At the feet of Guru Nanak

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charan gehae guradhaev kae sath sabadh dhae mukath karaayaa
Those who have caught hold of the feet of the Guru have been liberated through the true Word.
– Vaars, Bhai Gurdas Ji

Guru Baba Nanak travelled thousands of miles – much of them on foot. He trekked through heat, cold, rain and thunder. Spent nights under the blanket of stars and slept under trees in the thick of dark nights. With only a few clothes strapped to his shoulder, we cannot even begin to imagine how Baba went through these journeys not once, but three times over. He spent his entire life in travel, preaching the Word of Akaal Purakh. Welcomed by some, rejected by most, he nevertheless kept walking and kept meditating. Any mortal like ourselves would have collapsed under the strain of walking and mostly shelterless cold months. As I look at the painting below, I wonder, those blessed feet must be tired and sore, and yet his visage was aglow with the Divine Grace. Had I been there where Baba Nanak decides to take a breather by the roadside, I would have fallen at his feet and washed them with tears of a love he inspired. O my Nanak, had I been there, could your slave be blessed with the seva of washing your feet and soothing your sores? You have walked miles and miles on end, for me, to deliver me from this dark age and enjoin me to the Name of my Husband Lord . . .

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sunee pukaar dhaathaar prabh gur naanak jag maahi(n) pat(h)aayaa
The benefactor Lord listened to the cries (of humanity) and sent Guru Nanak to this world.
charan dhhoe rehiraas kar charanaamrith skhiaa(n) peelaayaa
He washed His feet, eulogised God and got his Disciples drink the ambrosia of his feet.
paarabreham pooran breham kalijug a(n)dhar eik dhikhaayaa
He preached in this darkage (kaliyug) that, saragun (Brahm) and nirgun (Parbrahm) are the same and identical.
chaarai pair dhhara(n)m dhae chaar varan eik varan karaayaa
Dharma was now established on its four feet and all the four castes (through fraternal feeling) were converted into one caste (of humanity).
raanaa ra(n)k baraabaree pairee(n) pavanaa jag varathaayaa
Equating the poor with the prince, he spread the etiquette of humbly touching the feet.
oulattaa khael pira(n)m dhaa pairaa(n) oupar sees nivaayaa
Inverse is the game of the beloved; he got the egotist high heads bowed to feet.
kalijug baabae thaariaa saathanaam parrh ma(n)thr sunaayaa
Baba Nanak rescued this dark age (kaliyug) and recited ‘satinam’ mantr for one and all.
kal thaaran gur naanak aayaa
Guru Nanak came to redeem the kaliyug.
-Vaars, Bhai Gurdas Ji

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13 Comments

  1. Puneet Kaur said,

    September 19, 2006 at 12:11 pm

    Waheguroo…

    Veerji this post is like an Ardas..

    Maharaj meher karan.

    Fateh.

  2. Upinder Kaur said,

    September 21, 2006 at 3:37 pm

    ਸੁਣੀ ਅਰਦਾਸਿ ਸੁਆਮੀ ਮੇਰੈ ਸਰਬ ਕਲਾ ਬਣਿ ਆਈ ॥
    ਪ੍ਰਗਟ ਭਈ ਸਗਲੇ ਜੁਗ ਅੰਤਰਿ ਗੁਰ ਨਾਨਕ ਕੀ ਵਡਿਆਈ ॥੪॥੧੧॥ (੬੧੧-੧੬, ਸੋਰਠਿ, ਮਃ ੫)

  3. harminder said,

    November 10, 2007 at 2:49 am

    What you have written about baba ji brings tears to my eyes…may god bless you.

  4. Anand-Gurdas Singh said,

    April 16, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa
    Bhai Sahib, I’m an Anglo American who has loved Guru Nanak from very young…and I love this post. I struggle with “following the Gurus” vs “following ‘Sikh Religion’ ” as I don’t think they are “necessarily” the same…I don’t speak of the true Khalsa, but “organizations”, certainly Baba Nanak did not have in mind…anyhow, thank you for this post, its quite beautiful…
    AGS

  5. August 9, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa
    I’m Pelvinder from Malaysia who trust GURU NANAKJI and love.Guruji is always in my mind ,my heart.I always want Guruji blessings me and world.I’m GURU GOBIND SINGHJI seputri ha.Babaji hemesha mere saath he.Thank the picture is beautiful.Waheguru Tera Sukhar He.SUKH WALE SUKHRANA,DUKH WALE ARDAAS,HAAR WALE SIMRAAN.

  6. Amandeep Singh said,

    August 13, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    Vaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Vaheguru Ji Ki Fateh
    Tu daata dataar tera dita khawna
    God bless all the human living

  7. baljit said,

    September 27, 2008 at 11:19 pm

    guru nanak baba me tery charan thoy thoy pe ma

  8. harry said,

    December 13, 2008 at 3:26 am

    that was so inderying and sweet full joi bola sonial sari akal! whaguru from baba nanakfan101

  9. preet kaur said,

    February 16, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    Thank you so much for such beautiful words about baba nanak ji. suche paatshah waheguru sarbat da bhalaa kar, sarbat nu charnaa naal laao suche pita waheguru, mehra bharya hath ser te rakho, apne ton door na karo kadi vi, gurbani jaap da daan sab khalsa ji nu bakhsho mere daata dataar ji. baba nanak tusi dhan ho te dhan hai tuhadi baani. shaatni sukh samatt tandrusti bashash baba ji. kull da bhalaa karo baba ji. waheguru ji ka khaalsa waheguru ji ki fateh. bhul chuk maaf karo ji.

  10. preet kaur said,

    February 16, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    i love baba nanak dev ji so much. i live in USA from last 14 yrs and my mom is the one who taught me everything about gurbani, no matter how hard this life is or anything is not working. things can only go so wrong but whenever i look at baba ji’s picture and i remember him, i do not have words i love him so much, i feel i just want to be with him, i do not want anything else in the world. i love you so much baba nanak dev ji, apne charnaa wich jagaa dedo babaji pleasee. tu hee mera sucha waheguru hai, tusi hee sab kuch ho baba nanak, sanu apne ton kadi door na karo baba ji.

  11. preet kaur said,

    February 16, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    check this video out saadh sangat ji, this is very nice. full of peace of mind.
    little kids are doing kirtan and sound soooo sweet and you will fall in love with their voice. waheguru ji ka khalsa waheguru ji ki fateh

  12. harpreet said,

    December 2, 2009 at 4:02 am

    satgur nanak pargateya miti dhund jag chanan hoya

  13. harpreet rumana said,

    May 15, 2010 at 6:22 am

    kinna chnga yar mera…..loka laii aaunda haiii sal pisho……eh roj bne teohar mera…………..wahiguru ji ka khalsa


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