The bedtime prayer, Kirtan Sohila is usually
recited just before sleeping at night. It's name means 'Song of Peace'.
Kirtan Sohila is composed of five hymns, the first three by Guru Nanak
Dev, the fourth by Guru Ram Das and the fifth by Guru Arjan Dev. This
hymn is usually recited at the conclusion of evening ceremonies at the
Gurdwara and also recited as part of Sikh funeral services.
Measure, Guru Nanak
God is only One,
He is obtained by the Grace of the True Guru.
In whatever house
(state of mind) meditation on God is practised and His praises are snug,
Sing His praises
and meditate upon Him in that house.
You, please, sing
the praises of my God, the Fearless.
I am a sacrifice
to the Song which gives perpetual peace.
Every day, God
looks after and beholds all the beings.
None can assess
the price of Your Gifts, so how can the Giver be assessed?
The day and hour
of the marriage (departure to the next world) is fixed, so the friends
should pour the customary oil on the threshold.
Bless the bride,
so that union with the Master, may be obtained.
Such calls and
summons to reach the next world are sent to every house, every day.
meditate on the One, Who sends calls; that day will come soon.
There are six shastras
(books of Hindu thought), their six authors and six methods of teaching;
But One God alone
is the Teacher of teachers, though He manifests Himself in many ways.
O God! by that
religious books way by which your praises are sung is the best,
Follow that way,
which glorifies God.
Just as seconds,
minutes, hours, quarters of a day, lunar days, week days, months,
Are created by
one sun and so are created many seasons by it,
Who is One has many manifestations, so says Nanak.
The sky is the
salver; the sun and the moon the lamps; the stars, with their orbs,
are the studed pearls.
The fragrance of
sandalwood is the incense, the wind the fan and all vegetation are flowers.
Thus Your Wonderful
Worship is performed my God! O, the Destroyer of Fears, this is Your
true worship with true lamps.
The Unstruck Melody
rings and the Divine Music of the Shabad (Word) is the tender flute.
Your eyes are thousands,
yet You have no eye; Your forms are thousands, yet You have no form.
Your pure feet
are thousands, yet You have no feet; You are without nose, yet You have
a thousand noses; Your plays have, in this way, bewitched me.
The same Light
This Light causes
the light to shine within all.
Through the Gurus
advice the divine Light becomes visible.
That, which pleases
Him, constitutes His real worship.
My soul bewitched
by the Lotus Feet (Divine Hymns) of God, as sweet as honey, for which
I am thirsty day and night.
Nanak says: Give
the water of Your Mercy to this pied cuckoo, so that I may merge in
Measure, Guru Ram Das
Lust and anger
completely fill this town body; but these have been smashed to pieces
by meeting the Saint (Guru).
I have met the
Guru, because of my predestined luck and I have intered the sphere of
Salute the True
saint with folded hands, this is a great virtuous act.
Lie prostrate before
Him, this is a great virtuous act.
Lovers of mammon
do not enjoy the taste of Gods Elixir, as within them there is the thorn
When they walk
forward, that thorn pricks them more and more severly; they suffer greater
pain and finally receive on their heads, the blows from deaths staff.
True devotees are
absorbed in Gods Name, and fear of the pain of birth and deaths leaves
They are united
with the Everlasting God and gain great honour in the various regions
O God! the Greatest
of the great, save us, we are poor and humble.
Nanak says: the
Name is the Sustainer and support of the mortal, and gives Supreme Joy
Measure, Guru Arjan Dev
My friend, I request
you that this is the opportune time to serve the saints.
Earn divine profits
in this world and live in peace and comfort in the next one.
Life is shortening
day and night.
O mind, meet the
Guru and set right your affairs.
This world is engrossed
in sins and evils; but Gods Divines will swim across it.
He, who is awakened
by God, drinks the Nectar of Name and comes to realise the Ineffable
Purchase the commodity,
for which you have come in this world, and then God will come to reside
in your heart with the Gurus Grace.
You will easily
obtain your Real Home and will not suffer transmigration.
O Searcher of hearts
and Fulfiller of desires! kindly fulfil my hearts desires.
Nanak says: I,
your servant, pray that I may become the dust of the Saints feet join
the society of saints.