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Shabad of the Week - Har Jeeo Kirapaa Karae Thaa Naam Dhhiaaeeai Jeeo

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    This shabad uses the word ਜੀਉ frequently, it is written as if Guru Ram Das is talking to a friend (us). What do you think is the significance of this?

    Meanings of individual words given below. Where there are multiple meanings, I have tried to include these so please think about which is appropriate. If you think the meanings are incorrect please feel free to correct me so I can also learn. Where no meaning is given, it is because the meaning has already been given above.



    ਧਨਾਸਰੀ ਛੰਤ ਮਹਲਾ ੪ ਘਰੁ ੧Dhhanaasaree Shhanth Mehalaa 4 Ghar 1
    Written in Raag Dhanaasaree, Chhant, Fourth Mehl, First House:

    ੴ ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਪ੍ਰਸਾਦਿ ॥Ik Oankaar Sathigur Prasaadh ||
    See Mool Mantar

    ਹਰਿ ਜੀਉ ਕ੍ਰਿਪਾ ਕਰੇ ਤਾ ਨਾਮੁ ਧਿਆਈਐ ਜੀਉ ॥Har Jeeo Kirapaa Karae Thaa Naam Dhhiaaeeai Jeeo ||

    ਹਰਿ ਜੀਉ = every life
    ਕ੍ਰਿਪਾ ਕਰੇ = shows compassion
    ਤਾ = then
    ਨਾਮੁ = naam, gurbani
    ਧਿਆਈਐ = to remember
    ਜੀਉ = O friend!


    ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ ਮਿਲੈ ਸੁਭਾਇ ਸਹਜਿ ਗੁਣ ਗਾਈਐ ਜੀਉ ॥Sathigur Milai Subhaae Sehaj Gun Gaaeeai Jeeo ||

    ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ = the True Guru
    ਮਿਲੈ = to meet
    ਸੁਭਾਇ = in love
    ਸਹਜਿ = soul in peace
    ਗੁਣ = good quality
    ਗਾਈਐ = to sing
    ਜੀਉ


    ਗੁਣ ਗਾਇ ਵਿਗਸੈ ਸਦਾ ਅਨਦਿਨੁ ਜਾ ਆਪਿ ਸਾਚੇ ਭਾਵਏ ॥Gun Gaae Vigasai Sadhaa Anadhin Jaa Aap Saachae Bhaaveae ||

    ਗੁਣ
    ਗਾਇ = sing
    ਵਿਗਸੈ = to blossom
    ਸਦਾ = always
    ਅਨਦਿਨੁ = every moment
    ਜਾ = go, place
    ਆਪਿ = oneself
    ਸਾਚੇ ਭਾਵਏ = seems good to the ever present Creator


    ਅਹੰਕਾਰੁ ਹਉਮੈ ਤਜੈ ਮਾਇਆ ਸਹਜਿ ਨਾਮਿ ਸਮਾਵਏ ॥Ahankaar Houmai Thajai Maaeiaa Sehaj Naam Samaaveae ||

    ਅਹੰਕਾਰੁ = pride
    ਹਉਮੈ = ego
    ਤਜੈ = then
    ਮਾਇਆ = duality (maya)
    ਸਹਜਿ ਨਾਮਿ
    ਸਮਾਵਏ = time disappears


    ਆਪਿ ਕਰਤਾ ਕਰੇ ਸੋਈ ਆਪਿ ਦੇਇ ਤ ਪਾਈਐ ॥Aap Karathaa Karae Soee Aap Dhaee Th Paaeeai ||

    ਆਪਿ = him/herself
    ਕਰਤਾ ਕਰੇ = to do/does
    ਸੋਈ = the very same
    ਆਪਿ
    ਦੇਇ = gives
    ਤ = then
    ਪਾਈਐ = to receive


    ਹਰਿ ਜੀਉ ਕ੍ਰਿਪਾ ਕਰੇ ਤਾ ਨਾਮੁ ਧਿਆਈਐ ਜੀਉ ॥੧॥Har Jeeo Kirapaa Karae Thaa Naam Dhhiaaeeai Jeeo ||1||

    ਹਰਿ ਜੀਉ ਕ੍ਰਿਪਾ ਕਰੇ ਤਾ ਨਾਮੁ
    ਧਿਆਈਐ = meditate, contemplate, think
    ਜੀਉ


    ਅੰਦਰਿ ਸਾਚਾ ਨੇਹੁ ਪੂਰੇ ਸਤਿਗੁਰੈ ਜੀਉ ॥Andhar Saachaa Naehu Poorae Sathigurai Jeeo ||

    ਅੰਦਰਿ = inside
    ਸਾਚਾ = the true ever present Ik Oankaar
    ਨੇਹੁ = love
    ਪੂਰੇ ਸਤਿਗੁਰੈ ਜੀਉ = with the care of the complete and true Guru


