GURU NANAK DEV JI’S PRAKASH UTSAV
19TH NOVEMBER 2021
(OUR HEARTIEST FELICITATIONS TO ALL ON GURU NANAK DEV JI’ MAHARAJ)
The Founder of Sikhism & The First of the Sikh Gurus
GURU NANAK DEV JI’S LIFE SPANS FROM 1469 – 1539 A.D.
History is the guide to enlighten us that during this period many of the spiritualistic, cultural and progressive ideas inevitably came to the fore and fructified owing to the constructive approach and positively oriented teachings of Guru Nanak Dev Ji. These preaching are more relevant now than ever. These insightful messages had deep-rooted influence on the lives of general masses. One thing most common and unique in these messages is that these are practical and realistic touching the lives of multitudes. These were easy to understand and are not based on mysticism and ritualistic in orientation. In many of his thoughts and deeds, during his journey to various parts of India and even in foreign lands shed light on his insightful and unambiguous philosophy that AKALPURAKH – SAT NAAM SRI WAHE GURU is the only TRUTH – a Truth which could be proved anywhere anytime by anyone and everyone.
Guru Nanak Dev Ji was born on 15th April 1469 at Rai Bhoi-di-Talwandi of Shekhopura, presently in Pakistan. He was married to Sulakhani the daughter of Shri Mool Chand of Pakhoke Randhawe village of Gurdaspur and had two sons named Shri Chand and Lakhmi Das.
Guru Nanak Dev Ji defines the traits of Divine Lord as: There is but One all-encompassing and all-powerful Divinity, who manifests Himself first in the shape of all sacred words and then through the whole created Universe:
Ikk Oankar, Sat Nam, Karata Purakh, Nirbhau, Nirvair, Akal Murat, Ajunee Saibha Bhaug Gur Parsaad.
(There is one Supreme Being, the eternal reality (true name), the Creator, without fear, devoid of any enmity, immortal, never incarnated, self-extent – known by the grace of Guru).
This is also termed as the Mool Mantra and bestows us eternal peace and tranquility.
Divine Lord also is: The One who was real and self-existent before all Creations, who was real through all ages (Yugas), who is real and true now and who shall be true and self-existent for all times to come. (Aad Sach, Jugaad Sach, Heibhee Sach Hanak Hosee bhee Sach).
GURU NANAK DEV JI MAHARAJ
What an incredible event, a holiest one at that
To commemorate and heartily celebrate!
Than the birthday of our most venerated one – Guru Nanak Dev Ji
The most loved one, who traveled most extensively
When there was not much communication and connectivity
Bereft of transport any facility
Not only to all corners of India, in its entirety
But also to the foreign countries
Like Sri Lanka, China, Iraq and so many other foreign lands
And wherever he kept his lotus feet
Along with his two disciples so disciplined
One Muslim named Bhai Mardana Ji
Born to Marasi couple named Badhra Ji & Lakkho Ji
And the other one a Hindu named Bhai Bala Ji
Both being the longtime disciples of Guru Ji
They traveled far & wide to spread the Divine Message so brilliantly
With regard to love without bias to the humanity
Against the rituals being followed traditionally
The respected Guru Ji had discourses and interactions
With Saints and Sufis of all shades
And presented his viewpoints
Giving all the reasoning and logic
And changed the eco-system wherever he put his Lotus Feet.
On the most auspicious full moon day – Pooranmashi
At a village named Rai-Bhoi-Di-Talwandi
Now known as Nanakana Sahib
In the month of Kartik
15th day of April in the year 1469
When our most revered Baba Nanak Ji was born
To father Baba Kalu & Mother Tripta
No one but our beloved Akalpurakh (God)
Knew his observable mission for this Special Messenger
Of spreading ‘EK NAAM’S’ pious Message
And that such a person will make huge difference
For causes most dear to the society in general
Indeed a Shining Star on the horizon was born!
Of the Sikhs & the ones who believe in (Khalas) purity
Way of living now or in future with certainty
Gurupurb lasts for three days
A pious Akhand Path in all Gurudwaras
With organization of Nagar Kirtan
Procession (Kirtni Jatha) is led by Pious Fives
(Panj Piyaras – the Beloved Ones)
With Holiest Sri Guru Granth Sahib kept on the Palanquin
Hymns from It purifies the environs the most
Spreading Its Message – the most fragrant
Far and wide making the gentry mesmerized
Gatka Parties displaying their artistry
With their traditional weapons.
Guru Nanak Dev Ji, our most revered Guru Ji
An embodiment of Supreme Being
A harbinger of deliverance
From our pains and sufferings
Through His gems of teachings
A Messiah who made a huge difference
In our viewpoints on spiritual values
And showed a precise path to the humans
By meditating on Divine Name – EK NAAM
With all the deepest devotion
Thus got rid of all pervading ignorance
With his teachings, so enlightening indeed
So simple to follow by ordinary humans even.
His birthday is celebrated as Prakash Utsav or Guru Purb
In essence, life is a festival (Utsav or Purb) of highest order
A Day of immense value for us all
For self-realization through love, faith and total devotion.
