Guru Nanak gave us something very special. When, by the grace of God, he merged into the Divine, Guru Nanak discovered that God-realization is actually very simple for a human being to experience. What happens is that schools of thought, philosophies, debates and mental manipulations about God get in the way. In fact, every human being has a direct and clear capacity to know God within himself or herself as a very divine and dignified reality. The only question is spending the time to have the experience.
Guru Nanak gave us, ‘Ek Ong Kaar, Sat Naam. God is Creative and in the Creation. This Truth is my Real Name.’ God is not outside of us in some seventh heaven. He never was and never will be. God has always been right within us, all along, through the play of creation, the 8.4 million lifetimes that it has taken to get to this moment. God is that Divine Spirit within that has been guiding your path all along and will continue to guide you unto Infinity.
So rather than inventing complicated spiritual practices, Guru Nanak gave us something simple. He gave us a self-conversation between the Divine within us and our mind. He gave us a direct and divine language so the God within has a way to speak to us. Guru Nanak knew the power of sound to open the heart of the human being. And he also knew that God lives in the heart of every person. So he created a Sound Methodology for us to awaken. He gave us Japji, the Song of the Soul, – so simple, so pure and so powerful that its very Sound Current opens the heart and allows the Divine within to consciously guide our lives.
Gaavee-ai, sunee-ai, man rakhee-ai bhaa-oo. Dukh parhar, sukh ghar lai jaa-ay. – Japji Sahib, Pauri 5
"In a deep state of oneness within yourself, joyfully sing, deeply
listen, and, oh my mind, let the power of love protect you. All
sufferings will vanish and peace, sweet peace, will make its home in
On the 537th birth-anniversary of our beloved Guru Nanak Ji, the first of ten Sikh Gurus, we celebrate and send our prayers and blessings, to our Global Community this auspicious holiday, Sunday, November 5, 2006. Learn more about the life and teachings of this amazing spiritual leader Guru Nanak.
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