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'The Dakhni Onkar (T8e Word Divine tittered) BY Siri LYra

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T ,anslated by

Bhai Sabib Sher Singb III. SI;, Principal CCl llege or Forestry Colum bu

Pt¢lished by !llbl SalwaDt Kaur In the .,fe81 memorJ.1 ller bo.sbaad • aa!! dlstrlbnted gratla~ ' In .tiedleD.. t. She "'abes •• preosed

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RA"KALI (OF) ~,RI G'-RU NA"AK DEY JI

"THE DAKHNI ONKAR" THE WORD-DIVINE UTTERED IN THE SOUTH

r ONKAR : GOD-LIVING !THE GOLDEN ONE I! From the ONKAR the GOLDEN ONE, the Lord-Creator (Himsdf) came into velOg; 'Tis the ONKAR, the G OLDEN ONE who bolds all (in tether) in Consciousness COSMIC; From tne ONKAR. the GOLDEN ONa emerged aeons of Ti'me as a Iso a II piles of mountains-congea led; From the ONKAR. the GOLDEN ONE were Books inspired. uttered all spontaneously;

By the Holv Nam (SABAD) is contact had with the ONKAR the Golden one to cross over; By the ONKAR tbe Golden One, the holy ones swim across (the ocean of existence) ;

Such is, hear ye,

the inwardne..

(of the Golden one)

the 路路ONKAR",

o

,this "Word" is of the wbole world a nutshell-a microcosm l


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0, thou (the ignoran t, but professedly learned) PAJlDIT, what rigmarole dost thou spin If thou koew RAM-NAN-the Holy Word-th~ Nam-inborn, thou wilt be saved(Vea), through the holy olfice of the Guru ! (Note I) II

S - THE FlRST CONSONANT THE BACK-GROUND OF ALL IS TRUTH ~ll this univer:;e was creatp.d spontaneously: Worlds three (Heaven, earth and firmament) Yet lighted by ooe Light (Heavenly) ! The Guru-oriented-on .. find this Holy (Quintessenct) : the Hidden Product, o they pick up the jewels and pearl. (of wisdom); (They who see into this Reality Hidden) see (Thee) and understand (Thee); they ponder and ponder again to assimilate (the Truth) that the True One is the Un broken-Thread of Exteroity; The Guru-orient,d-one seeth this (secret), And Clutches this (Entity-endurmg), the TRUTH;-O, without this (Backbone) Of 'Frilth .. an world would be like a cobweb-fIimsy_

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III

DH-DHARMA; RIGHTEOUSNESS AS THE FIRST REQUISITE! (Let the seeker-aCter-Truth) bold bimsell e'en &Joft in


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the kingdom of Righteousness: 'ti. by virtues that the (uptosst) mind is brought under the curb; (In. this world heavy loads of) dust fall on the face of one and all and behold " e'en golden ones becom e soiled !Blessed is the Lord Himself, who holds all universe in tether. unborn and undying. 'tis He alone who is true to His Word and to His Measures (eternal;, (Of) Thy Infinities. 0 Lord Creator' Thou alone knowest-or he. the .\ laster, (One initiated into Thy Mysterios Sublime)

IV GN : THE GNOSlS-KNOWLEDGE-DlVINE Having lost touch with the Supreme Knowledge. We have wandered into (otherness) worldliness, and by this (resultant) egotism we are consumed. and we eat thus the Poison (of Evil); 0, they have lost all knowledge of That Mysterious and sacrosanet-sONG (THE NAil) -the song of songs of the Master. does not aUract them. nor they so much as hear it or relish It ! nor Philosophy subtim.; The Master tells us the true word' "Seek Ye the Nectar of Immortality (first) for ('tis this) which puts the


DAUNI ONKAR body, in true trim (in heyday sublime)" 0, through the Ma.ter, the Lord iniateth us Himsell, and we (then) quail the Nectar Holy I

v路 EK-THE ONE! IF WE KNEW HIM All talk of the One, tho One-in-all,

Y.t egotism envelops them all-ha ! the bloating pride; If Ye recognised the ONE, here, there and everywherewithin and without i-then alone in heart of hearts Ye could peep into the Palace-Sublime, 0, the Transcendent One dwells near thee-under thy own eyes-do not think that He is yonder (hidden in the cloud:li) (-and more. all this cosmos is one! The aKANKAR--the One-in-AII, the ALL-I/f-ALLdawneth (only) when there is naught hut Him; Nanak; let's dissolve ourself in Him I

VI

THE ONE-EVER UNWEIGHABLE ONE I How may we keep firm touc~ with the Creator : with Him who is beyond all encirclement, and who cannot be weighed (or scanned) ; 0, the money.minfted.ones, are mad after wealth; they are lost in mist of darkness- in stultifying game of Falsehood I 0, they are lost in greed, in avarice, and (in l'Dending) needfulness; they are neither here nor there-and


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thus lost (in darkness) they (at last) repent I It Ye served the One (with all heart and soul), Ye shall find out all ins and outs (of the Almight})--then, there will be nc. more coming or going (the Wheel of transmigration) VI[

THE ONE !-l'HE HIDDEN ONE SPREAD INT-9 MANY A FORM The One liveth and d lvulgest Himself in many a form guise or wise. Wind. water and fire are Tby manif"ld (hidden) forms I o Thou, the Butterfly supreme f1itath here. there and everywhere-in heaven. on earth and io tbe firmament! If we recognise Tbee and behold Thee, 10 I there will be New chapter of : will life opened unto us that of Honour; Upheaved by Gyan and Dhyaa-by Supreme Knowledge and meditation-let us live unruffled (in the Sea) of One I 0, few Guru-oriented-ones (reach) this desideratum: then Have it I I:nto whom, the (Lord) blessetll and giveth, he attains (all) we,al (Then -he becomes the Vehicle of the Spirit) and utten


