The Ginan Gist – By Karim Maherali
This Ginan conveys the vision of creation as being a garden to be enjoyed with multiple dimensions to facilitate the elevation of souls by availing themselves of constant mercy as expressed in the guidance and protection of the Imam of the time. The attitude of total surrender of one’s ego and hence attaining friendship of the Guide is vital to keep the soul constantly fresh with love and joy. Adopting the principles of unity such as attendance in congregation, forgiveness towards fellow devotees’ shortcomings, shunning evil and adopting virtues is highlighted.
sāmī tamārī vāḍī māṅhe
|1||With Music: Geet Mehfil Dar es Salaam|
|2||Without Music: Anil Walji|
Transliteration, Translation and Commentary
|ejee saamee tamaaree vaaddee maa(n)he Gur Bhrama si(n)channhaar
nave kha(n)ddme(n) see(n)chyaa ropyaa
saamee see(n)che ana(n)t apaar……………1
O Lord! In Your garden, the Creator Guide (Gur Bhrahma) is the waterer. He has planted and watered in the nine continents. The Lord waters in a limitless manner.
Comment: This verse conveys the idea that creation is not flat one dimensional existence but rather it is multi-dimensional symbolized by the nine continents to facilitate the elevation of souls. The Creator Guide (Gur Bhrama) showers his mercy in all the realms in a limitless manner. According the Holy Qur’an, the Prophet, the Gur Bhrhma was sent as a mercy to the worlds: rahmatan lil-aalamin (Sura 21: 107).
|ejee ek sarovar see(n)chyaa ropyaa ek hariyaa dujaa sukaa
nugare raah nahire paai, bhaai sat vinaa te sukaa……………2
O momins! From one lake (the Guide) watered two plants, one of which became fresh and green but the other dried and withered away. (In the same manner), the ones without the Guide did not attain the Path, brothers, without the Truth they are dry.
Comment: This verse emphasizes the need for a Spiritual Guide on this journey of life in order to remain fresh with joy and enjoy the heavenly existence symbolized by the garden.
|ejee jo jadd kaapo paap nee re bhaai to jeev hariyaa hoy
sheesh kaapee gur dil besann deeje to gurnar belee hoy……………3
O momins! If you cut off the roots of sin, brothers, the your soul will be evergreen and fresh. By chopping of your head(ego), if you give a seat to the Guide in your heart, the Gurnar (Imam of the time) will then become your friend and helper.
|ejee gurnar belee tenee vaatt sohelee shabd pati annaa(n) jeh
jevee te karannee-e jeevddo chhutte
tevee karannee kejee-e sneh……………4
O momins! The one whose helper is the Gurnar, this person’s path is smooth and prosperous and he/she accepts the Word (command) with conviction. The actions by which the soul gets freed, perform such actions with love.
|ejee daas dosh nameekhamee chaalo leeyo kshamaiyaa belee
ek ra(n)g nar patiannaa(n) bhaai tenee vaatt sohelee……………5
O momis! In the midst of errors and shortcomings of a servant of the Lord, walk with humility and patience and take up forgiveness as your friend and companion. One who walks along thus, with such a single and unwavering mind, will have an easy and prosperous path.
|ejee meelo reekheesar mellaa meelo bhaai aapannaa jeevddaa nee khaatar
vahoro vastu chaar maannek dharo neelaadd
bhaai pa(n)jbhu ne tame vaaro……………6
O momins! Come and meet together in a (religious) gathering. O brothers do it for the sake of your souls. Purchase the four virtues which are like gems; and keep them uppermost in your head (mind). Brothers shun the five evils.
Comments: The four virtues alluded above are truth, patience, faith and remembrance of the Lord. The five evils are carnal lust, anger, pride, greed and attraction to illusion.
Holy Qur’an (41:34):
“The good deed and the evil deed are not alike. Repel the evil deed with one which is better, then lo! he, between whom and thee there was enmity (will become) as though he was a bosom friend.”
|ejee apnaa baanaa dur chukaavo gurkaa geenaan kamaavo
nar peer saade peer shamsh boleeyaa
saachaa svaamee ne aaraadho……………7
O momins! Remove all your doubts and earn knowledge and wisdom of the Guide. Through the blessings of the Master(Imam), Peer Shamsh has spoken (these words). Adore the True Lord(Imam of the time).
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