Step by step, the poet wonders if any of these is worthwhile: to become the chalice? Or the wine? Or the tavern? Or the tale of intoxication? Or one who forgets himself (in devotion)? Or a madman (madly in love with the divine)? Or one who submits to the beloved? Or a moth that cools a candle flame? Finally, the poet says that none of these is worthwhile. Be yourself! Peace and joy lies inside.
A shabad (hymn) by Guru Nanak. The first few lines showcase misery in a woman's mind due to separation. The last few lines show how a union is obtained: through prayers to the Guru, with the results (the union) being in the hands of the Almighty.
A beautiful Bhajan by Purandaradasa (1484-1564) in Kannada language. A prayer to the Almighty to have 'karuna' (compassion) for the devotee, despite the devotee lacking in merits when compared with the meritorious deeds of mythological figures like Rukmaangada, Shuka, Devaki, Garuda, Hanumaan, Mahaabali and so on. What I like about this Bhajan is its simplicity! :)
An awesome hymn by Guru Arjan Dev that explains that the key to experiencing peace does not lie in thespecific name by which we address the Almighty or the specific traditions that we follow or the specific books that we read. The key to experiencing peace lies in acceptance of the Will of God.
An awesome composition by Bulle Shah (1680 - 1757), a Punjabi Sufi poet. In this composition, Bulle Shah reminds us to focus on taking steps towards dissolving our ego ('I') instead of continuing to amass spiritual knowledge by reading books.