December 24, 2017

Nasro Mansoor Guru Gobind Singh

Happy Gurpurab everyone!!!  Today we remember the emperor of emperors, Guru Gobind Singh.  Last week, I sang the first few lines and the last few lines of Guru Gobind Singh's poet laureate Bhai Nandlal. Here is a video of the practice we did at home. Accompanying me on the guitar is my dear friend Janapriyan Levine (http://www.janapriyan.com). Enjoy and share it with your hearts, friends and family ...



The last few lines are rarely sung - they describe the utmost humility of Bhai Nandlal. If I were to prosify his beautiful poetic lines, the gist is:
My soul is branded "Guru Gobind Singh;" I am the slave dog of Guru Gobind Singh ... nay, I am lower than his dogs; if I were to partake the leftovers of his dogs, I would be fortunate. The only hope I have now is that when my life is sacrificed for the Guru, let my head be on his feet.

Bhai Nand Lal was poet laureate of Guru Gobind Singh's court. He was originally a Hindu who worked in the Mughal courts at the time of Aurangzeb. Bhai Nandlal was an expert of languages and used to teach Aurangzeb's kids Farsi (Persian).  After hearing Bhai Nand Lal's interpretation of a Quran verse, Aurangzab was once very impressed and insisted that such a man should convert to Islam. Refusing to convert Bhai Nand Lal thus sort refuge. He found himself in Anandpur in the court of Guru Gobind Singh Ji, who on his first vision of the Guru was so impressed by his being that he decided to stay in his court for several years.

After Guru Gobind's passing, Bhai Nandlal moved to Multan when he and his descendents lived for over 9 generations.  I am fortunate to be his 10th descendant. My father was born in Multan in the ancestral home of the great poet.  Our family moved to India after the partition (1947) and we moved to the US in 1991.

You can download the audio version of this recording here:
https://noisetrade.com/shivpreetsingh/guru-gobind-singh

First few verses -

Naasr-o Mansoor Guru Gobind Singh,
Victorious and comforting is Guru Gobind Singh
Eezad-i Manzoor Guru Gobind Singh.
Accepted by God is Guru Gobind Singh

Haq Ra Ganjoor Guru Gobind Singh,
Keeper of Divine Treasure is Guru Gobind Singh
Jumla Faiz-o Noor Guru Gobind Singh.
Guru Gobind Singh Ji is the bestower of all gifts and blessings)

Haq Haq Aagaah Guru Gobind Singh,
Guru Gobind Singh Ji is always aware of the ways of God
Shah Shahanshah Guru Gobind Singh.
Guru Gobind Singh Ji is the emperor of emperors

Haq Haq Aagaah Guru Gobind Singh,
Guru Gobind Singh Ji is always aware of the ways of God)
Shah Shahanshah Guru Gobind Singh.
Guru Gobind Singh Ji is the emperor of emperors

Haq Haq Aagaah Guru Gobind Singh,
Guru Gobind Singh Ji is always aware of the ways of God
Shah Shahanshah Guru Gobind Singh.
Guru Gobind Singh Ji is the emperor of emperors

Bar do Aalam Shah Guru Gobind Singh
Guru Gobind Singh rules over both the worlds;
Khasam Ra Jaa Kaah Guru Gobind Singh
he is the destroyer of the enemies.

Last few verses:

Laal sag ghulaam Guru Gobind Singh
Daagdaar Naam Guru Gobind Singh
Nand LaL is the slave dog of Guru Gobind Singh; he carries the stamp of Guru Gobind Singh on him.

KAMTAREEN Z SGAAN GURU GOBIND SINGH
REZAA CHEEN-E KHAAN GURU GOBIND SINGH
Nand Lal is lower than all the dogs of Guru Gobind Singh; he (pecks) at the left overs of their dinner.

SAA-EL AZ IN-AAM GURU GOBIND SINGH
KHAAK-E PAAK IQDAAM GURU GOBIND SINGH
Nand Lal is begging to get the gift of holy dust of Guru Gobind Singh’s feet.

