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saloku mahalā 2.
eh kinehī dātī āpas te jo pāīai.
nānak sā karmāti sāhib tuṭhai jo milai.1.

saloku mahalā 2.

eh kinehī dātī āpas te jo pāīai.

nānak sā karmāti sāhib tuṭhai jo milai.1.

Guru Angad continues with the theme of service in this verse, asking what kind of gift it is that can be obtained by one’s own effort, in order to emphasize that any gift we receive is because of the grace of the Sovereign, a result of the utter happiness of the Sovereign. Gifts are not earned as compensation for doing certain things. There is an element here of answering the yogis who have no concept of grace, who instead chalk all things up to effort. These yogis believe that anything we receive is a result of our own efforts, that we receive the things we deserve due to those efforts. They invoke karma and think that everything we experience, every blessing we receive, is all due to our own actions, having nothing to do with feeling the grace. But Guru Angad is saying that real grace or the real true miracle is when one is just like the one who serves. This is not like the love we have with children or spouses, we are not trying to become like them. This is about Love with a capital L, when we are so consumed with the Beloved that we want to be like them in every respect. This is not a transactional love, where we silently keep score, adding points to the scoreboard and framing everything within the context of karma and our own actions. This is a Love rooted in devotion and service, a Love which transforms us.

What kind of a gift is that which can be obtained by one’s own effort or craft?
Nanak! That alone can be considered to be a gift, which is received through IkOankar’s blessing.

What kind of gift is this, which can be obtained on one’s own? Nanak! (The real) gift (is) that which is obtained upon the Owner being pleased.

Through an impressive flow ideas that are inquiring in nature, the salok asks “what kind of a gift it is which can be obtained on one’s own effort?” It further elaborates that real gift is the one which is received when the Owner is pleased. This implies that instead of being proud of one’s ability and effort, one ought to seek the Owner’s grace in humility.

The meter convention of this salok is 11+13. Consequently, this salok can be categorized under a two line verse/couplet with 11+13 characters each (soraṭhā chand).