This pauri (stanza), revealed by Guru Nanak Sahib, is accompanied by five saloks. The first salok comprises four lines and conveys that by renouncing self-interest and submitting to the Owner, a servant enjoys the happiness and closeness of the Owner. The second salok contains two lines and conveys that efforts to conceal the truth are futile despite all attempts. The third salok comprises five lines, while the fourth and fifth include two lines each. These three saloks highlight the inalienable fact that an immature friendship and egotistical love are temporary. This pauri advises seekers to be ever obedient to the Owner.
mahalā 2.
jo jīi hoi su ugavai muh kahiā vāu.
bīje bikhu maṅgai ammritu vekhahu ehu niāu.2.
Literal Translation
Interpretive Transcreation
Poetical Dimension
Guru Nanak uses the metaphor of a seed and says that whatever is within the seed, that is what grows or comes out of it. Whatever is on our minds and hearts unfailingly manifests in our behavior. Behavior or words that are different from what is inside of our hearts is of no use. If we are sowing the seeds of poison, we cannot reap the fruits of nectar. To expect that would be to expect justice to be turned on its head. To expect that would be hypocritical. To expect that would be to expect the impossible. So then the question is, what are we planting? And what is growing from the things we have planted?