Guru Angad Dev Ji Birthday
Join us in celebrating the 519th Parkash Gurpurab (Birthday) of Sri Guru Angad Dev Ji, the second Guru of the Sikhs. Before his anointment as the Guru, he was known as Bhai Lehna Ji. It was only after he was appointed by Guru Nanak Dev Ji to the Gurgaddi that he was renamed Angad, signifying the transfer of spiritual light to him.
On this auspicious occasion, let us remember His teachings and seek His blessings to guide us on the path of righteousness. May his divine wisdom and love illuminate our souls and inspire us to follow his noble example.
|Parkash Gurpurab of
|Sri Guru Angad Dev Ji
|21st April 2023
Guru Angad Dev Parkash Purab Wishes
Guru Nanak Dev before leaving for the heavens gave the Guru seat to Guru Angad Dev and he became the second Guru of the Sikh religion. He was born to Baba Pheru Mal and Mata Daya Kaur at Mate-di-Sarai, which is also known as Naga-serai.
Being on Gurgaddi, Guru Angad Dev turned his attention to the collection of Guru Nanak's hymns, which were mostly written in a language called Lande Mahajni, and some of them had not been written at all but were sung regularly. Guru Angad knew Lande Mahajni. He modified the language by giving its alphabet a better shape, and a new order. The new script came to be called Gurmukhi or from the mouth of the Guru. It was in this script that Guru Angad wrote down the hymns of Guru Nanak, penned down his compositions, and gave lessons to the villagers.
By compiling Guru Nanak's hymns, Guru Angad not only saved them for the forthcoming generation but also negated the possibility of misinterpretation. It provided the basis of the essential Sikh doctrine that there is no essential difference between the Guru and his Shabad or bani (word). Guru Angad Dev assigned a very high place to the Shabad by making it a pathway to salvation. However, by limiting his sermons to only one language he was unable to draw followers from outside Punjab.
The Tradition of Kitchen and Dignity of Labor
Guru Angad followed the tradition of a free kitchen (langar) set up by Guru Nanak. However, he was more involved than even Guru Nanak. He served the meals to the visitors who were often poor and of other castes and even sat down to eat with them. Thus, he broke the shackles of the caste system which were so binding at that age. The people in charge of the kitchen were supposed to be polite and sweet.
To perpetuate the principle of dignity of labor and self-dependence, the Guru's wife, Mata Khivi, worked in the kitchen with the other workers. The Guru himself earned his living by twisting coarse grass into strings used for making cots. The offerings of the langar were served to people sitting in a line. This helped in erasing social and economical inequality of caste and creed and also provided a medium of social integration.
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