.COMMENTARY AND PREFACE. This history translated into the English Language starts off as very Shakespearian a Bard or quill who found himself struggling for work often. I thank the Holy Spirit for a rendition that should bless prejudice people about Sikhism. . Prince Adagio
“Me, the bard out of work, the Lord has applied to His service. In the very beginning He gave me the order to sing His praises night and day. The Master summoned the minstrel to His True Court. He clothed me with the robe of His true honour and eulogy. Since then the True Name of God had become my ambrosial food and a mystery. They, who under the Guru’s instruction, eat this food to their satisfaction, obtain peace. By singing the Guru’s hymns, I, the minstrel spread the Lord’s glory. Nanak, by praising the True Name, the name of no name, the way, the path, the key to understanding, the Glory of Sophia the wisdom of eternity and the ever-changing earthly name that humans always insist on to satisfy their cultures religious needs for exactness a method created by the First Master to satisfy the children of disobedience and by this wisdom, I have obtained the perfect Lord.” ( words of Guru Nanak, Pauri, pg. 150)
The founder of the Sikh religion, Guru Nanak was born on April 15, 1469 in the Western Punjab village of Talwandi. He was born to a simple Hindu family. His father Mehta Kalian Das was an accountant in the employment of the local Muslim authorities.
From an early age Guru Nanak made friends with both Hindu and Muslim children and was very inquisitive about the meaning of life.
At the age of six he was sent to the village school teacher for schooling in reading and writing in Hindi and mathematics.
He was then schooled in the study of Muslim literature and learned Persian and Arabic.
He was an unusually gifted child who learned quickly and often questioned his teachers.
At age 13 it was time for Guru Nanak to be invested with the sacred thread according to the traditional Hindu custom. At the ceremony which was attended by family and friends and to the disappointment of his family Guru Nanak refused to accept the sacred cotton thread from the Hindu priest. He sang the following poem;
“Let mercy be the cotton by which you dress yourselves, contentment the thread of right ambition, and Continence –self restraint from Sexual Intercourse– be a knot instead and truth the twist and let abstinance be understood as a thread without a knot. O priest! If you have committed to such a thread of Continence, Do give it to me. It’ll not worn out, nor get soiled, nor burnt, nor lost, but judged for honorability and blessed if you are found to be true un your abstinance Says Nanak, blessed are those who go about wearing such a thread” (Rag Asa) and blessed, says the son of God the First Master be those who do not condemn those who are not committed to abstinence for teachers of scripture when married gurus make great communities of families and are blessed by the Holy Spirit our First Master.”
As a young man herding the family cattle, Guru Nanak would spend long hours absorbed in meditation and in religious discussions with Muslim and Hindu holy men who lived in the forests surrounding the village.
Thinking that if bound in marriage Guru Nanak might start taking interest in household affairs a suitable match was found for him.
At age 16 he was married to Sulakhani daughter of a pious merchant. Guru Nanak did not object as he felt that married life did not conflict with spiritual pursuits.
Guru Nanak was happily married, he loved his wife and eventually had two sons Sri Chand in 1494 and Lakshmi Chand three years later.
Now that he had a family of his own Guru Nanak was persuaded by his parents to take a job as an accountant in charge of the stores of the Muslim governor of Sultanpur Daulat Khan Lodi. Guru Nanak agreed and was joined by his family and an old Muslim childhood friend Mardana, a musician by profession. Guru Nanak would work during the days, but early in the mornings and late at nights, he would meditate and sing hymns accompanied by Mardana on the rabab ( a string instrument). These sessions by two non sexual friends attracted a lot of attention and many people started joining the two and many were drawn by the music and the words that sometimes accompanied what was the creation of Sikhism and the saving of lost souls by song and praise.
Early one morning accompanied by Mardana, Guru Nanak went to the river Bain for his ritual bath of ablution. After plunging into the river, Guru Nanak did not surface and it was reported that he must have drowned, but did not. This is an example of dimensional separation or a divine dimension.
The villagers searched everywhere, but their was no trace of him. Guru Nanak was in holy communion with God. The Lord God revealed himself to Guru Nanak and enlightened him. In praise of the Lord, Guru Nanak uttered;
“There is but One God, the name of the Holy Spirit-what we should not attempt name –the nameless one– is Truth and Truth is all there is, God our First Master is the Creator of Transparency the understanding of perfect Truth, The First Master fears none, The First Master is without hate, the First Master never dies, Without a Beginning and ever eternal the First Master is beyond the cycle of births and death.