    ਹਉ ਤਿਸੁ ਸੇਵੀ ਦਿਨੁ ਰਾਤਿ ਮੈ ਕਦੇ ਨ ਵੀਸਰੈ ਜੀਉ ॥Ho This Saevee Dhin Raath Mai Kadhae N Veesarai Jeeo ||

    ਹਉ = me
    ਤਿਸੁ = him/her/it
    ਸੇਵੀ = to serve
    ਦਿਨੁ ਰਾਤਿ = day and night
    ਮੈ ਕਦੇ = I never
    ਨ ਵੀਸਰੈ = never forget
    ਜੀਉ


    ਕਦੇ ਨ ਵਿਸਾਰੀ ਅਨਦਿਨੁ ਸਮ੍ਹ੍ਹਾਰੀ ਜਾ ਨਾਮੁ ਲਈ ਤਾ ਜੀਵਾ ॥Kadhae N Visaaree Anadhin Samhaaree Jaa Naam Lee Thaa Jeevaa ||

    ਕਦੇ ਨ ਵਿਸਾਰੀ = I never forget
    ਅਨਦਿਨੁ = every moment
    ਸਮ੍ਹ੍ਹਾਰੀ = I look after
    ਜਾ ਨਾਮੁ ਲਈ ਤਾ ਜੀਵਾ = to live for Naam


    ਸ੍ਰਵਣੀ ਸੁਣੀ ਤ ਇਹੁ ਮਨੁ ਤ੍ਰਿਪਤੈ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਪੀਵਾ ॥Sravanee Sunee Th Eihu Man Thripathai Guramukh Anmrith Peevaa ||

    ਸ੍ਰਵਣੀ = with my ears
    ਸੁਣੀ = to listen
    ਤ ਇਹੁ ਮਨੁ = then this mind
    ਤ੍ਰਿਪਤੈ = becomes full/satisfied
    ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ = Gurmukh, someone who follows the path of truth
    ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ = the nectar that provides food for the soul, i.e. shabad guru
    ਪੀਵਾ = to drink

    Think back to your own life. When you are listening to kirtan and katha, there is a sense of wellbeing and peace. When you are listening to heavy metal, there is anger in your mind. When listening to R’n’B or Bhangra, there are lustful thoughts. Do you agree?


    ਨਦਰਿ ਕਰੇ ਤਾ ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ ਮੇਲੇ ਅਨਦਿਨੁ ਬਿਬੇਕ ਬੁਧਿ ਬਿਚਰੈ ॥Nadhar Karae Thaa Sathigur Maelae Anadhin Bibaek Budhh Bicharai ||

    ਨਦਰਿ ਕਰੇ = to bless
    ਤਾ ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ ਮੇਲੇ = then the true Guru is found
    ਅਨਦਿਨੁ
    ਬਿਬੇਕ ਬੁਧਿ = discriminating mind
    ਬਿਚਰੈ = to describe/explain, to separate

    I personally think the use of bibek buddhi or discerning intellect is very important here as it shows there is no room for blind faith, mindless rituals etc. Your mind should be used in a proactive and sensible way to understand whether things you are told really fit in with Gurbani and the Truth.


    ਅੰਦਰਿ ਸਾਚਾ ਨੇਹੁ ਪੂਰੇ ਸਤਿਗੁਰੈ ॥੨॥Andhar Saachaa Naehu Poorae Sathigurai ||2||

    ਸਤਸੰਗਤਿ ਮਿਲੈ ਵਡਭਾਗਿ ਤਾ ਹਰਿ ਰਸੁ ਆਵਏ ਜੀਉ ॥Sathasangath Milai Vaddabhaag Thaa Har Ras Aaveae Jeeo ||

    ਸਤਸੰਗਤਿ = the true sangat, Ik Oankaar
    ਮਿਲੈ = to find
    ਵਡਭਾਗਿ = blessed, fortunate
    ਤਾ ਹਰਿ = then every
    ਰਸੁ = wonderful taste
    ਆਵਏ = to come
    ਜੀਉ


    ਅਨਦਿਨੁ ਰਹੈ ਲਿਵ ਲਾਇ ਤ ਸਹਜਿ ਸਮਾਵਏ ਜੀਉ ॥Anadhin Rehai Liv Laae Th Sehaj Samaaveae Jeeo ||

    ਅਨਦਿਨੁ
    ਰਹੈ = remains
    ਲਿਵ = love
    ਲਾਇ = to connect
    ਸਹਜਿ = spiritual peace
    ਸਮਾਵਏ ਜੀਉ


    ਸਹਜਿ ਸਮਾਵੈ ਤਾ ਹਰਿ ਮਨਿ ਭਾਵੈ ਸਦਾ ਅਤੀਤੁ ਬੈਰਾਗੀ ॥Sehaj Samaavai Thaa Har Man Bhaavai Sadhaa Atheeth Bairaagee ||

    ਸਹਜਿ
    ਸਮਾਵੈ = become
    ਤਾ ਹਰਿ ਮਨਿ ਭਾਵੈ = then every mind obtains/finds wonderful
    ਸਦਾ = always
    ਅਤੀਤੁ =free from wordly attachement, has overcome the attachment to duality
    ਬੈਰਾਗੀ = sect of Hinduism


