Gurdwara - What To Expect - Prayers And Hukamnama


1947-2014 (Archived)
Jun 17, 2004
This is the second part of a set of threads devoted to understanding what is happening when you first visit a Gurdwara. The images and text are taken from the blog of Sukhmandir Kaur Khalsa.


1947-2014 (Archived)
Jun 17, 2004
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The Hymn of Anand Sahib

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Reciting the Hymn of Anand Sahib
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The Hymn of Anand Sahib

A gurdwara program may go on for several hours, all night, or even for a number of days. A hukam, is a verse selected randomly from the Guru Granth, at the close of any gurdwara service. The hymn of Anand Sahib is either sung, or recited, prior to reading the hukam at the completion of any

Raamkalee, Third Mehl,​

‘The Song of Bliss’

rwmklI mhlw 3 Anµdu​

Raamkalee, Third Mehl, Anand

‘The Song of Bliss’

< siqgur pRswid ]​

One Universal Creator God.
By the Grace of the True Guru:

Anµdu BieAw myrI mwey​

siqgurU mY pwieAw ]​

I am in ecstasy, O my mother,
for I have found my True Guru.

siqguru q pwieAw shj syqI​

min vjIAw vwDweIAw ]​

I have found the True Guru, with intuitive ease,
and my mind vibrates with the music of bliss.

rwg rqn prvwr prIAw​

sbd gwvx AweIAw ]​

The jewelled melodies and their related celestial harmonies
have come to sing the Word of the Shabad.

sbdo q gwvhu hrI kyrw​

min ijnI vswieAw ]​

The Lord dwells within the minds of those
who sing the Shabad.

khY nwnku Anµdu hoAw​

siqgurU mY pwieAw ] 1 ]​

Says Nanak, I am in ecstasy,
for I have found my True Guru. (1)

ey mn myirAw​

qU sdw rhu hir nwly ]​

O my mind, remain always with the Lord.

hir nwil rhu qU mMn myry​

dUK siB ivswrxw ]​

Remain always with the Lord, O my mind,
and all sufferings will be forgotten.

AMgIkwru Ehu kry qyrw​

kwrj siB svwrxw ]​

He will accept You as His own,
and all your affairs will be perfectly arranged.

sBnw glw smrQu suAwmI​

so ikau mnhu ivswry ]​

Our Lord and Master is all-powerful to do all things,
so why forget Him from your mind?

khY nwnku mMn myry​

sdw rhu hir nwly ] 2 ]​

Says Nanak, O my mind,
remain always with the Lord. (2)

swcy swihbw ikAw nwhI Gir qyrY ]​

O my True Lord and Master,
what is there which is not in Your celestial home?

Gir q qyrY sBu ikCu hY​

ijsu dyih su pwvey ]​

Everything is in Your home;
they receive, unto whom You give.

sdw isPiq slwh qyrI​

nwmu min vswvey ]​

Constantly singing Your Praises and Glories,
Your Name is enshrined in the mind.

nwmu ijn kY min visAw​

vwjy sbd Gnyry ]​

The divine melody of the Shabad vibrates for those,
within whose minds the Naam abides.

khY nwnku scy swihb​

ikAw nwhI Gir qyrY ] 3 ]​

Says Nanak, O my True Lord and Master,
what is there which is not in Your home? (3)

swcw nwmu myrw AwDwro ]​

The True Name is my only support.

swcu nwmu ADwru myrw​

ijin BuKw siB gvweIAw ]​

The True Name is my only support;
it satisfies all hunger.

kir sWiq suK min Awie visAw​

ijin ieCw siB pujweIAw ]​

It has brought peace and tranquility to my mind;
it has fulfilled all my desires.

sdw kurbwxu kIqw gurU ivthu​

ijs dIAw eyih vifAweIAw ]​

I am forever a sacrifice to the Guru,
who possesses such glorious greatness.

khY nwnku suxhu sMqhu​

sbid Drhu ipAwro ]​

Says Nanak, listen, O Saints;
enshrine love for the Shabad.

swcw nwmu myrw AwDwro ] 4 ]​

The True Name is my only support. (4)

vwjy pMc sbd iqqu Gir sBwgY ]​

The Panch Shabad, the five primal sounds,
vibrate in that blessed house.

Gir sBwgY sbd vwjy​

klw ijqu Gir DwrIAw ]​

In that blessed house, the Shabad vibrates;
He infuses His almighty power into it.

pMc dUq quDu vis kIqy

kwlu kMtku mwirAw ]​

Through You, we subdue the five demons of desire,
and slay Death, the torturer.

