Santa Satguru Satya Swarupa
Nitya Niramaya Nirmala (Chorus)
O Sant Satguru, Form of Truth, You are ever pure and undefiled.
Mrityunjaya bhava dustara tarakaa
Chitta chinmaya tatva prakashaka
Gati mati ko gane sthiti na barane
Mati agamya anta na muula (1)
You are the victor over death who ferries the jivas across the impassable realm of matter, Omniscient Consciousness, Quintessence of Light, Ineffable and beyond reckoning is Your state. The mind cannot conceive of You; You are without beginning and without end.
Dhyavata yogi kara sanyogi
Jag vasana tyagi
Nigamadika kare teri mahima
Naga shesha shiva hari brahma
Jagata jyoti maha teja murti
Karana sukshama na sthula (2)
Through contemplation upon You, the yogis have abandoned worldly desires and have achieved union with the Beloved. The Vedas and all the scriptures extol Your Greatness. Shiva, Vishnu, Brahma, and the serpent Shesh proclaim Your glory. O Kindler of Light, in Your form resides all power and splendor. You dwell beyond the physical, astral, and causal realms.
Veda atita bodha murti
Sadhu jana hridaya vasi
Nada nayaka bheda ananta
Badha jivana bhava haranta
Che dishi maya kara niramoha
Alaukika amola (3)
Surpassing the Vedas, You are the Embodiment of Wisdom, Yet within the hearts of the Sadhus, You make Your abode. Lord of the Inner Sound, the mystery never ending, Vanquishing all obstructions in this earthly existence, Free us from attachment to the six-directional Maya, And bestow on us the Transcendental Reality that is beyond price.
Param Jyoti param prakasha
Nirbhaya deva bhava rahita
Varanata shastra purana atula (4)
Peerless Radiance, Supreme Effulgence, Cupped in Your hands is the Nectar of Immortality, which you graciously distribute Fearless Lord, unfettered by this world, Even the Shastras and Puranas recount Your matchless glory.
Dina natha dayala swami
Swa anubhava Prakasaka
Somanatha tava charana dhyaave
Nema nitya nirantara gave
Kamadik bhava hara jiva shula (5)
O Protector of the lowly ones, most merciful Lord, Self-Existent, Bestower of Light Samantha has contemplated upon Your lotus feet, Unceasingly He will sing Your praises, You free all the jivas from the desires and afflictions of this world.
Dina bandhu dina naatha
Dayaala Sataguru jaga taarakaa (chorus)
You are the Lord and Friend of the lowly ones. O Merciful Satguru, Deliverer of the World.
Denu kaama sama jaana tujhko
Aan paryo dwaara paalakaa (1)
Understanding you as Kama Denu, the wish-granting cow, I have fallen at your door -- O, Gatekeeper of the Inner Realms.
Hina guna saba bina kaarhe
Gyaana mohe aba dijiye
China chauja chinaava aapana
Charana daasa mujhe kijiye (2)
Please remove all my faults and low qualities, Now grant me the gift of inner Enlightenment. Place the divine mark of Shabd on my forehead, and accept me as Your own. Make me the servant of Your holy feet.
Gunaatita guna gambhira swaami
Karuna mujha para raakhiye
Sharana pare ki laaja tumko
Janana marana hataaiye (3)
You dwell beyond the three gunas, most profound Lord. Shower Your grace upon me. I have taken refuge in Your shelter, and now to preserve Your honor, Please take me out of the cycle of births and deaths.
Karana kaarana kaaranaatita
Karunaa kara mujhe taariye
Jaarana maarana uchatanaadi
Hina guna te bachaaiye (4)
You dwell beyond the arena of action, above the causal and super-causal planes. Be gracious and ferry me across. Please keep me safe from black magic and spells of revenge. Save me from the low-minded ones.
Naama nisadina japaaya mujhko
Dhyaana aapkaa dridhaaiye
Nainana madhye mana sthiraaya
Gyaana jota darsaaiye (5)
Make me repeat the Naam day and night. And keep me steadfastly absorbed in contemplation on You. Rivet my attention at the still point between the eyes, And show me the Light of Spiritual knowledge.
Sthula sukshama kaaranaadi
Sthaana brahmaa langhaaiye
Maanasarovara shunya sthana me
Snaana nirmala karaaiye (6)
Ferrying me across the physical, astral and causal realms. Lead me into the region of Parbrahm. In the spiritual pool of Mansarover, in the region of the Void, Let me bathe in those purifying waters, so that I may become immaculate and whole.
Dhuna saara shabda adhaar deyke
Soham dhaara sataloka darsaaya
Bina dhuna bajaaiye (7)
Giving me the support of the Dhun, the True Shabd, Transport my soul into the Great Void. Drawing me upwards on the stream of Sohang Shabd, reveal the vision of the True Realm, Sat Lok, Where divine strains of the vina fill the air.
Alakha agama gamanaa jaaki
Tahaa jaaya pauchaaiye
Jaana baalaka dina mujhe
Aada anaama samaaiye (8)
Transport me to Alakh and Agam – the invisible and inaccessible regions. Whoever reaches there, has come to the end of the journey. Regarding me as your helpless child, Merge me into the primal Anami Lok.
Somanaatha anaath jaanake
Amara Pada mujhe bakshiye
Swaami dayaala daataa Saawan
Charana apana lagaaiye (9)
Understanding Somanath as a homeless orphan, Grant me refuge in that Deathless Realm. O Sawan, Supreme Lord and Gracious Benefactor, Attach me to Your lotus feet.
Parama Santa Parama Pita
Pari purna param aanandaa (Refrain)
O Perfect and Exalted Saint, Supreme Father, Complete within Yourself -- blissfully sublime.
Parihara bhava dukhaa,
pratipaala kara mujhe
Parama pavitra partita guna samudraa
Deva amrita bodhaa (1)
You remove the suffering of earthly existence; please care for me and give me your protection. Peerless and undefiled, You dwell beyond the reach of delusion, O Ocean of All Virtues. Grant me the immortal Nectar of Divine Knowledge.
Charana sunnidha raakha mujhe,
sugya gunaa hinaa
Magna maayaa malinaa,
mahaa murkha mugdhaa
Kara paapa dagdhaa (2)
Keep me close to Your lotus feet, O Form of Mercy, full of grace. Shrouded in the veil of unconsciousness, I am devoid of all wisdom. Absorbed in Maya I am defiled; I am a fool, stark blind in ignorance. Please reduce my sins to ashes,
Sarva saakshii, sarva rakshii,
Nirvaana rupaa, nija niralepaa, kara kripaa
Kripaalu sahaayaka sadaa
Daaya rasa sudhaa (3)
You are the witness of all; You are the protector of all; transcending all, You are the King of Kings. O Form of Bliss, true and untainted, bestow mercy upon me. You are the Gracious Helper forevermore, Distributing the divine Nectar of Wisdom.
Laksha alaksha ati sukshma,
aparoksha paraata paraa
Kuksha apnii rakshnaa kini,
bhaksha kaala mukha maayaa phandaa
Le gyana kharag chhedaa (4)
The Unmanifest-Manifested, The Subtlest of the Subtle; immanent in all, you dwell beyond all concern and care. Rescue the child of your womb; I have become the food of Kal, I am trapped in Maya’s snare. Take up the Sword of Wisdom and severe my bonds.
Somanaatha dina anaatha,
hina jaana rakshiye
Bhaanu prakaashaa agyaana naashaa,
sugya subodha sadaa sarvadaa
Sahaj aanandaa (5)
Somanath says, O Lord of the lowly, care for the ignorant ones. Your Ray of Light banishes the darkness of ignorance, You are All-Knowing, All-Wisdom, Ever-Existent, Dwelling in the State of Blissful Natural Equipoise.
Sataguru kaa dhyaan dhaaro
Chitta nainana thamaai (Refrain)
Contemplate on the Satguru, Fix your attention at the third eye.
Mithya kalpanaa taaro, dwaita duramati duraai
Bhrumadhye guru bithaao, bhrama bhaava dura hataao
Swaasa man eka kara uthaao, drishti sahita jamaai (1)
Shake off this false dream; remove duality and evil propensities from your within. Enthrone the Guru between the two eyebrows and leave falsehood behind. When the mind and breath become one (when the attention becomes focused) you rise up to the seat of the soul; there become absorbed in your inner seeing faculty.
Yaha vidhi dhyaana dhaaranaa, mita jaaya janma maranaa
Shata karma saba chhoranaa, phokata kashta uthaaii (2)
Following this method perfect your contemplation; the cycle of births and deaths will be finished off. Give up the shata karma (the six purificatory practices of hatha yoga); you will gain no spiritual benefit from them and are only wasting your energy.
Kamatha drishti tuma dhaaro, aatha hi prahara nihaaro
chaaha cheshtaa nikaaro, ishtaa guru lavalaai (3)
Adopt the gaze of the tortoise (who hatches her eggs through her attention); contemplate through all the eight watches of the day. Discard desires and assertion; lose your self in adoration of the beloved Guru.
Divya guru murti prakaashaa, bhi andhakaara naasaa
Chandrodaya jasa nisaa, agyaana bhrama nasaai (4)
The Divine Guru is the radiant form of Light: He banishes all darkness. Just like the moon rising in the night sky, He drives away the illusion of ignorance.
Shabda anahada dhaara, aavata upari taara
Sataguru satta saara, tada rup samaai (5)
The stream of the limitless Shabd descends from above like a lifeline. The Satguru is True, the Essence of all that exists; become absorbed in His divine form.
Somanaatha kara guru dhyaanaa, anubhava sahita pramaanaa
Pala men maayaa nasaanaa, jyota men jyota milaai (6)
Somanath says, do the dhyan of the Guru, see the Truth with your own eyes. In the blink of an eye Maya is destroyed, and the light (of the soul) merges into the Divine Light (of Shabd).
Dhyaana dhaarana kijai saadhu
Dhyaana dhaarana kijai(refrain)
Fix the Guru’s dhyan in your heart, O Sadhu. Fix the Guru’s dhyan in your heart.
Saavadhaan Sataguru hi bhaje
Mano kaamanaa sabhii taje(1)
Contemplate on the Satguru without wavering. Renounce all desires of the mind.
Dekhata jaise chandra chakoraa,
Chaataka pakshi swaati dhaaraa
Raatran divasa ratata apaaraa(2)
Fix your attention on His form as the moonbird gazes at the moon. Yearn for Him as the as the rainbird thirsts for the swaati raindrops. Night and day repeat His Name without ceasing.
Jaise jaal machhli kar nehaa,
Bichalita kabahu na hoya bigoyaa
Sneh na chhute chhute dehaa(3)
Be like the fish that is enamored of the water. Without the water it writhes in the torment of separation; Even if the fish leaves the body, it never abandons its love.
Jaise jyoti dekha patangaa
Praana taje para taje na sanga
Koi kitanohi kare atangaa (4)
Be like the moth that is spellbound by the light. It will sacrifice its life but will never give up the company of the flame, No matter how much you may try to turn it away.
Dhyaatru dhyaan dheya vhai rehiye
Netra dwe madhye nirakhat rahiye
Gaatra sudha saba bisariye(5)
The contemplator, the contemplation, and the object of contemplation should all become one. Rivet your attention at the still point between the two eyes; Forget all awareness of the body.
Kar Somanaatha sataguru kaa dhyaan
Aura pramaana na man men aana
Jate hoya Sataloka payana(6)
Somanath says, contemplate on the Satguru. In this way alone will you experience the Reality, And your soul will soar to Sat Lok, the Realm of Truth.
Japale Naam nisa dina, aayu bita rahi hai (Refrain)
Repeat the Naam day and night because your life is passing away.
Pala pala swaasaa chhije, mrityu najikaa rahi hai
With every moment your breaths are diminishing; death is coming near.
Satasanga dhaara nitya, sadavichaara kara satya Chhorda maayaa asatya, ina men saar nahi hai(1)
Attending the Satsang regularly, anchor your thoughts in Truth. Abandon the falseness of Maya; there is no Reality in it.
Jaise mriga jala aage, dekha pyaasaa bhaage
Jala haata na laage, maayaa lubhaa rahi hai(2)
When the deer spies a mirage, it rushes to quench its thirst. But the deer finds no water there; in the same way, Maya entices the jivas.
Kaala baraa anyaai, maayaa moha jiva phasaai
Anta aapa chabaai, pesha na kaahu chali hai(3)
Kal is cruel and unjust; he ensnares the jivas through attachment to Maya. In the end, he devours them; at that time, no one comes to their aide.
Lage sataguru sharanaa, mite janama marana
Kate kaala bandhanaa, maayaa pachhataa rahi hai(4)
Take hold of the Satguru’s protection, then your cycle of births and deaths will be finished off. The bonds of Kal are severed, while Maya weeps and laments.
Ratata rahe nita naama hi naamaa, kura kutila taja kaamaa
Jaate paaya bisaraamaa, purna janma nahi hai(5)
Constantly repeat Naam and Naam alone; renounce the false and wicked deeds. Then you will find rest; you will not take birth again.
Somanaatha kar guru sangaa, mite maayaa bhava bhangaa
Kaala jaala te apangaa, ranga naama charhii hai(6)
Somanath says, “Keep the company of the Guru; He will destroy your Illusion and attachment to this world. The Guru will liberate you from the trap of Kal and will dye you in the true color of Naam.”
Karale bhajana bande, sataguru hoya sahaai (Refrain)
O man, do the meditation; the Satguru will be your support.
Dharale dhyaana guru kaa, maayaa phanda nasaai
Contemplate on the Guru, and sever the noose of Maya.
Manushya janma amolaa, dhenu kaama sam milaa
Rhanaa chanda dina melaa, akhiira khaali jaaii (1)
The human birth is priceless, like Kam Dhenu, the wish-granting cow. The earthy life is a fair of a few days only; in the end, we leave empty-handed.
Chhe sau hazaar ekisaa, chale dinaraata swaasaa
Pala pala aayu naasaa, jisa kaa sumaara nahi (2)
In 24 hours, we draw 21,600 breaths. With every second that passes, our allotted lifespan is dwindling; but we do not fill these precious moments with the Simran of the Lord.
Agyaana maayaa jangal, duraguna kare hai dangal
Luta leta dhana maala, bacha kara koi na jaai (3)
The ignorance and illusion of Maya are like a dense jungle; in the arena of this world we do the darkest deeds. We go on plundering and stealing the wealth of others, but in the end, nothing goes with us.
Taate sumirana naama, karale aatho jaama
Jaate paaya bisaraama, phira janma na hoi (4)
Therefore, do the Simran of Naam, all the eight watches of the day. Then you will find peace and bliss; you will not have to take birth again.
Jaise machhali niraa, chaatraka aur chandraa
Jasa kamala bhanvaraa, sugandha men lubhaai (5)
Love the Guru as the fish loves the water, as the moonbird adores the moon, As the black bee is enchanted by the fragrance of the lotus blossom.
Sataguru aaye jaga taaran, bhava men jiva ubaaran
Somanaatha lag charanan, bhava paara karaai (6)
The Satguru has come as the Savior of the World; He ferries the jivas across the ocean of existence. Somanath says, “Become absorbed in His lotus feet; He will take you to the other shore.”
Sataguru kaa naama sumiro,
Bara bhaag se paaye (Refrain)
Remember the Naam of the Satguru. It is acquired only through great good fortune.
