This last sloke (verse) contains the essence of whole Japji Saheb. Guru Nanak Dev ji says that the world is like a theater, where we all are actors playing our roles assigned by God. Our performance is being closely watched by Him. According to our deeds, some get closer to God and some stray away from Him and keep on wandering in the cycles of birth and death. Those who work hard in seeking spiritual advancement and remember Him with love and devotion, achieve the ultimate goal of human life – becoming one with God.
PAVAN GURU PAANI PITAA, MAATAA DHARAT MAHAT
Air is the guru, water is the father, and earth is the great mother (Air is essential for body like spiritual guidance is for the soul. Earth is the mother of the whole world, it provides the bounties that we consume everyday. Water is the father, we cannot live without it and it helps mother earth to produce the bounties that we consume).
pavan: air, Guru: spiritual teacher, paani: water, pita: father, maataa: mother, dharat: earth, mahat: great
DIVAS RAAT DOE DAAEE DAAIA, KHELAE SAGAL JAGAT
Days and nights are like male and female nurses in whose lap the whole world is playing ( the whole world is like a theater where we all are actors. God has provided the medium of days and nights for us to play our roles assigned by Him).
divas: day, raat: night, doe: both, daaee: female nurse, daaia: male nurse, khelae: plays, sagal: whole, jagat: world
CHANGIAIAA BURIAIAA VAACHAE DHARAM HADOOR
Our good and bad deeds are being watched by the Divine judge
changiaiaa: good deeds, buriaiaa: bad deeds, vaachae: are read, are watched, dharam: derived from ‘dharamraj, means the judge of our deeds, hadoor: in presence of
KARMI AAPO AAPNI KE NERAE KE DOOR
According to our deeds, some of us will get closer to God and some will stray further away from Him. (Those, who remain absorbed only in worldly possessions (Maya), they cannot get closer to God and keep on wandering in the cycles of birth and death. Those who work hard in seeking spiritual advancement become deserving of His Grace)
karmee: deeds, aapo: own, aapo aapni: according to one’s own, ke: some, nerae: near, door: far
JINEE NAAM DHIAAIA GAE MASKAT GHAAL
Those who meditated on His Name, departed from this world achieving success for their hard work (good deeds can get you closer to God, but to achieve the ultimate goal of becoming one with God, one must meditate on His Name with love, devotion, and total surrender).
jinee: those, naam: God’s Name, dhiaaia: meditated, gae: went, implies departed from this world, maskat:ghaal: successful derived from ‘mushakkat’, means hard work,
NANAK TE MUKH UJLE KETEE CHHUTEE NAAL
Nanak says, their faces are radiant with success and many get liberated with them (those who meditated on His Name achieved the ultimate goal of becoming one with God themselves, and showed this path of salvation to many others, who also worked hard and were liberated from the cycle of birth and death).
te: their, mukh: face, ujle: clean, mukh ujle: clean faces, implies achieved success, ketee: many, chhutee: freed, emancipated, naal: along with