BAAD JAANASH FIDAA-E GURU GOBIND SINGH
FARQ-O BAR PAA-E GURU GOBIND SINGH
His (Nand Lal’s) life may be sacrificed for Guru Gobind Singh and Nand Lal’s head may always remain at his feet.


The complete Poem:

Waheeguru Jee-o Satya (Nasroo Mansoor Guru Gobind Singh)

NASAR-O MANSOOR GURU GOBIND SINGH
EEZAD-I MANZOOR GURU GOBIND SINGH
Guru Gobind Singh is victorious and assists us to succeed in life; he is accepted by God as His own.

HAQ RA GANJOOR GURU GOBIND SINGH
JUMLA FAIZ-O NOOR GURU GOBIND SINGH
Guru Gobind Singh is the custodian of God’s treasure; he is the bestower of all the gifts.
HAQ HAQ AAGAAH GURU GOBIND SINGH
SHAHE SHAHAN SHAH GURU GOBIND SINGH
Guru Gobind Singh knows the ways of God; he is the emperor of emperors.
BAR DO ALAM SHAH GURU GOBIND SINGH
KHASAM RA JAN KAH GURU GOBIND SINGH
Guru Gobind Singh rules over both the worlds; he is the destroyer of the enemies.
FAA-EZ AL-ANWAAR GURU GOBIND SINGH
KASHIF AL-ASRAAR GURU GOBIND SINGH
Guru Gobind Singh illuminates our lives with abundance; he reveals secrets of God.
AALIM AL-ASTAAR GURU GOBIND SINGH
ABR-E REHMAT BAAR GURU GOBIND SINGH
Guru Gobind Singh is aware of the secrets of the world; he showers his unlimited mercies.
MUQBAL-O MAQBOOL GURU GOBIND SINGH
WAASIL-O MAUSOOL GURU GOBIND SINGH
Guru Gobind Singh is the favourite of Waheguru; he is with Him all the time
JAAN FIROZ-E DAHAR GURU GOBIND SINGH
FAIZ-E HAQ RA BAHR GURU GOBIND SINGH
Guru Gobind Singh bestows life in this world; he is the sea of Waheguru’s blessings
HAQ RA MEHBOOB GURU GOBIND SINGH
TALIB-O MATLOOB GURU GOBIND SINGH
Guru Gobind Singh is loved by God; he is the seeker as well as the sought.
TEG RA FATTAH GURU GOBIND SINGH
JAN-O DIL RA RAH GURU GOBIND SINGH
Guru Gobind Singh achieved victories with his sword; he knows the secret of every heart.
SAHIB-E IKLEEL GURU GOBIND SINGH
ZILL-E HAQ TAZLEEL GURU GOBIND SINGH
Guru Gobind Singh wears the crown of the world; he lives in the shadow of Waheguru.
KHAAZAN-E HAR GANJ GURU GOBIND SINGH
MARHAM-E HAR RANJ GURU GOBIND SINGH
Guru Gobind Singh controls all the treasures of the world; he is the medicine of all ailments.
DAAWAR-E AAFAAQ GURU GOBIND SINGH
DAR DO AALAM TAAQ GURU GOBIND SINGH
Guru Gobind Singh is the master of the world; both the worlds are under his shelter.
HAQ KHUD WASAAF GURU GOBIND SINGH
BARTAREEN AUSAAF GURU GOBIND SINGH
Guru Gobind Singh is praised by God Himself; he is bestowed with highest qualities.
KHAASGAN DAR PAA-E GURU GOBIND SINGH
QUDSI-AAN BAAR-AAE GURU GOBIND SINGH
Great men are at the feet of Guru Gobind Singh; the angels visit him for audience.
MUQBAL-AAN MADDAH GURU GOBIND SINGH
JAAN-O DIL RA RAH GURU GOBIND SINGH
The fortunate ones admire Guru Gobind Singh; he knows every thing in our hearts.
LAA-MAKAAN PAABOS GURU GOBIND SINGH
BAR DO AALAM KOS GURU GOBIND SINGH
The poor kiss the feet of Guru Gobind Singh; the drum of his authority sounds in both the worlds.
SULS-HAM MAHKOOM GURU GOBIND SINGH
RUBEH HAM MAKHTOOM GURU GOBIND SINGH
Guru Gobind Singh rules over the three worlds; he has the stamp of his authority on the four Vedas.
SUDS HALQEH B-GOSH GURU GOBIND SINGH
DUSHMAN AFGAN JOSH GURU GOBIND SINGH
The six shastras are his slaves; he always defeats the enemy.
KHALAS-O BE-KEENEH GURU GOBIND SINGH
HAQ HAQ AINAA GURU GOBIND SINGH
Pure at heart, Guru Gobind Singh is free from ill will; he is the mirror through whom God reveals Himself.
HAQ HAQ ANDESH GURU GOBIND SINGH
BADSHAH DARVESH GURU GOBIND SINGH
Guru Gobind Singh meditates on God; he is a mystic and a king at the same time.
MAKRAM AL-FAZAAL GURU GOBIND SINGH
MUN-IM AL-MUT-AAL GURU GOBIND SINGH
KAARAM AL-KIRAM GURU GOBIND SINGH
RAAHAM AL-RAHAAM GURU GOBIND SINGH
Guru Gobind Singh is most generous and forgiver.
NAA-EM AL-MUN-AAM GURU GOBIND SINGH
FAHAM AL-FAHAAM GURU GOBIND SINGH
Guru Gobind Singh blesses even the benevolent; he bestows gifts even to those who give.
