Shantts or Shands are usually sung at marriages. Gentle fun is poked at relatives amid the merrymaking and most engage in light banter.
The Gurus used Shantts with a spiritual theme. The setting is still a wedding. But it centres around the wedding of the jeev isteri with her Husband Lord within her. Before the Union, there are pangs of separation – bairaag/birha and other experiences of the jeev.
In this Shantt by Guru Nanak Dev Ji, there are 4 padas. The ragi Singh ji sings the 1st pada here.
The jeev isteri beseeches her Husband. I am alone in this wilderness( very often we hear it said “it’s a jungle out there) ; how can I find comfort without You, my Carefree Husband,?
“Sun Naha Prabhu jio ekalrhi ban mahe ; kio dhiregi Nah bina Prabhu Veprahey”
I cannot live without You ; the night is so painful for me ; sleep does not come. I am in love with You, my Beloved please listen to my prayer.
“Dhan Nah bajho reh na sakey bikham rein andheriya ; neh neend aave prem bhave sun benanti meriya ”
Besides my Beloved no one cares for me; I cry all alone in the wilderness ; Nanak the bride meets her Husband when He so Wills ; without her Husband she cries out in pain.
“Bajho Pyare koi na saare ekalrhi kurlaye ; Nanak sa dhan milay milaaiye bin Pritam dukh paaye”.
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