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Nanak's father thought that he did not like sedentary work. Therefore he said to Nanak, "O dear son! Ride on a horse and do traveling business. This will suit you nicely." Nanak replied, "Revered father! My trade is divine knowledge. The profits are the purseful of good deeds with which I can certainly reach the domain of the Lord."

Then Kalu Chand told Nanak: "If you do not like trade or business, you may serve in some office." Nanak replied, "I am already a servant of God. I am endeavoring to do my duty honestly and whole-heartedly in the service of my Lord. I carry out His behests implicitly. I desire fervently to get the reward of divine grace from the Lord by serving Him untiringly and incessantly." On hearing this, the father became silent and retired from there.

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His father, Kalu, tried his best to turn Nanak's mind towards worldly matters. He put Nanak in the work of looking after cultivation of the land. Nanak did not pay any attention to his work. He meditated even in the fields. He went out to tend the cattle, but centered his mind on the worship of God. The cattle trespassed into neighbor's field. Kalu rebuked Nanak for his idleness.
Nanak replied, "I am not idle, but am busy in guarding my own fields." Kalu asked him, "Where are your fields?" Nanak replied, "My body is a field. The mind is the plowman. Righteousness is the cultivation. Modesty is water for irrigation. I have sown the field with the seed of the sacred Name of the Lord. Contentment is my field's harrow. Humility is its hedge. The seeds will germinate into a good crop with love and devotion. Fortunate is the house in which such a crop is brought! O sir, mammon will not accompany us to the next world. It has infatuated the whole world, but there are few who understand its delusive nature."

Then Kalu put him in charge of a small shop. Nanak distributed the things to Sadhus and poor people. He would give away in charity whatever he could lay hands on in his father's house and in the shop. Nanak said, "My shop is made of time and space. Its store consists of the commodities of truth and self-control. I am always dealing with my customers, the Sadhus and Mahatmas, contact with whom is very profitable indeed.

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When Nanak was a boy of seven, he was sent to Gopal Pandha to learn Hindi. The teacher told Nanak to read a book. Nanak replied, "What will it avail to know all and not have a knowledge of God?" Then the teacher wrote the Hindi alphabets for him on a wooden slate. Nanak said to the teacher, "Please tell me, sir, what books have you studied? What is the extent of your knowledge?" Gopal Pandha replied, " I know mathematics and the accounts necessary for shop-keeping." Nanak replied, "This knowledge will not in any way help you in obtaining freedom." The teacher was very much astonished at the words of the boy. He told him, " Nanak, tell me something which could help me in the attainment of salvation." Nanak said, "O teacher! Burn worldly love, make its ashes into ink and make the intellect into a fine paper. Now make the love of God your pen, and your heart the writer, and under the instructions of your Guru, write and meditate. Write the Name of the Lord and His praises and write, 'He has no limit this side or the other'. O teacher! Learn to write this account." The teacher was struck with wonder.

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One Universal Creator God. By The Grace Of The True Guru:

Listen, O Dear Beloved Saints, to my prayer.

Without the Lord, no one is liberated.

O mind, do only deeds of purity; the Lord is the only boat to carry you across. Other entanglements shall be of no use to you.

True living is serving the Divine, Supreme Lord God; the Guru has imparted this teaching to me.

Do not fail in love with trivial things; in the end, they shall not go along with you.

Worship and adore the Lord with your mind and body, O Beloved Saint of the Lord; in the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy, you shall be released from bondage.

In your heart, hold fast to the Sanctuary of the lotus feet of the Supreme Lord God; do not place your hopes in any other support.

He alone is a devotee, spiritually wise, a meditator, and a penitent, O Nanak, who is blessed by the Lord's Mercy.

~ from " Guru Granth Sahib "

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Dwell in peace in the home of your own being, and the Messenger of Death will not be able to touch you.

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Whatever kind of seed is sown in a field, prepared in due season, a plant of that same kind, marked with the peculiar qualities of the seed, springs up in it.

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Your Mercy is my social status.

- Sri Guru Granth Sahib

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Owing to ignorance of the rope the rope appears to be a snake; owing to ignorance of the Self the transient state arises of the individualized, limited, phenomenal aspect of the Self.

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I am neither male nor female, nor am I sexless. I am the Peaceful One, whose form is self-effulgent, powerful radiance.

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There is but One God, His name is Truth, He is the Creator, He fears none, he is without hate, He never dies, He is beyond the cycle of births and death, He is self illuminated, He is realized by the kindness of the True Guru. He was True in the beginning, He was True when the ages commenced and has ever been True, He is also True now.

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For each and every person, our Lord and Master provides sustenance. Why are you so afraid, O mind? The flamingos fly hundreds of miles, leaving their young ones behind. Who feeds them, and who teaches them to feed themselves? Have you ever thought of this in your mind?

- Sri Guru Granth Sahib -

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Death would not be called bad, O people, if one knew how to truly die.

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There is but one God. True is His Name, creative His personality and immortal His form. He is without fear sans enmity, unborn and self-illumined. By the Guru's grace He is obtained.

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What should the yogi have to fear? Trees, plants, and all that is inside and outside, is He Himself.

- Sri Guru Granth Sahib

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Even Kings and emperors with heaps of wealth and vast dominion cannot compare with an ant filled with the love of God.

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Burn worldly love,
rub the ashes and make ink of it,
make the heart the pen,
the intellect the writer,
write that which has no end or limit.

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He who has no faith in himself can never have faith in God.

