life of guru nanak

life of guru nanak

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  • The first Guru of Sikhism (named Nanak at the time) was born in 1469 CE in a Northern Indian village call Talwindi. He was born in a Hindu Family
  • There is neither Hindu, nor Muslim
  • When he grew up, he began to work in a government office, generally full of Muslims. Nanak knew that Hinduism was quite different from Islam, but he loved to talk about religion, and so he learned a lot about both religions. 
  • Nanak got married when he was nineteen, and he was extremely happy with his wife and two sons.
  • I'm afraid, Sikhs.. that I can see I am nearing my death. So Lehna... you will now preach, you will now finish what I have begun.
  • When Nanak was about 30 years old, as he regularly did, he bathed in the river. However, suddenly he went missing for three days, and after no trace of him, it was assumed that he drowned in the river. But then... he returned and puzzling everybody, his first words were, 'There is neither Hindu nor Muslim'. He spoke to the people of his vision that when he was taken to see God throughout these 3 days, and preached that religion doesn't separate us so long as we all believe in God.
  • Guru Nanak (now called 'Guru' as this meant 'respected religious teacher' in India) believed he was the slave of God, and that God had told him to spend the rest of his life teaching people. After 20 years of travelling to places like Varnasi (the Holy city of Hindus), Arabia and the holy Muslim city of Makkah, the now called Iraq, Tibet and Sri Lanka to preach his beliefs about God, he finally settled in a village called Kartapur in Northern India.
  • In Kartapur, a group of people who became to be known as the 'Sikhs' came to live nearby to follow Guru Nanak's teachings and learn from him the Guru. They did many things together: the Sikhs met together to meditate in the morning and evening; they listened to Guru Nanak preach; sang the hymns which he wrote; and ate together, giving free food to ANYONE who wanted it.  And it was here in Kartapur that Guru Nanak died in 1539, leaving Guru Angad (previously known as 'Lehna' who was a Sikh and closest follower of Guru Nanak) to finish the work Guru Nanak started.
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