Besides rendering assistance to the fellow beings without any expectation
And gain knowledge about the Divine Truth for our liberation
By realization of Divine within
By union with the Divine
And attain Divine Peace within
Which is the sole purpose of humans
Thus realize the aim of Guru Granth Sahib.
Guru Ji while on this beautiful planet
Changed the lives of millions with his wisdom
His preaching have created wide-ranging positive effects on masses.
On the Gurupurb Day
Diwan starts very early
With holiest Asa-di-Var
Along with hymns from Guru Granth Sahib are sung with full devotion
Followed by discourses and prayers (Ardas) so mesmerizing
And finally Prashad as Langar in lines (Pangat)
By the devout (Sangat)
Served to all without any bias.
People share Langar eatables with great reverence
And make this day; a day to reminisce.
Babaji – the most benevolent of all
Our earnest prayer to Thee our beloved One
Let the spirit of this day
Remain echoing in our memory
Spreading Thy Universal Message
Of Uniting the Humans without bias
And ridding society of all ills and malice
Engendering brotherly feelings amongst all
And make our life sublime at all times.
GURU NANAK DEV JI’S BIRTH ANNIVERSARY ON 19TH NOVEMBER 2021
The Akalpurakh sends His Messengers to this earth to spread His Message so that such wisdom infusing Messengers interact with the masses in their own languages and make huge difference with their discourses to the world at large thus change their lives. Their teachings are so relevant that there is a definitive imprint of teachings on the psyche of people. This is why the far reaching influence of these Messengers remains permanently in the minds of the people. Those sincere devotees who have attained the certain level of spirituality can see the Divine Vision and could transform others lives from negative thoughts to positive ones. Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s message to the humanity has an eternal imprint on the psyche of the people.
Guru Nanak Gurpurb also called Guru Nanak Prakash Utsav or Guru Nanak Jayanti is celebrated with gaiety and enthusiasm by all those who know about Guru Nanak Dev’s contribution to the humanity with His preaching.
On this day Prabhat Pheris (early morning processions or congregations) are taken from the Gurdwaras in the early morning itself and cover almost all the lanes and by-lanes in the vicinity. People sing hymns in His glory in this procession. There is an air of tranquility in the environs around these processions.
This is the holiest day in the history of Sikhism. It is celebrated not only by Sikhs but also by all those who believe in His Holy Words. Akhand Path, non-stop recitation from Guru Granth Sahibji, Asa Di Var (Collection of 24 Stanzas written by the revered Guruji). Gurdwaras are specially decorated tastefully on this occasion.
Devout pay respectful tributes to Sri Guru Nanak Devji and remember His contributions for the spiritual upliftment of the common masses and rid them from unnecessary rituals that prevailed.
Equality of all the faiths and religions is a reality. His disciples were from all castes and creeds.
THE PREACHING OF GURU NANAK DEV JI
UNDERSTANDING THROUGH DIALOGUE
The universal message of Guru Nanak Dev Ji was to reach a common understanding through dialogue and carry all along by understanding others viewpoints too without imposing his viewpoints on others.
These teachings have far reaching effects on the general masses and most relevant in the Covid-10 pandemic situations.
Three miseries of humans are: miseries of mind, physical ailments due to bad deeds and miseries created by nature. These could be removed by God through realization of Truth by complete devotion.
OUR BODY IS MADE UP OF FIVE ELEMENTS
The human body is made of five elements; air, water, fire, earth and sky and within subtle body lives mind which remains in perpetual instability. The body consists of nine outlets and there is also the tenth one which is attained through intense meditation on Divine Naam. This way ego is destroyed and man merges with Divine.
OLD RITUALS SHOULD END GIVING PLACE TO NEW
The old dogmas and unnecessary rituals prevailing amongst the masses gave place to progressive ideas. Service (Seva) and prayers (Simran) should be given more credence.
DIVINE PERVADES WITHIN OUR BODY
The Divine pervades within the body which is termed as Soul (Atma). It enables the body to perform its functions. This Divine Power pervades in the Universe called as Universal Soul.
WELLNESS OF ALL SHOULD BE OUR GOAL IN LIFE
He propagated the idea of goodwill and welbeing of all without any discrimination – for him all are the creations of Akalpurakh and therefore there should not be any difference on the basis of religion or caste or creed.
GOD IS THE DIVINE HUSBAND OF ALL CREATIONS
The God is the Divine Husband of Creation and all creatures are His brides to whom He looks after without any discrimination.
TRUTH SHOULD PREVAIL ALWAYS
He taught that everybody should be truthful in words and deeds in their lives and face the situations and conditions.
RESULT OF GURU NANAK DEV JI’S PREACHING
His preaching resulted in the intellectual and spiritual renaissance of the masses in general.
HUMANISM GIVEN MORE CREDENCE
Humanism was given more credence with the idea that human beings are considered good or bad according to the deeds one performs and not on the basis of birth, caste or colour or region.
PURPOSE OF RELIGION IS TO CREATE HARMONY
Religion should create harmony and not dissensions and hurdles in the path of masses.
COMPLETE SURRENDER TO GOD CAN DELIVER US EVENTUALLY
Complete surrender to the will of God for the spiritual forward march should be pursued.
