5 Unique Teachings of Guru Nanak

The eternal knowledge and teachings of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji are infinite. A true celebration of Parkash Utsav of Baba Nanak would be to share and follow the teachings of Guru Sahib.

Known for his social and spiritual beliefs, Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji (1469-1539), the founder of Sikh Religion, had spread the message of ‘one God’. The pious religious ideas of Guru Nanak are heartwarming.

He is considered the epitome of virtue, equality, love and fraternity. Today, I share with you all how Baba Nanak has contributed to the world with his spiritual teachings –

  1. The Significance of a Guru in Life
    According to Guru Nanak, Guru is the real incarnation of God. A Guru provides us
    with true knowledge. Their enlightening guidance eliminates the darkness from our lives and leads us to salvation.

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2. Soul is Divine
Guru Nanak believed in the presence of soul in the body of every individual. That
soul according to him is the divine power within a human being.

3. Diminish 5 Evils from Life: Ego, greed, anger, lust, and attachment are the 5 evils of life. Guru Nanak laid emphasis on purity of heart, love, and devotion for the almighty God, which is omnipresent. So, worship him with a pure soul and leave behind these 5 evils.

4. Equality for Women
The teaching includes that women are equal to men and there should be no
discrimination on the basis of gender. He permitted women to attend religious
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5. Selfless Service
Guru Nanak believed to offer selfless services to others as the sacred duty of a
mankind. The holiest pilgrimage site of Sikhism in India is the Golden Temple,
located in Amritsar. They serve food as ‘langar’ to 100,000 people of diverse
religions every day for free.

Therefore, the eternal knowledge and teachings of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji are infinite. So, the true celebration of Parkash Utsav of Baba Nanak would be to share and follow the teachings of Guru Sahib.

I bet you didn’t know all this about Gatka

Gatka is a a spiritual as well as a physical exercise. Gatka requires spiritual, mental and physical skills in equal proportions and enables a person to defend himself as well as others.

Recently, I had the privilege to witness State Gatka Championship held at Gurdwara Sri Damdama Sahib. Their fluency, skill and alertness was a treat for the eyes. This made me write the blog enlightening people all across the world about Gatka.

I wish to share some significant aspects of Gatka which make it more than just a martial arts.

Take a look –

Gatka originated from the times of Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib who kept two swords – Miri and Piri. But it was our Dasham Pitah Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji who emphasized on the use of weapons for self defense.

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Gatka is a a spiritual as well as a physical exercise. Gatka requires spiritual, mental and physical skills in equal proportions and enables a person to defend himself as well as others.

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Gatka is a battle-tested technique and Sikh warriors used it extensively during any battles against Mughals and other invaders of north India.

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One can notice a variety of weapons used during Gatka play ranging from swords to bamboo rods called lathi, whips, chains, and throwing weapons called chakram.

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Even though many people believe Gatka to be a martial art exclusive of Sikhs, yet, one can see Gatka transcending religious divides. Young boys and even girls of other religions, Hindus, Christians and Muslims are also learning Gatka.

Many significant festivals in Punjab like Hola Mohalla, Shaheedi Jod Mela and Baisakhi are considered incomplete without Gatka. Especially in Hola Mohalla, one can witness the awe-inspiring performances by Gatka players.

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In 2016, Gatka was recognized as a sport nationwide, thanks to the efforts put in by Gatka Federation of India.

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