁਕਮੁ ਛਡਾਵਣਹਾਰੋ ॥ The Lord Himself is detached, while the world is entangled in conflict; by His Command, He emancipates it.

ਅਜੁ ਕਲਿ ਕਰਦਿਆ ਕਾਲੁ ਬਿਆਪੈ ਦੂਜੈ ਭਾਇ ਵਿਕਾਰੋ ॥੨॥ He may put this off today, but tomorrow he is seized by death; in love with duality, he practices corruption. ||2||

ਜਮ ਮਾਰਗ ਪੰਥੁ ਨ ਸੁਝਈ ਉਝੜੁ ਅੰਧ ਗੁਬਾਰੋਵਾ ॥ The path of death is dark and dismal; the way cannot be seen.

ਨਾ ਜਲੁ ਲੇਫ ਤੁਲਾਈਆ ਨਾ ਭੋਜਨ ਪਰਕਾਰੋਵਾ ॥ There is no water, no quilt or mattress, and no food there.

ਭੋਜਨ ਭਾਉ ਨ ਠੰਢਾ ਪਾਣੀ ਨਾ ਕਾਪੜੁ ਸੀਗਾਰੋ ॥ He receives no food there, no honor or water, no clothes or decorations.

ਗਲਿ ਸੰਗਲੁ ਸਿਰਿ ਮਾਰੇ ਊਭੌ ਨਾ ਦੀਸੈ ਘਰ ਬਾਰੋ ॥ The chain is put around his neck, and the Messenger of Death standing over his head strikes him; he cannot see the door of his home.

ਇਬ ਕੇ ਰਾਹੇ ਜੰਮਨਿ ਨਾਹੀ ਪਛੁਤਾਣੇ ਸਿਰਿ ਭਾਰੋ ॥ The seeds planted on this path do not sprout; bearing the weight of his sins upon his head, he regrets and repents.

ਬਿਨੁ ਸਾਚੇ ਕੋ ਬੇਲੀ ਨਾਹੀ ਸਾਚਾ ਏਹੁ ਬੀਚਾਰੋ ॥੩॥ Without the True Lord, no one is his friend; reflect upon this as true. ||3||

ਬਾਬਾ ਰੋਵਹਿ ਰਵਹਿ ਸੁ ਜਾਣੀਅਹਿ ਮਿਲਿ ਰੋਵੈ ਗੁਣ ਸਾਰੇਵਾ ॥ O Baba, they alone are known to truly weep and wail, who meet together and weep, chanting the Praises of the Lord.

ਰੋਵੈ ਮਾਇਆ ਮੁਠੜੀ ਧੰਧੜਾ ਰੋਵਣਹਾਰੇਵਾ ॥ Defrauded by Maya and worldly affairs, the weepers weep.

ਧੰਧਾ ਰੋਵੈ ਮੈਲੁ ਨ ਧੋਵੈ ਸੁਪਨੰਤਰੁ ਸੰਸਾਰੋ ॥ They weep for the sake of worldly affairs, and they do not wash off their own filth; the world is merely a dream.

ਜਿਉ ਬਾਜੀਗਰੁ ਭਰਮੈ ਭੂਲੈ ਝੂਠਿ ਮੁਠੀ ਅਹੰਕਾਰੋ ॥ Like the juggler, deceiving by his tricks, one is deluded by egotism, falsehood and illusion.

ਆਪੇ ਮਾਰਗਿ ਪਾਵਣਹਾਰਾ ਆਪੇ ਕਰਮ ਕਮਾਏ ॥ The Lord Himself reveals the Path; He Himself is the Doer of deeds.

ਨਾਮਿ ਰਤੇ ਗੁਰਿ ਪੂਰੈ ਰਾਖੇ ਨਾਨਕ ਸਹਜਿ ਸੁਭਾਏ ॥੪॥੪॥ Those who are imbued with the Naam, are protected by the Perfect Guru, O Nanak; they merge in celestial bliss. ||4||4||

ਵਡਹੰਸੁ ਮਹਲਾ ੧ ॥ Wadahans, First Mehl:

ਬਾਬਾ ਆਇਆ ਹੈ ਉਠਿ ਚਲਣਾ ਇਹੁ ਜਗੁ ਝੂਠੁ ਪਸਾਰੋਵਾ ॥ O Baba, whoever has come, will rise up and leave; this world is merely a false show.

ਸਚਾ ਘਰੁ ਸਚੜੈ ਸੇਵੀਐ ਸਚੁ ਖਰਾ ਸਚਿਆਰੋਵਾ ॥ One's true home is obtained by serving the True Lord; real Truth is obtained by being truthful.

ਕੂੜਿ ਲਬਿ ਜਾਂ ਥਾਇ ਨ ਪਾਸੀ ਅਗੈ ਲਹੈ ਨ ਠਾਓ ॥ By falsehood and greed, no place of rest is found, and no place in the world hereafter is obtained.

ਅੰਤਰਿ ਆਉ ਨ ਬੈਸਹੁ ਕਹੀਐ ਜਿਉ ਸੁੰਞੈ ਘਰਿ ਕਾਓ ॥ No one invites him to come in and sit down. He is like a crow in a deserted home.

ਜੰਮਣੁ ਮਰਣੁ ਵਡਾ ਵੇਛੋੜਾ ਬਿਨਸੈ ਜਗੁ ਸਬਾਏ ॥ Trapped by birth and death, he is separated from the Lord for such a long time; the whole world is wasting away.

