Celebrating Guru Nanak Jayanti

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Birth of Guru Nanak

Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji was born in 1469 in Talwandi, a village in the Sheikhupura district, 65 kms. west of Lahore.

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Birth of Guru Nanak
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A child with a big heart

Guru Nanak’s father gave him 20 rupees at the age of 12 in order to start a business. Guru Nanak dev ji bought food for all the money and distributed among saints, and poor. When his father asked him what happened to business? He replied that he had done a "True business."

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A child with a big heart
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Year of Enlightenment

1496 was the year of his enlightenment when he started on his mission. His first statement after his prophetic communion with God was "There is no Hindu, nor any Mussalman."  

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Year of Enlightenment
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Guru Nanak starts preaching

Accompanied by his first follower and long-term companion, Bhai Mardana, he began his missionary tours preaching against caste distinctions, ritualism, idol worship and the pseudo-religious beliefs that had no spiritual content.

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Guru Nanak starts preaching
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Communal living and sharing

He chose to mix with all. He dined and lived with men of the lowest castes and classes  at the time when untouchabilty and caste system was the prevalent culture. It is a matter of great significance that at the very beginning of his mission, the Guru's first companion was a low caste Muslim.

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Communal living and sharing
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System of Langar

 Any surplus collected from offerings was given to his hosts to maintain a common kitchen, where all could sit and eat together without any distinction of caste and status. This institution of common kitchen or langar became a major instrument of helping the poor maintainning equality of all castes, classes and sexes.

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System of Langar
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Guru Nanak teachings

Through popular tradition, Nanak’s teaching is understood to be practised in three ways: Vand Chakko (sharing with others, helping those who are in need); Kirat Karo (earning/making a living honestly, without exploitation of fraud); Naam Japna (Meditating on God's name to controol the evils and lead a happy life)

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Guru Nanak teachings
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Guru Nanak journeys on foot

Guru Nanak travelled several thousands of kilometers preaching on foot. His journeys spanned from Arunachal Pradesh, Bengal and Assam to Kashmir, Ladakh and Tibet to westwards towards Baghdad, Mecca and Medina to southwards into Sri Lanka.

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Guru Nanak journeys on foot
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