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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".
- Below are a few examples of the use of the word "Kal" in the Sri Guru Granth Sahib:
|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))|