Duir krim pwieAw quDu ijn kau​

is nwim hir kY lwgy ]​

Those who have such pre-ordained destiny
are attached to the Lord’s Name.

khY nwnku qh suKu hoAw​

iqqu Gir Anhd vwjy ] 5 ]​

Says Nanak, they are at peace,
and the unstruck sound current vibrates within their homes. (5)

swcI ilvY ibnu dyh inmwxI ]​

Without the true love of devotion,
the body is without honor.

dyh inmwxI ilvY bwJhu​

ikAw kry vycwrIAw ]​

The body is dishonored without devotional love;
what can the poor wretches do?

quDu bwJu smrQ koie nwhI​

ik®pw kir bnvwrIAw ]​

No one except You is all-powerful;
please bestow Your Mercy, O Lord of all nature.

eys nau horu Qwau nwhI​

sbid lwig svwrIAw ]​

There is no place of rest, other than the Name;
attached to the Shabad, we are embellished with beauty.

khY nwnku ilvY bwJhu​

ikAw kry vycwrIAw ] 6 ]​

Says Nanak, without devotional love,
what can the poor wretches do? (6)|

Awnµdu Awnµdu sBu ko khY​

Awnµdu gurU qy jwixAw ]​

Bliss, bliss — everyone talks of bliss;
bliss is known only through the Guru.

jwixAw Awnµdu sdw gur qy​

ik®pw kry ipAwirAw ]​

Eternal bliss in known only through the Guru,
when the Beloved Lord grants His Grace.

kir ikrpw iklivK kty​

igAwn AMjnu swirAw ]​

Granting His Grace, He cuts away our sins;
He blesses us with the healing ointment of spiritual wisdom.

AMdrhu ijn kw mohu qutw​

iqn kw sbdu scY svwirAw ]​

Those who eradicate attachment from within themselves,
are adorned with the Shabad, the Word of the True Lord.

khY nwnku eyhu Anµdu hY​

Awnµdu gur qy jwixAw ] 7 ]​

Says Nanak, this alone is bliss — ,
bliss which is known through the Guru. (7)

bwbw ijsu qU dyih soeI jnu pwvY ]​

O Baba, he alone receives it, unto whom You give it.

hoir ikAw krih vycwirAw ]​

He alone receives it, unto whom You give it;
what can the other poor wretched beings do?

ieik Brim BUly iPrih dh idis​

ieik nwim lwig svwirAw ]​

Some are deluded by doubt, wandering in the ten directions;
some are adorned with attachment to the Naam.

gur prswdI mnu BieAw inrmlu​

ijnw Bwxw Bwvey ]​

By Guru’s Grace, the mind becomes immaculate and pure,
for those who follow God’s Will.

khY nwnku ijsu dyih ipAwry​

soeI jnu pwvey ] 8 ]​

Says Nanak, he alone receives it,
unto whom You give it, O Beloved Lord. (8)

Awvhu sMq ipAwirho​

AkQ kI krh khwxI ]​

Come, Beloved Saints,
let us speak the Unspoken Speech of the Lord.

krh khwxI AkQ kyrI​

ikqu duAwrY pweIAY ]​

How can we speak the Unspoken Speech of the Lord?
Through which door will we find Him?

qnu mnu Dnu sBu sauip gur kau​

hukim mMinAY pweIAY ]​

Surrender body, mind, wealth, and everything to the Guru;
obey the Order of His Will, and you will find Him.

hukmu mMinhu gurU kyrw gwvhu scI bwxI ]​

Obey the Hukam of the Guru’s Command,
and sing the True Word of His Bani.

khY nwnku suxhu sMqhu​

kiQhu AkQ khwxI ] 9 ]​

Says Nanak, listen, O Saints,
and speak the Unspoken Speech of the Lord. (9)

ey mn cMclw cqurweI iknY n pwieAw ]​

O fickle mind, through cleverness,
no one has found the Lord.

cqurweI n pwieAw iknY qU suix mMn myirAw ]​

Through cleverness, no one has found Him; listen, O my mind.

eyh mwieAw mohxI ijin eyqu Brim BulwieAw ]​

This Maya is so fascinating; because of it, people wander in doubt.

mwieAw q mohxI iqnY kIqI​

ijin TgaulI pweIAw ]​

This fascinating Maya was created by the One
who has administered this potion.

kurbwxu kIqw iqsY ivthu​

ijin mohu mITw lwieAw ]​

I am a sacrifice to the One
who has made emotional attachment sweet.

khY nwnku mn cMcl​

cqurweI iknY n pwieAw ] 10 ]​

Says Nanak, O fickle mind,
no one has found Him through cleverness. (10)

ey mn ipAwirAw qU sdw scu smwly ]​

O beloved mind, contemplate the True Lord forever.

eyhu kutMbu qU ij dyKdw clY nwhI qyrY nwly ]​

This family which you see shall not go along with you.

swiQ qyrY clY nwhI​

iqsu nwil ikau icqu lweIAY ]​

They shall not go along with you,
so why do you focus your attention on them?

