Guru Arjan Dev Ji, the 5th guru, composed this prayer of benediction, “Poota Mata Kee Asees,” which expresses a mother’s hope for her child’s well being, and a plea that her child shall always love God.
This prayer may be sung or recited at anytime, or performed as part of a kirtan program as a blessing:
- When parents are expecting.
- When celebrating the occasion of a birth.
- When celebrating a child’s birthday.
- When celebrating Mother’s day.
Guru Arjan Dev Ji, Siri Guru Granth Sahib, p. 496
Gujri Mahalaa 5
Jis simrat sabh kilvikh naaseh pitree ho-eh odaaro So har har tum sad heejaapho jaa kaa ant na paaro
Putaa maataa kee aasees nimakh na bisaro tum kau har har.
Sadaa bhajho jagdees (Rahaau)
Satgur tum kau hoeh dyaalaa santsang tayree preet Kaapar(d) pat parmaysar raakhee bhojan keertan neet Amrit peevho sadaa chir jeevho har simrat anad anant Rang tamaasaa pooran aasaa kabeh na biaapai chintaa
Bhavar tumaaraa eho man hovau har charnaa ho-ho kaulaa Nanak daas on sang laptaaio jeeo boondeh chaatrik maulaa
Raag Gujri, Fifth Channel of Light
Remembering Him, all sins are erased, and ones generations are saved.
So meditate continually on the Lord, Har, Har; He has no end or limitation.
Oh child, this is your mother’s blessing, that you may never forget the Lord, Har, Har, even for an instant.
May you ever vibrate the Lord of the Universe.
May the True Guru be kind to you, and may you love the Society of the Saints. May the preservation of your honor by the Transcendent Lord be your clothing, and may the singing of His Praises be your food.
So drink in forever the Ambrosial Nectar.
May you live long, may the meditative remembrance of the Lord give you infinite delight.
May joy and pleasure be yours. May your hopes be fulfilled, and may you never be troubled by worries.
Let this mind of yours be the bumble bee, and let the Lord’s feet be the lotus flower.
Says servant Nanak, attach your mind to them, and blossom forth like the songbird, upon finding the raindrop.
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