10 Messages from Guru Nanak That Make Sense Even Today

  panther
  karma level 67666

Five centuries after the passing of Guru Nanak, his words still resonate with his followers.  Let's take a look at 10 of his teachings that make sense to this day. 

1. Never forget the poor.


This mantra was relevant in 1500 when there was no concept of poverty alleviation, and is just as relevant now, when poverty hasn't left the world.  When Nanak was 12, his father gave him Rs. 20 to set up a business. Nanak bought food worth Rs. 20 and gave it away. When his father asked him about this investment, Nanak told him it was a "true business".  
Today, a Gurudwara named Sacha Sauda (true business) exists, where Guru Nanak fed the poor.

2. There is one God.

Using religion to segregate people into categories is awful. In the Guru's own words, "There is neither Hindu nor Muslim." 
On his visit to Hardiwar, he saw people offering the water of the Ganges towards the sun in the east, as an offering to their ancestors in heaven. He began to throw water towards the West. When others ridiculed him, he said: "If Ganges water will reach your ancestors in heaven, why should the water I throw not reach my fields in the Punjab, which are far less distant?"

3. Women are equal to men.

At a time when other Indian religions wanted quiet, demure women in the temple and no women in the mosque, he permitted women to join religious gatherings and openly sing their praises of God. 

4. Running away to a forest wont give you enlightenment.

…Remember the essence of religion/ Is meekness and sympathy/ But a life of goodness and purity/ Amid the worlds temptations… (Guru Nanak)
Maybe one could achieve enlightenment in forests centuries ago, but we're not capable of that today. And Guru Nanak doesnt even require you to do that. He believed that living as a householder was better than going away for a divine truth. Nanak himself was a farmer even after achieving enlightenment.

5. These five evils are probably ruining your life.

a. Ego b. Anger c. Greed d. Attachment and e. Lust.
Most, if not all, suffering of big city life comes from these five evils.

6. Find your own guru.

You need a mentor to guide you on how to live right. In Guru Nanaks words, living right is much superior to visiting pilgrimage destinations.
7.  Be selfless.

The Punjab Golden Temple feeds over a 100,000 people of all religions every single day. Not because there is some divine gain, but because it is a sacred duty. For Nanak, the concept of selfless service was a way of life. 

8.  Fight superstition of any kind.

Nanak devoted his life to attacking formal rituals, caste, and practices that didnt make any sense. This is the simplest way you can find meaning and purpose in your own life cutting out the clutter of what society dictates you should do.

9. Simplicity is beautiful.

It is not hard to practice the tenets of Sikhism. There are only 3!
Vand Chako: Sharing with others
Kirat Karo: Making an honest living
Naam Japna: Remembering God at all times  

10. Travel!

There is much to be gained from your journeys.  At a time when religious leaders never ventured out of their villages, Guru Nanak walked, yes, walked, to Iraq, Ladakh, Tibet and Saudi Arabia! 



Related Entries

26
votes
12 Normal Indian Gestures That's Troublesome Overseas.
by Monika on Apr/28,2015 ( diamond user)
64
votes
Make the leap.
by Raj Kumar on Jul/01,2014 ( diamond user)
18
votes
10 Dangerous Foods That Can Cause Cancer.
by Panther on Feb/23,2015 ( diamond user)
914
votes
Top 10 Drawings That Come Alive !
by Aditya Kumar on Feb/10,2010 ( diamond user)
385
votes
Deepika Padukone Chic Today India September 2009
by Blue on Nov/07,2009 ( diamond user)
120
votes
That's Cuteness.
by Toddler13 on Jul/20,2013 ( diamond user)
181
votes
U know What is ................Today!!!
Admin on Feb/18,2007  
134
votes
Make your own bulb.
by Panther on Mar/25,2014 ( diamond user)
73
votes
15 Rules That India Lives by
by Mdsingh on Oct/07,2008 ( diamond user)
122
votes
Signs to Make you Laugh
by Vicky on Jun/07,2010 ( diamond user)
63
votes
That awkward moment.
by Panther on Aug/26,2014 ( diamond user)
475
votes
Rubber Ducks That we Love
by Portonovo Kajanazimudeen on Nov/15,2009 ( diamond user)
11
votes
10 Misconceptions That Are hampering your success..
by Blue on Mar/01,2015 ( diamond user)
136
votes
Construct Small Urban Garden Today
by Portonovo Kajanazimudeen on Jan/13,2010 ( diamond user)
513
votes
I Have Realized That ...
Admin on May/09,2007  
337
votes
FW: That make you Smile...
by Srinivasan V on May/07,2011 ( platinum user)
27
votes
20 Beautiful Plants That We Eat.
by Panther on Dec/28,2014 ( diamond user)
115
votes
Events not to be missed in 2014.
by Blue on Feb/27,2014 ( diamond user)
36
votes
Todays....
Admin on Feb/18,2007  
1 k
votes
Cool Messages... from GOD
Admin on Jun/10,2007  

Random Pics



Share this with friends

Your Name:
Your Email:

Friends Email: (Atleast 1)


Subscribe for more Fun

Receive best posts in your inbox.

Confirm email
Your Email



Add Your Comments

comments powered by Disqus
User generated content. Copyright respective owners wherever applicable. Contact - admin at binscorner