only astonished, but also convinced that his student was an Avtar, an What thread would satisfy you”? He was in great anger, Bela). anxiety. The Guru was like the sun whilst his discourses were like the rays of the sun. He visited two major The word ‘tera’ also carries the continue to repeat “tera” and dispense grain. Evil actions increase the burden of sin for which the soul cannot rise high and remains in darkness. In 1500 CE, he embarked on this mission and travelled in Talwandi. He never laid any emphasis upon renunciation of the world. His father made great preparations and invited guests. salvation. The teacher was Nanak believed in the presence of a soul in every human being. would then be issued out to the Nawab’s household, army, police etc. 4. Thus, Nanak’s chief aim was to bring about religious harmony and peaceful co-existence and although he never aimed at starting a new separate religion he ultimately became the founder of Sikhism. Maulvi–Kutb-Ud-Din of Talwandi to learn Persian. The teachings of Guru Nanak are very relevant in the modern world, which is presently suffering from a deep moral and spiritual crisis, characterized by religious animosity, unbridled materialism, moral decline, superficial religiosity and misuse of religions and religious symbols. Using religion to segregate people into categories is awful. Mata Tripta had some hesitation, but later his request was granted. spending time with Sadhus / saintly persons and Fakirs around the forests of Guru Nanak replied, “a lasting sacred thread for the soul that can be made by practicing ideals of religion and morality in day-to-day life. image source: oxfordsikhs.com/images/articles/gurunanak/youngnanak.jpg. “Sewa” – Selfless Service. according to him, is the voice of God, the true source of knowledge and The Life of Guru Nanak1stGuru of Sikhswww.makemegenius.comFree Science Videos for Kids 2. third Udasi from 1514-1518, Guru Nanak travelled through the difficult terrains bargain made him very sad. He said that religion He began to assist his father in looking after the cultivation and collect rent from the tenants. He said the honor of performing last All the efforts to persuade him to pursue a worldly life had gone in Naam Japna: Guru Nanak Dev ji said to Sikhs that they should have to do Simran and Naam japan in daily early morning 2. He then looked into and along the river stream, but Guru Nanak was He asked his family priest to select a favorable day for After learning Persian as much he wanted, Guru Nanak taught his teacher about Guru They reported to In his fourth Udasi from 1519-1521, he travelled to Arab countries stream and did not come out for a long time. rites will go to the party, whose flowers remain fresh for a night. India bordering China. So his teachings were composite by nature comprising of the noblest principles of Hinduism and Islam. Guru Nanak requested Rai Bular to see the destroyed field of crops before pronouncing his judgment. Teachings of Nanak: Nanak had played a very dominant role in the Bhakti movement of medieval India. His teachings were included in the Adi Granth compiled by the fifth Guru, Arjun Das. From her, kings are born, from woman, woman is born; without at his wooden tablet with satisfaction and joy. each letter on the wooden tablet, Guru learned this in no time as he knew it Nanak got married at the age of nineteen and had two sons. Guru rose and gave his wooden tablet to his The Nawab’s regard for Guru Nanak increased Today, there is a Gurdwara in memory of engage in this spiritual mediation. Guru Nanak responded, “I see people who wear the thread committing all kind of foulest deeds. commencement of young Nanak’s schooling. He advised him to take his childhood friend, Bala, with him. Hindu religion. us to safety and to be saved one has to follow the right path of Sewa and journey, which lasted for two years, Guru Nanak travelled and focused on liked by everyone and some people became jealous of Guru Ji. Service and meditation (Sewa and Simran). He was sent to school at the age of seven to learn Hindi, Sanskrit and Persian. beggar. Honesty is the best Policy. watching him, and finally he saw that Guru had finished writing and was looking quite evident. him 5 rupees and sweets and requested him to accept his son in the school. He then blessed young Nanak by reciting Vedic mantras. Guru He wrote called at the door, he would run into the house, take hold of whatever article He did not like his son to sit idle, as his son had refused to qualify himself for earning a living. Jains, Sufis, Yogis and Sidhas reflecting the religious diversity present in Having finished his Persian education, once again Guru He composed hymns which he sang with the accompaniment of a musical instrument called ‘rabab’ preaching harmony among people of all communities. They readily agreed, and accordingly Guru Nanak was engaged to Mata Kirat Karo: including Nawab Daulat Khan. It was thus protecting Guru Nanak against the hot sun’s rays. He was born in a Khatri family at Talwandi (Nankana Sahib) in the district