ਬਿਰਧਿ ਭਇਓ ਸੂਝੈ ਨਹੀ ਕਾਲੁ ਪਹੂਚਿਓ ਆਨਿ ॥

ਕਹੁ ਨਾਨਕ ਨਰ ਬਾਵਰੇ ਕਿਉ ਨ ਭਜੈ ਭਗਵਾਨੁ ॥੪॥

Birdh Peyo Sujhai Nahin Kaal Pahuncheyo Aan |

Kaho Naanak Nar Bhaavre Kyon Naa Bhaje Bhagvaan | 4 |

Silver has become thy hair, and yet you do not understand,

By the door the Lord of Death does already stand.

Says Naanak, O human why are you so ungracious and witless?

Please, let the divine praises of God soften thy heart and thee bless.

Commentary:

Guru Ji understands that it is human nature to indulge in the world so one can satisfy one’s own desires. He says it is alright that we spent our life in this pursuit. At the same moment, he is trying to make us reflect that at least at this point of life, which is old age, we must sing the glory of God, so that our mind and soul be at peace. And not engaged in family’s matters or others’ affairs, so we can prove our point and be shunned by those from whom we still try to expect something in return and get attention. When we become old, we must live as if we have entered the Vaanprastha ashram. Guru Ji does not advices to leave the house for our seeking, but if it is our wish we can leave it. In Guru Granth Sahib Ji, Guru Ji’s words are: live in your own house as if you are living in a jungle, and has become a sannyasi. So returning to the main point, in this phase of life, we can certainly help our children and our friends, only if they ask for our advice and need it. We must not force our interference in their lives: this is what wise living is called according to Guru Ji. We must live till our last breath with Lord’s name in our heart and wisdom to help our younger generations and kids.

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