Shabad Guru Series

  LifeCycles Shabad

Connecting with the Guru in Each Stage of Life

Online Course

Lifecycles Shabad

by Guru Nanak

Guru Nanak gave us a shabad that explains the cycles of life and the challenges we face in each.  Through this 5 pauri shabad, we will go through each line and word, their meaning and interpretation for our own life cycles.  

 This shabad is part of the 'Lifecycles & Lifestyles' Level 2 Kundalini Yoga course taught by KRI.  However no yoga certification or experience is necessary for enrollment in this course.

The course includes 6 classes with one pauri per class and a final summary to close the course.  

Every class will go through the pronunciation and meaning of each line of each shabad, and includes practice time from each student.


The musical album from Prabhu Nam Kaur is also included in the course registration, with a musical version of the shabad, as well as Gurmukhi and English recitations.

Taught by Prabhu Naam Kaur & GuruKirin Kaur


"Guru Nanak was one person filled with God's divine light whose mind was perfectly clear, and he could say the truth. That is a function of a Guru—to dispel the darkness.  And what is your darkness? Fear. When you act out of fear you try to draw attention to yourself out of any insanity you can create. Seeking attention comes from your darkness and insanity. Creativity and love come from your sensitivity. A developed sensitivity in character gives you commitment. Commitment in turn gives you more sensitivity of character. They are interrelated. That is how this planet runs.
No matter how many millions of suns rise and moons come, there will still be darkness without the touch of the Guru."
~ Siri Singh Sahib Yogi Bhajan 

"Guru Nanak brought us the total psychological, sociological, biological and projective future... He just computed the universe for us."

~ Siri Singh Sahib Yogi Bhajan 9/24/89


6 class series with Self Paced videos to 

journey at your own pace

Videos were recorded during a live course held online in December 2017

Self-Paced Course



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Shabad Translation ~

Siree Raag, First Mehla:

In the first watch of the night, O my merchant friend, your innocent mind has a child-like understanding.

You drink milk, and you are fondled so gently, O my merchant friend. The mother and father love their child so much, but in Maya, all are caught in emotional attachment.

By the good fortune of good deeds done in the past, you have come, and now you perform actions to determine your future.

Without the Lord's Name, liberation is not obtained, and you are drowned in the love of duality.

Says Nanak, in the first watch of the night, O mortal, you shall be saved by remembering the Lord. ||1||

In the second watch of the night, O my merchant friend, you are intoxicated with the wine of youth and beauty.

Day and night, you are engrossed in sexual desire, O my merchant friend, and your consciousness is blind to the Naam.

The Lord's Name is not within your heart, but all sorts of other tastes seem sweet to you.

You have no wisdom at all, no meditation, no virtue or self-discipline; in falsehood, you are caught in the cycle of birth and death.

Pilgrimages, fasts, purification and self-discipline are of no use, nor are rituals, religious ceremonies or empty worship.

O Nanak, emancipation comes only by loving devotional worship; through duality, people are engrossed in duality. ||2||

In the third watch of the night, O my merchant friend, the swans, the white hairs, come and land upon the pool of the head.

Youth wears itself out, and old age triumphs, O my merchant friend; as time passes, your days diminish.

At the last moment, you repent-you are so blind!-when the Messenger of Death seizes you and carries you away.

You kept all your things for yourself, but in an instant, they are all lost.

Your intellect left you, your wisdom departed, and now you repent for the evil deeds you committed.

Says Nanak, O mortal, in the third watch of the night, let your consciousness be lovingly focused on God. ||3||

In the fourth watch of the night, O my merchant friend, your body grows old and weak.

Your eyes go blind, and cannot see, O my merchant friend, and your ears do not hear any words.

Your eyes go blind, and your tongue is unable to taste; you live only with the help of others.

With no virtue within, how can you find peace? The self-willed manmukh comes and goes in reincarnation.

When the crop of life has matured, it bends, breaks and perishes; why take pride in that which comes and goes?

Says Nanak, O mortal, in the fourth watch of the night, the Gurmukh recognizes the Word of the Shabad. ||4||

Your breath comes to its end, O my merchant friend, and your shoulders are weighed down by the tyrant of old age.

Not one iota of virtue came into you, O my merchant friend; bound and gagged by evil, you are driven along.

One who departs with virtue and self-discipline is not struck down, and is not consigned to the cycle of birth and death.

The Messenger of Death and his trap cannot touch him; through loving devotional worship, he crosses over the ocean of fear.

He departs with honor, and merges in intuitive peace and poise; all his pains depart.

Says Nanak, when the mortal becomes Gurmukh, he is saved and honored by the True Lord. ||5||2||