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What does salok in ASA DI VAR mean?

Posted by Bahadur_Sikh 
I am trying to understand the structure especially the importance of shalok(highlighted in red) .Like in Paudi the last verse basically is the essence of paudi so in similar lines what does shalok convey.

ਸਲੋਕੁ ਮਃ ੧ ॥

Salok Ma 1

सलोकु मः १ ॥

Shalok, First Mehl:

ਬਲਿਹਾਰੀ ਗੁਰ ਆਪਣੇ ਦਿਉਹਾੜੀ ਸਦ ਵਾਰ ॥

Balihaaree Gur Aapanae Dhiouhaarree Sadh Vaar ||

बलिहारी गुर आपणे दिउहाड़ी सद वार ॥

A hundred times a day, I am a sacrifice to my Guru;

ਜਿਨਿ ਮਾਣਸ ਤੇ ਦੇਵਤੇ ਕੀਏ ਕਰਤ ਨ ਲਾਗੀ ਵਾਰ ॥੧॥

Jin Maanas Thae Dhaevathae Keeeae Karath N Laagee Vaar ||1||

जिनि माणस ते देवते कीए करत न लागी वार ॥१॥

He made angels out of men, without delay. ||1||

ਮਹਲਾ ੨ ॥

Mehalaa 2 ||

महला २ ॥

Second Mehl:

ਜੇ ਸਉ ਚੰਦਾ ਉਗਵਹਿ ਸੂਰਜ ਚੜਹਿ ਹਜਾਰ ॥

Jae So Chandhaa Ougavehi Sooraj Charrehi Hajaar ||

जे सउ चंदा उगवहि सूरज चड़हि हजार ॥

If a hundred moons were to rise, and a thousand suns appeared,

ਏਤੇ ਚਾਨਣ ਹੋਦਿਆਂ ਗੁਰ ਬਿਨੁ ਘੋਰ ਅੰਧਾਰ ॥੨॥

Eaethae Chaanan Hodhiaaan Gur Bin Ghor Andhhaar ||2||

एते चानण होदिआं गुर बिनु घोर अंधार ॥२॥

Even with such light, there would still be pitch darkness without the Guru. ||2||

ਮਃ ੧ ॥

Ma 1 ||

मः १ ॥

First Mehl:

ਨਾਨਕ ਗੁਰੂ ਨ ਚੇਤਨੀ ਮਨਿ ਆਪਣੈ ਸੁਚੇਤ ॥

Naanak Guroo N Chaethanee Man Aapanai Suchaeth ||

नानक गुरू न चेतनी मनि आपणै सुचेत ॥

O Nanak, those who do not think of the Guru, and who think of themselves as clever,

ਛੁਟੇ ਤਿਲ ਬੂਆੜ ਜਿਉ ਸੁੰਞੇ ਅੰਦਰਿ ਖੇਤ ॥

Shhuttae Thil Booaarr Jio Sunnjae Andhar Khaeth ||

छुटे तिल बूआड़ जिउ सुंञे अंदरि खेत ॥

Shall be left abandoned in the field, like the scattered sesame.

ਖੇਤੈ ਅੰਦਰਿ ਛੁਟਿਆ ਕਹੁ ਨਾਨਕ ਸਉ ਨਾਹ ॥

Khaethai Andhar Shhuttiaa Kahu Naanak So Naah ||

खेतै अंदरि छुटिआ कहु नानक सउ नाह ॥

They are abandoned in the field, says Nanak, and they have a hundred masters to please.

ਫਲੀਅਹਿ ਫੁਲੀਅਹਿ ਬਪੁੜੇ ਭੀ ਤਨ ਵਿਚਿ ਸੁਆਹ ॥੩॥

Faleeahi Fuleeahi Bapurrae Bhee Than Vich Suaah ||3||

फलीअहि फुलीअहि बपुड़े भी तन विचि सुआह ॥३॥

The wretches bear fruit and flower, but within their bodies, they are filled with ashes. ||3||

ਪਉੜੀ ॥

Pourree ||

पउड़ी ॥

Pauree:

ਆਪੀਨ੍ਹ੍ਹੈ ਆਪੁ ਸਾਜਿਓ ਆਪੀਨ੍ਹ੍ਹੈ ਰਚਿਓ ਨਾਉ ॥

Aapeenhai Aap Saajiou Aapeenhai Rachiou Naao ||

आपीन्है आपु साजिओ आपीन्है रचिओ नाउ ॥

He Himself created Himself; He Himself assumed His Name.

ਦੁਯੀ ਕੁਦਰਤਿ ਸਾਜੀਐ ਕਰਿ ਆਸਣੁ ਡਿਠੋ ਚਾਉ ॥

Dhuyee Kudharath Saajeeai Kar Aasan Dditho Chaao ||

दुयी कुदरति साजीऐ करि आसणु डिठो चाउ ॥

Secondly, He fashioned the creation; seated within the creation, He beholds it with delight.

ਦਾਤਾ ਕਰਤਾ ਆਪਿ ਤੂੰ ਤੁਸਿ ਦੇਵਹਿ ਕਰਹਿ ਪਸਾਉ ॥

Dhaathaa Karathaa Aap Thoon Thus Dhaevehi Karehi Pasaao ||

दाता करता आपि तूं तुसि देवहि करहि पसाउ ॥

You Yourself are the Giver and the Creator; by Your Pleasure, You bestow Your Mercy.

ਤੂੰ ਜਾਣੋਈ ਸਭਸੈ ਦੇ ਲੈਸਹਿ ਜਿੰਦੁ ਕਵਾਉ ॥

Thoon Jaanoee Sabhasai Dhae Laisehi Jindh Kavaao ||

तूं जाणोई सभसै दे लैसहि जिंदु कवाउ ॥

You are the Knower of all; You give life, and take it away again with a word.
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The Vaars in Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji are not like other Vaars. Vaars are made of Pauris (for example Bhai Gurdaas Ji's Vaars). Guru Sahib added Saloks to them. The Mehlla in the Sirlekh of the Vaar is the author of the Pauris in the Vaar, but the Saloks can be of any Guru Sahib. The Saloks that weren't put in the Vaars were put in ਸਲੋਕ ਵਾਰਾਂ ਤੇ ਵਧੀਕ.

Two exceptions to this are Basant Ki Vaar and Vaar of Satta & Balvand, which only have Pauris.
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