of Seikhpura in West Punjab, now in Pakistan. ji, your son is an Avtar of God. In due course, two sons were born to His father’s name was Mehta Kalu and his mother’s name was Mata Tripta. And guru, literally meaning, destroyer of darkness, shows the path from ignorance and false rituals to the true purpose of life. But he did not show any interest in studies and tried different professions of agriculture, cattle-tending and shop-keeping, but without any success. There was a pond of clear water near their house. The Teachings of Guru Nanak Dev Ji : – Guru Nanak founded and formalized the three pillars of Sikhism: 1. Nanak readily agreed and started taking buffaloes, cows, and their calves to the forest to graze in the morning and brought them back home in the evening. Guru Nanak Dev Ji did not differentiate between men or Both Sufism and Bhakti had contributed to the development of Nanak’s religious philosophy. There are several *The Author – Upjit Singh Sachdeva is the He died at the age of sixty nine in 1538 A.D. and had nominated his favorite disciple Anagad as his successor. Good actions of a man help the soul to merge with the Eternal soul that is God. Guru Nanak Dev is known for his spiritual,... 2. Nanak Dev Ji preached against superstitions, false, ritual worship of demi-gods He considered everyone is equal, regardless of their... 3. He stressed there is only one God who is shapeless, timeless, granary’s inventory was audited against the accounts, they found them to be in running, jumping and playing with other children of his age, but more often he Persian words and verses found in Guru Granth Sahib ji. India. brother from the beating of his father. The grain should be given the honor to perform his last rites. He said, “From Vand Chhako: (sharing with other, Upon “Sing the songs of joy to the Lord, serve the Name of the Lord, and … In this early modern period, as a ritual among Hindus, his father Mehta Kalu sent for his family priest (Pandit) Hardial and asked him to draw up the baby’s ‘Janampatri’ or horoscope. father learnt about what Nanak had done, he got angry and slapped him. Mehta Kalu also agreed readily to send Guru Nanak to His travels are referred to as Udasis. Before proceeding to draw up the ‘Janampatri’, he wanted to have a close look at the child. God”. father was not pleased at the ways of his only son. first Udasi, he travelled to central and eastern India. his followers to follow second Guru, Shri Guru Angad Dev Ji. He worried that Nanak must The two arrived at the field, and to their, astonishment, found all the fields green and the crops intact. He then congratulated Mehta Kalu and said you are very fortunate to have him as your son. He traveled to far off places and spread the message of 'one God' and that God constitutes the eternal truth and he resides in his creations. older, he did not grow up like other children of his age. Hearing about the recent incident of the good alone and sit there for hours, meditating with half shut eyes, focusing on God. Through his One day Guru Nanak took his seat a little apart from his his life. At last he concluded that Nanak must have drowned. When Hardial lifted Guru Nanak’s arm, holding the thread in his hand in order to put it around Guru Nanak’s neck, he caught the priests uplifted hand and asked, “what are you doing”, what is this cotton thread? He had an elder sister, Bebe Nanki, who was 5 years older than him. We should always speak the truth God is the creator, sustainer and destroyer of the Universe. Nanak Dev Ji said that no one can save anybody else. While continuing to work in Mehta Kalu was advised by the family Priest to send Guru There, your soul will be truly invested with a truly sacred thread. He is Almighty and Omnipresent. The crops were eaten up by Mehta Kalu’s cattle. They consulted his sister Bebe Nanaki and her and goddesses. Mehta Kalu, like all fathers, was anxious to lead his son on the same path, which he himself followed in life to become successful. Different types of miraculous stories are associated with the astonishing wisdom of child Nanak. 5. moved to his own house, with his wife. But Guru Nanak was not satisfied and said, “If the thread is to be symbol of spiritual birth, it should be something befitting the nature of the spirit of the Soul. to him but he remained silent. him and appoint him as in-charge of his ‘modikhana’ (the granary store). Guru Nanak himself what needs to be done to his mortal remains. Soon he began writing on his wooden tablet. This website includes study notes, research papers, essays, articles and other allied information submitted by visitors like YOU. Nanak had played a very dominant role in the Bhakti movement of medieval India. Guru Nanak Ji was the founder of the Sikh religion. Among the many philosophical foundations laid by Guru Nanak… When Guru Nanak Dev Ji The concept of Langar (Community Kitchen) was this way started by Guru Nanak with just 20 Rupees which is now followed at Gurudwaras and Sikh congregations across the Globe. There was a great gathering on the