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Mantra for the Universe :
(The 16th Pauri of Japji)

This pauri talks about how compassion is the foundation of the building of the Universe and how knowing exactly what that compassion feels like is really what elevates you. 

ਪੰਚ ਪਰਵਾਣ ਪੰਚ ਪਰਧਾਨੁ ॥
पंच परवाण पंच परधानु ॥

panch parvaan panch pardhaan

ਪੰਚੇ ਪਾਵਹਿ ਦਰਗਹਿ ਮਾਨੁ ॥
पंचे पावहि दरगहि मानु ॥

panchay paavahi dargahi maan

The chosen are worthy, The chose, supreme.
The chosen are honored int he courts of kings.


ਪੰਚੇ ਸੋਹਹਿ ਦਰਿ ਰਾਜਾਨੁ ॥
पंचे सोहहि दरि राजानु ॥

panchay sohahi dar raajaan

ਪੰਚਾ ਕਾ ਗੁਰੁ ਏਕੁ ਧਿਆਨੁ ॥
पंचा का गुरु एकु धिआनु ॥

panchaa kaa gur ayk dhi-aan

The chosen look beautiful in the kingdom of heaven.
The chosen meditate Focused on the Guru.


ਜੇ ਕੋ ਕਹੈ ਕਰੈ ਵੀਚਾਰੁ ॥
जे को कहै करै वीचारु ॥

jay ko kahai karat veechaar

ਕਰਤੇ ਕੈ ਕਰਣੈ ਨਾਹੀ ਸੁਮਾਰੁ ॥
करते कै करणै नाही सुमारु ॥

kartay kai karnai naa hee sumaar

If someone speaks from his deep mediation,
He still cannot count all the acts of creation.


ਧੌਲੁ ਧਰਮੁ ਦਇਆ ਕਾ ਪੂਤੁ ॥
धौलु धरमु दइआ का पूतु ॥

dhoul dharam da-i-aa kaa poot

ਸੰਤੋਖੁ ਥਾਪਿ ਰਖਿਆ ਜਿਨਿ ਸੂਤਿ ॥
संतोखु थापि रखिआ जिनि सूति ॥

santokh thaap rakhi-aa jin soot

Dharma is the support of the earth.
Born of compassion and kindness.
It patiently holds the thread of creation together.


ਜੇ ਕੋ ਬੁਝੈ ਹੋਵੈ ਸਚਿਆਰੁ ॥
जे को बुझै होवै सचिआरु ॥

jay ko bhijai hovai sachiaar

ਧਵਲੈ ਉਪਰਿ ਕੇਤਾ ਭਾਰੁ ॥
धवलै उपरि केता भारु ॥

dhavlai upar kaytaa bhaar

Understand this band become a person of Truth
What a great load the Dharma sustains!


ਧਰਤੀ ਹੋਰੁ ਪਰੈ ਹੋਰੁ ਹੋਰੁ ॥
धरती होरु परै होरु होरु ॥

dhartee hor parai hor hor

ਤਿਸ ਤੇ ਭਾਰੁ ਤਲੈ ਕਵਣੁ ਜੋਰੁ ॥
तिस ते भारु तलै कवणु जोरु ॥

tis tay bhaar talai kavan jor

There are worlds beyond worlds.
What holds them each in their orbit?


ਜੀਅ ਜਾਤਿ ਰੰਗਾ ਕੇ ਨਾਵ ॥
जीअ जाति रंगा के नाव ॥

jee-a jaat rangaa kay naav

ਸਭਨਾ ਲਿਖਿਆ ਵੁੜੀ ਕਲਾਮ ॥
सभना लिखिआ वुड़ी कलाम ॥

sabhnaa likhi-aa vurhee kalaam

The names of the countless colors.
The many sorts of creatures.


ਏਹੁ ਲੇਖਾ ਲਿਖਿ ਜਾਣੈ ਕੋਇ ॥
एहु लेखा लिखि जाणै कोइ ॥

ayhu laykhaa likh jaanai ko-ay

ਲੇਖਾ ਲਿਖਿਆ ਕੇਤਾ ਹੋਇ ॥
लेखा लिखिआ केता होइ ॥

laykhaa likhi-aa kaytaa ho-ay

They all flow like ink from an endlessly moving pen.
If someone could actually write all this down,
Can you imagine how much writing that would be?


ਕੇਤਾ ਤਾਣੁ ਸੁਆਲਿਹੁ ਰੂਪੁ ॥
केता ताणु सुआलिहु रूपु ॥

kaytaa taan su-aalihu roop

ਕੇਤੀ ਦਾਤਿ ਜਾਣੈ ਕੌਣੁ ਕੂਤੁ ॥
केती दाति जाणै कौणु कूतु ॥

kaytee daat jaanai koun koot

What divine music! What beautiful forms!
What incredible gifts untold!


ਕੀਤਾ ਪਸਾਉ ਏਕੋ ਕਵਾਉ ॥
कीता पसाउ एको कवाउ ॥

keetaa pasaa-o ayko kavaa-o

ਤਿਸ ਤੇ ਹੋਏ ਲਖ ਦਰੀਆਉ ॥
तिस ते होए लख दरीआउ ॥

tis tay ho-ay lakh daree-aa-o

One gesture, One word,
And Ten thousand rivers flow!


ਕੁਦਰਤਿ ਕਵਣ ਕਹਾ ਵੀਚਾਰੁ ॥
कुदरति कवण कहा वीचारु ॥

kudrat kavan kahaa veechaar

ਵਾਰਿਆ ਨ ਜਾਵਾ ਏਕ ਵਾਰ ॥
वारिआ न जावा एक वार ॥

vaari-aa na jaavaa ayk vaar

How can I speak or reflect on this power?
I cannot be a sacrifice even one time.


ਜੋ ਤੁਧੁ ਭਾਵੈ ਸਾਈ ਭਲੀ ਕਾਰ ॥
जो तुधु भावै साई भली कार ॥

jo tudh bhaavai saa-ee bhalee kaar

ਤੂ ਸਦਾ ਸਲਾਮਤਿ ਨਿਰੰਕਾਰ ॥੧੬॥
तू सदा सलामति निरंकार ॥१६॥

too sadaa salaamat nirankaar

I want to do only what please Thee.
Formless… Peaceful…. Divine…

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