ਲਬਿ ਧੰਧੈ ਮਾਇਆ ਜਗਤੁ ਭੁਲਾਇਆ ਕਾਲੁ ਖੜਾ ਰੂਆਏ ॥੧॥ Greed, worldly entanglements and Maya deceive the world. Death hovers over its head, and causes it to weep. ||1||

ਬਾਬਾ ਆਵਹੁ ਭਾਈਹੋ ਗਲਿ ਮਿਲਹ ਮਿਲਿ ਮਿਲਿ ਦੇਹ ਆਸੀਸਾ ਹੇ ॥ Come, O Baba, and Siblings of Destiny - let's join together; take me in your arms, and bless me with your prayers.

ਬਾਬਾ ਸਚੜਾ ਮੇਲੁ ਨ ਚੁਕਈ ਪ੍ਰੀਤਮ ਕੀਆ ਦੇਹ ਅਸੀਸਾ ਹੇ ॥ O Baba, union with the True Lord cannot be broken; bless me with your prayers for union with my Beloved.

ਆਸੀਸਾ ਦੇਵਹੋ ਭਗਤਿ ਕਰੇਵਹੋ ਮਿਲਿਆ ਕਾ ਕਿਆ ਮੇਲੋ ॥ Bless me with your prayers, that I may perform devotional worship service to my Lord; for those already united with Him, what is there to unite?

ਇਕਿ ਭੂਲੇ ਨਾਵਹੁ ਥੇਹਹੁ ਥਾਵਹੁ ਗੁਰ ਸਬਦੀ ਸਚੁ ਖੇਲੋ ॥ Some have wandered away from the Name of the Lord, and lost the Path. The Word of the Guru's Shabad is the true game.

ਜਮ ਮਾਰਗਿ ਨਹੀ ਜਾਣਾ ਸਬਦਿ ਸਮਾਣਾ ਜੁਗਿ ਜੁਗਿ ਸਾਚੈ ਵੇਸੇ ॥ Do not go on Death's path; remain merged in the Word of the Shabad, the true form throughout the ages.

ਸਾਜਨ ਸੈਣ ਮਿਲਹੁ ਸੰਜੋਗੀ ਗੁਰ ਮਿਲਿ ਖੋਲੇ ਫਾਸੇ ॥੨॥ Through good fortune, we meet such friends and relatives, who meet with the Guru, and escape the noose of Death. ||2||

ਬਾਬਾ ਨਾਂਗੜਾ ਆਇਆ ਜਗ ਮਹਿ ਦੁਖੁ ਸੁਖੁ ਲੇਖੁ ਲਿਖਾਇਆ ॥ O Baba, we come into the world naked, into pain and pleasure, according to the record of our account.

ਲਿਖਿਅੜਾ ਸਾਹਾ ਨਾ ਟਲੈ ਜੇਹੜਾ ਪੁਰਬਿ ਕਮਾਇਆ ॥ The call of our pre-ordained destiny cannot be altered; it follows from our past actions.

ਬਹਿ ਸਾਚੈ ਲਿਖਿਆ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਬਿਖਿਆ ਜਿਤੁ ਲਾਇਆ ਤਿਤੁ ਲਾਗਾ ॥ The True Lord sits and writes of ambrosial nectar, and bitter poison; as the Lord attaches us, so are we attached.

ਕਾਮਣਿਆਰੀ ਕਾਮਣ ਪਾਏ ਬਹੁ ਰੰਗੀ ਗਲਿ ਤਾਗਾ ॥ The Charmer, Maya, has worked her charms, and the multi-colored thread is around everyone's neck.

ਹੋਛੀ ਮਤਿ ਭਇਆ ਮਨੁ ਹੋਛਾ ਗੁੜੁ ਸਾ ਮਖੀ ਖਾਇਆ ॥ Through shallow intellect, the mind becomes shallow, and one eats the fly, along with the sweets.

ਨਾ ਮਰਜਾਦੁ ਆਇਆ ਕਲਿ ਭੀਤਰਿ ਨਾਂਗੋ ਬੰਧਿ ਚਲਾਇਆ ॥੩॥ Contrary to custom, he comes into the Dark Age of Kali Yuga naked, and naked he is bound down and sent away again. ||3||

ਬਾਬਾ ਰੋਵਹੁ ਜੇ ਕਿਸੈ ਰੋਵਣਾ ਜਾਨੀਅੜਾ ਬੰਧਿ ਪਠਾਇਆ ਹੈ ॥ O Baba, weep and mourn if you must; the beloved soul is bound and driven off.

ਲਿਖਿਅੜਾ ਲੇਖੁ ਨ ਮੇਟੀਐ ਦਰਿ ਹਾਕਾਰੜਾ ਆਇਆ ਹੈ ॥ The pre-ordained record of destiny cannot be erased; the summons has come from the Lord's Court.

ਹਾਕਾਰਾ ਆਇਆ ਜਾ ਤਿਸੁ ਭਾਇਆ ਰੁੰਨੇ ਰੋਵਣਹਾਰੇ ॥ The messenger comes, when it pleases the Lord, and the mourners begin to mourn.

ਪੁਤ ਭਾਈ ਭਾਤੀਜੇ ਰੋਵਹਿ ਪ੍ਰੀਤਮ ਅਤਿ ਪਿਆਰੇ ॥ Sons, brothers, nephews and very dear friends weep and wail.

