Guru is all-capable, shoreless is Guru
Fortunate is s/he who sees visage of the Guru.
Guru is the doer, Guru the cause of all that is done
Guru's initiation alone is the all true one.
Outside of Guru there is naught,
One adopted by the Guru, whatever he seeks he finds.
Guru is the sacred place for pilgrimage
Guru the wish-fulfilling sheltering heavenly tree
Guru is the fulfiller of all one's mind's desire.
Guru the giver, he grants initiation into God's Name
And the whole world is liberated, redeemed;
One is redeemed from all of worldly cycles.
Guru is all-powerful, Guru is formless,
Guru is high, unreachable, transcending shores.
Guru's glory is fathomless--
What can a narrator narrate?
Not a single breath, nor in the swallow of a mouthful
Is the Guru forgotten, for
Guru himself is the fruitful force, fruit-bearing form.
The like of the Guru none other is seen;
In all night watches of the day and night
Does (the disciple) remain engaged in japa.
Only at His glance of Grace does one find
the true Name, the Treasure of Goodness.
Guru and Supreme Lord is one and the same,
He dwells pervading within all.
Those who have earned fortune from before
They alone (receive the opportunity to) meditate on the Name.
Says Nanak: one who has surrendered,
Taken refuge in the Guru
Neither dies, nor comes, nor goes.
An excerpt from "Guru Granth Sahib"
Copyright 2004 West-Art, Prometheus 92/2004