PRINCIPLE OF ONE GOD (EK NAAM)
He taught the philosophy of ONE GOD – EK NAAM.
Bad traits such as ego, anger, greed, attachment, and lust should be shunned from our midst in order to lead a balanced life.
PURSUIT OF KNOWLEDGE SHOULD BE OUR GOAL IN LIFE
We should always be in the quest/pursuit of knowledge for our enlightenment. Knowledge helps us to attain salvation too.
HOLY GURBANI IS TREASURE OF WISDOM
The Holy Gurbani is a sacred treasure and has universal appeal, every verse (Shloka) while recited suffuses and fills with fragrance in the environment it is spoken and cures the illness of our body, mind and soul. Almost all the prayers are for the praise of our Akalpurakh in one form or other.
For Example: Gun Biant Kimat Nahi Pae!! Nanak Jis Bhavai! Tis Lae Malae!
Endless are His virtuous qualities; His worth cannot be appraised. O Nanak, one who pleases Him is united with Him.
MAIN TEACHING OF GURU JI WAS TO SPREAD KNOWLEDGE AND REEMOVE IGNORANCE
Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s premise was that those who do not know the true meaning of scriptures, cannot differentiate between good and bad; are steeped in egocentric pursuits. These people are truly the ignorant ones. There is no exaggeration in saying that main thrust of Guru Ki Bani is to remove ignorance, superstition and complex customs bedeviling the masses This also helped in spreading the message of goodwill besides engendering brotherly feelings amongst them without any distinction. Guru Nanak’s stellar contribution is for the wellness of the humanity as a whole and for the spread of this message, He traveled length and breadth of our country and abroad.
All the incarnations Messengers of God suffered while they were living on this earth because people at that time could not understand them. Such incarnations suffered so that we may learn the lesson for a peaceful co-existence between all humans:
GURU NANAK PREACHING IS MORE RELEVANT NOW THAN EVER
While pains and sufferings are, in essence, part and parcel of our life but when it is inflicted by our own brethren then it is more painful. What has been happening around the world now is nothing but painful. Guru Nanak has himself mentioned this “Unto whom should I tie up and give the bundle of my pains? The whole world is suffering from pain and suffering. Wherever I see loads of pain and suffering – NANAK DUKHYA SAAB SANSAR.
GURU JI’S TRAVELS TO WITHIN INDIA AND ABROAD
Guru Nanak traverses lengths and breadths of India and in the foreign lands, so he mentioned about the ‘pain across the globe.’ This pain and suffering could be ameliorated through meditation, he mentioned. “Remembering Him in meditation, a profound peace is obtained. Pain and suffering will not touch you at all – remain in the sanctuary of God and no pain and suffering will ever touch you at all.
ALL LIVING BEINGS ARE THE GOD’ S CREATIONS
All the humans are our Creator’s creations but they are born under different circumstances and different conditions and different locations. But from the same LIGHT, we are created. Then why people we interpret scriptural inscription differently. It really pains me immensely.
PROFOUND LESSONS THAT WE HUMAN SHOULD GET FROM THE MESSENGERS AND GOD INCARNATIONS
It has been observed that some of us are suffering at the hands of our opponents (those who do not agree with our viewpoints) just conveniently forgetting the untold sufferings undergone by the Messengers of God.
Bestow us enlightenment by removing ignorance through spread of knowledge.
CONSTANT STRUGGLE BETWEEN GOOD & EVIL
The world of ours is in constant struggle between good and evil. This is due to thrusting our opinions on others forcefully and consequent struggle. Then differing people resort to disproportionate violence result in loss of precious lives. No religion recommends this.
FIGHT BETWEEN TRUTH & FALSEHOOD
There is a fight between the truth and falsehood. This difference may be due to the different interpretation of scriptures but the basic thrust of all religious scriptures is good of humanity as a whole without bias and feelings of compassion, empathy, cooperation, brotherhood, and goodwill to be encouraged between all humans.
ALL ARE THE CREATORS OF OUR COMMON CREATOR
We should never forget that we have a common Creator meaning we are commonly related to our Him. Then why bloodletting for temporary gain – again which pains even our Creator!
There are those who are the oppressor and those who are oppressed. The oppressor should introspect about his/her origin and should never identify himself/herself different from others.
BAD THINGS COULD HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE
Bad things could happen to good ones. This is a fact, bad things have happened to the good people but when this injustice should stop and message of goodness that is codified in all the religious texts made applicable in letter and spirit? The sooner this happens the better for the humanity as a whole. No human loss, please.
MUTUAL HARMONY SHOULD BE OUR ULTIMATE GOAL
All the main scriptures exhort us for co-existing with mutual cooperation and with goodwill then why misunderstanding and killing? Where all this will lead the humanity?
Be that as it may, let’s forget our small differences and live as creation created by our ONE Creator.
REMOVAL OF DISCRIMINATION FROM THE SOCIETIES
The message of communal harmony that Guru Nanak Dev Ji gave should be followed by all the societies so as to remove the discrimination in the societies. He had his disciples from Hindu and Muslim – a clear message of communal harmony which is the need of the hour presently.