PAURI 3(Stanza 3)
In this pauri, Guru Nanak Dev ji says that various people try to describe His (God’s) attributes in various ways according to their capabilities, but nobody knows all His attributes.
GAAVAI KO TAAN HOVAI KISAI TAAN
Some sing His praises for His Might with all their stamina
Gaavae: sing, taan: power or might, hovae: has, hovae kisae taan: whatever power they have, implies with full stamina
GAVAI KO DAAT JANE NEESAAN
Some sing about His gifts to us (air, water, food, amenities) and consider those gifts as proof of His existence.
daat: gift, jane: considers, neesaan: sign, implies proof
GAVAI KO GUN VADIAEEAAN CHAAR
Some sing about His noble qualities and His greatness.
gun: qualities, vadiaiaa: greatness, chaar: beautiful or noble
GAVAI KO VIDIA VIKHAM VEECHAAR
Some sing about His knowledge which is very difficult to comprehend.
vidia: knowledge, vikham: difficult, veechaar: understand or comprehend
GAVAI KO SAAJ KARE TAN KHEH
Some sing that He creates the body and reduces it to dust.
saaj: make or create, tan: body, kheh: dust
GAVAI KO JEE LAI PHIR DEH
Some sing that He takes away life and also restores it.
jee: life, lae: takes, phir: also, deh: gives
GAVAI KO JAAPAI DISAI DOOR
Some sing that He appears far away.
jaapae: appears, disae: seen, door: far away
GAVAI KO VEKHAI HADRAN HADOOR
Some sing that He can be seen everywhere.
vekhae: seen, haadraa hadoor: really close, implies everywhere
KATHNA KATHI NA AVAI TOT
There is no end to His descriptions (praises).
kathna: description or attributes, kathi: to describe, tot: dearth or shortage, literal meaning will be ‘there is no dearth of saying His attributes
KATH KATH KATHI KOTI KOT KOT
Millions of people have tried to describe Him millions of times.
kath kath: describe again and again, kathi: description or attributes, koti: millions, implies millions of people, kot kot: millions and millions, implies millions of times
DENDA DEH LENDE THAK PAE
The giver (God) keeps on giving; the receivers (us) get tired of receiving and give up (die).
denda: giver, deh: gives, laende: taker or receiver, thak: tired, pahe: becomes
JUGA JUGANTAR KHAEE KHAE
From ages and ages we have been consuming His gifts.
juga: ages, juga jugantar: from ages and ages, khaee khahe: continuously eating or consuming
HUKMEE HUKAM CHALAE RAHO
God, by His Will, directs the way (of the world).
hukmee: whos order prevails, i.e. God, chalae: directs, raho: way or direction
NANAK VIGSAI VEPARVAHO II3II
Nanak says, God, who is carefree, rejoices (at His creation).
Vigsae: rejoices, veparvaho: carefree i. e. God
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
AADI GRANTH AND DASAM GRANTH
Guru Gobind Singh ji, before passing away, gave Guruship to Guru Granth Saheb, also called Aadi Granth” (Aadi means the first).
Guru Gobind Singh ji included the bani (writings) of the 9th Guru, Guru Teg Bahadur ji, in Guru Granth Saheb, which was originally compiled by Guru Arjan dev ji (the 5th guru).
None of Guru Gobind Singh ji’s writings are included in Guru Granth Saheb. His bani (writings) are included in a separate Granth called Dasam Granth (Dasam means tenth).
Two of the five banis included in our Nitnem (the daily prayers) are written by Guru Gobind Singh Ji. These are Jaap Saheb and ten Saweyeas. Chopaee Saheb, which is included in Rehras Saheb, is also written by Guru Gobind Singh ji.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
JIN PAT ANDAR BAHAR GUDAR TE BHALE SANSAAR (SGGS-Asa Di Waar)
[Those who are rich at heart (with virtues) and poor (simple) outwardly, are the good people in the World. ]