AYsw kMmu mUly n kIcY​

ijqu AMiq pCoqweIAY ]​

Don’t do anything that you will regret in the end.

siqgurU kw aupdysu suix qU hovY qyrY nwly ]​

Listen to the Teachings of the True Guru —,
these shall go along with you.

khY nwnku mn ipAwry​

qU sdw scu smwly ] 11 ]​

Says Nanak, O beloved mind,

contemplate the True Lord forever. (11)

Agm Agocrw qyrw AMqu n pwieAw ]​

O inaccessible and unfathomable Lord,
Your limits cannot be found.

AMqo n pwieAw iknY qyrw​

Awpxw Awpu qU jwxhy ]​

No one has found Your limits; only You Yourself know.

jIA jMq siB Kylu qyrw​

ikAw ko AwiK vKwxey ]​

All living beings and creatures are Your play;
how can anyone describe You?

AwKih q vyKih sBu qUhY​

ijin jgqu aupwieAw ]​

You speak, and You gaze upon all;
You created the Universe.

khY nwnku qU sdw AgMmu hY​

qyrw AMqu n pwieAw ] 12 ]​

Says Nanak, You are forever inaccessible;
Your limits cannot be found. (12)

suir nr muin jn AMimRqu Kojdy​

su AMimRqu gur qy pwieAw ]​

The angelic beings and the silent sages
search for the Ambrosial Nectar;
this Amrit is obtained from the Guru.

pwieAw AMimRqu guir ik®pw kInI​

scw min vswieAw ]​

This Amrit is obtained, when the Guru grants His Grace;
He enshrines the True Lord within the mind.

jIA jMq siB quDu aupwey​

ieik vyiK prsix AwieAw ]​

All living beings and creatures were created by You;
only some come to see the Guru, and seek His blessing.

lbu loBu AhMkwru cUkw​

siqgurU Blw BwieAw ]​

Their greed, avarice and egotism are dispelled,
and the True Guru seems sweet.

khY nwnku ijs no Awip quTw​

iqin AMimRqu gur qy pwieAw ] 13 ]​

Says Nanak, those with whom the Lord is pleased,
obtain the Amrit, through the Guru. (13)

Bgqw kI cwl inrwlI ]​

The lifestyle of the devotees is unique and distinct.

cwlw inrwlI Bgqwh kyrI​

ibKm mwrig clxw ]​

The devotees’ lifestyle is unique and distinct;
they follow the most difficult path.

lbu loBu AhMkwru qij iqRsnw​

bhuqu nwhI bolxw ]​

They renounce greed, avarice, egotism and desire;
they do not talk too much.
KMinAhu iqKI vwlhu inkI​

eyqu mwrig jwxw ]​

The path they take is sharper than a two-edged sword,
and finer than a hair.

gur prswdI ijnI Awpu qijAw​

hir vwsnw smwxI ]​

By Guru’s Grace, they shed their selfishness and conceit;
their hopes are merged in the Lord.

khY nwnku cwl Bgqw jughu jugu inrwlI ] 14 ]​

Says Nanak, the lifestyle of the devotees,
in each and every age, is unique and distinct. (14)

ijau qU clwieih iqv clh suAwmI​

horu ikAw jwxw gux qyry ]​

As You make me walk, so do I walk, O my Lord and Master;
what else do I know of Your Glorious Virtues?

ijv qU clwieih iqvY clh​

ijnw mwrig pwvhy ]​

As You cause them to walk, they walk —,
You have placed them on the Path.

kir ikrpw ijn nwim lwieih​

is hir hir sdw iDAwvhy ]​

In Your Mercy, You attach them to the Naam;
they meditate forever on the Lord, Har, Har.

ijs no kQw suxwieih AwpxI​

is gurduAwrY suKu pwvhy ]​

Those whom You cause to listen to Your sermon,
find peace in the Gurdwara, the Guru’s Gate.

khY nwnku scy swihb​

ijau BwvY iqvY clwvhy ] 15 ]​

Says Nanak, O my True Lord and Master,
you make us walk according to Your Will. (15)

eyhu soihlw sbdu suhwvw ]​

This song of praise is the Shabad,
the most beautiful Word of God.

sbdo suhwvw sdw soihlw​

siqgurU suxwieAw ]​

This beauteous Shabad is the everlasting song of praise,
spoken by the True Guru.

eyhu iqn kY mMin visAw​

ijn Durhu iliKAw AwieAw ]​

This is enshrined in the minds of those
who are so pre-destined by the Lord.

ieik iPrih Gnyry​

krih glw glI iknY n pwieAw ]​

Some wander around,
babbling on and on, but none obtain Him by babbling.

khY nwnku sbdu soihlw​

siqgurU suxwieAw ] 16 ]​

Says Nanak, the Shabad, this song of praise,
has been spoken by the True Guru. (16)

pivqu hoey sy jnw ijnI hir iDAwieAw ]​

Those humble beings who meditate on the Lord become pure.

hir iDAwieAw pivqu hoey gurmuiK​

ijnI iDAwieAw ]​

Meditating on the Lord, they become pure; as Gurmukh,
they meditate on Him.

