Awsw mhlw 1 ]
ASA MEHLA 1
This shabad is also written in Raag Aasa, by the first Guru, Guru Nanak Dev ji.
This Shabad Guru Nanak Dev ji says that our soul thrives when we remember God with love and devotion and dies when we forget Him. All pains and sufferings can disappear by sincerely meditating on His Name.
AwKw jIvw ivsrY mir jwau ] AwKix AauKw swcw nwau ]
AAKHAAN JEEVAAN VISRAI MAR JAA-O, AAKHAN AUKHAA SAACHA NAA-O.
As I remember Him with love and devotion, I become (spiritually) alive, but when I forget Him, I feel as if I am (spiritually) dead. (In spite of knowing that), to remember Him with love and devotion seems so difficult.
Aakhaan: say, recite, jeevaan: live, visrae: forget, mar jaa-o: die aukhaa: difficult, saacha naa-o: the Name of the ever existent (God)
swcy nwm kI lwgY BUK ] auqu BUKY Kwie clIAih dUK ]1]
SAACHAY NAAM KEE LAAGAI BHOOKH, UT BHOOKHAI KHAA-AY CHALI-EH DOOKH. ||1||
When a person feels a strong longing to remember Him, and due to that longing meditates on His Name with love and devotion, then all his sufferings disappear.
Laagae bhookh: gets hungry, implies develops strong longing, ut bhookhae: due to that hunger, khae: by eating, implies by eating spiritual food i.e by meditating on His Name, chali-eh: goes away, ends, dookh: sufferings.
so ikau ivsrY myrI mwie ] swcw swihbu swcY nwie ]1] rhwau ]
SO KI-O VISRAI MEREE MAA-AY, SAACHAA SAHIB SAACHAI NAA-AY. ||1|| RAHAA-O
O my mother, how can I forget Him? who is the true Master, by remembering whose eternal Name, one continuously feels His presence within his heart.
So: that, ki-o: why, meree maa-ay: my mother, saacha sahib: true (eternal) master, saachai naa-ay: by His true Name, implies by remembering Him.
swcy nwm kI iqlu vifAweI ] AwiK Qky kImiq nhI pweI ]
SAACHAY NAAM KEE TIL VADI-AA-EE, AAKH THAKAY KEEMAT NAHEE PAA-EE.
Those who tried to describe His Greatness, got tired but could not describe even an iota of His Greatness and could not put a value on His greatness (could not find anything that could equal Him).
Til: a very small seed, implies insignificant, vadi-aa-ee: greatness, aakh: say, describe, thakay: got tired, keemat: value
jy siB imil kY AwKx pwih ] vfw n hovY Gwit n jwie ]2]
JE SABH MIL KAI AAKHAN PAAHE, VADAA NA HOVAI GHAAT NA JAA-AY. ||2||
If everyone were to get together and say He is great, He would not become any greater, (or if no one says He is great), He would not become any lesser. ||2||
Jay: if, aakhan paahe: try to say, vadaa: great, na hovai: will not become, ghaat: less, ghaat na jaa-ay: does not become lesser.
nw Ehu mrY n hovY sogu ] dydw rhY n cUkY Bogu ]
NAA OH MARAI NA HOVAI SOG, DEDAA RAHAE NA CHOOKAI BHOG
That (eternal Master) does not die, there is no reason to mourn. He keeps on giving, His provisions never run short.
Marai: die, sog: mourn, dedaa rahae: keeps on giving, na chookai: never misses, bhog: provisions, things necessary to live.
guxu eyho horu nwhI koie ] nw ko hoAw nw ko hoie ]3]
GUN EHO HOR NAAHEE KO-E, NA KO HO-AA NAA KO HO-AE. ||3||
His biggest quality is that there is no one like Him. There has never been, and there will never be (anyone like Him). ||3||
gun: quality, eho: this, hor: other, naahee ko-e: there is no one else. Na ko: neither any, ho-aa: has been, hoae:will be
jyvfu Awip qyvf qyrI dwiq ] ijin idnu kir kY kIqI rwiq ]
JEWAD AAP TEWAD TEREE DAAT, JIN DIN KAR KAI KEETEE RAAT
Waheguruji, Your bounties to us are as great as You are. Its You who created the day and the night (so that we can enjoy Your bounties).
Jewad: as great, aap: Himself, tewad: equally great, daat: gifts, bounties of nature, din: day, raat: night.
Ksmu ivswrih qy kmjwiq ] nwnk nwvY bwJu snwiq ]4]3]
KHASAM VISAAREH TE KAMJAAT, NAANAK NAAVAI BAAJH SANAAT. ||4||3||
Those who forget such a great Master are truly the degraded people. Nanak says, without His rememberance a person is a disgrace.||4||3||
Khasam: Master, visaareh: forgets, kamjaat: low caste, degraded, naavai bajh: without His Name, sanaat: person with low character, disgraced.
II 4 II 3 II at the end of this shabad means this is the fourth stanza of this shabad and this is the third shabad under ‘So Dar’.
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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DID YOU KNOW
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.)