Wash your hands and cover your head before studying the contents. Raag Gauree Deepakee, First Mehl:. One Universal Creator God. In that house where the Praises of the Creator are chanted and contemplated —. Sing the Songs of Praise of my Fearless Lord. I am a sacrifice to that Song of Praise which brings eternal peace.
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The Bani, called Kirtan Sohila in Gurmukhi, is read before one goes to sleep at night. It is also a common practice to recite it at a funeral, when the body is cremated. The first Shabad verse reminds us of the day, when death will eventually come. Those fortunate souls, that succeed in achieving union with God are referred to as happy brides, who attain union with their Husband Lord amid songs of joy.
The second Shabad tells us that God is the Supreme Creator of all, including the Sun, which is the cause of time, days, nights, months, seasons etc. Likewise, God Who is One, is the cause of countless manifestations.
Satguru reminds us that the school of thought, which teaches us to sing God's praises and worship Him sincerely, is the only profitable way. The third Shabad emphasizes that there is no benefit in the empty observance of the ceremony of Arti worship with small lamps placed on a platter. This verse also requests God for His Mercy. The fourth Shabad describes the deplorable condition of a sinner. His love for ego causes him to suffer pain and grief. Emphasis is laid on achieving union with God, through living a virtuous life and the True Worship of God and His Name; for this is the True object of human life.
The fifth Shabad asserts that man can only obtain union with God only in this life; he will repent in failing to do so.
>”Kirtan Sohila” English Translation