DAKH:<I

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Ol'lKAR

tbe Guru 's Word (iota all rorners of tbe world) ! VIII

THE ONE-IN-ALL : the ALL-IN-ALL ,.Urm~Dhurml':

Abo ve and below, in heaven and on earth, there is but one Ligbt-Divine I 0 , in all tbe worlds Three, art Thou0, Thou, the kind . caressing. Master! Wben this (Sun) dawneth , 10 I there are forros endlessly varied e'er;

By (!by) Grace, we are drawn ito the House (Hi dd.n)~ that of the -SE.L F ! (Behold I the dark clouds Heavenly) dripping ceaselesse Iy the Nectar of Life I-aye, there is one Torrentunbroken) I! 0, 'tis the Most Transcendent N..M-the 54BADSYMPHONY-sublime, that hath all powers-healing I (If) we but knew this (all en veloping, ttle Transcendent) ollE, the Mystery-sublime Thou wouldst be thyself the Creator-thyself the angel (of Light) I IX

THE ONE !-EVEN THE NON-ORIENTED ONES ARE IN THEE, 0, LORD I When the Light of lights dawnelh, 10 I all forces of darkness are ' quelled I (Then) our eyes are .uiented (Above), and we begin to


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meditate 00 the NAMIn tltat Height Supreme (the sABAn) (Io!) there is the alpha and omega of all existence-of all tbe three worlds; 'Tis He who createst, who utterest lall wcrds wisdom as Maoter's or Adepts)-'tis He who also attends (hearst) ! (Yea), He is tile Gre,,1 Fa,ili oner : boo1y and soul are given by Him;' He is t b.e Great Maker -men with faces away from Him are also in Him (not away) ! (For), tbe Transecodent: Ooe is the One immine nt naugbt is without Him 'Tis, 0 Naoak, by initiation in the NAM, that real honour (SEF-HOOD) is ours.!

x R-MAN STABLISED IN GOD! That Overlord is also the All-Spread One-He who belpest (ooe and all); (11) we jump inlo tbis World of Conflict after maslery over our own mind; (and) (If) we live io Thee (0 Lord !) submerged, (all moments . of our I!fe) ; nigbt ..nd day! (Lo I) we shall know theo (the Mystery of mysteries) : -(all the ios and outs of) the worlds Three and Fou r Time of Aeons! He who kooweth this ; (Supreme Mystery) is like unto


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DAKRNI ONKA "

TH E E (0 my Lor.j I) : He is (no n.ore soiled), is spotlessly clean e'er, with his bOllih' tabernacle all drenched (in trutb) ; 0, he has known the Mys ter y 01 Godliness, 'he is stabilised

into Un iform Onen es";

[n him hath dawned the Word-unstruck a ttuned TROTH whereby he is! XI

with

R: WE COME TO GO !-FEW CATCH THE BUS! 0 , be not milled, let 's quaff the Drink of Immortality(or e l s~ ) we hiwe to quit this world; (Aye). (no one shall live :) neither the king-emperor nor (his) sub jects we but come to go-in all these ages four (0 tho wheel of life !) In this Duality: 'Rahn-Kahn'--stifled-living and un iformed speech-we dwell : 0 unto whom could one tell (open one's heart, to dwell in TROTH) if Y. rose up to the Word of words-the SABAD (un-c1ipt), 10 ! this will save Ye (one It all)-but this

is given by the Guru, the Holy Master, a. a (seal of) Honour on our mind (soiled)

XII

L : HA I CHANGE I-THE RUBY-RED SOUL t ALL UNVEILED !! Laden with coyness (and shyness), I lost all my' life (now, at last) I go with aU of my veils parted %-


DAKHN[ ONKAR

And that mad \!o lher-in- Iaw mine (who kept me parted from the Bridp.t-"worldliness·') is now no more 5itting on my hea(l; (0, 1 am now free like th e Air I

0, ! was called, }ea, kissed (by the Bride) in one supreme

[

Draught-ol Love 1-0 His Word Supreme alI satisfying' walled up in me !! wa'i dyed a-RsD· i n an d Ollt [-the RUBY-COLOURED one

r became

!!

0 , r had no more cares I being oriented Ito my Beloved I) -(HA I-THE CHANGE

!!!)

Xln TRUEST GUERDON OF LlF:E IS THE SPIRIT ! (0) The Pro lit

(endless) was the Holy Name- Hidde n

the end 01 all Trails-earthly the Diamon dPriceless I-of aU ceremonies and remembrences. the keY'-.. ord I (No mOre now) Greed and besoiling Egotism I

Avarice-nor

(that old)

(No more) ups and downs which lead os but to nonconfidence (ill-will) 'Tis the blind sell-cenlred-one. who (go in this direction) tbe loolish and the erring ones I life, (We) came into this world to earn Holy Prolit (life (But alas I) LIke a watch, a belabouring-coaly, we came

and went invaia I-having lost the (poarl 01) .0nJ.


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sell-decei ved! HO I this Name that is Profit-endless, tbe stock-in-trado dependable

o Nanak, this is

truest Guerdon : true Honour Immortal from the Lord-Giver true.

life

XIV

o

! THIS BECLOUDING, SERPENTINE WEALTH I

0, we come errently, so does the whole world 'somehow' gone astray-into the dark ways of Death I (YetI is men competent to exhaust all wealth? (so vast and infinite is it in its potent might !) Piles of wealth occur (may he) in the house of an evil one or the wicked, Seeing this, both ~orlds the upper and lower, how unto him; (They go so far as to) Call the foolish one as sapient one iI he has (plenteous) wealth;

0, without true devotion, all world hath gone astray, mad (in craze for wealth) ;

.

The ONE (Low) pervadest one and all : 'tis only by his Grace that He divulgest Himself (unto the lucky souls),


DAKHNI ONKAR

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J:

THY EFFORTLESS WAYS! o UNSOILED ONE!

