‘Baba Bakale’ was the only clue given by Guru Hari Krishan for his successor. Many impostors, distant blood-relations of the Master including Baba Dhir Mal, the grandson of Guru Har Gobind, proclaimed themselves the new Nanak. But the trained disciples well knew the fragrance of the soul that comes from the true beloved. Makhan Shah Labana of Jehlem district was a trade merchant. When his vessel full of merchandise was sinking, he had invoked Guru Nanak and had vowed to offer five hundred gold mohars (Coins) if the vessel reached the shore safely.

Makan Shah came to the village of Bakala to pay his offering ot the Guru. He was surprised to find that twenty two Sodhis had installed themselves as Gurus. In that state of confusion and unvertainty, he resolved to try the pretenders. He visited all the 22 impostors and made each of them offering of two gold mohars, but none of them asked for the balance. He then inquired if there was any one else in Bakala.

Someone informed him about Guru Tegh Bahadur. Makhan Shah went and as usual made his offering of two gold mohars. Upon this Guru Tegh Bahadur asked , ?Where are the balance of five hundred gold mohars you had promised when your ship was sinking?? Makhan Shah was delighted and prostrated himself befor the Guru. He then went to the roof of the house and screamed, ?Guru Ladho! Guru Ladho!? I have found the Guru!.

Guru Tegh Bahadur was the fifth and the youngest son of Guru Har Gobind and was born on first of April, 1621 to Mata Nanki at Amritsar. He was married to Mata Gujari, daughter of Lal Chand of Kartarpur in Jullundhur district. After Guru Har Gobind, he with his mother, Mata Nanki and his wife to live in Bakala.

The seat of the Master had shifted to Kiratpur. The disciples also departed thither and only priests remained behind. Amritsar fell already in the hands of impostors, priests who saw the money to be got by priest-craft at Hari Mandir. When Guru Tegh Bahadur paid a visit to Hari Mandir. The priests shut the doors of the temple against the Master, and he said, ?The priests of Amritsar are men of blind heart that burn in their own lust of greed.? But, as the news spread, all Amritsar come out to pour their soul at his feet. The women of the Holy City welcomed him with the Master?s song, and went singing all the way with him to the village Walla, where he stayed in the lowly abode of a devoted disciple.

Leaving Amritsar the Guru passed through the Majha and Malwa regions before reaching Kiratpur sometimes in May, 1665. He attended the last rites of Raja Dip Singh of Bilaspur and expressed his desire to build a new settlement near Kiratpur and also showed his inclination to buy a suitable land for that purpose. The Rani of Bilaspur offered to donate the site of Makhowal. The offer was accepted, a token price of about Five Hundred Rupees was paid. The foundation stone of new settlement, Chak Nanaki was laid in June, 1665, after the revered name of Guru?s mother. In the course of time, a beautiful town called Anandpur grew up around it. Guru Tegh Bahadur could not stay in one place, for the accumulating sorrows of the people grew to be more than he could bear. He was perpetually on tour, meetin his disciples in villages and in lonely jungle-huts. He travelled as far as Dacca and Kamrup in Eastern India burning lamps of human hearts in memory of Guru Nanak, wherever the Master had been before him. At Dhubri, Tegh Bahadur raised a mound. He organized a Sangat in Assam and illuminated many a family with the light of his face.

During his travels towards the East, in which his mother and his wife accompanied him, his son Gobind was born. Tegh Bahadur had to leave his wife at Patna when he went to Assam. Gobind, the Bala Pritam, the Child-Beloved, was born on Dec. 26, 1666 at Patna in the absence of his father. When the latter returned from his tour in Assam, he lived at Patna for some time; but left them again there, when he with his five disciples journeyed on to Anandpur in the Punjab. He did not wish the mother to travel till her baby had grown old enough to bear the journey to the Punjab. Tegh Bahadur was at Anandpur, and his family were at Patna, where Gobind spent his childhood and part of his boyhood. The parting from Tegh Bahadur was always poignant for his mother and wife and now for his child also. ?But such is the call of Heaven?, he used to tell them as he left.

The whole of Patna was Gobind?s. He was the shining spot where people saw God. Gladness came to them when they saw him, conversed with him, touched him or were playfully teased by him. Tegh Bahadur had but a brief time at Anandpur, where his family from Patna had now joined him. Gobind was about eight years old. During this brief sojour, he made Anandpur the city of the disciples. It was already their natural fortress when they needed shelter. The hymns of Tegh Bahadur were composed to infuse the spirit of fearlessness into disciples, as there were times coming when the Sikhs would be called on to embrace death as a bride. Guru Tegh Bahadur?s resolve to die for the cause inspired every Sikh man, woman and child, once more with willingness to die.

