All Knowledge Comes by Guru’s Grace

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.


(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

7 Responses to “All Knowledge Comes by Guru’s Grace”

  1. This is so beautiful to hear you say. How often does anybody remind us of this truth of God and Guru?

    Usually there is no one to remind me other than my dearest friend…the Siri Guru Granth Sahib….who always lifts me from my daily mental tapes and carries me to the heights of experiencing my life as a creation who is part of the Infinity of God.

    Thank you for this reminder.

  2. Gurinder says:

    Mind, body, health, wealth is all God’s grace!

  3. Anonymous says:

    This a very beautiful poem!

  4. Gurinder Singh (San Diego) says:

    Guruka Singh jee,

    Thanks for sharing.

    This is a beautiful poem.

    Can you please post the Gurmukhi version of this poem too, I want to enjoy it in Punjabi?

    I assume the book has both Punjab/Gurmukhi and English version of the poems.

    Thanks for you explanations and that enthusiasm, it is contagious.

    Thanks Gurumustuk Singh jee for putting this all together.

  5. Guruka Singh just posted the Gurmukhi versions as a link at the bottom of each poem.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Fateh Ji.

    beautiful poem. Veer Ji I don’t have knowledge about Gurbani as much as you do but I was trying to find the tuk ‘GurParsadee Sagal Mat Avai’ and I couldn’t find it. The closest I could find was ‘Gur Parsadee Aisee Mat Avai’ (…..

  7. Guruka Singh says:

    As you can see, the original Gurmukhi poems are extremely beautiful, the rhyme, the rhythm and the naad are sublime.