ਭੈ ਰੋਵੈ ਗੁਣ ਸਾਰਿ ਸਮਾਲੇ ਕੋ ਮਰੈ ਨ ਮੁਇਆ ਨਾਲੇ ॥ Let him weep, who weeps in the Fear of God, cherishing the virtues of God. No one dies with the dead.

ਨਾਨਕ ਜੁਗਿ ਜੁਗਿ ਜਾਣ ਸਿਜਾਣਾ ਰੋਵਹਿ ਸਚੁ ਸਮਾਲੇ ॥੪॥੫॥ O Nanak, throughout the ages, they are known as wise, who weep, remembering the True Lord. ||4||5||

ਵਡਹੰਸੁ ਮਹਲਾ ੩ ਮਹਲਾ ਤੀਜਾ Wadahans, Third Mehl:

ੴ ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਪ੍ਰਸਾਦਿ ॥ One Universal Creator God. By The Grace Of The True Guru:

ਪ੍ਰਭੁ ਸਚੜਾ ਹਰਿ ਸਾਲਾਹੀਐ ਕਾਰਜੁ ਸਭੁ ਕਿਛੁ ਕਰਣੈ ਜੋਗੁ ॥ Praise God, the True Lord; He is all-powerful to do all things.

ਸਾ ਧਨ ਰੰਡ ਨ ਕਬਹੂ ਬੈਸਈ ਨਾ ਕਦੇ ਹੋਵੈ ਸੋਗੁ ॥ The soul-bride shall never be a widow, and she shall never have to endure suffering.

ਨਾ ਕਦੇ ਹੋਵੈ ਸੋਗੁ ਅਨਦਿਨੁ ਰਸ ਭੋਗ ਸਾ ਧਨ ਮਹਲਿ ਸਮਾਣੀ ॥ She shall never suffer - night and day, she enjoys pleasures; that soul-bride merges in the Mansion of her Lord's Presence.

ਜਿਨਿ ਪ੍ਰਿਉ ਜਾਤਾ ਕਰਮ ਬਿਧਾਤਾ ਬੋਲੇ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਬਾਣੀ ॥ She knows her Beloved, the Architect of karma, and she speaks words of ambrosial sweetness.

ਗੁਣਵੰਤੀਆ ਗੁਣ ਸਾਰਹਿ ਅਪਣੇ ਕੰਤ ਸਮਾਲਹਿ ਨਾ ਕਦੇ ਲਗੈ ਵਿਜੋਗੋ ॥ The virtuous soul-brides dwell on the Lord's virtues; they keep their Husband Lord in their remembrance, and so they never suffer separation from Him.

ਸਚੜਾ ਪਿਰੁ ਸਾਲਾਹੀਐ ਸਭੁ ਕਿਛੁ ਕਰਣੈ ਜੋਗੋ ॥੧॥ So praise your True Husband Lord, who is all-powerful to do all things. ||1||

ਸਚੜਾ ਸਾਹਿਬੁ ਸਬਦਿ ਪਛਾਣੀਐ ਆਪੇ ਲਏ ਮਿਲਾਏ ॥ The True Lord and Master is realized through the Word of His Shabad; He blends all with Himself.

ਸਾ ਧਨ ਪ੍ਰਿਅ ਕੈ ਰੰਗਿ ਰਤੀ ਵਿਚਹੁ ਆਪੁ ਗਵਾਏ ॥ That soul-bride is imbued with the Love of her Husband Lord, who banishes her self-conceit from within.

ਵਿਚਹੁ ਆਪੁ ਗਵਾਏ ਫਿਰਿ ਕਾਲੁ ਨ ਖਾਏ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਏਕੋ ਜਾਤਾ ॥ Eradicating her ego from within herself, death shall not consume her again; as Gurmukh, she knows the One Lord God.

ਕਾਮਣਿ ਇਛ ਪੁੰਨੀ ਅੰਤਰਿ ਭਿੰਨੀ ਮਿਲਿਆ ਜਗਜੀਵਨੁ ਦਾਤਾ ॥ The desire of the soul-bride is fulfilled; deep within herself, she is drenched in His Love. She meets the Great Giver, the Life of the World.

ਸਬਦ ਰੰਗਿ ਰਾਤੀ ਜੋਬਨਿ ਮਾਤੀ ਪਿਰ ਕੈ ਅੰਕਿ ਸਮਾਏ ॥ Imbued with love for the Shabad, she is like a youth intoxicated; she merges into the very being of her Husband Lord.

ਸਚੜਾ ਸਾਹਿਬੁ ਸਬਦਿ ਪਛਾਣੀਐ ਆਪੇ ਲਏ ਮਿਲਾਏ ॥੨॥ The True Lord Master is realized through the Word of His Shabad. He blends all with Himself. ||2||

ਜਿਨੀ ਆਪਣਾ ਕੰਤੁ ਪਛਾਣਿਆ ਹਉ ਤਿਨ ਪੂਛਉ ਸੰਤਾ ਜਾਏ ॥ Those who have realized their Husband Lord - I go and ask those Saints about Him.

ਆਪੁ ਛੋਡਿ ਸੇਵਾ ਕਰੀ ਪਿਰੁ ਸਚੜਾ ਮਿਲੈ ਸਹਜਿ ਸੁਭਾਏ ॥ Renouncing ego, I serve them; thus I meet my True Husband Lord, with intuitive ease.

