Guru Granth Sahib: Vibrating the Instrument of my Mind

There verses are translated from the Guru Granth Sahib, the holy scripture of the Sikhs, which is revered as a living Teacher by its devotees.  The scripture includes verses from the lineage of ten human Sikh gurus, as well as from a number of Hindu bhakti saints, including Kabir Das, and from the Sufi Baba Fariduddin Ganjishakar.  The Sikhs teach that the best form of worship is though music and the repetition of the sacred name.

I speak and chant His Praises, vibrating the instrument of my mind. The more I know Him, the more I vibrate it. The One, unto whom we vibrate and sing—how great is He, and where is His Place? Those who speak of Him and praise Him—they all continue speaking of Him with love.

O Baba, the Lord Allah is Inaccessible and Infinite. Sacred is His Name, and Sacred is His Place. He is the True Cherisher.

The extent of Your Command cannot be seen; no one knows how to write it. Even if a hundred poets met together, they could not describe even a tiny bit of it. No one has found Your Value; they all merely write what they have heard again and again.

The Pirs, the Prophets, the spiritual teachers, the faithful, the innocents and the martyrs, the Shaikhs, the mystics, the Qazis, the Mullahs and the Dervishes at His Door—they are blessed all the more as they continue reading their prayers in praise to Him.

He seeks no advice when He builds; He seeks no advice when He destroys. He seeks no advice while giving or taking. He alone knows His Creative Power; He Himself does all deeds. He beholds all in His Vision. He gives to those with whom He is pleased.

His Place and His Name are not known, no one knows how great is His Name. How great is that place where my Sovereign Lord dwells? No one can reach it; whom shall I go and ask?

English translation: Singh Sahib Sant Singh Khalsa, MD

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