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Guru Nanak travelled far and wide teaching people the message of one God who dwells in every one of God’s creations and constitutes the eternal Truth. He setup a unique spiritual, social, and political platform based on equality, fraternity love, goodness, and virtue .

Nanak describes the dangers of egotism (haumai- “I am”) and calls upon devotees to engage in worship through the word of God. Naam, implies God, the Reality, mystical word or formula to recite or meditate upon (shabad in Gurbani), divine order (hukam) and at places divine teacher (guru) and guru’s instructions) and singing of God’s qualities, discarding doubt in the process. However, such worship must be selfless (sewa). The word of God, cleanses the individual to make such worship possible. This is related to the revelation that God is the Doer and without God there is no other. Nanak warned against hypocrisy and falsehood saying that these are pervasive in humanity and that religious actions can also be in vain. It may also be said that ascetic practices are disfavoured by Nanak, who suggests remaining inwardly detached whilst living as a householder.

Guru Nanak Let no man in the world live in delusion. Without a Guru none can cross over to the other shore.

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Guru Nanak God is one, but he has innumerable forms. He is the creator of all and He himself takes the human form.

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Guru Nanak I am neither a child, a young man, nor an ancient; nor am I of any caste.

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Guru Nanak Death would not be called bad, O people, if one knew how to truly die.

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Guru Nanak Even Kings and emperors with heaps of wealth and vast dominion cannot compare with an ant filled with the love of God.

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Guru Nanak Alone let him constantly meditate in solitude on that which is salutary for his soul, for he who meditates in solitude attains supreme bliss.

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Guru Nanak I bow at His Feet constantly, and pray to Him, the Guru, the True Guru, has shown me the Way.

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Guru Nanak The production of children, the nurture of those born, and the daily life of men, of these matters woman is visibly the cause.

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Guru NanakSing the songs of joy to the Lord, serve the Name of the Lord, and become the servant of His servants.

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Guru NanakThe production of children, the nurture of those born, and the daily life of men, of these matters woman is visibly the cause.

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Guru NanakThat one plant should be sown and another be produced cannot happen; whatever seed is sown, a plant of that kind even comes forth.

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Guru Nanak I am not the born; how can there be either birth or death for me?

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Guru NanakOffspring, the due performance on religious rites, faithful service, highest conjugal happiness and heavenly bliss for the ancestors and oneself, depend on one’s wife alone.

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Guru NanakOwing to ignorance of the rope the rope appears to be a snake; owing to ignorance of the Self the transient state arises of the individualized, limited, phenomenal aspect of the Self.

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Guru Nanak From its brilliancy everything is illuminated.

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Guru Nanak One cannot comprehend Him through reason, even if one reasoned for ages.

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Guru Nanak Thou has a thousand eyes and yet not one eye; Thou host a thousand forms and yet not one form.

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Guru Nanak Through shallow intellect, the mind becomes shallow, and one eats the fly, along with the sweets.

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Guru Nanak Whatever be the qualities of the man with whom a woman is united according to the law, such qualities even she assumes, like a river, united with the ocean.

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