Nanak

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Guru Nanak (1469 - 1539) is the founder of Sikhism--a monotheistic adaptation of Hinduism with borrowings from Islam.

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  • Make compassion the cotton, contentment the thread, modesty the knot and truth the twist.

This is the sacred thread of the soul; if you have it, then go ahead and put it on me.

    • Raag Aasaa 471:5383-4
  • Of a woman are we conceived,
    Of a woman are we born,
    To a woman are we betrothed and married,
    It is a woman who keeps the race going,
    Another companion is sought when the life-partner dies,
    Through a woman are established social ties.
    Why should we consider woman cursed and condemned,
    When from woman are born leaders and rulers.
    From woman alone is born a woman,
    Without woman there can be no human birth.
    Without woman, O Nanak, only the True One exists.
    Be it man or be it woman,
    Only those who sing His glory
    Are blessed and radiant with His Beauty,
    In His Presence and with His grace
    They appear with a radiant face.
    • Raag Aasaa Mehal 1, Page 473. [1] [2]

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  • "Truth is above all, but higher still is true living"
  • The impurity of the mind is greed, and the impurity of the tongue is falsehood. The impurity of the eyes is to gaze upon the beauty of another man's wife, and his wealth. The impurity of the ears is to listen to the slander of others. O Nanak, the mortal's soul goes, bound and gagged to the city of Death. All impurity comes from doubt and attachment to duality. Birth and death are subject to the Command of the Lord's Will; through His Will we come and go.
    • Asa di Var

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