The Emperor Aurangzeb had adopted a cruel policy of extermination against the Sikhs, whom he considered to be grave political danger to his centralized Empire. He persecuted the non-Muslim constantly dreaming of a Muslim Empire in India. However, the Hindu shrines were thrown down in cities like Banaras and Brindaban in broad daylight and mosques raised instead. The official sword put ot death all those who refused to accept Aurangzeb?s political religion. To kill a Hindu, ?a Kafir? was represented as a religious duty. The whole country rose, with one cry, one prayer and one curse against the blind tyranny.

The experiment of wholesale conversion was first tried in Kashmir. It was thought that if Kashmiri Pandits were converted, the inhabitants of Hundustan would readily follow their example. Thus, in pursuance of the Emperor?s order, Sher Afghan Khan, the Emperor?s viceroy in Kashmir, set about converting Kashmiri Brahmins by sword and massacred those who persisted in their adherence to the faith of their forefathers. Ultimately, about 500 Brahmins, under the leadership of Kirpa Ram, proceeded to Anandpur where Guru Tegh Bahadur was then residing. They were hopeful of Guru Tegh Bahadur coming to their rescue. He would surely save dharma from extinction. Their honour and faith could be protected by Guru Tegh Bahadur only and he alone could mould their destinies in this hour of trial. The Brahmins at first went to Amritsar where they took bath in the holy tank.

When the delegation arrived at Anandpur the Guru was holding his Darbar, which by now had become a daily routine. He had just finished his sermon when Kirpa Ram, alongwith others, appeared on the scene. He addressed the Guru: ?Osaviour, please save us! save us!? Tears rolled down the eyes of Kirpa Ram. He told the Guru of the atrocities committed on fellow Brahmins by Aurangzeb?s Governor, Iftikhar Khan, in Kashmir. The Guru was deeply touched on hearing the pathetic story and plunged into deep thought. He knew well that the ruthless campaign launched by the Emperor would exterminate Hinduism. Something tangible was needed to arouse the conscience of the Emperor. He patted the Brahmins and consoled them. The Guru said that some priestly and noble sould had to lay down his life in order to save dharma and honour of the depressed people. A very holy person was required immediatly to sacrifice his life in defence of the freedom of worship and freedom of conscience. The Guru was seized of some problem. The Guru?s son, Gobind hardly of nine years reacted to this and said, ?Dear father, why is your ever bright and gleaming face drawn in agony. May I know the reason, Gurudev?? The Guru replied: ?Bad days are ahead, my dear son! The rulers have turned hostile to their own subjects. They are adopting cruel methods to spread their religion. They are resorting to the use of force which is not permitted even in their own religion. The only way out is that of the purest and the holiest persons in the land to throw themselves before these thirsty wolves and save the religion from destruction.? The child listened to him quietly and patiently without uttering a single word. The Guru continued ?Where to find such a holy and pure person?? The child said: This is a very simple proposition, Gurudev, you are holiest of holy. Who else can be holier than you.? The Guru was thrilled on hearing the proposal of the child, hardly nine years of age. The depth of his thought surprised the Guru.

There was a glow on the face of the Guru. He replied: ?I have absolutely no hesitation in giving my head but I am grieving that you are still a child and who would take care of you.? Guru Tegh Bahadur was pleased to hear the courageous word from his worthy son and then advised the Pandits to go to Aurangzeb and tell him that they, together with all the Brahmins of Kashmir, were ready to embrace Islam if Tegh Bahadur who was their Guru was first converted. The Pandits then went to Zalim Khan, the then Governor of Lahore, and presented him their petition to Aurangzeb. The Emperor was highly gratified to read it and called the Qazis and maulvis in a darbar and joyfully announced to them the contentsof the petition. The Emperor told the Pandits that he accepted their condition for conversion to Islam.

