Compare pauri 33

Translation of prof sahib singh’s Punjabi translation

We have no say or power in speaking or remaining quiet. We have no say even in begging or in giving. Our power plays no role in taking birth or death. We have no power in becoming a king or gather wealth. It is just ego in the mind. It is not in our hand to be divine. It I not in our hand to follow the process by which birth and death ends. God; who has the power; creates and cares for the creation. Nanak says; there is no high or low on his own.

Translation By sant singh khalsa

No power to speak, no power to keep silent. No power to beg, no power to give. No power to live, no power to die. No power to rule, with wealth and occult mental powers. No power to gain intuitive understanding, spiritual wisdom and meditation. No power to find the way to escape from the world. He alone has the Power in His Hands. He watches over all. O Nanak, no one is high or low. ||33||

Translation by swarn singh bains

Cannot become divine by talking or by being quiet! Cannot become divine by giving awns or begging! Cannot become divine by living or dieing! Cannot become divine by being a king or wealthy! It’s like building a castle in the air. Cannot become divine by concentrating or discussing about God! Cannot straighten your mind by giving up worldly pleasures! He, who has the grace of bestowing, is the only one who can do it. Nanak says God does not differentiate between one and the other.||33||

Compare pauri 24 and 25. I cud find only these 2 translations

I am not very good in computer sorry about that.

Translation by Sant singh Khalsa

Endless are His Praises, endless are those who speak them. Endless are His Actions, endless are His Gifts. Endless is His Vision, endless is His Hearing. His limits cannot be perceived. What is the Mystery of His Mind? The limits of the created universe cannot be perceived. Its limits here and beyond cannot be perceived. Many struggle to know His limits, but His limits cannot be found. No one can know these limits. The more you say about them, the more there still remains to be said. Great is the Master, High is His Heavenly Home. Highest of the High, above all is His Name. Only one as Great and as High as God can know His Lofty and Exalted State. Only He Himself is that Great. He Himself knows Himself. O Nanak, by His Glance of Grace, He bestows His Blessings. || 24 || His Blessings are so abundant that there can be no written account of them. The Great Giver does not hold back anything. There are so many great, heroic warriors begging at the Door of the Infinite Lord. So many contemplate and dwell upon Him, that they cannot be counted. So many waste away to death engaged in corruption. So many take and take again, and then deny receiving. So many foolish consumers keep on consuming. So many endure distress, deprivation and constant abuse. Even these are Your Gifts, O Great Giver! Liberation from bondage comes only by Your Will. No one else has any say in this. If some fool should presume to say that he does, he shall learn, and feel the effects of his folly. He Himself knows, He Himself gives. Few, very few are those who acknowledge this. One who is blessed to sing the Praises of the Lord, O Nanak, is the king of kings. || 25 ||

pauri 24 and 25 Translation by Swarm singh Bains

God is beyond praise and talking about. Endless are His actions endless are His gifts.

No limit to seeing his creation and hearing about it. Cannot understand the secrets of the carefree.

Cannot understand how God created the universe. No end to the limits of his creation.

Many are struggling to understand the secrets of his creation. Still cannot unlock the mystery.

No one can know the limits of it. The more you say, more there is to say. God is great. His power is greater. He is great. His name is greater.

If someone is as great as God!

Then only he can understand Him.

God only knows His greatness.

Nanak says if you understand anything. It happens by His grace only. ||24||

You get credit for what you earn.

God does not change the result of your deeds.

Many warriors are begging for God’s grace.

Cannot count how many more are begging.

Many let their horses run wild.

Many receive gifts and then deny receiving.

Many ignorant keep asking for more and more.

Some are always suffering the pain of hunger and greed.

It also happens with God’s grace.

Salvation is attained by the grace of God.

No one else has any say in it.

If someone says any different!

He only knows what happens to him or her.

He knows all and gives accordingly.

Only a few understand it.

One who achieves God’s blessing.

Nanak says he or she has achieved everything. ||25||


It might be illuminating to compare passages in the various

translations. Here is the Mul Mantra and the first Pauree of Jap Ji in the various translations:

Bhai Gopal Singh Translation:Edit

By the Grace of the One Supreme Being, The Eternal, The All-pervading Purusha, The Creator, Without Fear, Without Hate, the Being Beyond Time, Non-incarnated, Self-existent, The Enlightener.

