In an attempt to bring more Gurbani into our lives it would be great to analyse one shabad every week. It will be wonderful to get your thoughts about what the shabad is telling us and how we can implement it into our lives. The more contributors, the more we learn! This is my interpretation of a shabad on Ang 48, inspired mostly by Prof Sahib Singh. The lines in blue are the literal English translation, the lines in green are my interpretation ਸਿਰੀਰਾਗੁ ਮਹਲਾ ੫ ॥ The person who accepts that the guru is compassionate can find the support of Akaal Purakh. With the help of the Guru’s teachings, escape can be obtained from all the tangles from the influences of maya. That persons mind remains connected to Parmatma, and with the blessings of the amrit of Bani, that mind flourishes. O my mind, carefully perform the Seva instructed by the Guru. Do not forget Akaal Purakh for even an instant, for the wink of an eye. Whoever undertakes this task is blessed. Reflect. Always remembering and emulating Govind’s (Waheguru’s) good qualities can eradicate our own bad qualities. After seeing the games and plays of maya, I understand that without Gurbani, inner peace cannot be obtained. When the mind remains joined to Parmatma then life remains good and we cross the world ocean. Pilgrimages, fasts and thousands of acts of self-discipline are useless. Staying connected to the Guru is the true fast or pilgrimage. That is a truer endeavour. Such acts of external false devotion are not satisfactory for Waheguru. Who do you hide your thoughts and actions from? They are seen by the Waheguru in you. Parmatma is entirely present everywhere. The true SatGuru’s rule is everywhere, the true SatGuru’s will is ever present, the true SatGuru is deeply seated in every body and every place. Nanak says to live as per Gurbani and forever remain in awe of the creator. Summary: Forget false rituals and practices. Devote your life to following the lessons taught by our Guru (SSGS) and worshipping the one Waheguru. Focus on your thoughts and actions and never forget or the good qualities you are aiming for, even for a second.