Wednesday, December 14, 2005

How will you pass your life?

This Shabad is by Guru Arjan Dev Ji in Raag Raamkalee on Pannaa 913 of SGGS ji:
rwmklI mhlw 5 ]
raamakalee mehalaa 5
Raamkalee, Fifth Mehl:
kwhU ibhwvY rMg rs rUp ]
kaahoo bihaavai ra(n)g ras roop
Some pass their lives enjoying pleasures and beauty.
kwhU ibhwvY mwie bwp pUq ]
kaahoo bihaavai maae baap pooth
Some pass their lives with their mothers, fathers and children.
kwhU ibhwvY rwj imlK vwpwrw ]
kaahoo bihaavai raaj milakh vaapaaraa
Some pass their lives in power, estates and trade.
sMq ibhwvY hir nwm ADwrw ]1]
sa(n)th bihaavai har naam adhhaaraa 1
The Saints pass their lives with the support of the Lord's Name. 1
rcnw swcu bnI ]
rachanaa saach banee
The world is the creation of the True Lord.
sB kw eyku DnI ]1] rhwau ]
sabh kaa eaek dhhanee 1 rehaao
He alone is the Master of all. 1Pause
kwhU ibhwvY byd Aru bwid ]
kaahoo bihaavai baedh ar baadh
Some pass their lives in arguments and debates about scriptures.
kwhU ibhwvY rsnw swid ]
kaahoo bihaavai rasanaa saadh
Some pass their lives tasting flavors.
kwhU ibhwvY lpit sMig nwrI ]
kaahoo bihaavai lapatt sa(n)g naaree
Some pass their lives attached to women.
sMq rcy kyvl nwm murwrI ]2]
sa(n)th rachae kaeval naam muraaree 2
The Saints are absorbed only in the Name of the Lord. 2
kwhU ibhwvY Kylq jUAw ]
kaahoo bihaavai khaelath jooaa
Some pass their lives gambling.
kwhU ibhwvY AmlI hUAw ]
kaahoo bihaavai amalee hooaa
Some pass their lives getting drunk.
kwhU ibhwvY pr drb cuorwey ]
kaahoo bihaavai par dharab chuoraaeae
Some pass their lives stealing the property of others.
hir jn ibhwvY nwm iDAwey ]3]
har jan bihaavai naam dhhiaaeae 3
The humble servants of the Lord pass their lives meditating on the Naam. 3
kwhU ibhwvY jog qp pUjw ]
kaahoo bihaavai jog thap poojaa
Some pass their lives in Yoga, strict meditation, worship and adoration.
kwhU rog sog BrmIjw ]
kaahoo rog sog bharameejaa
Some, in sickness, sorrow and doubt.
kwhU pvn Dwr jwq ibhwey ]
kaahoo pavan dhhaar jaath bihaaeae
Some pass their lives practicing control of the breath.
sMq ibhwvY kIrqnu gwey ]4]
sa(n)th bihaavai keerathan gaaeae 4
The Saints pass their lives singing the Kirtan of the Lord's Praises. 4
kwhU ibhwvY idnu rYin cwlq ]
kaahoo bihaavai dhin rain chaalath
Some pass their lives walking day and night.
kwhU ibhwvY so ipVu mwlq ]
kaahoo bihaavai so pirr maalath
Some pass their lives on the fields of battle.
kwhU ibhwvY bwl pVwvq ]
kaahoo bihaavai baal parraavath
Some pass their lives teaching children.
sMq ibhwvY hir jsu gwvq ]5]
sa(n)th bihaavai har jas gaavath 5
The Saints pass their lives singing the Lord's Praise. 5
kwhU ibhwvY nt nwitk inrqy ]
kaahoo bihaavai natt naattik nirathae
Some pass their lives as actors, acting and dancing.
kwhU ibhwvY jIAwieh ihrqy ]
kaahoo bihaavai jeeaaeih hirathae
Some pass their lives taking the lives of others.
kwhU ibhwvY rwj mih frqy ]
kaahoo bihaavai raaj mehi ddarathae
Some pass their lives ruling by intimidation.
sMq ibhwvY hir jsu krqy ]6]
sa(n)th bihaavai har jas karathae 6
The Saints pass their lives chanting the Lord's Praises. 6
kwhU ibhwvY mqw msUriq ]
kaahoo bihaavai mathaa masoorath
Some pass their lives counseling and giving advice.
kwhU ibhwvY syvw jrUriq ]
kaahoo bihaavai saevaa jaroorath
Some pass their lives forced to serve others.
kwhU ibhwvY soDq jIvq ]
kaahoo bihaavai sodhhath jeevath
Some pass their lives exploring life's mysteries.
sMq ibhwvY hir rsu pIvq ]7]
sa(n)th bihaavai har ras peevath 7
The Saints pass their lives drinking in the sublime essence of the Lord. 7
ijqu ko lwieAw iqq hI lgwnw ]
jith ko laaeiaa thith hee lagaanaa
As the Lord attaches us, so we are attached.
nw ko mUVu nhI ko isAwnw ]
naa ko moorr nehee ko siaanaa
No one is foolish, and no one is wise.
kir ikrpw ijsu dyvY nwau ] nwnk qw kY bil bil jwau ]8]3]
kar kirapaa jis dhaevai naao naanak thaa kai bal bal jaao 83
Nanak is a sacrifice, a sacrifice to those who are blessed by His Grace to receive His Name. 83

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