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PAUREE 25 (Stanza 25)

In this Pauri, Guru Nanak Dev ji says that God’s gifts are infinite; He keeps on giving even to those who deny His existence. Due to our foolishness, we forget Him even while consuming His bounties. Guruji says that everything happens under His Will and nobody has the power to change that. Desire to remember Him with love and devotion is the greatest treasure and can be obtained only by His blessing.

BAHUTAA KARAM LIKHIAA NAA JAAE

His blessings are too many, it is impossible to write (describe) them all.
bahutaa: too many, karam: blessings

VADAA DAATAA TIL NA TAMAAE

The Great Giver, God, has not an iota of greed.
vadaa daataa: the Great Giver, God, til: a very small seed called til seed, implies very little, tamaae: greed

KETE MANGEH JODH APAAR

Many great warriors beg (at His door) for His gifts.
kete: many, mangeh: beg, jodh: warriors, apaar: great

KETIAA GANAT NAHEE VEECHAAR

Many more, who cannot be counted, are (begging for His bounties)
ketiaa: many more, ganat: count, nahee veechaar: cannot be described

KETE KHAP TUTE VEKAAR

Many remain consumed in vices and die in anxiety.
khap: anxiety, tute: break, implies die, vekaar: vices

KETE LAE LAE MUKKAR PAHE

Many keep on receiving His gifts, but deny receiving them (i.e. never thank God for His bounties)
lae lae: keep on receiving, mukkar: deny

KETE MOORAKH KHAAHI KHAAHE

Many foolish people keep on consuming His gifts (but forget the Giver)
moorakh: fool, khahi khae: keep on eating

KETIAA DOOKH BHOOKH SAD MAAR

Many are destined to be in distress, hunger and continuous punishment.
dookh: pain, distress, bhookh: hunger, sad: always, maar: punishment

EH BHI DAAT TERI DATAAR

This also is Your blessing (in disguise) O God (because a person remembers God only when in distress).
eh bhi: this also, daat: gift or blessing, daataar: the Giver, God

BAND KHALAASI BHAANAE HOE

Freedom from attachment to worldly things can only be obtained by accepting His Will.
band: imprisonment, implies attachment to worldly things or Maya, khalaasi: freedom, bhaanae: His Will

HOR AAKH NA SAKAE KOE

No one else has a say in it
hor: someone else, aakh: say

JE KO KHAAEK AAKHAN PAE

If some foolish person tells that he has a say in it (i.e. he can interfere in God’s Will)
khaaek: fool, aakhan: say or tell

OH JAANNAE JETIAA MOH KHAAE

Only he will know how much he will have to suffer for his foolishness.
oh jaane: only he knows, jeetiaa: how many, moh: face, khaae: eat, moh khaae: receive blows on face, implies suffering

AAPE JAANAE AAPE DEI

God Himself knows (our needs) and He, on His own, keeps on giving.
aape: He Himself, or He on His own, jaanae: knows, dei: gives

AAKHAE SE BHI KEI KEI

Very few acknowledge this (that He knows our needs and keeps on giving).
aakhae: say, acknowledge, se bhi: this also, kei kei: very few

JIS NO BAKHSE SIFAT SALAAH NANAK PAATSAHI PATSAAH ||25||

Nanak says, one who is blessed with the desire to remember Him with love and devotion is the truly rich person in the world (i.e. remembering God with love and devotion is the greatest treasure).
jis no: to whom, bakhse: blesses, sifat: qualities, salaah: praising, sifat salaah: praising His qualities, implies remembering Him with love and devotion, patsaah: king, paatsahi patsah: king of kings, implies spiritually richest person

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
SAHEB SETI HUKAM NA CHALAE, KEHI BANAE ARDAAS (SGGS-Asa Di Waar)

[Ordering God (to get something) does not work, what works with Him is Ardaas (prayer). ]