Pauri 25 praises the Creator's benevolence and points out that IT expects nothing in return. The expression “Vaddaa daata til na tamaaey” in the first line literally means the great benefactor does not have even a bit of greed. There is a lesson in this for those who try to make deals with God (Sukhna Sukhnaa) whereby they promise to offer so much worth of money, Karaah Parshaad or any material donation or do so many recitations (Paatth) of some Gurbani compositions. The Guru says that Akal Purakh is above such things. So we should not expect our prayers to be heard simply because we are promising some thing as - well bribe. As will be seen below the Master knows what is needed and deserved by whom.
ਬਹੁਤਾ ਕਰਮੁ ਲਿਖਿਆ ਨਾ ਜਾਇ ॥ ਵਡਾ ਦਾਤਾ ਤਿਲੁ ਨ ਤਮਾਇ ॥
ਕੇਤੇ ਮੰਗਹਿ ਜੋਧ ਅਪਾਰ ॥ ਕੇਤਿਆ ਗਣਤ ਨਹੀ ਵੀਚਾਰੁ ॥
ਕੇਤੇ ਖਪਿ ਤੁਟਹਿ ਵੇਕਾਰ ॥ ਕੇਤੇ ਲੈ ਲੈ ਮੁਕਰੁ ਪਾਹਿ ॥ ਕੇਤੇ ਮੂਰਖ ਖਾਹੀ ਖਾਹਿ ॥
Divine benedictions cannot be written/described.
The great benefactor keeps giving and expects nothing in return;
Countless people including the great warriors ask;
It is impossible to count or even imagine how many people ask;
There are many who receive benedictions, then indulge in vice and perish;
There are numerous who receive but do not acknowledge;
Numerous foolish people just keep taking benedictions.
There are however people who are satisfied with what they have. Such people do not complain even in case of suffering as they are happy with whatever the Divine will is:
ਕੇਤਿਆ ਦੂਖ ਭੂਖ ਸਦ ਮਾਰ ॥ ਏਹਿ ਭਿ ਦਾਤਿ ਤੇਰੀ ਦਾਤਾਰ ॥
Numerous people suffer pain and hunger for long;
For them even these are benedictions.
Those who believe in the Almighty accept every thing happily. They have a positive attitude to life and consider suffering as a reminder that they have gone wrong somewhere, say they forgot the Creator. This also helps in conditioning the mind in accepting and living by Divine will.
Asking for benedictions of material nature shows one being in bondage with objects of transitory pleasures.freedom from such bondage is obtained if the Almighty is pleased with our conduct, . This is Divine grace and is not something that one can take for granted; it is received at Divine pleasure:
ਬੰਦਿ ਖਲਾਸੀ ਭਾਣੈ ਹੋਇ ॥ ਹੋਰੁ ਆਖਿ ਨ ਸਕੈ ਕੋਇ ॥ ਜੇ ਕੋ ਖਾਇਕੁ ਆਖਣਿ ਪਾਇ ॥ ਓਹੁ ਜਾਣੈ ਜੇਤੀਆ ਮੁਹਿ ਖਾਇ ॥
Remaining in bondage or release from it is by Divine will;
No one else can decide this;
A person, who indulging in loose talk says he or she knows, will suffer.
The Creator who created the universe made arrangements for every thing needed and has provided for it:
ਆਪੇ ਜਾਣੈ ਆਪੇ ਦੇਇ ॥ ਆਖਹਿ ਸਿ ਭਿ ਕੇਈ ਕੇਇ ॥
The Almighty knows what is needed by whom, and gives;
But people who say/acknowledge this are rare.
The only benediction that gives satisfaction is to praise and emulate Divine virtues, and then there is no craving:
ਜਿਸ ਨੋ ਬਖਸੇ ਸਿਫਤਿ ਸਾਲਾਹ ॥ ਨਾਨਕ ਪਾਤਿਸਾਹੀ ਪਾਤਿਸਾਹੁ ॥੨੫॥
Those whom the Lord grants the understanding to praise Divine virtues,
is the king of kings (craves no more). 25.