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mahalā 2.
eh kinehī cākarī jitu bhaü khasamu na jāi.
nānak sevaku kāḍhīai ji setī khasam samāi.2.

mahalā 2.

eh kinehī cākarī jitu bhaü khasamu na jāi.

nānak sevaku kāḍhīai ji setī khasam samāi.2.

Guru Angad continues and asks, what kind of service is it if we are only doing it out of fear of 1Force (One Universal Integrative Force, the Sovereign, also referred to as 1-Ness)? Service rooted in fear cannot be genuine, because if we are motivated by fear then we are still calculating and trying to do whatever we think will score us the most points. We experience this when we are children and we make decisions because we are scared of how our parents will react. We experience this when we see 1Force as a stern father-figure, or fixate on ideas of karma and point systems, worried about the next life and “leveling up.” What does it look like when that fear shifts? The devotee becomes like the Beloved when the fear is gone, when the fear transforms into reverence over time. When a child does something out of respect for their parents, when we do something out of love for the One. That service is rooted in reverence and freedom, where the devotee is lost in the Sovereign, when there is no difference between the two, when the lover becomes one with the Beloved.

What kind of service is this, by which the fear of IkOankar does not go away from the devotee’s mind; fear, that does not transform into reverence over time.
Nanak! That being can be considered a real devotee, who becomes one with IkOankar in devotion.

What kind of service (is) this, by which the fear of the Owner does not go away? Nanak! (That being) is considered (a real) servant, who becomes one with the Owner.

In an interrogative tone the salok asks, what kind of service is that by which the fear of IkOankar does not go away? That individual alone is considered to be the real servant who turns fear into loving reverence, to become one with IkOankar.

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