Guru Nanak preaching to the Hindu Brahmins, illustrating the futility of meaningless rituals.
Guru Nanak preaching to the Hindu Brahmins, illustrating the futility of meaningless rituals.

Sikhs celebrate special day

CELEBRATIONS will begin at 10am today at Woolgoolga for the birthday of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of the Sikh faith.

The festivities will continue until about 10.30am on Sunday.

The president of the committee of Guru Nanak Sikh Temple at Woolgoolga, Joginder Singh, said this weekend’s celebrations were as important to the Sikh community as Christmas was to Christians.

“The celebrations will begin at 10am starting with the continuous reading of the Sikh scriptures, which will end on Sunday at about 10.30am,” he said.

“After this there will be hymn singing and lectures on the life and teachings of Guru Nanak ending at about 1pm, after which a meal will be served.

“Free vegetarian meals are served on all three days and anybody is most welcome.

“For those visitors who do not understand Punjabi, the temple has installed PowerPoint projection screens, which give English translations of the hymns.

“We would like to extend an invitation to all to join in the celebrations this weekend.”

Guru Nanak was born in the Punjab region of the subcontinent of India in 1469 AD.

His main message was the universal nature of God and the equality and brotherhood of mankind.

The picture shown depicts Guru Nanak preaching to the Hindu Brahmins, who are throwing water towards the sun in the east, in the belief it will reach their ancestors. Guru Nanak started to throw water towards the west. This caught their attention and when they asked why, he answered he was irrigating his fields in Punjab.

They laughed and mocked him saying: “How can your water reach Punjab which is hundreds of kilometres away?” He countered by asking: “Then how can your water reach the sun, which is millions of kilometres distant?”

This made them think of the futility of their ritual.



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