Nita nema hriday dhaaro, bhava paara taraaye
Contemplate on the Naam in your heart without wavering; sail across the ocean of existence and reach the other shore.
Aashaa se mana ko hataavo, chita chetana men bithaao
Sata naama dhuna lutaao, jyaate bandhana nasaaye (1)
Remove all desires from your mind; fix your attention on the Conscious Power within you. Plunder the treasure of the Celestial Sound and cut through the bonds chaining you to this world.
Shila santosha dhaaro, kshmaa satta bichaaro
Mula naama uchaaro, tana mana eka karaaye (2)
Cultivate continence and contentment; keep your thoughts anchored in truth and forgiveness. Repeat the mul mantra (Simran) of the Naam; unite the body and mind (rise above body consciousness).
Dhuna men dhyaana lagaao, tana mana suda bisaraao
Aapa men aapa samaao, sahaja samaadha lagaaye (3)
Contemplate on the Inner Sound till all awareness of body and mind is forgotten. Become absorbed in your true inner Self and enter into the state of Sahaj Samadhi (Natural Equipoise)
Anahad baajaa baaje, bina taala sura na saaje
Amrita dhaara bhije, bhaaja maayaa nasaaye (4)
The Limitless Inner Sound is ringing within you, without the aid of rhythm, or melody, or instruments. The stream of Nectar flows down destroying illusion and putting Maya to flight.
Sataguru kripaa kini, satanaama bodha dini
Mrityu janma nasaani, kaala maara giraaye (5)
The Satguru has showered His mercy, and granted the gift of Sat Naam. The cycle of births and deaths has come to an end; Kal is thrown down and defeated.
Somanaatha satta samaaye, chitta guru charanan laaye
Maayaa mithya bhagaaye, kaayaa saphala karaaye (6)
Somanath says, “Become one with Truth and merge your attention in the Guru’s lotus feet. Break the magic spell of Maya and make your human birth successful.”
Satanaama sumira nara baavare
Mithya kyon janma gavaai (Refrain)
O madman, repeat the Simran of Sat Naam. Why are you throwing your life away on falsehood?
Chita chanchalataa chore, sataguru charana lava laai(1)
Forsake this fleeting illusion and merge your attention in the Satguru’s lotus feet.
Swaasa swaasa kara hausa re, tum kauna kahaa se aaya re
Kyon maayaa jaala phasaaya re, nikala na kare upaai (2)
Pursue your ardent quest with every breath. Who are you? Where have you come from? You have become ensnared in the net of Maya and haven’t found the way to free yourself.
Satanaama bina mile na raaii, mithya karma men kyon phasaai
chitta se naama japaai, chetana rupa ho jaai (3)
Without Sat Naam, no one has ever found the Path to liberation. Why are you caught up in performing the useless practices? With your inner attention repeat the Naam; become the form of All-Consciousness.
Ab ki bera bhula mata bhai, mana ke kahe men na jaai
manusha janma nasaai, phira haata na aai (4)
O brother, do not waste this precious opportunity; never follow the dictates of the mind. If you throw away the human birth, it will not come into your hands again.
Yaha mana maayaa baaja, donon bare nirlajya
Phira phira gande kaaja, jivana deta bhulaai (5)
Mind and Maya are conjurers; they are both shameless deceivers. Again and again they lure you to wicked deeds and destroy your life through their cunning.
Jo koi karana chaahe nija bhakti, chhala bala se lagaave yukti
Chhina men palataaya deti, ghaata apana lagaai (6)
If you set out on the Path of true bhakti, they muster all their forces of falsehood. Mind and Maya lurk in ambush, and in the twinkling of an eye they hurl you down.
Koi eka sura baache, naama adhaara ina jaache
Ina te mu phere paachhe, saacha naama lava laai (7)
Only a rare brave one escapes them, imploring the support of Shabd. Turning your back on mind and Maya, unite your love with the True Naam.
Somanaatha sataguru sharanaa, dhuna naama rahe lava linaa
Man maayaa pachhataanaa, bhava paar taraai (8)
Somanath says, “Go into the refuge of the Satguru; remain absorbed in His Divine Melody. Mind and Maya will repent their loss, as you swim safely across the ocean of this world.
Kyon daga magaanta baavare,
mana paga thaama thira re (Refrain)
O crazy one, why are you wavering and wobbling. Place your foot on the mind, and bring it to a standstill.
Tagamaga trishnaa tyaaga re,
lagabaga dhara guru dhyaana re
Stop twisting and thrashing in the fire of desire, Rivet your attention within, and contemplate on the Guru.
Chala bala apana chorro,
khalabala nata toro
Bala balahina hoya guru joro,
tana taalu men jaaya re (1)
Surrender your reliance on force and fraud; detach yourself from the clamor and commotion of worldly relations. The weak and helpless gain strength by taking the Guru’s support; through His mercy the soul rises above the body.
Lagabaga karale kaama re,
tyaaga maayaa bhoga re
Roga soga bahuta ghanere,
jaga raaga leya ghera re (2)
Complete this work now, renounce the indulgences of Maya. Otherwise you will suffer much sickness and sorrow; love for the world will encircle you and take you captive.
Taraparaata jyon jala bina mina,
kharakharaata raata aur dina
Chirachiraata harakaayaa swaanaa,
baraka baraka jala jaata re (3)
You are writhing like the fish out of water, thrashing about day and night. You are barking and howling like a mad dog, flaring up in anger.
Khasara pasara tun chora re,
basara guru prema men kara le
Nasvara yaha sansaara re,
tasvira jenva naasha re (4)
You have been shuffling about aimlessly here and there, but now make your Home in the Guru’s Love. This world is destructible; it will dissolve like a picture drawn on paper.
Talapa taamasa chora re,
nahin to bilapa bilapa mara jaaya re
Khalaka aashaa tora re,
palaka palaka bhaja naama re (5)
Shed the darkness of ignorance and inertia; otherwise you will die weeping and moaning. Break the desires of the world; meditate on Naam each and every moment.
Jaise jota patangaa,
dekha hota napanaga
Jara jaata ati utanga,
taise jiva bhava bhanga re (6)
The moth gives up its body, seeing the lighted lamp. It burns in the flame and achieves a high status; in like manner, the jivas should sever all ties with this material world.
Somanaatha bhaja naama prabhaata,
prema sahita dhaara guru murta,
Kaama apana bana jaata,
dhaama guru pauhuchaata (7)
Somanath says, “In the still, quiet hours of the early dawn, meditate on Naam, and lovingly enshrine the Guru’s form in your heart. All your work will be accomplished and you will reach the True Abode.”
Kyaa tarka larhaave baavare,
vaha to agama gati hai (Refrain)
O madman, why do you wrangle and debate? His state is beyond comprehension.
Sthiti na buddhi bichaaraa,
antaskarana pare hai
You cannot understand His greatness with the intellect; He lies beyond the domain of the mind.
Tana mana chora abhimaanaa,
sunna men dhyaan lagaanaa
Naama simarana karnaa,
svaayama jota dikhaa rahi hai (1)
Give up your pride of body and mind, fix your attention within and contemplate on the Sunn (Void). Repeat the Simran of Naam, and behold the radiance of the Self-Existing Light.
Aavata dhura se dvani,
anahada shabad ati jhini
Amrita dhaara bhini,
mana mastaa rahi hai (2)
The Celestial Sound flows down from Sach Khand; its Unstruck Melody is indescribably subtle and fine. The sweet stream of Amrit Nectar drenches the soul and captivates the mind.
Aage baala ravi prakaashaa,
dekhata lila ati ulhaasaa
Agyaan timira naasaa,
daamana damakaa rahi hai (3)
Ahead is the Light of the red rising sun, beholding it the soul is lost in delight. The darkness of ignorance is dispelled and lightning flashes across the sky.
Purna chandra ati niramalaa,
randra paar brahma sthalaa
Kaarana sukshma na sthulaa,
aatmaananda ho rahi hai (4)
Here the full moon shines without stain, and the soul passes through the gateway into Par Brahm. Beyond the regions of physical, astral and causal, the soul merges into bliss.
Mahaa sunna maidaanaa,
gupta chara dwipa sthaanaa
Jo pahunche so pramaanaa,
kalpanaatita atita hai (5)
Beyond the vast expanse of Maha Sunn (the Great Void) lies the region of the Four Hidden Islands. Whoever reaches there experiences the Reality -- beyond all imaginings and speculation.
Sweta surya bhanvara guphaa,
murali naada anupaa,
Ja par sataguru kripaa,
sata loka dikhaa rahi hai (6)
The White Sun, the Whirling Cave -- the matchless sound of the Flute fills the air. With the grace of the Sat Guru, the blessed soul beholds the glory of Sat Lok.
Sata alakha agamaa,
taapara aada anaamaa
Nija gati raadhaa swaami dhaamaa,
soma samaa rahi hai (7)
From the true regions of Alakh and Agam, the soul is drawn on to the Aad Anami. This is the true abode of Radha Swami; Somanath has merged into this state.
Satasang nitya hi dhaaro,
chitta chetana lagaai (Refrain)
Always remain in the Satsang, fix your attention in the All-Conscious Power within.
Mithya bhrama bhaava taaro,
sata shabda raho samaai
Remove all feeling of illusion and falsehood; remain absorbed in the True Shabd.
Jasa sunaara gade daginaa,
jora tukare banaave naginaa
Sata saara vaakya binaa,
hridaya deva jamaai (1)
The goldsmith creates a dagina -- an ornate necklace -- bringing together pieces of gold and gemstones. In the same way, collect all the true and precious words uttered in the Satsang, and treasure them in your heart.
Nirmala angithi lagaavo,
karma koyalaa jalaavo
Naama sumirana shilagaavo,
dhunaagni deva chitaai (2)
Take the crucible of purity; ignite the coals of karma, Keep them smoldering with the Simran of Naam; light the fire of the Celestial Sound.
Baara baara phunka maaro,
bujha na paaya samhaaro
Guru dhyaana sadaahi dhaaro,
tana mana ek karaai (3)
Blow up that fire again and again with the bellows, taking care it is not extinguished. Always keep your attention riveted in the contemplation of the Guru; make the body and mind one. (tan=body; man=mind; a tanamani is a precious necklace)
Dhyaana dhaarana dhaaro,
vishwaasa sonaa gaaro
Unamana musa dharo,
lagana lau lagaai (4)
Keeping your contemplation fixed, melt the gold of faith. Mix mercury with the gold, just as the soul merges into the Divine, pour in the regent of love.
Airana dhairya gaaro,
ekataa eka taara oro
Gagana antara charo,
vihanga maarga milaai (5)
Take the anvil of patience, and beat the fragments into one shining strip of gold. Rising into the Inner Sky, and fly upward on the Vihanga Marg (Path of the Bird).
Somanaatha guru sahaai,
nisa dina charana lava laai
Yaha bidha dagina banaani,
janama saphala karaai (6)
Somanath says, “Take the support of the Guru. Day and night fix your love in His lotus feet. In this way, fashion the precious necklace of devotion and make your human birth successful.”
Hansa gati tuma dhaaro,
kshira nira kara nyaaro (Refrain)
Become like the swan and separate milk from the water.
Jaro chetana grantha bichaaro,
mithya maayaa moha taro
Untie the knot that binds unconsciousness to consciousness; discard the falsehood of illusion and attachment.
Sata sanga sata vaakaya dhaaro,
tatta ghiiva nikaaro
Asaara chaara gaho saara,
jaate hoya vistaaro (1)
Keep the true sayings of the Satsang in your heart, just like you extract the ghee from the milk. Give up the unreal and take hold of the Real; rise into Universal Consciousness.
Jaise maakhi madhi,
chuse pushpa sugandhi
sangrah kare naanaa vidhi,
kusuma satva nikaaro (2)
Be like the bee who sucks the nectar from the fragrant flowers. Choosing from everything in the garden, the bee sips only the flowers’ true essence.
Jaise dadhi matha kaare ghrita,
taise mana mata shodhe surata
Dhuna men dhyaana dhare nirata,
baaje shabda jhanakaaro (3)
Just as you churn ghee from the yogurt, in the same way purify your soul and steer it away from the path of the mind. Focus your soul with your nirat (seeing faculty) and become absorbed in the Dhun; you will hear the Shabd resounding.
Shabda shabda karo khojaa,
saara shabda ati chaujaa
Mile sataguru maujaa,
sata loka sidhaaro (4)
Search ceaselessly to find the Inner Sound, the ravishing beauty of the True Shabd is beyond compare. Become merged in the Will of the Satguru and make your home in Sat Lok.
Somanaatha sataguru kaa daasaa,
sadaa rahe charana ki aasaa
Sata naama swaaso swaasaa,
japa kara bhaye nyaaro (5)
Somanath, the servant of the Satguru, says. “Go on longing for His lotus feet day and night. Remember the True Naam with every breath. Repeating Sat Naam you will become free from this mortal world.”
Mana ki gati agama apaaara,
tino loka mana hi pasaaraa. (Refrain)
The scope of the mind is incomprehensible and beyond reckoning; the vastness of the three worlds is the creation of the mind.
Brahmaa, Vishnu, aura Mahaadevaa,
devi, devaa, yaksha, gandharvaa.
Rishi, muni, gyaani, yogi, maanavaa,
Sanaka, sandandan, paancho paandavaa
Mana hi daryo dasa avataaraa (1)
The mind has incarnated as Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva; the gods and goddesses, the demi-gods and celestial musicians; The rishis, munis, gyanis, yogis and all of humankind; Sanaka, Sanandan, the five Pandavas and the ten avatars.
Mana hi Veda, Shaastra, Puraanaa;
japa, tapa, tiratha, saadha saadhanaa.
Kapi, Maaruta, aura Raama, Raavanaa;
Dhruva, Prahlaad, aura Vibhishanaa.
Mana hi bhakta rupa anekana dhaaraa (2)
The mind created the Vedas, Shastras, Puranas, repetitions, austerities, and the practices of the sadhus. Hanuman, Marut, Rama and Ravana, Dhru, Prahlad and Vibhishana -- the mind has taken on the form of countless devotees.
Mana hi Sati, Satya, Saavitraa;
Kaushalyaa Mandodari Sumitraa.
Rishi Yagyavalakalya, stri Maitraa;
Draupadi, Sitaa, Devi Paaravataa.
Mana hi sati hoya pativrata dhaaraa (3)
The mind has come as Sati , Satyaavan and Savitri ; Kaushalya , Mandodari , and Sumitra ; The sage Yagyavalkya and his wife Maitreyi ; Draupadi, Sita, the godesss Parvati . Becoming the faithful wife, the mind has burned on the husband’s funeral pyre.
Mana hi sura, vira, sanhaaraa;
mana hi Bhima, Arjuna, Yudhishtiraa.
Bhishma, Drona, aur Kripaachaaraa;
Indra, chandra, taaraa, aur suraa.
Kendra kaarya sab mana hi vichaaraa. (4)
The mind takes the form of the brave and noble warriors, the great destroyers on the field of battle. The mind became Bhima, Arjuna, and Yudhishtara . Bhisma , Drona and Kripacharya ; Lord Indra, the moon, the stars and the sun. The realm of action sprung from the mind.
Lakha chauraasi chaaro khaanaa,
loka treya men mana hi samaanaa.
Karma kukarma men mana hi pradhaanaa;
sanskaara se kare kriyamaanaa.
