Thursday, 14 November 2019

Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s journeys of faith

Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder of the Sikh faith, was one of the greatest spiritual leaders of all time. Raised in a Hindu home and conversant with Islamic traditions, the Guru had a deep understanding of spirituality and his teachings were original and continue to be relevant and universal to this date. His teachings, expressed through remarkable poetry, speak of equality, brotherhood and peace. He laid down a set of guiding principles that he believed led to a spiritually fulfilling life, and these are followed by millions of Sikhs globally.

Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji was born and raised in Nankana Sahib and later moved to Sultanpur Lodhi at the behest of his elder sister Bebe Nanki Ji. After moving here, the Guru’s inclination towards spirituality and enlightenment was increasingly apparent. After his morning bath, he would meditate under a ber tree near the Kali Bein. One morning, when he was 28 years, he disappeared into the waters of the rivulet, resurfacing three days later to pronounce the words that form the basis of Sikhism: ‘There is no Hindu, there is no Mussalman.’

Udasis: Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji travelled extensively across India and west Asia, mostly on foot, accompanied by his lifelong friend, the rabab-strumming minstrel Bhai Mardana. These spiritual journeys undertaken to spread the message of the Almighty were called Udasis. He is also said to have climbed Mount Kailash to hold discussions and debates with highly accomplished yogis.


via Lonely Planet India

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