Guru Nanak was the founder of Sikhism and the first guru of the Sikh religion. Guru Nanak was born on 29 November in 1469 at a village named Rai Bhoi Ki Talvaṇḍi (present-day Nankana Sahib, Punjab, Pakistan) near Lahore. His birthday is celebrated worldwide as Guru Nanak gurupurab on Kartik pooranmashi which is the full moon in the month of October-November. Read more >>
Best of Guru Nanak Dev Ji Quotes in English
Thou has a thousand eyes and yet not one eye; Thou host a thousand forms and yet not one form.
Dwell in peace in the home of your own being, and the Messenger of Death will not be able to touch you.
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?
I am not the born; how can there be either birth or death for me?
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.
Alone let him constantly meditate in solitude on that which is salutary for his soul, for he who meditates in solitude attains supreme bliss.
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.
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.
Speak only that which will bring you honor.
Let God’s grace be the mosque, and devotion the prayer mat. Let the Quran be the good conduct.
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.
Asceticism doesn’t lie in ascetic robes or in walking staff nor in the ashes. Asceticism doesn’t lie in the earring nor in the shaven head nor blowing a conch. Asceticism lies in remaining pure amidst impurities.
The production of children, the nurture of those born, and the daily life of men, of these matters woman is visibly the cause.
If the people use the wealth bestowed on them by God for themselves alone or for treasuring it, it is like a corpse. But if they decide to share it with others, it becomes sacred food.
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.
I bow at His Feet constantly, and pray to Him, the Guru, the True Guru, has shown me the Way.
Even Kings and emperors with heaps of wealth and vast dominion cannot compare with an ant filled with the love of God.
Through shallow intellect, the mind becomes shallow, and one eats the fly, along with the sweets.
I am neither a child, a young man, nor an ancient; nor am I of any caste.
Death would not be called bad, O people, if one knew how to truely die.
The world is a drama, staged in a dream
If there is one God, then there is only His way to attain Him, not another. One must follow that way and reject the other. Worship not him who is born only to die, but Him who is eternal and is contained in the whole universe.
That one plant should be sown and another be produced cannot happen; whatever seed is sown, a plant of that kind even comes forth.
There are worlds and more worlds below them, and there are a hundred thousand skies over them. No one has been able to find the limits and boundaries of God. If there be any account of God, then alone the mortal can write the same; but God’s account does not finish, and the mortal himself dies while still writing.
Those who have loved are those that have found God
Riches cannot be gathered without sin and evil means.
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.
What should the yogi have to fear? Trees, plants, and all that is inside and outside, is He Himself
Me, the bard out of work, the Lord has applied to His service. In the very beginning, He gave me the order to sing His praises night and day. The Master summoned the minstrel to His True Court. He clothed me with the robe of His true honour and eulogy. Since then, the True Name had become my ambrosial food.
From its brilliancy, everything is illuminated.
He who regards all men as equals is religious.
Your Mercy is my social status.
Asceticism doesn’t lie in mere words; He is an ascetic who treats everyone alike. Asceticism doesn’t lie in visiting burial places; it lies not in wandering about nor in bathing at places of pilgrimage. Asceticism is to remain pure amidst impurities.
Nanak, the whole world is in distress. He, who believes in the Name, becomes victorious.
Owing to ignorance of 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.
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.
He who has no faith in himself can never have faith in God.
There is but one God. True is His Name, creative His personality and immortal His form. He is without fear sans enmity, unborn and self-illumined. By the Guru’s grace He is obtained.
By singing the Guru’s hymns, I, the minstrel spread the Lord’s glory. Nanak, by praising the True Name, I have obtained the perfect Lord.
Burn worldly love, rub the ashes and make ink of it, make the heart the pen, the intellect the writer, write that which has no end or limit.
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?
Let no man in the world live in delusion. Without a Guru none can cross over to the other shore.
Guru Nanak Dev Ji short biography
Guru Nanak was the founder of Sikhism and the first guru of the Sikh religion. Guru Nanak was born on 29 November in 1469 at a village named Rai Bhoi Ki Talvaṇḍi (present-day Nankana Sahib, Punjab, Pakistan) near Lahore. His birthday is celebrated worldwide as Guru Nanak gurupurab on Kartik pooranmashi which is the full moon in the month of October-November.
It is considered one of the major festivals in Sikh religion. Guru Nanak traveled to various places to teach people the message of God. He set up a unique spiritual social, and political platform which is based on equality, fraternal love, goodness, and virtue.
Guru Nanak words are registered in the holy text of Sikhism the guru Granth sahib, it is a part of Sikh religious belief that the spirit of gurunank’s sanctity and religious authority cascaded upon each of the nine subsequent gurus when the guruship was devolved to them.
Guru Nanak’s parents were Kalyan Chand Das Bedi and Mata Tripta. He had one sister named Bebe Nanaki who was five years older then Guru Nanak. Guru Nanak was attached to his sister and also followed her to Sultanpur to live with her and her husband, Jai Ram.
At the age of 5 guru Nanak is said to have divine interest in divine subjects. At the age of seven, his father enrolled him at a school in the village as was the custom. There one teacher of guru Nanak was shocked when he describes the definite symbolism of the first letter of the alphabet that resembles the mathematical version of one as denoting the unity or oneness of God.
Guru Nanak was married on 24 September 1487 to mata sulakkhani, daughter of mul chand and chando rani, in the town of Batala. Guru Nanak had two sons, one is srichand and the other is Laxmi chand. Sri Chand received enlightenment from Guru Nanak’s teachings and went on to become the founder of the Udasi sect
Guru Nanak has founded Sikhism during the 15th century. The fundamental beliefs of Sikhism, linked in the sacred scripture Guru Granth sahib, include faith and meditation on the name of the one creator, unity of all humankind and that is a god.
The Guru Granth Sahib is worshipped as the supreme authority and principal scripture of Sikhism and is considered the eleventh and final guru of Sikhism. As the first guru of Sikhism Guru Nanak has devoted a total of 974 hymns to the book.
Guru Nanak had traveled a lot in his lifetime. Some people state that he visited Tibet, most of South Asia and Arabia starting in 1496, at the age of 27, when he left his family for a thirty-year long period.
Guru Nanak died on 22 September 1539 in katarpur, at the age of 70.