"Mera Bad Guru Govinda" Sikhism Shabad to Invoke Healing

Prayer to Eradicate Ego "My Physician the Enlightener is Lord of the Universe"

Mera Bad Guru Govinda
Mera Bad Guru Govinda. Photo © [S Khalsa]

Fifth Guru Arjun Dev, a sublime poet, wrote many exquisite shabads praising the healing qualities of the divine and the medicine of Naam, the holy name.

The hymn *translated here is a powerful prayer for healing and stresses the Sikh belief that the true physician is the Guru, or Enlightener, who removes and eradicates the disease of ego. When meditating on Gurbani in complete contemplation of the divine identity, during an instance of revelation the absorbed mind and soul are freed from illusory existence.

When realization occurs, the rapturous taste of the immortal elixir trickles onto the tongue, dispelling death.

Mera Bad Guru Govinda

Sorath mehalaa 5 ||

Sorath, Fifth Guru:
"Janam janam kae dookh nivaarai sookaa man saadhaarai ||
He dispels the pains of countless incarnations, lending support to the dry and shriveled mind.

Darasan baettat hot nihaalaa har kaa naam beechaarai ||1||
Beholding His blessed vision one is enraptured, when contemplating the Lord's Name. ||1||

Meraa baid guroo govindaa ||
My physician is the Guru (Enlightener), the Universal Lord.

Har har naam aoukhadh mukh devai kaattai jam kee fandhaa ||1|| rehaao ||
Putting the medicine of the Name into my mouth, he cuts away the noose of Death. ||1||Pause||

Samrath purakh pooran bidhaatae aapae karanaihaaraa ||
The all-powerful, perfect Architect of Destiny, the Lord Himself is the Doer of deeds.

Apunaa daas har aap oubaariaa naanak naam adhaaraa ||2||6||34||
The Lord Himself saves His servant; Nanak takes the Support of the Name." ||2||6||34|| SGGS||618

*Translation and phonetic rendering of original Gurmukhi verses may slightly differ with various interpretations.

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