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Shri Gorakhanath

The Gorakh Bani

Maro ve jogi maro,Marana hai mitha |
Tisa marani maro jisa,Marani gorakha mari ditha ||
O Yogi die; die to the world(being absorbed in the yogic state of deep trance). Such death is sweet. Die in
the manner of Goraksa who died (to the world) and then saw the Invisible.
Habaki na boliba thabaki na,Caliba dhire dhariva pavam |
Garaba na kariba sahajai, Rahiba bhanata gorasa ravam ||
Speak not in haste (without understanding), walk not in haste (without knowing the path). Take slow
cautious steps (in the path of yoga). Let not pride overtake you. Lead a simple life (free of passions), says
Goraksa kahai suna hare avadhu, Jaga mai aisai rahanam |
Amse desiba kanai suniva, Musa thai kachu na kahana ||
Goraksha says: Listen, O Avadhuta, this is how you should lead your life in this world. See with your eyes
(the illusions of the world), hear with your ears but never speak. Just be a dispassionate witness to the
happenings around you. Do not react.
Asana drdha ahara drdha, Jo nidra drdha hoya |
Natha kahem suna balaka, Mare na budha hoya ||
Goraksa says one who remains steadfast in observing his sadhna keeping his spiritual practice, food
habits and sleeping habits under strict yogic discipline (renouncing the pleasures of the body and lethargy)
neither grows old nor dies.
Siva Goraksa yaha mantra, Hai sarv sukho ka sara |
Japo baitha ekanta mem, Tana ki sudhi bisara ||
Goraksa says- Om Siva Goraksa Yogi is the mantra, which is the substance of all true joys. One should
repair to a solitary place and chant this mantra so devoutly that he becomes oblivious of his own body
Siva goraksa subhanama, Me sakti bhari agadha |
Lene se haim tara, Gaye nica koti ke vyadha ||
Om Siva Goraksa Yogi- this auspicious mantra contains measureless sakti (power). It is so powerful that
even sinners of the worst kind have attained moksa just by chanting this mantra.
Ajapa jape sunya mara dhare, Pamcom indriya nigraha kare |
Brahma agni mem home kaya, Tasu mahadeva bande paya ||
Goralsa says he who chants the name vocally or non-vocally (japa ajapa), meditates, controls the five
senses (withdrawing) from their pleasures and burns his body in dhayna brahmagni (the holy fire of
Brahma) finds Mahadeva.
Mana murakha samajhe, Nahim yoga marg ki bata |
Ati cancal bhatakata phire, Kare bahuta utpata ||
The mind is dull and fails to comprehend the secret of the yogamarga (the path of yoga). It is very
capricious and is always engaged in mischief (non spiritual activities), thus causing a man to drift away
from the true path.
Mana mandira mem vasa hai,Papa punya ka jnana |
Punya rupa mana sudha hai, Papa asudh mahana ||
The mind itself is the abode of the good as well as of the evil. One may either let the good prevail or may
allow free play to the evil instincts. This mind is pure and pious only when it lets the good in it prosper. If
the mind promotes the evil instincts residing in it then it becomes impure and impious. Yogamarga is the
means by which the mind can be trained to promote and sustain the good instincts.