Jahan dekho tahan mana kaa pasaaraa. (5)
The mind is immanent in the eighty-four lakh species of creation and the four modes of birth ; the mind permeates throughout the three worlds. The mind inspires all deeds good and bad; our past impressions have determined the fate karmas of our current life. Wherever I look, the influence of the mind is spread.
Mana hi ko guru gyana pramodhe;
dhaara bachana mana kaayaa sodhe.
Mana japa, mana hi mana bedhe;
niramala mana lave samaadhe.
Saadhaka saadhanaa mano vyavhaaraa (6)
Mind controls the teachings of the gurus, following their words the body and mind are purified. The mind inspires the repetition, which penetrates into the secrets of the mind itself; the purified mind carries you into samadhi. The practices of the sadhus are the dealings of the mind.
Kahaan laga kahun mana ki khyaati,
mana ke maare bana banjaati.
Koi vaayu ahaara kanda mula khaati,
koi bhuke aura nange phirati.
Naanaa songa kare aneka prakaaraa. (7)
What more can I say in praise of the mind? Because of the mind the devotees go to the forest to do their devotion. They live on air, and tubers, and roots that they forage; some go about hungry and naked. They take up so many roles of every description.
Eka upaaya te mana ko maare;
charana dhyaana sataguru ke dhaare.
Sata Naama japa nitya uchaare;
tat grahana kara chorde asaare.
Chitta se cheta lago Dhuna saaraa. (8)
There is only one way to kill the mind; fix your contemplation in Satguru’s lotus feet. Day and night go on repeating the True Name; take hold of the kernel and cast aside the chaff. Attach your consciousness go the All-Conscious, Primal Sound Current.
Bhakatana aage binati mori,
name Somanaatha dou kar jori.
Kısa bele yaha mana kyaa kari;
pala men pataala shikhari.
Kisa raaste bhaagaa, kauna thauraa. (9)
I make my request before the perfect Guru; Somanath bows down, folding both his hands: “Take the souls beyond the domain of the mind.” Otherwise, who knows what the mind may do and when it may attack; in the blink of an eye it soars from the nether worlds to the peak of Brahmand. Who can say what byways it may take, and where it will lure the unwary.
Mero mana kyon na bhaje sata naama (Refrain)
O my mind, why don’t you meditate on the True Naam.
Patita paavana paapa naashana,
Japa nisidina traya taapa harana
Hoya saphala janma (1)
Naam is the purifier of the fallen ones, the destroyer of sins. By repeating the Naam day and night, the three miseries are removed, And your life becomes successful.
Japo naama, hoya nishkaama,
Nita nema dhaara prema
Nisadina atho yaama (2)
Repeating the Simran of Naam, become free of desire. Constantly maintain love for God in your heart All the hours of the day and night.
Aayu china china, ghate dina dina,
Maayaa khina khina, swaasa bina bina
Khaavata saba jivana (3)
Moment by moment, day by day, your allotted time is diminishing. Each and every instant, Maya is snatching your breaths away, And your whole lifetime is consumed.
Sthira kara asana, chora man vaasana
Naama sumirana, rupa men magana
Naina men chitta thaama (4)
Adopt a fixed posture, and cast off the cravings of the mind. Become absorbed in the Simran of Naam; Focus your attention at the third eye,
Hoya tadaakaara, aave na baahara
Anahada jhanakaara, naada pukaara
Shabda men hoya bephaama (5)
Taking on the form of the Naam, remain fixed within. The Limitless Music is resounding; the Inner Voice is calling. Merging in the Shabd, become dead to the world.
Somanaatha bhayo nishchinta
Sataguru santa bataaye jugata
Jaate paaye bisaraama (6)
Somanath says, “Make your heart tranquil and carefree. The Sant Satguru has taught you the method To achieve rest and repose.”
Mero mana kyon na sune dhuna naama (Refrain)
O my mind, why don’t you listen to the Music of Naam
Aaana upaasate janma bitaayo a
Apno kaama kucha na kiyo a
Ina men nahin aaraama (1)
You came vowing to do His devotion, but you have wasted your life. You have not done the work you came to accomplish, And you have found no peace and repose.
Aba to chora puraani baana a
Satsanga men dharo dhyaana a
Jaate hoya kalyaana (2)
Now give up your old ways. Keep your attention fixed in the Satsang, And you will become blessed.
Naama sumirana karata hi rahanaa a
Aalasa kara ke soya mata jaanaa a
Praatha kaale nita nema (3)
Go on repeating the Simran of Naam. Don’t become lazy and fall asleep. In the early morning hours, meditate with regularity.
Yaha mana paaji, nema na dhaari a
Bhajana vakta ko devata taari a
Karata na apano kaama (4)
This mind is a slacker, it is never dependable. When the time for meditation comes, it tries to sneak away. It never does its own work.
Jiddha hi kara ke siddha hi hona a
Mana ke haare haara na jaanaa a
Jaise suramaa thaame thaama (5)
Be determined and perfect yourself. Even if the mind defeats you, never admit defeat, Just like the mighty warrior stands firm on the battlefield.
Baitha ekaanta dhare dhyaana a
Sit in solitude, contemplating within.
Hold the Satguru’s lotus feet in your heart.
Never become careless.
Hriday antara sataguru charana a
Kabhi hoya na bephaama (6)
Anahada bane aavata jhini a
The melodious strains of the Limitless Bani reverberate within.
Merge your soul into that sweet music,
And you will become free of the mind.
Taamen surata deva jamaani a
Mana te hoya alagana (7)
Somanaatha yaun dhaara mana men a
Somanath says, “In this way, hold the Naam within your heart.
Fix your attention in the Sar Shabd (Primal Sound),
And you will quickly reach your True Home.”
Nema nita se saara dhuna men a
Turata mile nija dhaama (8)
Are mana meriyaa kaahe bhulaanaa
Jagata swapanana jaana padi (Refrain)
O my mind why have you forgotten the reality? Understand that this world is just a dream.
Aavata dukha jaavata dukha,
Kabahu na sukha eka ghari (1)
You come suffering and depart suffering. You don’t know happiness, even for a moment.
Kara prapancha bahu dhana sancha
Practicing so much trickery and deceit, you amassed a lot of wealth,
But still, not one penny will go with you at your end time.
Seeing your dead body, your son, your wife, your brothers,
Even your mother and father, all run away.
Karata kucha na aavata kaudi
Putra kalatra bandhu aura bhraata
Maataa pita naari dekhata dauri (2)
Sansaara asaara saara na jaano
This world is an illusion, never understand it as real.
The angels of death will beat you and throw you in chains;
You indulged in the sense pleasures and earned bitter suffering,
But nothing goes with you when you leave this world, everything is left behind just like the snake sheds its skin.
Maara duta yama daalata beri
Mana indri bhoga yahi mahaa soga
Bhuvanga jasa kaachali chori (3)
Kara guru prema dhaara ura dhyaana
Have love for the Guru and contemplate on Him in your heart.
Meditate on Sat Naam, and rise within just like ascending a staircase.
Listen to the Music of the Shabd; hearing it, the mind becomes paralyzed.
Ascend on the lifeline of the Naam, just like a spider climbs up the thread.
Bhaja satanaama jas charata sidi
Dhuna dhaara shabda suna hoya stabdha
Chare taara jasa makadi (4)
Yaha santa mata dhaara kara jugata
Hoya atanta maayaa pakadi
Bhaja somanaatha sataguru sidhaanta
Satpada mana jori (5)
Practice the method of Sant Mat. Subdue Maya, become free of desire. Somanath says, obey the teaching of the Guru, And merge in the highest state.
Suno mere bahai karo upaai,
janma jaata nasaai (Refrain)
Listen, my brother, practice the meditation. Your life is slipping away.
Naanaa yoni tuma bharamata aayo
Dukha anekana sahata bitaayon
Taubhi samajha na aai (1)
You have wandered through countless life forms. You have endured untold suffering. Still you haven’t grasped the Truth.
Garbha vaasa men kiyo karaaraa
Aavata baahara sabhi bisaaraa
Dekha maayaa bhulaai (2)
In the womb, you made a promised to the Lord to do His devotion, But when you came out, you were drowned in illusion. Seeing Maya you forgot everything.
Aba tuma guru sharana men aana pado
Sada hi charana dhyaana hriday dharo
Jaate bandana kataai (3)
Now take refuge in the Satguru. Always treasure His lotus feet in your heart, Then your bonds will be severed.
Naama sumirana karo dina raati
Utha baitha tuma nitya prabhaati
Dhuna men dhyaana lagaai (4)
Do the Simran of Naam day and night Wake up and sit for meditation in the early morning hours Merge into the Celestial Music within.
Kaala vikraala mahaa balawaanaa
Bare bare jina kinaa chabainaa
Tuma kyon rahe paravaai (5)
Dreadful Kal is mighty beyond reckoning; He has devoured many great devotees. Why do you remain so unconcerned?
Daro guru se jasa partivrataa naari
Bhaava sahita bhaje pati aagyaa dhaari
Pati chora aana na dhyaai (6)
Be true to your Guru just like a faithful wife; With love and devotion, she follows the husband’s behests. If you abandon the Husband (Guru), you can never achieve one-pointed concentration.
Somanaatha kara sataguru dhyaanaa
Parama pada kaa yahi nisaanaa
Aapa men aapa samaai (7)
Somanath says, contemplate on the Satguru’s form. You will win the highest status, When you lose yourself in the Almighty Lord.
Kyon nara praani abhi na jaani,
O embodied soul, why do you still not understood?
Your life is passing by.
gayo janma bitaani (Refrain)
Bhora bhayaa shaama aayaa
Kaama tuma ne kucha na kini (1)
The sun rises, the sun sets; Still you have done nothing.
Maayaa jaala daailya kaala
Vakta na bela khaaya chabaani (2)
Kal has cast the nets of Maya. He devours the souls, missing no opportunity.
Aayu tuma ne kiye karaara
Bhula maayaa ninda sutaani (3)
You came vowing to meditate, But Maya misled you and lulled you to sleep.
Hotaa prabhaata pichale rata
Baitha ekaanta naama sumirani (4)
Now the night has passed, and dawn is breaking. Sit in solitude, and do the Simran of Naam.
Nita nema satta prema
Chitta raakha guru charani (5)
Daily, with regularity and true love, Place your heart at the Guru’s lotus feet.
Antara mukha antakarana
Laaga naama chintani (6)
Withdraw into your inner mind, and fix your attention in the Naam.
Antarapura men santa marga men
Kara nishchinta praveshani (7)
The Saint’s Path leads within Follow it and become free of care.
Santa daasa somanaatha
Nirantara bhaja naama mani (8)
Somanath is the servant of the Saints, Unceasingly he sings the Glory of Naam.
Shaanta hoya sataguru bhaje
Hoya bhava nishchintani (9)
Worshipping the Satguru, you will achieve peace. You will become free of worry and sorrow.
Sataguru bhajale praani,
brithaa janma bitaani (Refrain)
O soul, meditate on the Satguru; you are passing your life in vain.
Kyaa le aaaa, kyaa le jaayega
Chaar din ki jindaganii (1)
What did you bring with you? What will you take when you go? Your life is of four days only.
Maataa pitaa suta baandhava naari
Vipata kaala saba hovata nyaari
Tu dekha mana men aajamaani (2)
Mother, father, son, relatives, wife, At the time of distress (death), they will all abandon you. Think carefully about this and face the truth.
Jhuthi kaayaa, jhuthi maayaa
Jhutha vyavahaara saba bharambayaa
Anta gayaa pachataani (3)
The body is false, wealth is false. The false dealings have misled all the souls, And in the end, you leave this world repenting.
Raajaa ranka saba hii gaye
Tetisa kota deva na rahe
Jo dise so haani (4)
The king and the pauper have both departed. The 33 million gods and goddesses did not remain. Whatever you see with your eyes will be destroyed.
Chandra surya nava lakha taara
Nava khanda prithvi saata samudraa
Rahe na vaayu aakaasha agani (5)
The sun, the moon, and the nine lakh (900,000) stars The nine continents and the seven seas The air, the ether and the fire – none of these are permanent.
Paancha tatva yaha jara mithyaa
Ina men saara nahi hai tathyaa
Asatta maayaa bhulaani (6)
The five elements are composed of inert matter They have no true spiritual essence in them. False Maya has made you forget the Reality.
Aba tuma laago sataguru charanaa
Dina aura raata rahe guru dhyaanaa
Jaate maayaa nasaani (7)
Now you should become attached to the Satguru’s holy feet Day and night, live in His contemplation Then Maya will be destroyed
Swaasa hi swaasa japo satanaama
Khaali swaasa na jaaya nikammaa
Yaha hai mukti nishaani (8)
With every breath, repeat the True Naam Don’t let even one precious breath go wasted. This is the mark of liberation.
Aisaa samaya bahura nahi paaiyo
Bahataa paani haata dhulaiyo
Nahi to phokota janma hiraani (9)
You will not get such an auspicious time again. The flowing water of life is running through your fingers. If you don’t heed this advice, your birth will be worthless.
Somanaatha para sataguru daayaa
Apne charana men aapa hi laayaa
Nahi to jaata bahaani (10)
O Satguru, you have showered mercy on Somanath You have brought him to your holy lotus feet. Otherwise he would have been washed away in this ocean of life.
Jaga jivana hai dina chaara kaa (Refrain)
This life is for four days only.
Kitane hi aye, kitne hi gaye
Nahi hisaaba hai kina kaa (1)
How many have come? How many have gone? Their number cannot be reckoned.
Yogi yati tapi sanyaasi
Sanaka sanandana janakaa (2)
The yogis, yatis , tapis , and sanyasis Sanaka, Sanandan, and Janakaa .
Rishi, muni, gyaani, Jamadaagni,
The rishis, the munis, the scholars, and the great sage Jamadagni Yagyavalkya, and Valmika (3)
Nava naatha chauraasi siddhaa
Lagni na haatha das avataaraka (4)
The nine Naths , the eighty-four Siddhas, What to speak of the ten Avatars.
Bare bare gaye isa raaha se
Pataa nahi hai kısa kaa (5)
Many great devotees have come and departed from this world. What can recount their number?
Lomasha rishi dirdhaayushii
Ek roma ek kalpakaa (6)
Lomash Rishi had the boon of long life. One hair of his body was lost at the end of each kalpa.
Unkaa kahin nahi thikaanaa
Tero pataa kahaan kisa hisaaba kaa (7)
But none of them found any permanent dwelling place in this creation; Who knows their count or where they have gone.
Sataguru dhyaana naama sumirana
Yahi upaaya bachane kaa (8)
Contemplate on the Satguru and repeat His Naam Simran. This is the only way to salvation.
Dinanaatha guru charana men
Laga somanath huye phara kaa (9)
O Lord of the suffering ones, Somanath has found refuge at Your lotus feet.
Sumirana karo sadaa dina raati
Manushya janma paaya ke (Refrain)
Repeat the Simran unceasingly -- day and night. After gaining birth in this human body.
Balapana khelana men gayo
Tarunaapana men kaama lubhaayo
Budhepana men kucha na kiyo
Chalaa janma juvaa haara ke (1)
Your childhood was spent in play; Your youth was wasted in lust; In your old age, you could do nothing at all; Your life passed by and the gamble was lost.
Putra kalatra suta aura nari
Mitra kutumbha lagi ati pyaari
Sataguru se na kini yaari
Anta gayaa pachataaya ke (2)
Your sons, your wife, Your friends and relations – you lavished your love on all of them. You didn’t form the true friendship with the Satguru, And in the end, you left this world repenting.
