Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism and the first of the ten Sikh Gurus, is revered for his spiritual teachings and his message of universal brotherhood and equality. Born in the 15th century, Guru Nanak's philosophy emphasized the importance of devotion, selfless service, and living a life of moral and ethical values. His teachings challenged societal norms, condemning caste-based discrimination and emphasizing the oneness of humanity. Guru Nanak's profound spiritual insights are recorded in the Guru Granth Sahib, the holy scripture of Sikhism. His legacy is not only felt within the Sikh community but also resonates with people from diverse backgrounds, fostering a spirit of inclusivity and social justice. Guru Nanak's life and teachings continue to inspire individuals to seek inner truth, cultivate compassion, and work towards a more harmonious world.
Guru Nanak Quotes
We are born of woman, we are conceived in the womb of woman, we are engaged and married to woman. We make friendship with woman and the lineage continued because of woman. When one woman dies, we take another one, we are bound with the world through woman. Why should we talk ill of her, who gives birth to kings? The woman is born from woman; there is none without her. Only the One True Lord is without woman
I am neither a child, a young man, nor an ancient; nor am I of any caste.
Conquer your mind and conquer the world.
Only fools argue whether to eat meat or not. They don't understand truth nor do they meditate on it. Who can define what is meat and what is plant Who knows where the sin lies, being a vegetarian or a non vegetarian
Let no man in the world live in delusion. Without a Guru none can cross over to the other shore.
Those who have loved are those that have found God
The highest religion is to rise to universal brother hood; aye to consider all creatures your equals.
Do not wish evil for others. Do not speak ill of others. Do not obstruct anyones activities.
For each and every person, our Lord and Master provides sustenance. Why are you so afraid, O mind? The flamingos fly hundreds of miles, leaving their young ones behind. Who feeds them, and who teaches them to feed themselves? Have you ever thought of this in your mind?
With your hands carve out your own destiny.
There is but One God, His name is Truth, He is the Creator, He fears none, he is without hate, He never dies, He is beyond the cycle of births and death, He is self illuminated, He is realized by the kindness of the True Guru. He was True in the beginning, He was True when the ages commenced and has ever been True, He is also True now.
From woman, man is born; within woman, man is conceived; to woman he is engaged and married. Woman becomes his friend; through woman, the future generations come. When his woman dies, he seeks another woman; to woman he is bound. So why call her bad? From her, kings are born. From woman, woman is born; without woman, there would be no one at all.
The world is a drama, staged in a dream
Even Kings and emperors with heaps of wealth and vast dominion cannot compare with an ant filled with the love of God.
Speak only that which will bring you honor.
Be kind to all beings, this is more meritorious than bathing at the sixty-eight sacred shrines of pilgrimage and donating money.
God is one, but he has innumerable forms. He is the creator of all and He himself takes the human form.
False is the body, false are the clothes; false is beauty.
Truth is the highest virtue, but higher still is truthful living.
Let God's grace be the mosque, and devotion the prayer mat. Let the Quran be the good conduct. Let modesty be compassion, good manners fasting, you should be a Muslim the like of this. Let good deeds be your Kaaba and truth be your mentor. Your Kalma be your creed and prayer, God would then vindicate your honour.
Alone let him constantly meditate in solitude on that which is salutary for his soul, for he who meditates in solitude attains supreme bliss.
See the brotherhood of all mankind as the highest order of Yogis; conquer your own mind, and conquer the world.
Dwell in peace in the home of your own being, and the Messenger of Death will not be able to touch you.
I don't die... He who is merged with the omnipresent is never gone.
Owing to ignorance of the rope the rope appears to be a snake; owing to ignorance of the Self the transient state arises of the individualized, limited, phenomenal aspect of the Self.
Through shallow intellect, the mind becomes shallow, and one eats the fly, along with the sweets.
Build the raft of meditation and self-discipline, to carry you across the river. There will be no ocean, and no rising tides to stop you; this is how comfortable your path shall be.
Thou has a thousand eyes and yet not one eye; Thou host a thousand forms and yet not one form.
Offspring, the due performance on religious rites, faithful service, highest conjugal happiness and heavenly bliss for the ancestors and oneself, depend on one's wife alone.
There, where neither your children nor your spouse shall accompany you, the Name of the Lord shall emancipate you.
Even kings and emperors, with mountains of property and oceans of wealth - these are not even equal to an ant, who does not forget God.
I am neither male nor female, nor am I sexless. I am the Peaceful One, whose form is self-effulgent, powerful radiance.
He ,who is appointed to ,cohabit with the widow shall ,approach her at night anointed with clarified butter and silent, ,and beget one son, by no means a second.
But for disloyalty to her husband a wife is censured among men, and ,in her next life she is born in the womb of a jackal and tormented by diseases, the punishment of her sin.
If an appointed daughter by accident dies without ,leaving a son, the husband of the appointed daughter may, without hesitation, take that estate.
That one plant should be sown and another be produced cannot happen; whatever seed is sown, a plant of that kind even comes forth.
Yet in a kingdom containing seven constituent parts, which is upheld like the triple staff ,of an ascetic , there is no ,single part more important ,than the others , by reason of the importance of the qualities of each for the others.
Like the juggler, deceiving by his tricks, one is deluded by egotism, falsehood and illusion.
