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ਅੰਤਿ ਕਾਲਿ ਪਛੁਤਾਸੀ ਅੰਧੁਲੇ ਜਾ ਜਮਿ ਪਕੜਿ ਚਲਾਇਆ ॥
ant kaal pachhutaasee anDhulay jaa jam pakarh chalaa-i-aa.
At the end, the blind (spiritually ignorant) person regrets deeply when the messenger of death carries him away

ਸਭੁ ਕਿਛੁ ਅਪੁਨਾ ਕਰਿ ਕਰਿ ਰਾਖਿਆ ਖਿਨ ਮਹਿ ਭਇਆ ਪਰਾਇਆ ॥
sabh kichh apunaa kar kar raakhi-aa khin meh bha-i-aa paraa-i-aa.
All the worldly things that you collect, in an instant after death becomes someone else’s property .

ਬੁਧਿ ਵਿਸਰਜੀ ਗਈ ਸਿਆਣਪ ਕਰਿ ਅਵਗਣ ਪਛੁਤਾਇ ॥
buDh visarjee ga-ee si-aanap kar avgan pachhutaa-ay.
Your intellect leaves, your wisdom departs and then you repent for the evil deeds you had committed.

ਕਹੁ ਨਾਨਕ ਪ੍ਰਾਣੀ ਤੀਜੈ ਪਹਰੈ ਪ੍ਰਭੁ ਚੇਤਹੁ ਲਿਵ ਲਾਇ ॥੩॥
kaho naanak paraanee teejai pahrai parabh chaytahu liv laa-ay. ||3||
Says Nanak, O mortal, in the third watch of night (third stage of life) watch of the night, let your consciousness be lovingly focused on God. ||3||

ਚਉਥੈ ਪਹਰੈ ਰੈਣਿ ਕੈ ਵਣਜਾਰਿਆ ਮਿਤ੍ਰਾ ਬਿਰਧਿ ਭਇਆ ਤਨੁ ਖੀਣੁ ॥
cha-uthai pahrai rain kai vanjaari-aa mitraa biraDh bha-i-aa tan kheen.
In the fourth watch of the night, O my merchant friend, your body grows old and weak.
bakhee anDh na dees-ee vanjaari-aa mitraa kannee sunai na vain.
Your eyes go blind, and cannot see, O my merchant friend, and your ears do not hear any words.

ਅਖੀ ਅੰਧੁ ਜੀਭ ਰਸੁ ਨਾਹੀ ਰਹੇ ਪਰਾਕਉ ਤਾਣਾ ॥
akhee anDh jeebh ras naahee rahay paraaka-o taanaa.
Your eyes go blind, and your tongue is unable to taste; you live only with the help of others.

ਗੁਣ ਅੰਤਰਿ ਨਾਹੀ ਕਿਉ ਸੁਖੁ ਪਾਵੈ ਮਨਮੁਖ ਆਵਣ ਜਾਣਾ ॥
gun antar naahee ki-o sukh paavai manmukh aavan jaanaa.
There are no virtues in the person (who does not follow the Guru’s advice and meditate on God’s Name). How can such a person find any peace? Therefore, the self-willed person goes in cycles of birth and death..

ਖੜੁ ਪਕੀ ਕੁੜਿ ਭਜੈ ਬਿਨਸੈ ਆਇ ਚਲੈ ਕਿਆ ਮਾਣੁ ॥
kharh pakee kurh bhajai binsai aa-ay chalai ki-aa maan.
In old age, like a ripe crop, human body crumbles. How then can one be proud of this body (which is subject to decay and death)?

ਕਹੁ ਨਾਨਕ ਪ੍ਰਾਣੀ ਚਉਥੈ ਪਹਰੈ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਸਬਦੁ ਪਛਾਣੁ ॥੪॥
kaho naanak paraanee cha-uthai pahrai gurmukh sabad pachhaan. ||4||
Nanak says: “O’ my peddler friend, at least in the fourth stage of life (the old age), realize God’s Name through the Guru’s instruction.||4||

ਓੜਕੁ ਆਇਆ ਤਿਨ ਸਾਹਿਆ ਵਣਜਾਰਿਆ ਮਿਤ੍ਰਾ ਜਰੁ ਜਰਵਾਣਾ ਕੰਨਿ ॥
orhak aa-i-aa tin saahi-aa vanjaari-aa mitraa jar jarvaanaa kann.
O my mortal friend, the end of your allotted breaths has come, and your shoulders are weighed down by cruel old age.

