The following shabad from the fourth Ashtpadi (collection of eight stanzas) of Sukhmani Saheb is recited before starting the Ardas. In these verses, Guru Arjan Dev ji says that our body and soul, and everything we have, are blessings from God. We are His children. Therefore, we must relinquish our ego and plead to Him for our needs like a child pleads to his / her parents.
TU THAAKUR TUM PEH ARDAAS, JEEO PIND SABH TERI RAAS
(Waheguru ji), You are our master, we (human beings) can only plead to you (for our needs), because this body and soul (that You have given us) are your blessings.
thaakur: master, tum peh: to you, ardaas: prayer, pleading, jeeo: soul, pind: body, raas: property, implies gift or blessing.
TUM MAAT PITA HAM BAAREK TERE, TUMRI KIRPA MEH SOOKH GHANERE
You are our mother and father (our Creator), we are Your children. In your Grace are many joys and comforts.
maat pita: mother and father, baarek: children, kirpa: grace, sookh: comforts, joy, ghanere: many
KOE NA JAANAE TUMRA ANT, OOCHE TE OOCHA BHAGWANT
Nobody knows the extent of Your creation, Waheguru ji, You are higher than the highest (there is nobody like You)
koe na jaanae: nobody knows, tumra ant: your end, your extent or limit, ooche te oocha: highest of the high, implies unparalleled, bhagwant: God.
SAGAL SAMAGRI TUMRE SOOTER DHAARI, TUM TE HOE SO AAGYA KAARI
The whole Universe is functioning under Your divine law, all that came from You (Your creation) is under Your command.
(sagal: all, samagri: things, implies Universe, tumre: your, sooter: thread, dhaari: strung, sooter dhaari: strung in a thread, implies systematic functioning, tum te hoe: that which has come from you, implies your creation, agyakaari: under your command)
TUMRI GAT MIT TUM HI JAANI, NANAK DAAS SADAA KURBAANI
What You are and how big You are, only You know. Nanak, Your servant, offers his life to You forever.
gat: state, mit: measure, extent, tumhi jaani: only you know, daas: servant, devotee, sadaa: always, forever, kurbani: sacrifice, implies dedicate.
DID YOU KNOW
GURU GOBIND SINGH JI’S
- Father was the 9th Guru, Guru Teg Bahadur ji
- Grand Father (paternal) was the 6th Guru, Guru Hargobind ji
- Great Grand Father (paternal) was the 5th Guru, Guru Arjan Dev ji
- Great Great Grand Father (paternal) was the 4th Guru, Guru Ram Das ji
- Great Great Great Grand Father (maternal) was the 3rd Guru, Guru Amar Das ji