    ਹਲਤਿ ਪਲਤਿ ਸੋਭਾ ਜਗ ਅੰਤਰਿ ਰਾਮ ਨਾਮਿ ਲਿਵ ਲਾਗੀ ॥Halath Palath Sobhaa Jag Anthar Raam Naam Liv Laagee ||

    ਹਲਤਿ = in this world
    ਪਲਤਿ = in other worlds
    ਸੋਭਾ = beauty
    ਜਗ ਅੰਤਰਿ = in the universe
    ਰਾਮ ਨਾਮਿ = ever present naam, i.e. Ik Oankaar
    ਲਿਵ ਲਾਗੀ = work out of love


    ਹਰਖ ਸੋਗ ਦੁਹਾ ਤੇ ਮੁਕਤਾ ਜੋ ਪ੍ਰਭੁ ਕਰੇ ਸੁ ਭਾਵਏ ॥Harakh Sog Dhuhaa Thae Mukathaa Jo Prabh Karae S Bhaaveae ||

    ਹਰਖ = happiness
    ਸੋਗ = grief
    ਦੁਹਾ ਤੇ= from both
    ਮੁਕਤਾ = freedom
    ਜੋ ਪ੍ਰਭੁ ਕਰੇ ਸੁ ਭਾਵਏ = whatever God does happens


    ਸਤਸੰਗਤਿ ਮਿਲੈ ਵਡਭਾਗਿ ਤਾ ਹਰਿ ਰਸੁ ਆਵਏ ਜੀਉ ॥੩॥Sathasangath Milai Vaddabhaag Thaa Har Ras Aaveae Jeeo ||3||

    ਦੂਜੈ ਭਾਇ ਦੁਖੁ ਹੋਇ ਮਨਮੁਖ ਜਮਿ ਜੋਹਿਆ ਜੀਉ ॥Dhoojai Bhaae Dhukh Hoe Manamukh Jam Johiaa Jeeo ||

    ਦੂਜੈ ਭਾਇ = love of anyone other Ik Oankaar
    ਦੁਖੁ = suffering
    ਹੋਇ = is
    ਮਨਮੁਖ = someone who follows their mind, is trapped by the love of duality
    ਜਮਿ = death of the soul
    ਜੋਹਿਆ = keep up courage
    ਜੀਉ


    ਹਾਇ ਹਾਇ ਕਰੇ ਦਿਨੁ ਰਾਤਿ ਮਾਇਆ ਦੁਖਿ ਮੋਹਿਆ ਜੀਉ ॥Haae Haae Karae Dhin Raath Maaeiaa Dhukh Mohiaa Jeeo ||

    ਹਾਇ ਹਾਇ ਕਰੇ = laments (in a melodramatic way sometimes)
    ਦਿਨੁ = day
    ਰਾਤਿ = night
    ਮਾਇਆ = illusion, duality (Maya)
    ਦੁਖਿ = suffering, pain
    ਮੋਹਿਆ = stuck
    ਜੀਉ


    ਮਾਇਆ ਦੁਖਿ ਮੋਹਿਆ ਹਉਮੈ ਰੋਹਿਆ ਮੇਰੀ ਮੇਰੀ ਕਰਤ ਵਿਹਾਵਏ ॥Maaeiaa Dhukh Mohiaa Houmai Rohiaa Maeree Maeree Karath Vihaaveae ||


    ਮਾਇਆ ਦੁਖਿ ਮੋਹਿਆ
    ਹਉਮੈ = ego, pride
    ਰੋਹਿਆ = cries out, angry
    ਮੇਰੀ ਮੇਰੀ = mine mine
    ਕਰਤ = do something
    ਵਿਹਾਵਏ = time passes


    ਜੋ ਪ੍ਰਭੁ ਦੇਇ ਤਿਸੁ ਚੇਤੈ ਨਾਹੀ ਅੰਤਿ ਗਇਆ ਪਛੁਤਾਵਏ ॥Jo Prabh Dhaee This Chaethai Naahee Anth Gaeiaa Pashhuthaaveae ||

    ਜੋ = who
    ਪ੍ਰਭੁ = Ik Oankaar
    ਦੇਇ = give
    ਤਿਸੁ = they
    ਚੇਤੈ ਨਾਹੀ = don’t remember
    ਅੰਤਿ = end
    ਗਇਆ = to go
    ਪਛੁਤਾਵਏ = regrets


    ਬਿਨੁ ਨਾਵੈ ਕੋ ਸਾਥਿ ਨ ਚਾਲੈ ਪੁਤ੍ਰ ਕਲਤ੍ਰ ਮਾਇਆ ਧੋਹਿਆ ॥Bin Naavai Ko Saathh N Chaalai Puthr Kalathr Maaeiaa Dhhohiaa ||