ਇਕ ਰਤੀ ਗੁਣ ਨ ਸਮਾਣਿਆ ਵਣਜਾਰਿਆ ਮਿਤ੍ਰਾ ਅਵਗਣ ਖੜਸਨਿ ਬੰਨਿ ॥
ik ratee gun na samaani-aa vanjaari-aa mitraa avgan kharhsan bann.
Throughout your life, you did not have even an iota of virtue, so now your own vices will bind you and drive you away.

ਗੁਣ ਸੰਜਮਿ ਜਾਵੈ ਚੋਟ ਨ ਖਾਵੈ ਨਾ ਤਿਸੁ ਜੰਮਣੁ ਮਰਣਾ ॥
gun sanjam jaavai chot na khaavai naa tis jaman marnaa.
But the person who departs with self-discipline (or merits) and virtues, does not have to suffer and does not go through the the cycles of birth and death.

ਕਾਲੁ ਜਾਲੁ ਜਮੁ ਜੋਹਿ ਨ ਸਾਕੈ ਭਾਇ ਭਗਤਿ ਭੈ ਤਰਣਾ ॥
kaal jaal jam johi na saakai bhaa-ay bhagat bhai tarnaa.
The Messenger of Death and his trap cannot touch him; through loving devotional worship, he crosses over the ocean of fear.

ਪਤਿ ਸੇਤੀ ਜਾਵੈ ਸਹਜਿ ਸਮਾਵੈ ਸਗਲੇ ਦੂਖ ਮਿਟਾਵੈ ॥
pat saytee jaavai sahj samaavai saglay dookh mitaavai.
He goes with honor, absorbed in the supreme bliss, free of agonies.

ਕਹੁ ਨਾਨਕ ਪ੍ਰਾਣੀ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਛੂਟੈ ਸਾਚੇ ਤੇ ਪਤਿ ਪਾਵੈ ॥੫॥੨॥
kaho naanak paraanee gurmukh chhootai saachay tay pat paavai. ||5||2||
O’ Nanak, such a Guru’s follower is emancipated (from birth and death), he is saved and honored by the True God.||5||2||

ਸਿਰੀਰਾਗੁ ਮਹਲਾ ੪ ॥
sireeraag mehlaa 4.
Siree Raag, Fourth
Siree Raag, Fourth Mehl:

ਪਹਿਲੈ ਪਹਰੈ ਰੈਣਿ ਕੈ ਵਣਜਾਰਿਆ ਮਿਤ੍ਰਾ ਹਰਿ ਪਾਇਆ ਉਦਰ ਮੰਝਾਰਿ ॥
pahilai pahrai rain kai vanjaari-aa mitraa har paa-i-aa udar manjhaar.
(Comparing the human life to the four watches (stages) of night in a peddler’s life, who comes to this world to earn the treasure of Naam, the Guru says): in the first watch of the night (stage of life), O my merchant friend, God places you in mother’s womb.

ਹਰਿ ਧਿਆਵੈ ਹਰਿ ਉਚਰੈ ਵਣਜਾਰਿਆ ਮਿਤ੍ਰਾ ਹਰਿ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮੁ ਸਮਾਰਿ ॥
har Dhi-aavai har uchrai vanjaari-aa mitraa har har naam samaar.
(In the mother’s womb), O my merchant friend, you meditate on God, chant His Name, and remain absorbed in Him.

ਹਰਿ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮੁ ਜਪੇ ਆਰਾਧੇ ਵਿਚਿ ਅਗਨੀ ਹਰਿ ਜਪਿ ਜੀਵਿਆ ॥
har har naam japay aaraaDhay vich agnee har jap jeevi-aa.
Chanting the Naam, and meditating on it within the fire of the womb, your life is sustained by dwelling on the Naam.

ਬਾਹਰਿ ਜਨਮੁ ਭਇਆ ਮੁਖਿ ਲਾਗਾ ਸਰਸੇ ਪਿਤਾ ਮਾਤ ਥੀਵਿਆ ॥
baahar janam bha-i-aa mukh laagaa sarsay pitaa maat theevi-aa.
You are born and you come out of mother’ womb, and your mother and father are delighted to see your face.

ਜਿਸ ਕੀ ਵਸਤੁ ਤਿਸੁ ਚੇਤਹੁ ਪ੍ਰਾਣੀ ਕਰਿ ਹਿਰਦੈ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਬੀਚਾਰਿ ॥
jis kee vasat tis chaytahu paraanee kar hirdai gurmukh beechaar.
Remember the One, O mortal, who sent this child to the world. As Gurmukh, reflect upon Him within your heart.

