“There is neither a Hindu, nor a Muslim: only man.”
Saints like Guru Nanak make their presence in this weary world in order to show the right path to the suffering humanity by their personal sacrifice and example. The message of Guru Nanak was a great blessing at a time when India was facing a great crisis. – Dalai Lama
Why is Gurpurab celebrated?
Guru means the preacher and Purav means an occasion. Gurpurab is the occasion celebrated in the name of the Gurus, the preachers. Occasion can be sad (Shaheedi Diwas) or happy (Janam Diwas).
Guru Nanak approached God with an open-minded love that embraced all religious principles and rejected all dogma. For his followers, his birthday is a time to rededicate themselves to humanitarian pursuits.
Though he is the Guru of the Sikhs, there are millions of others who love and believe in him, and worship him, among Hindus and other religions.
About Guru Nanak Dev
Guru Nanak Dev was the founder of sikhism in that dark age of changing fortune tyranny fanaticism and ligatry was born in the month of Vaisakh on April 15,1469 in Punjab at a place called Rai Bhoeki Talwandi (now Nankana Sahib) to the south-west of Lahore (Pakistan). Though his Birthday for some obscure reasons is celebrated on the full-moon day of Kartik (November). His father’s name was Mehta Kalu of the Bedi seat of the Kashatriya Caste. He was Patwari (Village accountant) of Talwandi. His mother’s name was Mata Tripta and his sister’s name was Bibi Nanaki.
When Guru Nanak was born, his Muslimmid wife, Daultan, who attended upon him, revealed to the neighbourhood, that he laughed at his birth like an adult. The devout chroniclers suggest that the wise of the community heard notes of celestial music emanating from the high heavens on the advent of Guru Nanak Dev. The family astrologer, Hardyal on seeing the baby Nanak’s hand greeted him with joined palms and said that he would sit under a royal canopy, and be worshipped by both Hindus and Muslims, even the inanimate objects of nature would utter his name with reverence.
Guru Nanak was put to school at very young age. He was first sent to Pandit Panda Gopal who taught him Hindi, Later he studied Sanskrit under Pandit Bhijnath Shastri. Finally he learnt Persian and rudimentary Arabic under the guidance of Maulvi Qutab-ud-Din. He was a precocious child with an incisive mind and sharp questioning intellect but at the same time he was critical of what was taught to him. His teachers felt that their disciple is not interested in learning, but was also seriously concerned with the ancient philosophy concept concerning AMA GAWAN (transmigration), MAYA (illusion), ATMA (soul), MUKTI (salvation). Guru Nanak refused to stay long in the school, he devoted most of his time to meditation upon God, the absolute (Nirankar). This scared Guru Nanak’s father, Kalu who wanted him to become a successful man of affairs.