Karaj is the Sikh Wedding Ceremony. Historically
simple and unassuming, the wedding ceremony is conducted
in the presence of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib, the holy book
of the Sikhs. The Following verses, from the Sri Guru
Granth Sahib, are sung at a Sikh Wedding:*
FOURTH MEHL: In the first round of the marriage
ceremony, the Lord sets out His Instructions for performing
the daily duties of married life. Instead of the hymns
of the Vedas to Brahma, embrace the righteous conduct
of Dharma, and renounce sinful actions. Meditate on
the Lords Name; embrace and enshrine the contemplative
remembrance of the Naam. Worship and adore the Guru,
the Perfect True Guru, and all your sinful residues
shall be dispelled.
By great good fortune, celestial bliss is attained,
and the Lord, Har, Har, seems sweet to the mind. Servant
Nanak proclaims that, in this, the first round of
the marriage ceremony, the marriage ceremony has begun.
|| 1 || In the second round of the marriage
ceremony, the Lord leads you to meet the True Guru,
the Primal Being. With the Fear of God, the Fearless
Lord in the mind, the filth of egotism is eradicated.
In the Fear of God, the Immaculate Lord, sing the
Glorious Praises of the Lord, and behold the Lords
Presence before you. The Lord, the Supreme Soul, is
the Lord and Master of the Universe; He is pervading
and permeating everywhere, fully filling all spaces.
Deep within, and outside as well, there is only the
One Lord God. Meeting together, the humble servants
of the Lord sing the songs of joy. Servant Nanak proclaims
that, in this, the second round of the marriage ceremony,
the unstruck sound current of the Shabad resounds.
|| 2 || In the third round of the
marriage ceremony, the mind is filled with Divine
Love. Meeting with the humble Saints of the Lord,
I have found the Lord, by great good fortune. I have
found the Immaculate Lord, and I sing the Glorious
Praises of the Lord. I speak the Word of the Lords
Bani. By great good fortune, I have found the humble
Saints, and I speak the Unspoken Speech of the Lord.
The Name of the Lord, Har, Har, Har, vibrates and
resounds within my heart; meditating on the Lord,
I have realized the destiny inscribed upon my forehead.
Servant Nanak proclaims that, in this, the third round
of the marriage ceremony, the mind is filled with
Divine Love for the Lord. || 3 ||
In the fourth round of the marriage ceremony, my mind
has become peaceful; I have found the Lord. As Gurmukh,
I have met Him, with intuitive ease; the Lord seems
so sweet to my mind and body. The Lord seems so sweet;
I am pleasing to my God. Night and day, I lovingly
focus my consciousness on the Lord. I have obtained
my Lord and Master, the fruit of my minds desires.
The Lords Name resounds and resonates. The Lord
God, my Lord and Master, blends with His bride, and
her heart blossoms forth in the Naam. Servant Nanak
proclaims that, in this, the fourth round of the marriage
ceremony, we have found the Eternal Lord God.
|| 4 || 2 ||
The Gurbani and the translation are from the GurbaniCD.
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