Guru Nanak Jayanti 2019: Significance and teachings of Guru Nanak Dev Ji

Today marks the 550th birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the first Sikh Guru who laid the foundation of Sikhism
Guru Nanak Jayanti 2019: Significance and teachings of Guru Nanak Dev JiGuru Nanak Jayanti 2019: Significance and teachings of Guru Nanak Dev Ji
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Today is an extremely special and important day as the nation is celebrating Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s 550th birthday. Guru Nanak Jayanti is celebrated to mark the birth anniversary of the first Sikh Guru who laid the foundation of Sikhism. Although it is a Sikh festival, it is widely celebrated all across the country and not just in North India. There is a constant on-going debate wherein many scholars believe that Guru Nanak Ji’s birthday falls on the 14th of April. However, a lot of them believe that it falls on the purnima in the Hindu month of Kartik. 

 

This year the occasion of Gurpurab is all the more special as it marks the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji. To honour this auspicious day, we see Sikh devotees carrying out Prabhat Pheris, where they sing the holy hymns early in the morning. About two days prior to the Gurpurab, the devotees organise an ‘Akhand Path’ which is organised at the Gurudwaras. Akand Path is basically the continuous non-stop reading of the Guru Granth Sahib - the holy book for the Sikhs for about 48 hours.  

 

Throughout the reading a series of readings are performed across the Gurudwaras. Some of the most popular prayers for this holiday are Japji Sahid and Sidh Ghost. Free community lunch or ‘langar’ is also served to celebrate the prophecy of Babaji. The Nagar Kirtan is also taken out a day before Gurpurab. Guru Nanak Dev Ji believed in one God. He said that everyone should be treated equally irrespective of their caste or gender. Listed below are some of the most key learnings and teachings of Him. 

 

 

One God

Guru Nanak Ji said that he is neither Hindu nor Muslim. He believes in one God. In Sikhism, God is shapeless, sightless and is omnipresent. Guruji stressed that full knowledge of God is impossible in human form. 

 

Surrender to God

“Hukam Rajayee Chalna Nanak Likheya Naal”. He said that everything that happens, happens for a reason and that God knows what is best for us. We should hence accept all his decisions without holding any grudges. 

 

Always speak the truth

Guruji believed that the victory of truth is not dependent on ending or suppressing lies or falsehood but in standing firmly with the truth. “Sach ki bani Nanak aakhai.. Sach sunaisi sach ki bela”. 

 

 

No Discrimination 

One of the most beautiful teachings, something that the World really needed and still needs. Guruji believed that there should not be any discrimination, irrespective of caste, gender, colour. He said that everyone should be treated equally without any divide. 

 

Follow the 3 main principles

Nanak Ji believed in the three principals 

a. Vand Chako - Helping the ones in need

b. Kirat Karo - Make a living honestly without exploiting anyone 

c. Naam Japna - Chanting the holy name of the almighty and remembering God at all times. 

 

Imbibe these principles in your life and see the difference it brings to your existence. Here’s wishing everyone a very Happy Gurpurab! 

 

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