The Fisherman with a Net
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“You are the River, All-knowing and All-seeing.
I am just a fish-how can I find Your limit?
Wherever I look, You are there.
Outside of You, I would burst and die.
I do not know of the fisherman, and I do not know of the net.
But when the pain comes, then I call upon You.
You are present everywhere.
I had thought that You were far away.
Whatever I do, I do in Your Presence.
You see all my actions, and yet I deny them.
I have not worked for You, or Your Name.
Whatever You give me, that is what I eat.
There is no other door-unto which door should I go?
Nanak offers this one prayer: this body and soul are totally Yours.
He Himself is near, and He Himself is far away; He Himself is in-between.
He Himself beholds, and He Himself listens.
By His Creative Power, He created the world.
Whatever pleases Him, O Nanak-that Command is acceptable.”
(Shabad by Guru Nanak Dev Ji in Siree Raag on Pannaa 25)
This fisherman was cleaning a net at Prabhu ghat along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).
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