ਪਿਰੁ ਸਚਾ ਮਿਲੈ ਆਏ ਸਾਚੁ ਕਮਾਏ ਸਾਚਿ ਸਬਦਿ ਧਨ ਰਾਤੀ ॥ The True Husband Lord comes to meet the soul-bride who practices Truth, and is imbued with the True Word of the Shabad.

ਕਦੇ ਨ ਰਾਂਡ ਸਦਾ ਸੋਹਾਗਣਿ ਅੰਤਰਿ ਸਹਜ ਸਮਾਧੀ ॥ She shall never become a widow; she shall always be a happy bride. Deep within herself, she dwells in the celestial bliss of Samaadhi.

ਪਿਰੁ ਰਹਿਆ ਭਰਪੂਰੇ ਵੇਖੁ ਹਦੂਰੇ ਰੰਗੁ ਮਾਣੇ ਸਹਜਿ ਸੁਭਾਏ ॥ Her Husband Lord is fully pervading everywhere; beholding Him ever-present, she enjoys His Love, with intuitive ease.

ਜਿਨੀ ਆਪਣਾ ਕੰਤੁ ਪਛਾਣਿਆ ਹਉ ਤਿਨ ਪੂਛਉ ਸੰਤਾ ਜਾਏ ॥੩॥ Those who have realized their Husband Lord - I go and ask those Saints about Him. ||3||

ਪਿਰਹੁ ਵਿਛੁੰਨੀਆ ਭੀ ਮਿਲਹ ਜੇ ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਲਾਗਹ ਸਾਚੇ ਪਾਏ ॥ The separated ones also meet with their Husband Lord, if they fall at the Feet of the True Guru.

ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ ਸਦਾ ਦਇਆਲੁ ਹੈ ਅਵਗੁਣ ਸਬਦਿ ਜਲਾਏ ॥ The True Guru is forever merciful; through the Word of His Shabad, demerits are burnt away.

ਅਉਗੁਣ ਸਬਦਿ ਜਲਾਏ ਦੂਜਾ ਭਾਉ ਗਵਾਏ ਸਚੇ ਹੀ ਸਚਿ ਰਾਤੀ ॥ Burning away her demerits through the Shabad, the soul-bride eradicates her love of duality, and remains absorbed in the True, True Lord.

ਸਚੈ ਸਬਦਿ ਸਦਾ ਸੁਖੁ ਪਾਇਆ ਹਉਮੈ ਗਈ ਭਰਾਤੀ ॥ Through the True Shabad, everlasting peace is obtained, and egotism and doubt are dispelled.

ਪਿਰੁ ਨਿਰਮਾਇਲੁ ਸਦਾ ਸੁਖਦਾਤਾ ਨਾਨਕ ਸਬਦਿ ਮਿਲਾਏ ॥ The Immaculate Husband Lord is forever the Giver of peace; O Nanak, through the Word of His Shabad, He is met.

ਪਿਰਹੁ ਵਿਛੁੰਨੀਆ ਭੀ ਮਿਲਹ ਜੇ ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਲਾਗਹ ਸਾਚੇ ਪਾਏ ॥੪॥੧॥ The separated ones also meet with their Husband Lord, if they fall at the feet of the True Guru. ||4||1||

ਵਡਹੰਸੁ ਮਹਲਾ ੩ ॥ Wadahans, Third Mehl:

ਸੁਣਿਅਹੁ ਕੰਤ ਮਹੇਲੀਹੋ ਪਿਰੁ ਸੇਵਿਹੁ ਸਬਦਿ ਵੀਚਾਰਿ ॥ Listen, O brides of the Lord: serve your Beloved Husband Lord, and contemplate the Word of His Shabad.

ਅਵਗਣਵੰਤੀ ਪਿਰੁ ਨ ਜਾਣਈ ਮੁਠੀ ਰੋਵੈ ਕੰਤ ਵਿਸਾਰਿ ॥ The worthless bride does not know her Husband Lord - she is deluded; forgetting her Husband Lord, she weeps and wails.

ਰੋਵੈ ਕੰਤ ਸੰਮਾਲਿ ਸਦਾ ਗੁਣ ਸਾਰਿ ਨਾ ਪਿਰੁ ਮਰੈ ਨ ਜਾਏ ॥ She weeps, thinking of her Husband Lord, and she cherishes His virtues; her Husband Lord does not die, and does not leave.

ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਜਾਤਾ ਸਬਦਿ ਪਛਾਤਾ ਸਾਚੈ ਪ੍ਰੇਮਿ ਸਮਾਏ ॥ As Gurmukh, she knows the Lord; through the Word of His Shabad, He is realized; through True Love, she merges with Him.

ਜਿਨਿ ਅਪਣਾ ਪਿਰੁ ਨਹੀ ਜਾਤਾ ਕਰਮ ਬਿਧਾਤਾ ਕੂੜਿ ਮੁਠੀ ਕੂੜਿਆਰੇ ॥ She who does not know her Husband Lord, the Architect of karma, is deluded by falsehood - she herself is false.

