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motto of life

asked 2013-08-31 02:53:51 -0500

ujwala gravatar image

sat nam,

After researching so much about life and after gaining so much wisdom I still have a question. What is the exact motto of life ? Is it just to pray the almighty ? Or living the life of sadhus and living the world behind? What is it?

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answered 2013-08-31 03:44:42 -0500

kanwaljit.singh gravatar image

This is a very interesting question. Guru Sahib talks about it directly:

ਸਿਰੀਰਾਗੁ ਮਹਲਾ ੫ ॥ Siree Raag, Fifth Mehl:

ਭਲਕੇ ਉਠਿ ਪਪੋਲੀਐ ਵਿਣੁ ਬੁਝੇ ਮੁਗਧ ਅਜਾਣਿ ॥ Arising each day, you cherish your body, but you are idiotic, ignorant and without understanding.

ਸੋ ਪ੍ਰਭੁ ਚਿਤਿ ਨ ਆਇਓ ਛੁਟੈਗੀ ਬੇਬਾਣਿ ॥ You are not conscious of God, and your body shall be cast into the wilderness.

ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਸੇਤੀ ਚਿਤੁ ਲਾਇ ਸਦਾ ਸਦਾ ਰੰਗੁ ਮਾਣਿ ॥੧॥ Focus your consciousness on the True Guru; you shall enjoy bliss forever and ever. ||1||

ਪ੍ਰਾਣੀ ਤੂੰ ਆਇਆ ਲਾਹਾ ਲੈਣਿ ॥ O mortal, you came here to earn a profit.

ਲਗਾ ਕਿਤੁ ਕੁਫਕੜੇ ਸਭ ਮੁਕਦੀ ਚਲੀ ਰੈਣਿ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥ What useless activities are you attached to? Your life-night is coming to its end. ||1||Pause||

ਕੁਦਮ ਕਰੇ ਪਸੁ ਪੰਖੀਆ ਦਿਸੈ ਨਾਹੀ ਕਾਲੁ ॥ The animals and the birds frolic and play-they do not see death.

ਓਤੈ ਸਾਥਿ ਮਨੁਖੁ ਹੈ ਫਾਥਾ ਮਾਇਆ ਜਾਲਿ ॥ Mankind is also with them, trapped in the net of Maya.

ਮੁਕਤੇ ਸੇਈ ਭਾਲੀਅਹਿ ਜਿ ਸਚਾ ਨਾਮੁ ਸਮਾਲਿ ॥੨॥ Those who always remember the Naam, the Name of the Lord, are considered to be liberated. ||2||

ਜੋ ਘਰੁ ਛਡਿ ਗਵਾਵਣਾ ਸੋ ਲਗਾ ਮਨ ਮਾਹਿ ॥ That dwelling which you will have to abandon and vacate-you are attached to it in your mind.

ਜਿਥੈ ਜਾਇ ਤੁਧੁ ਵਰਤਣਾ ਤਿਸ ਕੀ ਚਿੰਤਾ ਨਾਹਿ ॥ And that place where you must go to dwell-you have no regard for it at all.

ਫਾਥੇ ਸੇਈ ਨਿਕਲੇ ਜਿ ਗੁਰ ਕੀ ਪੈਰੀ ਪਾਹਿ ॥੩॥ Those who fall at the Feet of the Guru are released from this bondage. ||3||

ਕੋਈ ਰਖਿ ਨ ਸਕਈ ਦੂਜਾ ਕੋ ਨ ਦਿਖਾਇ ॥ No one else can save you-don't look for anyone else.

ਚਾਰੇ ਕੁੰਡਾ ਭਾਲਿ ਕੈ ਆਇ ਪਇਆ ਸਰਣਾਇ ॥ I have searched in all four directions; I have come to find His Sanctuary.

ਨਾਨਕ ਸਚੈ ਪਾਤਿਸਾਹਿ ਡੁਬਦਾ ਲਇਆ ਕਢਾਇ ॥੪॥੩॥੭੩॥ O Nanak, the True King has pulled me out and saved me from drowning!

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