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PAURI 12(Stanza 12)

The next four Pauris are about having faith and believing in God. Each line in this Pauri starts with the word MANNE. There is no single word in English that can adequately describe the meaning of “Manne”. The closest we can get is “one who has complete faith, and believes in God with total obedience and total surrender to His Will”. Manne is the process of ‘living the faith’ and not just being ‘aware of it’.

MANNE KEE GAT KAHEE NAA JAAE

The state of mind of a person, who has complete faith in God, is at such a high spiritual level that it cannot be expressed in words.
gat: state of mind, kahee: describe

JE KO KAHAE PICHHAE PACHHTAE

Even if someone tries to express (that state of mind), he / she (will be unable to express it and) will later repent (for tying it).
pichhae: later, pachhtae: repent

KAAGAD KALAM NAA LIKHANHAAR

There is no paper, pen, or writer.
kaagad: paper, kalam: pen, likhanhaar: writer

MANNE KA BEH KARAN VEECHAAR

That can describe the supreme state of mind of the person who has complete faith in God.
veechaar: think, implies: describe

AESAA NAAM NIRANJAN HOE

His Name is so pure(unaffected by the worldly evils called ‘Maya’) .
niranjan: spotless or pure (nir means without, anjan means black mark), implies unaffected by worldly evils

JE KO MANN JAANNAE MANN KOE II12II

That only those who remember Him with complete faith in heart, can realize Him (i.e.they experience the taste of Divine purity and become pure themselves).
je ko: if someone, mann: heart, jaanae: knows or realizes

This is a good opportunity to memorize Gurbani, one Pauri at a time. You can concentrate better and enjoy more if you recite bani without looking at the gutka.

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DID YOU KNOW
FIVE TAKHATS

In Sikhism, we have five seats of authority, called TAKHATS. Takhat literally means ‘throne’. The five Seats of Authority (Takhats) are:

1. Akal Takhat

Akal Takhat (the throne of timeless God) is situated in front of the Harmandar Sahib in the Golden Temple complex in Amritsar, Punjab. It was established by Guru Hargobind Ji (the 6th Guru) in 1609. The Guru did not consider it appropriate to discuss the political and military matters inside the Golden Temple itself, which is meant purely for worship of God. So, he established a separate place, within the complex, to discuss those matters. Even today, the political matters and other issues are discussed here by the Sikh leadership and Hukamnamaas (orders for the Sikh masses) are issued by the Jathedaar (head priest) of Akal Takhat.

2. Takhat Sri Patna Saheb

The second seat of authority is called ‘Takhat Sri Patna Saheb’. It is located in the city of Patna in Bihar state in India. Guru Teg Bahdur ji lived here in 1665 and Guru Gobind Singh ji was born here and spent his childhood here. Some of Guru Gobind Singh ji’s relics, including his weapons and proclamations, are preserved here.

3. Takhat Sri Kesgarh Saheb

The third seat of authority is known as Sri Kesgarh Saheb, where Guru Gobind Singh ji created the Khalsa on the Vaisakhi day of 1699. The historic double edged sword, called Khanda, with which the Guru stirred the Amrit (baptism water) that auspicious day, is kept here along with a number of other weapons of Guru Gobind Singh ji. Kesgarh Saheb is located in the township of Anandpur in Punjab. This town was founded by the ninth Guru, Guru Teg Bahadur ji in 1665.

4. Takhat Sri Hazur Saheb

The fourth seat of authority is Takhat Sri Hazur Saheb. It is situated in the city of Nader in Maharashtra State in India. It is the place where Guru Gobind Singh ji passed away in 1708 and gave Guruship to Guru Granth Saheb (the Adi Granth). Maharaja Ranjit Singh renovated the temple and provided gold plated dome. Some of Guru Gobind Singh ji’s weapons and other relics are kept here and are put on display for visitors.

5. Takhat Sri Damdama Saheb

The fifth seat of authority is Damdama Saheb. This place owes its importance to the literary work done by Guru Gobind Singh ji during his stay here in 1706. Here, the tenth Guru prepared the authentic edition of the Aadi Granth, to which he gave the Guruship at the time of his passing away. Most of Guru Gobind Singh ji’s own writings were also prepared at this location.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
JO JEE HOE SO UGVAE MOH KA KEHAA VAO, BEEJE BIKH MANGAE AMRIT VEKHO EHO NIAO (SGGS-Asa Di Waar)

[Your thoughts become your words, (your words become your deeds). Doing evil and expecting goodness in return – what kind of a justice is that (you reap what you sow). ]