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Naam... Priceless


gauVI mhlw 5 ]
Gauree, Fifth Mehl:
imlu myry goibMd Apnw nwmu dyhu ]
Meet me, O my Lord of the Universe. Please bless me with Your Name.
nwm ibnw iDRgu iDRgu Asnyhu ]1] rhwau ]
Without the Naam, the Name of the Lord, cursed, cursed is love and intimacy. ||1||Pause||
nwm ibnw jo pihrY Kwie ]
Without the Naam, one who dresses and eats well
ijau kUkru jUTn mih pwie ]1]
is like a dog, who falls in and eats impure foods. ||1||
nwm ibnw jyqw ibauhwru ] ijau imrqk imiQAw sIgwru ]2]
Without the Naam, all occupations are useless, like decorations on a dead body. ||2||
nwmu ibswir kry rs Bog ]
One who forgets the Naam and indulges in pleasures,
suKu supnY nhI qn mih rog ]3]
shall find no peace, even in dreams; his body shall become diseased. ||3||
nwmu iqAwig kry An kwj ]
One who renounces the Naam and engages in other occupations,
ibnis jwie JUTy siB pwj ]4]
shall see all of his false pretenses fall away. ||4||
nwm sMig min pRIiq n lwvY ]
One whose mind does not embrace love for the Naam
koit krm krqo nrik jwvY ]5]
shall go to hell, even though he may perform millions of ceremonial rituals. ||5||
hir kw nwmu ijin min n AwrwDw ]
One whose mind does not contemplate the Name of the Lord
cor kI inAweI jm puir bwDw ]6]
is bound like a thief, in the City of Death. ||6||
lwK AfMbr bhuqu ibsQwrw ]
Hundreds of thousands of ostentatious shows and great expanses
nwm ibnw JUTy pwswrw ]7]
- without the Naam, all these displays are false. ||7||
hir kw nwmu soeI jnu lyie ]
That humble being repeats the Name of the Lord,
kir ikrpw nwnk ijsu dyie ]8]10]
O Nanak, whom the Lord blesses with His Mercy. ||8||10||

(Aang 240 SGGS ji )

Awsw mhlw 5 ]

hir hir nwmu Amolw ]
The Name of the Lord, Har, Har, is priceless.
Ehu shij suhylw ]1] rhwau ]
It brings peace and poise. ||1||Pause||
sMig shweI Coif n jweI Ehu Agh Aqolw ]1]
The Lord is my Companion and Helper; He shall not forsake me or leave me. He is unfathomable and unequalled. ||1||
pRIqmu BweI bwpu moro mweI Bgqn kw El@w ]2]
He is my Beloved, my brother, father and mother; He is the Support of His devotees. ||2||
AlKu lKwieAw gur qy pwieAw nwnk iehu hir kw col@w ]3]5]145]
The Invisible Lord is seen through the Guru; O Nanak, this is the wondrous play of the Lord. ||3||5||145||

(Aang 407 SGGS ji )

Waheguru’s Naam is everything. It is the root of all occurrences, of all creations. Those whose minds resonate with a universal outlook come to receive this vibration of Naam. Such an experience is overwhelming for the devotee, and being overwhelmed is simply indicative of the power of Naam. It is priceless.

hir hir nwmu Amolw ]
The Name of the Lord, Har, Har, is priceless.

The nature of Naam is to bless the devotee with sehaj, comfort, satisfaction, and acceptance of His Will.

Ehu shij suhylw ]1]
It brings peace and poise. ||1||

Naam is to remember, to contemplate upon the Supreme Master. Naam is the force which resides within Shabad Guru. To connect with Shabad is to experience Naam. The Guru goes on to say,

sMig shweI Coif n jweI Ehu Agh Aqolw ]1]
The Lord is my Companion and Helper; He shall not forsake me or leave me. He is unfathomable and unequalled. ||1||

As long as we are devoted towards His Remembrance, His Protective Shield of Naam will surround us. Within this circular shield resides the wisdom of Shabad. Such wisdom, when accepted by a devotee, guides us through life. It becomes much like our companion, sMig. Much like a helper, shweI. He does not forsake those whose devotion is filled with love.

Coif n jweI

Naam is always present, always there. This force is everywhere. There is not a place in this universe where Naam does not pervade. In this regard, the Guru says,

Ehu Agh Aqolw

Indeed God is unfathomable, unweighable, and unconquerable. The Guru goes on to say,

pRIqmu BweI bwpu moro mweI Bgqn kw El@w ]2]
He is my Beloved, my brother, father and mother; He is the Support of His devotees. ||2||

For some He is a Friend, for others a Brother. To some He becomes a Father, a Mother. Yet, for others, He provides as a Source of Shelter. Indeed this line indicates that Waheguru has many forms, many relations. Such a Wondrous Lord who can relate to everyone. Unlike us, He has no limits. He is not bound by relationships. He has no prejudices. He does not reject. He is totally accepting. Finally, the Guru says,

AlKu lKwieAw gur qy pwieAw nwnk iehu hir kw col@w ]3]5]145]
The Invisible Lord is seen through the Guru; O Nanak, this is the wondrous play of the Lord. ||3||5||145||

Shabad is the light which allows us to see and experience the invisible Lord. The journey of this life is indeed an unpredictable one. One, which can only be predicted by Waheguru. Being unpredictable is exactly why it is wondrous and amazing how Waheguru plays with the universe.

by sikhitothemax and humble kaur