DAA-IM-O PAA-INDA GURU GOBIND SINGH
FARAKH-O FARKHUNDEH GURU GOBIND SINGH
Guru Gobind Singh is eternal; he is auspicious for all.
FAIZ-E SUB-HAAN ZAAT GURU GOBIND SINGH
NOOR HAQ LAM-AAT GURU GOBIND SINGH
Guru Gobind Singh is essence of God’s blessings; God Himself radiates through him.
SAMIAAN-E NAAM GURU GOBIND SINGH
HAQ BEEN Z IN-AAM GURU GOBIND SINGH
Those who have listened to the name of Guru Gobind Singh have received the gift of seeing God Himself.
WAASIF-AAN-E ZAAT GURU GOBIND SINGH
WASIL AZ BARKAAT GURU GOBIND SINGH
Those who sang the praises of Guru Gobind Singh were united with God.
RAAQMAANE WASF GURU GOBIND SINGH
NAAMWAR AZ LUTF GURU GOBIND SINGH
Those who wrote in praise of Guru Gobind Singh received fame the world over with his grace.
NAAZRAN-E ROO-E GURU GOBIND SINGH
MAST HAQ DAR KOO-E GURU GOBIND SINGH
Those who had seen the face of Guru Gobind Singh moved in his lanes intoxicated with God’s Name.
KHAAK BOS-E PAA-E GURU GOBIND SINGH
MUQBAL AZ AALAA-E GURU GOBIND SINGH
Those who kissed the dust under the feet of Guru Gobind Singh were fortunate and were elevated in life.
QADIR-E HAR KAR GURU GOBIND SINGH
BE-KASAAN RA YAAR GURU GOBIND SINGH
Guru Gobind Singh is the doer of all that is happening in this world, he is friend of the poor.
SAAJID-O MASJOOD GURU GOBIND SINGH
JUMLEH FAIZ-O JOOD GURU GOBIND SINGH
Guru Gobind Singh worships (God); he is also worshipped (by the whole creation).He is generous with all the bounties he gives.
SARWRAAN RA TAJ GURU GOBIND SINGH
BARTAREEN MI-ARAJ GURU GOBIND SINGH
Guru Gobind Singh is the chief of all the kings; he occupies the loftiest position.
ASHAR QUDSI RAM GURU GOBIND SINGH
WASIF-E IKRAM GURU GOBIND SINGH
The ten (Greek) gods are under the command of Guru Gobind Singh and they sing his praises in reverence.
UM QUDAS B-KAR GURU GOBIND SINGH
GAASHIA BARDAAR GURU GOBIND SINGH
The sacred goddesses of the world are also working for Guru Gobind Singh and they are his servants.
QADR-O QUDRAT PEISH GURU GOBIND SINGH
INKIYAAD ANDESH GURU GOBIND SINGH
Guru Gobind Singh controls our destinies; still he meditates on God in submission.
TISYA ULVI KHAAK GURU GOBIND SINGH
CHAAKAR-E CHALAAK GURU GOBIND SINGH
Guru Gobind Singh is above the highest thrones; he moves in the heavens.
BARTAR AZ HAR QADR GURU GOBIND SINGH
JAAWDANI SADR GURU GOBIND SINGH
Guru Gobind Singh is supreme in all virtues; he is eternal and above everyone else.
AALAM-E RAUSHAN Z GURU GOBIND SINGH
JAAN-O DIL GULSHAN Z GURU GOBIND SINGH
Guru Gobind Singh gives light to the world; our hearts and souls blossom because of him.
ROZ AFZOON JAAH GURU GOBIND SINGH
ZEB TAKHT-O GAAH GURU GOBIND SINGH
Guru Gobind Singh’s stature is increasing every day; he is the beauty of all thrones.
MURSHID AL-DAAREEN GURU GOBIND SINGH
BEENASH-E HAR EIN GURU GOBIND SINGH
Guru Gobind Singh is our guide in both the worlds; he is the sight of every eye.
JUMLA DAR FURMAAN GURU GOBIND SINGH
BARTAR AAMAD SHAAN GURU GOBIND SINGH
Guru Gobind Singh commands the whole creation; he is supreme in stature.
HAR DO AALAM KHEIL GURU GOBIND SINGH
JUMLA ANDAR ZEIL GURU GOBIND SINGH
Both the worlds are the army of Guru Gobind Singh; all are under his protection.
WAAHAB AL-WAHAAB GURU GOBIND SINGH
FAATEH HAR BAAB GURU GOBIND SINGH
The most generous Guru Gobind Singh is the conqueror of every battle.
SHAAMIL AL-ASHFAAQ GURU GOBIND SINGH
KAAMIL AL-AKHLAAQ GURU GOBIND SINGH
Guru Gobind Singh’s blessings are unending; he is virtue personified.
ROOH DAR HAR JISM GURU GOBIND SINGH
NOOR DAR HAR CHASHM GURU GOBIND SINGH
Guru Gobind Singh is the soul of every one; he is the light of every eye.
JUMLA ROZI KHWAAR GURU GOBIND SINGH
FEIZ-E HAQ AMTAAR GURU GOBIND SINGH
Guru Gobind Singh provides sustenance to all; he showers His graces.
BIST-O HAFT GADAA-E GURU GOBIND SINGH
KHAAK ROB SARAA-E GURU GOBIND SINGH
The twenty-seven gods are the beggars of Guru Gobind Singh; they are engaged in sweeping his house.