ਸੁਣਿਅਹੁ ਕੰਤ ਮਹੇਲੀਹੋ ਪਿਰੁ ਸੇਵਿਹੁ ਸਬਦਿ ਵੀਚਾਰੇ ॥੧॥ Listen, O brides of the Lord: serve your Beloved Husband Lord, and contemplate the Word of His Shabad. ||1||

ਸਭੁ ਜਗੁ ਆਪਿ ਉਪਾਇਓਨੁ ਆਵਣੁ ਜਾਣੁ ਸੰਸਾਰਾ ॥ He Himself created the whole world; the world comes and goes.

ਮਾਇਆ ਮੋਹੁ ਖੁਆਇਅਨੁ ਮਰਿ ਜੰਮੈ ਵਾਰੋ ਵਾਰਾ ॥ The love of Maya has ruined the world; people die, to be re-born, over and over again.

ਮਰਿ ਜੰਮੈ ਵਾਰੋ ਵਾਰਾ ਵਧਹਿ ਬਿਕਾਰਾ ਗਿਆਨ ਵਿਹੂਣੀ ਮੂਠੀ ॥ People die to be re-born, over and over again, while their sins increase; without spiritual wisdom, they are deluded.

ਬਿਨੁ ਸਬਦੈ ਪਿਰੁ ਨ ਪਾਇਓ ਜਨਮੁ ਗਵਾਇਓ ਰੋਵੈ ਅਵਗੁਣਿਆਰੀ ਝੂਠੀ ॥ Without the Word of the Shabad, the Husband Lord is not found; the worthless, false bride wastes her life away, weeping and wailing.

ਪਿਰੁ ਜਗਜੀਵਨੁ ਕਿਸ ਨੋ ਰੋਈਐ ਰੋਵੈ ਕੰਤੁ ਵਿਸਾਰੇ ॥ He is my Beloved Husband Lord, the Life of the World - for whom should I weep? They alone weep, who forget their Husband Lord.

ਸਭੁ ਜਗੁ ਆਪਿ ਉਪਾਇਓਨੁ ਆਵਣੁ ਜਾਣੁ ਸੰਸਾਰੇ ॥੨॥ He Himself created the whole world; the world comes and goes. ||2||

ਸੋ ਪਿਰੁ ਸਚਾ ਸਦ ਹੀ ਸਾਚਾ ਹੈ ਨਾ ਓਹੁ ਮਰੈ ਨ ਜਾਏ ॥ That Husband Lord is True, forever True; He does not die, and He does not leave.

ਭੂਲੀ ਫਿਰੈ ਧਨ ਇਆਣੀਆ ਰੰਡ ਬੈਠੀ ਦੂਜੈ ਭਾਏ ॥ The ignorant soul-bride wanders in delusion; in the love of duality, she sits like a widow.

ਰੰਡ ਬੈਠੀ ਦੂਜੈ ਭਾਏ ਮਾਇਆ ਮੋਹਿ ਦੁਖੁ ਪਾਏ ਆਵ ਘਟੈ ਤਨੁ ਛੀਜੈ ॥ She sits like a widow, in the love of duality; through emotional attachment to Maya, she suffers in pain. She is growing old, and her body is withering away.

ਜੋ ਕਿਛੁ ਆਇਆ ਸਭੁ ਕਿਛੁ ਜਾਸੀ ਦੁਖੁ ਲਾਗਾ ਭਾਇ ਦੂਜੈ ॥ Whatever has come, all that shall pass away; through the love of duality, they suffer in pain.

ਜਮਕਾਲੁ ਨ ਸੂਝੈ ਮਾਇਆ ਜਗੁ ਲੂਝੈ ਲਬਿ ਲੋਭਿ ਚਿਤੁ ਲਾਏ ॥ They do not see the Messenger of Death; they long for Maya, and their consciousness is attached to greed.

ਸੋ ਪਿਰੁ ਸਾਚਾ ਸਦ ਹੀ ਸਾਚਾ ਨਾ ਓਹੁ ਮਰੈ ਨ ਜਾਏ ॥੩॥ That Husband Lord is True, forever True; He does not die, and He does not leave. ||3||

ਇਕਿ ਰੋਵਹਿ ਪਿਰਹਿ ਵਿਛੁੰਨੀਆ ਅੰਧੀ ਨਾ ਜਾਣੈ ਪਿਰੁ ਨਾਲੇ ॥ Some weep and wail, separated from their Husband Lord; the blind ones do not know that their Husband is with them.

ਗੁਰ ਪਰਸਾਦੀ ਸਾਚਾ ਪਿਰੁ ਮਿਲੈ ਅੰਤਰਿ ਸਦਾ ਸਮਾਲੇ ॥ By Guru's Grace, they may meet with their True Husband, and cherish Him always deep within.

ਪਿਰੁ ਅੰਤਰਿ ਸਮਾਲੇ ਸਦਾ ਹੈ ਨਾਲੇ ਮਨਮੁਖਿ ਜਾਤਾ ਦੂਰੇ ॥ She cherishes her Husband deep within herself - He is always with her; the self-willed manmukhs think that He is far away.

ਇਹੁ ਤਨੁ ਰੁਲੈ ਰੁਲਾਇਆ ਕਾਮਿ ਨ ਆਇਆ ਜਿਨਿ ਖਸਮੁ ਨ ਜਾਤਾ ਹਦੂਰੇ ॥ This body rolls in the dust, and is totally useless; it does not realize the Presence of the Lord and Master.

