The five centuries that have elapsed since the time that Guru Nanak walked on this earth are but a blink of an eye in the history of mankind. Contemporaneous events are well known; men who lived at that time are well remembered. If we speak of him in Delhi today, a few miles away lie the Lodhi tombs — still fresh reminders of the dynasty that ruled Hindustan when Baba Nanak was living.
Not far away from these tombs is the tomb of Humayun, who was struggling to save his fledgeling empire when Guru Nanak left his mortal confines. Humayun’s father, Babur, had usurped the power of the Lodhis during Nanak’s lifetime. In fact, if you look further south in Delhi, the Qutub Minar, which once dominated the skyline, predates Nanak’s birth by more than two centuries.
The point is that we are not here dealing with one of the ancients, lost in the mists of centuries and remembered only through hearsay and myth. Guru Nanak, one of the greatest spiritual teachers, philosopher and poet and the founder of India’s youngest major religion, is young in human memory.
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