Guru Nanak Dev Ji's 10 Stages of Life

'pehilai piaar lugaa thhun dhudhh
First, the baby loves mother's milk;

dhoojai maae baap kee sudhh
second, he learns of his mother and father;

theejai bhuyaa bhaabhee baeb
third, his brothers, sisters-in-law and sisters;

chouthhai piaar oupu(n)nee khaedd
fourth, the love of play awakens.

pu(n)juvai khaan peean kee dhhaath
Fifth, he runs after food and drink;

shhivai kaam n pushhai jaath
sixth, in his Sexual desire, he does not respect social customs.

suthuvai su(n)j keeaa ghur vaas
Seventh, he gathers wealth and dwells in his house;

at(h)uvai krodhh hoaa thun naas
eighth, he becomes angry, and his body is consumed.

naavai dhhoulae oubhae saah
Ninth, he turns grey, and his breathing becomes labored;

dhusuvai dhudhhaa hoaa suaah
tenth, he is cremated, and turns to ashes.

ge ae sigeeth pukaaree dhhaah
His companions send him off, crying out and lamenting.

ouddiaa hu(n)s dhusaaeae raah
The swan of the soul takes flight, and asks which way to go.

aaeiaa gaeiaa mueiaa naao
He came and he went, and now, even his name has died.

pishhai puthal sadhihu kaav
After he left, food was offered on leaves, and the birds were called to come and eat.

naanuk munumukh a(n)dhh piaar
O Nanak, the self-willed manmukhs love the darkness.

baajh guroo ddubaa su(n)saar
Without the Guru, the world is drowning.'

Guru Nanak Dev Ji (Ang 137)

What stage are YOU at now?

How do we get out of this cycle of mankind?

Stop wanting things, and start wanting Guru Ji/Vaheguru's lap.

7 comments:

TeraRoop said...

Veerjee, if maaiaa was so easy to get out of, do you really think we would still be stuck in its trap?

Confused Khalsa said...

haha i think its the hardest things that we can do bhaji :)

but if we dont talk, and contemplate how to get out of it/remove ourselves from it - we'll be stuck in it forever.

I believe the more we think about vaheguru, the less likely we are to think about maya and vice versa.

ss said...

"I believe the more we think about vaheguru, the less likely we are to think about maya and vice versa."

A good and very important point.

Lately I've taken to having "conversations" with Guru Ji, I know he already knows all but I just need to.

It helps.

I don't think (and please correct me if I'm misunderstood) but life is not meant to be easy; it's about how we deal with it. Sometimes it is easy and fun and other times it isnt and we have to deal with difficult things; what Guru Ji wants is for us to be strong and to not sink under the weight of such matters, that is why we have him to turn to. Thats where our strength comes from.

Bhul chuk marf.
ss

Confused Khalsa said...

Lately I've taken to having "conversations" with Guru Ji, I know he already knows all but I just need to.

haha me too :)

However, your point:
"I don't think (and please correct me if I'm misunderstood) but life is not meant to be easy; it's about how we deal with it."

I believe (so its probably as wrong as can be) that our perceptions of good and bad are useless.

Is being poor a good thing or a bad thing? It depends.. if you are poor, its what God wanted to happen - so its good. I think when people say "Oh Gursikhs in the old times were always in bliss" I dont believe that there were never hard times, i just feel that there reaction to bad things in their life were the same as their reaction to good things.

I think this is called 'Santokh' - being on a level when gold is the same as dust, and cancer is the same as breaking a nail.

Whatever comes our way, is God given, and thus - right.

ss said...

This is a good point and perhaps I could have phrased it less inaccurately (as opposed to more accurately) as:

"life is not meant to be straightforward"

Indeed it is all God given and that is why Gurmukhs live at a far higher level than manmukhs like me. For they understand this and more far better than I can ever hope.

Thanks for the explanation Paarji.

I stand on the bottom rung of an infinity long ladder I know getting anywhere near the top (which is pretty impossible if it's of infinite length) is a tough task for me. I'm aiming to just get on to the next rung. That would be major progress for this fool.

One step up might not sound very ambitious but it would be a huge step for me.

Confused Khalsa said...

the worst thing is, people actually think im on a rung on the ladder - but i cant even see it yet :)

we should pray for each other

ss said...

Darn it - you beat me with that one :-)

Paarji - indeed we should pray for each other and all others likes us.

Can I just say, you sound pretty cool to me :-)

Stay in chardee kaala