ਕਹੁ ਨਾਨਕ ਪ੍ਰਾਣੀ ਪਹਿਲੈ ਪਹਰੈ ਹਰਿ ਜਪੀਐ ਕਿਰਪਾ ਧਾਰਿ ॥੧॥
kaho naanak paraanee pahilai pahrai har japee-ai kirpaa Dhaar. ||1||
O Nanak, in the first stage of life, the mortal can remember God only by His Grace. ||1||

#ਦੂਜੈ ਪਹਰੈ ਰੈਣਿ ਕੈ ਵਣਜਾਰਿਆ ਮਿਤ੍ਰਾ ਮਨੁ ਲਾਗਾ ਦੂਜੈ ਭਾਇ ॥
doojai pahrai rain kai vanjaari-aa mitraa man laagaa doojai bhaa-ay.
In the second watch of the night, O my merchant friend, the mind gets attached wordly pleasures.

ਮੇਰਾ ਮੇਰਾ ਕਰਿ ਪਾਲੀਐ ਵਣਜਾਰਿਆ ਮਿਤ੍ਰਾ ਲੇ ਮਾਤ ਪਿਤਾ ਗਲਿ ਲਾਇ ॥
mayraa mayraa kar paalee-ai vanjaari-aa mitraa lay maat pitaa gal laa-ay.
Mother and father hug you close in their embrace, claiming, “He is mine, he is mine”; so is the child brought up, O my merchant friend.

ਲਾਵੈ ਮਾਤ ਪਿਤਾ ਸਦਾ ਗਲ ਸੇਤੀ ਮਨਿ ਜਾਣੈ ਖਟਿ ਖਵਾਏ ॥
laavai maat pitaa sadaa gal saytee man jaanai khat khavaa-ay.
Your mother and father constantly hug you close in their embrace; in their minds, they believe that you will provide for them and support them.

ਜੋ ਦੇਵੈ ਤਿਸੈ ਨ ਜਾਣੈ ਮੂੜਾ ਦਿਤੇ ਨੋ ਲਪਟਾਏ ॥
jo dayvai tisai na jaanai moorhaa ditay no laptaa-ay.
The fool does not know the One who gives; instead, he clings to the gift.

ਕੋਈ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਹੋਵੈ ਸੁ ਕਰੈ ਵੀਚਾਰੁ ਹਰਿ ਧਿਆਵੈ ਮਨਿ ਲਿਵ ਲਾਇ ॥
ko-ee gurmukh hovai so karai veechaar har Dhi-aavai man liv laa-ay.
Rare is the Gurmukh who reflects upon, meditates upon, and within his mind, is lovingly attached to the Creator.

ਕਹੁ ਨਾਨਕ ਦੂਜੈ ਪਹਰੈ ਪ੍ਰਾਣੀ ਤਿਸੁ ਕਾਲੁ ਨ ਕਬਹੂੰ ਖਾਇ ॥੨॥
kaho naanak doojai pahrai paraanee tis kaal na kabahooN khaa-ay. ||2||
Says Nanak, in the second watch of the night, gurmukh, spiritually, death never devours you. ||2||

ਤੀਜੈ ਪਹਰੈ ਰੈਣਿ ਕੈ ਵਣਜਾਰਿਆ ਮਿਤ੍ਰਾ ਮਨੁ ਲਗਾ ਆਲਿ ਜੰਜਾਲਿ ॥
teejai pahrai rain kai vanjaari-aa mitraa man lagaa aal janjaal.
In the third watch of the night, O my merchant friend, your mind is entangled in worldly and household affairs.

ਧਨੁ ਚਿਤਵੈ ਧਨੁ ਸੰਚਵੈ ਵਣਜਾਰਿਆ ਮਿਤ੍ਰਾ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮਾ ਹਰਿ ਨ ਸਮਾਲਿ ॥
Dhan chitvai Dhan sanchvai vanjaari-aa mitraa har naamaa har na samaal.
You think of wealth, and gather wealth, O my merchant friend, but you do not contemplate the Creatoror the Naam.

ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮਾ ਹਰਿ ਹਰਿ ਕਦੇ ਨ ਸਮਾਲੈ ਜਿ ਹੋਵੈ ਅੰਤਿ ਸਖਾਈ ॥
har naamaa har har kaday na samaalai je hovai ant sakhaa-ee.
You never dwell upon the Naam, who will be your only Helper and Support in the end.

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