Thursday, May 04, 2006
Concept of Rebirth
AMiq kwil jo lCmI ismrY AYsI icMqw mih jy mrY ]
srp join vil vil AauqrY ]1]
ArI bweI goibd nwmu miq bIsrY ] rhwau ]
AMiq kwil jo iesqRI ismrY AYsI icMqw mih jy mrY ]
bysvw join vil vil AauqrY ]2]
AMiq kwil jo liVky ismrY AYsI icMqw mih jy mrY ]
sUkr join vil vil AauqrY ]3]
AMiq kwil jo mMdr ismrY AYsI icMqw mih jy mrY ]
pRyq join vil vil AauqrY ]4]
AMiq kwil nwrwiexu ismrY AYsI icMqw mih jy mrY ]
bdiq iqlocnu qy nr mukqw pIqMbru vw ky irdY bsY ]5]2]
a(n)th kaal jo lashhamee simarai aisee chi(n)thaa mehi jae marai
sarap jon val val aoutharai 1
aree baaee gobidh naam math beesarai rehaao
a(n)th kaal jo eisathree simarai aisee chi(n)thaa mehi jae marai
baesavaa jon val val aoutharai 2
a(n)th kaal jo larrikae simarai aisee chi(n)thaa mehi jae marai
sookar jon val val aoutharai 3
a(n)th kaal jo ma(n)dhar simarai aisee chi(n)thaa mehi jae marai
praeth jon val val aoutharai 4
a(n)th kaal naaraaein simarai aisee chi(n)thaa mehi jae marai
badhath thilochan thae nar mukathaa peetha(n)bar vaa kae ridhai basai 52
At the very last moment, one who thinks of wealth, and dies in such thoughts,
shall be reincarnated over and over again, in the form of serpents. 1
O sister, do not forget the Name of the Lord of the Universe. Pause
At the very last moment, he who thinks of women, and dies in such thoughts,
shall be reincarnated over and over again as a prostitute. 2
At the very last moment"
Wednesday, April 05, 2006
|This Shabad is by Guru Angad Dev Ji in Raag Malaar on Pannaa 1279 |
|mÚ 2 ]|
vYdw vYdu suvYdu qU pihlW rogu pCwxu ]
AYsw dwrU loiV lhu ijqu vM\Y rogw Gwix ]
ijqu dwrU rog auiTAih qin suKu vsY Awie ]
rogu gvwieih Awpxw q nwnk vYdu sdwie ]2]
|ma 2 |||
vaidhaa vaidh suvaidh thoo pehilaa(n) rog pashhaan ||
aisaa dhaaroo lorr lahu jith va(n)n(j)ai rogaa ghaan ||
jith dhaaroo rog out(h)iahi than sukh vasai aae ||
rog gavaaeihi aapanaa th naanak vaidh sadhaae ||2||
O physician, you are a competent physician, if you first diagnose the disease.
Prescribe such a remedy, by which all sorts of illnesses may be cured.
Administer that medicine, which will cure the disease, and allow peace to come and dwell in the body.
Only when you are rid of your own disease, O Nanak, will you be known as a physician. ||2||
Tuesday, April 04, 2006
He is pervading but hidden; through the Word of the Guru's Shabad, He is revealed
|This Shabad is by Guru Nanak Dev Ji in Raag Sorath on Pannaa 597 |
|soriT mhlw 1 ]|
qU pRB dwqw dwin miq pUrw hm Qwry ByKwrI jIau ]
mY ikAw mwgau ikCu iQru n rhweI hir dIjY nwmu ipAwrI jIau ]1]
Git Git riv rihAw bnvwrI ]
jil Qil mhIAil gupqo vrqY gur sbdI dyiK inhwrI jIau ] rhwau ]
mrq pieAwl Akwsu idKwieE guir siqguir ikrpw DwrI jIau ]
so bRhmu AjonI hY BI honI Gt BIqir dyKu murwrI jIau ]2]
jnm mrn kau iehu jgu bpuVo iein dUjY Bgiq ivswrI jIau ]
siqguru imlY q gurmiq pweIAY swkq bwjI hwrI jIau ]3]
siqgur bMDn qoiV inrwry bhuiV n grB mJwrI jIau ]
nwnk igAwn rqnu prgwisAw hir min visAw inrMkwrI jIau ]4]8]
|sorat(h) mehalaa 1 |||
thoo prabh dhaathaa dhaan math pooraa ham thhaarae bhaekhaaree jeeo ||
mai kiaa maago kishh thhir n rehaaee har dheejai naam piaaree jeeo ||1||
ghatt ghatt rav rehiaa banavaaree ||
jal thhal meheeal gupatho varathai gur sabadhee dhaekh nihaaree jeeo || rehaao ||
marath paeiaal akaas dhikhaaeiou gur sathigur kirapaa dhhaaree jeeo ||
so breham ajonee hai bhee honee ghatt bheethar dhaekh muraaree jeeo ||2||
janam maran ko eihu jag bapurro ein dhoojai bhagath visaaree jeeo ||
sathigur milai th guramath paaeeai saakath baajee haaree jeeo ||3||
sathigur ba(n)dhhan thorr niraarae bahurr n garabh majhaaree jeeo ||
naanak giaan rathan paragaasiaa har man vasiaa nira(n)kaaree jeeo ||4||8||
|Sorat'h, First Mehl:|
You, God, are the Giver of gifts, the Lord of perfect understanding; I am a mere beggar at Your Door.