    ਬਿਨੁ ਨਾਵੈ = without Gurbani
    ਕੋ ਸਾਥਿ ਨ ਚਾਲੈ = no-one goes with you
    ਪੁਤ੍ਰ = traditionally means son but can also refer to daughter
    ਕਲਤ੍ਰ =wife
    ਮਾਇਆ
    ਧੋਹਿਆ = cheated


    ਦੂਜੈ ਭਾਇ ਦੁਖੁ ਹੋਇ ਮਨਮੁਖਿ ਜਮਿ ਜੋਹਿਆ ਜੀਉ ॥੪॥Dhoojai Bhaae Dhukh Hoe Manamukh Jam Johiaa Jeeo ||4||


    ਕਰਿ ਕਿਰਪਾ ਲੇਹੁ ਮਿਲਾਇ ਮਹਲੁ ਹਰਿ ਪਾਇਆ ਜੀਉ ॥Kar Kirapaa Laehu Milaae Mehal Har Paaeiaa Jeeo ||


    ਕਰਿ ਕਿਰਪਾ = to bless
    ਲੇਹੁ ਮਿਲਾਇ = you allow us to meet
    ਮਹਲੁ = in the presence
    ਹਰਿ = Ik Oankaar
    ਪਾਇਆ = to obtain
    ਜੀਉ


    ਸਦਾ ਰਹੈ ਕਰ ਜੋੜਿ ਪ੍ਰਭੁ ਮਨਿ ਭਾਇਆ ਜੀਉ ॥Sadhaa Rehai Kar Jorr Prabh Man Bhaaeiaa Jeeo ||

    ਸਦਾ= always
    ਰਹੈ = remains
    ਕਰ ਜੋੜਿ = fold hands together (sign of respect and devotion)
    ਪ੍ਰਭੁ
    ਮਨਿ = mind
    ਭਾਇਆ = seems loving
    ਜੀਉ


    ਪ੍ਰਭੁ ਮਨਿ ਭਾਵੈ ਤਾ ਹੁਕਮਿ ਸਮਾਵੈ ਹੁਕਮੁ ਮੰਨਿ ਸੁਖੁ ਪਾਇਆ ॥Prabh Man Bhaavai Thaa Hukam Samaavai Hukam Mann Sukh Paaeiaa ||

    ਪ੍ਰਭੁ ਮਨਿ
    ਭਾਵੈ = obtain
    ਤਾ = then
    ਹੁਕਮਿ = hukam
    ਸਮਾਵੈ = included
    ਮੰਨਿ ਸੁਖੁ ਪਾਇਆ = mind obtains peace


    ਅਨਦਿਨੁ ਜਪਤ ਰਹੈ ਦਿਨੁ ਰਾਤੀ ਸਹਜੇ ਨਾਮੁ ਧਿਆਇਆ ॥Anadhin Japath Rehai Dhin Raathee Sehajae Naam Dhhiaaeiaa ||

    ਅਨਦਿਨੁ
    ਜਪਤ ਰਹੈ = keep remembering
    ਦਿਨੁ ਰਾਤੀ = day and night
    ਸਹਜੇ = spiritual peace
    ਨਾਮੁ
    ਧਿਆਇਆ = remembers


    ਨਾਮੋ ਨਾਮੁ ਮਿਲੀ ਵਡਿਆਈ ਨਾਨਕ ਨਾਮੁ ਮਨਿ ਭਾਵਏ ॥Naamo Naam Milee Vaddiaaee Naanak Naam Man Bhaaveae ||

    ਨਾਮੋ ਨਾਮੁ = The naam of naam
    ਮਿਲੀ ਵਡਿਆਈ = find greatness
    ਨਾਨਕ = Nanak tells us
    ਨਾਮੁ ਮਨਿ ਭਾਵਏ = lovingly keep naam in your mind


    ਕਰਿ ਕਿਰਪਾ ਲੇਹੁ ਮਿਲਾਇ ਮਹਲੁ ਹਰਿ ਪਾਵਏ ਜੀਉ ॥੫॥੧॥Kar Kirapaa Laehu Milaae Mehal Har Paaveae Jeeo ||5||1||

    ਪਾਵਏ = to obtain/unite


    Please share your thoughts. The more people who share, the more we all learn! What is this shabad telling us? What impact does it have on you? How you can you incorporate this message into your life?
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    findingmyway ji

    I cannot point to any authority but this has always been my understanding from my earliest readings of the use of ਜੀਉ or jeeo.

    Your question
    First Guru Ram Das is using the sound of "jeeo" as a poetic device at the end of these verses. By doing that he creates a metric unity throughout the shabad, tying the verses together by ending them with a common word. The sound of jeeeeeeeeeeo and the repetition of that sound contribute to the peacefulness, calm and sense of order.

    Guru Ram Das does the same thing with the word raam in other shabads. You hear raaaaaaaam over and over and the effect is relaxing and encourages someone to contemplate the shabad. The word raam is not a reference to Rama.

