This poem is in commemoration of the 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev ji.
ਸਾਚੇ ਨਾਮ ਕੀ ਲਾਗੈ ਭੂਖ॥
ਉਤੁ ਭੂਖੈ ਖਾਇ ਚਲੀਅਹਿ ਦੂਖ॥੧॥(1)
Seek and you shall find
An age-old adage that is imprinted onto my mind;
But does it hold true, I wonder
As I look everywhere, beyond and yonder.
What I seek is peace of mind
And the assurance that destiny will be kind;
Many a tests have I faced
Given up, risen again and held on in haste.
I find myself at an end
Have left no stone unturned, looked around every bend;
Knocked on every door, asked every soul
looking for the footprints of the great sage of times old;
Searching in temples and valleys afar
Yet, not finding who I hold in awe!
ਸੋ ਦਰੁ ਤੇਰਾ ਕੇਹਾ ਸੋ ਘਰੁ ਕੇਹਾ ਜਿਤੁ ਬਹਿ ਸਰਬ ਸਮਾਲੇ॥(2)
Until I hear a soft voice from within
You can find him just under the din;
He who had searched and he who had found
The answers deep, true and profound.
His Udasis took him to places far away
With Bala and Mardana, his companions all the way;
Sharing his thoughts, singing Waheguru’s praise
Reaching out to humanity, in simple words proclaimed,
There is one God he said to all
Pray with all your heart and he will answer the call;
No one can tell you what to do
His glory is simple, unique and true;
A light so bright that darkness dispels
Oneness, love and compassion spreads;
Preach the love of that one divine
He who is in the heart, yet many don’t find;
He lives in your heart and knows you the best
Sit still and in his presence let your soul rest;
For one day everyone you know will be gone
Yet he won’t let you alone weather the storm!
ਜਿੰਨਾ ਸਤਗੁਰੁ ਰਸਿ ਮਿਲੈ ਸੇ ਪੂਰੇ ਪੁਰਖ ਸੁਜਾਣ॥
ਗੁਰ ਮਿਲਿ ਭਉਜਲੁ ਲੰਘੀਐ ਦਰਗਹ ਪਤਿ ਪਰਵਾਣੁ॥(3)
- Saache Naam Ki Laage Bhookh,
Utt Bhookhe Khaye Chaliyeh Dukh;
If someone feels hunger for the True Name, that hunger shall consume his pain.
- So Dar Tera Keha, So Ghar Keha, Jit Beh Sarab Samale,
Where is that door of Yours, and where is that home, in which You sit and take care of all?
- Jinha Satgur Ras Mile, Se Purey Purakh Sujaan,
Gur Mil Bhaojaal Langeye, Dargeh Pat Parvaan;
Those who joyfully meet with the True Guru are perfectly fulfilled and wise. Meeting with the Guru, they cross over the terrifying world-ocean. In the court of the Lord, they are honoured and approved.