RAHAO

RAHAO means PAUSE. Stop and think what the Guru is saying in this particular Gurushabad. The tukk (sentence) preceeding RAHAO generally gives the gist of that particular shabad. In Sri Guru Granth Sahib mostof the shabads have one RAHAO. Sometimes there are two RAHAO's(RAHAO DOOJA) as in the following Shabad. The first RAHAO is a question and is the central idea of the first- seven tukks. The second RAHAO is an answer to the first RAHAO and is the central idea of the eighth tukk.Sri Guru Granth Sahib, p. 759.Raag Suhi Mahala 5: Ashtapadis, Ghar 1.

Ik Om Akar Sat Guru Prasad.

Ur~jh Rahio Bikhia Ke Sanga Man~hu Biyapat Anik Taranga Mare Man Agam Agochar Kat Payia Pooran Parmesar (1) RAHAO. Moah Magan maih Rahiya biyapae Ait Trisna kabahu Nahi Dhrape (2) Baise Karodh Sarir Chandalla Agiayan Na Soojhe Maha Goobara (3) Bharmat Biyapat Jarre Kiwara Jaan Na Payia prabh Darbara (4) Asa Andesa Bindh Prana Mahal Na Parree Phirt Bigaana (5) Sagal Biyaidh ke Vus kar Dina Phirat Piyas Jeo Jaal Bin Meena (6) Kacchhoo Sayanap Ukat Na Moori Ik Aas Thakur Prabh Toori (7) Karro Banti Santan Paasse Mail Lahu Nanak Ardaase (8) Bhaijio kirpal Sadh Sang Pahiya Nanak Tripte Poora Payiya. RAHAO DOOJA Translation from Dr. Gopal Singh's St'eek, vol 3, pp. 724-725. I am involved in Evil: And, my mind is swayed by a myriad waves (of Desires). (1) O my mind, how is one to Attain the Unfathomable, Unperceivable, the Perfect, God of gods (Pause). When you are intoxicated by the wine of Passion, And are swayed by Desire that is never Satiated (2) Anger, the Chandal, abides within you, And, being in Ignorance, you are enveloped by Darkness (3) Distraction of the mind and involvement with Maya- these are the two Doors That shut you out of the God's Court (4) Hope and Fear have bound you down to the life of senses, And you Attain not the Lord's Castle and Wander about, like a Stranger (to thy Self). (5) You are swayed by manifold Maladies, And Wander about Thirsty, as a fish out of water. (6) I have no wisdom, nor a Discerning mind; Now Thou, O Lord, art my only Hope. (7) I Pray now to the Saints: "Unite me, O men of God, with my Lord". (8) The Lord is Merciful to me and I attain to the Society of the Saints. And I am wholly Satiated, for, I have Attained to my Perfect God. (Second Pause).Sometimes, there are more than two RAHAO's in a Gurushabad as in the shabad

Maara Man Lochae Guru Darsan Tai. Bilap Karre Chatrik Ki Niyai. Trikha Na Utare Shant Na Aiwa Bin Darsan Sant Piyarre Jeo (1) Hau Gholli Jeo Ghole Ghumai Gur Darsan Sant Piyarre Jeo. (1-RAHAO)

Tera Mukh Suhava Jeo Sahaj Dhun Bani. Chir Hoya Dekhe Sarang Pani. Dhan Su Desh Jaha Tu Vasiya Mare Sajjan Meet Murrarre Jeo. (2) Hau Gholli Jeo Ghole Ghumai Guru Sajjan Meet Murrarre Jeo. (1-RAHAO)

Ik Gharrhi Na Milaate Ta(h) Kaljug Hota. Hun Kad Meelaiya Mare Thudh Bhagwanta. Mohe Rain(e) Na Vihavae Neend Na Aiwa Bin Dekhe Gur Durbare Jeo. (3) Hau Gholli Jeo Ghole Ghumai Tis Sacche GurDaurbare Jeo. (1-RAHAO)

Bhag Howa Gur Sant Meelaiya. Prabh(u) Abinasi Ghar Mah(i) Pahiya. Sav Kari Pal Chassa Na Vicchharrha Jan Nanak Das Tumare Jeo. (4) Hau Gholli Jeo Ghole Ghumai Jan Nanak Das Tumare Jeo. (RAHAO)

This shabad has four RAHAO's. Each of these RAHAO's repeats the same theme by emphasizing a disciple's sacrifice upon the Guru'sDarshan and Bani, Guru's Darbar and Union with the Guru.

Harjit Kaur.


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