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.
hoi iāṇā kare kammu āṇi na sakai rāsi.
je ik adh caṅgī kare dūjī bhī verāsi.5.
Literal Translation
Interpretive Transcreation
Poetical Dimension
Guru Nanak says that when it comes to the one who is ignorant, their actions do not work out, and they do not accomplish their tasks. Even if they get something right, or it works out eventually once, the next attempt will not be successful. Here, the emphasis is on who we work with, who we are friends with, and who we engage with. Guru Nanak seems to be asking us, why do you work with ignorance, even if it works out once? We cannot count on it working out again.