Sunday, 20 June 2010

Sri Nanak Parkash - Post 095

Below continues the tenth adhyai of the Sri Nanak Parkash. Translated are stanzas numbered twenty one to thirty continuing the sakhi if Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji grazing their cattle;

Seeing his field in the state it was he was shocked. He said, “Which thick skinned individual has done this to my field?” I watered my field daily to make it green so which fool has destroyed my field?” 21

“The cows have eaten all of the greenery and sat in the field. It seems that someone has taken my field to be without an owner.” Hearing these words Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji woke up and started to remove the cattle from the fields. 22.

The landowner got very angry and began to shout loudly, “I will not allow you to go home without being punished. Pay for the damages you have caused in my field or I will take you to Rai Bular.” 23.

After saying this, the landowner took control of all the cattle. His mind is enveloped in pain and anger. Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji said the following from his lotus lips, “O landowner release my cattle and give up your sorrow.” 24.

“However much was written in your Karma is what God has left you. Whatever is ruined was going to be destroyed. If you are to fight or dispute this them the fact of the matter is nothing returns.” 25.

“If this was written in your destiny then no one can ruin this at all. Everything is in the hand of God. God does not need to listen to the words of another.” 26.

“Understand this in your mind and release my cattle. What has happened has happened there is no reason to talk about it.” The landowner did not listen to a word by said by the Guru as his mind is clouded by a sense of pain. 27.

Arguing and arguing they arrived at the court of Rai Bular. The landowner said the following in a loud voice, “He has destroyed my field.” 28.

“My field was full of tall wheat which was all eaten today by the cattle. This child is the son of the accountant Baba Kalu Ji who has forgotten his duties and is from a family of administrative power.” 29.

“So Rai Bular, please do justice otherwise he will continue to feed the cattle and destroy all the fields in your district. If the fields are to be destroyed daily like this then how will the land owners survive?” 30.

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Sri Nanak Parkash - Post 094

I seem to be running out of images so I may abstain from putting them up if I can afford to do so.

Below continues the tenth Adhyai of the Sri Nanak Parkash. The stanzas are eleven to twenty which are below.

“Your mind remains in a state of dispassion. If you put your efforts into this work then the amount of milk produces will increase. The employed servants who look after the cattle have ruined the way of grazing our animals. For this reason bring the cattle green grass to eat.” 11.

In this loving manner Baba Kalu Ji spoke to Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji and he accepted the task. He replied, “I will definitely go in the morning. With your permission I will surely graze the cattle.” 12.

After saying this Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji went to sleep. Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji eradicated the cycle of transmigration for his followers. In the morning Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji woke up and got ready to graze the household cattle. 13.

Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji opened the ropes of the cattle then when he got all the animals together they set off. He held a stick and a bell and fed the animals green grass. 14.

In the previous age the name ‘Gopal’ (grazer of cows) was well known and that name has now manifested for Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji. All day Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji gave fresh grass to the grazing cattle. 15.

In the evening Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji brought the cattle back so that he could eat. The beautiful white and black cattle all ate their grass as well. Baba Kalu Ji seeing this was very pleased as his son was now working. 16.

He thought to himself that slowly that Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji will become more involved in work. He will become more attached to his house and discard his state of dispassion. That evening Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji remained in his house as a blossomed lotus. 17.

Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji ate his food and drank his milk. He covered his body with a blanket and fell asleep. In the morning Baba Kalu Ji woke up and said to his son, “O Nanak it is time to get up.” 18.

Listening to his father’s request, Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji got up and then untied the cattle to follow them. Where there was along green field Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji took the cattle into it. 19.

At that moment Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji fell asleep while the cattle remained in the field eating. All of the wheat growing in the field was devoured by the cattle when the farmer of the field arrived. 20.

Monday, 7 June 2010

Sri Nanak Parkash - Post 093

Above is an image of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji

Below begins the tenth Adhyai of the Sri Nanak Parkash. The firt ten stanzas are below including the lovely invocation by Bhai Santokh Singh Ji.

Adhyai 10

Savaiya – (Invocation) O Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji please grant me a boon from your great lips that this text is for your glory and my desire it that it will be completed. (Bhai Santokh Singh Ji is saying) I am a sacrifice to you as with your power I am about to write this poetry in its various measures and metres. All of the impediments that are going to obstruct me please remove them as only in that way will this Granth be completed. These impediments are like the darkness of a new moon night while this Granth is like the light illuminating full moon. 1.

Bhai Bala Ji is saying;
Couplet – After the previous events Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji now keep themselves hidden. He remains in bliss and blooming but does not let others know. 2.

Quatrain – Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji constantly remains dispassionate and for this reason those ignorant individuals due not understand his glory. Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji does not open his eyes to look at people and he does not even move his lips to speak to others. 3.

Sri Guru Nanak Di’s bodily activity is done effortlessly and if he does not do anything on a day he remains happily settled. Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji has changed his perception to that where he is looking internally and focuses within with his two eyes. 4.

Guru Nanak Dev Ji perceived the world to be false like a child’s play where something is made and later destroyed. Due to this he does not desire any anything. All the males and females in the village of Talwandi say, “Baba Kalu Ji’s attitude has been upturned!” 5.

“Before he used to say great sayings to assist others so why does he now remain silent? May be he has been affected by the evil eye of another as he forever remains intoxicated.” 6.

Some other people are saying, “Maybe he has been affected by some ghost or animal as he neither listens nor speaks.” Many days had passed while Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji remained in this state. One day Baba Kalu with great love, 7.

He sat Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji in his lap and rubbed his hand over his son’s head. He then kissed Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji on the forehead and gained a state of bliss. He looked at his son and thought to himself, ‘If my son starts to work then slowly his mind will turn to more vocational work.’ 8.

‘If I am to start him off doing small tasks and amounts of work then slowly i will increase it and his mind will become involved in his work.’ Baba Kalu Ji thought to himself in this manner and then said, “You should go and graze the cows and buffalos daily.” 9.

“You are the only son in our house. Without you working how will this house work? Do not waste your life sitting at home. Put your mind into your household duties.” 10.

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