What should I beg for? Nothing remains permanent; O Lord, please, bless me with Your Beloved Name. ||1||
In each and every heart, the Lord, the Lord of the forest, is permeating and pervading.
In the water, on the land, and in the sky, He is pervading but hidden; through the Word of the Guru's Shabad, He is revealed. ||Pause||
In this world, in the nether regions of the underworld, and in the Akaashic Ethers, the Guru, the True Guru, has shown me the Lord; He has showered me with His Mercy.
He is the unborn Lord God; He is, and shall ever be. Deep within your heart, behold Him, the Destroyer of ego. ||2||
This wretched world is caught in birth and death; in the love of duality, it has forgotten devotional worship of the Lord.
Meeting the True Guru, the Guru's Teachings are obtained; the faithless cynic loses the game of life. ||3||
Breaking my bonds, the True Guru has set me free, and I shall not be cast into the womb of reincarnation again.
O Nanak, the jewel of spiritual wisdom shines forth, and the Lord, the Formless Lord, dwells within my mind. ||4||8||
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
Perfect Destiny attaches one to Guru's Feet
|This Shabad is by Guru Arjan Dev Ji in Raag Gond on Pannaa 864 |
|goNf mhlw 5 ]|
gurU gurU guru kir mn mor ]
gurU ibnw mY nwhI hor ]
gur kI tyk rhhu idnu rwiq ]
jw kI koie n mytY dwiq ]1]
guru prmysru eyko jwxu ]
jo iqsu BwvY so prvwxu ]1] rhwau ]
gur crxI jw kw mnu lwgY ]
dUKu drdu BRmu qw kw BwgY ]
gur kI syvw pwey mwnu ]
gur aUpir sdw kurbwnu ]2]
gur kw drsnu dyiK inhwl ]
gur ky syvk kI pUrn Gwl ]
gur ky syvk kau duKu n ibAwpY ]
gur kw syvku dh idis jwpY ]3]
gur kI mihmw kQnu n jwie ]
pwrbRhmu guru rihAw smwie ]
khu nwnk jw ky pUry Bwg ]
gur crxI qw kw mnu lwg ]4]6]8]
|go(n)add mehalaa 5 |||
guroo guroo gur kar man mor ||
guroo binaa mai naahee hor ||
gur kee ttaek rehahu dhin raath ||
jaa kee koe n maettai dhaath ||1||
gur paramaesar eaeko jaan ||
jo this bhaavai so paravaan ||1|| rehaao ||
gur charanee jaa kaa man laagai ||
dhookh dharadh bhram thaa kaa bhaagai ||
gur kee saevaa paaeae maan ||
gur oopar sadhaa kurabaan ||2||
gur kaa dharasan dhaekh nihaal ||
gur kae saevak kee pooran ghaal ||
gur kae saevak ko dhukh n biaapai ||
gur kaa saevak dheh dhis jaapai ||3||
gur kee mehimaa kathhan n jaae ||
paarabreham gur rehiaa samaae ||
kahu naanak jaa kae poorae bhaag ||
gur charanee thaa kaa man laag ||4||6||8||
|Gond, Fifth Mehl:|
Chant Guru, Guru, Guru, O my mind.