ਨਾਨਕ ਸਾ ਧਨ ਮਿਲੈ ਮਿਲਾਈ ਪਿਰੁ ਅੰਤਰਿ ਸਦਾ ਸਮਾਲੇ ॥ O Nanak, that soul-bride is united in Union; she cherishes her Beloved Husband forever, deep within herself.

ਇਕਿ ਰੋਵਹਿ ਪਿਰਹਿ ਵਿਛੁੰਨੀਆ ਅੰਧੀ ਨ ਜਾਣੈ ਪਿਰੁ ਹੈ ਨਾਲੇ ॥੪॥੨॥ Some weep and wail, separated from their Husband Lord; the blind ones do not know that their Husband is with them. ||4||2||

ਵਡਹੰਸੁ ਮਃ ੩ ॥ Wadahans, Third Mehl:

ਰੋਵਹਿ ਪਿਰਹਿ ਵਿਛੁੰਨੀਆ ਮੈ ਪਿਰੁ ਸਚੜਾ ਹੈ ਸਦਾ ਨਾਲੇ ॥ Those who are separated from their Beloved Husband Lord weep and wail, but my True Husband Lord is always with me.

ਜਿਨੀ ਚਲਣੁ ਸਹੀ ਜਾਣਿਆ ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ ਸੇਵਹਿ ਨਾਮੁ ਸਮਾਲੇ ॥ Those who know that they must depart, serve the True Guru, and dwell upon the Naam, the Name of the Lord.

ਸਦਾ ਨਾਮੁ ਸਮਾਲੇ ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ ਹੈ ਨਾਲੇ ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ ਸੇਵਿ ਸੁਖੁ ਪਾਇਆ ॥ They dwell constantly upon the Naam, and the True Guru is with them; they serve the True Guru, and so obtain peace.

ਸਬਦੇ ਕਾਲੁ ਮਾਰਿ ਸਚੁ ਉਰਿ ਧਾਰਿ ਫਿਰਿ ਆਵਣ ਜਾਣੁ ਨ ਹੋਇਆ ॥ Through the Shabad, they kill death, and enshrine the True Lord within their hearts; they shall not have to come and go again.

ਸਚਾ ਸਾਹਿਬੁ ਸਚੀ ਨਾਈ ਵੇਖੈ ਨਦਰਿ ਨਿਹਾਲੇ ॥ True is the Lord and Master, and True is His Name; bestowing His Gracious Glance, one is enraptured.

ਰੋਵਹਿ ਪਿਰਹੁ ਵਿਛੁੰਨੀਆ ਮੈ ਪਿਰੁ ਸਚੜਾ ਹੈ ਸਦਾ ਨਾਲੇ ॥੧॥ Those who are separated from their Beloved Husband Lord weep and wail, but my True Husband Lord is always with me. ||1||

ਪ੍ਰਭੁ ਮੇਰਾ ਸਾਹਿਬੁ ਸਭ ਦੂ ਊਚਾ ਹੈ ਕਿਵ ਮਿਲਾਂ ਪ੍ਰੀਤਮ ਪਿਆਰੇ ॥ God, my Lord and Master, is the highest of all; how can I meet my Dear Beloved?

ਸਤਿਗੁਰਿ ਮੇਲੀ ਤਾਂ ਸਹਜਿ ਮਿਲੀ ਪਿਰੁ ਰਾਖਿਆ ਉਰ ਧਾਰੇ ॥ When the True Guru united me, then I was naturally united with my Husband Lord, and now, I keep Him clasped to my heart.

ਸਦਾ ਉਰ ਧਾਰੇ ਨੇਹੁ ਨਾਲਿ ਪਿਆਰੇ ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਤੇ ਪਿਰੁ ਦਿਸੈ ॥ I constantly, lovingly cherish my Beloved within my heart; through the True Guru, I see my Beloved.

ਮਾਇਆ ਮੋਹ ਕਾ ਕਚਾ ਚੋਲਾ ਤਿਤੁ ਪੈਧੈ ਪਗੁ ਖਿਸੈ ॥ The cloak of Maya's love is false; wearing it, one slips and loses his footing.

ਪਿਰ ਰੰਗਿ ਰਾਤਾ ਸੋ ਸਚਾ ਚੋਲਾ ਤਿਤੁ ਪੈਧੈ ਤਿਖਾ ਨਿਵਾਰੇ ॥ That cloak is true, which is dyed in the color of the Love of my Beloved; wearing it, my inner thirst is quenched.

ਪ੍ਰਭੁ ਮੇਰਾ ਸਾਹਿਬੁ ਸਭ ਦੂ ਊਚਾ ਹੈ ਕਿਉ ਮਿਲਾ ਪ੍ਰੀਤਮ ਪਿਆਰੇ ॥੨॥ God, my Lord and Master, is the highest of all; how can I meet my Dear Beloved? ||2||

ਮੈ ਪ੍ਰਭੁ ਸਚੁ ਪਛਾਣਿਆ ਹੋਰ ਭੂਲੀ ਅਵਗਣਿਆਰੇ ॥ I have realized my True Lord God, while the other worthless ones have gone astray.

ਮੈ ਸਦਾ ਰਾਵੇ ਪਿਰੁ ਆਪਣਾ ਸਚੜੈ ਸਬਦਿ ਵੀਚਾਰੇ ॥ I dwell constantly upon my Beloved Husband Lord, and reflect upon the True Word of the Shabad.

