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Bhagat Ravidas in Rag Gauri Bairagan | Guru Granth Sahib 345

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This composition by Bhagat Ravidas is in Rag Gauri Bairagan, a musical mode sung in the morning. It is a rag (musical measure) of sadness, separation, and longing.

The path is mountainous and very treacherous,
All I have is this virtue-less ox-mind.
O! Charmer-Divine, this is my one plea:
Protect my capital, O! Darkness-Destroyer. 1.

O! People, if I meet a trader of the Charmer-Divine,
then my caravan of ox-carts will be loaded. 1. Reflect.

I am a trader of the Charmer-Divine,
trading for intuitive wisdom.
I have loaded the wealth of Charmer-Divine’s Nam,
The world has loaded the poison. 2.

Knowers of this world and beyond,
write whatever pleases you.
The Messenger of Death cannot punish me,
for I have cast aside all entanglements. 3.

The world is like the temporary color of the safflower,
The color-love of my Charmer-Divine is permanent,
like the dye of the madder plant, says Ravidas, the tanner. 4.
     Bhagat Ravidas in Rag Gauri Bairagan | Guru Granth Sahib 345

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