In good times, there are many companions around, but in bad times, there is no one at all.
Says Nanak, imbibe and meditate on the Lord; He shall be your only Help and Support in the end. || 32 ||
Mortals wander lost and confused through countless lifetimes; their fear of death is never removed.
Says Nanak, imbibe and meditate on the Lord, and you shall dwell in the Fearless Lord. || 33 ||
I have tried so many things, but the pride of my mind has not been dispelled.
I am engrossed in evil-mindedness, O Nanak! O God ! please save me! || 34 ||
Childhood, youth and old age — know these as the three stages of life.
Says Nanak, without meditating on the Lord, everything is useless; you must appreciate this. || 35 ||
You have not done what you should have done; you are entangled in the web of greed.
O Nanak ! your time is past and gone; why are you crying now, you blind fool? || 36 ||
The mind is absorbed in Maya — it cannot escape it, my friend !
O Nanak! it is like a picture painted on the wall — it cannot leave it. || 37 ||
The man wishes for something, but something different happens.
He plots to deceive others, O Nanak ! but he places the noose around his own neck instead. || 38 ||
People make all sorts of efforts to find peace and pleasure, but no one tries to earn pain.
Says Nanak ! listen O mind! whatever pleases God comes to pass. || 39 ||
The world wanders around begging, but the Lord is the Giver of all.
Says Nanak, meditate in remembrance on Him, and all your works will be successful. || 40 ||
Why do you take such false pride in yourself?
You must know that the world is just a dream. None of this is yours; Nanak proclaims this truth. || 41 ||
You are so proud of your body; it shall perish in an instant, my friend.
That mortal who chants the Praises of the Lord, O Nanak ! conquers the world. || 42 ||
That person, who meditates in remembrance of the Lord in his heart, is liberated — know this well.
There is no difference between that person and the Lord:
O Nanak ! accept this as the Truth. || 43 ||
That person, who does not feel devotion to God in his mind — O Nanak ! know that his body is like that of a pig, or a dog. || 44 ||
A dog never abandons the home of his master.
O Nanak ! in just the same way, vibrate, and meditate on the Lord, single-mindedly, with one-pointed consciousness. || 45 ||
Those who make pilgrimages to sacred shrines, observe ritualistic fasts and make donations to charity while still taking pride in their minds — O Nanak ! their actions are useless, like the elephant, who takes a bath, and then rolls in the dust. || 46 ||
The head shakes, the feet stagger, and the eyes become dull and weak. Says Nanak, this is your condition.
And even now, you have not savored the sublime essence of the Lord. || 47 ||
I had looked upon the world as my own, but no one belongs to anyone else.
O Nanak, only devotional worship of the Lord is permanent; enshrine this in your mind. || 48 ||
(G G S page 1428)
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