The message of Guru Nanak is one of harmony, humility, equality, meditation and worship.
Guru Nanak travelled extensively and interacted with different faiths and beliefs in India and beyond. His message reminds us that as human beings we are all more alike than different. Our races, nationalities and all other labels should not be decisive and we should value, respect and understand others.
70 years on since the Partition of India and Pakistan and the subsequent creation of Bangladesh, the teachings of Guru Nanak can only help the region move forward, towards a future of peace and unity. He spoke of universal brotherhood and religious tolerance.
“No one is my enemy, No one is a foreigner, For me, there is no Hindu, no Muslim, With all I am at peace. God within us renders us, Incapable of hate and prejudice.”
The message of Guru Nanak appears in the work of Urdu poet Muhammad Iqbal who revered Guru Nanak, calling him the ‘perfect man’ – mard-e-kaamil.
“The land in which Chishti delivered the message of truthThe garden in which Nanak sang the song of onenessThat homeland is mine, that homeland is mine”“Chishti ne jis zamin mein paigham-e-haq sunayaNanak ne jis chaman mein wahdat ka geet gaaya…Mera watan wahi hai mera watan wahi hai”
Guru Nanak’s birthday this year saw a step in the right direction for India and Pakistan’s often turbulent relationship. Nearly 3,000 pilgrims from India visited Pakistan to mark the birth of Guru Nanak, visiting his birth place and other sacred sites in Pakistan.
Guru Nanak’s message of ‘oneness’ and service to others is universal and timeless. At the end of the daily Sikh service, worshippers pray for the welfare of all humanity – ‘nanak naam chardi kala tere bhaane sarbat da bhalla’. The Guru Granth Sahib contains the writings of Hindu and Muslim poets and Saints from different social tiers of society. By including the writings of these different faiths, the Guru Granth Sahib beautifully encapsulates Nanak’s message of ‘oneness’.
From all of us at the Grand Trunk Project – Gurpurb di lakh lakh vidai.
Singers, Sukhman and Hernoor Grewal performed ‘Mool Mantra’, the words are written by Guru Nanak and loosely translate to “Root/Main Chant”. The Mool Mantra summarises the Essence of Guru Nanak’s message to the world about the Transcendal Energy which is known by a variety of names from God, Waheguru, Allah, Bhagwaan, and so on. Essentially, all these different names are just different ways of referring to the existence and the absolute reality of One Supreme Energy, or Creator.