Sukhmani Sahib Astpadi 3 Sabad 1 / ਸੁਖਮਨੀ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਅਸਟਪਦੀ ੩ ਸਬਦ ੧

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ਸਲੋਕੁ
Salok.

Salok

ਬਹੁ ਸਾਸਤ੍ਰ ਬਹੁ ਸਿਮ੍ਰਿਤੀ ਪੇਖੇ ਸਰਬ ਢਢੋਲਿ ਪੂਜਸਿ ਨਾਹੀ ਹਰਿ ਹਰੇ ਨਾਨਕ ਨਾਮ ਅਮੋਲ ੧॥
Baho sāsṯar baho simriṯī pekẖe sarab dẖadẖol. Pūjas nāhī har hare Nānak nām amol. ||1||

Many holy books and treatises have been researched. Guru Nanak, nothing comes close to the understanding of the esteemed creator or be so valued.



ਅਸਟਪਦੀ
Asatpaḏī.

Eight stanzas hymn.

ਜਾਪ ਤਾਪ ਗਿਆਨ ਸਭਿ ਧਿਆਨ ਖਟ ਸਾਸਤ੍ਰ ਸਿਮ੍ਰਿਤਿ ਵਖਿਆਨ
Jāp ṯāp gi▫ān sabẖ ḏẖi▫ān. Kẖat sāsṯar simriṯ vakẖi▫ān.

Carrying out chanting, transcendental activity, praising the deities and general intelligent discourse. Carry out discourse on the Hindu holy books and treatises.

ਜੋਗ ਅਭਿਆਸ ਕਰਮ ਧ੍ਰਮ ਕਿਰਿਆ ਸਗਲ ਤਿਆਗਿ ਬਨ ਮਧੇ ਫਿਰਿਆ
Jog abẖi▫ās karam ḏẖaram kiri▫ā. Sagal ṯi▫āg ban maḏẖe firi▫ā.

Do yogic exercises, study and follow religious rituals. Relinquish all and be a hermit and wander in a forest.

ਅਨਿਕ ਪ੍ਰਕਾਰ ਕੀਏ ਬਹੁ ਜਤਨਾ ਪੁੰਨ ਦਾਨ ਹੋਮੇ ਬਹੁ ਰਤਨਾ
Anik parkār kī▫e baho jaṯnā. Punn ḏān home baho raṯnā.

Many types and doing many of such. Give out alms and put clarified butter in fire.

ਸਰੀਰੁ ਕਟਾਇ ਹੋਮੈ ਕਰਿ ਰਾਤੀ ਵਰਤ ਨੇਮ ਕਰੈ ਬਹੁ ਭਾਤੀ
Sarīr katā▫e homai kar rāṯī. varaṯ nem karai baho bẖāṯī.

Let one’s body be cut into small pieces and thrown into fire. Carry out many types of fasts.

ਨਹੀ ਤੁਲਿ ਰਾਮ ਨਾਮ ਬੀਚਾਰ ਨਾਨਕ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਨਾਮੁ ਜਪੀਐ ਇਕ ਬਾਰ ੧॥
Nahī ṯul rām nām bīcẖār. Nānak gurmukẖ nām japī▫ai ik bār. ||1||

None equal the seeking of creator’s understanding. Guru Nanak, it is so even if you do such effort to understand the creator once.

ESSENCE: In the salok, Guru ji sets the objective of discourse in Astpadi 3. In searching the available religious wisdom, following there recommendations, Guru ji state that nothing comes close to the seeking of creator’s understanding.

Guru Arjan Dev ji in Astpadi 3rd, 1st sabad very directly address about studying Hindu treatises; common glorified lifestyles of hermits and recluse, yogic regimen; rituals of havans (”purification fires”) and fasting. Even in a supreme sacrifice if one was cut to bits and fed to fire nothing works.


All of these put together don’t compare to a moment of contemplation in seeking the understanding of the creator.
Please note all errors are mine and I stand corrected.

Sat Sri Akal.
 
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