Dhana maala aura mulaka khajaanaa
Yaha saba hai raata kaa swapanaa
Bhora bhaye kachu nahin dikhaanaa
Chalaa saba hi chora ke (3)
Wealth and possessions, kingdoms and treasures, These are all but a night’s dream. When the dawn breaks, nothing remains to be seen, And you must depart leaving everything behind.
Age dukha bahuta ghaneraa
Yama yaatanaa chauraasi pheraa
Jaakaa varana vaara na paaraa
Nisa dina kaadhe roya ke (4)
In the beyond, you will endure great misery -- The torments of Yama and the wheel of 84. The suffering of this realm cannot be described Day and night, you will be boiled and deskinned.
Jo kucha bane so abhi banaaye
Aage kucha bana na paaye
Lage sataguru charanana dhaaye
Mana men nischaya dhaara ke (5)
Whatever devotion you intend to do, finish it now. When you depart from this world, you will not be able to do anything. Contemplate on the lotus feet of the Satguru. Control your mind and make it steady.
Somanaatha sataguru kaa daasaa
Naama sumirana swaaso swaasaa
Chora diya aurana ki aasaa
Eka hi sataguru jaana ke (6)
Somanath, the servant of the Satguru, says, “Do Simran with each and every breath. All other hopes and desires are left behind After meeting with the Peerless Satguru.”
Naama sumirana karale pyaare
Nahin to hoya khyaari (Refrain)
O beloved ones, repeat the Simran of Naam, Otherwise your life will be spoiled.
Kaama kalpanaa chora jaga se,
hoya raho tuma nyaari
Cast out fantasies of desire from your heart, Remain detached from this outer world.
Dhyaana guru kaa dhaara tun, jaise chandra chakora
Nirakhata raho nisadina, aathi praharaa
Hoi hai dyaala to kari hai nihaala
Pala men deya ubaari (1)
Contemplate on the Guru as the moonbird gazes at the moon, Maintain your watch all the hours of the day and night. When He becomes gracious, He showers His blessing on you, And in an instant you attain salvation.
Dhru, Prahlada, Vibhishana, aur Bhilani Shivari
Ganika ajaamila jaise paapi naama anekana taari
Patita paavana naama nirmala
Tuma kyon chale bisaari (2)
Dhru, Prahlad, Vibhishana , and Bhilni Shivari were saved. His Naam liberated countless sinners like Ganikaa and Ajaamil. The Immaculate Naam is the purifier of the fallen ones. Why do you persist in your forgetfulness?
Nita nema kara prema se, swaasa swaasa ur dhaari
Chita dwai nainana madhye, sthira kara samhaari
Dhuna dhadhakaara hotaa jahaan
Ghantaa naada jhanakaari (3)
Constantly meditate with true love; with each and every breath, cherish the Naam in your heart. Fix your attention between the two eyes; control your attention and concentrate within. Where the Dhun is resounding, You will hear the peeling of Celestial Bells.
Dala sahasa kanvala ke paarachala, kaala kalaa saba haari
Sthula sukshama kaarana shariraa, mana na maayaa thahari
Sthaan trikuti brahma langa ke,
Manasarovar naahari (4)
Traveling to the regions beyond the Thousand-Petaled Lotus, the tricks of Kal are all conquered. Rising above the physical, astral, and causal bodies, neither mind nor Maya remain. Crossing over Trikuti, the region of Brahma, bathe in the waters of Mansarover.
Hansa hoya sataloka sidhaare, satta purusha hi nihaare
Nita hota bina dhuna jahaan, satta hi satta pukaare
Bhaja Somanaatha naama niraamaya
Guru prataapa te huye nyaare (5)
The swan-bird of the soul departs for Sat Lok, where it beholds Sat Purush, the True Lord. The music of the vina reverberates eternally on the air. In that Realm, the Truth of Truth calls forth. Somanath says, “Repeat the Immaculate Naam. Through the glory of the Guru, you will become free from this world.”
Naama mahimaa koi na jaane,
soi jaane guru pyaaraa (refrain)
No one can comprehend the greatness of Naam; only the true lover of the Guru can know it.
Swayam shuddha ati nirmalaa,
chuve amrita dhaaraa
The Self-Existing Lord is Immaculate and Pristinely Pure; the stream of Amrit filters down.
Ratana rate papiyaa jyon, swaati bunda tarasaai
Pive pyaalaa soi jo, nisa dina naama lau laai
Shanta sadaa satta swarupa men,
Mithya jaga se huye nyaaraa (1)
As the thirsty papiha bird cries again and again, pining for the swaati raindrops, In the same way, the devotees drink the cooling cup of Amrit, remaining absorbed in His Love day and night. Contemplating on His True Form, the soul achieves eternal peace, And becomes free from the illusion of this world.
Naada dwani hovata nisadina,
jaise megha gurjanaa
Suna suna mana hovata magana,
jagata bhaava visarajanaa
Aada naama anaama rupa se.
Bhi pragata eka dhaaraa (2)
Day and night, the Inner Sound echoes forth, like the rumbling of thunder in the monsoon clouds. Hearing it the mind becomes absorbed and forgets all awareness of this world. The Nameless took on the form of the Primal Naam, flowing down in an unbroken Stream.
Aagama alakha sataloka swayam, kini rachanaa saari
Nigamaadika nahi paave paara, niramala shudha ati pyaari
Akatha kathani kathana pare,
Anta na paave para (3)
The Self-Existing Lord created all the realms -- Agam, Alakh and Sat Lok. Those exalted heights where the Immaculate, Pure, and Supremely Beloved Lord abides, lie far beyond the Vedas and holy scriptures. The Ineffable, Untold Story, lies beyond all utterance. How can we conceive of His Beginning or End?
Raama Raama saba koi kahe, naama raama na hoi
Naama dwani dhuna hai, saba men ramaa soi
Santa sataguru bheda bataave
Pancha shabda dhuna dhaaraa (4)
All repeat the mantra, “Rama, Rama,” but Naam does not reside in the word “Rama.” Naam is Transcendent, the Current of Divine Sound that permeates the entire creation. The Sant Satguru reveals to us the mystery Of the five-melodied Sound Current.
Somanaatha sataguru kripaate, nirantara bhaje naamaa
Swaasa swaasa hriday jape, turata mile nija dhaamaa
Aapa men aapa samaaye swarupaa
Purna janma diye taaraa. (5)
Somanath says, “Through the grace of the Satguru, praise the glory of the Naam unendingly. Repeating the Simran with every breath, your soul quickly reaches its Eternal Abode. Merging yourself into the Primal Lord, you will be liberated from the bondage of rebirth.“
Naama bhajana men saba koi laage,
naama bheda hai nyaaraa (Refrain)
Everyone is engaged in the meditation on Naam, but the real secret of Naam is unique and without parallel.
Naama kaho to anaam swarupa hai,
koi kyaa kahai vichaaraa
Outwardly we speak of Naam, but the true Lord is Anaami -- the Nameless One. How can anyone understand or describe Him?
Naama nirantara dhuna hai,
naa varana naa aksharaa
Om som kaa nahi tikhaanaa,
aakaara ukaaraa na makaaraa
Saakaara shabda askhara baavana te,
Pare aparam para (1)
Naam is the eternal Sound within. It cannot be captured in words; it cannot be written in letters. Naam is not found in the mantra of Om Som ; it does not reside in the “A” or “U” or “M” of the holy syllable “AUM.” The outer Shabd is contained within the sphere of the 52 letters, but the Inner Shabd lies Beyond the Beyond.
Tana mana dhana arpita jo,
guru charana men laage.
Sunna samaadhi men rahe nisa dina,
aana upaava saba tyaage
Bhajana tela dhaaravata
Tute na eka taaraa (2)
Whoever sacrifices body, mind, and wealth, and remains attached to the Guru’s holy feet. Day and night they remain absorbed in Sunn Samadhi , giving up all other practices. Their contemplation is like the oil that flows in an unbroken stream.
Dhyaana ekananta men sthira hoyaa,
banda kare nava dwaaraa
Mana hi mana kara naama sumirana,
chitta kare nainana sthiraa
Aavata dhura se naada dwaani
Sravana kare dakshina dwaaraa (3)
Sitting in solitude, rivet your attention within and become still. Close the nine doors of the body. Repeat the Simran wholeheartedly and with full attention; withdraw your soul to the still point between the eyes – do not let it waver. The Music of Naam flows down from Sach Khand. Listen to the Sound coming from the right side.
Eka se eka ati surili,
hove naada jhanakaaraa
Ghantaa shankha megha gurjanaa,
aura naanaa prakaaraa
Chandra surya taaraa lagha ke
Jaave niraguna niraakaaraa (4)
One by one the intensely sweet melodies begin to unfold -- The bell, the conch, the thunder in the clouds; the Sound takes many forms. Crossing over the moon, the sun and the stars, The soul enters into higher realms, where form and qualities are left behind.
Trikuti madhye men kanvala hai,
dala chaara bistaaraa
Veda mula hai Aada Bhrama,
jaate nikale veda chaara
Onkaaara kshara bija mula hai
Jaate bhaye pasaaraa (5)
In the center of Trikuti, a lotus spreads its four petals. This is the dwelling place of the Primal Brahm; from this source the four holy Vedas arise. This is Region of Kshar, where the strains of Onkar resound; here lie the roots of the material world and the seeds of all creation.
Paara brahmaa kaa sthaana hai,
Nir bharaa hai nuri mana,
majjana sudha aatama
Baddhaavaran dura hoya taba
Sudha chaitanya labhe saaraa (6)
Then comes the realm of Par Brahm and the pool of Mansarovar, Overflowing with the waters of radiant Light; here the stains are washed away and the soul emerges immaculately pure. The enshrouding veils are cast aside, And true consciousness dawns.
Aage mahaasunn atibhaari timara maidaanaa
Chaara dwipa hai gupta lupta gahana te gahanaa
Santa sataguru saara dhaara de
Jivana paara utaaraa (7)
Ahead lies the region of Mahasunn, the vast expanse of dense darkness. Four islands are hidden in this realm, inconceivable and shrouded in mystery. When the Sant Satguru connects the soul with the True Sound, It speeds across unhindered.
Bhanvara guphaa bhanvara ati sukshma hai sulaakaa
Vahaan ki sobhaa vahi lakhe,
jo sataguru mile dhura kaa
Sohanga mahimaa koi kyaa jaane
Dwipa uthaasi hazaaraa (8)
Next comes Bhanvar Gupha, the region of the whirling cave. Only those whose meeting with the Satguru is written in Sach Khand can behold the splendor of this realm. Otherwise, who could know the glory of Sohang and its 88 thousand islands?
Aage hai sataloka satta purusha kaa thaanaa
Kota ravi chandra prakaashaa roma eka samaanaa
Bina dhuna hovata sadaa
Satta hi sata pukaaraa (9)
Then the soul enters the Realm of Sat Lok, the abode of the True Lord. The light of millions of suns and moons rising together could not equal one hair on His body. The strains of the vina fill the air, And the Truth of Truths is proclaimed.
Taapar hai alakha agamaa jyaakaa gamana hoi
Naama niraamaya nirantar aapa men aapa samoi
Aada anaama naama atita
Swaami swayam saaraa (10)
Beyond Sat Lok the soul is drawn into Alakh and Agam. Holding fast to the Pure, Eternal Naam, the soul is lost in these realms, Finally, the soul transcends the manifested Naam and merges into the Primal, Unmanifested Anami.
Somanaatha sataguru prataape kathi agama bani
Mati hina ati dina kyaa kathe budhi apani
Karataa kaarana karana haaraa
Mera sataguru pyaaraa (11)
Somanath says, “Only through the glory of the Satguru can we speak of His incomprehensible Bani. What could an ignorant and lowly one say of his own accord? He is the Cause and the He is the Doer. My Beloved Satguru is the Creator of all.”
Naama japana kyon chora diyaa,
Naama japana kyon chora diyaa (Refrain)
Why have you given up the remembrance of Naam? Why have you given up the remembrance of Naam?
Kaama kaamani kabahu na choraa
Krodh aagani chintaa daudata ghora
Shila santosha kshamaa chora diyaa (1)
The lustful person never gives up the beloved. The fire of anger races like a runaway horse. You have renounced continence, contentment, and forgiveness.
Garva ahankaara vaada bakhero
Niradayaa bhaava jasa pathara karaa
Dayaa dharma shubha karma chora diyaa (2)
Pride and vanity embroil you in wranglings and disputes. Cruelty makes your heart as hard as stone. You have turned your back on mercy, righteousness, and good deeds.
Khaana paana bhojana kaa sandaa
Ninda men to kubhakarna se bara
Aaalasa ninda na chora diyaa (3)
You consume food like a young bull In sleeping, you outdo Kumbhakarana. You have not given up laziness and sloth.
Raaga dwesha men sada hi khadaa
Krodha bhaava jasa kutta daudaa
Saadha sanga saadhana saba chora diyaa (4)
You always remain entangled in love and hate. Rage attacks like a charging dog. You have abandoned the company of the sadhus and have left off the meditation.
Somanaatha guru charana hi pakaraa
Surata shabda mila gagana men chadha
Purna janma bhava chora diyaa (5)
Somanath says, “Catch hold of the Guru’s lotus feet. Connect your soul to the Shabd and ascend to the inner regions. Then you can give up taking birth in this world.”
Naama naama saba hi goharaave,
saacha naama kaa bheda na paavey (Refrain)
Everyone proclaims -- “Naam, Naam”; but no one discovers the inner secret of the True Naam.
Varna naama kaa raakha bharosaa
Sharana gaye jaga guru ke paasaa
Bhula bharama men maanushya tana naasaa (1)
You place your faith in the descriptive Naam, You go in the shelter of the worldly gurus. You destroy your human body in error and illusion.
Akshara naama sabhi mila gaavey
Niakshara bheda koi nahi paave
Taaten phira phira bhava men aave (2)
The outer Naam can be written in words; the devotees sit together and sing its praise. But you have not learned the secret of the Unwritten Naam that lies beyond the description. Therefore, you incarnate in this world over and over again.
Akshara anta brahma samaave
Brahma vaacha onkaar kahaavey
Onkaar satanaama na hove (3)
Beyond Brahm outer words have no meaning or existence. Onkaar is the sound of Brahm’s domain, But Sat Naam is not Onkaar; the True Name lies beyond all, peerless and without equal.
Aadi naama hai aksaya dhaaraa
Shabd dwani kaa tahan bistaaraa
Akshar niakshara ke paaraa (4)
The Primal Naam is an eternal stream, Its Sound reverberates throughout the entire creation. From it has sprung the Realm of Truth that lies far above the regions of Trikuti and Par Brahm.
Aadi naama anaam te aavaa
Agama alakha sata loka banaavaa
Naama mahimaa koi jaane na bhevaa (5)
From the Nameless the Adi Naam came forth, Creating Agam, Alakh, and Sach Khand on its downward journey. The glory of that Naam is beyond description, no one can unlock its secret.
Sata loka se dhaaraa utari
Sohanga raaranga rupa ko dhaari
Bahu vidhi naanaa rachana rachaari (6)
From Sat Lok the stream flowed on, Taking the form of Sohang and Rarang it descended. Its countless creations are beyond reckoning.
Taate niche utari dhaaraa
Dhaari brahma swarupa onkaaraa
Jaate charon veda bistaaraa (7)
Cascading downward the current flowed on, Creating Brahma and the sound of AUM (Onkar). From this holy place the four Vedas emerged.