pivqu mwqw ipqw kutMb sihq​

isau pivqu sMgiq sbweIAw ]​

They are pure, along with their mothers, fathers, family and friends;
all their companions are pure as well.

khdy pivqu suxdy pivqu​

sy pivqu ijnI mMin vswieAw ]​

Pure are those who speak, and pure are those who listen;
those who enshrine it within their minds are pure.

khY nwnku sy pivqu​

ijnI gurmuiK hir hir iDAwieAw ] 17 ]​

Says Nanak, pure and holy are those who,
as Gurmukh, meditate on the Lord, Har, Har. (17)

krmI shju n aUpjY​

ivxu shjY shsw n jwie ]​

By religious rituals, intuitive poise is not found;
without intuitive poise, skepticism does not depart.

nh jwie shsw ikqY sMjim rhy krm kmwey ]​

Skepticism does not depart by contrived actions;
everybody is tired of performing these rituals.

shsY jIau mlIxu hY ikqu sMjim Doqw jwey ]​

The soul is polluted by skepticism; how can it be cleansed?

mMnu Dovhu sbid lwghu​

hir isau rhhu icqu lwie ]​

Wash your mind by attaching it to the Shabad,
and keep your consciousness focused on the Lord.

khY nwnku gur prswdI shju aupjY​

iehu shsw iev jwie ] 18 ]​

Says Nanak, by Guru’s Grace, intuitive poise is produced,
and this skepticism is dispelled. (18)

jIAhu mYly bwhrhu inrml ]​

Inwardly polluted, and outwardly pure.

bwhrhu inrml jIAhu q mYly​

iqnI jnmu jUAY hwirAw ]​

Those who are outwardly pure and yet polluted within,
lose their lives in the gamble.

eyh iqsnw vfw rogu lgw​

mrxu mnhu ivswirAw ]​

They contract this terrible disease of desire,
and in their minds, they forget about dying.

vydw mih nwmu auqmu so suxih nwhI​

iPrih ijau byqwilAw ]​

In the Vedas, the ultimate objective is the Naam,
the Name of the Lord; but they do not hear this,
and they wander around like demons.

khY nwnku ijn scu qijAw​

kUVy lwgy iqnI jnmu jUAY hwirAw ] 19 ]​

Says Nanak, those who forsake Truth and
cling to falsehood, lose their lives in the gamble. (19)

jIAhu inrml bwhrhu inrml ]​

Inwardly pure, and outwardly pure.

bwhrhu q inrml jIAhu inrml​

siqgur qy krxI kmwxI ]​

Those who are outwardly pure and also pure within,
through the Guru, perform good deeds.

kUV kI soie phucY nwhI mnsw sic smwxI ]​

Not even an iota of falsehood touches them;
their hopes are absorbed in the Truth.

jnmu rqnu ijnI KitAw​

Bly sy vxjwry ]​

Those who earn the jewel of this human life,
are the most excellent of merchants.

khY nwnku ijn mMnu inrmlu​

sdw rhih gur nwly ] 20 ]​

Says Nanak, those whose minds are pure,
abide with the Guru forever. (20)

jy ko isKu gurU syqI snmuKu hovY ]​

If a Sikh turns to the Guru with sincere faith, as sunmukh —

hovY q snmuKu isKu koeI​

jIAhu rhY gur nwly ]​

if a Sikh turns to the Guru with sincere faith, as sunmukh,
his soul abides with the Guru.

gur ky crn ihrdY iDAwey​

AMqr AwqmY smwly ]​

Within his heart, he meditates on the lotus feet of the Guru;
deep within his soul, he contemplates Him.

Awpu Cif sdw rhY prxY​

gur ibnu Avru n jwxY koey ]​

Renouncing selfishness and conceit,
he remains always on the side of the Guru;
he does not know anyone except the Guru.

khY nwnku suxhu sMqhu​

so isKu snmuKu hoey ] 21 ]​

Says Nanak, listen, O Saints:
such a Sikh turns toward the Guru with sincere faith,
and becomes sunmukh. (21)

jy ko gur qy vymuKu hovY​

ibnu siqgur mukiq n pwvY ]​

One who turns away from the Guru,
and becomes baymukh — without the True Guru,
he shall not find liberation.

pwvY mukiq n hor QY koeI​

puChu ibbykIAw jwey ]​

He shall not find liberation anywhere else either;
go and ask the wise ones about this.