    Second, the meaning of jeeo here. Like raam the word need not be translated. I don't think it can or should be translated. In English the meaning would be more like 'depend on it, he is always my friend.' Or even speaking to God, 'Isn't that right, my friend?" These are understood not stated out loud. An just as a friend is someone you can depend on to be there when you need him, so jeeeeeeo repeated again and again reminds us that God is always there.

    And the translation is almost irrelevant because it is not the translation of the word but the meaning it plants in the mind by its sound or continual intonation that matters.

    ਸਦਾ ਰਹੈ ਕਰ ਜੋੜਿ ਪ੍ਰਭੁ ਮਨਿ ਭਾਇਆ ਜੀਉ ॥Sadhaa Rehai Kar Jorr Prabh Man Bhaaeiaa........ and then Jeeo ||........Oh you are always, always my friend!

    So between the sound, the meter and the meaning of the ever constant word "jeeeeo" the shabad gives enormous comfort to the mind.
     
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    To me the word Jeeo seems to mean live, but I might be translating to literally. When I look it up on srigranth.org this is what I get...

    <table><tbody><tr><td align="left">[SIZE=-1]SGGS Gurmukhi-English Dictionary[/SIZE]</td></tr><tr><td align="left"> [SIZE=+0] P. interj. O Lord, Sir! [/SIZE] [SIZE=-1]
    SGGS Gurmukhi-English Data provided by Harjinder Singh Gill, Santa Monica, CA, USA.[/SIZE] </td></tr></tbody></table>
    <table><tbody><tr><td align="left">[SIZE=-1]English Translation[/SIZE]</td></tr><tr><td align="left"> [SIZE=+0] (1) Life, creature, existence. (2) (intj) Live!. [/SIZE] </td></tr></tbody></table>

    So, at the moment I seem to be a little lost as to which meaning is appropriate.

    If I take it as you have said, "friend" then it seems like to me Guru Ram Das ji is actually making the Shabad more accessible to us, its easier to connect to something when someone writes to you in that matter as if you are the same as them. I think its a gentle way of speaking of important concepts.

    I also feel like Guru Ram Das is speaking to the reader, and I did not consider that he might be speaking to God... I think ill have to read it again...

    Word by word translations make this a lot more interesting than reading the transliteration version, so thank you for posting it this way...
     
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    But I also call you angrisha ji which means roughly angrisha, respected angrisha.

    "jeeo" or "jio" is one of those words that changes meaning with context. You can see how many different meanings you found on search.

    And in one on one conversation between us we say, "spnadmin jio" "Gyani jio" as a term of respect and endearment -- "you are my friend" "you are a respected presence to me"
    "it is good to have you around."

    Yes, I believe Guru Ram Das is calling God his jeeo because he feels himself close and draws God close to him in that one word that goes untranslated.

    To chose a meaning? Should it be Lord, Sir, creature, existence or friend? What is the shabad saying in its wholeness? Is it keeping God at a respectful distance as one would a Lord or a Sir? Does it consider God to be a neutral concept like existence? Is it drawing God closer as one would a friend?
     
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    This is the beauty of the poetic Gurbani. Many words which seem rude in the cultural sense transmit endearment, closeness, scream LOVE along with many other things.

    For example using the word ਤੂੰ, ਤੇਰਾ, ਤੇਰੀ=you,yours (singular) is considered rude, uncouth when used towards the older person, but not in Gurbani in which our Gurus address Ik Ong Kaar with ਤੂੰ,ਤੇਰਾ,ਤੇਰੀ and also in a more culturally respectable manner like ਤੁਸੀ, ਤੁਹਾਰੇ= Your, yours(plural).

    Gurbani uses these words as a mood setter of the feelings being expressed through the Shabads to the beloved who is our father, mother, sister, brother, lover, mate........

    ਜੀਉ or jeeo is used in the same way.

    It is all about romance which can be expressed in all different colours of the rainbow and also in the multiple shades of grey.

    Tejwant Singh
     
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    ਧਨਾਸਰੀ ਛੰਤ ਮਹਲਾ ੪ ਘਰੁ ੧
    Dhhanaasaree Shhanth Mehalaa 4 Ghar 1

    ੴ ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਪ੍ਰਸਾਦਿ ॥Ik Oankaar Sathigur Prasaadh ||
    See Mool Mantar

    ਹਰਿ ਜੀਉ ਕ੍ਰਿਪਾ ਕਰੇ ਤਾ ਨਾਮੁ ਧਿਆਈਐ ਜੀਉ ॥Har Jeeo Kirapaa Karae Thaa Naam Dhhiaaeeai Jeeo ||

    Ik Oankaar shows compassion on all by giving us the ability to choose to become Gurmukhs (whether we choose this is another matter). When we make this effort then we incorporate Gurbani into every moment of our lives. This is the true meaning behind acquiring Naam.



    ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ ਮਿਲੈ ਸੁਭਾਇ ਸਹਜਿ ਗੁਣ ਗਾਈਐ ਜੀਉ ॥Sathigur Milai Subhaae Sehaj Gun Gaaeeai Jeeo ||

    When Ik Oankaar is found, the person becomes absorbed in Waheguru’s love and the soul remains in peace. We remain in joy (singing about) Akaal’s good qualities.


    ਗੁਣ ਗਾਇ ਵਿਗਸੈ ਸਦਾ ਅਨਦਿਨੁ ਜਾ ਆਪਿ ਸਾਚੇ ਭਾਵਏ ॥Gun Gaae Vigasai Sadhaa Anadhin Jaa Aap Saachae Bhaaveae ||

    While singing about the glories of Ik Oankaar (not literally singing but its an expression of joy), that person remains in full bloom. This happens when the ever present Creator is happy (i.e. we are happy within ourself as the creator is present in us).


    ਅਹੰਕਾਰੁ ਹਉਮੈ ਤਜੈ ਮਾਇਆ ਸਹਜਿ ਨਾਮਿ ਸਮਾਵਏ ॥
    Ahankaar Houmai Thajai Maaeiaa Sehaj Naam Samaaveae ||

    Through this joy, pride, egotism, self-conceit and the attachment to duality are given up, and the soul finds peace in being absorbed in Gurbani.


    ਆਪਿ ਕਰਤਾ ਕਰੇ ਸੋਈ ਆਪਿ ਦੇਇ ਤ ਪਾਈਐ ॥Aap Karathaa Karae Soee Aap Dhaee Th Paaeeai ||

    With the help of Naam Simran (i.e. lifestyle), the ever present Creator is acting within us, Ik Oankaar gives us the strength and we receive.


    ਹਰਿ ਜੀਉ ਕ੍ਰਿਪਾ ਕਰੇ ਤਾ ਨਾਮੁ ਧਿਆਈਐ ਜੀਉ ॥੧॥
    Har Jeeo Kirapaa Karae Thaa Naam Dhhiaaeeai Jeeo ||1||

    Ik Oankaar has compassion for every being, so we can contemplate Gurbani. ||1||


    ਅੰਦਰਿ ਸਾਚਾ ਨੇਹੁ ਪੂਰੇ ਸਤਿਗੁਰੈ ਜੀਉ ॥Andhar Saachaa Naehu Poorae Sathigurai Jeeo ||

    Ik Oankaar shows us the way, and deep within my mind develops a deep connection/love for the Creator within.


    ਹਉ ਤਿਸੁ ਸੇਵੀ ਦਿਨੁ ਰਾਤਿ ਮੈ ਕਦੇ ਨ ਵੀਸਰੈ ਜੀਉ ॥
    Ho This Saevee Dhin Raath Mai Kadhae N Veesarai Jeeo ||

    I work in remembrance of Ik Oankaar day and night; I never forget.



    ਕਦੇ ਨ ਵਿਸਾਰੀ ਅਨਦਿਨੁ ਸਮ੍ਹ੍ਹਾਰੀ ਜਾ ਨਾਮੁ ਲਈ ਤਾ ਜੀਵਾ Kadhae N Visaaree Anadhin Samhaaree Jaa Naam Lee Thaa Jeevaa ||

    I never forget Ik Oankaar, every moment I keep Akaal embedded deep within myself. Whenever I live by Gurbani, then I obtain a true life for my soul.


    ਸ੍ਰਵਣੀ ਸੁਣੀ ਤ ਇਹੁ ਮਨੁ ਤ੍ਰਿਪਤੈ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਪੀਵਾ ॥
    Sravanee Sunee Th Eihu Man Thripathai Guramukh Anmrith Peevaa ||

    When my ears are used to hear (not just listen) to the Truth, then my mind is becomes satisfied and full. It is filled with the ShabadGuru and there is no space to contemplate on duality.


    Think back to your own life. When you are listening to kirtan and katha, there is a sense of wellbeing and peace. When you are listening to heavy metal, there is anger in your mind. When listening to R’n’B or Bhangra, there are lustful thoughts. Do you agree?


    ਨਦਰਿ ਕਰੇ ਤਾ ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ ਮੇਲੇ ਅਨਦਿਨੁ ਬਿਬੇਕ ਬੁਧਿ ਬਿਚਰੈ ॥Nadhar Karae Thaa Sathigur Maelae Anadhin Bibaek Budhh Bicharai ||

    I remain at the feet (metaphorically) of Ik Oankaar and keep drinking from the amrit of the Shabad Guru (by listening, reading, acting it). This is how to find the Truth and what God really is. Use your discriminating mind to help you always follow the right path, to remain connected and never separate from the Sat.

    I personally think the use of bibek buddhi or discerning intellect is very important here as it shows there is no room for blind faith, mindless rituals etc. Your mind should be used in a proactive and sensible way to understand whether things you are told really fit in with Gurbani and the Truth.


