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BHAGATS OF THE GRANTH SAHIB

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.

CI

Farid, I am a sacrifice to those birds[1] which live in the forests ;
They live on fruit, sleep on the ground, and never leave God’s side.

CII

Farid, the season changeth,[2] the forests wave, the leaves drop off ;
I have searched in every direction, but found no place of rest.

CIII

Farid, tear thy coat into tatters and wear a blanket instead ;
Adopt a dress by which thou mayest obtain the Lord.

Guru Amar Das makes the following reflection on this couplet :—

CIV

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 :—

CV

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.[3]

CVI

Farid, terrible are the countenances of those who have forgotten the Name ;

  1. Hermits.
  2. That is, old age comes on.
  3. Water will not rest on a hill, neither will God’s grace on him who holds his head too high.