Tuesday, November 23, 2010

GuruNanak Jayanti - Ek Omkar

I heard this prayer, "Ek Omkar", in this movie Rang De Basanti and never really noticed it. Recently, a friend posted it on facebook and I heard it carefully. It has a soothing quality and it does invite a contemplative, calm mood. It is in Gurmukhi and is part of the Guru Granth Sahib which contains all the relevatory verses of Guru Nanak the founder of the Sikh religion. Guru Nanak is known to have preached the concept of "Oneness of God".Guru Nanak’s teaching is understood to be practiced in three ways:Naam Japna: Chanting the Holy Name and thus remembering God at all times (ceaseless devotion to God).Kirat Karō: Earning/making a living honestly, without exploitation or fraud. Vaṇḍ Chakkō: Sharing with others, helping those with less who are in need.
Guru Nanak Jayanti is celebrated in the month of November on the full moon night. This year it was observed on November the 21st. People who follow his teachings are called Sikhs.
Ik-oNkaar sat naam kartaa purakh nirbha-o nirvair
akaal moorat ajoonee saibhaN gur parsaad.
One Universal Creator God. The Name Is Truth.
Creative Being Personified. No Fear. No Hatred.
Image Of The Undying, Beyond Birth, Self-Existent.
...By Guru's Grace ~

jap.aad sach jugaad sach.
Chant And Meditate:
True In The Primal Beginning. True Throughout The Ages.

hai bhee sach naanak hosee bhee sach.
True Here And Now. O Nanak, Forever And Ever True.

sochai soch na hova-ee jay sochee lakh vaar.
By thinking, He cannot be reduced to thought, even by
thinking hundreds of thousands of times.

chupai chup na hova-ee jay laa-ay rahaa liv taar.
By remaining silent, inner silence is not obtained,
even by remaining lovingly absorbed deep within.

bhukhi-aa bhukh na utree jay bannaa puree-aa bhaar.
The hunger of the hungry is not appeased, even by
piling up loads of worldly goods.

sahas si-aanpaa lakh hohi ta ik na chalai naal.
Hundreds of thousands of clever tricks, but not even
one of them will go along with you in the end.

kiv sachi-aaraa ho-ee-ai kiv koorhai tutai paal.
So how can you become truthful? And how can the veil
of illusion be torn away?

hukam rajaa-ee chalnaa naanak likhi-aa naal.
O Nanak, it is written that you shall obey the Hukam
of His Command, and walk in the Way of His Will.

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