Anyk jUnI Brim AwvY​

ivxu siqgur mukiq n pwey ]​

He shall wander through countless incarnations;
without the True Guru, he shall not find liberation.

iPir mukiq pwey lwig crxI​

siqgurU sbdu suxwey ]​

But liberation is attained,
when one is attached to the feet of the True Guru,
chanting the Word of the Shabad.

khY nwnku vIcwir dyKhu​

ivxu siqgur mukiq n pwey ] 22 ]​

Says Nanak, contemplate this and see,
that without the True Guru, there is no liberation. (22)

Awvhu isK siqgurU ky ipAwirho

gwvhu scI bwxI ]​

Come, O beloved Sikhs of the True Guru,
and sing the True Word of His Bani.

bwxI q gwvhu gurU kyrI​

bwxIAw isir bwxI ]​

Sing the Guru’s Bani, the supreme Word of Words.

ijn kau ndir krmu hovY​

ihrdY iqnw smwxI ]​

Those who are blessed by the Lord’s Glance of Grace —,
their hearts are imbued with this Bani.

pIvhu AMimRqu sdw rhhu​

hir rMig jiphu swirgpwxI ]​

Drink in this Ambrosial Nectar,
and remain in the Lord’s Love forever;
meditate on the Lord, the Sustainer of the world.

khY nwnku sdw gwvhu eyh scI bwxI ] 23 ]​

Says Nanak, sing this True Bani forever. (23)

siqgurU ibnw hor kcI hY bwxI ]​

Without the True Guru, other songs are false.

bwxI q kcI siqgurU bwJhu hor kcI bwxI ]​

The songs are false without the True Guru;
all other songs are false.

khdy kcy suxdy kcy kcˆØI AwiK vKwxI ]​

The speakers are false, and the listeners are false;
those who speak and recite are false.

hir hir inq krih rsnw​

kihAw kCU n jwxI ]​

They may continually chant, ‘Har, Har’ with their tongues,
but they do not know what they are saying.

icqu ijn kw ihir lieAw mwieAw​

bolin pey rvwxI ]​

Their consciousness is lured by Maya;
they are just reciting mechanically.

khY nwnku siqgurU bwJhu​

hor kcI bwxI ] 24 ]​

Says Nanak, without the True Guru,
other songs are false. (24)

gur kw sbdu rqMnu hY hIry ijqu jVwau ]​

The Word of the Guru’s Shabad is a jewel,
studded with diamonds.

sbdu rqnu ijqu mMnu lwgw eyhu hoAw smwau ]​

The mind which is attached to this jewel,
merges into the Shabad.

sbd syqI mnu imilAw scY lwieAw Bwau ]​

One whose mind is attuned to the Shabad,
enshrines love for the True Lord.

Awpy hIrw rqnu Awpy ijs no dyie buJwie ]​

He Himself is the diamond, and He Himself is the jewel;
one who is blessed, understands its value.

khY nwnku sbdu rqnu hY​

hIrw ijqu jVwau ] 25 ]​

Says Nanak, the Shabad is a jewel,
studded with diamonds. (25)

isv skiq Awip aupwie kY​

krqw Awpy hukmu vrqwey ]​

He Himself created Shiva and Shakti, mind and matter;
the Creator subjects them to His Command.

hukmu vrqwey Awip vyKY​

gurmuiK iksY buJwey ]​

Enforcing His Order, He Himself sees all.
How rare are those who, as Gurmukh, come to know Him.

qoVy bMDn hovY mukqu sbdu mMin vswey ]​

They break their bonds, and attain liberation;
they enshrine the Shabad within their minds.

gurmuiK ijs no Awip kry su hovY​

eyks isau ilv lwey ]​

Those whom the Lord Himself makes Gurmukh,
lovingly focus their consciousness on the One Lord.

khY nwnku Awip krqw​

Awpy hukmu buJwey ] 26 ]​

Says Nanak, He Himself is the Creator;
He Himself reveals the Hukam of His Command. (26)

isimRiq swsqR puMn pwp bIcwrdy​

qqY swr n jwxI ]​

The Simritees and the Shaastras
discriminate between good and evil,
but they do not know the true essence of reality.

qqY swr n jwxI gurU bwJhu​

qqY swr n jwxI ]​

They do not know the true essence of reality
without the Guru;
they do not know the true essence of reality.

iqhI guxI sMswru BRim suqw suiqAw rYix ivhwxI ]​

The world is asleep in the three modes and doubt;
it passes the night of its life sleeping.

gur ikrpw qy sy jn jwgy​

ijnw hir min visAw​

bolih AMimRq bwxI ]​

Those humble beings remain awake and aware,
within whose minds, by Guru’s Grace, the Lord abides;
they chant the Ambrosial Word of the Guru’s Bani.

khY nwnku so qqu pwey​

ijs no Anidnu hir ilv lwgY​

jwgq rYix ivhwxI ] 27 ]​

Says Nanak, they alone obtain the essence of reality,
who night and day remain lovingly absorbed in the Lord;
they pass the night of their life awake and aware. (27)

mwqw ky audr mih pRiqpwl kry​

so ikau mnhu ivswrIAY ]​

He nourished us in the mother’s womb;
why forget Him from the mind?

mnhu ikau ivswrIAY eyvfu dwqw​

ij Agin mih Awhwru phucwvey ]​

Why forget from the mind such a Great Giver,
who gave us sustenance in the fire of the womb?