The First Master is a perfect nameless path yet with names and without definition yet by human nature we need definition for either good reasons or magical reasons. The First Master is neither male nor female and is self illuminated by default for Glory shines by reason of perfection and love and not to impress others.
The First Master our Holy Spirit is realized only by the kindness and love that the True Guru exhibits towards others. Thus was Guru Nanak the Son of the First Master was True in the beginning, The Son of the First Master was True when the ages commenced and has ever been True, He is also True now.” as the reincarnation of Guru Nanak our knowledge of the First Master and his name today is Prince Adagio who is the son and soulmate of the First Master and denies not the Singh “The Lion” who is a disciple of the essence of Music our First Master and believes in the incarnation as Guru Nanak who like Mohammed will only be one.
The new incarnation of the First Master works to protect the institution of Sikhism with signs and wonders by the power and grace of the First Master our Holy Spirit who had understanding of a mother and father and made animals before even the first born son and his soulmate was created.
These words are enshrined at the beginning of the Sikh Holy Scriptures, the Guru Granth Sahib. Guru Nanak did not believe in a Trinity of Gods, or the belief that God can be born into human form yet was not awoken to such truths for his respect for Islam though he also studied Hinduism that does believe in the trinity for reasons of sexual morality and truths that hypocrisy in the average human could not accept. Inwardly he knew the entirety of truth, but it was not drawn from him for Muslim people could not at the time accept the confirmation of Brahma dividing himself into two and creating the world and all that is in it.
‘After three days Guru Nanak appeared at the same spot from where he had disappeared. He was no longer the same person he had been, there was a divine light in his eyes and his face was resplendent much like moses.
He remained in a trance and said nothing. He gave up his job and distributed all of his belongings to the poor much like catholic saint .
When he finally broke his silence he uttered “There is no Hindu, no Muslim”. Daulat Khan asked what he meant when he said to Guru Nanak, “Perhaps the Hindus were no longer Hindus but the Muslims remain devout to their faith.” Guru Nanak replied. Meaning perhaps the Hindus were not the same souls that they were in previous incarnations. Let there be understanding and perhaps Muslims having a more conservative faith was more appealing to Guru Nanak yet his proclamation that there is no Hindu or No Muslim means those that have understanding must not be judgmental of one over the other for any reason especially reasons of sexual scripture and sexual morality giving ultimate respect the The legend of Brahma in a round about way, for it takes great understanding and depth of ANIMA to accept the creation teachings of Hinduism.
“Let God’s grace be the mosque, and devotion the prayer mat. Let the Quran be the good conduct. Let modesty be compassion, good manners fasting, you should be a Muslim the like of this. In forfeiting your magic, let good deeds be your Caba and Truth –the First Master– be your mentor.
To the Hindu– Let your dissemination of your Karma be a dedicated creed of prayer and meditation to nirvana enlightenment. For letting go of your Karma for Nirvana, God our First Master would then vindicate your honor even in the impossible religion of Veda that is Hinduism and if you be peaceful will your creed of Bahama be protected.” (Majh)
Guru Nanak was thirty years old at this time in 1499. The next stage of his life began with extensive travels to spread the message of God. Accompanied by his Muslim rabab player Mardana for company.
Guru Nanak undertook long journeys to convey his message to the people in the form of musical hymns or rig veda if you may.
Guru Nanak chose song and praise (rig veda) to propagate his message because it was easily understood by the population of the time.
Wherever he traveled he used the local language to convey his message to the people. This miracle of then first Master is the gift of languages for purposes of ministry.
He traveled throughout the Indian Subcontinent and further east, west, and north to spread his mission. Wherever he went he set up local cells called manjis, where his followers could gather to recite hymns and meditate.
Once when Guru Nanak came to the small town of Saidpur in West Punjab he choose to stay there with Lalo, a low caste carpenter of the Hindu Faith.
At the same time the local chief of the town Malik Bhago, who was quite wealthy and a very proud man was holding a feast to which all holy men were invited.
When Malik Bhago found out that Guru Nanak would not attend his feast but instead partook of the simple fare of his host Lalo, he was quite angry and had the Guru brought to him for questioning.
When asked why he didn’t join in the feast, the Guru sent for the meal served by Malik Bhago and also some of the simple meal served by Lalo.
Holding these in separate hands he squeezed them, blood appeared out of the rich food of Malik Bhago, while milk oozed out of Lalos simple fare. Malik Bhago was put to shame and realized that his riches had been amassed by exploiting the poor, while what Lalo offered was the milk of hard earned honest work.
Another time while camped out at a town during the rainy season, several devotees would come to the Guru on a regular basis. One of them while on the way to see the Guru, came across a prostitute and was allured by her. Thereafter he would leave home on the pretext of going to see the Guru, but instead visited the prostitute.