Onkaar te traiya maatraa bhaye
Akaara ukaara makaara kahaaye
Mila sabal maayaa srishti rachaaye (8)
From AUM three syllables came into being: “A” -- Akara, “U” -- Ukara, and “M” -- Makara. Drawing strength from the sacred sound, Maya created the material world.
Akshar baavana aura pancha tatwaa
Dhara naanaa rupa maayaa mahatva
Haraliyaa jivana swayam satvaa (9)
The fifty-two letters and the five elements came into being, Maya put on countless forms; she is supreme. She enticed the jivas away from the True, Self-Existing One.
Taate jiva bayo adhinaa
Satanaama satapurusha na chinhaa
Mithya maayaa brahma bhulaanaa (10)
In this way, the jivas became enslaved. They forgot the True Name and the True Lord, Maya deluded them and Brahma led them astray.
Brahma na hoya jivakaa swami
Yaha hai nija mana sthaai mukaami
Mila maya brahma jiva phasaani (11)
Brahma is not the True Lord of the soul. His realm is the abode of the nij man -- the causal mind. Joining forces Maya and Brahma ensnared the jivas.
Santa gati ko santa hi jaane
Yaa sataguru saawana singha pahichaane
Main tucch mati se kari hai baravani (12)
Only the Saints can know the greatness of the Saints, Or those to whom Satguru Sawan Singh reveals this mystery. I am the one of low intellect, but He has made me exalted.
Somanaatha hai unakara daasaa
Nitya kare ek naam ki aasaa
Santa sataguru charana bharosaa (13)
The servant Somanath says, “Always remain absorbed in the devotion of One True Naam, And fix you faith in the Sant Satguru’s holy feet.”
Dhaama dhaama saba koi gaave,
saacha dhaam ka marma na paave (Refrain)
Everyone sings of the Lord’s True Abode, but no one has fathomed its mystery.
Aada dhaama ko shakti gaave,
Taahi men ashakta rahaave (1)
Some praise the Primal Home, understanding it as Shakti. In that way, the jivas remained enslaved.
Shakti upaasaka aapa kahaave,
Vaahi ko mukti samajhaave (2)
They call themselves devotees of Shakti, And think they have found the way to liberation.
Koi shiva shakti dono bataave,
Koi purusha prakritti lakhaave (3)
Some worship Shiva and Shakti together. Some describe the Lord as the two principles of Purush-Prakriti.
Taahi mukti men dhyaana lagaave,
Dhyeya sabana ka eka hi hote, Naam anekana gave (4)
They contemplate on these forms to achieve salvation. The Naam that is worthy of devotion is only One; but they seek to praise the Naam in countless lower forms.
Koi tapa kara apanaa tapa ko dhyaave
Koi tiratha barata bharamaave (5)
Some practice austerities and become stuck in their own practice. Some perform pilgrimages and go astray.
Koi grantha pada artha samajhaave
Koi murata nitya pujaave (6)
Some write learned commentaries on the holy scriptures. Some worship the idols with steadfast devotion.
Koi saraguna guna mana men laave
Koi niraguna men aikya kahaave (7)
Some fix their minds on the Lord of qualities and forms. Some conceive of Him as Formless, and call Him the One without equal.
Vaha to gunaatita be anta bataave
Yaha saba vaakyaa bilaansa budhhi bharamaave (8)
They say He is Infinite; beyond form and qualities; But this is all words, created by a wanton intellect to mislead the souls.
Koi jahata ajahata laksha lakhaave
Koi pakshapaati apnaa paksha barhaave (9)
Some seek to understand Him through intellectual inference. Some zealots take sides and press their point of view.
Jaise chakshu hina lakarii tohaave
Jaba taka tri aksha na khulaave (10)
They are just like a blind man groping along with a stick; Until the third eye opens they cannot see the Truth.
Somanaatha sataguru ki dhyaave
Satanaama ko saara bataave (11)
Somanath says, “Contemplate on the Satguru. Proclaim the Naam as the True Essence.”
Nitya nirantara nija dhaama kahaave
Aada na anta aapa men aapa samaave (12)
Unceasingly, without wavering, praise the True Home of the Lord. It has no beginning and no end; lose yourself in that Boundless Ocean.
Karma karma saba koi gaave,
vahi karma me phira bharamaave (Refrain)
Everyone says, “Karma, Karma;” but the law of Karma keeps us all in delusion.
Sangrah hai so sanchita karma
Dhaare janma so prarabha dharmaa
Kare so kriyamaana kahaave (1)
Our stored karmas are called sanchit. Our pralabdh or fate karmas brought us into this life. The karmas we are making in this present birth are kriyaman.
Aagala soch hai agamya karma
Paagala nara chitave subah shaamaa
Yaha hai chaaro karma nikammaa (2)
Our desires for the future create agamya karma. We crazy people dwell on karma from morning to night, But these four types of karma are worthless – they cannot give us salvation.
Brahama vishnu sahita mahaadevaa
Karma kaala vasha bhava men aavaa
Kota taitisa anekana devaa (3)
Brahma, Vishnu and Mahadeva -- Kal and Karma control them all, Along with the thirty-million gods and goddesses.
Dasa avataara karma adhinaa
Karma vashaata phira phira janmaa
Sheshaadika nahi jaane mahimaa (4)
The ten avatars are enslaved by karma; Under the influence of karma they take birth again and again. Shesh and the other great gods do not understand the extent and importance of the karmic law.
Dharma paalate karma hi hove
Charma chakshu jo jo hove
Bharama bhaava te bahu pachataave (5)
We pursue the path of dharma because of our past karmas. The eyes of flesh that see the outer world lead us to illusion, and we endure great suffering.
Aham vritii hai jaba laga vaasaa
taba laga chute na karma ki phaasaa
Bhoge naanaa yoni pravaasaa (6)
As long as we remain stuck fast in egotism, We can never become free from the noose of karma. We will have to come over and over into countless forms of life.
Jo koi jaave sataguru sharanaa
Dina bhava te bhaakhe karunaa
Satanaama de saba dukha haranaa (7)
Whoever takes refuge in the Satguru, They humbly plead for His mercy. Satguru gives them Naam initiation and all of their pain and sorrow is removed.
Binaa naama te jo koi chaahe
Karma kaala kaatana ko dhaaye
Unkaa saadhana nishphala jaaye (8)
If you try to become free of Kal and karma, But don’t first take Naam from the Satguru, Then all your efforts will be in vain.
Somanaatha sataguru kaa daasaa
Naama jape avirala ahinisaa
Yama ko rahe na sansaa (9)
The Satguru’s servant Somanath says, “Day and night, meditate on the Naam in an unbroken stream, And become free of the fear of death.”
Gyaana vidhaana saba koi gaavaa
Gyaana bheda koi virale yaavaa (Refrain)
Everyone sings of the path of knowledge. But only a few rare ones have discovered the secret of the True Knowledge.
Niramala gyaana hai nitya swarupaa
Satya swayam meva aapa men aapaa
Mithya kadaapi sparsha na lepaa
Guna atita nirguna nirbhaavaa (1)
Knowledge is pristinely pure, eternal and unchanging. True, Self-Existing, complete within itself. Falsehood has never touched or defiled it Dwelling beyond the gunas, it is without form or qualities, free from birth and death.
Ravi prakaasha ravi bhinna na hove
Apne bhaava te aapa hi jove
Taapa traya jara mula nasaave
Kupa bhava andha rahana na paave
Dipa swayam swaprakaasha swyam mevaa (2)
Just as the light of the sun is not separate from the sun, So Knowledge is emanate in all, witnessing everything. Knowledge destroys the three miseries and the root of ignorance. The darkness in the well of the world is driven away when the Self-Effulgent lamp of Knowledge sheds it light.
Antara baahara eka pramaanaa
Aadi anta madhe sarva samaanaa
Shanta sadaa atitaa apramaanaa
Kartaa karma kartavya na karanaa
Niti nirnaya stusti saba jaga bhaavaa (3)
Divine Knowledge manifests within and without. Knowledge permeates all – it is the beginning, the end and also the middle. Eternally equipoised and tranquil; immeasurable and incomprehensible. Neither the doer nor the action; neither the deed nor the act of doing. Ever-discerning Truth; beyond the adulation of the world.
Tatvamasi nirnaya nita gaave
Tomatata asi tharaave
Koi sata chita aananda kahaave
Bahu bhaanta bhaati mana daudaave
Nija gyaana nirantara kou na paavaa (4)
Some recite unceasingly: “Tat tvam asi” -- That Thou Art; Some may express it as: “Tom tat asi.” Others speak of “Sat-Chit-Ananda”: Truth, Consciousness, Bliss. The mind runs after knowledge in so many forms, in so many ways. But no one discovers the Original Primal Knowledge that has no end.
Pancha tatva aatita gyaana tharaave
Koi saakshi kutastha ko gaave
Koi eka brahma dutiyaa nasaave
Koi aham brahmasmi kahaave
Eka to nija mana buddhi vritti bhaavaa (5)
Some say knowledge lies beyond realm the five elements. Some praise knowledge it as the ever-present witness of all. Some praise knowledge as the One Brahma, the destroyer of duality; And they proclaim, “Aham Brahm Asmi” -- I am Brahma; But this thought of Oneness is a wave surging across the intellect of the subtle mind.
Aadi gyaana hai akaha swarupaa
Naada niraamaya niramala rupaa
Naada shakti te traya jaga thaapaa
Apni shakti te aapa alepaa
Aapa hi utpati sthiti laya saba thaavaa (6)
The Primal Knowledge is Ineffable, beyond expression; The Immaculate Naad is the form of purity. The Power of the Inner Sound fashioned the three worlds, But that Power remains ever untainted and aloof: The Creator, Sustainer, and Destroyer of all the creation.
Somanaatha sataguru kaa dhyaanaa
Kara naada prayaana mana men aanaa
Naada hi naada nirantara jaanaa
Santa dayaa ananda bakhaanaa
Sahaja samaadha gyaana anubhavaa (7)
Somanath contemplates on the True Guru. The Celestial Music has captivated his mind. Unceasingly, he listens to the Naad and the Naad alone. By the grace of the Saint ,he sings of that blissful state. Entering into Sahaj Samadhi , he has become absorbed in the True Gyan.
Eka nirantara bhaja re manaa,
eka nirantara bhaja re manaa (Refrain)
O mind, endlessly meditate on Oneness; O mind, endlessly meditate on Oneness.
Eka nirantara bhaja tehi rahanaa,
Dwaita bhaava hriday nahi laanaa.
Aadi ante madhye ek pramaanaa,
ekahi eka eka men samaanaa. (1)
Always remain in the contemplation of the One Lord. Never allow duality to enter into your heart. Oneness manifests throughout the beginning, the end and the middle. Oneness itself merges into Oneness.
Eka hi brahma vishnu mahaadevaa
Eka hi daanava sura nara devaa
Eka hi kaurava paancho pandava
Das avatar raama aur krishnaa (2)
The One encompasses Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva The One encompasses the demons, the gods, the demigods and humankind. The One encompasses the Kauravas and the Five Pandavas, The Ten Avatars, Lord Rama and Krishna.
Eka aadi aatama paramaataa
Eka hi men huye bare bare mahatma
Eka hi men allah khudaa baavaadama
Eka hi men sati yati shiva sharanaa (3)
The One is the primal soul and the Supreme Lord. In the One resides the many great mahatmas In the One resides Allah, Khuda , and Baba Adam . In the One resides the righteous women, the anchorites, and the Shiva Sharanas.
Eka hi men navanaatha chauraasi siddhaa
Datta gorakha jalandhara machendraa
Eka hi men byaasa vashista naradaa
Eka hi men mahaashesha naaraayanaa (4)
In the One resides the nine Naths, the eighty-four siddhas, Dattatreya , Gorakh Nath, Jalandhar and Machendra . In the One resides Vyasa , Vashista , and Narada. In the One resides the great Shesh Nag and Narayana .
Eka hi sataguru aura satanaamaa
Eka hi satapurusha alakha agamaa
Eka aada anta madhye anaamaa
Eka hi eka bhaje saba thaamaa (5)
The One is the Satguru and the True Naam The One is Sat Purush, Alakh and Agam. The One is Anami – beyond the beginning, the end and the middle. The One Lord is worshiped and revered in all places.
Somanaatha bhaje eka hi ekaa
Eka kaa kara dhyaana chora anekaa
Eka guru aura naama hi ekaa
Eka dhaara eka men hi samaanaa (6)
Somanath says, “Meditate on the One Lord. Fix your contemplation on the One and give up the many. The Guru is One; the Naam is One. Following the Stream of Oneness, merge into Oneness.”
Chaturaa chora chaturaai,
Kara prita guru se baata bana aai (Refrain)
O clever one, give up your cleverness. Have love for the Guru, and your work will be accomplished.
Chaturaai se kyaa phal paave
Dhaatura baaji nita barhaave
Niti marga se dura rahaave
Mritavata janma jaaya nasaai (1)
What can you gain through your own shrewdness? You are like a dhatura addict who consumes more every day. You have strayed away from the path of righteousness, And this ephemeral life is passing by.
Janma anekana dhara dukha paayo
Mana mata apni thaana thanaayo
Jaate charo khaana phira aayo
Aapa hi boya aaphi khaayo
Socha bichaara dhaara pachataai (2)
You have come in countless births and have endured great suffering. You have plunged headlong into the ways of the mind. You have wandered over and over through the four modes of birth. What you yourself have sown, you must eat. Think carefully now; repent and mend your ways.
Milaa amolaka maanushya janmaa
Aba to chora kuchaala kukarmaa
Kalpanika tarka jaata kula dharmaa
Pala pala aayu jaata nikammaa
Sundara janma jaata bigoi (3)
You have received this priceless human birth Now give up your depravity and bad deeds. You place your faith in the fantasy of your own reason; you are attached to the chimera of caste, creed, and relations. Moment by moment your life is ebbing away; Your beautiful human body is being wasted.
Bahu bidhi santa kahe samajhaai
Nitya nema satasanga karaai
To bhi gai na terai chaturaai
Ravi aage jasa diyaa lakhaai
Apane buddhi te apana barhaai (4)
The Saints explain to us in so many different ways, Daily they bring us into the Satsang. But still we cling to our own cleverness; We show off our puny, little lamp before the radiant sun -- We brag of our own wisdom and greatness.
Apane mana men socha ekaantaa
Kyon kara chute bhraanti chaturataa
Jo nisa dina lagi hai dhaunki chinta
Sthira hoya apane mana samajhaai (5)
Now sit in solitude and consider carefully. How can you give up your cunning and guile, When day and night your mind is engaged in deceit? Become still and make your mind understand.
Santa sataguru antarayaami
Antara bhaava hridaya saba jaani
Kare krupa kripaalu mahaa swami
Deya pataa pancha shabda nisaani
Jaate bandana jaata nasaai (6)
The Sant Satguru dwells within all. He is the knower of everyone’s heart. When the merciful Supreme Lord showers grace, He grants inner knowledge and the sign of the five-sounded Shabd; Then all the bonds of worldly attachment are severed.
Somanaatha laga sataguru charanaa
Ananya bhaava sahita rahe dinaa
Guru bina mana men aura na aanaa
Sadaa rahe naama lava linaa
Purna janma bhava men na hoi (7)
Somanath says, “Take hold of the Satguru’s lotus feet. With a humble heart, focus your whole attention on Him. Let no thought enter your mind except the beloved Guru. Remain perpetually absorbed in the Naam; Then you will not take birth in this mortal world again.”
