Guru Nanak

This week, we give our thanks for everything that we have been given. Not just on Thanksgiving, but also on Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s Gurpurab (November 25th). Guru Nanak is the founder of the Sikh religion. He instilled the principles of equality, honesty, hard work, and meditation in Sikhism. He taught us that we are all a part of the human family, regardless of our religion, race, caste, creed, or gender.  We are all visible forms of the invisible Creator. The date of the Gurpurab or birth of the Guru is determined by the Lunar Calendar In addition, we commemorate the martyrdom of the 9th guru (teacher) of the Sikhs, Guru Tegbahadur Ji, on November 24th. The Mughal Emperor, Aurangzeb, beheaded Guru Tegbahadur in 1675. He sacrificed his life for protection of one of the most fundamental human rights – the ability for all people of India (not just Sikhs) to practice their religion freely.  Both the birth of Guru Nanak and the martyrdom of Guru Tegbahadur are celebrated through Simran and Seva. Simran is the internal meditation on one’s soul and the Creator, while Seva is the external meditation of selfless service.