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Sikh religion: quotes and teachings from Guru Nanak, the Adi Granth

He is the Sole Supreme Being; of eternal manifestation;
Creator, Immanent Reality; Without Fear, Without Rancor;
Timeless Form; Unincarnated; Self-existent;
Realized by the grace of the Holy Preceptor.

Sikh Religion. Adi Granth, Japuji, p. 1: The Mul Mantra


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,
Where plays the unstruck mystic music--
Beyond expression is this miraculous wonder.

Sikh Religion. Adi Granth, Gauri Sukhmani 21; 23.1, M.5, pp. 290, 293


Some sing of His noble attributes and exalted state.
Some express Him through philosophical intricacies and ratiocination.
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,
Ever fulfilled.

Sikh Religion. Adi Granth, Japuji 3, M.1, p. 1-2


All that are rulers, kings, potentates, lords chiefs, officials--
All are God's creation.
Their will is subject to God's;
On God are they all dependent.

Sikh Religion. Adi Granth, Bilaval-ki-Var 6, M.4, p. 851


Ever is He present with you--think not He is far:
By the Master's teaching recognize Him within yourself.

Sikh Religion. Adi Granth, Majh Ashtpadi, M.3, p. 116


Why do you go to the forest in search of God?
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.

Sikh Religion. Adi Granth, Dhanasri, M.9, p. 684


In primal time, in all time, was the Creator;
Nothing is real but the Eternal.
Nothing shall last but the Eternal.

Sikh Religion. Adi Granth, Japuji 1, M.1, p. 1


For millions upon millions, countless years was spread darkness,
When existed neither earth nor heaven, but only the limitless Divine Ordinance.
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 nor water.
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 departed.
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 increase.
(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 manifest.

Creating the universe Himself, He has remained unattached.
The compassionate Lord too has made the holy center [the human being].
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, unknowable, limitless.

The illimitable Lord in His unattributed state of void assumed might;
He, the infinite One, remaining detached:
Displaying his power, He himself from the void created inanimate things.
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 creation.

Sikh Religion. Adi Granth, Maru Sohale, M.1, pp. 1035-37


One attempting to express God's creation and to contemplate it
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!

Sikh Religion. Adi Granth, Japuji 16, M.1, p. 3


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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