Gaavai Ko Taan

Mantra: Gaavai Ko Taan

  • Complete Mantra:

    Gaavai ko taan, hovai kisai taan

    Gaavai ko daat, jaanai neeshaan

    Gaavai ko gun vadeeaa-eeaa chaar

    Gavvai ko vidiaa vikham veechaar

    Gaavai ko saaj karay tan khayh

    Gaavai ko jeea lai fir dayh

    Gaavai ko jaapai disai door

    Gaavai ko vaykhai haadara hadoor

    Kathna kathee na aavai tot

    Kath kath kathee, kotee kot kot

    Dayndaa day lainday thak paaeh

    Jugaa jugantar khaahee khaaeh

    Hukamee Hukam chalaa-ay raaho

    Naanak vigasai vayparvaaho    

  • Language: Gurmukhi
    Source: Siri Guru Granth Sahib
  • Translation:

    Some sing of his power - who has that power?

    Some sing of his gifts, and know these as his sign and insignia.

    Some sing of his glorious virtures, his greatness and his beauty.

    Some sing of knowledge of him, through arduous study and contemplation.

    Some sing that he fashions the body, and then again reduces it to dust.

    Some sing that he takes life away, and then again restores it.

    Some sing that he seems far away;

    Some sing that he watches over us, face to face, ever present.

    There is no lack of those who preach and teach.

    Millions upon millions offer millions of sermons and stories.

    The great giver keeps on giving, while those who receive grow weary of receiving.

    Throughout the ages, consumers consume.

    The Commander, by his command, leads us to walk upon the path.

    O Nanak, he blossoms forth, carefree and independent.

  • More Information:

    Thie third pauree transforms insufficiency into sufficiency, turns depression into elevation, and transforms low self esteem into complete self confidence.

    Translation and comments courtesy of: Psyche of the Soul, by Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogiji, Copyright 1993, Hand Made Books.