The emissaries of Aurangzeb came to Anandpur to summon the Master to Delhi; but he would not go with them, he promised to follow. He had yet to go to see disciples who were thirsting for him, those that lived on his way to Delhi. He took his own time and his own road; it lay through the midst of his disciples, and it lay covered with their flower-offerings. At Agra the Master with five chosen disciples delivered himself to the Emperor?s men there awaiting him - he had taken so long in coming that they doubted his promise. He was then taken to Delhi. The Master and his companions were kept in Kotwali lock-up at Chandni Chowk in Delhi and tortured there, under the orders of Aurangzeb. But all torture was to him as a mud spray against a mountain wall. Guru Tegh Bahadur never for a moment took his mind out of the Dhyanam of Reality. He maintained a peace of mind that the dissolution of three worlds could not have disturbed. The Guru and his companions were summoned again to the Emperor?s darbar in an effort to persuade them to accept Islam. It was the last meeting between the Emperor and the Guru. He could not change the Guru?s mind. The Guru advised the Emperor: ?You should treat all your subjects equally. The lives of all the people are valuable. It is no use eliminating men of other faiths.? The Emperor did not listen to him and firmly declared that either Guru Tegh Bahadur must acept Islam or show some miracle. If he did not show the Karamat (miracle), he would have to face execution. The Emperor asked for Karamat again and again but the Guru refused to perform any miracle. He replied: ?It is against my religion to perform any miracles, but you will see a miracle the day I am executed. I do not believe in performing miracles for saving my life. When my brother performed Karamat, my father disapproved of it and my brother had to sacrifice his own life. Our religion does not permit showing magical powers. I hope one day you will realize the futility of your policy and let live all people in peace. All is in the hands of God. He is the Supreme Creator. Everybody will have to answer the Almighty for his deeds.?

The Guru was put in an iron cage now. The Emperor suspected that the Guru might escape. Aurangzeb immediately passed orders for the execution of Mati Das. The orders were conveyed to him in the presence of the Guru. He was give a choice between embracing Islam and death. On hearing this, Mati Das? face beamed with joy. He bowed his head at the Guru?s feet and said: ?O True King, bless me. I am glad I have been given this exalted position of dying before my Great Master. The day is not far off when the rule of tyranny and injustice will be no more in this land. With your benign grace, I shall be able to swim the ocean of death cheerfully.?

Mati Das handed himself over to the executioner. At the same time, Bhai Dayala and Bhai Sati Das were asked to embrace Islam or face death. They bluntly brushed aside any such suggestion. Finally, Guru Tegh Bahadur embraced them, kissed their foreheads and blessed them ?Your act of bravery will be written in golden words in the history of the country. I bless all of you. I am proud of you. I am full of joy for your devotion. May God bless you.?

Then, in the presence of Guru Tegh Bahadur, Bhai Mati Das was bound between two pillars and his body cut in twain with a saw. When the executioner began to apply the saw to his body, he started repeating Japji. It is said that even as his body was cut into two, he continued to repeat the great morning prayer and became silent only when its repetition was complete. Bhai Mati Das? body was mercilessly cut into pieces. It was a heroic death. Bahi Dayala feet and hand were tied and he was thrown into a cauldron of boiling oil. Not a cry of pain was uttered by him. He died with the Name of God on his lips.

Bhai Sati Dass who was wrapped in cotton, was set afire and burnt alive under the watchful eyes of his Guru and thousands of spectators. While many of spectators were sobbing, some Muslims were deriving pleasure out of these most barberous acts of execution exployed by their co-religionist rulers. Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Sahib, sitting in the cage showered his blessings on his three Sikhs who had faced brutal executions with unflinching faith and courage. The other Sikhs left for Anandpur with his messages, his poems, and the offerings of a coconut and five paise to Guru Gobind SIngh.

Then the fateful day came. It was 11 November 1675. Qazi Abdul Wahhab Borah came with warrants of the Guru?s execution. He was accompanied by several priests and Qazis. By this time, a large number of people had gathered in front of the Kotwali to see the greatest Karamat to be performed by the Guru in the history of mankind. The Guru was taken out of the iron cage. He was allowed to perform his ablutions at a well nearby. After that, the Guru sat under a banyan tree and started reciting Japji. The Guru was then brought to the open space where the executioner, Jalaludin of Samana, stood with a drawn sword, ready to perform the act at his master?s orders. The vast multitude of people stood motionless with irate feelings. The Guru blessed them and raising his hands, consoled them. It was an awful sight. The approaching tragedy had a deep effect on the people?s mind. Tears welled up in their eyes and they closed their eyes to avoid seeing the terrible sight. Their grief was suppressed. A few moments passed. The Guru meditated. The executioner waved his sword and cut the Guru?s head which flew into a devotee?s lap, whose name was Jaita, a rangretta, a low caste. Dark clouds hovered over the sky. It is said that a great storm blew in the city and filled everybody?s eyes with dust. There was a virtual pandemonium at the site. In this confusion, Jaita took the Guru?s head to Anandpur, as fast as he could.

