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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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Prahlaad was placed in a cell, and the door was locked. The fearless child was not afraid at all. He said, "Within my being, is the Guru, the Lord of the World. The created being tried to compete with his Creator, but he assumed this name in vain. That which was predestined for him has come to pass; he started an argument with the Lord's humble servant. ||7|| The father raised the club to strike down Prahlaad, saying, Where is your God, the Lord of the Universe, now? He replied, "The Life of the World, the Great Giver, is my Help and Support in the end. Wherever I look, I see Him permeating and prevailing."||8|| Tearing down the pillars, the Lord Himself appeared. The egotistical demon was killed and destroyed. The minds of the devotees were filled with bliss, and congratulations poured in. He blessed His servant with glorious greatness. ||9||

(Guru Granth Sahib, p. 1154)

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O God beautiful! O God beautiful!
In the forest, Thou art green,
In the mountain, Thou art high,
In the river, Thou art restless,
In the ocean, Thou art grave!
To the serviceful, Thou art service,
To the lover, Thou art love,
To the sorrowful, Thou art symphathy,
To the yogi, Thou art bliss!
O God beautiful! O God beautiful!
At Thy feet, O I do bow!

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There is neither Hindu nor Muslim, so whose path shall I follow? I shall follow God's path. God is neither Hindu nor Muslim, and the path I follow is God's.

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