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Why do you wander lost, O mortal, attached to falsehood and greed?
Nothing has been lost yet - there is still time to wake up!

You must realize that this world is nothing more than a dream.
In an instant, it shall perish; know this as true.

The Lord constantly abides with you.
Night and day, vibrate and meditate on Him, O my friend.

At the very last instant, He shall be your Help and Support.
Says Nanak, sing His Praises.

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What makes you think that it is real ?

Wealth, spouse, property and household
- none of them shall go along with you; you must know that this is true!

Only devotion to the Lord shall go with you.
Says Nanak, vibrate and meditate on the Lord with single-minded love.

(Section 29 - Raag Basant - Part 20)

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Make the True Guru your friend; going to His Court, you shall obtain the True Lord.
He is the Master who has made the world bloom; He makes the Universe blossom forth, fresh and green.
Those who meditate on the True Guru are satisfied and fulfilled. Those who meditate on the True Guru are not afraid of the Messenger of Death.
By Guru’s Grace, one remains blended with the True Name of the Creator.
Through the Guru’s Teachings, you shall be saved, contemplating the True Name.
The Diamond of the Guru has pierced the diamond of my mind, which is now dyed in the deep crimson color of the Name.
Remembering Him in meditation, the home of sorrow is abolished. Remembering Him in meditation, the Messenger of Death shall not touch you. Remembering Him in meditation, the dry branches become green again.
There is nothing beyond You; You are the One who does, sees, and knows.
Without You, there is no other; the entire Universe is the Arena of Your Play.
You are the River, All-knowing and All-seeing. I am just a fish – how can I find Your limit? Wherever I look, You are there. Outside of You, I would burst and die.

~ Sri Guru Granth Sahib

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The yogis hailed Nanak as an exalted one. Gorakhmata later changed its name to Nanakmata and it lies just fifteen miles away from the present-day town of Pilibhit. In that area one can find followers of Nanak, known as Nanakpanthis.

The Puratan janamsakhi tells of a shopkeeper who became a follower of Guru Nanak during the latter's travels and came every day to serve the Guru. One day, another shopkeeper accompanied him out of curiosity to see Nanak. But on the way he was captivated by the charms of a woman. Subsequently, they would leave their village together, one to serve the Guru and the other to visit his mistress. One day they wanted to test the result of their actions and decided to meet at the end of the day at an appointed place. The first man as usual visited Guru Nanak, but as soon as he left the Guru's presence, his toe was pierced by a thorn. He went to the meeting place with a bandage on his toe and his slipper in his hand. The other man did not find his mistress at home that day and came to the appointed place ahead of time. As he was sitting there he scartched the ground with a stick. The stick hit a gold mohur, and on digging further, the man unearthed a jar of charcoal. When they met up, they both decided to go back to Guru Nanak to be enlightened on the ways of God - the virtuous man had been injured by a thorn but the sinner had found a gold mohur. Nanak told them that the ways of God were strange. It could well be that the virtuous acts of the first man had changed what could have been impaling stake into a mere thorn while the other's sins had changed what could have been a jar of gold mohurs into a single mohur and turned the rest to charcoal.

' Man's conduct is the paper
On which, the mind's quill
Records both good and evil
As our deeds dictate, we live,
But God's Grace knows no end.' (Raga Maru)

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Guru Nanak and Mardana were now headed towards the next major centre of pilgrimage , important to both Hindus and Buddhists: Gaya, in Bihar. There, on the bank of the Phalgu river, the local priests supervised large-scale ceremonies that consisted of offering funreal barley cakes to departed ancestors and lighting lamps that would light up the paths of the departed spirtits in the heavens above. The priests tried their best to make Nanak join these ceremonies but the Guru refused, saying that only man's deeds could help him in the next world.

' The Lord is my barely roll and leaf platter
The Creator's true name is my obsequy.

- Raga Asa

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Chatur Das, after a lengthy discussion, realized the wisdom of what Guru Nanak had said and became his disciple. He was joined by others who were also impressed by the message of Nanak. According to the Puratan janamsakhi, it was here at Varanasi that Nanak enunciated the fifthy-four stanzas of his composition ' Dakini Onkar ' :

' Performing rituals does not release one
Without virtue one goes to the city of death
He gains neither this world , nor the one beyond
The sinner in the end regrets
He possesses neither knowledge, nor concentration,
Nor any faith, nor meditation
Without the Name he cannot be fearless
Nor understand the evil of ego
I am tired; how do I reach
The Unfathomable, the Endless!
I do not have loved friends
To whom I may appeal for help
Nanak, if I utter my beloved's name
The Uniter shall Unite me with Himself
If I love Him boundlessly
The one who separates shall unite. '

- Aamkali Dakhni Onkar, 37

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Raja Shivnabh was curious to meet Nanak. Mansukh assured him that should he wish it in his heart, Guru Nanak would surely visit him. Soon Shivnabh's curiosity turned into an ardent desire to meet Guru Nanak. Finally, one day he was informed that a holy man and his companions had come to his gardens. Shivnabh thought that perhaps what Mansukh had said had indeed come true. To ascertain whether this man was truly the Guru that he sought, Shivnabh first sent beautiful dancing girls to dance before the Guru. The Guru was not distracted and remained lost in meditation. Then Shivnabh came down himself and posed several questions to Nanak. Among these, he asked him whether he followed the Muslim or the Hindu way of life.
Nanak's reply was:

' The true Guru has solved the problem of the
two paths.
He who meditates on the One God and wavers not,
shall understand.' (Raga Maru)

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