Guru Nanak Dev Ji Joti Jot Diwas
Guru Nanak Dev Ji Joti Jot Gurpurab marks the day of ascension of Sri Guru Nanak Sahib Ji – Founder of the Sikh Religion. Sri Guru Nanak Sahib lived his last 2 decades in Kartarpur (now in Pakistan), where he left the world in 1539. In the year 2022, we are remembering Guru Nanak Sahib on the 483rd anniversary of his ascension day: September 20th, 2022 Tuesday.
|Joti Jot Gurpurab (Ascension)||Date CE||Sikh Calendar|
|Guru Nanak Sahib Ji||September 20th, 2022||Assu 4th, 554 Nanakshahi|
Guru Nanak Merged in Supreme Light
When Guru Nanak was seventy, he thought it important to continue the task of showing people the way out of the darkness. For this service, Guru Nanak tested some of his Sikhs, including his sons, so that his followers would not feel that they had been deceived. Out of his followers, Guru Nanak considered Bhai Lehna to be the most suitable. Guru Nanak renamed him Angad-part of his own body and handed over to him the leadership of Sikhs.
On the seventh September 1539 A.D., Guru Nanak told the congregation that the time had come for him to merge with God. All Sikhs should consider Guru Angad his successor. “There is no difference between me and Guru Angad.” Giving this message to the congregation, Guru Nanak lay down and covered himself with a sheet.
The news that Guru Nanak had merged with God, spread all over the city of Kartarpur. His house was filled with Sikhs, Guru Nanak’s Sikhs were not only Hindus but also Muslims, For Guru Nanak, no one was a Hindu or a Muslim. All were the creation of one God. As such it was essential for all to consider him a guide who showed the true path. A debate started among them about the dead body of Guru Nanak. Hindus said, “We shall cremate the body of Guru Nanak.” On the other hand, Muslims said, “Guru Nanak was our spiritual guide. We shall bury his body according to our custom and construct a tomb over it.”
So, when Guru Nanak passed away, there arose a conflict of the very type that he had devoted his life to end. Neither party had come to any conclusion when a saint came from outside for Guru Nanak’s audience. He advised those who were quarreling, “Please first see below this sheet whether Guru Nanak’s body is here or not. You are fighting among yourselves without even seeing the body.” Listening to the advice of the saint, they lifted the sheet and found some flowers lying there. Those who were quarreling fell silent on seeing the flowers. The body of Guru Nanak had merged with the five elements from which it had been created
The quarreling Hindus and Muslims divided the flowers into halves and tore the sheet that Guru Nanak had covered himself with, into two pieces.
To carry on the traditions and customs of their respective faiths, the Hindus cremated the flowers and the sheet. They also constructed a monumental stone over it to worship. The Muslims buried the flowers and the sheet and erected a tomb on the bank of the river Ravi near the Hindu monumental stone. Both began to worship the stones, a practice that Guru Nanak had urged them to abandon. God did not want it that way. The water of the river Ravi washed both of these away. All traces of the monument and the tomb have disappeared.
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ਐਥੈ ਆਇਆ ਸਭੁ ਕੋ ਜਾਸੀ ਕੂੜਿ ਕਰਹੁ ਅਹੰਕਾਰੋ ॥
Everyone who comes here shall have to leave; to act in ego is false.
ਨਾਨਕ ਰੁੰਨਾ ਬਾਬਾ ਜਾਣੀਐ ਜੇ ਰੋਵੈ ਲਾਇ ਪਿਆਰੋ ॥੪॥੧॥
Nanak: he alone truly weeps, O Baba, who weeps in the Lord’s Love. ||4||1||
ਪਵਨੈ ਮਹਿ ਪਵਨੁ ਸਮਾਇਆ ॥
The wind merges into the wind.
ਜੋਤੀ ਮਹਿ ਜੋਤਿ ਰਲਿ ਜਾਇਆ ॥
The light blends into the light.
ਸੂਰਜ ਕਿਰਣਿ ਮਿਲੇ ਜਲ ਕਾ ਜਲੁ ਹੂਆ ਰਾਮ ॥
The rays of light merge with the sun, and water merges with water.
ਜੋਤੀ ਜੋਤਿ ਰਲੀ ਸੰਪੂਰਨੁ ਥੀਆ ਰਾਮ ॥
One’s light blends with the Light, and one becomes totally perfect.
Guru Nanak Patshah Ji De Joti Jot Gurpurab te Satguran De Charna Vich Namaskar.
ਸ਼੍ਰੀ ਗੁਰੂ ਨਾਨਕੁ ਪਾਤਿਸ਼ਾਹ ਜੀ ਦੇ ਜੋਤੀ ਜੋਤਿ ਗੁਰਪੁਰਬ ਤੇ ਸਤਿਗੁਰਾਂ ਦੇ ਚਰਣਾਂ ਵਿੱਚ ਨਮਸਕਾਰ।
Guru Nanak Sahib Joti Jot Gurpurab 2022
Guru Nanak Ji left his Physical Body and merged into supreme light leaving his spiritual throne to Guru Angad Dev Ji.
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