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paüṛī.
nānak ant na japan̖ī hari tā ke pārāvār.
āpi karāe sākhatī phiri āpi karāe mār.
ikn̖ā galī janjīrīā iki turī caṛahi bisīār.
āpi karāe kare āpi haü kai siu karī pukār.
nānak karṇā jini kīā phiri tis hī karṇī sār.23.

paüṛī.

nānak ant na japan̖ī hari tā ke pārāvār.

āpi karāe sākhatī phiri āpi karāe mār.

ikn̖ā galī janjīrīā iki turī caṛahi bisīār.

āpi karāe kare āpi haü kai siu karī pukār.

nānak karṇā jini kīā phiri tis hī karṇī sār.23.

Guru Angad says that the limits of 1Force and 1Force’s creation cannot be known. Under the Command, 1Force brings beings into creation and then later causes their departure. 1Force is the creator and the destroyer. 1Force alone does all things and causes beings to do things. This seems to address the constant big questions we have about who is really doing what, how we can figure out the All-Pervasive’s limits, how we can know what kinds of commands or punishments are being given. This is an acknowledgement of our constant urge to understand these things. Some of us, the Guru says, are enslaved with chains around us, while some are riding horses. All of this is happening in the way of the 1Force, and there is nothing we can explain. The only One who knows is the One. But this does not mean we must exist in this anxious questioning until the day we depart — the Guru says, the One who created this world also takes care of it. There is grace underlying all things, there is a relationship between the beings and the Creator — it has the potential to be a relationship devoid of transaction or calculation or measurement. We all are constantly striving to get to that place of zero calculation even in our relationships with one another. The One who created us is the One we can have conversations with, seek understanding from, seek guidance from, the One who is elevated can elevate us to this level of relationship with 1Force.

Nanak! The limits of the Creator and creation cannot be known.
Under the Command, IkOankar alone creates beings in the creation, and then, later causes them to depart; IkOankar alone is the Creator and Destroyer of all.
Under the Command some are imprisoned (have chains around their necks), while many others mount horses and live a life of luxury.
IkOankar alone does everything and causes beings to do. In front of whom should I appeal then?
Nanak! IkOankar, who has created this world, is also to take care of it.

Nanak! (Neither) the limits of that IkOankar can be known, (nor) the further and nearer end.
(IkOankar), by Ownself, causes (the beings) to take shape, (and) then, by Ownself, causes death.
There are chains around the necks of some, (while) some ride on many horses.
(IkOankar) by Ownself causes (beings) to do, by Ownself does; (then), in front of whom should I make an appeal?
Nanak! One who has created the world, that (IkOankar alone) is to take care of it afterwards.

The first line of the pauri is creating a poetic appeal of sorts by praising IkOankar’s greatnesses. Some of these qualities are described in the following lines, which provide it a fascinating and aesthetic taste that transports its readers into a state of awe.

In the pauri, the entire natural and social phenomenon is seen in the context of the pervasive command of IkOankar. It depicts the helpless state of the being and suggests that prayer in front of IkOankar is the only option. The final line puts the responsibility and burden of the entire creation on the Creator alone and makes the being carefree. This feeling of being carefree alone can bring serenity and peace in an individual. Thus the poetic flow of this pauri begins with a fascinating taste (of praising IkOankar’s greatnesses) and ends with an exalted state of serenity and inner peace in an individual.

Based on vocabulary and articulation, the meter convention of this pauri is 13+(2)+11. First half of the third line has 15 meters, and the first half of the fourth and the fifth line has 14+14 meters.