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I Cannot Live Without All-Pervasive For Even a Moment or an Instant

ਹਉ ਅਨਦਿਨੁ ਹਰ ਨਾਮ ਕੀਰਤਨ ਕਰਉ ॥

Monday
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12
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2017

I Cannot Live Without All-Pervasive For Even a Moment or an Instant

ਹਉ ਅਨਦਿਨੁ ਹਰ ਨਾਮ ਕੀਰਤਨ ਕਰਉ ॥

Monday
,
12
June
2017
Sabad of the Week
Guru Ramdas
Rag Asa
Guru Granth Sahib
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I Cannot Live Without All-Pervasive For Even a Moment or an Instant

ਹਉ ਅਨਦਿਨੁ ਹਰ ਨਾਮ ਕੀਰਤਨ ਕਰਉ ॥

Monday
,
12
June
2017

Sabad is Infinite; we are very finite. This is our understanding at the moment, which was different yesterday and may evolve tomorrow, as we deepen our relationship with the Sabad.

In the melodic embrace of Rag Asavar, Guru Ramdas Sahib's bestowed Sabad resonates, capturing the transitional hues from late afternoon to early evening. This musical framework is a canvas for profound reflections, leading the listener on a devotional journey.

The Sabad begins with a steadfast glorification of All-Pervasive's Nam each day. Progressing, it delves into listening and remembering All-Pervasive's glory, drawing an analogy to the swan's reliance on the pond. This comparison accentuates the integral connection of the servant to the Divine, akin to the inseparable dependence of a swan on its habitat.

The Sabad shifts to the diverse expressions of love in the world. While acknowledging that some harbor affection for transient attachments and pride, the focus pivots to the profound love of All-Pervasive's servants for the Freedom-state. This divine affection becomes a guiding beacon for remembrance, encapsulated in the repeated refrain, "All-Pervasive! All-Pervasive!" The repetition serves a dual purpose – as a reminder and an invocation, urging a continuous connection with the Divine.

I glorify All-Pervasive’s Nam¹ every day.
I was imparted All-Pervasive’s Nam by the Eternal Guru,
I cannot live without All-Pervasive for even a moment or an instant.  1. Reflect.

I listen and remember All-Pervasive’s glory.
I cannot live without All-Pervasive for even a moment.

As the swan cannot live without the pond,
Similarly All-Pervasive’s servant cannot live without All-Pervasive’s service.  1.

Some develop love in their hearts for other loves,
Some develop love for attachment and pride.
All-Pervasive’s servants develop love for All-Pervasive’s Freedom-state.
O! Nanak, they remember the Divine: All-Pervasive! All-Pervasive! 2.

1. Divine Identification

Guru Ramdas Sahib in Rag Asavari | Guru Granth Sahib 369

ਰਾਗੁ ਆਸਾਵਰੀ ਘਰੁ ੧੬ ਕੇ ੨ ਮਹੱਲਾ ੪ ਸੁਧੰਗ
੧ਓਂ ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਪ੍ਰਸਾਦਿ ||
ਹਉ ਅਨਦਿਨੁ ਹਰ ਨਾਮ ਕੀਰਤਨ ਕਰਉ||
ਸਤਿਗੁਰਿ ਮੋ ਕਉ ਹਰ ਨਾਮ ਬਤਾਇਆ ਹਉ ਹਰਿ ਬਿਨੁ ਖਿਨੁ ਪਲੁ ਹਰਿ ਨ ਸਕਉ ||੧|| ਰਹਾਉ ||
ਹਮਰੈ ਸ੍ਰਵਣੁ ਸਿਮਰਨੁ ਹਰ ਕੀਰਤਨੁ ਹਉ ਹਰਿ ਬਿਨੁ ਹਰਿ ਨ ਸਕਉ ਹਉ ਇਕ ਖਿਨੁ ||
ਜੈਸੇ ਹੰਸੁ ਸਰਵਰ ਬਿਨ ਹਰ ਨ ਸਕੇ ਤੈਸੇ ਹਰਿ ਜਾਣੂ ਕਿਉ ਰਹੇ ਹਰਿ ਸੇਵਾ ਬਿਨੁ ||੧||
ਕਿਨਹੂੰ ਪ੍ਰੀਤਿ ਲਾਈ ਦੂਜਾ ਭਾਉ ਰਿਦ ਧਾਰ ਕਿਨਹੂੰ ਪ੍ਰੀਤਿ ਲਾਈ ਮੋਹ ਅਪਮਾਨ ||
ਹਰਿ ਜਾਨ ਪ੍ਰੀਤਿ ਲਾਈ ਹਰਿ ਨਿਰਬਾਣ ਪੱਦ ਨਾਨਕ ਸਿਮਰਤ ਹਰ ਹਰ ਭਗਵਾਨ ||੨||੧੪||੬੬||

About Sabad of the Week

We are finite; our understanding is finite. Our understanding was different yesterday and may evolve tomorrow as we deepen our relationship with the Sabad. In this trans-creation, we have chosen to keep the repeating words in the Sabad same. We aspire to learn and retain the Divine attribute used in the original Sabad and avoid terms like God or Lord.

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Harinder Singh is the Senior Fellow at the Sikh Research Institute. He holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering from Wichita State University, an MS in Engineering Management from the University of Kansas, and an MPhil from Punjab University in the linguistics of the Guru Granth Sahib. 

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