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Guru Nanak was born in 1469, his parents were Hindu but from an early age he questioned himself as a Hindu.Nanak therefore spent a lot of time meditating; often getting himself into trouble with his father as he was supposed to be helping him on the land.
When Guru Nanak was 11 his father took him to take part in a Hindu ceremony where you get a sacred thread to wear. Nanak refused to wear this because he believes that people should be identified by what they do and not what they wear.
Nanak started having religious experiences'; one of which took place on a warm sunny day. Nanak was lying underneath a tree, in the shade, relaxing, he fell sleep with could have been dangerous but a miracle occurred...as the shadows of the other trees moved the shadow from the one Nanak was under didn't. He woke up fine and wasn't injured or burnt.
One day when he went to a river to bathe and meditate he disappeared under the water for two days. The river was dragged and searched; everyone thought he was dead but he reappeared on the third day and said he had been given a message from God and that he had to spread the word.
Nanak soon set off on a journey to teach people about God, leaving his wife, children and family at home. This journey lasted 35 years. The message he was told to spread from God was "There is no Muslim or Hindu just worship god we are all equal." This was the beginning of Sikhism-oneness with God.
Guru Nanak died when he was 70. On the day of his death the community gathered round him whilst he reassured them. The Hindus and Muslims didn't agree on what way they were going to send him off in so he said, "Place flowers on both sides of my body—flowers from the Hindus on the right side and flowers from the Muslims on the left. If tomorrow the flowers of the Hindus are still fresh let my body be burned, and if the flowers of the Muslims are still fresh, let it be buried." He passed away and in the morning both sets of flowers were fresh but the body was gone.
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