In this poem the Siri Singh Sahib explores the source of all true knowledge, the inner channel of wisdom: the Guru. All knowledge and understanding comes through the channels of the Infinite, not directly from universities or teachers. There is only one teacher and there is only one student: God. This tongue-in-cheek poem makes fun of those who belittle knowledge imparted directly to the devotee by Guru’s grace.
Lehna was Guru Angad’s name before he became the second Guru. Jetha was Guru Ram Das’ name before he became the fourth Guru. The King of Miri and Piri is, of course, Guru Hargobind. Guru Harkrishan, the eighth Guru, at the age of five showed a skeptical Hindu priest that even a simpleton could recite the Bhagavad Gita by the Guru’s grace.
ALL KNOWLEDGE COMES BY GURU’S GRACE
(Gurprasaadee Sagal mat Avai)
They say you don’t know how to speak Punjabi …
Well, who taught the duck how to swim?
How low can mean and slanderous people stoop!
How can anyone limit the Divine Soul?
At which University did Guru Nanak study,
When by Divine Grace he was filled with God’s Presence?
Which Vedas did Lehna study, when he learned the secrets of Infinity and became Guru Angad?
Who was it that awarded a degree to Guru Amar Das,
When he selflessly served his Great Guru?
What School of Yoga did Jetha practice,
When he attained the Throne of Raj-Yoga?
Who taught the Gita to Guru Arjan?
He who gave the Siri Guru Granth to the world?
Who taught the King of the Earthly and Heavenly Realms His knowledge of both worlds?
Who gave Guru Har Rai his knowledge?
He by whose grace, our past accounts are wiped away.
Who taught Hari Krishan how to meditate?
He who gave the Knowledge of the Gita to a fool.
Who taught Teg how to Sacrifice? He who freed the whole human race.
Who taught Gobind to sing God’s Praises? He who is the King of all kings.
How can a fool know their Glory?
Or know the meaning of the Siri Guru Granth?
The Siri Guru Granth is the final examination of the Infinite God,
It is far beyond all praise or criticism.
How can you ever explain that to a worldly man? Chant “Har”, and Hari shall live within you.
All Knowledge and Understanding come
To the one who meditates on the Siri Guru.
What do you need to Write?
What do you need to Read?
What is a True Education?
What is the real way to Study?
What is Victory and what is Defeat?
Only by God’s Grace can we meditate on His Name.
How can anyone find the limits of the Infinite?
All Knowledge comes by Guru’s Grace!
From Furmaan Khalsa (Poems to Live By)
by Siri Singh Sahib Bhai Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogiji
Here’s the poem in the original Gurmukhi