Azure Salver

Mantra: Azure Salver

  • Complete Mantra:

    Gagan may thaal rav chand deepak banay

    Taarikaa mandal janak motee

    Dhoop mal aanlo pavan chavro kare

    Sagal banraa-ay foolant jotee(1)

    Kaisee aartee ho-ay

    Bhav khandanaa tayree aartee

    Anhataa shabad vaajant bhayree


    Sahes tav nain nan nain hai tohe kau

    Sahes moorat nanaa ayk tohee

    Sahes pad bimal nan ek pad

    Gandh bin sahes tav gandh iv chalat mohee(2)

    Sabh meh jot jot hai soee

    Tis day chaanan sabh mai chaanan hoay

    Gur saakhee jot pargat hoay

    Jo tis bhaavay su aartee hoay(3)

    Har charan kaval makrand lobhit mano

    Anadino mohay aahee peeaasaa

    Kripaa jal dayh naanak saaring kau

    Hoay jaa tay tayray naaee vaasaa(4)

  • Language: Gurmukhi
    Source: Kirtan Sohilaa
  • Translation:

    The sky is the azure salver,

    The sun and moon are thy lamps,

    The stars are thy scattered pearls,

    The sandal forests are thy incense,

    And the breeze is thy fan.

    These, along with the flowers of vegetation

    Are laid as offerings at thy feet(1)

    O Destroyer of Fear,

    What other worship can be compared

    To nature's own festival of lights,

    While the divine music resounds within?


    Thousand are thine eyes, yet thou hast no eyes;

    Thousand are thy forms, yet thou hast no form;

    Thousand are thy lotus feet, and yet thou hast no feet;

    Thousand are thy noses to smell, yet thou hast no nose.

    I am enchanted with thy play.(2)

    It is the light which lives in every heart,

    And thy light which illumines every soul.

    It is only through the Guru's teachings

    That the light comes to be shown.

    Whatever is pleasing to thee,

    That is the true worship.(3)

    My soul yearns for the honey of Thy lotus feet.

    Night and day I am athirst for thee.

    I am like that bird who cries, "Peeoo, Peeoo,"

    Waiting to receive the drop of water

    Which is the nectar of Thy kindness,

    So that I may live in the ecstasy of Thy Name.(4)

  • More Information:

    This is a shabad written by Guru Nanak which is part of Kirtan Sohilaa, a prayer read at bedtime by the Sikhs. 

    Translation courtesy of Peace Lagoon, by Sardarni Premka Kaur, Copyright 1984 G.T. International.