Kal

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Kal is a Punjabi word which refers to death and being subject to the cycle of formation and destruction. It is also used to refer to the cycle itself. ie: "Kal bhugt raha hah" - living my [life] cycle". The opposite of "Kal" is "Akal" which refers to an entity which is not subject to the cycle of birth and death . The word "Kal" is used fairly frequently in the Sikh scriptures. The word "kali" means the color "black".

ਸਭ੝ ਜਗ੝ ਬਾਧੋ ਕਾਲ ਕੋ ਬਿਨ੝ ਗ੝ਰ ਕਾਲ੝ ਅਫਾਰ੝ ॥
Sabẖ jag bĝḝẖo kĝl ko bin gur kĝl afĝr.
The whole world is bound by death; without the Guru, death cannot be avoided.
ਜਿਸ੝ ਊਪਰਿ ਹੋਵਤ ਦਇਆਲ੝ ॥ ਹਰਿ ਸਿਮਰਤ ਕਾਟੈ ਸੋ ਕਾਲ੝ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥
Jis ūpar hovaṯ ḝa­i­ĝl. Har simraṯ kĝtai so kĝl. ((1)) rahĝ­o.
One who is blessed by the Lord's Mercy, passes his time in contemplative meditation. ((1)(Pause))
ਨਾਨਕ ਸਤਿਗ੝ਰ ਮਿਲੈ ਮਿਲਾਇਆ ਦੂਖ ਪਰਾਛਤ ਕਾਲ ਨਸੇ ॥੪॥੧੬॥
Nĝnak saṯgur milai milĝ­i­ĝ ḝūkẖ parĝcẖẖaṯ kĝl nasė. ((4)(16))
O Nanak, united in union with the True Guru, suffering, sin and death run away. ((4)(16))