About Guru Nanak (1469–1539)
- Founder of Sikhism and is the first of the ten Sikh Gurus.
- He advocated a form of nirguna bhakti (devotion to and worship of the Divine as formless).
- He rejected the external practices of the religions he saw around him. He rejected sacrifices, ritual baths, image worship, austerities and the scriptures of both Hindus and Muslims.
- Nanak’s teachings can be found in the Sikh scripture Guru Granth Sahib, as a collection of verses recorded in Gurmukhi.
Why in News?
- The Vice President greeted the people on the eve of Guru Nanak Jayanti.