Today, November 14, marks the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak–the founder of Sikhism. Born in the year 1469, Guru Nanak is undoubtedly the most revered religious figure for the Sikh religion–and rightly so.
His teachings have endured the test of times and his words continue to remain relevant even in today’s day and age. Celebrated on Kartik Purnima–the full moon day in the month of Kartik, Guru Nanak Jayanti is also referred to as Guru Nanak Gurpurab or Guru Nanak’s Prakash Utsav.
And on the auspicious occasion of his birth today, take out a moment or two and induce his teachings in your life.
1. Even kings and emperors, with mountains of property and oceans of wealth –these are not even equal to an ant, who does not forget God.
2. Through shallow intellect, the mind becomes shallow, and one eats the fly, along with the sweets.
3. He who has no faith in himself can never have faith in God.
4. Dwell in peace in the home of your own being, and the Messenger of Death will not be able to touch you.
5. Owing to ignorance of the rope the rope appears to be a snake; owing to ignorance of the Self the transient state arises of the individualized, limited, phenomenal aspect of the Self.
6. He who regards all men as equals is religious.
7. Whatever kind of seed is sown in a field, prepared in due season, a plant of that same kind, marked with the peculiar qualities of the seed, springs up in it.
8. Worship not him who is born only to die, but Him who is eternal and is contained in the whole universe.