made Guru Nanak Dev a Guru?
Why does not someone like Guru Nanak come
to earth in this time to stop wickedness,
thefts, liars, etc.?
teacher (Guru) is made by his students
(disciples) as a father is "made"
by his son. If there are no students,
there is no teacher. Guru Nanak taught
people how to live their life truthfully.
The philosophy he preached was, "Truth
is above all; highest is truthful living."
The people found that his teachings lit
the dark path of their lives. The masses,
therefore, accepted him as the teacher,
Guru. This is how he was declared a Guru.
The popular saying about him is:
Nanak Shah Fakir;
Hindu Ka Guru, Musalman Ka Pir.
"Nanak is a great holy man; both
Hindus and Muslims accept him as their
The mass acceptance of Nanak as a Guru
took a long time. Therefore, no particular
day can be named when the people accepted
him as Guru from his very childhood, he
had been teaching lessons to the people
through the actions of his life. He taught
us that the true bargain is sharing our
earnings with the needy. The best company,
he said, is the association of holy men
who love God. At Sultan Pur, he preached
that honest living is the right way to
earn one's livelihood. Jealousy is a journey
on the wrong path. Misappropriation of
public stores and money is an anti religious
When he was working for the Nawab of Sultan
Pur, Guru Nanak as usual went to the nearby
river Bein to take his bath. He did not
return for three days. The villagers and
officials got worried and were anxious
to see him alive. On the third day, when
they saw him coming to the village, they
immediately gathered around Guru Nanak.
They asked him about his absence. He answered,
"I have brought a message from the Master
to deliver to you. There is no Hindu;
there is no Musalman. (Humanity should
not be classified as Hindus or Muslims)
We, as human beings, are all His children,
hence equal. We cannot be divided into
different groups or castes, as high or
This formal sermon was given in 1499.
After this, he quit his job and spent
the rest of his life sharing this message
with the people. That year may be accepted
as the year of the beginning of his Guruship.
Guru Nanak is regarded as having been
formally accepted as a Guru from that
time on. After declaring his message,
the Guru decided to carry it to all the
people in India and nearby countries.
He traveled for about two decades to visit
the holy places of different religions
and explain his message to the people
It is good to know that many of you
wish someone like Guru Nanak to be with
us and guide us on the right path.
Fortunately, not only Guru Nanak but all
the Gurus and other Holy persons (Bhagats)
are here with us today. We have only to
"meet" them and "listen" to them.
Lessons given in the sacred Gurbaani are
A disciple, who obeys Gurbaani, will surely
achieve the goal of human life.
Gurbaani is Guru (spirit of the Guru,
message of the Guru). Reading Gurbaani
is talking to the Guru because the words
were actually spoken by the Guru. Whatever
the Gurus and Bhagats told people was
recorded by them in the form of holy hymns
for the benefit of whole humanity. Now,
it is for us to take advantage of Gurbaani,
recite it, sing it, enjoy it and benefit
from the directions mentioned there in
for our guidance.
The original compilation of all these
hymns, prepared by Guru Arjun Dev, is
still available WITH US AT Kartarpur,
Punjab. Later, to it were added the hymns
of Guru Teg Bahadur and the scripture
was authenticated by Guru Gobind Singh.
The scripture is now called Guru Granth
Sahib, and is respected as a living spirit
of the Gurus.
Translations of Gurbaani are available
in simple Panjabi, English, French and
Hindi. People are welcome to read them
and enjoy them. However, it is good if
the seeker learns the Panjabi language
so that he/she can recite and listen to
the original holy words uttered by the
God tuned persons and enjoy the spiritual
We know many people, during the Guru period
and also after that, guided their lives
on the path laid by Gurmat. Today, we
have the original directions for the path
as told by the Gurus. It is now for us
to follow that path. The Guru tells us
to live the life of Sewa-Siman and at
the same time keep away from ego, lust,
anger, greed and other vices. We learn
this by reciting and singing Gurbaani.
Let us make a beginning to live that life
and we will find Gurus standing by us
and guiding us on the right path.