Welcome to Day 04 of 40 Day SADHANA. Today’s Mantra is the Third Pauri of Japji Sahib. Gavai ko Taan. Chanting this Mantra transforms insufficiency into sufficiency, turns depression into elevation, and transforms low self-esteem into complete self-confidence.

MANTRA & MEANING

ਗਾਵੈ ਕੋ ਤਾਣੁ ਹੋਵੈ ਕਿਸੈ ਤਾਣੁ ॥
Gāvai ko ṯāṇ hovai kisai ṯāṇ.
Some sing of His Power-who has that Power?

ਗਾਵੈ ਕੋ ਦਾਤਿ ਜਾਣੈ ਨੀਸਾਣੁ ॥
Gāvai ko ḏāṯ jāṇai nīsāṇ.
Some sing of His Gifts, and know His Sign and Insignia.

ਗਾਵੈ ਕੋ ਗੁਣ ਵਡਿਆਈਆ ਚਾਰ ॥
Gāvai ko guṇ vaḏiāīā cẖār.
Some sing of His Glorious Virtues, Greatness and Beauty.

ਗਾਵੈ ਕੋ ਵਿਦਿਆ ਵਿਖਮੁ ਵੀਚਾਰੁ ॥
Gāvai ko viḏiā vikẖam vīcẖār.
Some sing of knowledge obtained of Him, through difficult philosophical studies.

ਗਾਵੈ ਕੋ ਸਾਜਿ ਕਰੇ ਤਨੁ ਖੇਹ ॥
Gāvai ko sāj kare ṯan kẖeh.
Some sing that He fashions the body, and then again reduces it to dust.

ਗਾਵੈ ਕੋ ਜੀਅ ਲੈ ਫਿਰਿ ਦੇਹ ॥
Gāvai ko jī▫a lai fir ḏeh.
Some sing that He takes life away, and then again restores it.

ਗਾਵੈ ਕੋ ਜਾਪੈ ਦਿਸੈ ਦੂਰਿ ॥
Gāvai ko jāpai ḏisai ḏūr.
Some sing that He seems so very far away.

ਗਾਵੈ ਕੋ ਵੇਖੈ ਹਾਦਰਾ ਹਦੂਰਿ ॥
Gāvai ko vekẖai hāḏrā haḏūr.
Some sing that He watches over us, face to face, ever-present.

ਕਥਨਾ ਕਥੀ ਨ ਆਵੈ ਤੋਟਿ ॥
Kathnā kathī na āvai ṯot.
There is no shortage of those who preach and teach.

ਕਥਿ ਕਥਿ ਕਥੀ ਕੋਟੀ ਕੋਟਿ ਕੋਟਿ ॥
Kath kath kathī kotī kot kot.
Millions upon millions offer millions of sermons and stories.

ਦੇਦਾ ਦੇ ਲੈਦੇ ਥਕਿ ਪਾਹਿ ॥
Ḏeḏā ḏe laiḏe thak pāhi.
The Great Giver keeps on giving, while those who receive grow weary of receiving.

ਜੁਗਾ ਜੁਗੰਤਰਿ ਖਾਹੀ ਖਾਹਿ ॥
Jugā juganṯar kẖāhī kẖāhi.
Throughout the ages, consumers consume.

ਹੁਕਮੀ ਹੁਕਮੁ ਚਲਾਏ ਰਾਹੁ ॥
Hukmī hukam cẖalāe rāhu.
The Commander, by His Command, leads us to walk on the Path.

ਨਾਨਕ ਵਿਗਸੈ ਵੇਪਰਵਾਹੁ ॥੩॥
Nānak vigsai veparvāhu.
O Nanak, He blossoms forth, Carefree and Untroubled.

INSIGHT

This Mantra describes the endless and countless attributes of that Nirgun, invisible, invincible yet omnipresent, omnipotent and omniscient creator of all of us – His power, His knowledge, His attributes, His gifts, blessings, are bountiful beyond description – He cannot be sung and described by anyone – He is the creator – He creates and destroys too and then restores life again. He is far, far away but so near. He is the sustainer and giver of everything and we get weary of receiving. Everything is happening and working according to His Hukam/Order and Will. He – the Supreme Almighty who is the Creator of the whole Creation yet He, who is detached and beyond any bondage of attachment, rejoices at His Creation. And its part of all us.

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