Of all Religions this is the best Religion,
To utter the Holy Name with adoration, and to do good deeds:
Of all rites the holiest rite
Is to cleanse one’s soul in the company of saints:
Of all strivings the best striving
To meditate on the Name and praise it forever;
Of all speeches, the ambrosial speech is
To utter aloud, having hearkened to it, God’s glory;
Of all shrines, the most sacred shrine,
Nanak, is the heart in which the Lord indwelleth!

Astapadi, 3; Pauri, 8

(Hymn verses attributed to Guru Arjan Dev
son of Guru Ram Das and builder of the Golden Temple at Amritsar)

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