Kuttaa aavata re,
kubuddhi kuttaa aavata re (Refrain)
The dog is coming; the vicious dog is coming.
Agyaana anyaayi kuttaa,
Uncha nicha nahi dekhtaa
Bhaave taise bhunkataa (1)
The dog is ignorant and iniquitous. It has no respect for high or low; But barks at whoever it pleases.
Kaama rupi kaalaa kuttaa
Krodha bhaava se chirachiraata
Chanchala mana naacha naachataa (2)
The black dog is the form of desire. Controlled by anger, it is always howling and growling, It capers to the tune of the restless mind.
Saara na jaane sansaari kuttaa
Dhaara ahankaara ghara ghara phirataa
Naari bhavate naraki kuttaa (3)
The worldly dog doesn’t know the reality. Following the ego, it wanders from house to house. Through lust, it makes its way to hell.
Para nindaakaa papa kuttaa
Satya asatya na jaanataa
Saba kaahu doshataa (4)
The sinful dog criticizes and backbites. It sees no difference between truth and untruth; It finds faults with everybody.
Barabara kare vadaari kutta
eka baata ko dridhata na karataa
Papa karana na kabhi na darataa (5)
The vadari dog snarls and yowls like a madman. It can’t stick to any one job, It is never ashamed to commit sins.
Chamatkara men chalaaka kutta
Mohata phire so madaari kutta
Riddhi siddhi men bharamata phirataa (6)
The cunning dog runs after miracles. Intoxicated in illusion, the madari dog prowls about. Lured astray, it chases after the mirage of supernatural powers.
Sataguru dwaare sohanga kuttaa
Charana dhyaana men nisadina rahataa
Satya naama totolataa (7)
The sohang dog comes into the Satguru’s shelter. It contemplates faithfully on its Master’s feet day and night, And seeks within for the True Name -- Sat Naam.
guru se taranopaaya sunanaa re (refrain)
O please send a telegram. I must hear the message from the Guru.
Taara karana dhaara mana men,
Saar shabda vichaara tan men
Paara bhava langhan vidhi (1)
In your mind, send the telegram In your body, keep the remembrance of the Sar Shabd -- The means to cross beyond the confines of this world.
Naama nambara lenaa nitya
Dhyaana sumirana karna satya
Snaana nirmal prakaasha madhye (2)
Every day, dial the number of the Naam Do the contemplation and remembrance of Truth Between the two eyes, take a bath in the immaculate Light
Bhaava byaatari hara dama laage
Jiva bhaavanaa saba hi tyaage
Niva namrataa ghanti baaja (3)
Always keep the battery of God’s love connected, And give up all love for the material world Ring the bell of meekness and humility.
Gagana mandala langha shravana (stravana) dwaara se
Agama avaaja aavata dura se
Nigama maarga men nischala hoke (4)
Cross over the inner sky through the door of hearing The voice of Agam is coming down from the Sat Lok Become firm on the Path to Truth.
Aisi byaatari lagi hai jina ki
Khabara bhula gai jara tana ki
Aba chale na jora mana ki (5)
Connect such a battery through which all thought of the material body is forgotten Now the force of the mind ceases to function.
Somanaatha sataguru hi dhyaave
Naama sumirana taara pathaave
jyaate guru hoya sahaai (6)
Somanath says, “Contemplate on the Satguru alone. Send the telegram of Naam Simran. The Guru will come to your aid.”
Raajya lenaa swaraajya guru se
Taja Maayaa moho re (Refrain)
The Guru bestows independence; take up your birthright, And caste off attachment to Maya.
Bhaja naama nija tuma,
satta paraai jaay re (1)
Constantly remain devoted to the Naam within; The alien power will be overthrown.
Kaala karma vishaala hai,
taame jiva bhulaay re (2)
Kal’s realm of karma spreads out endlessly. The jivas lose their bearings in the vastness.
Shila santosha swadharma chora par
Dharma men mana laaya re (3)
Giving up the peace and contentment of self-rule, You took up the religion of the mind.
Jaala maayaa phaansa yaha jaga
Jivana kaida karaaya re (4)
This world is trapped in the snare of Maya; The jivas have been thrown into prison.
Antakarana men chitta sthaana
Paarlamenta kahaaya re (5)
The inner mind, the source of thought, Has been named the House of Parliament.
Tantra maayaa mantri mila
yaha raajya yantra chalaaya re (6)
Maya the Minister weaves her spells, And carries on the rulership of the three worlds.
Swatantra sattaa hara jivana
Apni kaayadaa ladaana re (7)
The independence of the jivas was crushed. They were weighed down by oppression.
Kaama krodha adhikaara paaye
Saadhana sthiti hiraana re (8)
Lust and anger were placed in charge, And the places of devotion were demolished.
Mada moha maayaa sami mila
bhaye usa men saamila re (9)
Egotism, attachment and Maya held a conference; Together they formed an alliance.
Swaada vishaya bataaya jivana
Kara liye apne gulaama re (10)
They promoted indulgence and sinfulness among the jivas, In that way, they made them their slaves.
Tu bhi chaturaa chaturaai se
Dhatura baaji pahichaana re (11)
Relying on your own cleverness and schemes, You became the users of dhatura .
Pitra bhumi sarvatra shreshta
Sata loka ko jaana re (12)
The land of your Father is above all others. Understand you are descended from the Realm of Truth.
Satya kaayadaa dhara man men
Satyaagrahi tu bana re (13)
Cherish the principles of Truth in your mind And you will become Satyagrahi – the champion of Truth.
Sata naama japa nitya tu
Mithya maayaa nasaana re (14)
Constantly go on repeating the True Name; The falsehood of Maya will be destroyed.
Chitta sata guru charana men
Prita laaya kara dhyaana re (15)
Fix your attention on the Guru’s lotus feet, And contemplate on His Love.
Sotra naina mukha banda karke
Shabda swaraajya ko paaya re (16)
By closing off the ears, the eyes, and the mouth, You will win the independence of the Shabd.
Somanaatha sataguru kripaate
Kiyo maayaa kaayadaa bhanga re (17)
By the Grace of the Satguru, Somanath destroyed the rule of Maya.
Kaala karma saba tora ke
Hoya gayo apanga re (18)
The karmas of Kal were destroyed,
And the Soul has gone free.
Changa bandana asanga maayaa te
Naama ranga men ranga re (19)
Released from the talons of Maya, He is dyed in the deep, True Color of Naam.
Kaata re charakhaa kaata re
Kaata re charakhaa kaata re (refrain)
Turn, O spinning wheel, turn. Turn, O spinning wheel, turn.
Kaata charakhaa biti raata
Utha baitha prabhaata re (1)
The spinning wheel is turning , and the night passes by; In the early morning hours, rise and sit in remembrance of the Lord.
Kaama kapaasi ghaama daare
Nema danda le maara re (2)
Take the cotton of desire and spread it in the sunshine, Beat it with the stick of regularity.
Bina biya hina guna saba
prema baati bataava re (3)
Pick out the seeds of bad qualities; Twist the cotton tuft of love .
Nema aasana naama sumirana
Dhyaana sunna men dhaara re (4)
Sit regularly without moving and repeat the Simran of Naam. Fix your attention in the Sunn .
Shabda ki dora lagaave tara
Tuta na jaaya hushiyaara re (5)
Attach the cotton tuft to string of Shabd . Be careful that the strand (attention) does not break.
Suta surata dhaara nirata
Mile guru julahaaye re (6)
The spun thread of the Surat collects on the spindle of Nirat, And comes into the hand of the master Weaver – the Guru.
Shabd taanaa shabda baanaa
Shabd satya gyaan re (7)
Shabd is the stretched weft. Shabd is the warp that fills it. Shabd is the True Knowledge.
Satya kaparaa odhe nitya
Mrityu bhaya nahi taahi re (8)
Daily put on the cloth of Truth,
Then death cannot come near you.
Soma chaadara saama ehi bidhi
Prema guru charana laaye re (9)
Somanath says, “In this way the fine cloth is woven. Offer your love at the Guru’s lotus feet.”
Isa tana kaa kucha nahi barosaa
China men chora chala yaha hansa (refrain)
Do not put your faith in this body; In an instant, the swan bird of the soul may fly away.
Kyaa raajaa aura raanaa
Kaayama koi nahi rahinaa
Kya sonaaa kyaa rupaa gahanaa
Chora kiyaa jangala baasaa (1)
Whether you are a king or a pauper, No one remains here forever. It makes no difference whether you cover yourself in gold, silver and jeweled ornaments, Or if you renounce them all and run away to the forest.
Main meri men janma bitaayao
Kara vishayana ki aasaa
Khaana paana men gayo dina bita
Sovana men gayo raata
Hasata maayaa dekha khushi se
Hamaaro mehamaan khaasaa (2)
You pass your life caught up “I and mine.” You long for the worldly pleasures. Your days are passed in eating and drinking, And you nights are wasted in sleep. Seeing this, Maya laughs and is happy: “You are my special guest,” she says.
Aisa sundara maanushya janmaa
Devatana kare aasaa
Bare bhaaga se mile sharira
Kaata chauraasi pheraa
Birthaa kyon gamaave gavaaraa
Hara bhajale swaaso swaasa (3)
Even the gods and goddesses long for this beautiful human birth. With great good fortune you have gotten this body So that you can cease revolving in the wheel of eighty-four. Why are you throwing this opportunity away in useless pursuits? You should meditate on the Lord with every single breath.
Kaayaa kalpataru miliyaa tujha ko
Kanchana Khaani jaisaa
Jo ichche so phala paave
Nishphala kabhi na jaave
Sataguru charana men chita ko lave
Kate kaala phaasaa (4)
This body is the wish-granting tree that has been given to you. It is like a mine full of gold. Whatever you wish for you will receive; No desire goes unfulfilled. Attach your consciousness to the Satguru’s holy feet, And cut the noose of Kal.
Deha dhare kaa yahi saphalataa
Karena aana ki aasaa
Somanaatha sataguru kaa daasaa
Nisadina dhyaana nidhi dhyaasaa
Sadaa rahe satanaama men vaasaa
Mita gai Maayaa sansaa (5)
Taking up the human body, make your life successful -- Long only for the Almighty Lord. Somanath, the servant of the Satguru says, “Yearning for the inner treasure, contemplate on the Guru day and night. Always remain in the shelter of the True Name, And destroy the doubt of Maya.”
Isa kaayaa men kauna bolataa
Khoja karo tuma gyaani (Refrain)
What power is calling within this body? Search for that power, O wise one.
Bola na bole pavana na paani
Aakasha prithvi nahi aagani
Pancha tatva jara nishaani
Kisa se nikali baani (1)
The air and the water are not calling. Nor the ether, earth and fire. The five elements are unconscious and inert. So where is that Sound coming from?
Paraa basanti madhyama vaikhari
Deha sambanda vaani eha chaari
Mano buddhi agochari
Sudha niramala aada dwani (2)
It does not arise from the rectum, navel, heart or throat centers. Those four sounds are connected with the physical body only. But the Pure, Immaculate, Primal Sound lies far beyond the reach of mind and intellect.
Sthula shukshma na kaarana dehaa
Jaagrata swapna shushupti na maayaa
Ardha urdha na chaayaa
Koi na lagata nishaani (3)
That Sound does not originate in the physical, astral or causal bodies. It is not coming from the states of wakefulness, sleep, or dream. It is untouched by Maya. It does not come from above; it does not come from below; it casts no shadow upon the earth. No one can catch a glimpse of it.
Ota prota bharaa bharapuraa
Shveta sunna na chaatraka chandraa
Ucha nicha na kendra
Aapa men aapa samaani (4)
Permeating through and through, filling the whole of creation, It does not come from the White Void nor from the rainbird nor from the moon. It is not high nor low nor in the middle It is self-existing -- complete within itself
Aparampaara baje dina raati
Aavata jaata na jaagata soti
Antara baahara eko riti
Prema samudra bharaani (5)
It is the infinite Sound Current resounding day and night It neither comes nor goes; it is not awake or asleep. It is the same Power -- within and without. It is an ocean full of Love.
Santa satguru shabda swarupaa
Shabda mantra deve jiva anupaa
Somanaatha para kara kripaa
Bhava paara taraani (6)
The Sant Satguru is the embodiment of Shabd He initiates the jivas into the Transcendent Shabd Showering His grace upon Somanath, He ferried him across the Ocean of Existence.
Kaayaa kanchana nagari
Akuta bhare bhandaaraa (refrain)
This human body is a city of gold, A storehouse filled with inexhaustible treasure.
Kaayaa men hai anaama agamaa
Sata purusha aura sata hi naamaa
Yaahi men sataguru darabaaraa (1)
The regions of Anami and Agam are housed in this body, Along with the True Lord and His True Naam. In this body is the Satguru’s exalted Court.
Jota niranjana kaala mahaa kaalaa
Brahmaa vishnu aura devana mela
Chandra surya aura taaraa (2)
The Untainted Light, Kal, and Maha Kal, Brahma, Vishnu, and the congregation of the gods. The moon, the sun, and the stars.
Sunna mahasunna aura brahmandaa
Anda pinda aura prithvi nava khandaa
Kaayaa madhye dasa avataaraa (3)
The Void, the Great Void, the creation of three worlds, The astral and the physical realms, the nine continents of the world. All are located in the human body, including the ten avatars .
Pancha tatva aura maya triguna
Dhara dhara rupa aneko naanaa
Isa kaayaa se bhaya vistaaraa (4)
From the five elements, the three-fold Maya Takes on countless bodies. From this human body the whole expanse of creation spreads out.
Paraa basanti madhyama aur vaikhari baani
Varnaatmaka dhunaatmaka dwani
Naanaa mantra uchaaraa (5)
The sounds of para, pashyanti, madyama and vaikhari, The descriptive Naam that is written and spoken, the reverberating Naam within, The manifold mantras that are recited in devotion.
Jaapa ajapaa anahada baaani
Saara shabda nita hovata jhini
Jyaakaa vaara na paaraa (6)
The bani that is recited with the tongue and the Unspoken, Limitless Bani within. The True Shabd reverberates unceasingly; It has no beginning; it has no end.
Gyaana dhyaana aura praana yoga
Saadha siddha aura mana sanyogaa
Karma kaanda aura aachaaraa (7)
The yoga of reasoning, the yoga of contemplation, the yoga of pranayama. The practices of the meditators and the control of the mind. The rites, the rituals and the ways of righteous living.
Yogi japi tapi sanyaasi
Nihanga niramala aur udaasi
Gorakha pantha saade baaraa (8)
The yogis, the reciters, the ascetics and the renunciates, The Nihangs , the Nirmalas , and the Udasis , The Gorakh Panth and all the twelve and a half Nath Panths
Pira paigambara aura auliyaa
Allaah khudaa kaaji mauliyaa
Hakikata tarikata maaraphata sharia (9)
The sufi saints, the prophets, and the holy men. Allah, Khuda , the judges and the scholars learned in Muslim law. The four stages in the search for Truth – good conduct, study of sacred texts, mediation, and realization.
Santa sataguru dhara yaha kaayaa
Mantra upadesha de jiva chetaayaa
Kaayaa hai athaha samudraa (10)
The Sant Satguru takes up this body; Giving the five holy names, He has awakened the jivas. This body is a fathomless ocean.
