Meaning of the 4 Lavan

1.     First Laav

The first verse is “Har pahl di lav par virti karam dridaya Bal Ram jio

The first verse is sung in Raag Suhi which was composed by Guru Ram Das Ji. The first Laav proclaims the start of the marriage ceremony. It states the piousness of the marriage ceremony. The verse tells the bride and the groom to stay on the path of dharma. The real happiness is in finding the truth and following what the real guru says. Meditate God’s name and know your true identity.

The cornerstone of the marriage is spiritual meditation and the couple must practice this in order to have a happy married life.

2.     Second Laav

The second verse is “Har dooj di lav Satgur purukh milaya Bal Ram jio….”

It tells the couple to put aside the ego and other materialistic things and search for the true guru. The guru who has an omnipresence is everywhere. It is inside you and in every space you see outside. He is the supreme soul and is the master of the universe. You must sing his praise to please him. Guru Nanak Dev Ji proclaims that the music of the spheres resounds with the second Laav.

3.     Third Laav

The third verse is “Har teej di lav man chao bhiya bairagiya Bal Ram jio…”

The third Laav is the representation of true love for God. The bride accepts that she has met the divine saint who made her love the absolute being. She narrates that I have found the almighty and I sing his praise. I speak in a slow language of the infinite, the name of my true God. The pious name of the divine har har har resonates in my head and makes me complete. In this verse, Guru Nanak Ji proclaims that the heart of the couple must be filled with the divine love for the Lord.

4.     Fourth laav

The fourth verse “Har chouth di lav man sahaj bhiya Harpaiya Bal Ram jio….”

The fourth Laav explains that the couple has found peace and equilibrium of their minds because they have reached God with great ease. The God blends with the heart of the bride and now it blossoms with his name. Guru Nanak Ji proclaims that now finally the divine is attained.

And finally…..

“Vyah hoa mere Babulla…” a verse sung in Raag Sri Mahall declares that the ceremony is completed and the bride is now connected with God and the groom and that she is all ready to leave her parents to be with her in-laws.

Final Ardaas (Prayer)

Everyone stands when final prayer is recited by the Granthi to complete the marriage ceremony. After that Karah Parshad is distributed among all the guests.

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  4. Post-wedding ceremony