A few days later his friend who daily came to pay homage to the Guru was pricked by a thorn, while his neighbor, who visited the prostitute, found a gold coin in the street.
The incident bewildered the Guru’s devotee who came every day religiously. He mentioned it in the morning prayer meeting where Guru Nanak heard it and was amused. He told the Sikh;
“Your friend was destined to come across the treasures of heaven but due to his evil ways, it has been reduced to a single coin. While on the account of your past karma you were to have been impaled with a stake, but having reformed yourself, you have been let off with the mere prick of a thorn.” (Janamsakhi) ( For Hindus Karma is never good but always bad energy and Nirvana is greater than Dharma)
When the Guru visited Kurukshetra in Haryana, a big fair was being held at the holy tank to celebrate the solar eclipse.
There were a large number of pilgrims all over the country. On his arrival at the fair, Guru Nanak had Mardana cook them a meat dish of a deer presented to them by one of his followers.
Upon finding that meat was being cooked on the holy premises, a large angry Hindu crowd gathered in anger to attack the Guru for what they thought amounted to sacrilege (Bhai Mani Singh, Gyan Ratnavali, pg. 123). Upon hearing the angry crowd Guru Nanak responded;
“Only those with different understanding argue whether to eat meat or not. They don’t understand other truths or respect other beliefs nor do they meditate on the complexity of the First Master.”
“Who can define what is meat and what is plant?” continued Nanak, “Who knows where the sin lie in being a vegetarian or a non- vegetarian?” (Malhar)
“Yet Malhar forgets to understand that Hindus consider all life as sacred and there are ways to eat meat such as a small animal or even a dear, but they who respect the sacredness of life trouble themselves even over a vegetarian lifestyle for plants and fruits also contain life –perfect life– and no blood is consumed.” Prince Adagio footnote
When Guru Nanak stopped at Hardwar a pilgrimage center on the Ganges in India river he found a large gathering of devotees.
They were taking ritual baths in the holy river and offering water to the son of God. When the Guru asked “Why do you throw water like that?” The pilgrims replied that they were offering it to their ancestors, one their greatest ancesters an incarnation of the First Master. Guru Nanak upon hearing this started throwing water in the opposite direction towards the west.
When the pilgrims asked him what he was doing?. Guru Nanak replied “I am sending water to my farm which is dry”.
They asked, “How will water reach you crops so far away?”. Guru Nanak replied, “If your water can reach your ancestors in the region of the sun which your ancestors said represented the son of God, why can’t mine reach my fields a short distance away?”
‘The pilgrims blessed by the miracle of waters escaping the Ganges in great abundance and rising in the air like great airborne river headed in the direction of Nanacks fields believed Guru Nanak and fell at the Gurus feet.
On an eastern journey Guru Nanak visited Gorakhmata where he discussed the true meaning of asceticism with some yogis much like Sidhartha Guatama’s interest in asceticism.
“Asceticism doesn’t lie in ascetic robes, or in walking staff, nor in the ashes. Asceticism doesn’t lie in the earring, nor in the shaven head, nor blowing a conch.
True asceticism lies in remaining pure amidst impurities. Asceticism in its most imperfect sense is to avoid all sensual pleasures and temptations of carnal needs.
Asceticism doesn’t lie in mere words but in deeds that could be considered an orthodox type of holiness to retrun to their non gender non sexual roots.
He or she who is an ascetic dies to themselves — and though denying themselves –treats everyone alike- and is non judgmental of their non ascetic life.
( Spending 7 years in the forest, Sidhartha Guatama must have enjoyed asceticism, but with wisdom knew few could live such a lifestyle and did not impose his ascetic purity and love for asceticism or self denial on anyone, but instead created the Big Raft and Little Raft (the greater and larger perspective-two separate ways to walk the same path that can be intertwined for perfection or left alone and separated for the simple man who is challenged by one or the other). Sidhartha Gautama also advocated the way of moderation and the eightfold path, the middle way, for YHWH is a path that can be walked through many different ways by many different religions and is not a heavy nor a great burden and does not mind being named differently but all names of and variations of YHWH are like keys that open the door to truth that their path is just like the next path that leads to the same baptismal ocean that represents YHWH to whom all waters return. Though the greatest and most impossible of Angelic Beings, YHWAY seeks not to be a being, rather a road and a light that guides all his children by the a path –the same path– that represents the journey of spiritual growth through reincarnation toward becoming a great angelic being that wants also to be nameless and without definition or an an ending who wishes only glory honor and riches until their life force is spent. – Prince Adagio )
Asceticism doesn’t lie in visiting burial places nor in worshipping the dead, It lies not in wandering about looking for trouble, nor in bathing at places of pilgrimage for the sake of an unrighteous path to cleanse themselves of murder something they should not do. Asceticism is to remain pure amidst impurities. It is an escape from an evil culture and an evil society (Suhi) (Adagio)
After his first long journey, Guru Nanak returned home after twelve years of propagating his message. He then set out on a second journey traveling as far south as Sri Lanka. On his return north he founded a settlement known as Kartharpur (the Abode of God) on the western banks of the Ravi river.