He makes (and unmakes) this All in all the ages in Times Four I-and yet He harboueeth no ill-will t. allY;

Unto Him this c,)ming and going is no act of effort or experiment: 'tis unsoiled-Spontaniety ! 'Tis Then: 0 Sell of Selves Yea, aU that is; Thou createst, and Thou keepest us (each) fixed on his (own dutiful) station; This world all is submerged in cea.eless worry-yet 1hou art (unperturbed)-O, the unapproachable One! (And Yet) in the Act of Union. we see Thee (spread here, there, and ever} where). 0 the Soul of the Universe! II Ye follow the TROTH : work up the way of Righteousness, 10 ! true peace shall be there, e'er; Without this Nam (Heavenly), bow can there be any liberation? XVI

W' THE ENDLESS GRIND WITHOUT THE HOL Y WORD! Without this WORD (Holy). there are (endless) coDflicts in the body (and mInd); Wny lIot lind Him (0 man? finding Whom), there is end


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to all <outliets 01 mind? The

(henpaoked) traveller cometh and goetn (in th is world) ; . (Un-informed) what doth he bring ?-What rioth he take along? Yea, Without the Holy Word â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘tli thi, viaticum (flim.y) is bonned to slip away, allover; Ho 1 we get the gue rdon, indeed - if o nly He could let's see: to behold 1 All brokers and businessmen carr y

OD

tr a de (i.e. with

a view to gain) But without the Holy Word . whore is the guerdon: the Quintessential HonouT ?

XVI[

G: VIA VIRTUES TO THE FORE-FRONT OF VIIUU ES ! He who meditate3t on viTtue is truly an enlightened one (Digging in) virtue, he discovereth all GNOSIS ! To tbis Giver of Virtue., Ic,w wor Idly ones do reaU)' attend; The real blessed 'Deed' is : Meditation-on-TRUTH I-as the Gu ru (unfolds) ! 0, (then, w~ feel tbis Mystery :) a. endless 3n. fathomless yet-who can sea. ? wbo can ' tell ? We behold (Thee, 0 Lord). when Thou Tbyself """chsafest Thy Vision I


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The virtuous one is truly virtous yea, e'er a~d e'er; Nanak, 'tis by the Guru-given Light, thaI We can . begin to see-to meet the FRIEND (of frienos I)

o

XVIII

K: THE VISTA OF VALUES-IN THIS VALE OF TEARS! "KA M-KRODH" : sexual will, ill and anger consume this body, • E·en as gold-i:npure is consumed by ash, (But) The gold tbat is pure and burnished (on lhe olher hand) bears all heat-strokes, (so also is soul purified) picked up by the Elect Ones-the dealers in Finest Jewels 1 0, this world is 'beastly (: Adam like); ',is the ego that acts (on it) like the butcher Tbus" the wheel is set-agoing-'tis _ (aa it ..ere) selfpropelled: Whoso e'er rises IIp (aDove) this (dark ..heel) 01 deed. beholdeth the (vista of) Values 1- VALUIIS TRUE 1 Beyond these what is augllt there 1 : 0 'tis ail DDt.flabl••

XIX

KH: Tf-lE SEARCf-l-FRUI TFUL WITHIN 1 By seeking The. again and again, 10

I....

did quail tile

Nectar of Immortality I We (slipped

from

'bea.tliness') i.to

Tranquility:-


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revealed by the true Maste.r within ; (Since Ihen) every one calleth us as ,the Pure', ' the Elect one'

o this

tl-.e PEARL Purity, is, was, and shall c'er be !in ail Ages Four!

(Beast-like) we filled our belli.s-ate, drank and made merry-we died at last, in utter darkness !(And Vet) when we knew Thee (at long last), we died, in the twinkling 01 an eye (to dic no more!) beholding Thy Word (in us) is our SELF !!

â&#x20AC;˘

Thus stabilised, the mind knew at last ;-was prepared to

DIE-

I

0, by tbe gro.ce of the Guru, did 1 thus recoguise the

WORD-Holy I

xx G: FROM EARTH TO HEAVEN-AND BEYOND Be. Ye (as) tranquil as the firmament; (more) dwell Ye in

the indwelling, eternal (Word ; the SABAn); Sing ye e'er the praises (of . the Lord) : in this self sustained Spontaoiety; we returneth no more, (though) we may be gone; We come to back never


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For by the grace of the Master. man is >Huned with the Lord [or ever-unwrapt I The 'Gagan' is the Hidden most firmament unapproached, without any Lord-wombless ! (In that :Gagao' dwelle lh, the) stabilised Ectasy ever-soaring, ne'er downcast;

he.rt,-in

By meditating on the Holy word, there is no more tho womb t o be entered; The Guru Word is the Master-key Holy-others ways are but void inanhries.

XXI

GH; HOW LONG I WANDERED IN IGNORANCE? 1 wandered O,ere. there and everywhere-to every hearth and home) from door to door (life stations aU); 0, there are innumerahle (stations in life) : "the species" who can count them? Many a time, I was the ' [ather' or the 'mother' or again a 'son' or 'daughter'. Many a time, I was the 'teacher' of this or hi. 'disciple', again and yet a((ain tO by (clutChing at a drowning-straw) : a raw Master, thou canstnot he liherated t How many (the enlightened soul) brides who cling to the ONB (bridegroom) ?-


IS

DAKIl .. 1 ONXAR

ltor the pious ODes live and die.

with the One Being

BalDI: GRoom (Trancendent); Thus

!'\e~king

in all direc:tions ten. r found Thee in (m y heart) within (Yea). I was united I-united tbrough the (Grace) of the Master I

XXII

G: ONE WHO IS BY THE GURU ENLIGHTENED The Guru orieuted-one doth sing e'er and utter words Aoly; . The Guru oriented weighteth (scales of wisdom) causeth others to do so;

and

.