Es no ikhu poih n skI​

ijs nau AwpxI ilv lwvey ]​

Nothing can harm one,
whom the Lord inspires to embrace His Love.

AwpxI ilv Awpy lwey gurmuiK sdw smwlIAY ]​

He Himself is the love, and He Himself is the embrace;
the Gurmukh contemplates Him forever.

khY nwnku eyvfu dwqw​

so ikau mnhu ivswrIAY ] 28 ]​

Says Nanak,
why forget such a Great Giver from the mind? (28)

jYsI Agin audr mih​

qYsI bwhir mwieAw ]​

As is the fire within the womb, so is Maya outside.

mwieAw Agin sB ieko jyhI​

krqY Kylu rcwieAw ]​

The fire of Maya is one and the same;
the Creator has staged this play.

jw iqsu Bwxw qw jMimAw​

prvwir Blw BwieAw ]​

According to His Will, the child is born,
and the family is very pleased.

ilv CuVkI lgI iqRsnw​

mwieAw Amru vrqwieAw ]​

Love for the Lord wears off,
and the child becomes attached to desires;
the script of Maya runs its course.

eyh mwieAw ijqu hir ivsrY​

mohu aupjY Bwau dUjw lwieAw ]​

This is Maya, by which the Lord is forgotten;
emotional attachment and love of duality well up.

khY nwnku gur prswdI​

ijnw ilv lwgI​

iqnI ivcy mwieAw pwieAw ] 29 ]​

Says Nanak, by Guru’s Grace,
those who enshrine love for the Lord
find Him, in the midst of Maya. (29)

hir Awip Amulku hY​

muil n pwieAw jwie ]​

The Lord Himself is priceless;
His worth cannot be estimated.

muil n pwieAw jwie iksY ivthu​

rhy lok ivllwie ]​

His worth cannot be estimated,
even though people have grown weary of trying.

AYsw siqguru jy imlY​

iqs no isru saupIAY​

ivchu Awpu jwie ]​

If you meet such a True Guru,
offer your head to Him;
your selfishness and conceit will be eradicated from within.

ijs dw jIau iqsu imil rhY​

hir vsY min Awie ]​

Your soul belongs to Him; remain united with Him,
and the Lord will come to dwell in your mind.

hir Awip Amulku hY​

Bwg iqnw ky nwnkw​

ijn hir plY pwie ] 30 ]​

The Lord Himself is priceless;
very fortunate are those,
O Nanak, who attain to the Lord. (30)

hir rwis myrI mnu vxjwrw ]​

The Lord is my capital; my mind is the merchant.

hir rwis myrI mnu vxjwrw​

siqgur qy rwis jwxI ]​

The Lord is my capital, and my mind is the merchant;
through the True Guru, I know my capital.

hir hir inq jiphu jIAhu​

lwhw Kithu idhwVI ]​

Meditate continually on the Lord, Har, Har, O my soul,
and you shall collect your profits daily.

eyhu Dnu iqnw imilAw​

ijn hir Awpy Bwxw ]​

This wealth is obtained by those
who are pleasing to the Lord’s Will.

khY nwnku hir rwis myrI​

mnu hoAw vxjwrw ] 31 ]​

Says Nanak, the Lord is my capital,
and my mind is the merchant. (31)

ey rsnw qU An ris rwic rhI​

qyrI ipAws n jwie ]​

O my tongue, you are engrossed in other tastes,
but your thirsty desire is not quenched.

ipAws n jwie horqu ikqY​

ijcru hir rsu plY n pwie ]​

Your thirst shall not be quenched by any means,
until you attain the subtle essence of the Lord.

hir rsu pwie plY pIAY​

hir rsu bhuiV n iqRsnw lwgY Awie ]​

If you do obtain the subtle essence of the Lord,
and drink in this essence of the Lord,
you shall not be troubled by desire again.

eyhu hir rsu krmI pweIAY​

siqguru imlY ijsu Awie ]​

This subtle essence of the Lord
is obtained by good karma,
when one comes to meet with the True Guru.

khY nwnku hoir An rs siB vIsry​

jw hir vsY min Awie ] 32 ]​

Says Nanak, all other tastes and essences are forgotten,
when the Lord comes to dwell within the mind. (32)

ey srIrw myirAw hir qum mih joiq rKI​

qw qU jg mih AwieAw ]​

O my body, the Lord infused His Light into you,
and then you came into the world.

hir joiq rKI quDu ivic​

qw qU jg mih AwieAw ]​

The Lord infused His Light into you,
and then you came into the world.

hir Awpy mwqw Awpy ipqw​

ijin jIau aupwie jgqu idKwieAw ]​

The Lord Himself is your mother, and He Himself is your father;
He created the created beings, and revealed the world to them.