ਸਚੈ ਸਬਦਿ ਵੀਚਾਰੇ ਰੰਗਿ ਰਾਤੀ ਨਾਰੇ ਮਿਲਿ ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਪ੍ਰੀਤਮੁ ਪਾਇਆ ॥ The bride reflects upon the True Shabad, and is imbued with His Love; she meets with the True Guru, and finds her Beloved.

ਅੰਤਰਿ ਰੰਗਿ ਰਾਤੀ ਸਹਜੇ ਮਾਤੀ ਗਇਆ ਦੁਸਮਨੁ ਦੂਖੁ ਸਬਾਇਆ ॥ Deep within, she is imbued with His Love, and intoxicated with delight; her enemies and sufferings are all taken away.

ਅਪਨੇ ਗੁਰ ਕੰਉ ਤਨੁ ਮਨੁ ਦੀਜੈ ਤਾਂ ਮਨੁ ਭੀਜੈ ਤ੍ਰਿਸਨਾ ਦੂਖ ਨਿਵਾਰੇ ॥ Surrender body and soul to your Guru, and then you shall become happy; your thirst and pain shall be taken away.

ਮੈ ਪਿਰੁ ਸਚੁ ਪਛਾਣਿਆ ਹੋਰ ਭੂਲੀ ਅਵਗਣਿਆਰੇ ॥੩॥ I have realized my True Lord God, while the other worthless ones have gone astray. ||3||

ਸਚੜੈ ਆਪਿ ਜਗਤੁ ਉਪਾਇਆ ਗੁਰ ਬਿਨੁ ਘੋਰ ਅੰਧਾਰੋ ॥ The True Lord Himself created the world; without the Guru, there is only pitch darkness.

ਆਪਿ ਮਿਲਾਏ ਆਪਿ ਮਿਲੈ ਆਪੇ ਦੇਇ ਪਿਆਰੋ ॥ He Himself unites, and causes us to unite with Him; He Himself blesses us with His Love.

ਆਪੇ ਦੇਇ ਪਿਆਰੋ ਸਹਜਿ ਵਾਪਾਰੋ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਜਨਮੁ ਸਵਾਰੇ ॥ He Himself blesses us with His Love, and deals in celestial peace; the life of the Gurmukh is reformed.

ਧਨੁ ਜਗ ਮਹਿ ਆਇਆ ਆਪੁ ਗਵਾਇਆ ਦਰਿ ਸਾਚੈ ਸਚਿਆਰੋ ॥ Blessed is his coming into the world; he banishes his self-conceit, and is acclaimed as true in the Court of the True Lord.

ਗਿਆਨਿ ਰਤਨਿ ਘਟਿ ਚਾਨਣੁ ਹੋਆ ਨਾਨਕ ਨਾਮ ਪਿਆਰੋ ॥ The light of the jewel of spiritual wisdom shines within his heart, O Nanak, and he loves the Naam, the Name of the Lord.

ਸਚੜੈ ਆਪਿ ਜਗਤੁ ਉਪਾਇਆ ਗੁਰ ਬਿਨੁ ਘੋਰ ਅੰਧਾਰੋ ॥੪॥੩॥ The True Lord Himself created the world; without the Guru, there is only pitch darkness. ||4||3||

ਵਡਹੰਸੁ ਮਹਲਾ ੩ ॥ Wadahans, Third Mehl:

ਇਹੁ ਸਰੀਰੁ ਜਜਰੀ ਹੈ ਇਸ ਨੋ ਜਰੁ ਪਹੁਚੈ ਆਏ ॥ This body is frail; old age is overtaking it.

ਗੁਰਿ ਰਾਖੇ ਸੇ ਉਬਰੇ ਹੋਰੁ ਮਰਿ ਜੰਮੈ ਆਵੈ ਜਾਏ ॥ Those who are protected by the Guru are saved, while others die, to be reincarnated; they continue coming and going.

ਹੋਰਿ ਮਰਿ ਜੰਮਹਿ ਆਵਹਿ ਜਾਵਹਿ ਅੰਤਿ ਗਏ ਪਛੁਤਾਵਹਿ ਬਿਨੁ ਨਾਵੈ ਸੁਖੁ ਨ ਹੋਈ ॥ Others die, to be reincarnated; they continue coming and going, and in the end, they depart regretfully. Without the Name, there is no peace.

ਐਥੈ ਕਮਾਵੈ ਸੋ ਫਲੁ ਪਾਵੈ ਮਨਮੁਖਿ ਹੈ ਪਤਿ ਖੋਈ ॥ As one acts here, so does he obtain his rewards; the self-willed manmukh loses his honor.

ਜਮ ਪੁਰਿ ਘੋਰ ਅੰਧਾਰੁ ਮਹਾ ਗੁਬਾਰੁ ਨਾ ਤਿਥੈ ਭੈਣ ਨ ਭਾਈ ॥ In the City of Death, there is pitch darkness, and huge clouds of dust; neither sister nor brother is there.

ਇਹੁ ਸਰੀਰੁ ਜਜਰੀ ਹੈ ਇਸ ਨੋ ਜਰੁ ਪਹੁਚੈ ਆਈ ॥੧॥ This body is frail; old age is overtaking it. ||1||

ਕਾਇਆ ਕੰਚਨੁ ਤਾਂ ਥੀਐ ਜਾਂ ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ ਲਏ ਮਿਲਾਏ ॥ The body becomes like gold, when the True Guru unites one with Himself.

