Free Music Friday: Too(n) Mayray Laalan by Dev Suroop Kaur

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We’re happy to offer “Too(n) Mayray Laalan” by Dev Suroop Kaur from the album Kundalini Beat.

Here’s what Dev Suroop Kaur has to say on this song:

“Too(n) Mayray Laalan

Wow!  Taking a fresh read-through of the translation of this shabad (song), I’m reminded of how incredibly special it is.  In these four verses, Guru Arjan Dev Ji expresses such a deep longing, surrender to, and even blending into the Creator. The expression of God as a lover, best friend and companion amazes and delights me.  In all of my life and framing as a spiritual woman, I had never thought of the relationship with creation and God as so intimately personal.

I’m reflecting on how this particular shabad came into my life.  Many years ago, I experienced a particularly difficult time in my work situation.  I was caught in a political mish-mosh and was struggling to hold my head high.  At that time, I was also evolving into and accepting my self-identity as a musician.  One evening, I was thumbing through the Psyche of the Golden Shield by Bibiji to find a shabad to put to music.  The rhythm of the words of Too(n) Mayray Laalan worked nicely with the chords and music structure I was coming up with.  And the meaning!  Who could beat that?  I came up with the tune, practiced it and began playing it in Gurdwara and at other sangat events.  Sometime later, I looked at the stated effect of the shabad:  “To build relationships and take away personality conflict.  To accept the will of God and regain honor.”  Inadvertently (and luckily) I had picked the perfect prayer for my difficult work situation.  Learning and playing this shabad was helping to transform the challenging circumstances into something better and to also heal my personal pain.

Scroll forward many years later when, in 2007, Liv Singh and I were creating the album “Kundalini Beat”.  I shared this beautiful tune and shabad with him and we decided it would fit nicely on the album.  One afternoon, Liv Singh was taking a break from recording while I remained in the studio and experimented with section that we had created.  Quite magically and easily, I came up with the line “You are my lover, Lord.  My best friend.  My beloved.  I love you.”  To me, that about sums it up!”

 

gauVI guAwryrI mhlw 5 ] (181-13)
ga-orhee gu-aarayree mehlaa 5.
Gauree Gwaarayree, Fifth Mehl:
 

qUM myrw sKw qUMhI myrw mIqu ]
tooN mayraa sakhaa tooNhee mayraa meet.
You are my Companion; You are my Best Friend.

qUM myrw pRIqmu qum sMig hIqu ]
tooN mayraa pareetam tum sang heet.
You are my Beloved; I am in love with You.

qUM myrI piq qUhY myrw ghxw ]
tooN mayree pat toohai mayraa gahnaa.
You are my honor; You are my decoration.

quJ ibnu inmKu n jweI rhxw ]1]
tujh bin nimakh na jaa-ee rahnaa. ||1||
Without You, I cannot survive, even for an instant. ||1||

qUM myry lwln qUM myry pRwn ]
tooN mayray laalan tooN mayray paraan.
You are my Intimate Beloved, You are my breath of life.

qUM myry swihb qUM myry Kwn ]1] rhwau ]
tooN mayray saahib tooN mayray khaan. ||1|| rahaa-o.
You are my Lord and Master; You are my Leader. ||1||Pause||

ijau qum rwKhu iqv hI rhnw ]
ji-o tum raakho tiv hee rahnaa.
As You keep me, so do I survive.

jo qum khhu soeI moih krnw ]
jo tum kahhu so-ee mohi karnaa.
Whatever You say, that is what I do.

jh pyKau qhw qum bsnw ]
jah paykha-o tahaa tum basnaa.
Wherever I look, there I see You dwelling.

inrBau nwmu jpau qyrw rsnw ]2]
nirbha-o naam japa-o tayraa rasnaa. ||2||
O my Fearless Lord, with my tongue, I chant Your Name. ||2||

qUM myrI nv iniD qUM BMfwru ]
tooN mayree nav niDh tooN bhandaar.
You are my nine treasures, You are my storehouse.

rMg rsw qUM mnih ADwru ]
rang rasaa tooN maneh aDhaar.
I am imbued with Your Love; You are the Support of my mind.

qUM myrI soBw qum sMig rcIAw ]
tooN mayree sobhaa tum sang rachee-aa.
You are my Glory; I am blended with You.

qUM myrI Et qUM hY myrw qkIAw ]3]
tooN mayree ot tooN hai mayraa takee-aa. ||3||
You are my Shelter; You are my Anchoring Support. ||3||

mn qn AMqir quhI iDAwieAw ]
man tan antar tuhee Dhi-aa-i-aa.
Deep within my mind and body, I meditate on You.

mrmu qumwrw gur qy pwieAw ]
maram tumaaraa gur tay paa-i-aa.
I have obtained Your secret from the Guru.

siqgur qy idRiVAw ieku eykY ]
satgur tay darirhi-aa ik aykai.
Through the True Guru, the One and only Lord was implanted within me;

nwnk dws hir hir hir tykY ]4]18]87]
naanak daas har har har taykai. ||4||18||87||
servant Nanak has taken to the Support of the Lord, Har, Har, Har. ||4||18||87||

About Dev Suroop Kaur:

Dev Suroop Kaur delights in sharing the pure practicality of nurturing a successful and deeply authentic life. An accomplished musician, recording artist, and Professional Level Trainer in the KRI Aquarian Trainer Academy, Dev Suroop Kaur strives to break it down, keep it real, and guide students to their own empowered authenticity. From the deeply contemplative compositions in her recordings, Sahej and Narayan, to the hip, edgy beats of her chant-rap album Kundalini Beat, Dev Suroop Kaur offers an extraordinary range of styles to invoke the experience of the Divine Spirit. Blessed to study directly with Yogi Bhajan for most of her adult life, she gratefully shares what she has learned  and continues to learn about how to love, work, and live better in the world. She deeply enjoys training students and teachers of Kundalini Yoga in the science of Naad Yoga, conscious communication, and how to access the beauty and power of their personal voice. She currently lives with her husband in Espanola, New Mexico and, in addition to her teaching and music activities, works to maintain a peaceful mind as a business executive. Dev Suroop Kaur is an ordained Minister of Sikh Dharma, is certified as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT500) through Yoga Alliance, and holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Claremont Graduate University.


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