gur prswdI buiJAw qw​

clqu hoAw​

clqu ndrI AwieAw ]​

By Guru’s Grace, some understand,
and then it’s a show;
it seems like just a show.

khY nwnku isRsit kw mUlu ricAw​

joiq rwKI​

qw qU jg mih AwieAw ] 33 ]​

Says Nanak, He laid the foundation of the Universe,
and infused His Light,
and then you came into the world. (33)

min cwau BieAw pRB Awgmu suixAw ]​

My mind has become joyful, hearing of God’s coming.

hir mMglu gwau sKI igRhu mMdru bixAw ]​

Sing the songs of joy to welcome the Lord, O my companions;
my household has become the Lord’s Mansion.

hir gwau mMglu inq sKIey​

sogu dUKu n ivAwpey ]​

Sing continually the songs of joy to welcome the Lord,
O my companions,
and sorrow and suffering will not afflict you.

gur crn lwgy idn sBwgy​

Awpxw ipru jwpey ]​

Blessed is that day, when I am attached to the Guru’s feet
and meditate on my Husband Lord.

Anhq bwxI gur sbid jwxI​

hir nwmu hir rsu Bogo ]​

I have come to know the unstruck sound current
and the Word of the Guru’s Shabad;
I enjoy the sublime essence of the Lord, the Lord’s Name.

khY nwnku pRBu Awip imilAw​

krx kwrx jogo ] 34 ]​

Says Nanak, God Himself has met me;
He is the Doer, the Cause of causes. (34)

ey srIrw myirAw​

iesu jg mih Awie kY​

ikAw quDu krm kmwieAw ]​

O my body,
why have you come into this world?
What actions have you committed?

ik krm kmwieAw​

quDu srIrw​

jw qU jg mih AwieAw ]​

And what actions have you committed,
O my body,
since you came into this world?

ijin hir qyrw rcnu ricAw​

so hir min n vswieAw ]​

The Lord who formed your form —,
you have not enshrined that Lord in your mind.

gur prswdI hir mMin visAw​

pUrib iliKAw pwieAw ]​

By Guru’s Grace, the Lord abides within the mind,
and one’s pre-ordained destiny is fulfilled.

khY nwnku eyhu srIru prvwxu hoAw​

ijin siqgur isau icqu lwieAw ] 35 ]​

Says Nanak, this body is adorned and honored,
when one’s consciousness is focused on the True Guru. (35)

ey nyqRhu myirho hir qum mih joiq DrI​

hir ibnu Avru n dyKhu koeI ]​

O my eyes,
the Lord has infused His Light into you;
do not look upon any other than the Lord.

hir ibnu Avru n dyKhu koeI​

ndrI hir inhwilAw ]​

Do not look upon any other than the Lord;
the Lord alone is worthy of beholding.

eyhu ivsu sMswru qum dyKdy​

eyhu hir kw rUpu hY​

hir rUpu ndrI AwieAw ]​

This whole world which you see is
the image of the Lord;
only the image of the Lord is seen.

gur prswdI buiJAw​

jw vyKw hir ieku hY​

hir ibnu Avru n koeI ]​

By Guru’s Grace, I understand,
and I see only the One Lord;
there is no one except the Lord.

khY nwnku​

eyih nyqR AMD sy​

siqguir imilAY​

idb idRsit hoeI ] 36 ]​

Says Nanak,
these eyes were blind;
but meeting the True Guru,
they became all-seeing. (36)

ey sRvxhu myirho​

swcY sunxY no pTwey ]​

O my ears,
you were created only to hear the Truth.

swcY sunxY no pTwey​

srIir lwey suxhu siq bwxI ]​

To hear the Truth,
you were created and attached to the body;
listen to the True Bani.

ijqu suxI mnu qnu hirAw hoAw​

rsnw ris smwxI ]​

Hearing it, the mind and body are rejuvenated,
and the tongue is absorbed in Ambrosial Nectar.

scu AlK ivfwxI qw kI​

giq khI n jwey ]​

The True Lord is unseen and wondrous;
His state cannot be described.

khY nwnku AMimRq nwmu suxhu pivqR hovhu​

swcY sunxY no pTwey ] 37 ]​

Says Nanak, listen to the Ambrosial Naam and become holy;
you were created only to hear the Truth. (37)

hir jIau guPw AMdir riK kY​

vwjw pvxu vjwieAw ]​

The Lord placed the soul to the cave of the body,
and blew the breath of life into the musical instrument of the body.

vjwieAw vwjw paux​

nau duAwry prgtu kIey​

dsvw gupqu rKwieAw ]​

He blew the breath of life into the musical instrument of the body,
and revealed the nine doors;
but He kept the Tenth Door hidden.

gurduAwrY lwie BwvnI​

ieknw dsvw duAwru idKwieAw ]​

Through the Gurdwara, the Guru’s Gate,
some are blessed with loving faith,
and the Tenth Door is revealed to them.

