Everyone assumed that he had drowned except for his sister Nanaki. The group objected and being their leader, he obliged to their decision. Nanak was followed by nine more human gurus who form the teachings of Sikhism. Nanak died on 22 September 1539. He spoke out against the caste system, teaching instead the equality of all humanity. Nanak spent all the money feeding homeless, and hungry, holy men that he met on the way. Instead, he is simply seen as a human granted the wisdom to explain the truth about God.
Earliest Sikh Beliefs At 13 years of age, Guru Nanak was to go through the rite of passage ceremony wherein a young Hindu male moves from childhood to adulthood. When they told him they were sending it to their ancestors in the land of the sun, he threw water to the west. Before long his family joined him, and they moved into a house of their own. It is said that at the age of five years, Guru Nanak Dev started discussing spirituality. He also emphasized on the importance of equality of mankind.
When he returned, not only did he surprise family and friends who thought he was dead, he astounded them by proclaiming the basic truths of Sikhism, now written at the beginning of the Sikh holy book, the Sri Guru Granth Sahib. Nanak's father attempted to set him up in business as a merchant, so that he could support his family. Sikhism rejects all divisions such as gender, religion, and caste. It is difficult to summarise Guru Jis contribution to the world, but during his time he was a champion of freedom and equality. He laid great emphasis only personal purity of man.
He became convinced that Nanak had devout disposition. One morning, when he went to bath in the nearby river with his friend Mardana, he disappeared beneath the water and everyone believed that he had drowned in the river. He was also the first amongst the ten Gurus of the Sikhs. According to traditions, he travelled outside, and visited Mecca and Madina. He gave Nanak money and sent him to make purchases. From early ages, he showed particular interest in spiritual matters.
Founding Of Sikhism Some recognized that Nanak was quite intelligent and he was encouraged to study and travel to extend his knowledge. He advocated the existence of one God and taught his followers that every human being can reach out to God through meditation and other pious practices. He proved to be a very loyal disciple and sincerely acted upon every command of the guru with unwavering faith. As a world teacher and peace maker, he reconciled many warring groups and hostility between different religious groups. It is believed that Nanak went deep inside the forest and stayed there for three days. He is the first of the ten Sikh Gurus.
He was spiritually reawakened by this incident and was completely enlightened. Sikhism originated with Guru Nanak five centuries ago. He settled and continued his ministry in Kartarpur where eventually he breathed his last, designating his disciple Lehna to receive the of his spiritual light, and succeed him as. Selfishness, worldliness and falsehood were dangerous to religious conduct. The teacher believed that Nanak wrote divinely inspired compositions. Guru Nanak appointed Bhai Lehna as the successor Guru, renaming him as Guru Angad.
On the third day Guru Nanak Dev Ji was seen walking from the river at the same point he had disappeared. With his friend Mardana, a talented musician, Guru Nanak delivered his messages in musical hymns. Nanak left his wife and sons with his parents promising to send for them as soon as he could support them. Travels For several years, Guru Nanak remained in his village, teaching the basics of Sikhism. His father was as trader. He once heard the recitation of a hymn of Guru Nanak from Bhai Jodha a neighbor who was a follower of the guru and was immediately captivated by it. Considered a religious innovator, Guru Nanak travelled across South Asia and Middle East to spread his teachings.
He went to Arabia also. . He loved children and cared greatly about their education. At the age of seven he joined the village school. Lehna had been a devout Hindu following the God Durga until he heard Guru Nanak's teachings.
Rejection of ritualistic and superstitious practices: Guru Ji preached against the hollowness of conventional beliefs and mechanical rites rituals and urged a personal and living faith. Early one morning before the light of dawn, Tripta, the wife of Kalu Bedi, gave birth to a baby boy. In spite of being born in a Hindu family, he interacted with Muslims and was interested in reading the religious texts of both the faiths. Nanak's father became increasingly frustrated with him. When they questioned the Guru, he explained he was sending water home to his dry fields.