May this month of Chet not only reawaken life from winter slumber but also blossom our spirits and minds. With Waheguru’s grace may his disciples always remember him.

I usually find that reading one interpretation is never enough to fully elucidate the poetic depth of Gurbani. A pamphlet published by the Sikh Missionary College gives a nice breakdown of the bani Barah Mahah, or Twelve Months. Two English interpretations, one in regular font and one italicized, of Guru Arjan Dev Ji’s shabad on Chet are provided below:

ਚੇਤਿ ਗੋਵਿੰਦੁ ਅਰਾਧੀਐ ਹੋਵੈ ਅਨੰਦੁ ਘਣਾ ॥
In the month of Chet, by meditating on the Lord of the Universe, a deep and profound joy arises.
In the spring month of Chet if we meditate on the Lord, we obtain immense joy

ਸੰਤ ਜਨਾ ਮਿਲਿ ਪਾਈਐ ਰਸਨਾ ਨਾਮੁ ਭਣਾ ॥
Meeting with the humble Saints, the Lord is found, as we chant His Name with our tongues.
In the company of saints we enjoy the honey-sweet gift of singing God’s Name

ਜਿਨਿ ਪਾਇਆ ਪ੍ਰਭੁ ਆਪਣਾ ਆਏ ਤਿਸਹਿ ਗਣਾ ॥
Those who have found God-blessed is their coming into this world.
Whoever finds God in themselves, their life blooms

ਇਕੁ ਖਿਨੁ ਤਿਸੁ ਬਿਨੁ ਜੀਵਣਾ ਬਿਰਥਾ ਜਨਮੁ ਜਣਾ ॥
Those who live without Him, for even an instant-their lives are rendered useless.
Each second lived outside God’s Presence is wasted

ਜਲਿ ਥਲਿ ਮਹੀਅਲਿ ਪੂਰਿਆ ਰਵਿਆ ਵਿਚਿ ਵਣਾ ॥
The Lord completely pervades water, land, and all of space. He is contained in the forests as well.
God is present in water, land, sky and in the green forests

ਸੋ ਪ੍ਰਭੁ ਚਿਤਿ ਨ ਆਵਈ ਕਿਤੜਾ ਦੁਖੁ ਗਣਾ ॥
Those who do not remember God-how much pain must they suffer!
If this Spirit of Life is not remembered, there is pain

ਜਿਨੀ ਰਾਵਿਆ ਸੋ ਪ੍ਰਭੂ ਤਿੰਨਾ ਭਾਗੁ ਮਣਾ ॥
Those who dwell upon their God have great good fortune.
Those who have made God their companion are fortunate

ਹਰਿ ਦਰਸਨ ਕੰਉ ਮਨੁ ਲੋਚਦਾ ਨਾਨਕ ਪਿਆਸ ਮਨਾ ॥
My mind yearns for the Blessed Vision of the Lord’s Darshan. O Nanak, my mind is so thirsty!
Nanak, to meet this Spirit my mind-heart-soul is thirsty

ਚੇਤਿ ਮਿਲਾਏ ਸੋ ਪ੍ਰਭੂ ਤਿਸ ਕੈ ਪਾਇ ਲਗਾ ॥੨॥
I touch the feet of one who unites me with God in the month of Chayt ||2||
In the Spring month of Chet I will joyfully fall at the feet of whoever unites me with the Spirit of Life ||2||

Guru Arjan Dev Ji, page 133 of Sri Guru Granth Sahib

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