Guru Arjan Sahib states that by taking refuge and singing the virtues of IkOankar (the Divine), the fear of death vanishes, sufferings are removed, and the mind-desired fruit is found. Corresponding to the fifteen-day lunar calendar and each pauri (stanza) correlates to each day formed by the waxing and waning of the moon. The seventeenth pauri states that only that being is courageous, of higher consciousness, high moral character, and noble lineage, who sings and inculcates the virtues of IkOankar within. Everyone, be they of high or low social status, can find this state.
dukh binse sahsā gaïo   sarani gahī hari rāi.
mani cinde phal pāiā   nānak hari gun gāi.17.
-Guru Granth Sahib 300
Literal Translation
Interpretive Transcreation
Poetical Dimension
In the seventeenth salok (couplet), Guru Arjan ends with a celebration, saying that whoever has taken the refuge of the Sovereign, of the 1-Light, of the Remover of Suffering, their sufferings have perished, their fear has disappeared, and their doubt has gone away. Whoever sings the virtues of the 1-Light receives the mind-desired fruits. It is not that when we are in this state, IkOankar (One Universal Integrative Force, 1Force, the One) grants us wishes in a transactional way. It is instead that what we desire has changed. The mind no longer desires a transactional relationship with the One. The mind is no longer driven by fear and the pursuit of vices and indulgences. The mind is in constant remembrance and connection with IkOankar.