101+ Best Gurbani Quotes, and Sayings

Are you looking for Gurbani quotes? Here is the right place to get the best collections of Gurbani quotes and sayings. Gurbani is a Sikh term, very commonly used by Sikhs to refer to various compositions by the Sikh Gurus and other writers of Guru Granth Sahib.

Death is Inevitable
Gurbani teaches us that death is inevitable. It is the law of nature. Whosoever is born must die. Rich and poor, young and old all die. Guru Nanak Dev has written:

If there is one God, then there is only His way to attain Him, not another. One must follow that way and reject the other. Worship not him who is born only to die, but Him who is eternal and is contained in the whole universe. -God Guru Nanak

Nanak, the devotees are forever in bliss’ listening (to Nanak/God), pain and sin are destroyed.
(Priceless are those who acquire his virtues, priceless are the treasures of Divine Virtues.)

Guru Nanak Dev Ji, believed men and women are equal and therefore women cannot be considered inferior. To woman we marry, of woman are we born, of woman conceived, by a woman is the civilization continued. It is by women that the entire social order is maintained. Then “why call her bad? From her Kings are born”

“Burn worldly love,
rub the ashes and make ink of it,
make the heart the pen,
the intellect the writer,
write that which has no end or limit.”
― Guru Nanak, Sri Guru Granth Sahib

When the mind is not pure, what is the good of practicing outward cleanliness?
Sikhism The Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji quote, Sikhism
Siri Guru Granth Sahib. Page 905

Death Knows no Time
Nobody knows the time of death, but only God knows it. Some die in infancy while others die in old age. Death does not consider time, age, or place. Sometimes it occurs due to unexpected causes. It is good that we do not know the time of our death. Had we known it, our progress would have stopped. Guru Nanak Dev has rightly said:
mrix n mUrqu puiCAw puCI iQiq n vwru ] (SGGS1244)
‘Death does not ask the time; it does not ask the date or the day of the week.’

Gurbani Quotes

Speak only that which will bring you honor.

Guru Nanak: Why call her bad, from her Kings are born
Guru Nanak Dev Ji
Guru Nanak Dev Ji. (Gurmukhi: ਗੁਰੂ ਨਾਨਕ), was the founder and first Guru of Sikhism, was born in the year 1469, in the village of Talwandi which is located in the Punjab region of the Indian subcontinent.

“He who has no faith in himself can never have faith in God.”
― Guru Nanak, Sri Guru Granth Sahib

falsehood shall come to an end O Nanak and truth shall ultimately prevail.

‘Freed, the crane perches on the river bank, playing joyfully.
While it is playing, a hawk suddenly pounces upon it.
When the Hawk of God attacks, playful sport is forgotten. God does what is not expected or even not foreseen’.

He who has no faith in himself can never have faith in God.

Do not harbor evil intentions against others in your mind, and you shall not be troubled, friends.

Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s religious ideas draw on both Hindu and Islamic thought but are far more than just a synthesis. Guru Nanak Dev Ji was an original spiritual thinker and expressed his thoughts in poetry that forms the basis of Sikh scripture.

Hunger for wealth does not diminish by collecting more wealth.

“Even Kings and emperors with heaps of wealth and vast dominion cannot compare with an ant filled with the love of God.”
― Guru Nanak, Sri Guru Granth Sahib

There is only one air, earth, and only one light of the God in each being.

Who Controls Birth and Death?
MaaraiRaakhe (23K)According to Gurbani only God controls death. He has the power to create and destroy. None can interfere or order Him. Everyone is under His command. It does not mean that we should not take precautions or refuse medical treatment.

There is but One God. His name is Truth; He is the Creator. He fears none; he is without hate. He never dies; He is beyond the cycle of births and death. He is self-illuminated. He is realized by the kindness of the True Guru. He was True in the beginning; He was True when the ages commenced and have ever been True. He is also True now.

There is only one God. His name is true.
He is the creator, He has no fear, He has no hate.
He is omnipresent. Unborn and self-illuminating, by Guru’s grace, he is realized.
He has been true since time began and for ages.
He is still true, Guru Nanak says, he will forever be true.

Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s family were Hindus, but he soon showed an advanced interest in religion and studied Islam and Hinduism extensively. As a child, he demonstrated great ability as a poet and philosopher.

“Dwell in peace in the home of your own being, and the Messenger of Death will not be able to touch you.”
― Guru Nanak

“ The word (Shabad) is the Guru, And the mind attuned to the Shabad is the disciple The Shabad is the Guru, teacher, fathomless and calm, Without the Shabad, the people wander astray, Attune your mind to the world, GURU.”

hukmy AwvY hukmy jwvY hukmy rhY smweI ] (Guru Nanak Dev. SGGS:940)
‘Everyone comes here at the Lord’s command, leaves in His will and remains merged, too, in the Lord’s will.’

Burn worldly love, rub the ashes and make ink of it, make the heart the pen, the intellect the writer, write that which has no end or limit.

One who sees himself as lowly, shall be accounted as the highest of all.

One famous story about Guru Nanak tells of his rebellion at the age of eleven. At this age Hindu boys of his caste would start to wear the sacred thread to distinguish them. Nanak refused, saying that people should be distinguished by the things that they did, and their individual qualities, rather than by a thread.

