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Here is a translation video of "Saas Saas Simro Gobind" ... the music was done in collaboration with two local musicians from the bay area - Jeremy Marais on the Saxophone and Suellen Primost on the cello.  Like my previous arrangements, the chordal structure is highly repetitive, which is important in spiritual music. With the repetiveness, the music is doing a meditation and disappears into the meaning of the words.


Saas Saas Simro Gobind - An Alternative Translation

Listening to the complete Guru
I come in the vicinity of oneness 

Remembering oneness in every breath
I erase all the pain inside 

Asking for the dust of Saints' feet
I abandon fleeting waves of desire

Renouncing my ego, praying with Saints
I cross life's ocean of fire 

Bowing down to the complete Guru
I fill my coffers with divine wealth


Shabad: Guru Arjan Dev
Music/Vocals: Shivpreet Singh
Guest Musicians:
Cello: Suellen Primost
Saxophone: Jeremy Marais
Translation: Shivpreet Singh

ਅਸਟਪਦੀ ॥ 
असटपदी ॥ 
Asatpaḏī. 
Ashtapadee:

ਪੂਰੇ ਗੁਰ ਕਾ ਸੁਨਿ ਉਪਦੇਸੁ ॥ 
पूरे गुर का सुनि उपदेसु ॥ 
Pūre gur kā sun upḏes. 
Listen to the Teachings of the Perfect Guru;

ਪਾਰਬ੍ਰਹਮੁ ਨਿਕਟਿ ਕਰਿ ਪੇਖੁ ॥ 
पारब्रहमु निकटि करि पेखु ॥ 
Pārbarahm nikat kar pekẖ. 
see the Supreme Lord God near you.


ਸਾਸਿ ਸਾਸਿ ਸਿਮਰਹੁ ਗੋਬਿੰਦ ॥ 
सासि सासि सिमरहु गोबिंद ॥ 
Sās sās simrahu gobinḏ. 
With each and every breath, meditate in remembrance on the Lord of the Universe,

ਮਨ ਅੰਤਰ ਕੀ ਉਤਰੈ ਚਿੰਦ ॥ 
मन अंतर की उतरै चिंद ॥ 
Man anṯar kī uṯrai cẖinḏ. and the anxiety within your mind shall depart.


ਆਸ ਅਨਿਤ ਤਿਆਗਹੁ ਤਰੰਗ ॥ 
आस अनित तिआगहु तरंग ॥ 
Ās aniṯ ṯi▫āgahu ṯarang. 
Abandon the waves of fleeting desire,

ਸੰਤ ਜਨਾ ਕੀ ਧੂਰਿ ਮਨ ਮੰਗ ॥ 
संत जना की धूरि मन मंग ॥ 
Sanṯ janā kī ḏẖūr man mang. 
and pray for the dust of the feet of the Saints.

ਆਪੁ ਛੋਡਿ ਬੇਨਤੀ ਕਰਹੁ ॥ 
आपु छोडि बेनती करहु ॥ 
Āp cẖẖod benṯī karahu. 
Renounce your selfishness and conceit and offer your prayers.

ਸਾਧਸੰਗਿ ਅਗਨਿ ਸਾਗਰੁ ਤਰਹੁ ॥ 
साधसंगि अगनि सागरु तरहु ॥ 
Sāḏẖsang agan sāgar ṯarahu. 
In the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy, cross over the ocean of fire.


ਹਰਿ ਧਨ ਕੇ ਭਰਿ ਲੇਹੁ ਭੰਡਾਰ ॥ 
हरि धन के भरि लेहु भंडार ॥ 
Har ḏẖan ke bẖar leho bẖandār. 
Fill your stores with the wealth of the Lord.

ਨਾਨਕ ਗੁਰ ਪੂਰੇ ਨਮਸਕਾਰ ॥੧॥ 
नानक गुर पूरे नमसकार ॥१॥ 
Nānak gur pūre namaskār. ||1|| 
Nanak bows in humility and reverence to the Perfect Guru. ||1||


Alternative Translation

Listening to the complete Guru
I come in the vicinity of oneness 

Remembering oneness in every breath
I erase all the pain inside 

Asking for the dust of Saints' feet
I abandon fleeting waves of desire

Renouncing my ego, praying with Saints
I cross life's ocean of fire 

Bowing down to the complete Guru
I fill my coffers with divine wealth

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