MEDITATIONS True in the Beginning, True in the Primeval age True He is and True He shall be. [1] Thinking avails not, how so hard one thinks; Nor silence avails, howsoever one shrinks Into oneself. Nor hunger goes With the (Pleasure) loads of the worlds. Of a myriad cleverness, not one works. How then to be True? How rend the Veil of sham, untruth? His Will (forsooth) Inborn in us, ingrained, Thou follow. (Thus is Truth attained). [1]

Manmohan Singh Translation:Edit

There is but one God. True is His Name, creative His personality and immortal His form. He is without fear, sans enmity, unborn and self-illumined. By the Guru's grace (He is obtained).

Embrace His meditation. True in the prime, True in the beginning of ages, True He is even now and True He, verily, shall be, O Nanak! By pondering, man cannot have a conception of God, even though he may ponder over lacs of time. Even though one be silent and remains absorbed constantly he obtains not mind's silence. The hunger of the hungry departs not, even though he may pile up loads of the worlds (valuables). Man may possess thousands and lacs of wits, but not even one goes with (him) or (avails him in the Lord's court). How can we be true and how can the screen of untruth be rent? By obeying, O Nanak! the pre-ordained order of the Lord of will.

Gurbachan Singh Talib Translation:Edit

He is the Sole Supreme Being; of eternal manifestation; Creator, immanent Reality; Without Fear; Without Rancour; Timeless Form; Unincarnated; Self-Existent; Realized by grace of the holy Preceptor. Japu (Prayer-Chant)

In primal Time, in all Time, was the Creator; Nothing is real but the Eternal. Nothing shall last but the Eternal. (1) Ritual purification, though million-fold, may not purify the mind; Nor may absorption in trance still it, however long and continuous. Possessing worlds multiple quenches not the rage of avarice and desire. A thousand million feats of intellect bring not emancipation. How then to become true to the Creator? how demolish the wall of illusion? Through obedience to His Ordinance and Will. Saith Nanak :This blessing too is pre-ordained. (1)

Pritam Singh Chahil Translation:Edit

The Creator of all is One, the only One. Truth is his name. He is the doer of everything. He is without fear and without enmity. His form is immortal. He is unborn and self-illumined. He is realized by Guru's grace.

MEDITATE He was True in the beginning. He was True through all ages. He is True even now. Nanak says, He shall ever be True. 1. By pondering, one cannot have the conception of God even though one may think million times. Even though one be silent and remain constantly absorbed, He cannot be known by this siIence.

The hunger of the hungry does not appease even though one may collect loads of worldly valuables. One may have millions of skills but none goes with him in the hereafter. How can one become truthful and dispel the veil of illusion? Nanak says by obeying the pre-ordained order of the Lord and surrendering to His Will. 1.

sant singh Khalsa Translation:Edit

One Universal Creator God. The Name is Truth. Creative Being Personified. No Fear. No Hatred. Image Of The Undying, Beyond Birth, Self-Existent, By Guru's Grace,

Chant And Meditate: True In The Primal Beginning. True Throughout The Ages. True Here And Now. O Nanak, Forever And Ever True. II 1 II

By thinking, He cannot be reduced to thought, even by thinking hundreds of thousands of times. By remaining silent, inner silence is not obtained, even by remaining lovingly absorbed deep within. The hunger of the hungry is not appeased, even by piling up loads of worldly goods. Hundreds of thousands of clever tricks, but not even one of them will go along with you in the end. So how can one become truthful? And how can the veil of illusion be torn away? O Nanak, He has written that you shall obey the Hukam of His Command, and walk in the Way of His Will. II 1 II

swarn singh bainsEdit

Japu jee

God is one. It is true. He is the Creator. He has no concern with anything is carefree. He has no enemy. He is immortal. He does not take birth. He came into existence on His own. He is realized by guru’s (divine teacher) grace reciting God’s name.


MENTIONED ABOVE IS true from the beginning, for a long time. It is true now. Nanak says it will always be true. No one can realize God by thinking, you may think forever. Divinity cannot be achieved by being quiet even if you never speak. A greedy person is never content; he may have the wealth of the whole world. Contentment is a must to realize God. The intelligence does not count for attaining divinity. How to find the truth? How to lift the veil of falsehood? Nanak says everything happens by God’s grace. It is pre-ordained.

Please compare and make your own judgement. And post your comments.


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