This pauri (stanza), revealed by Guru Nanak Sahib, is accompanied by two saloks. The first salok comprises four lines, and the second salok contains three. Both saloks revolve around the theme of IkOankar (the Divine), the Creator, Preserver, and Destroyer of the entire creation. All pain and pleasure in the life of a being are per the Will. The director of all world-plays is IkOankar alone; all individuals live life per the Will of IkOankar. This pauri demonstrates the indescribable greatness of IkOankar.
mahalā 2.
āpe sāje kare āpi jāī bhi rakhai āpi.
ṭisu vici jant upāi kai dekhai thāpi uthāpi.
kis no kahīai nānakā sabhu kichu āpe āpi.2.
Literal Translation
Interpretive Transcreation
Poetical Dimension
Guru Nanak continues to emphasize the greatness of 1Force. 1Force does all things, pervades all things, watches over all things, protects all things, establishes and destroys all things. 1Force is the creator, preserver, and destroyer. If everything is happening by 1Force’s Ownself, if this whole game of life — of establishing and disestablishing — is occurring by the Self, how can we say anything to anyone when we know everything is happening under 1Force? To whom do we pray other than the One?