ਭ੍ਰਮੁ ਮਾਇਆ ਵਿਚਹੁ ਕਟੀਐ ਸਚੜੈ ਨਾਮਿ ਸਮਾਏ ॥ Doubt and Maya have been removed from within me, and I am merged in the Naam, the True Name of the Lord.

ਸਚੈ ਨਾਮਿ ਸਮਾਏ ਹਰਿ ਗੁਣ ਗਾਏ ਮਿਲਿ ਪ੍ਰੀਤਮ ਸੁਖੁ ਪਾਏ ॥ Merged in the True Name of the Lord, I sing the Glorious Praises of the Lord; meeting my Beloved, I have found peace.

ਸਦਾ ਅਨੰਦਿ ਰਹੈ ਦਿਨੁ ਰਾਤੀ ਵਿਚਹੁ ਹੰਉਮੈ ਜਾਏ ॥ I am in constant bliss, day and night; egotism has been dispelled from within me.

ਜਿਨੀ ਪੁਰਖੀ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮਿ ਚਿਤੁ ਲਾਇਆ ਤਿਨ ਕੈ ਹੰਉ ਲਾਗਉ ਪਾਏ ॥ I fall at the feet of those who enshrine the Naam within their consciousness.

ਕਾਂਇਆ ਕੰਚਨੁ ਤਾਂ ਥੀਐ ਜਾ ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ ਲਏ ਮਿਲਾਏ ॥੨॥ The body becomes like gold, when the True Guru unites one with Himself. ||2||

ਸੋ ਸਚਾ ਸਚੁ ਸਲਾਹੀਐ ਜੇ ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ ਦੇਇ ਬੁਝਾਏ ॥ We truly praise the True Lord, when the True Guru imparts understanding.

ਬਿਨੁ ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਭਰਮਿ ਭੁਲਾਣੀਆ ਕਿਆ ਮੁਹੁ ਦੇਸਨਿ ਆਗੈ ਜਾਏ ॥ Without the True Guru, they are deluded by doubt; going to the world hereafter, what face will they display?

ਕਿਆ ਦੇਨਿ ਮੁਹੁ ਜਾਏ ਅਵਗੁਣਿ ਪਛੁਤਾਏ ਦੁਖੋ ਦੁਖੁ ਕਮਾਏ ॥ What face will they show, when they go there? They will regret and repent for their sins; their actions will bring them only pain and suffering.

ਨਾਮਿ ਰਤੀਆ ਸੇ ਰੰਗਿ ਚਲੂਲਾ ਪਿਰ ਕੈ ਅੰਕਿ ਸਮਾਏ ॥ Those who are imbued with the Naam are dyed in the deep crimson color of the Lord's Love; they merge into the Being of their Husband Lord.

ਤਿਸੁ ਜੇਵਡੁ ਅਵਰੁ ਨ ਸੂਝਈ ਕਿਸੁ ਆਗੈ ਕਹੀਐ ਜਾਏ ॥ I can conceive of no other as great as the Lord; unto whom should I go and speak?

ਸੋ ਸਚਾ ਸਚੁ ਸਲਾਹੀਐ ਜੇ ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ ਦੇਇ ਬੁਝਾਏ ॥੩॥ We truly praise the True Lord, when the True Guru imparts understanding. ||3||

ਜਿਨੀ ਸਚੜਾ ਸਚੁ ਸਲਾਹਿਆ ਹੰਉ ਤਿਨ ਲਾਗਉ ਪਾਏ ॥ I fall at the feet of those who praise the Truest of the True.

ਸੇ ਜਨ ਸਚੇ ਨਿਰਮਲੇ ਤਿਨ ਮਿਲਿਆ ਮਲੁ ਸਭ ਜਾਏ ॥ Those humble beings are true, and immaculately pure; meeting them, all filth is washed off.

ਤਿਨ ਮਿਲਿਆ ਮਲੁ ਸਭ ਜਾਏ ਸਚੈ ਸਰਿ ਨਾਏ ਸਚੈ ਸਹਜਿ ਸੁਭਾਏ ॥ Meeting them, all filth is washed off; bathing in the Pool of Truth, one becomes truthful, with intuitive ease.

ਨਾਮੁ ਨਿਰੰਜਨੁ ਅਗਮੁ ਅਗੋਚਰੁ ਸਤਿਗੁਰਿ ਦੀਆ ਬੁਝਾਏ ॥ The True Guru has given me the realization of the Naam, the Immaculate Name of the Lord, the unfathomable, the imperceptible.

ਅਨਦਿਨੁ ਭਗਤਿ ਕਰਹਿ ਰੰਗਿ ਰਾਤੇ ਨਾਨਕ ਸਚਿ ਸਮਾਏ ॥ Those who perform devotional worship to the Lord night and day, are imbued with His Love; O Nanak, they are absorbed in the True Lord.

ਜਿਨੀ ਸਚੜਾ ਸਚੁ ਧਿਆਇਆ ਹੰਉ ਤਿਨ ਕੈ ਲਾਗਉ ਪਾਏ ॥੪॥੪॥ I fall at the feet of those who meditate on the Truest of the True. ||4||4||

References

  • Kohli, Surindar Singh, A Critica} Study of ADI GRANTH. Delhi, 1961
  • Taran Singh, Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji da Sahitak Itihas. Amritsar, n.d.

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