CREDOS: Sikh master

As a young man herding the family cattle, Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikh religion would spend long hours absorbed in meditation and in religious discussions. Thinking that if bound in marriage Guru Nanak might start taking interest in household affairs a suitable match was found for him.

At age 16 he was married to Sulakhani. He did not object as he felt that married life did not conflict with spiritual pursuits. Now that he had a family of his own Guru Nanak was persuaded by his parents to take a job as an accountant in charge of the stores of the Muslim governor of Sultanpur.

Guru Nanak agreed. Guru Nanak would work during the days, but early in the mornings and late at nights; he would meditate and sing hymns.

Early one morning accompanied by Mardana, Guru Nanak went to the river Bain for his bath. After plunging into the river, Guru Nanak did not surface and it was reported that he must have drowned.

The villagers searched everywhere, but there was no trace of him. Guru Nanak was in Holy Communion with God. God revealed himself to Guru Nanak and enlightened him.

In praise of the Lord, Guru Nanak uttered, “There is but One God, His name is Truth, He is the Creator, He fears none, he is without hate, He is beyond the cycle of birth and death, He is realised by the kindness of the True Guru.

He was True in the beginning, He was True when the ages commenced and has ever been True.”