Thus the Guru fell a victim to the religious bigotry of the then ruler of the land and sacrificed his life for protecting the sacred marks of the Hindus for freedom of conscience and worship and for the sake of dharma, righteousness. On the site where Guru Tegh Bahadur was martyred now stands Gurdwara Sis Ganj.


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slok mhlw 9 ](1426-10)

Shalok, Ninth Mehl:

gun goibMd gwieE nhI jnmu AkwrQ kInu ] (1426-10, slok, mÚ 9)
If you do not sing the Praises of the Lord, your life is rendered useless.

khu nwnk hir Bju mnw ijh ibiD jl kau mInu ]1] (1426-10, slok, mÚ 9)
Says Nanak, meditate, vibrate upon the Lord; immerse your mind in Him, like the fish in the water. ||1||

ibiKAn isau kwhy ricE inmK n hoih audwsu ] (1426-11, slok, mÚ 9)
Why are you engrossed in sin and corruption? You are not detached, even for a moment!

khu nwnk Bju hir mnw prY n jm kI Pws ]2] (1426-11, slok, mÚ 9)
Says Nanak, meditate, vibrate upon the Lord, and you shall not be caught in the noose of death. ||2||

qrnwpo ieau hI gieE lIE jrw qnu jIiq ] (1426-12, slok, mÚ 9)
Your youth has passed away like this, and old age has overtaken your body.

khu nwnk Bju hir mnw AauD jwqu hY bIiq ]3] (1426-12, slok, mÚ 9)
Says Nanak, meditate, vibrate upon the Lord; your life is fleeting away! ||3||

ibriD BieE sUJY nhI kwlu phUicE Awin ] (1426-13, slok, mÚ 9)
You have become old, and you do not understand that death is overtaking you.

khu nwnk nr bwvry ikau n BjY Bgvwnu ]4] (1426-13, slok, mÚ 9)
Says Nanak, you are insane! Why do you not remember and meditate on God? ||4||

Dnu dwrw sMpiq sgl ijin ApunI kir mwin ] (1426-14, slok, mÚ 9)
Your wealth, spouse, and all the possessions which you claim as your own

ien mY kCu sMgI nhI nwnk swcI jwin ]5] (1426-14, slok, mÚ 9)
- none of these shall go along with you in the end. O Nanak, know this as true. ||5||

piqq auDwrn BY hrn hir AnwQ ky nwQ ] (1426-15, slok, mÚ 9)
He is the Saving Grace of sinners, the Destroyer of fear, the Master of the masterless.

khu nwnk iqh jwnIAY sdw bsqu qum swiQ ]6] (1426-15, slok, mÚ 9)
Says Nanak, realize and know Him, who is always with you. ||6||

qnu Dnu ijh qo kau dIE qW isau nyhu n kIn ] (1426-16, slok, mÚ 9)
He has given you your body and wealth, but you are not in love with Him.

khu nwnk nr bwvry Ab ikau folq dIn ]7] (1426-16, slok, mÚ 9)
Says Nanak, you are insane! Why do you now shake and tremble so helplessly? ||7||

qnu Dnu sMpY suK dIE Aru ijh nIky Dwm ] (1426-17, slok, mÚ 9)
He has given you your body, wealth, property, peace and beautiful mansions.

khu nwnk sunu ry mnw ismrq kwih n rwmu ]8] (1426-17, slok, mÚ 9)
Says Nanak, listen, mind: why don't you remember the Lord in meditation? ||8||

sB suK dwqw rwmu hY dUsr nwihn koie ] (1426-18, slok, mÚ 9)
The Lord is the Giver of all peace and comfort. There is no other at all.

khu nwnk suin ry mnw iqh ismrq giq hoie ]9] (1426-18, slok, mÚ 9)
Says Nanak, listen, mind: meditating in remembrance on Him, salvation is attained. ||9||

ijh ismrq giq pweIAY iqh Bju ry qY mIq ] (1427-1, slok, mÚ 9)
Remembering Him in meditation, salvation is attained; vibrate and meditate on Him, O my friend.

khu nwnk sunu ry mnw AauD Gtq hY nIq ]10] (1427-1, slok, mÚ 9)
Says Nanak, listen, mind: your life is passing away! ||10||

pWc qq ko qnu ricE jwnhu cqur sujwn ] (1427-2, slok, mÚ 9)
Your body is made up of the five elements; you are clever and wise - know this well.

