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Qualities of a Gurmukh by Guru Amar Dass

Guru Amardas Ji

Qualities of a Gurmukh by Guru Amar Dass

Qualities of a Gurmukh described by Guru Amar Dass Ji in Guru Granth Sahib Slok Mahalla 3rd Ang 646.


Qualities of a Gurmukh

ਸਲੋਕੁ ਮਃ ੩ ॥
ਸੇਖਾ ਚਉਚਕਿਆ ਚਉਵਾਇਆ ਏਹੁ ਮਨੁ ਇਕਤੁ ਘਰਿ ਆਣਿ ॥ ਏਹੜ ਤੇਹੜ ਛਡਿ ਤੂ ਗੁਰ ਕਾ ਸਬਦੁ ਪਛਾਣੁ ॥
ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਅਗੈ ਢਹਿ ਪਉ ਸਭੁ ਕਿਛੁ ਜਾਣੈ ਜਾਣੁ ॥ ਆਸਾ ਮਨਸਾ ਜਲਾਇ ਤੂ ਹੋਇ ਰਹੁ ਮਿਹਮਾਣੁ ॥
ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਕੈ ਭਾਣੈ ਭੀ ਚਲਹਿ ਤਾ ਦਰਗਹ ਪਾਵਹਿ ਮਾਣੁ ॥ ਨਾਨਕ ਜਿ ਨਾਮੁ ਨ ਚੇਤਨੀ ਤਿਨ ਧਿਗੁ ਪੈਨਣੁ ਧਿਗੁ ਖਾਣੁ ॥੧॥

Salok of Guru Amar Dass,
O Sheikh, lacking knowledge, though acclaimed by the world! Try to bring your mind towards stability by concentrating on the Lord within Your heart! Try to realise Truth through the Guru’s Word by ridding yourself of a tilted and misconceived mind. Then salute the Lord (True Guru) as He is omniscient and knows your inner feelings. Let us live in the world, like a traveller (guest) and burn away all our worldly hopes (desires) and worldly pursuits. O Nanak ! Cursed be this life including the (wearing) clothes or delicious foods, if we do not recite True Name !


Qualities of Gurmukh


ਮਃ ੩ ॥
ਹਰਿ ਗੁਣ ਤੋਟਿ ਨ ਆਵਈ ਕੀਮਤਿ ਕਹਣੁ ਨ ਜਾਇ ॥ ਨਾਨਕ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਹਰਿ ਗੁਣ ਰਵਹਿ ਗੁਣ ਮਹਿ ਰਹੈ ਸਮਾਇ ॥੨॥ ਪਉੜੀ ॥

M – 3: By describing the virtues of the Lord, there is no negative effect (deficiency) on His virtues, and no one could realise the real (true) Greatness or Status of the Lord or evaluate ~ His real worth. O Nanak ! The Guru-minded persons sing the praises of the Lord by discussing His virtues, while they are imbued with the love of the Lord, being immersed in His virtues. (2)

ਹਰਿ ਚੋਲੀ ਦੇਹ ਸਵਾਰੀ ਕਢਿ ਪੈਧੀ ਭਗਤਿ ਕਰਿ ॥ ਹਰਿ ਪਾਟੁ ਲਗਾ ਅਧਿਕਾਈ ਬਹੁ ਬਹੁ ਬਿਧਿ ਭਾਤਿ ਕਰਿ ॥
ਕੋਈ ਬੂਝੈ ਬੂਝਣਹਾਰਾ ਅੰਤਰਿ ਬਿਬੇਕੁ ਕਰਿ ॥ ਸੋ ਬੂਝੈ ਏਹੁ ਬਿਬੇਕੁ ਜਿਸੁ ਬੁਝਾਏ ਆਪਿ ਹਰਿ ॥
ਜਨੁ ਨਾਨਕੁ ਕਹੈ ਵਿਚਾਰਾ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਹਰਿ ਸਤਿ ਹਰਿ ॥੧੧॥

This human frame (body) is like a small (shirt) produced by the Lord, with the embroidery of the Lord’s worship on it, so as to make it beautiful and thus embroidered with many beautiful flowers, it appears as an embodiment of the Lord – But hardly any learned person realises this secret, whosoever is enabled by the Lord Himself. O Nanak ! I have considered opinion that the Guru-minded persons always considered the Lord as Truth personified and being present there as ever-existent, and omnipresent. (11)

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