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Guru Nanak's Monument - New Findings


ਨਾਮ ਤੇਰੇ ਕੀ ਜੋਤਿ ਲਗਾਈ (Previously namjap)
Jul 14, 2007
By Prof Devinder Singh Chahal, PhD[/FONT]​
Guru Nanak (1469-1539) promulgated a unique and universal philosophy of humanism in the Indian subcontinent when renaissance was taking place on European continent (14th to 16th centuries) and scientists were challenging illogical religious concepts and beliefs. Guru Nanak carried his message far and wide in South Asia and Middle East. He held discussions with religious leaders - Hindus (Brahmans, Sidhs and Jogis), Muslims (Sufis, mullahs and Qazis), Jains and Buddhists in India, Middle East, Tibet and Ceylon. During his travels (odysseys, Udasis) Guru Nanak challenged the ancient mythology, wrong religious concepts and rituals with which the peoples of South Asia and Middle East were shackled for centuries. People were unable to express their free will in any aspect of their lives because their lives were controlled by their religious and political authorities. Guru Nanak launched his movement to liberate the masses form ignorance and religious and political tyranny. His philosophy, termed as ‘Nanakian Philosophy’, is embodied in his Bani (Word), which has been incorporated in the Aad Guru Granth Sahib (AGGS). Nanakian Philosophy was further explained and strengthened by the Sikh Gurus who succeeded to the ‘House of Nanak’ in their Bani, which is also incorporated in the AGGS. A critical study of Nanakian Philosophy demonstrates all characteristics of universal acceptability and compatibility with the current Age of Science.

Although there are many gaps in the travels of Guru Nanak, Fauja Singh and Kirpal Singh, Sikh historians, have collated the information from various sources into three major travels as follows [2]:

  • From Talwandi to Sultanpur to Benaras to Dhubri to Assam to Dacca to Ceylon to Ujain to Mathura to Talwandi.
  • From Talwandi to Kailash (Sumer) Parbat to Talwandi.
  • From Talwandi to Hinglaj to Mecca to Baghdad to Kabul to (Talwandi) Kartarpur.

Besides the above travels there are many short ones in Punjab and adjoining areas. Fauja Singh and Kirpal Singh [2] have also mentioned that according to ‘Janam Sakhis’ (biographies of Guru Nanak) by Meharban and Bhai Mani Singh Guru Nanak had also travelled to Palestine, Syria and Turkey, although there is no definite supporting evidence. Some writers of Janam Sakhis have extended his travels even to some countries in Central Asia. Nonetheless, it is evident from the information collected by Fauja Singh and Kirpal Singh that the complete travels of Guru Nanak are still to be discovered. Moreover, research on the discourses held between Guru Nanak and the heads of various religious centers also need to be described, although some discourses, e.g. Sidh Gosht, Arti, and Onkar Bani are found in the AGGS and some isolated verses of Guru Nanak are linked to some travels in some Janam Sakhis.

Full Article: http://nriinternet.com/NRIsikhs/Canada/Articles/Chahal/2006/4_Manument/index.dot


1947-2014 (Archived)
Jun 17, 2004
NamJap ji

The paper was so intriguing. Real scholarship! I wish I had $50,000.00 to give the good doctor to carry out the monument preservation.

Do you have any idea of the date of the document, or how far along the project has gone? Thanks.