ijh qy aupijE nwnkw lIn qwih mY mwnu ]11] (1427-2, slok, mÚ 9)
Believe it - you shall merge once again into the One, O Nanak, from whom you originated. ||11||

Gt Gt mY hir jU bsY sMqn kihE pukwir ] (1427-3, slok, mÚ 9)
The Dear Lord abides in each and every heart; the Saints proclaim this as true.

khu nwnk iqh Bju mnw Bau iniD auqrih pwir ]12] (1427-3, slok, mÚ 9)
Says Nanak, meditate and vibrate upon Him, and you shall cross over the terrifying world-ocean. ||12||

suKu duKu ijh prsY nhI loBu mohu AiBmwnu ] (1427-4, slok, mÚ 9)
One who is not touched by pleasure or pain, greed, emotional attachment and egotistical pride

khu nwnk sunu ry mnw so mUriq Bgvwn ]13] (1427-4, slok, mÚ 9)
- says Nanak, listen, mind: he is the very image of God. ||13||

ausqiq inMidAw nwih ijih kMcn loh smwin ] (1427-5, slok, mÚ 9)
One who is beyond praise and slander, who looks upon gold and iron alike

khu nwnk suin ry mnw mukiq qwih qY jwin ]14] (1427-5, slok, mÚ 9)
- says Nanak, listen, mind: know that such a person is liberated. ||14||

hrKu sogu jw kY nhI bYrI mIq smwin ] (1427-6, slok, mÚ 9)
One who is not affected by pleasure or pain, who looks upon friend and enemy alike

khu nwnk suin ry mnw mukiq qwih qY jwin ]15] (1427-6, slok, mÚ 9)
- says Nanak, listen, mind: know that such a person is liberated. ||15||

BY kwhU kau dyq nih nih BY mwnq Awn ] (1427-7, slok, mÚ 9)
One who does not frighten anyone, and who is not afraid of anyone else

khu nwnk suin ry mnw igAwnI qwih bKwin ]16] (1427-7, slok, mÚ 9)
- says Nanak, listen, mind: call him spiritually wise. ||16||

ijih ibiKAw sglI qjI lIE ByK bYrwg ] (1427-8, slok, mÚ 9)
One who has forsaken all sin and corruption, who wears the robes of neutral detachment

khu nwnk sunu ry mnw iqh nr mwQY Bwgu ]17] (1427-8, slok, mÚ 9)
- says Nanak, listen, mind: good destiny is written on his forehead. ||17||

ijih mwieAw mmqw qjI sB qy BieE audwsu ] (1427-9, slok, mÚ 9)
One who renounces Maya and possessiveness and is detached from everything

khu nwnk sunu ry mnw iqh Git bRhm invwsu ]18] (1427-9, slok, mÚ 9)
- says Nanak, listen, mind: God abides in his heart. ||18||

ijih pRwnI haumY qjI krqw rwmu pCwin ] (1427-10, slok, mÚ 9)
That mortal, who forsakes egotism, and realizes the Creator Lord

khu nwnk vhu mukiq nru ieh mn swcI mwnu ]19] (1427-10, slok, mÚ 9)
- says Nanak, that person is liberated; O mind, know this as true. ||19||

BY nwsn durmiq hrn kil mY hir ko nwmu ] (1427-11, slok, mÚ 9)
In this Dark Age of Kali Yuga, the Name of the Lord is the Destroyer of fear, the Eradicator of evil-mindedness.

inis idnu jo nwnk BjY sPl hoih iqh kwm ]20] (1427-11, slok, mÚ 9)
Night and day, O Nanak, whoever vibrates and meditates on the Lord's Name, sees all of his works brought to fruition. ||20||

ijhbw gun goibMd Bjhu krn sunhu hir nwmu ] (1427-12, slok, mÚ 9)
Vibrate with your tongue the Glorious Praises of the Lord of the Universe; with your ears, hear the Lord's Name.

khu nwnk suin ry mnw prih n jm kY Dwm ]21] (1427-12, slok, mÚ 9)
Says Nanak, listen, man: you shall not have to go to the house of Death. ||21||

jo pRwnI mmqw qjY loB moh AhMkwr ] (1427-13, slok, mÚ 9)
That mortal who renounces possessiveness, greed, emotional attachment and egotism

khu nwnk Awpn qrY Aaurn lyq auDwr ]22] (1427-13, slok, mÚ 9)
- says Nanak, he himself is saved, and he saves many others as well. ||22||

ijau supnw Aru pyKnw AYsy jg kau jwin ] (1427-14, slok, mÚ 9)
Like a dream and a show, so is this world, you must know.

