Saturday, November 16, 2013

Happy Gurpurb!!!!!

Happy Guru Nanak Dev Ji's Gurpurb

It is Guru Nanak Dev Ji's Gurpurb on November 17, 2013. Let's take a moment to reflect on our first Guru and join the sangat in celebration.

Artist Bodh Rai's immpression of Guru Nanak Dev ji
 
ਰਾਗ੝ ਧਨਾਸਰੀ ਮਹਲਾ ੧ ॥
  

ਗਗਨ ਮੈ ਥਾਲ੝ ਰਵਿ ਚੰਦ੝ ਦੀਪਕ ਬਨੇ ਤਾਰਿਕਾ ਮੰਡਲ ਜਨਕ ਮੋਤੀ ॥

Upon that cosmic plate of the sky, the sun and the moon are the lamps. The stars and their orbs are the studded pearls.
 
ਧੂਪ੝ ਮਲਆਨਲੋ ਪਵਣ੝ ਚਵਰੋ ਕਰੇ ਸਗਲ ਬਨਰਾਇ ਫੂਲੰਤ ਜੋਤੀ ॥੧॥

The fragrance of sandalwood in the air is the temple incense, and the wind is the fan. All the plants of the world are the altar flowers in offering to You, O Luminous Lord. ((1))
 
ਕੈਸੀ ਆਰਤੀ ਹੋਇ ॥

What a beautiful Aartee, lamp-lit worship service this is!
 
ਭਵ ਖੰਡਨਾ ਤੇਰੀ ਆਰਤੀ ॥

O Destroyer of Fear, this is Your Ceremony of Light.
 
ਅਨਹਤਾ ਸਬਦ ਵਾਜੰਤ ਭੇਰੀ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥

The Unstruck Sound-current of the Shabad is the vibration of the temple drums. ((1)(Pause))
 
ਸਹਸ ਤਵ ਨੈਨ ਨਨ ਨੈਨ ਹਹਿ ਤੋਹਿ ਕਉ ਸਹਸ ਮੂਰਤਿ ਨਨਾ ਝਕ ਤਹੀ ॥

You have thousands of eyes, and yet You have no eyes. You have thousands of forms, and yet You do not have even one. 
 
ਸਹਸ ਪਦ ਬਿਮਲ ਨਨ ਝਕ ਪਦ ਗੰਧ ਬਿਨ੝ ਸਹਸ ਤਵ ਗੰਧ ਇਵ ਚਲਤ ਮੋਹੀ ॥੨॥

You have thousands of Lotus Feet, and yet You do not have even one foot. You have no nose, but you have thousands of noses. This Play of Yours entrances me. ((2)) 
 
ਸਭ ਮਹਿ ਜੋਤਿ ਜੋਤਿ ਹੈ ਸੋਇ ॥

Amongst all is the Light-You are that Light.
 
ਤਿਸ ਦੈ ਚਾਨਣਿ ਸਭ ਮਹਿ ਚਾਨਣ੝ ਹੋਇ ॥

By this Illumination, that Light is radiant within all.
 
ਗ੝ਰ ਸਾਖੀ ਜੋਤਿ ਪਰਗਟ੝ ਹੋਇ ॥

Through the Guru's Teachings, the Light shines forth.
 
ਜੋ ਤਿਸ੝ ਭਾਵੈ ਸ੝ ਆਰਤੀ ਹੋਇ ॥੩॥

That which is pleasing to Him is the lamp-lit worship service. ((3))
 
ਹਰਿ ਚਰਣ ਕਵਲ ਮਕਰੰਦ ਲੋਭਿਤ ਮਨੋ ਅਨਦਿਨ ਮੋਹਿ ਆਹੀ ਪਿਆਸਾ ॥

My mind is enticed by the honey-sweet Lotus Feet of the Lord. Day and night, I thirst for them.
 
ਕ੝ਰਿਪਾ ਜਲ੝ ਦੇਹਿ ਨਾਨਕ ਸਾਰਿੰਗ ਕਉ ਹੋਇ ਜਾ ਤੇ ਤੇਰੈ ਨਾਇ ਵਾਸਾ ॥੪॥੩॥

Bestow the Water of Your Mercy upon Nanak, the thirsty song-bird, so that he may come to dwell in Your Name.
 
(From Kirtan Sohila, taken from www.sikhiwiki.org)