Whatever kind of seed is sown in a field, prepared in due season, a plant of that same kind, marked with the peculiar qualities of the seed, springs up in it.
Those who conquer their minds are beings of renunciation and detachment. They are beings of renunciation and detachment they are lovingly focused on the True One, they realize and understand themselves.
I am in constant bliss, day and night, egotism has been dispelled from within me.
Death would not be called bad, o people, if one knew how to truly die.
The Formless Supreme Being abides in the Realm of Eternity. Over His creation He casts His glance of grace. In that Realm are contained all the continents and the universes, Exceeding in number all count. Of creation worlds upon worlds abide therein; All obedient to His will; He watches over them in bliss, And has each constantly in mind.
One cannot comprehend Him through reason, even if one reasoned for ages.
Sing the songs of joy to the Lord, serve the Name of the Lord, and become the servant of His servants.
Blessed, blessed is that body horse which meditates on the Lord God.
Whatever be the qualities of the man with whom a woman is united according to the law, such qualities even she assumes, like a river, united with the ocean.
Emotional attachment to Maya is totally painful, this is a bad bargain.
I am a song bird, I am a meek song bird, I offer my prayer to the Lord.
An adopted son shall never take the family, name and the estate of his natural father, the funeral cake follows the family, name and the estate, the funeral offerings of him who gives ,his son in adoption cease, as far as that son is concerned.
As a father ,supports his sons, so let the eldest support his younger brothers, and let them also in accordance with the law behave towards their eldest brother as sons ,behave.
Neither ancients nor moderns who were good men have done such ,a deed that, after promising ,a daughter to one man, they have her to another, Nor, indeed, have we heard, even in former creations, of such ,a thing as the covert sale of a daughter for a fixed price, called a nuptial fee.
Blessed, blessed is the True Guru, the Immaculate, Almighty Lord God, meeting Him, I meditate on the Name of the Lord.
Far from wife and son am 1, far from land and wealth and other notions of that kind. I am the Witness, the Eternal, the Inner Self.
Be the wisdom your support. Be the compassion your guide and listen to the Divine Music that beats in every heart.
Giving no pain to any creature, let him slowly accumulate spiritual merit, for the sake ,of acquiring a companion to the next world, just as the white ant ,gradually raises its hill.
Those who have not obtained the Blessed Vision, the Blessed Vision of the Darshan of the True Guru, the Almighty Lord God they have fruitlessly, uselessly wasted their whole lives in vain.
By twice born men a widow must not be appointed to ,cohabit with any other ,than her husband , for they who appoint ,her to another ,man , will violate the eternal law.
Excluded from all fellowship at meals, excluded from all sacrifices, excluded from instruction and from matrimonial alliances, abject and excluded from all religious duties, let them wander over ,this earth.
No calamity happens to those who eagerly follow auspicious customs and the rule of good conduct, to those who are always careful of purity, and to those who mutter ,sacred texts and offer burnt oblations.
The production of children, the nurture of those born, and the daily life of men, of these matters woman is visibly the cause.
He who, having lost his parents or being abandoned, by them without ,just cause, gives himself to a ,man , is called a son self given.
The word is the Guru, The Guru is the Word, For all nectar is enshrined in the world Blessed is the word which reveal the Lord's name But more is the one who knows by the Guru's grace.
When the purpose of the appointment to ,cohabit with the widow bas been attained in accordance with the law, those two shall behave towards each other like a father and a daughter in law.
As with cows, mares, female camels, slave girls, buffalo cows, she goats, and ewes, it is not the begetter ,or his owner who obtains the offspring, even thus ,it is with the wives of others.
Make of the Silence your to-do tasks, of the compassion your wealth and of the meditation your beggar's bowl.
I am not the born; how can there be either birth or death for me?
May liberal men abound with us! May our knowledge of the Vedas and our progeny increase! May faith not forsake us! May we have much to give to the needy.
My mind and body, my mind and body I cut my body into pieces, and I dedicate these to Him.
Through True Love, she merges with Him. She who does not know her Husband Lord, the Architect of karma, is deluded by falsehood she herself is false.
The soul bride shall never be a widow, she shall never suffer sorrow.
O Lord, You bless all with Your bountiful blessings.
Let him avoid ,the acquisition of wealth and ,the gratification of his desires, if they are opposed to the sacred law, and even lawful acts which may cause pain in the future or are offensive to men.
Food sacred to the manes or to the gods must be given to a man distinguished by sacred knowledge, for hands, smeared with blood, cannot be cleansed with blood.
If one of the brothers, being able ,to maintain himself by his own occupation, does not desire ,a share of the family property, he may be made separate ,by the others receiving a trifle out of his share to live upon.
If a woman abandoned by her husband, or a widow, of her own accord contracts a second marriage and bears ,a son , he is called the son of a re-married woman .
The ignorant soul bride wanders in delusion, in the love of duality, she sits like a widow. She sits like a widow, in the love of duality, infatuated with Maya, she suffers in pain. She grows old, and her body withers away.
The widow cries out at the door, The light of my mind has gone out, O my mother, with his death. So cry out, O soul brides of the Husband Lord, and dwell on the Glorious Praises of the True Lord.
If the widow of a man who died without leaving issue, raises up to him a son by a member of the family , she shall deliver to that ,son the whole property which belonged to the ,deceased .
― Guru Nanak Quotes
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