Taati Vao Na Lagai -

Taati Vao Na Lagai - Guru Arjan's embrace 

Someone texted me these words and I just felt like singing Bhai Harjinder Singh ji's melodious composition of this shabad with the piano. This is that recording. Since the initial recording I added some strings to it, mix and mastered and kept the vocals from that first attempt. And while I was working on the video, I felt like Guru Arjan embraces us through these sweet words. So, the video is colored with "embrace." This is being released as part of the Kirpa Dhaar project which includes uplifting shabads during the Pandemic. 

The scorching winds cannot harm you when you walk the path of genuine service.

Hot Winds of Testing as explained by Jesus Christ

Jesus related a parable in Luke 8 about a farmer who scattered seed in his field. Some of the seed fell on fertile soil, while some fell on rocky ground. In explaining the parable, Jesus stated in verse 13, "The seeds that fell on rocky soil represent those who hear the message and receive it with joy, but their roots are shallow and they don't last. When trouble or persecution arises because of the word, they quickly fall away."

A Love That Saves you From Hot Winds

Life is full of ups and downs, and we all experience tough times. Everything may seem to be going well, then suddenly a new challenge arises (what are hot winds or taati vao): illness, death, relationship problems, a setback in business, or just depression. It can be tempting to feel discouraged and question why it happened. 

For the evolved soul, these experiences are opportunities that God provides to guide us towards our purpose. For such spiritual beings, there are no "hot winds". To Guru Arjan, "hot winds don't touch one who is under the protection of God." Just like he says, "everything appears sweet, because my love is the doer." (Tera Kiya Meetha Lagai)

To paraphrase civil rights leader Valerie Kaur, "Regardless of how battered you may become, even if faced with blazing heat or a rain of fire, even if you're bleeding in childbirth or on the battlefield, the searing winds cannot touch you. This is because you are in the company of the sacred and are part of it. You are with God and of God. You are with love and of love. And this type of love saves us all."

Lyrics, Transliteration and Translation 

ਬਿਲਾਵਲੁ ਮਹਲਾ ੫ ॥
बिलावल महला ५ ॥
Bilāval mėhlā 5.
Bilaaval, Fifth Mehl:

ਤਾਤੀ ਵਾਉ ਨ ਲਗਈ ਪਾਰਬ੍ਰਹਮ ਸਰਣਾਈ ॥
ताती वाउ न लगई पारब्रहम सरणाई ॥
Ŧāṯī vāo na lagī pārbarahm sarṇāī.
The hot wind does not even touch one who is under the Protection of the Supreme Lord God.

ਚਉਗਿਰਦ ਹਮਾਰੈ ਰਾਮ ਕਾਰ ਦੁਖੁ ਲਗੈ ਨ ਭਾਈ ॥੧॥
चउगिरद हमारै राम कार दुखु लगै न भाई ॥१॥
Cẖaugiraḏ hamārai rām kār ḏukẖ lagai na bẖāī. ||1||
On all four sides I am surrounded by the Lord's Circle of Protection; pain does not afflict me, O Siblings of Destiny. ||1||

ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ ਪੂਰਾ ਭੇਟਿਆ ਜਿਨਿ ਬਣਤ ਬਣਾਈ ॥
सतिगुरु पूरा भेटिआ जिनि बणत बणाई ॥
Saṯgur pūrā bẖetiā jin baṇaṯ baṇāī.
I have met the Perfect True Guru, who has done this deed.

ਰਾਮ ਨਾਮੁ ਅਉਖਧੁ ਦੀਆ ਏਕਾ ਲਿਵ ਲਾਈ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥
राम नामु अउखधु दीआ एका लिव लाई ॥१॥ रहाउ ॥
Rām nām aukẖaḏẖ ḏīā ekā liv lāī. ||1|| rahā▫o.
He has given me the medicine of the Lord's Name, and I enshrine love for the One Lord. ||1||Pause||

ਰਾਖਿ ਲੀਏ ਤਿਨਿ ਰਖਨਹਾਰਿ ਸਭ ਬਿਆਧਿ ਮਿਟਾਈ ॥
राखि लीए तिनि रखनहारि सभ बिआधि मिटाई ॥
Rākẖ līe ṯin rakẖaṇhār sabẖ biāḏẖ mitāī.
The Savior Lord has saved me, and eradicated all my sickness.

ਕਹੁ ਨਾਨਕ ਕਿਰਪਾ ਭਈ ਪ੍ਰਭ ਭਏ ਸਹਾਈ ॥੨॥੧੫॥੭੯॥
कहु नानक किरपा भई प्रभ भए सहाई ॥२॥१५॥७९॥
Kaho Nānak kirpā bẖaī parabẖ bẖae sahāī. ||2||15||79||
Says Nanak, God has showered me with His Mercy; He has become my help and support. ||2||15||79||


  1. Replies
    1. So enlightening makes me happy to be accepted in Hos embrace

  2. thanks. that was great. even though I understand punjabi, its hard to understand gurbani sometimes. god bless.