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Sukhmani Sahib Asthapadee 11 Pauree 7-8



kbhU hoie pMifqu kry bK´wnu ]

kabhoo ho-ay pandit karay bakh-yaan.

Sometimes, as scholars, they deliver lectures.

 kbhU moinDwrI lwvY iDAwnu ]

kabhoo moniDhaaree laavai Dhi-aan.

Sometimes, they hold to silence in deep meditation.

 kbhU qt qIrQ iesnwn ]

kabhoo tat tirath isnaan.

Sometimes, they take cleansing baths at places of pilgrimage.

 kbhU isD swiDk muiK igAwn ]

kabhoo siDh saaDhik mukh gi-aan.

Sometimes, as Siddhas or seekers, they impart spiritual wisdom.

 kbhU kIt hsiq pqMg hoie jIAw ]

kabhoo keet hasat patang ho-ay jee-aa.

Sometimes, they becomes worms, elephants, or moths.

 Aink join BrmY BrmIAw ]

anik jon bharmai bharmee-aa.

They may wander and roam through countless incarnations.

 nwnw rUp ijau sÍwgI idKwvY ]

naanaa roop ji-o savaagee dikhaavai.

In various costumes, like actors, they appear.

 ijau pRB BwvY iqvY ncwvY ]

ji-o parabh bhaavai tivai nachaavai.

As it pleases God, they dance.

 jo iqsu BwvY soeI hoie ]

jo tis bhaavai so-ee ho-ay.

Whatever pleases Him, comes to pass.

 nwnk dUjw Avru n koie ]7]

naanak doojaa avar na ko-ay. ||7||

O Nanak, there is no other at all. ||7||

 kbhU swDsMgiq iehu pwvY ]

kabhoo saaDhsangat ih paavai.

Sometimes, this being attains the Company of the Holy.

 ausu AsQwn qy bhuir n AwvY ]

us asthaan tay bahur na aavai.

From that place, he does not have to come back again.

 AMqir hoie igAwn prgwsu ]

antar ho-ay gi-aan pargaas.

The light of spiritual wisdom dawns within.

 ausu AsQwn kw nhI ibnwsu ]

us asthaan kaa nahee binaas.

That place does not perish.

 mn qn nwim rqy iek rMig ]

man tan naam ratay ik rang.

The mind and body are imbued with the Love of the Naam, the Name of the One Lord.

 sdw bsih pwrbRhm kY sMig ]

sadaa baseh paarbarahm kai sang.

He dwells forever with the Supreme Lord God.

 ijau jl mih jlu Awie Ktwnw ]

ji-o jal meh jal aa-ay khataanaa.

As water comes to blend with water,

 iqau joqI sMig joiq smwnw ]

ti-o jotee sang jot samaanaa.

his light blends into the Light.

 imit gey gvn pwey ibsRwm ]

mit ga-ay gavan paa-ay bisraam.

Reincarnation is ended, and eternal peace is found.

 nwnk pRB kY sd kurbwn ]8]11]

naanak parabh kai sad kurbaan. ||8||11||

Nanak is forever a sacrifice to God. ||8||11||

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