8 Must Know Facts about Guru Nanak Dev Ji | Sikh History | Gurus Teaching

8 Must Know Facts about Guru Nanak Dev Ji | Sikh History | Gurus Teaching

1. Guru Nanak Dev Ji was born to Mehta Kaloo Ji and mother Mata Tripta Ji in 1469 A.D in at Talwandi, Nankana Sahib (now in Pakistan). He also has one elder sister – Bebe Nanaki.

2. Even during his childhood, Guru Nanak Dev Ji enjoyed the company of holy men and engaged them in long discussions about the nature of God.

3. Guru Nanak refused as a child to wear sacred thread called Janeu, saying instead that he would wear the true name of God in his heart for his protection. He reasoned that the thread could be broken, soiled, burnt or lost and could not offer any security at all.

4. At age seven, his father, Kalu Mehta, enrolled him at the village school. As a child Guru Nanak astonished his teacher by describing the implicit symbolism of the first letter of the alphabet. In Persian or Arabic it is a straight stroke, resembling the mathematical version of one. He described it as denoting the unity or oneness of God.

5. When Guru Nanak Dev ji was 12 years old his father gave him twenty rupees and asked him to do a business, apparently to teach him commerce. But Guru Nanak dev ji bought food from all the money and distributed it among saints, and poor. When his father asked him what happened to business? He replied that he had done a “True business”. A gurdwara was made at the place where Guru Nanak dev had fed the poor, it is named ‘Sacha Sauda’.

6. Guru Nanak Dev Ji has been documented to have traveled across India and the Middle East to spread his message along with his companions Bala and Mardana. At Mecca, Guru Nanak was found sleeping with his feet towards the Kaaba mosque. Kazi Rukan-ud-din, who observed this, angrily objected. Guru Nanak replied that it is not possible to turn his feet in a direction that did not have God or a house of God. The Kazi understood that the meaning of what the Guru was saying was “God is everywhere”. The Kazi was struck with wonder.

7. Pakistan also has a gurudwara named ‘Panja Sahib’ dedicated to Guru Nanak Dev Ji. This is one of the most holy places of Sikhism because of the presence of a rock believed to have the hand print of Guru Nanak imprinted on it.

8. Guru Nanak Dev Ji laid the foundation of ‘Sikhism’ in the 15th century.

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