The Guru oriented cometh and gaeth-all unperturbed and unattacked; Discarding ' aU earthliness he burneth also the Root (at Evil) The Guru oriented.soul dwelleth in wisdom in reading holy Lore and in Contemplation Divine; The Guru

ori~nt.d

soul hath cleanliess in body, in mind and in conduct pure,

The Guru oriented lives and bath his beiog io the NA .. : the Word-<:[uintessential;

0, Nauak. the Guru oriented doth cross oYer Exiatenco ,

the Sea of


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xxnr C H : THE MIND FLICK E RING WH EN STABILISED! This mind-errent. like mercury, fU11lbleth & tlickerr.th!

(For) The bea.ts of prey st''llthil y come in and eat away tbe precious '..'i"e of Li fe; If Ye keep the hlessed Lotus Foat of t be Master in thy hear t,

Then. thou wilt live long-aye, many an aeon !-i t only . thou wouldst remember Him , e 'er; {Thoughl everyone appeare th t~ be thinking always (Yet) If Yo broad on the ONE , then alone there is Peaceabiding! If Thou dwell in me- If I dwell in Thy Name (0 Lord !). I am released, for e'er,-O; r go with a wlealh of laure ls c ro~n ed;

XX IV

CHH : THE KNOT OF LIF E DISSOLVING When this bod y sinks slowly 10 ! at la, t, the knot of life is a ll-loosened ; (Likewise,) by the s ix (Wt.irling Seasons), this universe js worn out-wholly ont worD!

If t1ie Darkness and Light were to be treated by Thee as co-equal (in duality) Then, thou wilt clip this, the " ,o t of entanglemellt, and


IS

DAKIINI O k l<AII

will then s te p up into House of Liberation! .

o this 'Darkoe;, ' i,

verily deceptive: 'tiS (also) skin-deep,

it dwellet h une .nd a ll ! [n th is wise, the command .. primeval

i~

slowly worked

out: All seeming Beallt)' Soon "."is heth-and creel"'th Age crowned by death! Thus, the bod y

c nln1 hlet~,

In

it. pl""e

,vithout the all enlivening

(Cement "f I\." WORn !)

xxv 0 ): I AM ONE WITH THEE!

rn all the world. Three. art Thou !-Yea see ! In e'ferr age a rt Thou : 11 0 De but Thee I As Thou pleasest, 0 Lord, so do Thou keep me ;

0, r seeie t', magn ify Thy glory ; dost Thou gi\'e me this Thy H onour : this blesssing. Thine ! It I dwell in Thee, wake up in ihee, r please Thee best;

When thou ardaiDest, I am a .. imilated-in roce; 0, I adore Thee

o Lord

~

I adore Thee e'". I

of the World

n


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By the ~!a ' te r's Grace Holy, 1 have met Thee - [ a m one wi t h Til •• ! (0 Lord) indissolubly I! XXVI

JH : I HAVE ALL THE TR E ASU RES NINE! Why to speak ill, Or wrangle idly with the world 1 be d rowned if thou wou ldst hut see this -the darkness all-enveloping;

o Thou wouldst

(See all this through) I died while livin~-no more need, I die:

I come and go : s teadfastly fixed in one 'hope', th ..t is aLove:all hopes; By brooding and g rumbling, we si nk down and are

assimilated soon into the earth ; (Bot) the Angel of Death d oth not tuuch thee, if tho .. singest the Lord's glory I 0, I've had all the Treasures Nine-! in Th y Name! Thoa gaves t them all to me !-freely, s pontanoously !!

XXVII

NGH: NO LONGER WANDER YE FROM PILLAR TO POST I Speak Ye words of ,.;sdom; H. uDderstandeth it al l

tile

SitU- 01.11'£ '

r-


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He seeth it all-seoth it through I If the Guru's Word . inketh in Soul

La ! We are pure-nn more soi led I-and (thus) we do please Thee. the Tnte One! The Holy Master is like unto the Ocean (Infinit.) there i. no end of lrue gems and jewl. (rlivine) in Him;

o

He llath genuine that

' ~ubies t

aun true

stock ~in .. trade

and

endJe5~ ,

Do thou do as the Holy Master cnlered unto you

If Ye do thi<. Y" ,,".,n.ler no long., (Crom pillar to post!) .0 , Ye are, then,

a ~si m!ld l! cI

into the Troth, 0

N~ak.

:

XXVIII

(T) , HOW PALPAI3LF.. Afl.T THOU, o LORD. WHEN FOUND! Bonds of love are dissolved if Yo falsify truth (amoDtJ~" yourselve,); If the connecling link is broken:lo, both . ides (of the bed) . fan off;

By ill-.poken word. ,,,. snapped a It ties of love;

Having seen the holiowness-cask-like as it' .. er..-of badtemper (we) gil'e it up and at last;

"hen (light) of deliberation dawneth, (at last), tl1e,a i~


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disoolved the knot (of knots);

lIy the Guru-gillen-Word i., the (abid ing) Home (discovered) and the needful done; 0 , this (Word Holy, : TROTH i. an unend ing, inexhausli ~Ie Possession

And, in all the worlds three (lhen) we sec Thee, 0 Lord, palpahly visible (then so ':fa t 1" I)

XXIX

TH , WHEN THE ERRING SOUL RETURNETH, LO l THE CHANGE! Curb Ye Your mind and keep it in pwptlr place; By deeds evil We hit each oluer mutually and then collapse

- t o re pent thereafter; The Lord of Lords is One, and all that is- is (like a) Brid" unto Him ; The false ooe pUlieth on mun y a guise; She who used to loiter into hou.e. other than her own, i. now tied to her 01011 statioo, And being called in, she discovereth the Palace (of tlle Lord) .. ithin, without any hitch ",hatever I tAnd 10 I)She is now sanctified with tl;e Holy WordO. the beloved of TRUTH I


DAIlBNI ONICAR

(An~ now) she is the Brid_ of brides I-as the Lord is hel s

and she it. o f the Lord !I

xxx (D): FRO\1 LOG CABIN TO WHITE HOUSE, AT LAST! In vocillation and in wanderings, 0 sister. my habiliments were a 11 torn and tattered.: Ie this eccentricity there is no peace-without the fear (of the Lord), crowds of men stumble and are consumed ( a t last) ; (When) 1 began to live in Thy lear (0 Lord), then I did behold, Thee , 0 Thou the Oll1iniscient One;

(And finally) my fear also disappeared through the grace of the Guru-lor did loot actualize that WordHoly, which is above all fears ? b this wilderness of the world, I had deep unquenchable thirst-and yet when [ beheld Thee, 10 ! Thou wert 80t , .

off !