ien mY kCu swco nhI nwnk ibnu Bgvwn ]23] (1427-14, slok, mÚ 9)
None of this is true, O Nanak, without God. ||23||

inis idnu mwieAw kwrny pRwnI folq nIq ] (1427-15, slok, mÚ 9)
Night and day, for the sake of Maya, the mortal wanders constantly.

kotn mY nwnk koaU nwrwienu ijh cIiq ]24] (1427-15, slok, mÚ 9)
Among millions, O Nanak, there is scarcely anyone, who keeps the Lord in his consciousness. ||24||

jYsy jl qy budbudw aupjY ibnsY nIq ] (1427-16, slok, mÚ 9)
As the bubbles in the water well up and disappear again,

jg rcnw qYsy rcI khu nwnk suin mIq ]25] (1427-16, slok, mÚ 9)
so is the universe created; says Nanak, listen, O my friend! ||25||

pRwnI kCU n cyqeI mid mwieAw kY AMDu ] (1427-16, slok, mÚ 9)
The mortal does not remember the Lord, even for a moment; he is blinded by the wine of Maya.

khu nwnk ibnu hir Bjn prq qwih jm PMD ]26] (1427-17, slok, mÚ 9)
Says Nanak, without meditating on the Lord, he is caught by the noose of Death. ||26||

jau suK kau cwhY sdw srin rwm kI lyh ] (1427-17, slok, mÚ 9)
If you yearn for eternal peace, then seek the Sanctuary of the Lord.

khu nwnk suin ry mnw durlB mwnuK dyh ]27] (1427-18, slok, mÚ 9)
Says Nanak, listen, mind: this human body is difficult to obtain. ||27||

mwieAw kwrin DwvhI mUrK log Ajwn ] (1427-18, slok, mÚ 9)
For the sake of Maya, the fools and ignorant people run all around.

khu nwnk ibnu hir Bjn ibrQw jnmu isrwn ]28] (1427-19, slok, mÚ 9)
Says Nanak, without meditating on the Lord, life passes away uselessly. ||28||

jo pRwnI inis idnu BjY rUp rwm iqh jwnu ] (1427-19, slok, mÚ 9)
That mortal who meditates and vibrates upon the Lord night and day - know him to be the embodiment of the Lord.

hir jn hir AMqru nhI nwnk swcI mwnu ]29] (1428-1, slok, mÚ 9)
There is no difference between the Lord and the humble servant of the Lord; O Nanak, know this as true. ||29||

mnu mwieAw mY PiD rihE ibsirE goibMd nwmu ] (1428-1, slok, mÚ 9)
The mortal is entangled in Maya; he has forgotten the Name of the Lord of the Universe.

khu nwnk ibnu hir Bjn jIvn kauny kwm ]30] (1428-2, slok, mÚ 9)
Says Nanak, without meditating on the Lord, what is the use of this human life? ||30||

pRwnI rwmu n cyqeI mid mwieAw kY AMDu ] (1428-2, slok, mÚ 9)
The mortal does not think of the Lord; he is blinded by the wine of Maya.

khu nwnk hir Bjn ibnu prq qwih jm PMD ]31] (1428-3, slok, mÚ 9)
Says Nanak, without meditating on the Lord, he is caught in the noose of Death. ||31||

suK mY bhu sMgI Bey duK mY sMig n koie ] (1428-3, slok, mÚ 9)
In good times, there are many companions around, but in bad times, there is no one at all.

khu nwnk hir Bju mnw AMiq shweI hoie ]32] (1428-4, slok, mÚ 9)
Says Nanak, vibrate, and meditate on the Lord; He shall be your only Help and Support in the end. ||32||

jnm jnm Brmq iPirE imitE n jm ko qRwsu ] (1428-4, slok, mÚ 9)
Mortals wander lost and confused through countless lifetimes; their fear of death is never removed.

khu nwnk hir Bju mnw inrBY pwvih bwsu ]33] (1428-5, slok, mÚ 9)
Says Nanak, vibrate and meditate on the Lord, and you shall dwell in the Fearless Lord. ||33||

jqn bhuqu mY kir rihE imitE n mn ko mwnu ] (1428-5, slok, mÚ 9)
I have tried so many things, but the pride of my mind has not been dispelled.

