CREDOS: Sikh master — II

After three days Guru Nanak appeared at the same spot from where he had disappeared. He was no longer the same person he had been, there was a divine light in his eyes and his face was resplendent. He remained in a trance and said nothing. He gave up his job and distributed all of his belongings to the poor.

When he finally broke his silence after almost three days, he uttered, “There is no Hindu, no Muslim”. People asked what he meant when he said to Guru Nanak, “Perhaps the Hindus were no longer Hindus but the Muslims remain devout to their faith.”

Guru Nanak replied,”Let God’s grace be the mosque, and devotion the prayer mat. Let the Quran be the good conduct. Let modesty be compassion, good manners fasting, you should be a Muslim the like of this.

Your Karma be your creed and prayer, God would then vindicate your honour.”

At thirty, the next stage of his life began with extensive travels to spread the message of God. Accompanied by his Muslim rabab player Mardana for company, Guru Nanak undertook long journeys to convey his message to the people in the form of musical hymns.

Guru Nanak chose this medium to propagate his message because it was easily understood by the population of the time. He travelled throughout the Indian sub-continent and further east, west, and north to spread his mission. Wherever Guru Nanak went he set up local cells called manjis, where his followers could gather to recite hymns , meditate and sing praises of the divine lord.