I have no other than the Guru.
I lean upon the Support of the Guru, day and night.
No one can decrease His bounty. ||1||
Know that the Guru and the Transcendent Lord are One.
Whatever pleases Him is acceptable and approved. ||1||Pause||
One whose mind is attached to the Guru's feet
his pains, sufferings and doubts run away.
Serving the Guru, honor is obtained.
I am forever a sacrifice to the Guru. ||2||
Gazing upon the Blessed Vision of the Guru's Darshan, I am exalted.
The work of the Guru's servant is perfect.
Pain does not afflict the Guru's servant.
The Guru's servant is famous in the ten directions. ||3||
The Guru's glory cannot be described.
The Guru remains absorbed in the Supreme Lord God.
Says Nanak, one who is blessed with perfect destiny
- his mind is attached to the Guru's feet. ||4||6||8||
A Yogi went to visit Guru Nanak to congratulate him on the large number of followers he had. The Guru said that he had very few true Sikhs. To test his disciples, he sent out a call for all true believers to meet together early the next morning.
The day dawned dark and cloudy. When the Guru appeared, he seemed to be someone other than their kind master, for he wore dirty clothes and a hunting knife and had a fierce dog with him. Several of his followers were terrified and ran away. The rest followed the Guru down a road through the forest. After they had walked for a short while, they found the road covered with copper coins. Some of the Sikhs stuffed the coins in their pockets and ran away. The rest of the group continued on down the road. Further along, they found the road covered with silver coins. More of the Sikhs grabbed the coins and ran away. Few Sikhs remained with the Guru and the Yogi.
The small band continued travelling and soon found the road covered with gold coins. The other Sikhs grabbed the coins and fled until only two Sikhs, the Yogi, and the Guru's sevadar Lehna, remained. They came into a clearing where they saw a corpse wrapped up in a white sheet next to a pile of wood. There was a terrible smell in the air. The Guru said to his Sikhs, "Let whoever wants to be a true Sikh of mine eat this with me " The other two Sikhs turned white and drew back in horror, but Lahina kneeled next to the corpse and said, " Master, should I start at the head or the feet?" The Guru told him to start at the waist. As Lahina (Lehna) lifted the sheet to begin eating, the corpse turned into a feast of delicious sacred food.
Lahina offered the food to the Guru first and said he would have what was left over. Guru Nanak was delighted, and said, "You have obtained this sacred food because you desired to share it with others. You now know my secret; you are in my own image. I will share with you the secret which will bring you happiness now and forever." The Guru then taught Lahina the Mool Mantra, the beginning of Japji. The Yogi saw that the light in Nanak was the same as in Lahina. He said, "O Nanak, he shall be your Guru who comes from your body - ang." Upon this, the Guru hugged Lahina, named him Angad, and promised that he would be the next Guru.
Power of Love and Devotion
A devoted old woman had one prayer: that Guru Har Rai would eat the bread made by her own hands. She made her living by spinning, and one day was able to make some extra money with which she bought the wheat flour and other ingredients for making bread. She made two cakes and took them to a spot where the Guru passed daily. She sat down next to the cakes, focused her mind on the Guru, and began praying. The Guru felt the strength of her prayer. He mounted his horse and, on his way to the chase, went joyfully right to where she was waiting.
She had almost given up hope of his coming when he arrived. He said that he was very hungry from the chase, and wished to have something to eat. She offered him the cakes, which he ate on horseback, without washing his hands. He then said to her, "This is the most delicious food I have ever eaten." She was overjoyed and thanked the Guru for visiting her and accepting her hospitality. He shared his spiritual teachings with her and finally blessed her with liberation from rebirth.
