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This article is part of the series on the "Message of Gurbani"


ਮਿਠ ਬੋਲੜਾ ਜੀ ਹਰਿ ਸਜਣੁ ਸੁਆਮੀ ਮੋਰਾ ॥ ਹਉ ਸੰਮਲਿ ਥਕੀ ਜੀ ਓਹੁ ਕਦੇ ਨ ਬੋਲੈ ਕਉਰਾ ॥
Miṯẖ bolṛā jī har sajaṇ su­āmī morā. Ha­o sammal thakī jī oh kaḏė na bolai ka­urā.
My Dear Lord and Master, my Friend, speaks so sweetly.
I have grown weary of testing Him, but still, He never speaks harshly to me.
ਬਈਅਰਿ ਬੋਲੈ ਮੀਠੁਲੀ ਭਾਈ ਸਾਚੁ ਕਹੈ ਪਿਰ ਭਾਇ ॥ ਬਿਰਹੈ ਬੇਧੀ ਸਚਿ ਵਸੀ ਭਾਈ ਅਧਿਕ ਰਹੀ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਇ ॥੮॥
Ba­ī­ar bolai mīṯẖulī bẖā­ī sācẖ kahai pir bẖā­ė. Birhai bėḏẖī sacẖ vasī bẖā­ī aḏẖik rahī har nā­ė. ॥8॥
That soul-bride, who talks sweetly and speaks the Truth, O Siblings of Destiny, becomes pleasing to her Husband Lord.
Pierced by His Love, she abides in Truth, O Siblings of Destiny, deeply imbued with the Lord's Name. ॥8॥
ਪੂਜਾ ਵਰਤ ਤਿਲਕ ਇਸਨਾਨਾ ਪੁੰਨ ਦਾਨ ਬਹੁ ਦੈਨ ॥ ਕਹੂੰ ਨ ਭੀਜੈ ਸੰਜਮ ਸੁਆਮੀ ਬੋਲਹਿ ਮੀਠੇ ਬੈਨ ॥੧॥
Pūjā varaṯ ṯilak isnānā punn ḏān baho ḏain. Kahū­aʼn na bẖījai sanjam su­āmī boleh mīṯẖė bain. ॥1॥
Worship, fasting, ceremonial marks on one's forehead, cleansing baths, generous donations to charities and self-mortification
- the Lord Master is not pleased with any of these rituals, no matter how sweetly one may speak. ॥1॥


There are some people who talk sweetly in front of others but behind their back they spit venom; the Guru has a special message for these people who appear very civilised and honourable but are the most evil-minded:

ਓਇ ਹਾਜਰੁ ਮਿਠਾ ਬੋਲਦੇ ਬਾਹਰਿ ਵਿਸੁ ਕਢਹਿ ਮੁਖਿ ਘੋਲੇ ॥ ਮਨਿ ਖੋਟੇ ਦਯਿ ਵਿਛੋੜੇ ॥੧੧॥
O­ė hājar miṯẖā bolḏė bāhar vis kadẖeh mukẖ gẖolė. Man kẖotė ḏa­yi vicẖẖoṛė. ॥11॥
In His Sublime Presence, they talk sweetly, but behind His back, they exude poison from their mouths.
The evil-minded are consigned to separation from the Lord. ॥11॥

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