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Sikhism

Guru Nanak Dev Ji

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Born on 1469 A.D.
Father Mehta Kalayan Das
Mother Mata Tripta
Place of birth Talwandi Rai Bhoe (Nanakana Sahib) now in Pakistan.
Kith & Kin Guru Ke Mehal - Bibi Sulakhani
Children Baba Sri Chand Baba Lakhmi Das
Sister Bibi Nanki
Joti Jot Samae 1539 AD
Bani In Guru Granth Sahib 947 Hymns in 19 Ragas.
Udasis Four famous travels - over 20,000 miles covered in 24 years - India and neighbouring countries.
Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism was born in 1469. Sikhism is the way of life chalked out by him for us to live the span of life granted to us by the Creator. He did not only lay down the postulates, but took ten generation to teach us in practice how to live it (Guru Nanak to Guru Gobind Singh Ji).

Guru Nanak Devji was born with the most difficult mission which he achieved without any trouble. He was born during the times when India was going through the most confused and painful era. On one hand people were suffering due to extreme corruption of religious pandits whilst on the other hand the Moghul invaders were creating hell through blood shed.

Guru Nanak Dev Ji tackled the whole situation by using only one weapon, that weapon was Humility. Humility is the essence of all virtues, said Guru Nanak.

Guru Nanak Dev


He used Gurbani and music to convey his truthful message of Universal Brotherhood stating "We are all the children of One God, it is only our actions which makes us good or bad, not caste, colour or creed.

If we l
ook at music closely then we can see how universal it is. No matter what language, what religion, what country or which people, same seven notes are used to make Tunes, Raaga etc and it is method of 'Gurbani through Kirtan' that Guru Nanak Devji used to change attitudes of evil people such as Sajjan Thug and Kauda Raksash.

Guru Nanak Dev Ji travelled to many places in and outside India liberating people from false beliefs and evil practices.
T hrough Kirtan what we have to decide in our own minds is that, do we listen to Gurbani Kirtan merely for musical pleasure or do we use music to understand Gurbani and practice this in our daily lives.

 FACTS

 

  • First Guru of the Sikhs. Founder of Sikhism.
  • Preached the equality of all humans. Guru Nanak said that all people are the children of one God.
  • Traveled extensively throughout India and foreign lands to spread his message.
  • There are 947 hymns from Guru Nanak Dev included in Guru Granth Sahib (Sikh holy book).
  • Born in Talwandi, now known as Nankana Sahib.
Last Updated on Sunday, 30 October 2011 21:18

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