Thursday, 4 March 2010

Sri Nanak Parkash - Post 021

"Waheguru Gur Mantar Hai Jap Houmai Khoi.". Waheguru (ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂ) is the incantation of the Guru which eradicates the pride of an individual. This is a verse from the Sri Sarbloh Granth. The incantation recited by all Sikhs is of Waheguru and its glory is given by various sources. Bhai Gurdas Ji expounds how the incantation came into being within his ballad (vaars), the Sri Dasam Granth and the Sarbloh Granth by Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji also include various details about this wonderful incantation.

In the Sri Nanak Parkash the invocations have finished for the non transcendent Lord and the transcendent manifestations now Kavi Santokh Singh Ji starts to invoke praise for the name of the Lord and its superiority to both the transcendent and non transcendent forms of the Lord. This will become apparent in some of the later posts. In this post Kavi Santokh Singh Ji starts to praise the glorious incantation of 'Waheguru' and explains what effect this incantation can have on the life of a devotee. Now the stanzas numbered thirty four to thirty six of the first Adhyai of the Sri Nanak Parkash have been translated and can be found below;

ਦੋਹਰਾ ॥ ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂ ਸਤਿਨਾਮ ਕੋ ਬੰਦਨ ਬਾਰੰਬਾਰ । ਬੰਧ ਨਿਕੰਦਨ, ਸੁਖ ਸਦਨ, ਦੁਖ ਮਰਦਨ ਨਿਰਧਾਰ ॥੩੪॥

Couplet – The incantation of ‘Waheguru’ is the true name of God and I repeatedly bow and pay my respects to the almighty lord. O Lord you are the eradicator of the causes of bondage; you are the abode of bliss and the disposes of all the causes of pain. 34.

ਚੌਪਈ ॥
ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂ ਬਰ ਸੁੰਦਰ ਨਾਮੂ । ਸਦਾ ਸਵਾਰੇ ਹਮਰੇ ਕਾਮੂ ।
ਇਕ ਅਵਿਲੰਬ ਨਾਮ ਕੋ ਜਾਨਾ । ਕਲੀ ਕਾਲ ਸਮਰੱਥ ਨ ਆਨਾ ॥੩੫॥

Quatrain – The name ‘Waheguru’ is the greatest and most beautiful. Forever does this name assist an individual accomplishing their task? I only know the shelter of the name of ‘Waheguru’. In the age of Kaljug there is no other name of God that is capable of assisting anyone. 35.

ਸਦਾ ਲੋਕ ਪਰਲੋਕ ਸਹਾਈ । ਨਾਮ ਲੈਤਿ ਹੀ ਬਿਘਨ ਪਰਾਈ ।
ਹਰਹਿ ਕਾਲਕਲਿ ਕਲੁਖ ਸਦੂਖਨ । ਨਾਮ ਕਰਯੋ ਜਿਨ ਗ੍ਰੀਵਾ ਭੂਖਨ ॥੩੬॥

Forever does this name assist us in this world and the next? By saying the incantation ‘Waheguru’ all the causes of distress disappear. In this age of Kaljug there is an immense amount of sin and its causes; through the name of God these can be eradicated. By making the name of God as a necklace (talisman) one is able to destroy all the causes of pain. 36.

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