Meanwhile, the Sikhs who had accompanied the Guru were astonished that he had taken food from a strange woman, eaten it on horseback, and not washed his hands. They asked him why he had done so. He gave them no reply, but continued on through the forest. The next day, they prepared sweet cakes with great cleanliness and took them to the forest with the Guru, to eliminate his need to eat unclean food from someone of lower caste. After a while, the Sikhs offered the Guru the cakes they had made, but he said, "I ate food from that woman's hands because she was holy. The food you have made for me, with great ceremony, is not pleasing to me." The Sikhs replied, "O Guru, yesterday you ate two cakes on horseback from that old woman. There was no clean and sacred place to eat; the food was in every way impure. Today, with great care we have made the purest cakes, yet you reject them. Why is this so?" The Guru gave this explanation, "With great faith and devotion, that old woman made those cakes out of what she had earned by the sweat of her brow. Because of this, the food was very pure and that is why I ate it. I was hungry for love; in the matter of love for God, no rule is recognized."
|This Shabad is by Guru Arjan Dev Ji in Siree Raag on Pannaa 81 |
pRym TgaurI pwie rIJwie goibMd mnu moihAw jIau ]
sMqn kY prswid AgwiD kMTy lig soihAw jIau ]
hir kMiT lig soihAw doK siB joihAw Bgiq lK´x kir vis Bey ]
min srb suK vuTy goivd quTy jnm mrxw siB imit gey ]
sKI mMglo gwieAw ieC pujwieAw bhuiV n mwieAw hoihAw ]
kru gih lIny nwnk pRB ipAwry sMswru swgru nhI poihAw ]4]
praem t(h)agouree paae reejhaae gobi(n)dh man mohiaa jeeo ||
sa(n)than kai parasaadh agaadhh ka(n)t(h)ae lag sohiaa jeeo ||
har ka(n)t(h) lag sohiaa dhokh sabh johiaa bhagath lakhyan kar vas bheae ||
man sarab sukh vut(h)ae govidh thut(h)ae janam maranaa sabh mitt geae ||
sakhee ma(n)galo gaaeiaa eishh pujaaeiaa bahurr n maaeiaa hohiaa ||
kar gehi leenae naanak prabh piaarae sa(n)saar saagar nehee pohiaa ||4||
Administering the intoxicating drug of love, I have won over the Lord of the Universe; I have fascinated His Mind.
By the Grace of the Saints, I am held in the loving embrace of the Unfathomable Lord, and I am entranced.
Held in the Lord's loving embrace, I look beautiful, and all my pains have been dispelled. By the loving worship of His devotees, the Lord has come under their power.
All pleasures have come to dwell in the mind; the Lord of the Universe is pleased and appeased. Birth and death have been totally eliminated.
O my companions, sing the Songs of Joy. My desires have been fulfilled, and I shall never again be trapped or shaken by Maya.
Taking hold of my hand, O Nanak, my Beloved God will not let me be swallowed up by the world-ocean. ||4||
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Guru Angad Sahib, (Bhai Lehna ji) was born in the village named Harike in Ferozepur district in Punjab, on Vaisakh Vadi 1st , (5th Vaisakh) Samvat 1561, (March 31, 1504). He was the son of a petty trader named Pheru ji. His mother 's name was Mata Ramo ji (also known as Mata Sabhirai, Mansa Devi, Daya kaur). Baba Narayan Das Trehan was his grand father, whose ancestral house was at Matte-di-Sarai near Mukatsar. Pheru ji shifted back to this place.
Under the influence of his mother Bhai Lehna ji began to worship Durga (A Hindu mythological Goddess). He used to lead a batch of worshippers to Jawalamukhi Temple every year. He was married to Mata Khivi ji in Jaunary 1520 and had two sons (Dasu ji and Datu ji) and two daughters (Amro ji and Anokhi ji). The whole family of Pheru ji had to leave their ancestral village because of the ransacking by the Mughal and Baloch militia who had come with Babur. After this the family settelled at village Khadur Sahib beside the Beas river, near Tarn Taran Sahib (A small town about 25 kmt.away from Amritsar City).
Once Bhai Lehna ji heard the recitation of a hymn of Guru Nanak Sahib from Bhai Jodha ji (a sikh of Guru Nanak Sahib) and was thrilled and decided to proceed through Kartarpur to have a glimpse of Guru Nanak Sahib at the time of yearly pilgrimage to Jwalamukhi Temple. His very first meeting with Guru Nanak Sahib completely transformed him. He renounced the worship of Hindu Goddess, dedicated himself to the service of Guru Nanak Sahib, became his Sikh and began to live at Kartarpur, His devotion to Guru Nanak Sahib and his holy mission was so great that he was installed as the Second Nanak in September 7, 1539 by Guru Nanak Sahib himself. Earlier Guru Nanak Sahib tested him in various ways and found an embodiment of obedience and service in him. Guru Nanak Sahib gave him a new name Angad (Guru Angad Sahib). He spent six or seven years in the service of Guru Nanak Sahib at Kartarpur.
