Who is Guru Nanak? Is He Bhagat or is he Satguru or is He form of Vaheguru Himself? Different scholars have different views on this subject. This is the subject of our video today, on occasion of the 548th Avtaar of Siri Guru Nanak Dev jee.

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Guru Nanak Dev Ji (Gurmukhi: ਗੁਰੂ ਨਾਨਕ), the founder and first Guru of Sikhism, was born in the year 1469, in village Talwandi of the Punjab province in the Indian subcontinent. The village, now known as Nankana Sahib, is situated near the city of Lahore in present day Pakistan. Sikhs world over celebrate the auspicious occasion of Guru Nanak’s birth on the Pooranmashi (full moon) day in the lunar month of Katak (October-November), which falls on a different date every year. In 2017, this day is November 4.

Guru Nanak was born in the house of father Mehta Kalu ji, a village accountant, and mother Mata Tripta ji, a simple and very religious woman, and was a cherished younger brother for sister Bebe Nanki ji. From an early age, it was evident that Nanak was an extraordinary child, marked out with divine grace. Blessed with a deeply contemplative mind and rational thinking, young Nanak would often astound his elders and teachers with the sublimity of his knowledge, particularly on divine matters. Growing up, he refused to partake in traditional religious rituals, and often spoke out against several prevalent societal practices such as the Caste System, idolatry, and the worship of demi-Gods. By the age of 16, Guru Nanak had mastered multiple existing religious texts and languages (Sanskrit, Persian, Hindi), and was writing what many believed were divinely inspired new compositions.

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