Today, the nation is celebrating the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji. Knowing the great teachings of the Guru and trying to imbibe them in one’s life will be the best way to pay homage to Nanak Ji. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on many occasions, in Man Ki Baat and other engagements, had spoken at length about the greatness of Guru Nanak Dev Ji.
In fact, with the opening of Kartarpur corridor to Pakistan that facilitates the pilgrimage to Gurudwara Kartapur Sahib where Guru Nanak Dev spent last 18 years of his life and other initiatives to develop the places related to Nanak Ji, the government has shown its commitment to the ideals of Guru.
Tribute to Guru – PM Modi’s Words
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on many occasions had deliberated on how the values and teachings by Guru Nanak Dev Ji is important to society and the world.
In his Mann Ki Baat delivered on October 2016, PM Modi highlighted the important ideals of Guru Nanak Dev Ji such as service to the society and making of society without discriminations.
PM had said:
“The establishment of a kitchen, free of social discrimination, where a person of any caste, sect, religion or community can eat—what we know as the ‘langar’ system—was initiated solely by Guru Nanak Dev. When the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak is celebrated in 2019, I want all of us to join this great festival with enthusiasm and fervour. We can also celebrate the Prakash Parv as “Prerna Parv” [festival of inspiration] with great pride.”
In his Mann Ki Baat in October 2017, PM Modi highlighted how Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s teachings teach us to take everyone along. He said:
“Guru Nanak Dev Ji undertook a 28,000-km journey on foot and throughout the journey, he spread the message of true humanity. He entered into a dialogue with people and showed them the path of truth, sacrifice, and dedication. He advocated the message of equality in society, not through mere words but through the concrete endeavor. He ran a Langar which sowed the seeds of the spirit of service amongst fellow beings. Partaking of this Langar created a feeling of unity and oneness in people. Guru Nanak Dev Ji voiced three messages for a meaningful and fulfilling life— ‘Chant the name of the Almighty, work hard and help the needy.’
Recently in Bangkok while releasing commemorative coin for 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev ji, PM Modi asserted that the Guru not only belonged to Sikhs but his ideas were a heritage of the entire world and humanity.
In his Man ki Baat address of November 2018, PM Modi gave an example of how the teachings of community cooperation by Guru Nanak Ji is inspiring people to this day. He said that while holding various meetings to celebrate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Ji he was reminded of one example. “I remembered about of Lakhpat Saheb Gurudwara. This Gurudwara suffered severe damage due to the devastating earthquake of 2001 in Gujarat. But, the manner in which the local people joined hands with the state Government in renovating it, is an example even today.”
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