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“Hukam rajai” assumes that Ekonkar is sovereign and we do not have much control. So a lot of the things we do to attain peace/freedom/happiness are useless. The only action that makes sense is “Hukam Rajai” — surrendering to the will to the ruler of our destiny. Surrendering is nothing but loving. And singing is the expression of love! So, the purpose of life remains to sing! This is what my Dear Guru Nanak meant in the 15/16th century in this morning prayer, Japji when he said “Hukam Rajai.”

Here are interpretations of Guru Nanak’s poem “Hukam Rajai” (Japji 1).

Acceptance

On the path of purity
I did not become clean
On the path of silence
I did not gain peace
On the path of riches
I did not gain wealth
On the path of intelligence
I did not gain wisdom
Walking the path of acceptance
I found the noble truth.
June 24, 2011
– Shiv

Crossing the clean path
I did not become pure
Striding the silent path
I did not gain peace
Going the gilded path
I did not gain wealth
In the intelligent path
I did not gain wisdom
On the path of love
I found everything.

– Shiv
June 22, 2011

Do not try to clean
what can’t be made pure
Do not try to quiet
what can’t be at peace
Do not try to feed
hunger that doesn’t die
Do not try to know
what can’t be understood
Acede to the power
that rules everyone

– Shiv
March 18, 2011

Hukam Rajai – Path of Surrender

On the path of purity
I did not become clean
On the path of silence
I did not gain peace
On the path of riches
I did not gain wealth
On the path of intelligence
I did not gain wisdom
Walking the path of surrender
I found the noble truth.

March 14, 2011
Shiv

Thinking does not unthaw truth
by churning thoughts tier on tier
Silencing scarcely brings silence
by sitting soundless year after year

Hunger will still linger no matter
how many heaps are hoarded here
Like flickers of candles in the wind
the best of wits will disappear

What is then the light of truth
whose brillance makes the path clear
Living in grace inspite of darkness
and singing His song everywhere

– Shiv

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