ਕੋਈ ਬੋਲੈ ਰਾਮ ਰਾਮ ਕੋਈ ਖੁਦਾਇ ॥ Some say Ram-Ram, some Khuda.

Some say Ram-Ram1, some Khuda2.
Some serve Gusai3, some Allah4.  1.

O’ Cause-Effect, O’ Generous!
O’ Gracious!  O’ Compassionate!  1. Reflect.

Some bathe at pilgrimages, some go to Hajj.
Some perform worship, some bow their heads.  2.

Some read the Vedas, some the Abrahamic texts.
Some wear the blue, some the white.  3.

Some call themselves Muslims, some Hindus.
Some yearn paradise, some heaven.  4.

Nanak says: Those who recognize the Hukam5
Understand the mystery of the Divine Sovereign.  5.

 

1. Hindu word for incarnation of Vishnu god.
2. Islamic word for God, derived from Iranian terms for Lord, Ruler and Master.
3. “Lord of Senses” in Sanskrit.
4. The God in Arabic.
5. Literally, Order or Divine Will. In Sikhi, to be in harmony with the Divine.

 

Guru Arjan Sahib in Rag Ramkali  |  Guru Granth Sahib 885

 

ਰਾਮਕਲੀ ਮਹਲਾ ੫ ॥
ਕੋਈ ਬੋਲੈ ਰਾਮ ਰਾਮ ਕੋਈ ਖੁਦਾਇ ॥
ਕੋਈ ਸੇਵੈ ਗੁਸਈਆ ਕੋਈ ਅਲਾਹਿ ॥੧॥

ਕਾਰਣ ਕਰਣ ਕਰੀਮ ॥
ਕਿਰਪਾ ਧਾਰਿ ਰਹੀਮ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥

ਕੋਈ ਨਾਵੈ ਤੀਰਥਿ ਕੋਈ ਹਜ ਜਾਇ ॥
ਕੋਈ ਕਰੈ ਪੂਜਾ ਕੋਈ ਸਿਰੁ ਨਿਵਾਇ ॥੨॥

ਕੋਈ ਪੜੈ ਬੇਦ ਕੋਈ ਕਤੇਬ ॥
ਕੋਈ ਓਢੈ ਨੀਲ ਕੋਈ ਸੁਪੇਦ ॥੩॥

ਕੋਈ ਕਹੈ ਤੁਰਕੁ ਕੋਈ ਕਹੈ ਹਿੰਦੂ ॥
ਕੋਈ ਬਾਛੈ ਭਿਸਤੁ ਕੋਈ ਸੁਰਗਿੰਦੂ ॥੪॥

ਕਹੁ ਨਾਨਕ ਜਿਨਿ ਹੁਕਮੁ ਪਛਾਤਾ ॥
ਪ੍ਰਭ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਕਾ ਤਿਨਿ ਭੇਦੁ ਜਾਤਾ ॥੫॥੯॥

 


Sabad is Infinite; we are very finite. This is our understanding at the moment, which was different yesterday and may evolve tomorrow, as we deepen our relationship with the Sabad. In this trans-creation, we have chosen to keep the repeating words in the Sabad same. We aspire to learn and retain the Divine attribute as used in the original Sabad and avoid terms like God or Lord.

 

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