路Yea, my thirst wao " ppeased wheo I had fuJI faith in Thy Word-thus, r sipped the water's of Immor..lity overfull ever-I II'"'J one asketh ; '!Give, Give" 'this, 0 my Lord' . .Il.,i'fttb uoto him wbom He listeth;

, Yea; the ),laster adlllinistreth thi. to appease

Our Tbi..t

.-


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XXXI

(DH):

I REELED & STAGGERED !-AS

THE DARK WIND BLEW t ,;ought Thee, Here, there and eVerywhere

o I searched for

Thee: the strong wind (of worldliness)

blew hard-and I reeled and .taggered ! 'the heavy ones, in deed. succumbe(\-(b 'lt 10 !) the ligoltf ones escaped and ",ached the 'other side!

t

am a .acrifice unto thft m to who m m,-

Lord appear.-

He i. above all death an<i beyond all comprehensi... 'the dust of thier feet t love an d the sattle I distribute i. the whole

cong :~gation-to

make them all one'

By dedicating the mind at Gum's (Feet). I had the

Hol~

Name. over"pure

,ADd he (the Guru) who so blessed me, Him I will serve;

o I am a sacrifice unto

him,

, He who makest. 'also unmakes!, but for Him thee. 1$ none otber If by the Guru's Grace. I remain true to aim,

then no more ailment can befall (me) I


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XXXII

(N) : SOULS SURe '-IARGED WITH 'SAL T'-

E'ER CRUMBLING! No One is mine. to whom may .l cling? 0 there is none, nor will e'er be ! As we come and go back (from the world), we are lost (both ways) being overcom' by 'duality'; an obsessing ailmen t ,Yea,) Those who are without the N ....-the Word-Holy are like those walls that are surcharged with salt, thus ever crumbling;

0, we are nol saved without this, Name-and finally we gravitate to the

deepest

Deep

:that of senses-

overfrown I

In 'words' we live and deal-beyond all 'words' is He, the Infinite-the True!

TIle ignora.nt one is without who doth enlighten I

rea.;~n-路tis

the Guru alone

Whell one string ot a guitar, is snapped. lo! the 'whole instrument does dishormony

.

not work, due to this loss or

B.... the Supreme One, doth make the parted ones meet again-O Nanak, he bringeth about the meetin~ deserved I


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XXXIII

T

THIS HOLY .TREE WITH BIRDS-IN-TWAIN !

Lo , this body is like a tree, and the mind is like the bird 5itting thereonOn th" same tree ('PAR-MATMAN

sitteth, the

or TUE

BIRD

OF

BIRDS!

SPIRIT)

If the two live in ha.rmony and in unison, there is no catch, dog or distraction;

II they rise in disorder : all rhythm is lost- they are attracted adversely by many a cloying attraction, Their wings are caught, they are enmeshed-entrappedo ! they are overcome by a great calamity, by the (unbrooding) evil; How can we be saved without the TROTU I-in Him are aU virtues~ He is also . th~ DIAMOND OF GRACE (that forgiveth) I If (the Lord) Himself ordainst then only are we savedHe is the Supreme owner (of the world) ; By the Guru's grace, we are saved- He dispenseth grace Himself I 0; the Supreme One hath in His own Hands all (gifts and) HOIlOun, dispensing as He listeth I


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DAKHNl O~KAR

XXXIV

(TH): THOU GIVEST WHAT WE DKEAM NOT OF ! It trembleth,

Y~a

e'er f1ickeroth, this mind mme-when

it hath no locns standii of its own,

0, Thou art the Loc ..s ,,( all loci, the Firm Seat of all Honour, 0 Truth-in Thee naught is e'er amiss; -Yea, e'er-stabili,ed art Thou the Supreme One, so aloo is the Maker True. as also is

Discr ~mination

true;

Of all the sages Thou art :nost perfect, of all seen Thou art most Elec t-the Refuge

01 those

who are

without any support I Thou art here, there and

~verywhere

1-

Yea, Thou art the Donor 01 donors, Wherever [ see, 10 ! Thou art there .- there i. no eud nor limit to Thee in any direction! Within and without and, in all, Thou dost in-dwell,-il only

we

see

Thee

through

the Guru 's-Word

pondered; 0, Thou dost cive wba~ (we know not) what we seek not .-

o Thou art Most HiÂŤh, ~ost Transcendent ever!


