The 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji falls on 12th November 2019 will be celebrated across the globe with great devotion and love. 550 Prakash Purab or Parv/Utsav commemorates five decades of love, affection, unity, and devotion for Sikh’s beloved guru Baba Nanak. To celebrate the joy of witnessing this auspicious moment, I am sharing the 6 most famous teachings of Guru Nanak Dev Ji for all of you.
Life and Teachings of Guru Nanak Dev Ji
1. One Supreme Reality – Ek Onkar ੴ
Ek Onkar literally means, ‘God is One’. Guru Nanak Dev is known for his spiritual, social, and ideological beliefs. At a very young age, he started challenging societal laws and rules. When he formed Sikhism, he emphasized One God. The importance of the teachings of Guru Nanak Dev Ji is to believe in your good karma and ONE higher power.
To read more on Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s birth story, click here.
2. No Discrimination
Guruji believed in equality and brotherhood. He considered everyone is equal, regardless of their rank, color, race, caste, religion, gender or status. His two pupils, Bhai Bala and Bhai Mardana were addressed as ‘Bhai’, as his brothers and not by their race or castes. He also emphasized in equal rights for women. History pf Sikhism has many stories, where men and women were shown as equals.
Guru Nanak Dev Ji did not preach out of the world spirituality, instead he emphasized on humanly possible and relatable life lessons.
The story granny told me in childhood on teachings of Guru Nanak Ji, one was when he refused to wear sacred thread worn by Hindus. He refused as that thread will distinguish him from his friends and other people. And that’s how he established the sect of be known by yourself and not by your religion, caste, creed, or color.
3. Reject Five Sins ‘Panj Vikar’
Guru ji mentioned five evils residing in human mind/body. He taught us to reject/shun these five evils or thieves as they weaken us and derelict us from our duties.
Is ḏėhī anḏar pancẖ cẖor vaseh kām kroḏẖ lobẖ moh ahaŉkārā.Guru Nanak Dev Ji vichar
“Within this body dwell the five thieves: sexual desire, anger, greed, emotional attachment and egotism.” Kam (Lust), Krodh (Anger), Lobh (greed), Moh (attachment), Ahankar (Ego).
4. Sarbat Daa Bhala
“Nanak Naam Chardi Kala, Tere Bhane Sarbat Da Bhala“, which means Nanak asks for name, which blesses all with prosperity, health, happiness and all well things.
This line comes in the end of ‘ardaas’ (sikh prayer) as showering blessings for all. Regardless of their caste, creed, gender, color or race.
5. Submission to the Will of God
“Hukum Razayee Chalna, Nanak Lihkiya Naal”, accept the will of God or supreme almighty. The lesson of life by Guru Nanak Dev Ji, says everything happens by the grace of God. Leave worry and stress, believe in God’s work and live without any doubts or second thoughts.
I remember Mother used to say, ‘why fear when babaji is with you’. Have faith and believe everything will be right. Once you have a positive perspective, everything will be alright.
6. Vand Chako. Kirat Karo. Naam Japo.
Nanak Dev ji gave us three principals – Vand Chako, Kirat Karo, and Naam Japo.
Vand Chako – ‘Vand’ share with others. Share with those who are in need. Sikhs are devotees of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, and follow the principals of sharing with others. Share wealth, food, provide shelter or any other way you can support a needy. As community members, Sikhs are expected to share a small portion of their wealth with needy.
Kirat Karo – earn your livelihood with honesty. Guruji emphasized on truth and honesty. Be a God’s man, a follower of honesty, hard labor. Creating a better life for self and family only with hard work and dedication. Good Karma.
Naam Japo – Remember his name. Also called as ‘Naam Simran’, this principal tells us to remember God’s name in all the times. God is supreme power, keeping him in mind help us fighting fears and doubts.
These are the most famous teachings of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, which I have been brought up with. As any family traditions, elders story tell important lessons of life. My granny, and mother have shared many stories of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, Guru Granth Sahib and 10 Gurus of Sikhs. Now, I am sharing a few with daughter and see the same spark in her eyes listening to all these mesmerizing stories.
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