Ik Onkar – Harshdeep Kaur


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Ik Onkar (Punjabi) is a phrase in Sikhism which means one and only one, who cannot be compared or contrasted with any other.

I had heard this hymn in passing. While watching the Hindi film Rang De Basanti I heard the rendition once again and it left me mesmerised and still does every time I hear it.

Here is the English translation :



Ik onkar

There is only one God


His name is true

Karta purakh

He is the creator


He has no fear


He has no hate

Akaal moorat

He is omnipresent

Ajooni saibhan

Unborn and self-illuminating


By Guru’s grace, he is realized


Meditate on his name

Aad sach

He has been true since time began

Jugaad sach

He has been true since ages

Hai bhi sach

He is still true

Nanak hose bhi sach

Guru Nanak says he will forever be true


Soche soch na ho wai

By thinking you can’t frame him

Je sochi lakh waar

Even though he may think many a times

Chhupe chhup na ho wai

Even though one remains soaked in God

Je laai har lakhtaar

He doesn’t obtain the peace of mind

Bhukhiya bhukh na utri

A hungry person’s hunger doesn’t go

Je banna puriya paar

Even after they attain the world

Sahasyanpa lakh woh hai

Man may possess millions of wits

Ta ek na chale naal

But none work for him before God

Ke ve sach yaara hoi aye

How can we be true

Ke ve kude tutte paal

How can the screen of lies be broken

Hukum rajai chalna Nanak likheya naal

By obeying the orders of Guru Nanak


Waheguru ji ka khalsa, Waheguru ji ki fateh!

Wonderful Lord’s khalsa, victory to the wonderful Lord!


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