Guru Nanak

Inspired by Guru Nanak’s philosophy of love, equality, and compassion

A poem by spiritual poet Bhai Gurdas sung in Raag Bageshri with American folk music influences.

This poem was written by 16th century spiritual poet Bhai Gurdas on how he was inspired by Guru Nanak’s philosophy of love, equality, and compassion, through his mantra of “Satnam” — the essence of truth. For a translation see the Details tab. For a related poem by Shiv, “Who is Guru Nanak” see the Related tab,

Translation of “Guru Nanak”


– Original in Gurmukhi by Bhai Gurdas
– Translation in English by Shiv
Original Post

How fortunate am I
The supreme giver
has infinite mercy upon me
and sent for me none other
than my dear Guru Nanak
to be my guide

My Guru travels far
and learns from the learned
He is the wisest I’ve know
still he meets everyone
with a peculiar humility
strange to our world
How fortunate am I

And he teaches me
the way to learn by example
He travels many million miles.
And when his feet are washed
Particles of his noble ways
make sweet ambrosial nectar
a drop of which I get to drink
How fortunate am I

With that luminious drop
all fog starts to disappear
Himself my dear Guru shows me
there is no difference betwee
one who knows everything
and the mysterious one
that no one can fully fathom
How fortunate am I

This world of ours has
those of different religions
those of disparate social strata
some rich live the lives of king
others, paupers, just survive
they have all, in one drop.,
through his blessed vision
become ONE for me
How fortunate am I

At times when
everything looks dark
he lights my path
with the torch of the
mantra of truth, Satnam!
My dear Guru Nanank
has removed my darkness
How fortunate am I
How fortunate am I

Original Post

Who is Guru Nanak?


-Shiv

Original Post Here

Dear friend,
Its Guru Nanak
I sing of

Not the one who was
born in Punjab in 1469
Not the one who rejected

long-held customs for sanity’s sake
Not the one who traveled
24 years with fellow musicians

from country to country
mountain to plain to river
singing love songs

I sing of the one who lives
in me and you, that universal
teacher who sings truth

truth that is the one timeless formator
truth that is without fear or enmity
truth that doesn’t take birth nor die

who sings through so many orifices
and in so many tongues,
whether you or I sing him or not.

the singer of the source
the singer of one and all
of wisdom of you and me

the reminder of our oneness
beginner and ender of thought

that Guru Nanak I sing of

Original Post Here

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