DAKHNIONKAR

27

xxxv (O): IN THY MEHCY WE

GROW-OUTGROW! Thou art Merciful, dispensing mercy (e'er). Thou crea te;t and dost create-and looketh on them all !compassionately); Thou dost, through Thy kindness, unite us with Thee, sitting men upon the pinnacle (of glory) from the fallen (dust)-and that in the twiJlklinl: of an eye I 0, Thou art the most Sapient One. tho seer-most-seeing and Thou

art

the

richest reward: the PaiZE

HIGRasT ! The qualler of all foes art Thou' and the Great Trampler of aU evil -- th.)se oriented toward. Thee live ill Tay knowiedge and i. Thy Presence (GYAN and DBY~ e'er) I

- XXXVI

(DH): THE WHIRLGIG OF WEALTH! When wealth goes, ..e arc very wroth-in wealth is sunk the mind of an ignorant one; The tcue Wealth is Troth, in which but few deal in, with Holy Word, the Pure (NAÂť) We should cultivate


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DAKHIIJ ONKAR

Jove; 11 thy wealth goes (0 mao; let it go, provided You remain e~eI attuned with the ONE, Yea, give up your mind e'er Your head (il need be) and still take reluge in the ONI! only; O~

aU tossings and worries mme aTe over! and in the mind Ilath welled up the Pount 01 aU joy: the SABAn II

And all ihat was at cross purposes with me hath become friendly!0, I have met, til. Guru, -the Rescuer-! I

wandered aimlessly in woods-endless seeking that (precious) Thing whIch was (at last found) in my own heart I

When the Guru brought about the Meeting, I was united and 10 ! there was no more coming and going I

XXXV 11

(N): NOT BY NEGATIVITY, BUT BY VIRTUES WE ARISE I By sayin!: 'Nay' 'Nay' we cannot be savod, without cultivating (positiye) virtues, we go but 10 the abode o( Death; He aha t hath neither this,aor that (virtue) must (in the end) repent;


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DAKRNI ONK .~.

He hath neither kn(lwledge nor cultivates contemplation

o he hath no righteousne;s nor

m~ditation;

Without the Word how can there-be fearlessness ?-land without That) why thIS (stultifying) egotism? 0; I am tired at last, how may r roach the End other?it is beyond my hard-effort, nor is there any en<l to it (the voyage) Nor have I any loving friend unto whom I may unlock my heart; Saitll NaDak, if Ye will call Him as the 'Beloved' and lepeat this, thou wilt be united (at last), He who sundereth do unite us at loving-kindness ~f tho GuJU !

last, through the

XXXVIll

(P) : IN SIN WE GLOAT & SINI,; WHY? Evil is bad (po$itively). Yet it is dear unto a sinner !. He dealeth ;n sin, and collectetll a big load- (a mountain -Ioad)-thereof;

It Ye give up sin, and disccver the

SELF

(all-pervading)

There is no mourning, woe nor any parting any longer (for him); \0 DIan,) ... by dost thou remain sunk in hell ? why


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DAKIINI ONKAR

dost thou (oller thyself) as a morsel for the DeathAngel? Wily dost thou forget this (endless) coming and going , Yea, falsehood is a great vital·eating encumbrence; Thu< entangled, the mind creates whirlpools and yet other whirlpools agalore; Without the Holy Word how can thre Le release ,':"'0, one, cuts the ground Irom underneath his own feet!

XXXIX

(pL): THE CROW-IN-MAN :

WISEL Y CROOKED! Again and again he is entrapped-this 'Crow' 01 a man! Then. he repents, but to what avail? Entrapped (on aU !<ides), he picks up grains (of worldine ••) -not understanding (that he is caugbt); If the True Master meets us tben One's eye. ",ilI ·be

opened (lor all time) ! E'en a' a fish is caught-in the J)et of Angel of Death, So also, without the true .Master, th,ere is

DO

salvation!

Man cometh 3€ain and again - to return and ever anon; (If on the other hand,) thou art wedded ONE:

(0 man) to the

'ol-one-colour-e'er', and remaineth . ·a ttuned


DAI<HNI ONKAU

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thereto always, Til !n , art thou saved-there is no more entanglement

(therearter 1) for thee!

XL

(B): THE UNENLIGHTENED 'SOUL' -(SI;TER) BEWAILS DEPARTURE OF ENLIGH TENED-'BROTHERS' ! I called (erstwhile) 'brothers', but 10 ! they have become -foe'i' mjne;

The' Brothers' start on their journey Home, and the 'Si,ter' bemoaneth on their 路 (so-call.d) separation In ner own' Fathers' Home, all children: male and female are One in Jove;

If thou seeke,! thy Bridegroom

(SPIIUT,

0 soul) thou must

also save the true Master

Few wise onos see this (or seek the path) of Union, through the Master True,

All honours are in Thy Hand, 0 Lord, Thou givest as Thou listeth;

0, this "Word-{-Unwritten) lew know or ponder over-lew who are really pious, indeed.


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This

DAKHNI ONKAR

"Word-(-Unwrit,tt n)" Supreme

Pers{111

BANI

HUCSELF

thereto-to the HOME

elDfTg<lh

from

tbe

(<tlld in turu) takt'th us

0' HOMES-THE INNER!

XLT

(BH): MANY A TIME WE BUILD & REBUILD O(JRSEL VES ! C8S~ and Teca:-: t-made and unmade over and over again.

(VPp, are)

What lS ievel is raised; and ",路hat Is roused is re--laid into dust! All that is green becometh dry; and what is dry becometh again groen, repl"nished !-O thon art all-P0;-verful o Thou the Great-U nconcieved-one I Those who are eoticed by the illusory (world) become as it ,..re) mad; without great-good ,luck what can be had 1 Through the Guru's kindness (if) ye catch the (Golden) Thread (of the NAM) ; tbat (down-delveth) from tbe Transcenden toneYe go; as He ~ull.th the String (from Above); (sucb ones) sing e'er the glories of God, they are dy~ in tbe (Ruby-red) colour of the Lord: for them there is, no repe~ting any more; 'Tis thus by seeking ..nd searching that the Guru-oriented ones find out (the Truth), and enter the (Palace of.


i3

DAKHNI ONKAR

palaces) : the home within I O. this Ocean of w')rld is vury stc.rmy,

'tis by Hope

stabilised in 'Hopelessness'; that we go across;

By the (inru's grace . if you dIscover the S~LF within_ thus, we die while living (to die no more).

xur (M): THIS CHESS-BOARD OF THE WORLD-MAYA: THE BECLOUDING WEALTH! I!:very one clingeth to wealth (Maya) (when living). but (10 !) it goeth with nODe; . Wh~D

the s'lUl departeth, all wealth lieth unowned:listless (a distracting obsession) !

