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Guru Nanak Jayanti is a festival which is celebrated all over India. The day is celebrated in reverence to the birthday of Guru Nanak. The festival is observed on Kartik Purnima which falls on the Full Moon Day in November. This year, Guru Nanak Jayanti is going to be celebrated on 8th November. People celebrate Guru Nanak's birthday with great devotion. It’s a day when they pay respect to the Guru and visit Gurudwaras. Sikh devotees decorate their homes, organize grand get-togethers and visit the temple to offer prayers.
This festival is not just celebrated in a fun-filled manner, but it also helps us inculcate the values that Guru Nanak Ji taught us. Today, we are going to discuss a few life lessons from Guru Nanak Ji. Let’s begin:
1. Vaand Chhako: This means all of us should try to help others, even if the help is in a small way. The idea is to think about what we can do to help others and then do it! There are lots of ways for us to help our friends and family and even people in need. Guru Nanak Ji teaches us not only how to live our lives but also how to share what we have with others. Whether it is using our talents to help people or using our hands to build a shelter for those in need or lending money to the unserved or sharing financial knowledge, we should try and help in some way.
2. Kirat Karo: Guru Nanak Ji preached that the path to purposeful life is through the right means. He said if one is to earn money, he should earn it without fraud and working without deception. So, earn money through the right means and if you have bills or debt to pay off, you should be responsible and pay them on time.
3. Naam Japo: Guru Nanak Dev Ji said to chant the name of God (Naam Japo) to attain spiritual strength and re-balance one's life. He said that if you chant Naam Japo, your mind will be free from five evils-kama, krodh, lobh, moh, ahankar means lust, anger, greed, attachment, and ego. It is possible to go against the flow of these five evils if we are in contact with God's Name (Naam) in our mind. So, it is important to keep remembering the Naam to be free from the influence of these evils.
If you keep God in your heart:
-Your conscience will not allow you to do anything wrong
-Your wishes will be fulfilled
-You will get salvation
-You can live without fear
-You will be free from hate, anger, and greed.
4. Sarbat Da Bhala: Guru Nanak Dev Ji emphasized universal brotherhood and equality. He said that despite religion, caste and gender, everyone should seek well for others, and only then can one have that goodness back in return. Praying for the happiness of everyone is a powerful way to bring positivity into your life. By putting out good thoughts and actions towards others our own lives will become better as a result.
5. Sewa: Selfless service is an easy concept to grasp in theory, but it can be quite difficult to implement in practice. Guru Nanak Ji believed that one could achieve true contentment only through engaging in completely selfless acts and it is totally true. You might not realize it now but once you do, the level of calmness and peace inside you will be different. Take a moment to think about how good it would feel knowing that you made a difference in someone's life today. Serving others is more than just a way to pass time; it can make a real difference in your life as well as theirs.
As we celebrate the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, it's a good time to reflect on the values he taught us. The true essence of Guru Nanak Ji's message is to spread the divine message of love, compassion, peace, and pure spirituality. Let us celebrate this festival with great happiness and joy.