"Salok Sheikh Farid Ji" 1/2-Punjabi/English Captions & Translation





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Published on Mar 23, 2011

This is a home recording of the Bani: " Salok Sheikh Farid Ke" the couplets written by Sheikh Farid Ji. This is a long Bani scribed on pages 1377 - 84 of Siree Guru Granth Sahib Ji. Bibi Gurdev Kaur OBE recorded it at her home, while playing the keyboard, as a dummy tape in 1995. Though the sound quality is not great, but the delivery of Saloks in Raag Bhairvi touches the core of the heart.

Some of the saloks have been added to Farid Ji's saloks by the Gurus that are meant to harmonize the importance and clarify or supplement the idea contained in the original salok. The saloks of Farid, though not linked thematically with one another, describe in general the transient nature of the world and exhort man to remain detached from its false allurements and to reflect upon the name of God which is the only lasting reality. They also lay stress on the need for the right conduct and moral awareness. The attitude towards the Divine is, throughout Farid`s compositions, that of a loving wife towards her spouse. Farid teaches man not to seek God in lonely wastes as He abides in the heart (19). Creator in the creation abides, and the creation in Him (75). From this metaphysical thought of essential oneness between the Creator Lord and Jeev Aatma (the human soul) is derived the social Ideal of universal brotherhood of man.
Baba Sheikh Farid was a Sufi saint who is considered by many to be the first major poet of the Punjabi language. He was born in the Multan district of what is today Pakistan. Later, when the Sikh holy book the Adi Granth Sahib was compiled, many of Baba Sheikh Farid's poems and couplets were included, alongside the poetry of Kabir and Ravidas.
There are 134 hymns of Sheik Farid incorporated in the Guru Granth Sahib. Many Sikh scholars ascribe them to Farid Shakarganj (1173 -- 1265) of Pak Pattan, a disciple of the Sufi Qutbuddin Bakhtiyar Kaki. The tenth in succession to his post was Sheikh Brahm (Ibrahim), also known as Farid Sani or Farid the 2nd, and it is this Farid who Guru Nanak Dev ji met on two occasions.
Baba Farid is recognised as the first major poet of the Punjabi language and in recognition of his exalted status, the district of Faridkot in Punjab, northern India is named after him. Baba ji was a Muslim with a predominantly Sufi background.
Farid ji has been honoured by the Gurus of Sikhism and his verses were collected and subsequently compiled into the Sikh holy book, Guru Granth Sahib (normally referred to as Gurbani).
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