Nanak

Portrait
Born: Apr 15, 1469 AD
Died: 1539 AD, at 69 years of age.

Nationality: Indian
Categories: Educators, Teacher


1469 - Nanak, born on the 15th of April in Rai Bhoi di Talvai, now Nankana Sahib, Pak, near Lahore, India. Indian spiritual teacher who was the first guru of the Sikhs, a monotheistic religious group that combines Hindu and Muslim influences. His teachings, expressed through devotional hymns, many of which still survive, stressed salvation from rebirth through meditation on the divine name. Among modern Sikhs he enjoys a particular affection as their founder and as the supreme master of Punjabi devotional hymnody.

1520 - References found in four of his hymns suggest that Nanak was present at attacks Babur (an invading Mughal ruler) launched on Saidpur and Lahore, so it seems safe to conclude that he had returned from his travels and was living in the Punjab.

1539 - Died this year in Kartarpur, Punjab.

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