Friday, February 03, 2006

An Ode Part 1 - Blossom in Spring

Basant ki var is on page 1193 of Sri Guru Granth Sahib. It is a var with no saloks. It is very rare to find a var without any saloks. The other one that comes to mind is Ramkali ki var by Satta and Balvand. Anyway, I was browsing through other Sikh blogs and was amazed at a common thread emerging regarding basant and the bani of basant. I remember we organized a Gurmat Sangit Darbar - Rag Basant last year in Toronto. It was an amazing success. We should do it again this year.

ਬਸੰਤ ਕੀ ਵਾਰ ਮਹਲੁ 5
ੴ ਸਤਿ ਗੁਰ ਪ੍ਰਸਾਦਿ ॥
ਹਰਿ ਕਾ ਨਾਮੁ ਧਿਆਇ ਕੈ ਹੋਹੁ ਹਰਿਆ ਭਾਈ ॥
ਕਰਮਿ ਲਿਖੰਤੈ ਪਾਈਐ ਇਹ ਰੁਤਿ ਸੁਹਾਈ ॥
ਵਣੁ ਤ੍ਰਿਣੁ ਤ੍ਰਿਭਵਣੁ ਮਉਲਿਆ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਫਲੁ ਪਾਈ ॥
ਮਿਲਿ ਸਾਧੂ ਸੁਖੁ ਊਪਜੈ ਲਥੀ ਸਭ ਛਾਈ ॥
ਨਾਨਕੁ ਸਿਮਰੈ ਏਕੁ ਨਾਮੁ ਫਿਰਿ ਬਹੁੜਿ ਨ ਧਾਈ ॥1॥

Transcreation humbly submitted:

One Universal Spirit, Truth, Guru, Grace

Dear Brother,

Upon internalizing Vahguru’s nam, my sleeping mind awakens just like the sapling buds burst into life in spring. This is indeed a fortunate time, this beautiful season (this human life is a fortunate opportunity the time as humans is precious). Just as the whole creation blossoms as a result of the spring showers, so does the mind and body of the one who is drenched in the love of Vahguru become enlightened. Upon creating a relationship with the sadhu (Guru), all the filth and dirt (confusions and frustrations of the mind) are cleared. So, Nanak too internalizes this immaculate nam. As a result, the cycle of doubt, fear and confusion is transformed into pure life - no more frustrations!

Nanak V, Pauri 1 of an Ode in Raga Basant, Holy leaf number 1193 of Sri Guru Granth Sahib

P.S. - note that the sirlekh (heading) of the var is basant ki var mehalu 5. Usually it is mahala not mahalu. Prof. Sahib Singh explains this is simply a variation on how Guru sahib wrote headings. It means "body 5". So Nanak in the 5th body. That is why I always write Nanak V for Guru Arjan, or Nanak III for Guru Amardas. Emperors in the past were named like this. The Guru is our sovereign, it is becoming common to see our Gurus referred to as such.

The Gurus in human form were all the same divine light (jot) that exists today in the Granth and Panth.