qh Anyk rUp nwau nv iniD​

iqs dw AMqu n jweI pwieAw ]​

There are many images of the Lord,
and the nine treasures of the Naam;
His limits cannot be found.

khY nwnku hir ipAwrY jIau​

guPw AMdir riK kY​

vwjw pvxu vjwieAw ] 38 ]​

Says Nanak, the Lord placed the soul to the cave of the body,
and blew the breath of life
into the musical instrument of the body. (38)
eyhu swcw soihlw swcY Gir gwvhu ]​

Sing this true song of praise in the true home of your soul.
gwvhu q soihlw Gir swcY​

ijQY sdw scu iDAwvhy ]​

Sing the song of praise in your true home;
meditate there on the True Lord forever.

sco iDAwvih jw quDu Bwvih​

gurmuiK ijnw buJwvhy ]​

They alone meditate on You, O True Lord,
who are pleasing to Your Will;
as Gurmukh, they understand.

iehu scu sBnw kw Ksmu hY​

ijsu bKsy so jnu pwvhy ]​

This Truth is the Lord and Master of all;
whoever is blessed, obtains it

khY nwnku scu soihlw​

scY Gir gwvhy ] 39 ]​

Says Nanak, sing the true song of praise
in the true home of your soul. (39)

Andu suxhu vfBwgIho​

sgl mnorQ pUry ]​

Listen to the song of bliss, O most fortunate ones;
all your longings shall be fulfilled.

pwrbRhmu pRBu pwieAw​

auqry sgl ivsUry ]​

I have obtained the Supreme Lord God,
and all sorrows have been forgotten.

dUK rog sMqwp auqry suxI scI bwxI ]​

Pain, illness and suffering have departed,
listening to the True Bani.

sMq swjn Bey srsy pUry gur qy jwxI ]​

The Saints and their friends are in ecstasy,

knowing the Perfect Guru.

suxqy punIq khqy pivqu​

siqguru rihAw BrpUry ]​

Pure are the listeners, and pure are the speakers;
the True Guru is all-pervading and permeating.

ibnvMiq nwnku gur crx lwgy​

vwjy Anhd qUry ] 40 ] 1 ]​

Prays Nanak, touching the Guru’s Feet,
the unstruck sound current of the celestial bugles vibrates
and resounds. (40) (1)


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Blessing the Prashad

Blessing the Prashad
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Blessing the Prashad with Ardas

Prashad, is a delicacy prepared from butter sugar and wheat flour which is served to worshipers. At the appropriate moment during the prayer of Ardas, a Sikh touches the prashad with a kirpan to bless it.


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Completion of the Prayer

Worshipers Bow Before the Guru Granth
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Completion of the Prayer

After the completion of the prayer, the worshipers bow touching their foreheads to the floor while facing the Guru Granth.


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Opening the Guru Granth

Opening the Guru Granth
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Folding Back the Coverlet

The attendant sits behind the Guru Granth and lifts the coverlet, folding it back to reveal the scripture. Lights illuminate the text.


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Selecting a Hukam

Selecting a Hukam From the Guru Granth
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Selecting a Hukam

The attendant selects the hukam randomly turning to a page of the Guru Granth. The scripture rests on a cot which is furnished with pillows and coverlets, and kept beneath a canopy.


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Reading the Hukam

Reading the Hukam From the Guru Granth
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Reading the Hukamn

The attendant reads aloud the hukam, a verse of scripture chosen randomly from the Guru Granth. The hukam is read from where ever the verse happens to start, either the top of the left hand page, or on the preceding right hand page.


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Covering the Guru Granth

Covering the Guru Granth
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Covering Guru Granth After the Hukam is Read

After the hukam has been read, the attendant carefully and respectfully covers the scripture of the Guru Granth. The worshipers sit quietly pondering the meanings and message which they have heard an wait to be served prashad.


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Worshipers Request Prashad

Worshipers Request Prashad
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Worshipers Request Prashad

Prashad is prepared in the langar kitchen before or during the worship service. Devotees may also prepare prashad in their homes and bring it to the worship service as an offering. Worshipers may request prashad at anytime during the service. During the the service, prashad which has been prepared for the program in the langar kitchen, is brought in. All of the prashad is mixed together to be blessed before being distributed to the worshipers. Prahsad is also served at the conclusion of the service after the hukam is read.

Personal note: This step may differ from sangat to sangat. I have only seen prashad distributed to sangat while they were sitting. First paper napkins are distributed by sevadhars. And then another group of sevadhars walks through the sangat giving little lumps to any one who wants some. Everyone wants some.


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Distributing the Prashad to Worshipers

Distributing the Prashad to Worshipers
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Distributing the Prashad to the Worshipers

At the completion of the worship service, a portion of prashad is given to five Sikhs in honor of historical figures who formalized Sikhism. One portion is set aside in a small bowl for the attendant of the Guru Granth. The remaining prashad is distributed to worshipers with out regard of rank, caste, color, or creed.