Health . Spirituality . What does the Guru Granth Sahib Say

Pain and Suffering

jaa ko musakal ath banai dtoee koe n dhaee ||
When you are confronted with terrible hardships, and no one offers you any support,

laagoo hoeae dhusamanaa saak bh bhaj khalae ||
when your friends turn into enemies, and even your relatives have deserted you,
sabho bhajai aasaraa chukai sabh asaraao ||
and when all support has given way, and all hope has been lost

chith aavai ous paarabreham lagai n thathee vaao ||1||
if you then come to remember the Supreme Lord God, even the hot wind shall not touch you. ||1||

saahib nithaaniaa kaa thaan ||
Our Lord and Master is the Power of the powerless.

aae n jaaee thhir sadhaa gur sabadhee sach jaan ||1|| rehaao ||
He does not come or go; He is Eternal and Permanent. Through the Word of the Guru's Shabad, He is known as True. ||1||Pause||

jae ko hovai dhubalaa na(n)g bhukh kee peer ||
If you are weakened by the pains of hunger and poverty,

dhamarraa palai naa pavai naa ko dhaevai dhheer ||
with no money in your pockets, and no one will give you any comfort,

suaarathh suaao n ko karae naa kishh hovai kaaj ||
and no one will satisfy your hopes and desires, and none of your works is accomplished
chith aavai ous paarabreham thaa nihachal hovai raaj ||2||
if you then come to remember the Supreme Lord God, you shall obtain the eternal kingdom. ||2||

jaa ko chi(n)thaa bahuth bahuth dhaehee viaapai rog ||
When you are plagued by great and excessive anxiety, and diseases of the body;

grisath kutta(n)b palaettiaa kadhae harakh kadhae sog ||
when you are wrapped up in the attachments of household and family, sometimes feeling joy, and then other times sorrow;

goun karae chahu ku(n)tt kaa gharree n baisan soe ||
when you are wandering around in all four directions, and you cannot sit or sleep even for a moment

chith aavai ous paarabreham than man seethal hoe ||3||
if you come to remember the Supreme Lord God, then your body and mind shall be cooled and soothed. ||3||

kaam karodhh mohi vas keeaa kirapan lobh piaar ||
When you are under the power of sexual desire, anger and worldly attachment, or a greedy miser in love with your wealth;

chaarae kilavikh oun agh keeeae hoaa asur sa(n)ghaar ||
if you have committed the four great sins and other mistakes; even if you are a murderous fiend

pothhee geeth kavith kishh kadhae n karan dhhariaa ||
who has never taken the time to listen to sacred books, hymns and poetry

chith aavai ous paarabreham thaa nimakh simarath thariaa ||4||
if you then come to remember the Supreme Lord God, and contemplate Him, even for a moment, you shall be saved. ||4||

saasath si(n)mrith baedh chaar mukhaagar bicharae ||
People may recite by heart the Shaastras, the Simritees and the four Vedas;

thapae thapeesar jogeeaa theerathh gavan karae ||
they may be ascetics, great, self-disciplined Yogis; they may visit sacred shrines of pilgrimage

khatt karamaa thae dhugunae poojaa karathaa naae ||
and perform the ceremonial rituals, over and over again, performing worship services and ritual baths.

ra(n)g n lagee paarabreham thaa sarapar narakae jaae ||5||
Even so, if they have not embraced love for the Supreme Lord God, then they shall surely go to hell. ||5||

raaj milak sikadhaareeaa ras bhogan bisathhaar ||
You may possess empires, vast estates, authority over others, and the enjoyment of myriads of pleasures;

baag suhaavae sohanae chalai hukam afaar ||
you may have delightful and beautiful gardens, and issue unquestioned commands;

ra(n)g thamaasae bahu bidhhee chaae lag rehiaa ||
you may have enjoyments and entertainments of all sorts and kinds, and continue to enjoy exciting pleasures

chith n aaeiou paarabreham thaa sarap kee joon gaeiaa ||6||
and yet, if you do not come to remember the Supreme Lord God, you shall be reincarnated as a snake. ||6||

bahuth dhhanaadt achaarava(n)th sobhaa niramal reeth ||
You may possess vast riches, maintain virtuous conduct, have a spotless reputation and observe religious customs;

maath pithaa suth bhaaeeaa saajan sa(n)g pareeth ||
you may have the loving affections of mother, father, children, siblings and friends;

lasakar tharakasaba(n)dh ba(n)dh jeeo jeeo sagalee keeth ||
you may have armies well-equipped with weapons, and all may salute you with respect;

chith n aaeiou paarabreham thaa kharr rasaathal dheeth ||7||
But still, if you do not come to remember the Supreme Lord God, then you shall be taken and consigned to the most hideous hell! ||7||

kaaeiaa rog n shhidhra kishh naa kishh kaarraa sog ||
You may have a body free of disease and deformity, and have no worries or grief at all;
mirath n aavee chith this ahinis bhogai bhog ||
you may be unmindful of death, and night and day revel in pleasures;

sabh kishh keethon aapanaa jeee n sa(n)k dhhariaa ||
you may take everything as your own, and have no fear in your mind at all;

chith n aaeiou paarabreham jamaka(n)kar vas pariaa ||8||
but still, if you do not come to remember the Supreme Lord God, you shall fall under the power of the Messenger of Death. ||8||

kirapaa karae jis paarabreham hovai saadhhoo sa(n)g ||
The Supreme Lord showers His Mercy, and we find the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy.

jio jio ouhu vadhhaaeeai thio thio har sio ra(n)g ||
The more time we spend there, the more we come to love the Lord.

dhuhaa siriaa kaa khasam aap avar n dhoojaa thhaao ||
The Lord is the Master of both worlds; there is no other place of rest.

sathigur thut(h)ai paaeiaa naanak sachaa naao ||9||1||26||
When the True Guru is pleased and satisfied, O Nanak, the True Name is obtained. ||9||1||26||

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