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What do Laava Mean?

During the Wedding Ceremony , the Laava is when the Bride and Groom will walk  around the Sri Guru Granth Sahib four times at the set intervals. First the priest will read a Laav (one of four) from the Guru Granth Sahib; then the musicians will sing the same laav while the Bride and Groom will circle the Guru in a clockwise direction.Once these four laava’s are complete, your binding of man and wife are complete.

First Laav

ਸੂਹੀਮਹਲਾ੪॥
Fourth Mehl:
soohee mehlaa 4. Soohee,

ਹਰਿਪਹਿਲੜੀਲਾਵਪਰਵਿਰਤੀਕਰਮਦ੍ਰਿੜਾਇਆਬਲਿਰਾਮਜੀਉ॥
In the first round of the marriage ceremony, the Lord sets out His Instructions for performing the daily duties of married life.
har pahilarhee laav parvirtee karam drirh-aa-i-aa bal raam jee-o.

ਬਾਣੀਬ੍ਰਹਮਾਵੇਦੁਧਰਮੁਦ੍ਰਿੜਹੁਪਾਪਤਜਾਇਆਬਲਿਰਾਮਜੀਉ॥
Instead of the hymns of the Vedas to Brahma, embrace the righteous conduct of Dharma, and renounce sinful actions.
banee barahmaa vayd Dharam darirhHu paap tajaa-i-aa bal raam jee-o.

ਧਰਮੁਦ੍ਰਿੜਹੁਹਰਿਨਾਮੁਧਿਆਵਹੁਸਿਮ੍ਰਿਤਿਨਾਮੁਦ੍ਰਿੜਾਇਆ॥
Meditate on the Lord's Name; embrace and enshrine the contemplative remembrance of the Naam.
Dharam darirhHu har naam Dhi-aavahu simrit naam drirh-aa-i-aa.

ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁਗੁਰੁਪੂਰਾਆਰਾਧਹੁਸਭਿਕਿਲਵਿਖਪਾਪਗਵਾਇਆ॥
Worship and adore the Guru, the Perfect True Guru, and all your sins shall be dispelled.
satgur gur pooraa aaraaDhahu sabh kilvikh paap gavaa-i-aa.

ਸਹਜਅਨੰਦੁਹੋਆਵਡਭਾਗੀਮਨਿਹਰਿਹਰਿਮੀਠਾਲਾਇਆ॥
By great good fortune, celestial bliss is attained, and the Lord, Har, Har, seems sweet to the mind.
sahj anand ho-aa vadbhaagee man har har meethaa laa-i-aa.

ਜਨੁਕਹੈਨਾਨਕੁਲਾਵਪਹਿਲੀਆਰੰਭੁਕਾਜੁਰਚਾਇਆ॥੧॥
Servant Nanak proclaims that, in this, the first round of the marriage ceremony, the marriage ceremony has begun. (1)
jan kahai naanak laav pahilee aarambh kaaj rachaa-i-aa. (1)

Second Laav

ਹਰਿਦੂਜੜੀਲਾਵਸਤਿਗੁਰੁਪੁਰਖੁਮਿਲਾਇਆਬਲਿਰਾਮਜੀਉ॥
In the second round of the marriage ceremony, the Lord leads you to meet the True Guru, the Primal Being.
har doojrhee laav satgur purakh milaa-i-aa bal raam jee-o.

ਨਿਰਭਉਭੈਮਨੁਹੋਇਹਉਮੈਮੈਲੁਗਵਾਇਆਬਲਿਰਾਮਜੀਉ॥
With the Fear of God, the Fearless Lord in the mind, the filth of egotism is eradicated.
nirbha-o bhai man ho-ay ha-umai mail gavaa-i-aa bal raam jee-o.

ਨਿਰਮਲੁਭਉਪਾਇਆਹਰਿਗੁਣਗਾਇਆਹਰਿਵੇਖੈਰਾਮੁਹਦੂਰੇ॥
In the Fear of God, the Immaculate Lord, sing the Glorious Praises of the Lord, and behold the Lord's Presence before you.
nirmal bha-o paa-i-aa har gun gaa-i-aa har vaykhai raam hadooray.

ਹਰਿਆਤਮਰਾਮੁਪਸਾਰਿਆਸੁਆਮੀਸਰਬਰਹਿਆਭਰਪੂਰੇ॥
The Lord, the Supreme Soul, is the Lord and Master of the Universe; He is pervading and permeating everywhere, fully filling all spaces.
har aatam raam pasaari-aa su-aamee sarab rahi-aa bharpooray.

ਅੰਤਰਿਬਾਹਰਿਹਰਿਪ੍ਰਭੁਏਕੋਮਿਲਿਹਰਿਜਨਮੰਗਲਗਾਏ॥
Deep within, and outside as well, there is only the One Lord God. Meeting together, the humble servants of the Lord sing the songs of joy.
antar baahar har parabh ayko mil har jan mangal gaa-ay.

