No power to speak, no power to keep silent. No power to beg, no power to give.
No power to live, no power to die. No power to rule, with wealth and occult mental powers.
No power to gain intuitive understanding, spiritual wisdom and meditation.
No power to find the way to escape from the world.
He alone has the Power in His Hands. He watches over all.
O Nanak! no one is high or low. || 33 ||
Nights, days, weeks and seasons; wind, water, fire and the nether regions—in the midst of these, He established the earth as a home for Dharma.
Upon it, He placed the various species of beings.
Their names are uncounted and endless. By their deeds and their actions, they shall be judged.
God Himself is True, and True is His Court.
There, in perfect grace and ease, sit the self-elect, the self-realized Saints.
They receive the Mark of Grace from the Merciful Lord.
The ripe and the unripe, the good and the bad, shall there be judged.
O Nanak! when you go home, you will see this. || 34 ||
This is righteous living in the realm of Dharma.
And now we speak of the realm of spiritual wisdom. So many winds, waters and fires; so many Krishnas and Shivas.
So many Brahmas, fashioning forms of great beauty, adorned and dressed in many colors.
So many worlds and lands for working out karma.
So very many lessons to be learned! So many Indras, so many moons and suns, so many worlds and lands.
So many Siddhas and Buddhas, so many Yogic masters. So many goddesses of various kinds.
So many demi-gods and demons, so many silent sages.
So many oceans of jewels. So many ways of life, so many languages.
So many dynasties of rulers. So many intuitive people, so many selfless servants.
O Nanak! His limit has no limit! || 35 ||
In the realm of wisdom, spiritual wisdom reigns supreme.
The Sound-current of the Naad vibrates there, amidst the sounds and the sights of bliss.
In the realm of humility, the Word is Beauty. Forms of incomparable beauty are fashioned there.
These things cannot be described. One who tries to speak of these shall regret the attempt.
The intuitive consciousness, intellect and understanding of the mind are shaped there.
The consciousness of the spiritual warriors and the Siddhas, the beings of spiritual perfection, are shaped there. || 36 ||
In the realm of karma, the Word is Power.
No one else dwells there, except the warriors of great power, the spiritual heroes.
They are totally fulfilled, imbued with the Lord’s Essence.
Myriads of Sitas are there, cool and calm in their majestic glory.
Their beauty cannot be described.
Neither death nor deception comes to those, within whose minds the Lord abides.
The devotees of many worlds dwell there.
They celebrate; their minds are imbued with the True Lord.
In the realm of Truth, the Formless Lord abides.
Having created the creation, He watches over it.
By His Glance of Grace, He bestows happiness.
There are planets, solar systems and galaxies.
If one speaks of them, there is no limit, no end.
There are worlds upon worlds of His Creation.
As He commands, so they exist. He watches over all, and contemplating the creation, He rejoices. O Nanak! to describe this is as hard as steel! || 37 ||
Let self-control be the furnace, and patience the goldsmith.
Let understanding be the anvil(ਅਹਰਿਣ), and spiritual wisdom the tools.
With the Fear of God as the bellows, fan the flames of tapa, the body’s inner heat.
In the crucible of love, melt the Nectar of the Name, and mint the True Coin of the Shabad, the Word of God.
Such is the karma of those upon whom He has cast His Glance of Grace.
O Nanak! the Merciful Lord, by His Grace, uplifts and exalts them. || 38 ||
Air is the Guru, Water is the Father, and Earth is the Great Mother of all.
Day and night are the two nurses, in whose lap all the world is at play.
Good deeds and bad deeds—the record is read out in the Presence of the Lord of Dharma.
According to their own actions, some are drawn closer, and some are driven farther away.
Those who have meditated on the Naam, the Name of the Lord, and departed after having worked by the sweat of their brows— O Nanak! their faces are radiant in the Court of the Lord, and many are saved along with them! || 1 ||
[1. GGS p. 7].
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