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Sukhmani Sahib Asthapadee 18 Pauree 5-6

 ijhbw eyk ausqiq Anyk ]

jihbaa ayk ustat anayk.

The tongue is one, but His Praises are many.

 siq purK pUrn ibbyk ] kwhU bol n phucq pRwnI ]

sat purakh pooran bibayk. kaahoo bol na pahuchat paraanee.

The True Lord, of perfect perfection - no speech can take the mortal to Him.

 Agm Agocr pRB inrbwnI ]

agam agochar parabh nirbaanee.

God is Inaccessible, Incomprehensible, balanced in the state of Nirvaanaa.

 inrwhwr inrvYr suKdweI ]

niraahaar nirvair sukh-daa-ee.

He is not sustained by food; He has no hatred or vengeance; He is the Giver of peace.

 qw kI kImiq iknY n pweI ]

taa kee keemat kinai na paa-ee.

No one can estimate His worth.

 Aink Bgq bMdn inq krih ]

anik bhagat bandan nit karahi.

Countless devotees continually bow in reverence to Him.

 crn kml ihrdY ismrih ]

charan kamal hirdai simrahi.

In their hearts, they meditate on His Lotus Feet.

 sd bilhwrI siqgur Apny ]

sad balihaaree satgur apnay.

Nanak is forever a sacrifice to the True Guru;

 nwnk ijsu pRswid AYsw pRBu jpny ]5]

naanak jis parsaad aisaa parabh japnay. ||5||

by His Grace, he meditates on God. ||5||

 iehu hir rsu pwvY jnu koie ]

ih har ras paavai jan ko-ay.

Only a few obtain this ambrosial essence of the Lord's Name.

 AMimRqu pIvY Amru so hoie ]

amrit peevai amar so ho-ay.

Drinking in this Nectar, one becomes immortal.

 ausu purK kw nwhI kdy ibnws ] jw kY min pRgty gunqws ]

us purakh kaa naahee kaday binaas. jaa kai man pargatay guntaas.

That person whose mind is illuminated by the treasure of excellence, never dies.

 AwT phr hir kw nwmu lyie ]

aath pahar har kaa naam lay-ay.

Twenty-four hours a day, he takes the Name of the Lord.

 scu aupdysu syvk kau dyie ]

sach updays sayvak ka-o day-ay.

The Lord gives true instruction to His servant.

 moh mwieAw kY sMig n lypu ]

moh maa-i-aa kai sang na layp.

He is not polluted by emotional attachment to Maya.

 mn mih rwKY hir hir eyku ]

man meh raakhai har har ayk.

In his mind, he cherishes the One Lord, Har, Har.

 AMDkwr dIpk prgwsy ]

anDhkaar deepak pargaasay.

In the pitch darkness, a lamp shines forth.

 nwnk Brm moh duK qh qy nwsy ]6]

naanak bharam moh dukh tah tay naasay. ||6||

O Nanak, doubt, emotional attachment and pain are erased. ||6||

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