    ਅੰਦਰਿ ਸਾਚਾ ਨੇਹੁ ਪੂਰੇ ਸਤਿਗੁਰੈ ॥੨॥Andhar Saachaa Naehu Poorae Sathigurai ||2||

    Ik Oankaar shows us the way, and deep within my mind develops a deep connection/love for the Creator within. ||2||



    ਸਤਸੰਗਤਿ ਮਿਲੈ ਵਡਭਾਗਿ ਤਾ ਹਰਿ ਰਸੁ ਆਵਏ ਜੀਉ ॥
    Sathasangath Milai Vaddabhaag Thaa Har Ras Aaveae Jeeo ||

    The person who has great fortune (i.e. makes the effort), is able to understand and become one with the Sat Sangat (Waheguru). That person understands and wants the sweetness of a Gurmukh life.


    ਅਨਦਿਨੁ ਰਹੈ ਲਿਵ ਲਾਇ ਤ ਸਹਜਿ ਸਮਾਵਏ ਜੀਉ ॥Anadhin Rehai Liv Laae Th Sehaj Samaaveae Jeeo ||

    That person remains absorbed in the remembrance of Ik Oankaar in every moment, the soul remains in a state of love and peace.


    ਸਹਜਿ ਸਮਾਵੈ ਤਾ ਹਰਿ ਮਨਿ ਭਾਵੈ ਸਦਾ ਅਤੀਤੁ ਬੈਰਾਗੀ ॥
    Sehaj Samaavai Thaa Har Man Bhaavai Sadhaa Atheeth Bairaagee ||

    When a person becomes absorbed in spiritual equipoise, then in the mind a love for Ik Oankaar develops and this provides freedom from attachment to maya. The mind becomes unattached and pure.


    ਹਲਤਿ ਪਲਤਿ ਸੋਭਾ ਜਗ ਅੰਤਰਿ ਰਾਮ ਨਾਮਿ ਲਿਵ ਲਾਗੀ ॥
    Halath Palath Sobhaa Jag Anthar Raam Naam Liv Laagee ||

    That person appreciates the beauty of this world and others, and the whole universe. That person remains in all tasks in the love of Ik Oankaar.


    ਹਰਖ ਸੋਗ ਦੁਹਾ ਤੇ ਮੁਕਤਾ ਜੋ ਪ੍ਰਭੁ ਕਰੇ ਸੁ ਭਾਵਏ ॥Harakh Sog Dhuhaa Thae Mukathaa Jo Prabh Karae S Bhaaveae ||

    That person is free from both pleasure and pain, and is happy with whatever comes to pass in life.

    This concept for me personally is truly inspirational and is the thing the spurs me on most to try and become a Gurmukh. Can you imagine how easy life will feel if the extremes of emotion and reliance on external ups and downs is removed, if the mind stays stable? This is how the shaheeds and the mothers with their children around their neck achieved what they did. This is how Guru Arjun Ji bore his torture, this is how people stay positive and outward thinking even when life goes to hell! This is what I hope to achieve! How about you?


    ਸਤਸੰਗਤਿ ਮਿਲੈ ਵਡਭਾਗਿ ਤਾ ਹਰਿ ਰਸੁ ਆਵਏ ਜੀਉ ॥੩॥Sathasangath Milai Vaddabhaag Thaa Har Ras Aaveae Jeeo ||3||

    The person who has great fortune (i.e. makes the effort), is able to understand and become one with the Sat Sangat (Waheguru). That person understands and wants the sweetness of a Gurmukh life. ||3||


    ਦੂਜੈ ਭਾਇ ਦੁਖੁ ਹੋਇ ਮਨਮੁਖ ਜਮਿ ਜੋਹਿਆ ਜੀਉ ॥
    Dhoojai Bhaae Dhukh Hoe Manamukh Jam Johiaa Jeeo ||

    The manmukh remains in the hold of the death of the soul. Due to the attachment of the love of duality, they suffer from pain in the soul and mind.


    ਹਾਇ ਹਾਇ ਕਰੇ ਦਿਨੁ ਰਾਤਿ ਮਾਇਆ ਦੁਖਿ ਮੋਹਿਆ ਜੀਉ ॥Haae Haae Karae Dhin Raath Maaeiaa Dhukh Mohiaa Jeeo ||

    The manmukh laments their life day and night. They become stuck in the pain caused by the attachment to duality/illusion.


    ਮਾਇਆ ਦੁਖਿ ਮੋਹਿਆ ਹਉਮੈ ਰੋਹਿਆ ਮੇਰੀ ਮੇਰੀ ਕਰਤ ਵਿਹਾਵਏ ॥
    Maaeiaa Dhukh Mohiaa Houmai Rohiaa Maeree Maeree Karath Vihaaveae ||

    That person remains entangled in the attachment to duality. Due to ego and pride, that person remains angry. They spend their entire life, passing away time crying out, "Mine, mine!".


