GALLERY 4: Guru Nanak: Early Years

Guru Nanak was born in 1469 in Punjab, in the village Rai Bhoe di Talwandi. It became apparent that he was, from an early age, more curious about the mysteries of life and creation. As was the custom, his parents soon found him a bride, Bibi Sulakkhani. When Guru Nanak turned 18, he and his wife moved to the town of Sultanpur where he apprenticed as the keeper of warehouses. After work, he spent his evenings immersed in singing hymns to the Lord. One early morning, as he emerged from his daily bath in the local river, Guru Nanak proclaimed the doctrine, which spoke through him:

There are no Muslims and no Hindus… the love of the creator and of creation are the only religion…

Guru Nanak visited places of pilgrimage, delivering the message of God's love, of freedom from ritual and superstition, of purifying the mind, and of seeing anew. These distant journeys, known as Udaasis, the Guru made, accompanied by his disciple and musician Bhai Mardana. Guru Nanak spread the message of harmony and tolerance through devotional verse and song. The destruction that Babur's raiding wars had brought to the town of Saidpur, greatly pained the Guru, who then expressed his sorrow through his celestial lament.

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