When this world had not yet appeared in any form, who then committed sins and performed good deeds?
When the Lord Himself was in Profound Samaadhi, then against whom were hate and jealousy directed?
When there was no color or shape to be seen, then who experienced joy and sorrow?
When the Supreme Lord Himself was Himself All-in-all, then where was emotional attachment, and who had doubts?
He Himself has staged His own drama; O Nanak, there is no other Creator. || 1 ||
When there was only God the Master, then who was called bound or liberated?
When there was only the Lord, Unfathomable and Infinite, then who entered hell, and who entered heaven?
When God was without attributes, in absolute poise, then where was mind and where was matter — where was Shiva and Shakti?
When He held His Own Light unto Himself, then who was fearless, and who was afraid?
He Himself is the Performer in His own plays; O Nanak ! the Lord Master is Unfathomable and Infinite. || 2 ||
When the Immortal Lord was seated at ease, then where was birth, death and dissolution?
When there was only God, the Perfect Creator, then who was afraid of death?
When there was only the One Lord, unmanifest and incomprehensible, then who was called to account by the recording scribes of the conscious and the subconscious?
When there was only the Immaculate, Incomprehensible, Unfathomable Master, then who was emancipated, and who was held in bondage?
He Himself, in and of Himself, is the most wonderful. O Nanak! He Himself created His Own Form. || 3 ||
[GGS Page 290].
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