I Seek by Artika Aurora Bakshi

This poem is in commemoration of the 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev ji.


In a world fighting against itself,

I seek brotherhood;

In homes, where greed and discontent reign,

I seek oneness;

In bonds, which are bound by selfishness,

I seek graciousness;


Where religion divides,

Where values dissipate,

Where rituals dictate,

Where morality has died,

I seek a revolution;


For when darkness prevails,

And humanity is forgotten,

When freedom is at stake,

And the minds are distraught,

I seek a saviour;


There was one, hundreds of years ago,

when the world was at crossroads,

Being strangled by the merchants of faith,

With a smile to warm even the coldest soul,

And words so sweet, touching the core of every heart,

Today, I seek that healer;


Nanak, the gentlest of gentle souls,

Radiant, pure, with a heart of pure gold,

Wise, divine, in our hearts even today,

This is what he had to say…

ਪਵਣੁ ਗੁਰੂ ਪਾਣੀ ਪਿਤਾ ਮਾਤਾ ਧਰਤਿ ਮਹਤੁ॥

ਦਿਵਸੁ ਰਾਤਿ ਦੁਇ ਦਾਈ ਦਾਇਆ ਖੇਲੈ ਸਗਲ ਜਗਤੁ॥

ਚੰਗਿਆਈਆ ਬੁਰਿਆਈਆ ਵਾਚੈ ਧਰਮੁ ਹਦੂਰਿ॥

ਕਰਮੀ ਆਪੋ ਆਪਣੀ ਕੇ ਨੇੜੈ ਕੇ ਦੂਰਿ॥

ਜਿਨੀ ਨਾਮੁ ਧਿਆਇਆ ਗਏ  ਮਸਕਤਿ ਘਾਲਿ॥

ਨਾਨਕ ਤੇ ਮੁਖ ਉਜਲੇ ਕੇਤੀ ਛੁਟੀ ਨਾਲਿ॥(1)


pavanguroo paanee pitaa maataa dharatmahat.

divas raatdu-ay daa-ee daa-i-aa khaylai sagal jagat

chang-aa-ee-aa buri-aa-ee-aa vaachai dharam hadoor.

karmee aapo aapnee kay nayrhai kay door.

jinee naam dhi-aa-i-aa ga-ay maskatghaal.

naanak tay mukhujlay kaytee chhutee naal. ||1||


Air is the Guru, Water is the Father, and Earth is the Great Mother of all.

Day and night are the two nurses, in whose lap all the world is at play.

Good deeds and bad deeds-the record is read out in the Presence of the Lord of Dharma.

According to their own actions, some are drawn closer, and some are driven farther away.

Those who have meditated on the Naam, the Name of the Lord, and departed after having worked by the sweat of their brows

-O Nanak, their faces are radiant in the Court of the Lord, and many are saved along with them! ||1||


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