Salok

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This is normally a final verse or a verse found at the beginning of a Bani composition. The final verse in the morning prayer of the Sikhs, called the Japji Sahib is a Salok and this Bani is given below with the original Gurmukhi verse with English transliteration and translation also:

Salok in Japji

ਸਲੋਕ੝ ॥

ਪਵਣ੝ ਗ੝ਰੂ ਪਾਣੀ ਪਿਤਾ ਮਾਤਾ ਧਰਤਿ ਮਹਤ੝ ॥
ਦਿਵਸ੝ ਰਾਤਿ ਦ੝ਇ ਦਾਈ ਦਾਇਆ ਖੇਲੈ ਸਗਲ ਜਗਤ੝ ॥
ਚੰਗਿਆਈਆ ਬ੝ਰਿਆਈਆ ਵਾਚੈ ਧਰਮ੝ ਹਦੂਰਿ ॥
ਕਰਮੀ ਆਪੋ ਆਪਣੀ ਕੇ ਨੇੜੈ ਕੇ ਦੂਰਿ ॥
ਜਿਨੀ ਨਾਮ੝ ਧਿਆਇਆ ਗਝ ਮਸਕਤਿ ਘਾਲਿ ॥
ਨਾਨਕ ਤੇ ਮ੝ਖ ਉਜਲੇ ਕੇਤੀ ਛ੝ਟੀ ਨਾਲਿ ॥੧॥

Salok.

Pavaṇ gurū pĝṇī piṯĝ mĝṯĝ ḝẖaraṯ mahaṯ.
Ḏivas rĝṯ ḝu▫e ḝĝ▫ī ḝĝ▫i▫ĝ kẖelai sagal jagaṯ.
Cẖang▫ĝ▫ī▫ĝ buri▫ĝ▫ī▫ĝ vĝcẖai ḝẖaram haḝūr.
Karmī ĝpo ĝpṇī ke neṛai ke ḝūr.
Jinī nĝm ḝẖi▫ĝ▫i▫ĝ ga▫e maskaṯ gẖĝl.
Nĝnak ṯe mukẖ ujle keṯī cẖẖutī nĝl. (1)

Shalok:

Air is the Guru, Water is the Father, and Earth is the Great Mother of all.
Day and night are the two nurses, in whose lap all the world is at play.
Good deeds and bad deeds-the record is read out in the Presence of the Lord of Dharma.
According to their own actions, some are drawn closer, and some are driven farther away.
Those who have meditated on the Naam, the Name of the Lord, and departed after having worked by the sweat of their brows -
O Nanak, their faces are radiant in the Court of the Lord, and many are saved along with them! (1)


Salok in Sukhmani

Each of the 24 sections of the Bani composition of Sukhmani sahib starts with a salok. The very beginning of this bani is given below:

ਗਉੜੀ ਸ੝ਖਮਨੀ ਮ: ੫ ॥

ਸਲੋਕ੝ ॥
ੴ ਸਤਿਗ੝ਰ ਪ੝ਰਸਾਦਿ ॥
ਆਦਿ ਗ੝ਰਝ ਨਮਹ ॥ ਜ੝ਗਾਦਿ ਗ੝ਰਝ ਨਮਹ ॥
ਸਤਿਗ੝ਰਝ ਨਮਹ ॥ ਸ੝ਰੀ ਗ੝ਰਦੇਵਝ ਨਮਹ ॥੧॥

Ga▫oṛī sukẖmanī mėhlĝ 5.

Salok.
Ik▫oaʼnkĝr saṯgur parsĝḝ.
Āḝ gur▫e namah. Jugĝḝ gur▫e namah.
Saṯgur▫e namah. Sarī gurḝev▫e namah.

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