PAURI 8(Stanza 8)
Each line in the next four Pauris starts with the word SUNIAE, which means “by listening” to the name of God with love and devotion. Guruji describes the importance of listening to His Name with love and devotion.
In these verses, Guruji tells us about the joys, virtues, and merits of listening to God’s name. One way of listening to the God’s name is doing Simran, i.e. recitation of God’s name –“WAHEGURU”– with love and devotion. While doing Simran and “listening” to what you are reciting, a person starts to cultivate in himself / herself the qualities of God. Then the person is always in the state of true joy and happiness and the supernatural powers mentioned above and in the next three Paurees seem like minor things. Listening to Gurbani with understanding greatly helps in achieving the benefits of Simran. Everyone should sit down quietly in a secluded place and do Simran, preferably in the morning, but can be done anytime. “Waheguru” means “O God, You are great, You are amazing” – think of His greatness while doing Simran. Start with five minutes and gradually increase, you will see the difference in your daily life
SUNIAE SIDH PEER SUR NAATH
By listening to the name of God with love and devotion, a person becomes a saint, a religious guide, a spiritual leader, and a great yogi (implies that a person may belong to any religion, can becomes spiritually elevated by listening to the Name of God with love and devotion).
suniae: by listening, sidh: person with supernatural powers, peer: Muslim religious leader, sur: spiritual leader, naath: yogi
SUNIAE DHARAT DHAVAL AAKAAS
By listening to the name of God with love and devotion, a person understands the nature of Earth and Universe and who is supporting them.
dharat: Earth, dhaval: bull, according to Hindu Scriptures a bull is supporting the weight of the Earth. Guru Nanak Dev ji rejected this belief as is clear in Pauri 16. Here, dhaval implies supporting system, aakaas: sky, implies the Universe
SUNIAE DEEP LO PAATAL
By listening to the name of God with love and devotion, a person attains the knowledge of the continents and the worlds.
deep:continents, lo: worlds, pataal: world below
SUNIAE POH NAA SAKAE KAAL
By listening to the name of God with love and devotion, a person gets rid of the fear of death(i.e. achieves salvation – comes out of the cycle of birth and death).
poh: touch or affect, kaal: death
NANAK BHAGTAAN SADAA VIGAAS
Nanak says, His devotees (person who listens to the name of God with love and devotion), are always in the state of true joy and happiness.
bhagtaa: to His devotees, sadaa: always, vigaas: joy
SUNIAE DOOKH PAAP KAA NAAS II8II
By listening to the name of God with love and devotion, all the pains & sorrows, and sins are destroyed.
dookh: pains, sorrow, paap: sins, naas: destroyed