"Conquer your own mind and conquer the world"
(Guru Nanak, Ang 6, SGGS)
Guru Nanak (1469–1538) (also called Baba Nanak or Nanak Shah) is one of the greatest religious innovators of all time. He was a Prophet whose message was a direct revelation from God.
Guru Nanak believed that the purpose of human life is to reunite with God. Hence, he was primarily concerned with the spiritual welfare of the common people. His community kitchen or Langar where he fed the congregation, is his lasting legacy till date, as is the disproportionate contribution of Sikhs in donations to Charities and in their personal time to voluntary activities.
Sikhi - A Sufi Path
The Sikhi path is a Sufi path with the Guru controlling the spiritual process. The belief is in the Oneness of God, the Creator, and the practice is in the constant remembrance of His Name, with the ultimate aim of achieving salvation. His path was of the householder reforming society from within. No escapism from duties and society. Great words and thoughts meant nothing to Nanak if the resulting awareness did not convert to action. Key was having the courage and the resolve to go through with things having full faith in God. Sikhi involves self-discipline of controlling our Thoughts (“man”), Speech (“bachan”), Actions (“karam”) and bringing them into unison.
“Truth is higher than everything; but higher still is truthful living.”
(Sri Raag Guru Nanak Dev, Ang 62)
The Sikhs (Sikh means “seeker of truth”) are a unique spirit-born people believing in Guru Nanak’s basic concepts of “Work, Worship and Charity”.
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