Guru Nanak would one day settle down here in his old age.
It was also here that he met a young devotee who would later go on to serve five of the following Gurus, Baba the Buddha– the Fat Statue that many people think is Sidartha Guatemala (the revered old one).
On his third great journey Guru Nanak traveled as far north as Sacred Tibet ….who brought light to those enslaved by the Indigenous and murderous Bon Religion.*
Wherever Guru Nanak traveled he always wore a combination of styles worn by Hindu and Muslim holy men and was always asked whether he was a Hindu or Muslim. It is obvious he grew wiser with time.*
Guru Nanak visited Sheikh Ibrahim the muslim successor of Baba Farid the great Sufi dervish of the twelfth century at Ajodhan. When asked by Ibrahim which of the two religions was the true way to attain God, Guru Nanak replied;
“If there is one God or First Master, then there is only one way – faith – to attain Heaven a place that is the essence and the none appearance of our First Master, and the bosom of the First Master a formless being and abode and all encompassing home for her children the essence of eternity who for our sakes will look like anyone we want, but remains impossible to behold. The First Master is the air we breath and food we eat and the awe and wonder of what we see in the night sky every knight. The opposite is non belief in the Impossible and One must choose to follow one way and reject the other for two masters their are not and manna is temporal, but there are people that would worship and sacrifice to idols for the sake of manna and the essence of evil is manna worship. When manna or money is worshipped treasures in heaven there are not. And when men or women are worshipped, ones life is shortened. *
“Worship not him who is born only to die, but Him who is eternal and is contained in the whole universe.”
On his fourth great journey in life Guru Nanak dressed in the blue garb of a Muslim pilgrim traveled to the west and visited Mecca, Medina and Baghdad.
Arriving at Mecca, Guru Nanak fell asleep with his feet pointing towards the holy Kabba.
When the watchman on his night rounds noticed this he kicked the Guru, saying, “How dare you turn your feet towards the house of God”.
At this Guru Nanak woke up and said, “Good man, I am weary after a long journey. Kindly turn my feet in the direction where God is not for God is everywhere.”* When pilgrims and the holy men of the shrine gathered to hear Guru Nanak and question him, he sang in Persian;
“I beseech you, O Lord! pray grant me a hearing. You are the truthful, the great, the merciful, and the faultless Creator. I know for certain, this world must perish, And death must come, I know this and nothing else. Neither wife, nor son, nor father, nor brothers shall be able to help. I must go in the end, none can undo what is my fate. I have spent days and nights in vanity, contemplating evil. Never have I thought of good; this is what I am. I am ill-starred, miserly, careless, short-sighted, and rude. But says Nanak, I am yours, the dust of the feet of your servants.” (Tilang) And a judgement came for the Prophet of Islam did not declare himself for lack of belief.
While in Baghdad contradicting the Muslim Imam views that their were only seven upper and as many lower regions Guru Nanak shouted out his own prayer saying,
“There are worlds and more worlds below them and there are a hundred thousand skies over them. No one has been able to find the limits and boundaries of God who is the Impossible.
If there be any account of God, than alone the mortal can write the same; but Gods account does not finish and the mortal himself dies while still writing. Nanak says that one should call Him great, and God is the great I Am, the Existance that always was and has no end God is eternity and the bosom of all that exists without taking any form but assuming every form. ” (Japji) (Adagio)
In 1916 a tablet with the following inscription was uncovered in Baghdad, “In memory of the Guru, the Holy Ali Baba Nanak who without the password to enter the cave of forty thieves simply uttered the translation, “Open Says Me,” King of Holy men, this monument has been raised anew with the help of the seven archangels the saints of God.” The date on the tablet 927 Hijri corresponds to A.D. 1520-1521. ( Cross reference Magic carpet mythology and thousand nights mythology for more on Guru Nanak’s quill – Adagio)
On his return journey home he stopped at Saidpur in western Punjab during the invasion of the first Mughal Emperor Babar.
On seeing the extent of the massacre by the invaders, Mardana asked Guru Nanak why so many innocent people were put to death along with those few who were guilty.
