Guru Nanak Dev ji stands as a source of inspiration for those who believe in humanity and are selflessly committed to the service of humanity. We are spiritually privileged to celebrate 550th birth anniversary of the great Saint.
The teachings of Guru Nanak Shah Fakir have become even more relevant as humans are facing misfortunes they have created for themselves. The spirit of unity is facing threats and human faith in values has been shaken badly. Years ago Guru Nanak Ji had warned of such situations and also suggested reformative steps.
As proud citizens of India, we find ourselves fortunate to have Nanakji as our guide and philosopher. Today, when ethnic diversities across the world have been threatened by nefarious forces and fanatic minds. We are fortunate to have Guru’s verses as our guiding force. He is not a Guru of the Sikh community alone. He is the great spiritual teacher of humanity as he lays emphasis on the cleaning of behavioural disorders from mind and heart.
An icon of socio–religious and cultural harmony: Guru Nanakji is an icon of socio–religious and cultural harmony. The companionship of Nanakji and Bhai Mardana is a unique example. It symbolises cultural unity. The two noble souls were so deeply connected that their companionship lasted till Bhai Mardana, 10 years older than Guruji departed for the heavenly abode. They travelled together for over two decades singing the glory of the Supreme Being.
Nanakji used to sing and Bhai Mardana was accompanying him on Rabab, of which he was a brilliant exponent. He even improvised it by making it a six-string instrument. He was born into a lower caste Muslim family. His knowledge of music is clearly reflective in Shri Guru Granth Sahib, which has been set into 60 Ragas.
Bhai Mardana finds mention in Sri Guru Granth Sahib. Bhai Gurudas devoted a verse, which says– ‘Ek Baba Akal Roop Duja Rabab Mardana.’ The world needs to know that – Adi Sach, Jugadi Sach, Hai Bhi Sach, Nanak Hosi Bhi Sach.
That simply means that He was an ultimate reality, omnipresent. Nothing is real but the Eternal Lord. Nothing shall last but the Eternal lord.
Nanakji and Bhai Mardana started the tradition of Kirtan: With such verses of wisdom, Nanakji awakened the people of India as rightly describes Urdu mystic poet Allama Iqbal – ‘Fir Uthi Aakhir Sada Tauheed Ki Punjaab Se, Hind Ko Ek Mard –E –Kamil Ne Jagaya Khwab Se’ (Once again a divine voice rises from the Punjab declaring that there is only one God. A perfect man Nanakji awakened India from its dogmatic slumber.)
Nanakji and Bhai Mardana started the tradition of Kirtan, which has proved to be an instrument for spiritual awakening. In order to demonstrate the idea of equality, he started the tradition of organising community kitchen or Langar. Years later, we understand that it was a revolutionary religious reformative step.
All are equal and everyone has presence of the Divine: Nanakji demonstrated a radical spiritual streak. He said that internal awakening is the only desirable thing. He announced that all are equal and everyone has presence of the Divine. Through his spiritual journeys, Guru Nanakji awakened India and spread its glory.
Nanakji practiced what he preached. He internalised every word he uttered and carried out radical social reforms. We have the best prescriptions for the betterment of humanity in his philosophy. Always be on the side of truth and be ready to serve humanity. Always shun five evils– Ego, Anger, Greed, Attachment, and Lust. Guru is the true source of knowledge. Have faith in Guru.
Let us be ready to practice in our day– to–day life Guru Nanak ji’s teachings and strengthen universal brotherhood.