After the death of Guru Nanak Sahib on September 22, 1539, Guru Angad Sahib left Kartarpur for Khadur Sahib Village (near Goindwal Sahib). He carried forward the thought of Guru Nanak Sahib both in letter and spirit. Yogis and Saints of different sects visited him and held detailed discussions about Sikhism with him .
Guru Angad Sahib introduced a new alphabet known as Gurmukhi Script, modifying the old Punjabi Script 's characters. It become the script of the masses very soon. He took great interest in the education of the children by opening many schools for their instruction and thus increased the number of literates. For the youth he started the tradition of Mall Akhara, where physical as well as spiritual exercises were held. He collected the facts about Guru Nanak Sahib 's life from Bhai Bala ji and wrote the first biography of Guru Nanak Sahib. (Bhai Bale Wali Janamsakhi available now a days in not the same that Guru Angad Sahib had compiled.) He also wrote 63 Saloks (stanzas), these were included in Guru Granth Sahib. He popularized and expanded the institution of 'Guru ka Langar' started by Guru Nanak Sahib earlier .
Guru Angad Sahib visited all important places and centres established by Guru Nanak Sahib for preaching Sikhism. He also established hundreds of new Sangats (Sikh religious Institutions) and thus strengthened the base of Sikhism. The period of his Guruship was the most crucial one. The Sikh community being infant, had to face a number of dangers. It was not difficult for Hinduism to swallow the newly born Sikhism in due course of time. Moreover Sri Chand's Udasis sect community and the activities of Jogies had not yet abated. At this hour of juncture he lived Guru Nanak Sahib's tenents in true spirit and there were manifest signs of drifting it (Sikhism) away from the Hinduism. Sikhism established its own separate religious identity.
Guru Angad Sahib, by following the example of Guru Nanak Sahib, nominated Amar Das Sahib as his successor (The Third Nanak) before his death. He presented all the holy scripts including those he received from Guru Nanak Sahib, to Guru Amar Das Sahib. He breathed his last on March 29, 1552 at the age of forty-eight. It is said that he started to build a new town, at Goindwal near Khadur Sahib and Guru Amar Das Sahib was appointed to supervise its construction. It is also said that Himayun, when defeated by Sher Shah Suri, came to obtain blessings of Guru Angad Sahib in regaining the throne of Delhi.
With compliments to www.sgpc.net for the above account.
|This Shabad is by Guru Arjan Dev Ji in Raag Sorath on Pannaa 630 |
|soriT mhlw 5 ]|
srb suKw kw dwqw siqguru qw kI srnI pweIAY ]
drsnu Bytq hoq Anµdw dUKu gieAw hir gweIAY ]1]
hir rsu pIvhu BweI ]
nwmu jphu nwmo AwrwDhu gur pUry kI srnweI ] rhwau ]
iqsih prwpiq ijsu Duir iliKAw soeI pUrnu BweI ]
nwnk kI bynµqI pRB jI nwim rhw ilv lweI ]2]25]89]
|sorat(h) mehalaa 5 |||
sarab sukhaa kaa dhaathaa sathigur thaa kee saranee paaeeai ||
dharasan bhaettath hoth ana(n)dhaa dhookh gaeiaa har gaaeeai ||1||
har ras peevahu bhaaee ||
naam japahu naamo aaraadhhahu gur poorae kee saranaaee || rehaao ||
thisehi paraapath jis dhhur likhiaa soee pooran bhaaee ||
naanak kee baena(n)thee prabh jee naam rehaa liv laaee ||2||25||89||
|Sorat'h, Fifth Mehl:|
The True Guru is the Giver of all peace and comfort - seek His Sanctuary.
Beholding the Blessed Vision of His Darshan, bliss ensues, pain is dispelled, and one sings the Lord's Praises. ||1||
Drink in the sublime essence of the Lord, O Siblings of Destiny.
Chant the Naam, the Name of the Lord; worship the Naam in adoration, and enter the Sanctuary of the Perfect Guru. ||Pause||
Only one who has such pre-ordained destiny receives it; he alone becomes perfect, O Siblings of Destiny.
Nanak's prayer, O Dear God, is to remain lovingly absorbed in the Naam. ||2||25||89||