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PAUREE 30(Stanza 30)

In this Pauri, Guru Nanak Dev ji discredits a Hindu belief that there are three Gods ? one who creates, another who provides, and the third who destroys. Guruji says there is only one God who creates, provides, and destroys as he pleases and the whole Universe is functioning under His command. The strange thing is that He can see us but we cannot see Him with these eyes.

EKA MAAI JUGAT VIAAI, TIN CHELE PARVAAN

(According to ancient Hindu belief), Maya (worldly illusion) mysteriously conceived and produced three sons

eka: alone or unique, maai: mother, implies Maya or worldly illusions, jugat: by obscure means or mysteriously, viaai: conceived, chele: disciples, implies sons, parvaan: approved, implies came into existence or were born

IK SANSAARI, IK BHANDAARI, IK LAAE DEEBAAN

One of them became the creator (Lord Brahma), one the provider (Lord Vishnu), and another one became the destroyer (Lord Shiva).

ik: one, sansaari: worldly, implies creator of the world, refers to Lord Brahma, bhandaari: one who provides things that are necessary to sustain life, implies the provider, refers to Lord Vishnu, laae: holds, deebaan: court, lae deeban: one who holds court to judge our good and bad deeds and gives awards and punishments, refers to the destroyer or Lord Shiva in Hindu belief

JIV TIS BHAAVAE, TIVAE CHALAAVAE, JIV HOVAE FURMAAN

(But the truth is that) God Himself is directing the Universe as he pleases, and everything happens as He commands

jiv: as, tis: to Him, bhaavae: pleases, tivae: that way, chalaavae: runs or directs, hovae: happens, furmaan: order, command

OH VEKHAE, ONA NADAR NA AAVAE, BAHUTA EHO VIDAAN

He can see them (humans) but is invisible to them, what a great wonder.

oh: He, vekhae: sees, ona: to them, implies to humans, nadar: visible, nadar na aavae: cannot see, bahuta: great, vidaan: marvel, amazing

AADES, TISAE AADES,

Let us salute the Almighty God (sing His praises).

aades: salutation to God, tisae: to Him

AAD ANEEL ANAAD ANAHAT, JUG JUG EKO VES II30II

who is ever existent, unaffected by worldly evils (pure), without beginning, without end (indestructible), and unchanging through the ages.

aad: from beginning, aneel: spotless, pure, implies unaffected by worldly evils or Maya, anaad: without beginning, anahat: that cannot be destroyed, jug: ages, eko: one, same, ves: clothing, implies personality

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
ONE SPIRIT, DIFFERENT BODIES

After Guru Nanak Dev ji, none of the Gurus used their names in their writings. They always used the name “Nanak” as if everything was written by Guru Nanak Dev ji. This reinforces our belief that all our Gurus had the same spirit in different bodies. The eternal source of spiritual knowledge that was within Guru Nanak Dev ji was passed on to each Guru and they uttered Gurbani that originated from the same source.)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
ayk noor tay sabh jag upji-aa ka-un bhalay ko manday. ||1||

[From the One Light, the entire universe welled up. So who is good, and who is bad? ||1|| ]