durmiq isau nwnk PiDE rwiK lyhu Bgvwn ]34] (1428-6, slok, mÚ 9)
I am engrossed in evil-mindedness, Nanak. O God, please save me! ||34||

bwl juAwnI Aru ibriD Puin qIin AvsQw jwin ] (1428-7, slok, mÚ 9)
Childhood, youth and old age - know these as the three stages of life.

khu nwnk hir Bjn ibnu ibrQw sB hI mwnu ]35] (1428-7, slok, mÚ 9)
Says Nanak, without meditating on the Lord, everything is useless; you must appreciate this. ||35||

krxo huqo su nw kIE pirE loB kY PMD ] (1428-8, slok, mÚ 9)
You have not done what you should have done; you are entangled in the web of greed.

nwnk simE rim gieE Ab ikau rovq AMD ]36] (1428-8, slok, mÚ 9)
Nanak, your time is past and gone; why are you crying now, you blind fool? ||36||

mnu mwieAw mY rim rihE inksq nwihn mIq ] (1428-9, slok, mÚ 9)
The mind is absorbed in Maya - it cannot escape it, my friend.

nwnk mUriq icqR ijau Cwifq nwihn BIiq ]37] (1428-9, slok, mÚ 9)
Nanak, it is like a picture painted on the wall - it cannot leave it. ||37||

nr cwhq kCu Aaur AaurY kI AaurY BeI ] (1428-10, slok, mÚ 9)
The man wishes for something, but something different happens.

icqvq rihE Tgaur nwnk PwsI gil prI ]38] (1428-10, slok, mÚ 9)
He plots to deceive others, O Nanak, but he places the noose around his own neck instead. ||38||

jqn bhuq suK ky kIey duK ko kIE n koie ] (1428-11, slok, mÚ 9)
People make all sorts of efforts to find peace and pleasure, but no one tries to earn pain.

khu nwnk suin ry mnw hir BwvY so hoie ]39] (1428-11, slok, mÚ 9)
Says Nanak, listen, mind: whatever pleases God comes to pass. ||39||

jgqu iBKwrI iPrqu hY sB ko dwqw rwmu ] (1428-12, slok, mÚ 9)
The world wanders around begging, but the Lord is the Giver of all.

khu nwnk mn ismru iqh pUrn hovih kwm ]40] (1428-12, slok, mÚ 9)
Says Nanak, meditate in remembrance on Him, and all your works will be successful. ||40||

JUTY mwnu khw krY jgu supny ijau jwnu ] (1428-13, slok, mÚ 9)
Why do you take such false pride in yourself? You must know that the world is just a dream.

ien mY kCu qyro nhI nwnk kihE bKwin ]41] (1428-13, slok, mÚ 9)
None of this is yours; Nanak proclaims this truth. ||41||

grbu krqu hY dyh ko ibnsY iCn mY mIq ] (1428-13, slok, mÚ 9)
You are so proud of your body; it shall perish in an instant, my friend.

ijih pRwnI hir jsu kihE nwnk iqih jgu jIiq ]42] (1428-14, slok, mÚ 9)
That mortal who chants the Praises of the Lord, O Nanak, conquers the world. ||42||

ijh Git ismrnu rwm ko so nru mukqw jwnu ] (1428-14, slok, mÚ 9)
That person, who meditates in remembrance on the Lord in his heart, is liberated - know this well.

iqih nr hir AMqru nhI nwnk swcI mwnu ]43] (1428-15, slok, mÚ 9)
There is no difference between that person and the Lord: O Nanak, accept this as the Truth. ||43||

eyk Bgiq Bgvwn ijh pRwnI kY nwih min ] (1428-15, slok, mÚ 9)
That person, who does not feel devotion to God in his mind

jYsy sUkr suAwn nwnk mwno qwih qnu ]44] (1428-16, slok, mÚ 9)
- O Nanak, know that his body is like that of a pig, or a dog. ||44||

suAwmI ko igRhu ijau sdw suAwn qjq nhI inq ] (1428-16, slok, mÚ 9)
A dog never abandons the home of his master.

nwnk ieh ibiD hir Bjau iek min huie iek iciq ]45] (1428-17, slok, mÚ 9)
O Nanak, in just the same way, vibrate, and meditate on the Lord, single-mindedly, with one-pointed consciousness. ||45||

qIrQ brq Aru dwn kir mn mY DrY gumwnu ] (1428-18, slok, mÚ 9)
Those who make pilgrimages to sacred shrines, observe ritualistic fasts and make donations to charity while still taking pride in their minds

nwnk inhPl jwq iqh ijau kuMcr iesnwnu ]46] (1428-18, slok, mÚ 9)
- O Nanak, their actions are useless, like the elephant, who takes a bath, and then rolls in the dust. ||46||

isru kMipE pg fgmgy nYn joiq qy hIn ] (1428-18, slok, mÚ 9)
The head shakes, the feet stagger, and the eyes become dull and weak.