    ਜੋ ਪ੍ਰਭੁ ਦੇਇ ਤਿਸੁ ਚੇਤੈ ਨਾਹੀ ਅੰਤਿ ਗਇਆ ਪਛੁਤਾਵਏ ॥Jo Prabh Dhaee This Chaethai Naahee Anth Gaeiaa Pashhuthaaveae ||

    Those people don’t remember the same Ik Oankaar who has given them everything. At the end when leaving life, they leave regretting and repenting.



    ਬਿਨੁ ਨਾਵੈ ਕੋ ਸਾਥਿ ਨ ਚਾਲੈ ਪੁਤ੍ਰ ਕਲਤ੍ਰ ਮਾਇਆ ਧੋਹਿਆ ॥Bin Naavai Ko Saathh N Chaalai Puthr Kalathr Maaeiaa Dhhohiaa ||

    Only Gurbani goes with you, and not your child, spouse etc. The illusion of the material world (enticements of maya) cheats the manmukh.


    ਦੂਜੈ ਭਾਇ ਦੁਖੁ ਹੋਇ ਮਨਮੁਖਿ ਜਮਿ ਜੋਹਿਆ ਜੀਉ ॥੪॥
    Dhoojai Bhaae Dhukh Hoe Manamukh Jam Johiaa Jeeo ||4||

    The manmukh remains in the hold of the death of the soul. Due to the attachment of the love of duality, they suffer from pain in the soul and mind. ||4||


    ਕਰਿ ਕਿਰਪਾ ਲੇਹੁ ਮਿਲਾਇ ਮਹਲੁ ਹਰਿ ਪਾਇਆ ਜੀਉ ॥
    Kar Kirapaa Laehu Milaae Mehal Har Paaeiaa Jeeo ||

    The one who is blessed by Ik Oankaar (i.e. makes the effort), finds a place in the wonderful atmosphere of Ik Oankaar’s presence. This means that you experience the beauty of this presence in this life by allowing yourself to connect and follow that connection.


    ਸਦਾ ਰਹੈ ਕਰ ਜੋੜਿ ਪ੍ਰਭੁ ਮਨਿ ਭਾਇਆ ਜੀਉ ॥Sadhaa Rehai Kar Jorr Prabh Man Bhaaeiaa Jeeo ||

    In Ik Oankaar’s presence, I remain devoted (folded hands), in my mind love for Ik Oankaar remains.


    ਪ੍ਰਭੁ ਮਨਿ ਭਾਵੈ ਤਾ ਹੁਕਮਿ ਸਮਾਵੈ ਹੁਕਮੁ ਮੰਨਿ ਸੁਖੁ ਪਾਇਆ ॥Prabh Man Bhaavai Thaa Hukam Samaavai Hukam Mann Sukh Paaeiaa ||

    When one finds the love of Ik Oankaar, that is when they can walk the path of Truth, that’s when they can accept whatever life throws at them (hukam) and with that acceptance the mind finds peace.


    ਅਨਦਿਨੁ ਜਪਤ ਰਹੈ ਦਿਨੁ ਰਾਤੀ ਸਹਜੇ ਨਾਮੁ ਧਿਆਇਆ ॥
    Anadhin Japath Rehai Dhin Raathee Sehajae Naam Dhhiaaeiaa ||

    That person constantly remembers Ik Oankaar day and night. The soul remains in peace and the constant remembrance comes intuitively, naturally.


    ਨਾਮੋ ਨਾਮੁ ਮਿਲੀ ਵਡਿਆਈ ਨਾਨਕ ਨਾਮੁ ਮਨਿ ਭਾਵਏ ॥Naamo Naam Milee Vaddiaaee Naanak Naam Man Bhaaveae ||

    It is through always keeping the connection with Naam (Gurbani) that we know true greatness. Keeping Ik Oankaar and the Truth (Naam) within the mind through love; the Naam is pleasing to Nanak's mind.


    ਕਰਿ ਕਿਰਪਾ ਲੇਹੁ ਮਿਲਾਇ ਮਹਲੁ ਹਰਿ ਪਾਵਏ ਜੀਉ ॥੫॥੧॥Kar Kirapaa Laehu Milaae Mehal Har Paaveae Jeeo ||5||1||

    Whoever makes the effort to obtain Ik Oankaar’s blessing, finds the wonderful love and presence of God in their life. ||5||1||


    Do you agree? How do you interpret the message given here?
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  8. angrisha

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    I agree with you, for me, one of the most important lines in sukhmani Sahib Ji is

    Jo Jo Hoay Soi Sukh Manai

    It is a hard concept to get too, but I think thats what moving past duality would look like.
     
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  9. Kanwaljit Singh

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    Even chhotay Sahibzaday were happy and smiling in the Mughal court, in the face of death
     
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    Do you think they saw the Mughals as enemies or just pitied them?!
     
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    I am not sure. But Mughals were not enemies. When do we have pity? When we have something other is not entitled to. I wonder if the Sahibzaday had that feeling of entitlement. They just had a sense of belonging, to the Tenth Father, to Akaal.
     
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    Isn't it possible that it could neither? They simply accepted them just as they are, no judgement either way?
     
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