Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Gateway to Sikhism


Varan Bhai Gurdas Ji
Vaar 2
Translation by Dr Jodh Singh

Pauri10 Example of thread

hovY sUq kpwh dw kr qwxw vwxw]
sUqhu k`pV jwxIAY AwKwx vKwxw]
causI qy cauqwr hoie gMgw jl jwxw]
Kwsw mlml isrIswP qn suK mn Bwxw]
p`g dup`tw colxw ptkw prvwxw]
Awpy Awp vrqdw gurmuK rMgmwxw ]ñú]

hovai sooth kupaah dhaa kur thaanaa vaanaa||
soothuhu kuupurr jaaneeai aakhaan vukhaanaa||
chousee thae chouthaar hoe gu(n)gaa jul jaanaa||
khaasaa mulumul sireesaaf thun sukh mun bhaanaa||
puug dhupuuttaa cholunaa puttukaa puruvaanaa||
aapae aap vuruthudhaa gurumukh ru(n)gumaanaa ||uu||

From cotton the thread and then its warp and waft is prepared.
It is well known that from that very thread the cloth is made.
Made of the four threads are what are known as chausi, gangajali etc.(in india).
The superior clothes (malmal, sirisaph) made out of it impart comfort and pleasure to the body.
By becoming turban, scarf, waist coat etc that thread from cotton becomes acceptable to one and all.
The Lord permeates among all and the gurmukhs enjoy His love.

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