khu nwnk ieh ibiD BeI qaU n hir ris lIn ]47] (1428-18, slok, mÚ 9)
Says Nanak, this is your condition. And even now, you have not savored the sublime essence of the Lord. ||47||

inj kir dyiKE jgqu mY ko kwhU ko nwih ] (1429-1, slok, mÚ 9)
I had looked upon the world as my own, but no one belongs to anyone else.

nwnk iQru hir Bgiq hY iqh rwKo mn mwih ]48] (1429-1, slok, mÚ 9)
O Nanak, only devotional worship of the Lord is permanent; enshrine this in your mind. ||48||

jg rcnw sB JUT hY jwin lyhu ry mIq ] (1429-2, slok, mÚ 9)
The world and its affairs are totally false; know this well, my friend.

kih nwnk iQru nw rhY ijau bwlU kI BIiq ]49] (1429-2, slok, mÚ 9)
Says Nanak, it is like a wall of sand; it shall not endure. ||49||

rwmu gieE rwvnu gieE jw kau bhu prvwru ] (1429-3, slok, mÚ 9)
Raam Chand passed away, as did Raawan, even though he had lots of relatives.

khu nwnk iQru kCu nhI supny ijau sMswru ]50] (1429-3, slok, mÚ 9)
Says Nanak, nothing lasts forever; the world is like a dream. ||50||

icMqw qw kI kIjIAY jo AnhonI hoie ] (1429-4, slok, mÚ 9)
People become anxious, when something unexpected happens.

iehu mwrgu sMswr ko nwnk iQru nhI koie ]51] (1429-4, slok, mÚ 9)
This is the way of the world, O Nanak; nothing is stable or permanent. ||51||

jo aupijE so ibnis hY pro Awju kY kwil ] (1429-4, slok, mÚ 9)
Whatever has been created shall be destroyed; everyone shall perish, today or tomorrow.

nwnk hir gun gwie ly Cwif sgl jMjwl ]52] (1429-5, slok, mÚ 9)
O Nanak, sing the Glorious Praises of the Lord, and give up all other entanglements. ||52||

dohrw ] (1429-5)

blu CutikE bMDn pry kCU n hoq aupwie ] (1429-6, slok, mÚ 9)
My strength is exhausted, and I am in bondage; I cannot do anything at all.

khu nwnk Ab Et hir gj ijau hohu shwie ]53] (1429-6, slok, mÚ 9)
Says Nanak, now, the Lord is my Support; He will help me, as He did the elephant. ||53||

blu hoAw bMDn Cuty sBu ikCu hoq aupwie ] (1429-7, slok, mÚ 9)
My strength has been restored, and my bonds have been broken; now, I can do everything.

nwnk sBu ikCu qumrY hwQ mY qum hI hoq shwie ]54] (1429-7, slok, mÚ 9)
Nanak: everything is in Your hands, Lord; You are my Helper and Support. ||54||

sMg sKw siB qij gey koaU n inbihE swiQ ] (1429-8, slok, mÚ 9)
My associates and companions have all deserted me; no one remains with me.

khu nwnk ieh ibpiq mY tyk eyk rGunwQ ]55] (1429-8, slok, mÚ 9)
Says Nanak, in this tragedy, the Lord alone is my Support. ||55||

nwmu rihE swDU rihE rihE guru goibMdu ] (1429-9, slok, mÚ 9)
The Naam remains; the Holy Saints remain; the Guru, the Lord of the Universe, remains.

khu nwnk ieh jgq mY ikn jipE gur mMqu ]56] (1429-9, slok, mÚ 9)
Says Nanak, how rare are those who chant the Guru's Mantra in this world. ||56||

rwm nwmu aur mY gihE jw kY sm nhI koie ] (1429-10, slok, mÚ 9)
I have enshrined the Lord's Name within my heart; there is nothing equal to it.

ijh ismrq sMkt imtY drsu quhwro hoie ]57]1] (1429-10, slok, mÚ 9)
Meditating in remembrance on it, my troubles are taken away; I have received the Blessed Vision of Your Darshan. ||57||1||