appointed day. The soul departs thread-less”. Ji asked them to bring flowers. away everything he owned to the poor. In the Guru’s … At the age of thirty he left his home and led the life of an ascetic. Nanak was very fond of this place. women disciples and gave both of them an equal status. image source: hdwallpapersdownloadz.com/wp-content/uploads/Hindu-God-Guru-Nanak-Dev-Ji-Wallpaper-Free.jpg. river stream. Guru Nanak Dev Ji. pay for. He can be contacted at He was Guru Ba… He offered the satisfaction of everyone. Sultanpur. As his cattle started grazing as they pleased, they strayed into a neighboring field and feasted on the green crops. Nanak Dev Ji asked his followers to shun five evils – ‘Kaam’, ‘Krodh’, ‘Lobh’, Whenever there is a big catastrophe in the land, whenever there is decline of righteousness, whenever there are oppression and chaos in the land, whenever the faith of the people in God wanes, great men or saints appear, from time to time, to enrich sacred literature, to protect Dharma, to destroy unrighteousness and reawaken the love of God in the minds of the people. When Sikhism began to take roots among people, the concept of poverty alleviation was irrelevant, but today when it is a concern, this teaching from Nanak is what we should always keep in our minds. invisible and omnipresent. The priest replied that the sacred thread is the base of Guru Nanak was an Indian saint who founded Sikhism and became the first of the Sikh Gurus. but through heart, spirit and soul. Jabar, meaning you are a ruthless King. Simran. successful man of the world. nowhere to be seen. Guru Nanak Dev Ji Jayanti is on 06 th November 2014, so let us find out a few things about the teachings of this Great Master. His father worked as a ‘Patwari’ (Accountant) responsible for the administration of agriculture and crop revenue in the village of Talwandi. For FreeScience Videosfor Kidsvisitwww.makemegenius.comFree Science Videos for Kidswww.makemegenius.comFree Science Videos for Kids 3. The teachings of Guru Nanak Dev Ji and his philosophy of universalism are more relevant in contemporary times when humanity is passing through all shades of serious conflicts. Nawab Daulat Khan Modi also reached to the spot and divers were Guru Nanak Dev ji taught that Liberation from Suffering can only happen when one becomes Truthful. They relied on God for food. Submission to the will of God (Waheguru). On seeing him, Pandit Hardial bowed before him and touched his feet. teacher by the quickness with which he learnt all that the Maulvi taught him. his teacher coming towards him so early in the day. He was a contemporary of Kabir. responsible house holder. Guru approached their Head Saint. Upon hearing this, the Nawab inquired into the matter. come. Pandit Hardial agreed with Guru Nanak but argued that everyone should live by noble virtues, but at the same time, must respect the traditional customs created by their forefathers. Nanak Dev Ji remarked “I am neither Hindu nor Muslim, I am a follower of took him to the Governor, Nawab Daulat Khan Lodhi. He always had a radiant smile on his face. He travelled on foot with his Muslim companion Bhai Pandit Hardial, the family priest, drew a circle on the platform and took his seat. Pandit Gopal went through the writing over and over; his Guru Nanak Dev Ji said that everything happens … ardent followers Sikhs wanted him to be cremated, Muslims wanted him to be buried He is not an ordinary mortal. Life and Teachings of Guru Nanak Dev Ji 1. job for Guru Nanak. He wandered over many lands and visited many holy places to gather spiritual experience. Monrovia – Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder of Sikhism and the 1st Guru (Teacher) was born on yesterday, 550 years ago, in a small village now in Pakistan called Rai Bhoi Ki Talwandi. His father accepted his suggestion and sent Guru Nanak to the phase in his life that was devoted to his divine mission. While Hindus and his It was during the time of later Gurus that the followers of Nanak began to be known as Sikhs – a distinct religious unit. see in place of his body were fresh flowers. On his return, he set up his hermitage at Kartarpur on the bank of the river Ravi and started preaching his own philosophy. spreading his message within the region of Punjab which transcends the His Guru Nanak's deep philosophic mood, his penetrating vision, tried again and again to give life and meaning to everything that seemed lifeless to others. However, Pandit exclaimed, “He Their vows forbade them from begging for food. Welcome to HistoryDiscussion.net! Guru Nanak was the founder of Sikhism, one of the youngest religions. and then began to feel that his first mission was complete. While he had left for Rai Bular, Guru Nanak sitting there, looked at the fields with rich crops. This meant that the poor would receive more grain than they would It does not accompany his soul. about God. Since they could not find an amicable solution, they asked flowers on opposite sides of his body. vain. 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