Lo ! man departeth on the shoulders of four men, Farid ; but the good acts he performed in this world shall be serviceable to him in God’s court.
Farid, I am a sacrifice to those birds which live in the
They live on fruit, sleep on the ground, and never leave God’s side.
Farid, the season changeth, the forests wave, the leaves
drop off ;
I have searched in every direction, but found no place of rest.
Farid, tear thy coat into tatters and wear a blanket
Adopt a dress by which thou mayest obtain the Lord.
Guru Amar Das makes the following reflection on this couplet :—
Why tear thy coat and put on a blanket ?
Nanak, if thine intentions be good, seated at home thou shalt find the Lord.
Guru Ram Das has added the following :—
Farid, they who were proud of their greatness and
possessed youth and untold wealth,
Went away bare from the Lord like a hillock after rain.
Farid, terrible are the countenances of those who have forgotten the Name ;
- That is, old age comes on.
- Water will not rest on a hill, neither will God’s grace on him who holds his head too high.