Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Why Sikh only begs from Akal Purakh Waheguru?

ਨਾਨਕ ਬਿਨੁ ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਸੇਵੇ ਜਮ ਪੁਰਿ ਬਧੇ ਮਾਰੀਅਨਿ ਮੁਹਿ ਕਾਲੈ ਉਠਿ ਜਾਹਿ ॥੧॥
नानक बिनु सतिगुर सेवे जम पुरि बधे मारीअनि मुहि कालै उठि जाहि ॥१॥
naanak bin satgur sayvay jam pur baDhay maaree-an muhi kaalai uth jaahi. ||1||
O Nanak, without serving the True Guru, they are bound and beaten in the City of Death; they arise and depart with blackened faces. ||1||


ਮਹਲਾ ੧ ॥
महला १ ॥
mehlaa 1.
First Mehl:


ਜਾਲਉ ਐਸੀ ਰੀਤਿ ਜਿਤੁ ਮੈ ਪਿਆਰਾ ਵੀਸਰੈ ॥
जालउ ऐसी रीति जितु मै पिआरा वीसरै ॥
jaala-o aisee reet jit mai pi-aaraa veesrai.
Burn away those rituals which lead you to forget the Beloved Lord.


ਨਾਨਕ ਸਾਈ ਭਲੀ ਪਰੀਤਿ ਜਿਤੁ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਸੇਤੀ ਪਤਿ ਰਹੈ ॥੨॥
नानक साई भली परीति जितु साहिब सेती पति रहै ॥२॥
naanak saa-ee bhalee pareet jit saahib saytee pat rahai. ||2||
O Nanak, sublime is that love, which preserves my honor with my Lord Master. ||2||


ਪਉੜੀ ॥
पउड़ी ॥
pa-orhee.
Pauree:


ਹਰਿ ਇਕੋ ਦਾਤਾ ਸੇਵੀਐ ਹਰਿ ਇਕੁ ਧਿਆਈਐ ॥
हरि इको दाता सेवीऐ हरि इकु धिआईऐ ॥
har iko daataa sayvee-ai har ik Dhi-aa-ee-ai.
Serve the One Lord, the Great Giver; meditate on the One Lord.


ਹਰਿ ਇਕੋ ਦਾਤਾ ਮੰਗੀਐ ਮਨ ਚਿੰਦਿਆ ਪਾਈਐ ॥
हरि इको दाता मंगीऐ मन चिंदिआ पाईऐ ॥
har iko daataa mangee-ai man chindi-aa paa-ee-ai.
Beg from the One Lord, the Great Giver, and you shall obtain your heart's desires.


ਜੇ ਦੂਜੇ ਪਾਸਹੁ ਮੰਗੀਐ ਤਾ ਲਾਜ ਮਰਾਈਐ ॥
जे दूजे पासहु मंगीऐ ता लाज मराईऐ ॥
jay doojay paashu mangee-ai taa laaj maraa-ee-ai.
But if you beg from another, then you shall be shamed and destroyed.


ਜਿਨਿ ਸੇਵਿਆ ਤਿਨਿ ਫਲੁ ਪਾਇਆ ਤਿਸੁ ਜਨ ਕੀ ਸਭ ਭੁਖ ਗਵਾਈਐ ॥
जिनि सेविआ तिनि फलु पाइआ तिसु जन की सभ भुख गवाईऐ ॥
jin sayvi-aa tin fal paa-i-aa tis jan kee sabh bhukh gavaa-ee-ai.
One who serves the Lord obtains the fruits of his rewards; all of his hunger is satisfied.


ਨਾਨਕੁ ਤਿਨ ਵਿਟਹੁ ਵਾਰਿਆ ਜਿਨ ਅਨਦਿਨੁ ਹਿਰਦੈ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮੁ ਧਿਆਈਐ ॥੧੦॥
नानकु तिन विटहु वारिआ जिन अनदिनु हिरदै हरि नामु धिआईऐ ॥१०॥
naanak tin vitahu vaari-aa jin an-din hirdai har naam Dhi-aa-ee-ai. ||10||
Nanak is a sacrifice to those, who night and day, meditate within their hearts on the Name of the Lord. ||10||

Taken from:
http://www.srigranth.org/servlet/gurbani.gurbani?Action=Page&Param=590

I wish the English translation would include more non-gender words, like "all of one's hunger is satisfied." instead of "all of his hunger is satisfied." I think everyone understands the true meaning, except a newcomer to Sikhi to whom it may be misleading. There is definitely a need for some more refinement work in Guru Granth Sahib translations. I am thankful for what I have.

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