KHAMS WASF PEI-RAA-E GURU GOBIND SINGH
HAFT HAM SHEIDAA-E GURU GOBIND SINGH
The five elements praise Guru Gobind Singh; the seven worlds admire him.
BAR DO AALAM DAST GURU GOBIND SINGH
JUMLA ULVI PAST GURU GOBIND SINGH
Guru Gobind Singh has his hand on both the worlds; all the angels are inferior
LAL SAG GULAAM GURU GOBIND SINGH
DAAD-DAAR-E NAAM GURU GOBIND SINGH
Nand LaL is the slave dog of Guru Gobind Singh; he carries the stamp of Guru Gobind Singh on him.
KAMTAREEN Z SGAAN GURU GOBIND SINGH
REZAA CHEEN-E KHAAN GURU GOBIND SINGH
Nand Lal is lower than all the dogs of Guru Gobind Singh; he (pecks) at the left overs of his dinner table.
SAA-EL AZ IN-AAM GURU GOBIND SINGH
KHAAK-E PAAK IQDAAM GURU GOBIND SINGH
Nand Lal is begging to get the gift of holy dust of Guru Gobind Singh’s feet.
BAAD JAANASH FIDAA-E GURU GOBIND SINGH
FARQ-O BAR PAA-E GURU GOBIND SINGH
His (Nand Lal’s) life may be sacrificed for Guru Gobind Singh and Nand Lal’s head may always remain at his feet.

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