Sikh religion: quotes and teachings from Guru Nanak,
the Adi Granth
He is the Sole Supreme Being; of eternal manifestation;
Sikh Religion. Adi Granth, Japuji, p. 1: The Mul Mantra
Creator, Immanent Reality; Without Fear, Without Rancor;
Timeless Form; Unincarnated; Self-existent;
Realized by the grace of the Holy Preceptor.
The Formless is Attributed and Unattributed,
And gone into absorption in the cosmic Void.
Himself has He made creation; Himself on it meditates.
In the cosmic Void is he absorbed,
Sikh Religion. Adi Granth, Gauri Sukhmani 21; 23.1, M.5, pp.
Where plays the unstruck mystic music--
Beyond expression is this miraculous wonder.
Some sing of His noble attributes and exalted state.
Sikh Religion. Adi Granth, Japuji 3, M.1, p. 1-2
Some express Him through philosophical intricacies and
Some tell of His giving life and taking it away.
Some sing of His taking away life and giving it back.
Some sing of His transcendence;
To some is He ever manifest.
Millions upon millions discourse endlessly of Him.
Eternally He doles out gifts;
Those receiving them at last can receive no more.
Infinitely the creation receives from Him sustenance.
He is the Ordainer;
By His Ordinance the universe He runs.
Says Nanak, Ever is He in bliss,
All that are rulers, kings, potentates, lords chiefs, officials--
Sikh Religion. Adi Granth, Bilaval-ki-Var 6, M.4, p. 851
All are God's creation.
Their will is subject to God's;
On God are they all dependent.
Ever is He present with you--think not He is far:
Sikh Religion. Adi Granth, Majh Ashtpadi, M.3, p. 116
By the Master's teaching recognize Him within yourself.
Why do you go to the forest in search of God?
Sikh Religion. Adi Granth, Dhanasri, M.9, p. 684
He lives in all and is yet ever distinct;
He abides with you, too,
As a fragrance dwells in a flower,
And reflection in a mirror;
So does God dwell inside everything;
Seek Him, therefore, in your heart.
In primal time, in all time, was the Creator;
Sikh Religion. Adi Granth, Japuji 1, M.1, p. 1
Nothing is real but the Eternal.
Nothing shall last but the Eternal.
For millions upon millions, countless years was spread darkness,
When existed neither earth nor heaven, but only the limitless Divine
Then existed neither day or night, nor sun or moon;
As the Creator was absorbed in an unbroken trance.
Existed then neither forms of creation, nor of speech; neither wind
Neither was creation or disappearance or transmigration.
Then were not continents, neither regions, the seven seas, nor
rivers with water flowing.
Existed then neither heaven or the mortal world or the nether world;
Neither hell or heaven or time that destroys.
Hell and heaven, birth and death were then not--none arrived or
Then were not Brahma, Vishnu or Shiva:
None other than the Sole Lord was visible.
Neither existed then female or male, or caste and birth--
None suffering and joy received.
Unknowable Himself, was He the source of all utterance; Himself
the unknowable unmanifested.
As it pleased Him, the world He created;
Without a supporting power the expanse He sustained.
Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva He created and to maya-attachment gave
(To a rare one was the Master's Word imparted.)
Himself He made His Ordinance operative and watched over it:
Creating continents, spheres and nether worlds, the hidden He made
Creating the universe Himself, He has remained unattached.
The compassionate Lord too has made the holy center [the human
Combining air, water, and fire, He created the citadel of the body.
The Creator fashioned the Nine Abodes [of sensation];
In the Tenth [the superconscious mind] is lodged the Lord,
The illimitable Lord in His unattributed state of void assumed
Sikh Religion. Adi Granth, Maru Sohale, M.1, pp. 1035-37
He, the infinite One, remaining detached:
Displaying his power, He himself from the void created inanimate
From the unattributed void were created air and water.
Raising creation, He dwells as monarch in the citadel of the body.
Lord! In the fire and water [of the body] exists Thy light;
In Thy [original] state of void was lodged [unmanifest] the power of
One attempting to express God's creation and to contemplate it
Sikh Religion. Adi Granth, Japuji 16, M.1, p. 3
Shall find it beyond counting and innumerable.
The Bull of Dharma is born of compassion;
Content of mind holds creation together.
Whoever understands this is enlightened;
How great is the load under which this Bull stands!
This world is a garden,
The Lord its gardener,
Cherishing all, none neglected.
Sikh Religion. Adi
Granth, Majh Ashtpadi, M.3, p. 118
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