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Ik Onkara Sat Naam

 Ik Onkara Sat Naam ( Mool Mantar) ik onkaar sat naam kartaa purakh nirbh-a-o nirvair akaal moorat ajoonee saibhn gur parsaad

There is but one God. True is His Name, creative His personality and immortal His form. He is without fear sans enmity, unborn and self-illumined. By the Guru’s grace He is obtained.


Embrace His meditation.

aad sach jugaad sach.

True in the prime, True in the beginning of ages,

hai bhee sach naanak hosee bhee sach.

True He is even now and True He verily, shall be, O Nanak!

sochai soch naa hov-a-ee jay sochee lakh vaar.

By pondering on God, man cannot have a conception of Him, even though he may ponder over lacs of times.

chupai chup naa hov-a-ee jay laa-i rahaa liv taar.

Even though one be silent and remains absorbed in Lord’s constant love he obtains not mind’s silence.

bhukhi-aa bhukh naa utree jay bannaa puree-aa bhaar.

The hunger of the hungry departs not, even though they may pile up loads of the world’s valuables.

sehas si-aanpaa lakh hoh taa ik naa chalai naal.

Man may possess thousands and lacs of wits, but not even one (goes with him) avails him in the Lord’s court.

kiv sachi-aaraa ho-ee-ai kiv koorhai tutai paal.

How can we be true and how can the screen of untruth be rent?

hukam rajaa-ee chalnaa naanak likhi-aa naal.

O Nanak! By obeying, the pre-ordained order of the Lord’s will.

Pronunciation: When pronouncing the Gurmukhi text of the Mul Mantra, all final short ‘a’s, ‘i’s and ‘u’s should not be pronounced unless a vowel precedes the final letter. The simplified transliteration above indicates when not to pronounce a particular letter. For example, ਸਤਿ ਨਾਮੁ, sati nāmu is pronounced sat nām, but ਨਿਰਭਉ, nirabha’u is pronounced nirbha’u.

 This prayer was also sung in The movie ‘Rang De Basanti’.

The Mul Mantra (Punjabi: ਮੂਲ ਮੰਤਰ, Mūla Maṃtar, or ਮੂਲ ਮੰਤ੍ਰ, Mūla Maṃtra) is the most important concept within the Guru Granth Sahib , and is considered the basis of Sikh theology; a position that is emphasized by its appearance as the first composition written in the Granth. It is said that the Mul Mantra was the first composition of Guru Nanak. It is philosophically dense and can be difficult to explain or understand as it encapsulates the entire Sikh theology in roughly 8 concepts. It is the foundation upon which the subsequent verses, hymns, and prayers of the Guru Granth Sahib elaborate.

The above information is based on findings from write up in print media, net and Sikh friends. The above information is not in anyways to hurt any feelings or sentiments of any community but to share a prayer which is close to my heart. My only intention was to share the above prayer and info with friends who want to know the meaning of the prayer. Please let me know if there is any correction to be done in the above info

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Posted by on March 22, 2009 in Holy, Lyrics


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