Somanaatha kahe kaayaa shodho
Surata shabda mila gagana men bedho
Janma marana mite pheraa (11)
Somanath says, “Search within this body. When you unite your soul with the Shabd and penetrate into the beyond, Your cycle of births and deaths will come to an end.”
Kaayaa Gadha jito re bhai
Kaayaa Gadha jito re bhai (Refrain)
Conquer the fort of the body, O brother. Conquer the fort of the body, O brother.
Is kaayaa men chora anekaa
Nisa dina baitha karata hai dhokaa
Eka se eka hai bare chalaakaa
Barajata neka maanata nahi (1)
Countless thieves have crept into this body; Day and night they deceive us. Each one more underhanded than the next, They have dispensed with decency and don’t listen to anyone.
Kaama kroda hai bare anyaayi
Lobha moha ki kyaa kahun bhaai
Aage paache ghaata lagaai
Bata maara jaise taaka lagaai (2)
Lust and anger are unruly and lawless. What can I tell you about greed and attachment, O brother? They attack from every side; They lie in ambush like highwaymen.
Pancha vishaya aura pachisa prakriti
Dasa indriya aura triguna saathi
Mana taranga men ahoraati
Dukha naanaa bhaanti kahi na jaai (3)
The five sense enjoyments and the twenty-five prakritis, The ten sense organs and the three gunas are always with you; Day and night, you are troubled by the waves of the mind. The innumerable sufferings you must endure are beyond description.
Yaha saba kaalaa maayaa kaa senaa
Rana dhurandhara, ladhre pravinaa
Eka se eka mahaa balavaanaa
Loka traya in maara giraai (4)
They have all joined the army of Kal and Maya. Expert on the battlefield, proficient in warfare, Each one mightier than the next, They overwhelm everyone in the three worlds.
Bare bare ina para kare chadhaai
Bhaanta bhanta se ladhaai
Yoga yagya aura tapa karaai
taubhi ina ki rahi baraai (5)
Many great ones have tried to overpower them, Struggling against them by so many means -- Performing yogic practices, Vedic rituals, and austerities. Still, they have the upper hand.
Apne balate bahu ajamaaii
Tiratha baratha upavaasa karaai
Taubhi chale na kachu adhikaai
Taba haara paro guru sharanaai (6)
Exerting your own strength, you explored many methods -- Fasting and bathing in the holy waters; But you couldn’t succeed no matter how hard you tried. Finally, defeated, you have come in to the shelter of the Guru.
Santa sataguru yukti bataai
Sata naama kaa shastra dharaai
Nitya nema ki bhi ladhaai
Prema baana te kaala girai (7)
The Sant Satguru has told you the method, And He has put the weapon of Naam in your hand. With regularity, keep up the fight, And shoot down Kal with the arrow of love.
Naama ratata sada bhatki jaagi
Shila santosha satya anuraagi
Surata shabda ki taari laagi
Anahada shabda dhuna pragataai (8)
Through constant repetition of Naam, bhakti has awakened -- Continence, contentment, truthfulness, and love. When you absorb your surat in the contemplation of the Shabd, The limitless Sound Current will become manifested.
Somanaatha jape naam nirantara
Shabda guru ko dhaara hridaya anatara
Balihaara guru ko baaranbaara
Jina maayaa maara hataai (9)
Somanath says, “You should repeat the Naam without ceasing. Cherish the Shabd Guru in your heart. Again and again, sacrifice yourself before that Guru Who has driven off and destroyed the forces of Maya.”
Maayaa mohini saba koi maane
Nija maayaa kaa mula na jaane (Refrain)
Everyone worships Maya the Enchantress, But no one understands the true nature of the Primal Maya.
Maayaa kaa nahi paaraavaara
Maayaa men bhaye dasa avataara
Brahmaa vishnu sahita shiva rudra
Devi deva aura devendra
Loka traya saba maayaa jaane (1)
Maya has no beginning and no end From Maya spring the ten avatars, Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva Rudra , The godesses and gods, along with Indra, the king of heaven. Understand that all the three worlds are created by Maya.
Maayaa men bhaye byaasa shuka devaa
Maayaa darate baahara na aavaa
Bahutaka dina garbha vaasa men rahavaa
Maayaa aapni chaala chalaavaa
Yaha jaga saba maayaa kaa khela khilaune (2)
Ved Vyas and Sukhdev came in the realm of Maya. For fear of Maya, Sukhdev refused to be born; For many days, he remained in his mother’s womb. He knew that when he came out, Maya would practice her wiles on him. All this world is the plaything of Maya.
Sata asata se vilakshana maayaa
Chita se jaane so chaitana maayaa
Nitya nema aura japa tapa maayaa
Pitraadika pinda diyo so maayaa
Prithvii nava khanda maya utpaane (3)
Maya is illusion -- neither real nor unreal. The mind perceives her as Chaitana Maya. Daily prayer, recitation, and austerities are all Maya. Making offerings of sweetened rice balls to the departed ancestors is Maya. Maya has fashioned all the nine continents of the earth.
Bhakta kare so bhakti maayaa
Yukti saadhana saba hi maayaa
Virakta kare so tyaaga maayaa
Shakti upaasanaa ashakti maayaa
Shakti prakaasha saba jaga bharamaane (4)
The devotion of the devotee is Maya The practices of the yogis are all Maya Renouncing desire is also Maya Worshipping Shakti you become subservient to Maya. The light of Shakti misleads the whole world.
Sabala maayaa kini chaturaai
Apni vishaya aapa bhogaai
Bane na kısa ki maayaa lugaai
Bhi na kabahu uski sagaai
Apni shakti te sabako detta bhramaane (5)
Fearsome Maya plots her schemes. She enjoys the pleasures that she herself creates. She may pretend take the form of someone’s mother and their wife as well. But she doesn’t have a true relationship with anyone. With her power she lures everyone into illusion.
Aapne putra ki aapa hi naari
Brahmaa vishnu shiva tripuraari
Maayaa aapni aavarana daari
Paaravati lakshmi bhi saavitri
Maayaa agama ananta ko gane (6)
She becomes the wives of her sons -- Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva Tripurari Maya hides herself under a veil, Coming as Parvati, Lakshmi, and Sarasvati also. Maya is beyond comprehension; she is reckoned as infinite.
Maayaa chalabala apno kini
Chaara khaana lakha chaurasi yoni
Saba para aapa hi satta thaani
Jasa chaahe tasa naacha nachaani
Aapa hi mrityu rupa hoya saba ko chabaani (7)
Through force and fraud she works her will. The four modes of birth and the 84 lakh forms of life -- She exerts her power over them all. As she wishes, so she makes them dance. And taking on the form of death, she devours each and every one.
Soi bache maayaa te nyaaraa
Jake hridaya guru aadhaaraa
Sata naama kare nita uchaaraa
Shabda anaahada pragate saaraa
Ahi nisa apne dhuna men aapa hi dhune (8)
Only those escape her nets and go free Who take the support of the Guru in their heart. Daily repeating the True Name, All the limitless, unstruck Melodies manifest within Day and night, you become absorbed in the Inner Sound.
Dina dayala karo guru dayaa
Main mangu nisa dina teri chaayaa
Maayaa to kachu chale na upaayaa
Haara paron tavan sharana men aayaa
Somanaatha sataguru charana samaane (9)
O Merciful on the helpless ones, grant me the Guru’s grace. Day and night, I implore your protection, Then no trick of Maya can touch me. Exhausted, I have come into the protection of your shelter. Somanath has merged in the Guru’s lotus feet.
Moha phaansa men sabhi phasaane
Maayaa rupa dekha harsaane (Refrain)
Everyone has been trapped in the snare of attachment. Seeing the form of Maya, they all become pleased.
Moha bija hai srishti mulaa
Usi bija te bani phala phulaa
Rishi muni adika khaaya jhakolaa
Dasa avataara saba moha phasaane (1)
The seed of attachment is the root of all creation; From this seed spring all the flowers and the fruits. The rishis and munis are shaken and tossed about; All the ten avatars are ensnared in attachment.
Devana men Mahaadeva kahaaye
Mohini rupa se mohita bhaye
Pratyaksha vishnu samajana paaye
Sthiti paalata kaama vasha bhaye divaane (2)
Amongst the gods, Mahadeva (Shiva) is counted as great. But seeing the beauty of Mohini, he became enthralled. Vishnu came to his aid, trying to show him the folly of his ways. But when Vishnu’s gaze fell on Mohini, all the tables were turned, and he himself was consumed by desire.
Veda Vyaasa pitaa Paraasharaa
Yoga purna kara lauta ghara
Marga men moha Machodaraa
Yaha saba moha hi khela khilaane (3)
Parashara Rishi was the father of Ved Vyas. Having perfected his sadhana, he was traveling back to his home; But on his way he saw Machodara and was waylaid by infatuation. They all became the playthings for the amusement of Maya (attachment).
Tripuraasura stri Vrindaavani
Jaaya vishnu taahi lubhaani
Pativrataa harana kini
Satya chora asatya hi thane (4)
Vrindavani was the righteous wife of Tripura the demon. Going on pilgrimage, she became enchanted with Lord Vishnu’s beauty. All her devotion and faithfulness to her husband crumbled. Giving up truth, she plunged into falsehood.
Raajya kanyaa kaa swayamvar bhi
Kaama bhaava naarada lalachaai
Maagyon swarupa vishnu ne jaai
Avayava sundar muktha bandara bithaane. (5)
When King Shilanidhi announced the swayamvar of his daughter, Narada coveted her and became possessed by lust. He bowed before Vishnu and craved the boon of a beautiful form. Vishnu granted him comely limbs, but fashioned his face like a monkey’s.
Viddhishani bhai yodha kichaka
Mohita bhayo sairindri dekha
Bahu samajhaaya maane nahi neka
Naahaka bhima ke haata maraa ne (6)
King Virat’s brother-in-law was the great warrior Kichak. Kichak became infatuated when he beheld Sairindri. She refused him, but he abandoned all propriety. Rashly, Bhima tore him apart with his own hands.
Kisa kısa ki mai karu bakhaanaa
Moha maayaa te koi kyu na bachaanaa
Ham hun moha me jaata bahaanaa
Santa sataguru liye bachaane (7)
How many more stories should I relate to you? No one has escaped from attachment and Maya. I was drowning in the river of attachment, But the Sant Satguru came to my rescue.
Somanaatha para bhi guru kripaa
Nicha kita ko badashaa hi thaapaa
Lagaa liye charana men aapaa
Satanaama de sata dhaama pahunchaane (8)
The Guru showered grace on Somanath He placed the emperor’s seal on a lowly insect. I have become absorbed in Your holy lotus feet Bestow the gift of Sat Naam and make me reach the True Home.
Kauna aascharya kauna aascharya
Paramaartha saadhana kauna aascharya (Refrain)
What a wonder! What a wonder! What a wonder to meditate on the Lord.
Ucha nicha saba chora ke,
Kicha kalpanaa tyaaga ke
Khaincha mana maayaa upaadhite
Nisa dina dhyaana dhare guruvarya (1)
Discard all thought of high and low. Give up the attraction to illusory matter, Abandon the mind’s infatuation with the attributes of Maya; Then day and night fix your contemplation on the exalted Guru.
Aashaa bhaava se hoya alaidaa
Naasha maayaa kaa sparsha na kadaa
Durguna dosha se rahe judaa
Dhaare guru naama parameshcharyaa (2)
Rise above all feelings of desire. Shun the touch of destructible Maya. Part company with the sins and the vices, And fix your attention in the Guru’s Divine Naam.
Chintaa chaturaai saba tyaage
Santa maarga men sada hi laage
Baitha ekaanta beanta men jaage
Shanta hoya dhaare yaha kaarya (3)
Set aside all cleverness and worry. Tread on the Path of the Saints without wavering. Sit alone in seclusion and awaken the Infinite within you. Stay true to this practice, and you will achieve peace.
Sunna samaadha sada hi rahe
Bhinna bhaava kabahu na aave
Eka brahma dwitiya nasaave
Isa sthiti men rahe sthaiya (4)
Remain absorbed in the Sunn Samadhi. Never think you are separate from Him. The One Lord is the destroyer of duality; Repose in the State of Perfect Equipoise.
Aage saara shabda hai dhaaraa
Anahada bane hota apaaraa
Gurumukha jaane jaanana haaraa
Sadaa rahe ekasaa naahi kisi se varya (5)
The stream of the True Shabd flows down from above. The Anahad Bani is boundless and infinite. The Gurumukh is the knower of the Omniscient Lord. Remain absorbed in Oneness, casting enmity from your heart.
Somanaatha sataguru kripaa se
Naama japata sada mana ulhaase
Maayaa kaata diye ek nimishe
Guru charana prakaasha bhayo shashi surya (6)
By the Grace of the Satguru, Somanath repeated the Naam and became intoxicated in Divine Bliss. Maya was dispelled in the blink of an eye; The dazzling light of the Guru’s lotus feet is shining like the sun and moon.
Kaise ye guru deva ji Jaise ko taisaa hi kara diye ji (Refrain)
What kind of Gurudev is this Who made me like Himself?
Aashaa paasha moha naasha kiye sabhi Shesha swarupa gyaana bodhi se mujhe (1)
Destroying the trap of desire and all the attachments, He gave me the knowledge of the Supreme Lord.
Ekaaanta bulaaya ke, lokanta kara diye ji Eko naama bheda deya ke nija Kaaka vishta sama sansaara dikhaaya ji (2)
Calling me into the wilderness, He took me beyond the boundaries of this world. He revealed to me the secret of the One Original Naam, And showed this world fashioned of dirt and filth.
Saadhu sangata karaaya, bodha amrita pilaaya ji Naadaanu sandhaana bidhi dikhaaya ke Jaadu hi kara mujhe moha liye ji (3)
He granted me the company of the true Sadhu and made me drink the Nectar of Knowledge, He showed this foolish one the path to union He worked His magic and made me His own.
Byaasaa vaale ji, baithaa phaansa lagaaya ji Aashaa kara ke jo koi jaave Niraasha kara apne men milaaya ji (4)
The Saint on the banks of the Beas has laid His trap. Whoever goes to Him with hopes and aspirations, He makes them desireless and unites them with Himself.
Somanaatha ko, so amala pilaaya ji Maalaa mudraa bhava bhabhuta churaaya ke Pyaalaa prema de aalamasta kiye ji (5)
When the Guru gave the intoxicating beverage of Naam to Somanath, He threw away the rosary, the mudras, and the sacred ash. Drinking from the cup of Love, he was lost in rapture.
Kara le guru se prita re
Have love for the Guru,
O, have love for the Guru.
Kara le guru se prita re (Refrain)
Lakha chauraasi yoni bhramana te
Dukha naanaa tuma bhogata bite
Tava bhi nahi sharmaata re (1)
Your soul has wandered through the wheel of eighty-four, And you have endured countless sufferings in the lower species of life; But still you fell no shame.
Manushya janma amolaka paayaa
Kara karaara garbha vaasa se aayaa
Aba kyon bhula bisaraate re (2)
Now, you have obtained this priceless human body. In your mother’s womb, you vowed to meditate on Naam. Why have you forgotten your promise?
Nisa dina naama japo mere bhai
Bigari baata teri bana jaai
Nahi to jai yama haata re (3)
O brothers, repeat the Naam day and night; Then you can be freed from your difficult plight. Otherwise, you will go into the hands of Kal.
