Monday, July 26, 2010

Travelling with Nanak

Travelling with Nanak on his Travels is not the same as travelling to any of his gurdwaras.

Travelling with Nanak is to feel the presence of those gurdwaras at every step of the journey.

Travelling with Nanak is to actually manifest Bhai Gurdas's words "Jithe Baba pair dhare puja asan thapan soa (wherever Baba sets foot that is a place of worship)."

Travelling on Nanak's Udasis' route is to be in continuous worship of Nanak.

Travelling with Baba Nanak on his journeys is not to reach any destination. Here the journey itself is to be the destination.

Travelling with Nanak is to surrender to his presence step by step so that at some point of the journey you yourself rise above the distinction of Hindu, Musalman, Sikh rather than merely remember his words "Na ko Hindu na Musalman...(There is no Hindu, no Muslim)".

Travelling with Nanak will be an endeavour to merge with the vision of Nanak step by step so that then when you will encounter any Mandir, Masjid, Gurdwara on the way you will immediately recognise it to be of the same One God only differing in name.

Travelling with Nanak will be to finally come home to the Nanak within and thus do away with the need of any jounrneys outside.

Travelling with Nanak will be to finally come to your original pristine pure state, the state hardly distinguishable from the One.

Note: Photo of Guru Nanak's khadave(wooden sandals) above courtsey

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Sunday, July 25, 2010

From the clash of civilisations towards harmony of civilisations

Guru Nanak (1469 - 1539), the founder of Sikhism, was equally famous for his four long Travels called Udasis. According to ( he is believed to be the second most travelled person in the world, the first being Ibn Battuta of Morocco.

Beginning each time from Punjab, India he travelled to all four directions - North, East, West and South - and visited almost all neighbouring countries and their important religio-cultural places. He is believed to have covered, mostly on foot, more than 28,000 kms during the period from 1500 to 1524.

Wherever he went he mesmerised people with his messages of "All Humanity is One" and "There is only One God for all only differeing in Name" conveyed through various means such as singing of songs, story-telling and situational dramatics.

Given the present noise of "clash of civilisations," remembering his Travels and through them his message of "All Humnity is One" is a dire need of the times. And there will be no better way to do this than to put the Travels on the tourism map of the world. Though to be done in parts, Humanity then will have 28000 kms to travel with Guru Nanak and in the process really soak-in his message.

Writing about the Travels and eventually putting them on the tourism map of the world is the endeavour of this blog.


1. For the purposes of routes followed by Guru Nanak though I will consult all the available literature in the form of various Janamsakhis and specially the 2004 edition of the book "Atlas -Travels of Guru Nanak" authored by Fauja Singh and Kirpal Singh and published by Publication Bureau, Punjabi University Patiala. For the final outcome I too will leave it to the "khasam (Lord/Master)" for, ultimately all is 'His' work and less one plans it with one's smaller self the better.

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