The mind turned, towards vice. is in the purview of the Death-Angel-with him go also all tendencies evil. in us; In this mind is (also) the 'Super-Mind'-(all that was necessary was) orientation towards It and 'dieing~ thereto.' if only one had the ' virtues (as necessary equipment thereto; Lost in egotism; in II-Ness', they an: no more; without the HAll,

they end

In

woe;


34

DAKHNI ONKAR

(Not lor him) are forts, temples & palaces-I路hey were like chess peices : this play-boar<l eq:upment,

a Nanak, without the

Tru o W'lfd, all th is coming and

going is in'vain :

a Lord Thou alone art Omn ;.c;"nt;

the AU seeing; and

Allknowing-One !

XLII!

(J): I 'DIE' IN FULL CO~SCIOUSNESS

OE" LIE"E: All those. who come, go back again-the y ('ome and go Ctnd

repent; In this world, there are (no less than) . ighty lonr

lacs

(or stations): no Jess and no more <they are, as it ~ere

ifixtures' to be crossed by us o.lI i

(Only) Those one' are liberated -For

them. - There

who

love the Lord,

is no Entanglement,'

and

with-drawn from their eyes is all allusory - Maya; (When) aU that we see will pass away, what shall

We

treat

as our friend?

To what shall I dedicate my body, soul-Yea, e'en my spirit and tbe Owner


3S

DAII:HNION1Ult

o .Lord, Tilou art tne Main ;tay of the world; 0

I Thou art

my Refuge! I 'die' (now) possessell of virtues all !-wbich the Great Impress

of

the

Holy

Word,

hatb

turned lIle

(ruby)red (without and within) XLIV

(R): THE HELL THAT WE MAKE FOR OURSELVES f Naught will remain, neither the king nor bis nobles, nor their plays omene.s-not

(e'en the

contrasting

discomfitures oil beggars! When thy turn cometh (0 man) thou must needs go uoder the bar: 0 no one can save thee, then?

(Look; how the Bad Path (Dark Hell) is t.errible, full of pits and .hills aDd plains uDtrod. (Yea) I was full of evils, [ moaned and bemoaDed;without virtues how can one reach the Home (the UNIVER SAL)

SELF-

?

The virtuous ones progress (Ioaded) .with virtues aDd tbe, meet the Unseen Beloved?

One; how may

(I) meet my


DAKHKI OIfKU

(), [ (also) becom. like uuto tbem

(the virtuous)-if I

remember Thee e'er, 0 Yanqui5 her of the demon of ego;

(In me) dwell evils all; o'er brimftll a re they, w ithal (few) virtues also dwell therein ;

(There is no way outf until the Real Master is met and until the Word Holy is bad and pondered o'er 1 then virtues are in full (possession of tbe field)

XLV

(L) : IN THIS 'CO NQUERED CITY' : THE BODY-LORD'SOWN ONES

LIVE IN AWE-ABlDING! . The 'armymeo ' bave con.e aud occupied houses (in thi& conquered city!-the houses are altot.d, under orden from Abo ve, to th em somehow; They do their alloted work (keeping) t heir over.-(Lord) the owner, e'er in view-and earn this great profit;

(Yea) , they ha ve ,overcome all greed avarice, and evil; ' Iis tbe Name and Fa!D e of tbe King o f I<ings ibenind) and (tbe invincibleness) of His lort, that they are never defeated;


DAKBNI ONKAR

(If) on the other hand,) a servan t

0

37

f t hc Lorn en ters in to

i.mpertinent talk witb. the Master;

H" loses all his prestige-he is no 10 nger allowed to sit on the Throae ! All Greatness in Thy hands 0, Lord; my Beloved 1-

路Tis He who dispenseth. none els.e but He--;wh() is there to be b'gged for (o th er tnan Him) ? XLVI

(8): OUT OE"THE VALLEY OF DEATH! fIn their heyday) people think of naught else but themsel.05)

tlley 5('read out

their

carpets

and sit

thinking themselves ali-powerful) (But they go to valley of Darkness : in the end : know:) the best way to ",'>'Did Valley of Shadow of Death is

the Supreme One, Above-all, as also H is True Name (Immortal) ; I searcQ.ed the .. hole world (collectively) as also each straw (individually) : I have now (given u(' search and) lIleditate "n Thy Name iO n my mind;


OAKRNI ONKAR

'Tis th" Ruby, the Diamond, of the first wate r,-and this Tr~<lsure

[f [

is in the Master's hands;

become p"re, ( must needs find the LOld Le., by attuning the mind in union wlth the One;

o Nanak, when

Ye obtain the Nectar of the Lord, let'.

distribute it among.t others I He who made

tb i, univeBe and路 brought forth all

existence,

Let 's then medit.!te on that hlinite He who ~ a th no limits (indeed) !

XLVll

(Rl SWEETLY-SECRETTHR WORD-IMMORTAL I Sweetly路secret verily is He; Oth .. than H im, there is king no The

ss - ca ll:>d GARUD

Emp~Tor

(indeed);

(tbe vanquisher of evil) is tbi.

Word (Secret) : Hear It I-theu the Supreme One will abide in thy mind; 'Tis by the Guru's Grace that He is had-do not wander

(e' owhere) in delusion;


39

DAKKN10HKAR

He is the, re,1

"Capitalist" who has

the Lord's Qwn

wealth, a< his ~tock-in-trade:

The Guru oriented one5 (have) fuJI (stock thereof)-wendone they! By th;s

Word sweetly-secret •.he Lord is had

('tis) by

pondering o'er this Word, No more egotism, nor (resultant) pain: (Yea), the Bride hath got her Bridegroom,' the Lord!