Sataguru tohen bheda bataaven
Pancha shabda kaa marma lakhaaven
Maana guru ki baata re (4)
The Satguru reveals the secrets of the inner worlds, And He unveils the mystery of the Five Divine Melodies. Accept the Guru’s teachings in your heart.
Aage vhai paga paache na dhariyo
Maayaa mohata dure rahiyo
Taba teri hoya kushalaata re (5)
Don’t look back; surge forward on your spiritual quest. Keep yourself aloof from the allurements of Maya; Then you will remain happy and blessed.
Sohanga shabda bhaja baaran baaraa
Andhakaara men hoya ujiyaaraa
Maayaa panda nasaata re (6)
The Sohang Shabd is perpetually resounding; The darkness becomes radiant with dazzling light, And the snare of Maya is destroyed forever.
Guru deva ke shabda ki baana lagi
Guru deva ke shabda ki baana lagi (Refrain)
The arrow of Gurudev’s Shabd has pierced my heart. The arrow of Gurudev’s Shabd has pierced my heart.
Jaagi bhakti dina aur raati
Mana mera rahta utangi (1)
I stay awake in devotion day and night. My mind remains concentrated in the exalted realms.
Guru dayaala kari nihaala
Jaise kita bhringi (2)
The Guru’s mercy fills me with delight, Like the bhringi infuses the keet with its own life impulse
Jaise patangaa hota na apanga
Dekha jota jale bhaagi (3)
Just like the moth that does not shy away, Seeing the light, it dives in and burns itself.
Taise guru dhyaanaa laagi mana men
Jarata biraha jagi (4)
In the same way, keep your mind so riveted in the contemplation of the Guru, That it is perpetually burning in the fire of separation.
Mina mrigaa, nira naada surangaa
Chaarhata praana hi tyaagi (5)
As the fish loves the water and the deer loves the sound, They sacrifice their life in devotion to their love.
Guru mukha ko asa gur hi pyaaraa
Sahaja samaadha lagi (6)
In the same way, the Gurumukh adores the Guru And becomes lost in the bliss of Sahaj Samadhi.
Shabda nirantara antara baahara
Jaagata sovata jaagi (7)
The Shabd resounds continually, both within and without, It reverberates in wakefulness and sleep.
Somanaatha kala nahi parata
Guru charana lava laagi (8)
Somanath says, the soul knows no repose Until it merges into the Guru’s lotus feet.
Lagi prema ki baana
Lagi prema ki baana,
Visragi deha abhimaana (Refrain)
I have been struck by the arrow of love, All vanity of the body is forgotten.
Nisa dina aatho yaama
Sadaa rahata bechaina
Jasa hridaya laagi nisaana
Nikasata hai jasa praana (1)
Day and night, through all the eight watches, I remain restless and ill at ease. As though the arrow had pierced my heart, And my life was ebbing away.
Kya kahun kahi na jaai
Kahe to ko patiyai
Andhe ko suraja janaai
Dardi kaa dukha dardi jaana (2)
What can I say? It cannot be described. If I spoke, who would believe my words? Who can describe the sun to a blind man? Only the one enduring the pain can know what pain is.
Aba taka deri tum kyo laai
Abhaagana ki kyaa khataai
Roya roya saari raata bitaai
Tau bhi darshana nahi dikhaana (3)
Why do You still delay? What mistake has this unfortunate one committed. I spend my whole night shedding tears. Still, You do not give me Your darshan.
Chakavi chakvava raata biyogaa
Dina men hota eka sanyogaa
Mere aise kyaa hai bhogaa
Darsha hota na raata na dina (4)
In the night, the chakvi and chakva are separated. They are united only by day. But what do I know of such enjoyment. I do not behold my beloved, either in the day or in the night.
Tumare kaarana lai phakiri
Gharabaara chora jikiri
Milaai tana khaaka khakiri
Nana bhaye jasa jharanaa jharana (5)
For your sake, I became a fakir. Performing the repetitions, I deserted my home. Becoming an ascetic, I smeared my body with ashes. Tears pour from my eyes like a flowing stream.
Somanaatha bilape ahoraata
Jaise jaal bina mina tarapaataa
Tujha bina hridaya khatakaata
Jaavana chaahata aba praana (6)
Somanath goes on weeping day and night. He is writhing like a fish out of water Without You my heart is throbbing And I want to give up my life.
In Praise of the Satguru
In Praise of the Satguru
Guru mahimaa saba hi kiye
Veda shastra puraana
Nija mahimaa vahi hai
Jaame aapa nasaana (1)
Everyone praises of the Guru. The Vedas, Shastras and Puranas sing his glory. All of His qualities are worthy of veneration, But most praiseworthy of all, He destroys the cycle of birth and death.
Guru pe tana mana vaariye
Rahiye guru samaaya
Jaise nadi yoga se
Jaaya samudra milaaya (2)
Sacrifice body and mind to the Guru; Remain absorbed in Him. Just like the water of the river flows down, And becomes merged in the sea.
Guru kama dhenu karunaakara
Shisha vatsa samajaniye
Naama kshira yaachaka (3)
The Guru is Kamdhenu, the Wish-Granting Cow; He is the form of mercy. He is the one who fulfills all the desires. The disciple is like the beloved calf, Crying for the milk of Naam.
Guru aadi anta madhya sakala
Nirvana nirlepa niramalaa
Sarvatra pujya vanda (4)
The Guru is all in all – the beginning, middle and end. He is the Perfect Supreme Lord of Bliss, Dwelling beyond this mortal world, Pure and Undefiled, Worthy of all worship and praise.
In Praise of Satsang
Satasanga sama tiratha nahi
Jaate mana manja hoya
Shraddha sahita satasanga kare
Jaraa marana mita jaaya (5)
No place of pilgrimage is equal to Satsang. In Satsang, the mind is scrubbed clean. Whoever attends the Satsang with faith and devotion, They escape from this realm of decay and death.
Bhavasaagara athaaha samudra men
Satasanga jahaaja chalaaya
Tana man arpita jo charhe
Saagara paara taraaya (6)
In the fathomless ocean of existence, The Satguru pilots the ship of Naam. Whoever sacrifices body and mind to Him, He ferries them to the other shore.
Parama dhaama phahili sidhi
Sangata sataguru jaana
Sata shabda hridaya base
Sacha satasanga pramaana (7)
Going into the company of the Satguru, Take the first step towards the Lord’s abode Enshrine in your heart the Sat Shabd, Through Satsang the Truth is revealed.
Satasanga jala ati nirmalaa
Mala mala mana ko dhoya
Saara gyaana saabuna sarasa
Pala pala daya lagaaya (8)
The water of Satsang is indescribably pure, It cleanses away the filth of the mind. With each and every moment, Go on applying the refreshing soap of Spiritual Knowledge.
Satasanga mahimaa kyaa kare
Karata mana sakuchaaya
Paarasa sparsha hota hi
Loha kanchana bana jaaya (9)
How can I praise the greatness of Satsang? It makes the mind modest and lowly. Just like the touch of the philosopher’s stone Turns the rough iron into pure gold.
Guru raayaa tava charani
Tana mana vaahile (Refrain)
O Majestic Guru, I sacrifice body and mind at Your holy lotus feet.
Janana marana bhava dukha harana
Karuna nidhaana, kritaartha kele (1)
You destroy the pain of birth and death. O Treasure House of Grace, You have solved the mystery of existence.
Kota kota dandavata, tujha guru maaule
Thaata hai viraata, ati uncha ghaata
Chakuni vaata, bahu bhramiyale (2)
Millions of time I prostrate myself before You; O Guru, You are the Loving Mother of all. Your magnificence is awe-inspiring; You dwell in the sublime regions. Seeking to scale those heights, many are misled on devious paths.
Japa tapa saadhana, upavaasa saadhile
Vrata nema aachaara, karuni vichaara
Taapa dhuna agni, bahu taapiyale (3)
They practice the repetitions and austerities; they observe the fasts. Fulfilling their vows and carrying out religious observances, they do deeds of righteousness and cultivate compassion. Sitting in the heat and smoke, they burn the ritual fire.
Mriga naabhi kasturi, mriga naahi dekhile
Dagamaga chitta, aagha paapa dwaita
Bhramata phiralo, maayaa mrigajale (4)
The musk is hidden in the deer’s navel, but the deer cannot find it. The mind is unsteady and wavering, stuck fast in sin, misdeeds and duality. It wanders about in illusion, like the deer chasing after a mirage.
Ati dina daruna, matihina pahile
Gati naam deuni, sthiti sudhaaruni
Patita jaanuni, paara bhava taarile (5)
I am thoroughly wretched, please take care of this one of low intellect. Give me the knowledge of Naam and improve my plight. Be merciful on the fallen one; ferry me across the ocean of this world.
Guru sawana shisha soma, raasa eka keele
Paara sparsha lokhanda, kanchana jhaale akhanda
Anda brahmaana tyaaguni, tava charan bhedile (6)
O Guru Sawan, work Your alchemy on Your disciple Somanath. Touching this iron with the philosopher’s stone, transform it through and through into purest gold. Going beyond the astral and causal realms, I have become absorbed in Your holy lotus feet.
Saawana Sarovara Saara Samudraa,
ghana jyon barase aaye (Refrain)
O Sawan, Sacred Pool of Nectar, Ocean of Truth; your cooling waters shower down as if from monsoon clouds.
Karuna kataaksha kota agha udhaare.
Charana amrita de bhava jiva tare.
Nara rupa dhaara, guru avatare. (1)
Through Your enchanting glance of grace, millions of sinners achieve salvation. Grant us the Amrit flowing from Your lotus feet; ferry us across this Sea of Existence. Guru is God-in-man; the Supreme Lord has taken on the human form.
Guru dayaala sarva pratipaala,
bhutala paapa utaare
Niti nirmiti surata shabda yoga
Artha anubhava mahaa anuraaga
Kartaa kaarana karma se nyaare (2)
O Gracious Guru, You are nurturing and caring for the whole creation. Through You the sins of the world are removed. You fashioned the noble Yoga of the Sound Current, which carries the souls across to True Home. Refulgent Wisdom, Boundless Love. You are the Creator, beyond action and causation.
Aneka bhanushashi udaya hoya jaba,
tava ek roma na saaje
Kanaka mahaamani damaka laaje
Chamaka chandaayana koi na laage
Swayan swaprakaasha ati ghanere (3)
If countless suns and moons rose together, their dazzling brightness could hardly compare to one hair of Your body, The sparkling crest jewel in its housing of gold is put to shame before the resplendent beauty of Your shimmering moon-like face. Self-Existing and Self-Luminous as You are, Your Radiance surpasses all understanding.
Byaasa beaas vaasa sthaana men,
shesha satasanga chalaaye
Maasa eka men mahaasatasanga
Lesha naama de jiva bhava bhangaa
Darshana de mahaa moha tare (4)
You are the One who is free of desires; on the banks of the River Beas You made Your abode and started the Satsang of the Almighty Lord. Once a month the great Satsang was held. By distributing one particle of Naam, You destroyed the sorrows and sufferings of the jivas in this mortal world. Bestowing Your darshan, You removed the weighty chains of attachment.
Nigama agama atita gaupya,
sugama vaakya samajhaaye
Durgama bhava dustara saagara
Kara gahi utaare paila para
Jaagata jota jaga taarana hare (5)
The deepest mysteries that lie far beyond the Vedas, You proclaimed in utterance simple and clear. You pulled the souls out from the deep, impassible ocean of existence, and ferried them to the other shore. Kindler of the Inner Light, You are the Lord and Savior of all the world.
Loka aloka kautuka sarva,
aapa hi rachana rachaaye
Alakha agama khalika khandaa
Tin loka aur sacha khanda
Chaalaka paalaka aapa hi saare (6)
This world and the worlds beyond, the entire wondrous universe, Has come into manifestation through Your Will. In the Unseen and Inaccessible Realms down through all the planes of creation, Throughout the three worlds and Sach Khand, the Realm of Truth -- You alone are the Sustainer and Protector of all.
Daasa Somanaatha vaasa charana men,
swaasa swaasa tava guna gaavey
Bhaasa jagata moha maayaa
Phaansa kaata karo dayaa
Darsha sparsha jasa chanda chakore (7)
May Your servant Somanath dwell at Your holy Lotus Feet, and with every breath sing only Your praises. Be merciful and cut asunder the attachment to Maya and worldly allurements. As the moonbird yearns for a glimpse of the moon, so does Your servant thirst for the sight of You.
Sataguru saawana shaa
Meraa chitta hara liyaa ji (Refrain)
0 Spiritual Emperor Satguru Sawan, You have captured my attention
Jita dekhu tita tu aapa dikhaai
Gati mati tana ki sthiti bhula gayi
Chandra chakora dhyaana laayaa ji (1)
Wherever I look, there I see You. All consciousness of the body has been lost This servant does Your dhyan like the moonbird contemplating on the moon.
Dina ko chaina na raata ko shaiyanaa
Mana men mere tu ghara kinhaa
Kauna sune kahaan jaavaa ji (2)
In the day, I have no peace, and at night, I get no rest. You have made your abode within me. Oh who will hear this prayer of mine? And where do I go?
Naina bahe jasa jharanaa nira
Kaana kalije bicha laagi tira
Jaana chaahata aba jiyaa ji (3)
Tears are flowing from my eyes like water running in a stream. You have pierced my heart with the arrow of Your Love; Now, I wish to give up my life.
Tujha bina jaaun kauni aura
Eka tu hi hai andara baahara
Mana mandara andara basiyaan ji (4)
Without you in which direction should I go? You are the only one both within and without. You have dwelt in the temple of the mind.
Daasa somanaatha dhyaasa men rahe nitta
Aasa eka teri baalaka pita maata
Phaansa kaata diyo maayaa ji. (5)
Your Servant Somanath remains in dhyan constantly. He has only your hope; you are the father and mother of this child. Cut the net of maya. New one
Teraa naama rasamulaa ji
Jinhonen swaada liyaa (Refrain)
Your Naam is Nectar to those who have tasted it.
Banda kare jo nava dwaaraa
Randhra dasaven men chitta jo thaharaa
Indri mana ko roka liyaa (1)
Close the nine doors of the body. Concentrate your attention at the tenth gate. Control the mind and the senses.
Aavata dhura se anahada baani
Sunata jhini antara shravani
Do nayani dhyaana laayaa ji (2)
The Anahad Bani is coming from above. Listen to that subtle Sound Current with internal hearing faculty. Do Dhyan at the center between the two eyes.
Mantra guru vakyaa antara sumire
Shaanta chitta mana ekaagra dhare
Jantra shabda bajaayaa ji (3)
Do the Guru's mantra with internal remembrance. Make the mind and chitta peaceful by concentrating them within; Then you will hear the Shabd resounding.
Sahasra kamala se trikuti aaye
Paara brahma men sunna samaaye
Mahaa sunna se bhanvara gayaa ji (4)
From the one thousand-petaled lotus, the soul ascends to Trikuti. In Par Brahm the soul becomes absorbed in the Void. From the great void the soul goes to Bhanwar Gupha.
Sata loka aura alakha agama
Nija gati raadhaa swaami dhaamaa
Daasa soma smaayaa ji (5)
The soul then travels to Sat Lok, Alakh and Agam regions. The final stage of the spiritual journey is Radhaswami Dham. The servant Somanath became absorbed in that state.