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ividAw vIcwrI qW prapkwrI jwn pWc rwsI qW qIrQ vwsI ]1]
SHABAD -4

rwgu gUjrI mhlw 4 ]

Raag Goojree Mehla 4.

This shabad is written in Raag Goojaree, by the fourth Guru, Guru Ram Das Ji (Mehla 4 is to be pronounced Mehla Chautha).

In this Shabad, Guru Ram Das ji prays to His Guru (Guru Amar Das ji) and shows us the way to pray, in total surrender to the Guru, for enlightenment of our souls by meditation on God’s Name (Simran). He says, blessed are those who have longing for meditation (Simran) because only meditation with love and devotion can save us from worldly temptations and sufferings.

 

hir ky jn siqgur sqpurKw ibnau krau gur pwis ]

HAR KE JAN SATGUR SATPURKHAA BIN-AO KAR-AO GUR PAAS. |

O, the man of God, the true Guru, the elevated soul, I pray to you, my Guru,

Har: God, Jan: servant, satpurkh: Godly person, elevated soul, binao: request, plead, gur paas: to the guru,

 

hm kIry ikrm siqgur srxweI kir dieAw nwmu prgwis ]1]

HAM KEERE KIRAM SATGUR SARNAA-EE KAR DEYA NAAM PARGAAS |1

That I am a lowly person who has come for your protection, have mercy on me and enlighten me with God’s Name.

keere: insect, kiram: worm, ham keere kiram: I am like an insect or a worm, impliest the lowliest person (signifies utmost humbleness), sarnaaee: protection, shelter, deya: mercy, pargaas: enlighten

 
myry mIq gurdyv mo kau rwm nwmu prgwis ]

MERE MEET GURDEV MO KAO RAAM NAAM PARGAAS.

O my dear friend, my divine Guru, please enlighten me with God’s Name.

Meet: friend, gurdev: the divine guru, mo ko: to me, Raam Naam: God’s Name.

 

gurmiq nwmu myrw pRwn sKweI hir kIriq hmrI rhrwis ]1] rhwau ]

GURMAT NAAM MERA PRAAN SAKHAA-EE HAR KEERAT HAMREE REHRAAS. ||1|| RAHAA-O

Through the Guru's teachings, may God’s Name become my life line, and singing His praises my true wealth.

Gurmat: guru’s teachings, Naam: God’s Name, praan: life, sakhaaee: partner, keerat: praise, hamree: my, rehraas: savings for journey of life, implies spiritual wealth.

 
hir jn ky vf Bwg vfyry ijn hir hir srDw hir ipAws ]

HAR JAN KE VAD BHAAG VADERE JIN HAR HAR SARDHAA HAR PI-AAS

Those God loving people are very fortunate who have strong faith and longing for God.

Har jan: God’s servants, god loving people, vad: great, bhaag: fortune, vadere: greatest, jin: who, sardhaa: faith, pi-aas: thurst, longing
 

hir hir nwmu imlY iqRpqwsih imil sMgiq gux prgwis ]2]

HAR HAR NAAM MIL-AE TRIPTASEH, MIL SANGAT GUN PARGAAS. ||2||

When they are blessed with His Name, they are not affected by the worldly desires and they become content. With the company of the God loving people, they become enlightened with virtues.

Har: God, triptaseh: become content, above worldly desires, sangat: company of God loving people, gun: virtues, pargaas: enlighten
 

ijn hir hir hir rsu nwmu n pwieAw qy BwghIx jm pwis ]

JIN HAR HAR HAR RAS NAAM NA PAA-I-AA, TE BHAAG-HEEN JAM PAAS.

(On the other hand) those who have not experienced the taste of His divine Name, they are the most unfortunate people who always remain scared of death.

Jin: those, Har: God, ras: taste, bhaag-heen: without good fortune, Jam: messenger of death,

 

jo siqgur srix sMgiq nhI Awey iDRgu jIvy iDRgu jIvwis ]3]

JO SATGUR SARAN SANGAT NAHEE AA-E, DHRIG JEEVAE DHRIG JEEVAAS. ||3||

Those who have not come to the shelter of the true guru and do not seek the company of God loving people, they are a disgrace as a living being, their life is a shame.

J0: those, saran: shelter, sangat: company of God loving people, dhrig: shame, disgrace, jeevae: living, jeevaas: life

 

ijn hir jn siqgur sMgiq pweI iqn Duir msqik iliKAw ilKwis ]

JIN HAR JAN SATGUR SANGAT PAA-EE, TIN DHUR MASTAK LIKHI-AA LIKHAAS.

Those God loving people who had the good fortune to be in the company of the true guru, they were pre-ordained (to find the true guru).

Jin: those, har jan: God’s servants, implies God loving people, sangat: company, saran: shelter, sangat: company of God loving people, dhrig: shame, tin: they, dhur: from above, implies from God, mastak: forehead, likhiaa: written, likhaas: writing, implies destiny

 

Dnu DMnu sqsMgiq ijqu hir rsu pwieAw imil jn nwnk nwmu prgwis ]4]4]

Dhan Dhan satsangat jit har ras paa-i-aa mil jan naanak naam pargaas. ||4||4||

Blessed is that sangat (holy congregation), where they enjoy the blissful taste of His Name. It is the company of such fortunate souls that enlightens us with His divine Name.

Dhan: blessed, sat sangat: true company, implies company of God loving people, jit: where, har ras: blissful taste of God’s Name, mil jan: by meeting those God’s servants, pargaas: enlightenment.

 

This is a good opportunity to memorize Gurbani, one Pauri at a time. You can concentrate better and enjoy more if you recite bani without looking at the gutka.

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ONE SPIRIT, DIFFERENT BODIES

After Guru Nanak Dev ji, none of the Gurus used their names in their writings. They always used the name "Nanak" as if everything was written by Guru Nanak Dev ji. This reinforces our belief that all our Gurus had the same spirit in different bodies. The eternal source of spiritual knowledge that was within Guru Nanak Dev ji was passed on to each Guru and they uttered Gurbani that originated from the same source.)


  
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