“The world is a drama, staged in a dream”
― Guru Nanak,

For the sake of wealth, the mortals become servants and thieves. But it goes not with them and remains behind for another.

guxdwqw vrqY sB AMqir isir isir ilKdw swhw hy ] (Guru Amar Daas. SGGS:1055)
‘The Giver of virtue(the Lord) is pervading deep within all the beings; He inscribes the time of destiny upon each and every person’s head.’

Only fools argue whether to eat meat or not. They don’t understand truth, nor do they meditate on it. Who can define what is meat and what is a plant? Who knows where the sin lies, being a vegetarian or a non-vegetarian?
-Guru Nanak

Whoever takes Nanak’s name will flourish. Under his shadow, there is happiness.

Guru Nanak Dev Ji. continued to demonstrate a radical spiritual streak – arguing with local holy men and sages, both Hindu and Muslim, that external things like pilgrimages, penances, and poverty were of far less spiritual importance than internal changes to the individual’s soul.

“For each and every person, our Lord and Master provide sustenance. Why are you so afraid, O mind? The flamingos fly hundreds of miles, leaving their young ones behind. Who feeds them, and who teaches them to feed themselves? Have you ever thought of this in your mind?”
― Guru Nanak, Sri Guru Granth Sahib

The glories are in the Lord’s own hand. He blesses those with whom He is pleased.

kauqku kwlu iehu hukim pTwieAw ] (Guru Arjan Dev. SGGS:1081)
‘In His Will, the Lord has sent us this wondrous death.’
Let us not Forget Death and Entangle ourselves too much in Worldly Affairs
When death is unavoidable and it can come at any time, we should not entangle ourselves too much in worldly affairs as we cannot take anything with us after death. We should avoid being proud of our wealth which may not be ours forever. We should try to become a good human beings, remember death and God:

Those who have loved are those that have found God.

Strength Gurbani Quotes

He cannot be established, he cannot be created. He himself is immaculate and pure.

Guru Nanak Dev Ji, believed men and women are equal and therefore women cannot be considered inferior. To woman we marry, of woman are we born, of woman conceived, by a woman is the civilization continued. It is by women that the entire social order is maintained. Then “Why call her bad? From her Kings are born”

“Death would not be called bad, O people, if one knew how to truly die.”
― Guru Nanak

He alone is a wise man, Who gains spiritual knowledge, Through meditation upon the divine virtues.

swihbu [email protected] pMQu inhwilh Asw iB EQY jwxw ] (Guru Nanak Dev. SGGS: 579)
‘Let us remember the Lord and Master in contemplation, and keep a watchful eye on the Path. We shall have to go there .’

Your Death Home Will Peace
-Guru Nanak

Complete in the beginning, complete in the middle, complete in the end, is the divine force.

“There is but One God.
His name is Truth;
He is the Creator.
He fears none;
he is without hate.
He never dies;
He is beyond the cycle of births and death.
He is self-illuminated.
He is realized by the kindness of the True Guru. He was True in the beginning;
He was True when the ages commenced and have ever been True.
He is also True now.”

“those who have loved are those that have found God”
Guru Nanak

Everyone says that the Lord is one, but each one is engrossed in ego and pride.

hm AwdmI hW iek dmI muhliq muhqu n jwxw ]
nwnku ibnvY iqsY sryvhu jw ky jI prwxw ]( Guru Nanak Dev. SGGS:660)
‘We are human beings of a single breath; we do not know the appointed time (of our departure).
Prays Nanak, serve the One, to whom our soul and breath of life belong’.

Your Mercy is my social status.
-Guru Nanak

Even empires are of no use at all, if they do not bring satisfaction.

Nanak naam jahaz hai, charhe so utre paar,
Jo sharda kar sevde, gur paar utaran haar.
O Nanak, the name of God is a ship, one board to alight across the ocean (this world is akin to an ocean).
Whosoever serves with devotion, the Guru assists (him/her) in alighting across (the ocean).
The above is from Dohra & not written by Guru Nanak dev Ji.

“I am neither male nor female, nor am I sexless. I am the Peaceful One, whose form is self-effulgent, powerful radiance.”
― Guru Nanak

If he who plays the tyrant, is honored, then deem it to be the surest sign of the Dark Age.

imrqu hsY isr aUpry psUAw nhI bUJY ]
bwd swd AhMkwr mih mrxw nhI sUJY ] Guru Arjan Dev. SGGS:809)
‘Death hovers over his head, laughing, but the beast (foolish human being) does not understand.
Entangled in conflict, pleasure, and egotism, human beings do not even think of death.’

Let no man in the world live in delusion. Without a Guru, none can cross over to the other shore. -Guru Nanak

Nanak Naam Jahaj hai from Sikh Ardas dohra
Guru Nanak with their death already ordained
Guru Nanak Dev Ji has written on topic of death in this quote from Gurbani:
ਜੋ ਆਇਆ ਸੋ ਚਲਸੀ ਸਭੁ ਕੋਈ ਆਈ ਵਾਰੀਐ ॥ Jo Aaeiaa So Chalasee Sabh Koee Aaee Vaareeai ||
ਆਸਾ ਵਾਰ (ਮਃ ੧) (੨੦):੩ – ਗੁਰੂ ਗ੍ਰੰਥ ਸਾਹਿਬ : ਅੰਗ ੪੭੪ ਪੰ. ੨ Raag Asa Guru Nanak Dev

“Even kings and emperors, with mountains of property and oceans of wealth – these are not even equal to an ant, who does not forget God.”
― Guru Nanak, Sri Guru Granth Sahib

Having created the universe the Lord abides, therein, He, who avails of the lifetime, is really the servant of God.

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