ਜਨਨਾਨਕਦੂਜੀਲਾਵਚਲਾਈਅਨਹਦਸਬਦਵਜਾਏ॥੨॥
Servant Nanak proclaims that, in this, the second round of the marriage ceremony, the unstruck sound current of the Shabad resounds. (2)
jan naanak doojee laav chalaa-ee anhad sabad vajaa-ay. (2)

Third Laav

ਹਰਿਤੀਜੜੀਲਾਵਮਨਿਚਾਉਭਇਆਬੈਰਾਗੀਆਬਲਿਰਾਮਜੀਉ॥
In the third round of the marriage ceremony, the mind is filled with Divine Love.
har teejrhee laav man chaa-o bha-i-aa bairaagee-aa bal raam jee-o.

ਸੰਤਜਨਾਹਰਿਮੇਲੁਹਰਿਪਾਇਆਵਡਭਾਗੀਆਬਲਿਰਾਮਜੀਉ॥
Meeting with the humble Saints of the Lord, I have found the Lord, by great good fortune.
sant janaa har mayl har paa-i-aa vadbhaagee-aa bal raam jee-o.

ਨਿਰਮਲੁਹਰਿਪਾਇਆਹਰਿਗੁਣਗਾਇਆਮੁਖਿਬੋਲੀਹਰਿਬਾਣੀ॥
I have found the Immaculate Lord, and I sing the Glorious Praises of the Lord. I speak the Word of the Lord's Bani.
nirmal har paa-i-aa har gun gaa-i-aa mukh bolee har banee.

ਸੰਤਜਨਾਵਡਭਾਗੀਪਾਇਆਹਰਿਕਥੀਐਅਕਥਕਹਾਣੀ॥
By great good fortune, I have found the humble Saints, and I speak the Unspoken Speech of the Lord.
sant janaa vadbhaagee paa-i-aa har kathee-ai akath kahaanee.

ਹਿਰਦੈਹਰਿਹਰਿਹਰਿਧੁਨਿਉਪਜੀਹਰਿਜਪੀਐਮਸਤਕਿਭਾਗੁਜੀਉ॥
The Name of the Lord, Har, Har, Har, vibrates and resounds within my heart; meditating on the Lord, I have realized the destiny inscribed upon my forehead.
hirdai har har har Dhun upjee har japee-ai mastak bhaag jee-o.

ਜਨੁਨਾਨਕੁਬੋਲੇਤੀਜੀਲਾਵੈਹਰਿਉਪਜੈਮਨਿਬੈਰਾਗੁਜੀਉ॥੩॥
Servant Nanak proclaims that, in this, the third round of the marriage ceremony, the mind is filled with Divine Love for the Lord. (3)
jan naanak bolay teejee laavai har upjai man bairaag jee-o. (3)

Fourth and Final Laav

ਹਰਿਚਉਥੜੀਲਾਵਮਨਿਸਹਜੁਭਇਆਹਰਿਪਾਇਆਬਲਿਰਾਮਜੀਉ॥
In the fourth round of the marriage ceremony, my mind has become peaceful; I have found the Lord.
har cha-utharhee laav man sahj bha-i-aa har paa-i-aa bal raam jee-o.

ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿਮਿਲਿਆਸੁਭਾਇਹਰਿਮਨਿਤਨਿਮੀਠਾਲਾਇਆਬਲਿਰਾਮਜੀਉ॥
As Gurmukh, I have met Him, with intuitive ease; the Lord seems so sweet to my mind and body.
gurmukh mili-aa subhaa-ay har man tan meethaa laa-i-aa bal raam jee-o.

ਹਰਿਮੀਠਾਲਾਇਆਮੇਰੇਪ੍ਰਭਭਾਇਆਅਨਦਿਨੁਹਰਿਲਿਵਲਾਈ॥
The Lord seems so sweet; I am pleasing to my God. Night and day, I lovingly focus my consciousness on the Lord.
har meethaa laa-i-aa mayray parabh bhaa-i-aa an-din har liv laa-ee.

ਮਨਚਿੰਦਿਆਫਲੁਪਾਇਆਸੁਆਮੀਹਰਿਨਾਮਿਵਜੀਵਾਧਾਈ॥
I have obtained my Lord and Master, the fruit of my mind's desires. The Lord's Name resounds and resonates.
man chindi-aa fal paa-i-aa su-aamee har naam vajee vaaDhaa-ee.

ਹਰਿਪ੍ਰਭਿਠਾਕੁਰਿਕਾਜੁਰਚਾਇਆਧਨਹਿਰਦੈਨਾਮਿਵਿਗਾਸੀ॥
The Lord God, my Lord and Master, blends with His bride, and her heart blossoms forth in the Naam.
har parabh thaakur kaaj rachaa-i-aa Dhan hirdai naam vigaasee.

ਜਨੁਨਾਨਕੁਬੋਲੇਚਉਥੀਲਾਵੈਹਰਿਪਾਇਆਪ੍ਰਭੁਅਵਿਨਾਸੀ॥੪॥੨॥
Servant Nanak proclaims that, in this, the fourth round of the marriage ceremony, we have found the Eternal Lord God. (4)
jan naanak bolay cha-uthee laavai har paa-i-aa parabh avinaasee. (4)