XLVIII

(5): THE SWAN-SPIRIT IN POND

OF THE WORLD! We aocumulate gold and silver, ('0 'tis) false wealth-it leadeth to poison and to dust I

If tboulikest to I)e a true Banker, accumulate the Wealth (true); III Duality is all ignominy (in the elld); The trlle ones tloard this W•• lth-True-tll. Word-true : un"aluanle

o Lurd

Tbou art" truly without turbidity, Vea ever-

refulgent Thou true to Thy Honour and Thy Word Thou art my Companion and my Friend, OTbou tb. ,,11-


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DAKBNI

ONKAR

seeing One; Thou art the Swan of swaR. as also

the

Pond (the World, :wherein It is) I

If Thou, 0 Lord, dwellest in One's heart, [am a ,ac rifie. no to Him! This Maya and egotis", are both bewiteh;ng (toys)Remember tbou Him whtmade thee (t~o); The Poison and (so-t ailed) Nectar- (the tight and sbade) -are both ONE, 'tis know n only to the wise I

XLIX

(KH): IN

FORGlVENES~

WE DRAW

NEAR TO GOD! Without forgiveness we stink and die-thus; have passed away millions of men, countless;

0 , no one can count their number .. why do so ? they eked out their existence but to die!

If Thou dost recognise the Supreme Brid. thine, thou wilt be set free i- no more prison (for thee) ! (Yea,) By the (Lord's) Word tbou art in His Palace, and thou art pure-so also, by pardou Ye get true ""ace and lDcalt.:ulaple lo ve;


DAKHNI O~I{Al~

rr Ye dp.al in this True Wealth Igot by) meditation, then

the Supreme One Himsolf dwelleth in your oodyYea, He is in the

body, and in mind and (outflows

from) the mouth: also, thus man dwelletb in yirtues e'er, and his mind is路 in peace-eternal;

(On the other hand) egotism eats up our v,tal. and Consumes us all - it breeds poisonous charge: Having created the creatures, there was also, super-added the Lord ([mmortal) within-yet .without,

and

I!nending !

L

(5): FROM THIS WEALTHTO THAT! No oQe knoweth the Mystery of tbis world ; What the Creator doth , takes place, withe"t lail; E'en the God 01 gods ([shwar) meditates tn gel w.. lth But this fortune is had by good acts done behind-thus recorded; FOT this

~路ealth

we serve others-e'en steal;

But this wealtb does not

go witb us-


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Wilhaut truth no one is accepted at the Lord's Own Court;

I! (on the other hand) e'en an ignorant one. sippetb. the

Lor<l',路own-Tchor (the

NAM),

O. he will 'be saved-surely!

LI

(H): IN IGNORANCE, T STUMBLED HOW LONG? Seeing and prying (in ignorance). [ hecome wombed

(i~

the 路

end) I died in egotism. in :1'; ([ did not know) that the carrie.

of gnosis is the WORD (secret), "Ianya necklace, anklet and ornament [ donned, 0

r

was tired of them (at last) of this tinsel; When [ found my Bdoved (then alone) [ found peace;

o in

Him. I found virtues all, as l.t were,

in a garland

-all in One!

o Nanak.

'tis tbe Garu-oriented-ones who only cultivate

love with the 1.ord; Without the Lora路 who hath e'er attained peace I ponder and consider I


DAKHNI ONKAR

43

Yea, s tudy the Lord, find Him Ollt and establish all love with Him

J

By remembering Him and by meditating on Him, the

Lord's Name becometh YOlll S s"pport-abiding!

LIr

(L): THAT 'WRITJNG' WHICH IS NO WRITJNGAr ALL I The "writing-hieroglyphic" which the Creator writest

(00

head) is unavoidable (lor us. all,; H, who ordainest all

t~is

creation, (0 let 's) Cling unto

His (Lotus) Feet yea thTough His GTace; [n the Lord own Hands are greatnesses (honours) one and all, consider the Guru 's instructions (and act) ;

o the "script-inscrutable"

is inescapable : LeI's do as is

the Will-Divine; aye that is the Nutshell; ' Tis by Thy GTace, 0 Lord, we f:nd Peace-al,;ding: 0 Nanak, by pondering on thy word (Secret); The vicious ones aTe entangled and are lost in the mist; Ye rise only by pondering over this Word (Holy), He who doth not beheld Thee, 0 Lord, what need be said or spoken of him?


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0,

DAKHNIONKAll

r am a sacrifict unto

My Master who 'tlivulged

the Suprem e One in

the Inner Recessts of my '

heart. !

LUI

(P) : THE TEACHER WHO HAS TO BE TAUGH'L,! The Teacber is truly enlightened

jf

he utters words of

wisdom and ILat spont!'neously, He weighs all that is said and finds out th e Quintosseneeand (linally) attunes his mind to this Wor" Holy abidingly; (On the other hand) the miod-swayed-one read ;

only to

gloat in poison, \\ hich be gobbles, The ignorant one knoweth not the (NhMI the Word-Holy -he hath) no reason (much less) intuition I

LIV (P) : THE MASTER PERFECT

(PANDHA) ! The PANDHA ; the "Ma sler-Perlect " is he who is God oriented within

~nd

initialetll his pupils

(into th e Mystuies of God) :

also too


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DAKHN.ONKAR

He telleth us tb 'seek this N'affi '(Hiddell); and to accumulate It-and (firlally) (to distribMt. It) inord.r to

earn big dividends in the world ; Iris a true Alphabet, indeed, if we read what is

TROTH 01

which this Word is the Quintessence-(abidingj: O~ Nanak, he is a truly educated, and enlightened ODe, who

weareth

the

nainely of

Necklace' of (undecayi1lg)

IIAM-liAM I

HEART 0"/1 HI!ART

(the

wallO

flowerS

UU(QUAL

DlscovaRED)

26/3/51

IN


paiNTED AT VroWAN PBBSS, IoIILKHI.NAGAR,

AMBALA CANTT.


The dakhni onkar (the word divine uttered by sri guru nanak dev in the south)