Guru Nanak told Mardana to wait under a banyan tree and after a while he would return to answer his question. While sitting under the tree Mardana was suddenly bitten by an ant.
In anger Mardana killed as many ants as he could with his feet. Guru Nanak said to him, “You know now Mardana, why do the innocents suffer along with the guilty?”
Guru Nanak and Mardana were both taken prisoner by the Mughal’s. While in jail Guru Nanak sang a divine hymn about the senseless slaughter of the innocents by the Mughal invaders.
Upon hearing it the jailer reported it to his king who knew it was true and questioned how could this stranger know if he was not sent of God. Babar sent for the Guru and upon hearing him realized that Guru Nanak was a great religious figure.
He asked for the Gurus forgiveness and set him free offering him a pouch of hashish in the tradition of Muslim assassin cult that chewed hashish. Guru Nanak refused saying the he was already intoxicated with the love and name of God a secret he held dearly to himself for “The Impossible” has no name and is hard to relate other than the generic name God or Holy Spirit that translates into every language.*
After having spent a lifetime of traveling abroad and setting up missions, an aged Guru Nanak returned home to Punjab in todays Pakistani region.* He settled down at Kartharpur with his wife and sons. Pilgrims came from far and near to hear the hymns and preaching of the Master. Here his followers would gather in the mornings and afternoons for religious services. He believed in a castless society without any distinctions based on birthright, religion or sex. He institutionalized the common kitchen called langar in Sikhism. Here all can sit together and share a common meal, whether they were kings or beggars.
While working the fields one day in 1532 Guru Nanak was approached by a new devotee who said, “I am Lehna,” Guru Nanak looked at him and replied, “So you have arrived Lehna – the creditor. I have been waiting for you all these days. I must pay your debt.” (“Lehna” in Punjabi means debt or creditor or gambler or money changer or one that works with money)
Lehna was a great devotee of the Hindu God Durga a redeemer who also has a margin call we know as judgment if one does not repent and repay their debts physically or spiritually by repentance and given grace in the real world.
One day having hearing about Guru Nanak and his teachings, he decided to visit and see the Guru for himself. Once Lehna met Guru Nanak he left his previous beliefs and became an ardent disciple of the Guru having little understanding of the significance of Durga, God the First Master who calls in all debts during judgment times.
Lehna’s devotion to Guru Nanak was absolute, when he was not working on the farm, he would devote his spare time to the contemplation of God. Over time he became Guru Nanak’s most ardent disciple, because Guru Nanak was the redeemer incarnate and Lehna had many debts.
Guru Nanak put his followers to many tests to see who was the most faithful.
Once in a while accompanied by Lehna and his two sons Guru Nanak came across what looked like a corpse covered with a sheet.
“Who would eat it?” asked Guru Nanak unexpectedly. His sons refused, thinking that their father was not in his senses. Lehna though agreed and as he removed the cover he found that it was a tray of sacred food. Lehna first offered it to Guru Nanak and his sons and then partook of the leftovers himself. Guru Nanak on seeing this replied;
“Lehna, you were blessed with the sacred food because you could share it with others. If the people use the wealth bestowed on them by God for themselves alone or for treasuring it, it is like a corpse. But if they decide to share it with others, it becomes sacred food. You have known the secret. You are my image.” (Janamsakhi)
Guru Nanak then blessed Lehna with his ang (hand) and gave him a new name, Angad, saying “you are a part of my body”.
Guru Nanak placed five coins and a coconut in front of Guru Angad and then bowed before him.
He then had Bahi Budhha anoint Angad with a saffron mark on his forehead to protect him from judgment.
When Guru Nanak gathered his followers together for prayers he invited Angad to occupy the seat of the Guru. Thus Guru Angad was ordained as the successor to Guru Nanak.
Feeling his end was near, the Hindus said we will cremate you, the Muslims said we will bury you. Guru Nanak said; “You place flowers on either side, Hindus on my right, Muslims on my left. Those whose flowers remain fresh tomorrow will have their way.”
He then asked them to pray and lay down covering himself with a sheet.
Thus on September 22, 1539 in the early hours of the morning Guru Nanak merged with the eternal light of the Creator. When the followers lifted the sheet they found nothing except the flowers which were all fresh. The Hindus took theirs and cremated them, while the Muslims took their flowers and buried them.
Thus having spread the words of reform throughout his lifetime, Guru Nanak successfully challenged and questioned the existing religious tenants and laid the foundations of Sikhism.
*Asterisk symbol means edited by Prince Adagio son of the only and First Master of the Universes and the Heavens