Our Work to Spread Guru Nanak Dev Ji's Message
Short Videos on life and teachings of Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji
Padma Shri, Vikram Sahney, speaking at World premiere of mega Light & Sound show "Satguru Nanak Pargateya", presented by World Punjabi Organisation at Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji's 550th Birth Anniversary celebrations organised by DSGMC at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, New Delhi where over 30,000 people attended the show.
Kirtan Durbar to commemorate 550th Birth Anniversary of Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji
About Guru Nanak Dev Ji
Guru Nanak Dev Ji (29 November 1469 - 22 September 1539) Guru Nanak was born five and a half centuries ago, at a very critical stage, when India was riddled with dissention. Controlled by two distinct and powerful religious currents - on one side, the Muslim rulers were oppressing the subjects and on other hand Hindu clergy was exploiting the masses by enforcing caste system and futile rituals.Guru Nanak came as a saviour to the corroding society and declared ‘GOD is One’- that there was only one God, though there were many ways to reach Him. He practiced and preached meditation and pious practices while leading a life of honest householder. A saint with highly practical social vision, backed by positive action, he emphasized on equality, fraternity, compassion, humanism and concern for social justice for the oppressed.
Even as a child, Nanak overwhelmed many with his perception and rationale. For his ‘upanayana’ ritual, he refused to wear the sacred thread, and surprised everyone by asking for a sacred thread made of mercy and contentment, continence and truth that may control a person against perversity. Guru Nanak saw much beyond religious and intellectual cognitions . He underscored the spiritual foundations of human existence and through his poetic utterance, he ushered in an era of spiritual and social awakening with far reaching effects. His ethos extended far beyond his times and are of relevance at all times.
Guru Nanak conceived and promoted culture peace and nonviolence by practicing and preaching “universal brotherhood” and said “Na Ko Hindu, Na Ko Musalman”- there is no Hindu, No Muslim. He advocated that the communities with diverse backgrounds, faiths and ethnicities must live side by side harmoniously and bound by moral values & love of all. Tolerance, Reconciliation and Forgiveness are the virtues that the civilisations need to imbibe and resonate around. Shunning all false bindings, he advocated the thought that all are human and must respect humanity. One must cast aspersion towards dishonesty and barbarism. He proved that milk runs out of a poor honest man’s bread, and blood out of the bread of rich and dishonest people and laid foundation of Socialism. He also raised voice against oppression and fought against injustice. He vehemently protested Babar’s attack against masses when he invaded Ahmedabad.
Guru Nanak eradicated all social evils and was the first one to restore respect of women in the society. Giving equal status to women, he said, ‘so Kyon Manda Aakhiye, Jit Jame Rajaan’ - how can women be inferior when she gives birth to great men of this universe. There were three basic principles of Guru Nanak’s teachings, i.e., Naam Japo, Kirat Karo, Vand Chako- constant meditation on God’s name, earning livelihood through honest means, sharing one’s earnings out of love and compassion with others. Guru Nanak repeatedly emphasized humility. He said, “this body is a field , mind the ploughman, modesty the irrigating channel , contentment the leveller to pulverize the crust of pride into true humility; sow the seed of love of God and dignity will flourish”.
Guru Nanak was a nature-lover, and he always inspired people to look at nature as the divine presence of the Creator and to form a
look at nature as the divine presence of the Creator and to form a loving relationship with nature. he also preached the ‘religion of household’ by making religion as part of daily life. He did not accept the idea of retreating from family in search of God. According to him, salvation is fully compatible with joy, Laughing, eating, playing and dressing well.
Guru Nanak preached respect for all the faiths and he collected the hymns of spiritual men of other faiths and which were later included in Guru Granth Saheb. Interfaith dialogue and cooperation have been part of Sikhism since guru Nanak’s time that is why every Sikh offers prayers daily , “That May the whole world prospers by your grace”. Guru Nanak- the Mystic Guru and a religious innovator, travelled across South Asia and Middle East to spread the message of the God. He undertook 5 long (Udhasis) journeys during his lifetime covering a staggering distance of 28000 kilometers on foot. Through his simple yet meaningful practices as also holding discourses and discussions with the learned and the lay, he reached out to everyone to shun pride, rigidity and lead a simple inclusive, dutiful and pious life in continuous remembrance of God through devotion without any rites or rituals.
In the present day world, people belonging to various religions are reluctant to respect towards religious beliefs and practices of other religious communities. The growing religious extremism, religious violence and religious antagonism have created the stained environment which is bound to create the clash among various socio-religious and cultural groups. As we celebrate 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, his messages become relevant as never before as he emphasized on spirit of fatherhood of God and brotherhood of mankind and repudiated all superficial religious and cultural divisions and inequality. Guru Nanak Dev was much ahead of time as he not only advocated but practiced the spirit of mutual respect and tolerance. It is now upon us to practice and pass on the legacy to our future generations that we have inherited from the Pious, the Divine – Shri Guru Nanak Dev, Hindu ka Guru-musalman ka pir.
UNIVERSAL MESSAGE OF GURU NANAK
Guru Nanak Dev ji
Work to spread Guru Nanak's Message
Supporting the Turban Traveller
Undertakes journey that promote Guru Nanak's living messages
Supporting production of documentary "Allegory- A Tapestry of Guru Nanak's travels"
The Sikh Community Worldwide believes in the message of Guru Nanak Dev ji and continues to spread the word of brotherhood. Guru Nanak Dev had unified all humankind with his message of love.
Short PIM's on Guru Nanak
Short Teasers on teachings of Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji Mool Mantra, Kirat Karo & Woman Empowerment - (Both in English and Punjabi).
Rabb hai Ek onkar - On the ocassion of 550th Birth Anniversary of Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, a religious song by Padma Shri Vikramjit Singh Sahney ji.
The Mystic Master - a small documentary on life and teachings of Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji.
Exibition in collaboration with National Institute of Punjab Studies
Young Nanak in the Pathshala
Guru Nanak recited Mul Mantra – Na Ko Hindu Na Musalman
Sakhi of Bhai Lalo and Malik Bhago
Guru Nanak Dev Ji at Hardwar
Guru Nanak recited Aarti during Jaganath temple visit
Guru Nanak's visit to Mecca
The concept of Langar
Painting of Guru Nanak Dev Ji
Guru Nanak working in his fields at Kartarpur Sahib
Guru Nanak in meditation
Guru Nanak at Bhai Lalo's house
Guru Nanak dev ji inspecting the progress of Kartarpur Sahib
Meditation posture of Guru Nanak Dev Ji
Guru Nanak's meeting with Siddhas
Nanak in blissfull state
Guru Nanak at Multan
Old miniature paintings
Fourth udasi of Guru Nanak towards South