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Guru Nanak Sahib in Rag Gauri Bairagan | Guru Granth Sahib 157

Sabad Recitation


This composition by Guru Nanak Sahib is in Rag Gauri Bairagan, a musical mode sung in the morning. It is a rag (musical measure) of sadness, separation, and longing as opposed to depression.

If I were to become a doe,
dwelling in the forest, picking and eating grass and plants.
If I were to meet Husband-Divine by Guru’s Grace,
I would continuously adore You,
O! Breath of Breath, O! Life of Life.

I am a trader of the Charmer-Divine,
Your Nam is the merchandise and the trade, indeed! 1. Reflect.

If I were to become a koel* dwelling on a mango tree,
I would reflect intuitively on Sabad.
If I were to meet my Husband-Divine naturally and intuitively,
I would see the vision and the form of the Infinite. 2.

If I were to become a fish, dwelling in the Water-Divine,
I would be in the domain of “The One,” who takes care of all life forms.
I would meet my Husband-Divine with open arms, who dwells all around. 3.

If I were to become a serpent dwelling in the ground,
I would become fear-free as Sabad dwells within.
Nanak: Those whose light merges with the Light become bride-lovers forever. 4.
     Guru Nanak Sahib in Rag Gauri Bairagan | Guru Granth Sahib 157

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