Tuesday, December 06, 2016
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Varan Bhai Gurdas Ji
Vaar 1
Translation by Dr Jodh Singh

Pauri 6 (As above)

kiljug cOQw QwipAw sUdR ibrq jg mih vrqweI]
krm su irg jujr isAwmdy kry jgq ird bhu sukcweI]
mwXw mohI mydnI kil kl vwlI sB BrmweI]
auTI glwn jgq ivc haumY AMdr jly lukweI]
koeI n iksy pUjdw aUc nIc sB giq ibsrweI]
Bey ibAdlI pwqSwh kilkwqI aumrwv ksweI]
rihAw qpwvs iqRhu jugI cOQy jug jo dyie su pweI]
krm BRSt sB BeI lukweI ]÷]

kalijug chuuthhaa thhaapiaa soodhr biruth jug mehi vuruthaaee||
kurum s rig jujur siaamudhae kurae juguth ridh buhu sukuchaaee||
maayaa mohee maedhunee kal kul vaalee subh bhurumaaee||
out(h)ee gulaan juguth vich houmai a(n)dhur julae lukaaee||
koee n kisae poojudhaa ooch neech subh gath bisuraaee||
bheae biadhulee paathushaah kalikaathee oumuraav kusaaee||
rehiaa thupaavus thrihu jugee chuuthhae jug jo dhaee s paaee||
kurum bhrushutt subh bhee lukaaee ||u||

Kalijug became prevalent as the fourth age in which the low instincts gripped the whole world.
People became resultant in performing of the duties enjoined in the Rig, Yajur and Samaveda.
The entire earth got enticed by mammon and the antics of the Kalijug put everyone into delusion.
Hatred and degeneracy engrossed the people and ego burnt oneand all.
Nobody now worships anyone and the sense of respect for the younger and elder has vanished into thin air.
In this cutter age the emporers are tyrants and their satraps butchers.
The justice of three ageshas become extinct and now whosoever gives something (as bribe) gets (justice?).
The mankind has become wanting in dexterity of action.

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