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Kal is a Punjabi word which refers to death and being subject to the cycle of formation and destruction. It is also used to refer to the cycle itself. ie: "Kal bhugt raha hah" - living my [life] cycle". The opposite of "Kal" is "Akal" which refers to an entity which is not subject to the cycle of birth and death . The word "Kal" is used fairly frequently in the Sikh scriptures. The word "kali" means the color "black".

ਸਭੁ ਜਗੁ ਬਾਧੋ ਕਾਲ ਕੋ ਬਿਨੁ ਗੁਰ ਕਾਲੁ ਅਫਾਰੁ ॥
Sabẖ jag bāḏẖo kāl ko bin gur kāl afār.
The whole world is bound by death; without the Guru, death cannot be avoided.
ਜਿਸੁ ਊਪਰਿ ਹੋਵਤ ਦਇਆਲੁ ॥ ਹਰਿ ਸਿਮਰਤ ਕਾਟੈ ਸੋ ਕਾਲੁ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥
Jis ūpar hovaṯ ḏa­i­āl. Har simraṯ kātai so kāl. ((1)) rahā­o.
One who is blessed by the Lord's Mercy, passes his time in contemplative meditation. ((1)(Pause))
ਨਾਨਕ ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਮਿਲੈ ਮਿਲਾਇਆ ਦੂਖ ਪਰਾਛਤ ਕਾਲ ਨਸੇ ॥੪॥੧੬॥
Nānak saṯgur milai milā­i­ā ḏūkẖ parācẖẖaṯ kāl nasė. ((4)(16))
O Nanak, united in union with the True Guru, suffering, sin and death run away. ((4)(16))


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