Har kaa naam japath dukh jaae
chanting the name of the Lord, sorrow is dispelled.
Nanak bolai sehaj subhaae
O Nanak, chant it with intuitive ease.
Bahuth siaanp jam kaa bho biaapai
Even with great cleverness, the fear of deatg clings to you.
Anik jathan kar thrisan naa dhraapai
You try all sorts of things, but your thirst is still not satisfied.
Bhaekh anaek agan nahee bujhai
Wearing various religious robes, the fire is not extinguished.
Kott oupaav dharageh nehee sijhai
Even making millions of efforts, you shall not be accepted in the court of the Lord.
Shottas naahee oobh paeiaal
You cannot escape to the heavens, or to the nether regions,
Mohi biaapehi maaeia jaal
If you are entangled in emotional attachment and the need of Maya.
Avar karathooth sagalee jan ddaanai
All other efforts are punished by the Messenger of Death,
Govind bhajan bin thil nehee maanai
Which accepts nothing to all, except meditation on the Lord of the Universe.