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Guru Nanak 1469-1539 Guru Nanak was the founder of the Sikh faith Born on April 15 1469 in the Western Punjab village of Talwandi during a time of conflict between Hinduism and Islam He was born to a simple Hindu family He was endowed with extra-ordinary spiritual powers from a very young age Through Guru Nanaks own genius and the spiritual illumination that came from his long spells of Meditation there shaped the character of the creed which he was to proclaim to the world and which became the basis and foundation of the Sikh religion He is credited to have made millions of followers within the ranks of the Hindus Muslims and Buddhists and those with no previous religious beliefs Guru Nanak thought of working for the renovation of humanity He went out to cause others to repeat the Namm Guru Nanak along with Bhai Mardana and Bhai Bala undertook long tours both in and outside India for spreading the mission of the true Namm and expounding the philosophy of the True Thought He visited prominent religious centres of Hindus and Muslims and had discourses and discussions with the renowned missionaries and sound personalities of various religions and leaders of the social order He saw Brahmans in practice at Banaras He discoursed with the Sidh Nath and Yogis who secluded themselves in the Himalayas and in the northern parts of India Buddhists came across in Burma Tibet and Ceylon In Arabia and Iraq he had meetings with the Muslim Hajis and Imams in Mecca and Baghdad He also visited the land of the black Habash Abyssina and a few Islands of the Indian Ocean Thus Guru Nanak undertook an extensive missionary tour of the world Wherever he went large crowds assembled to hear has divine message the message of universal love the message of humanitarian service and the message of adoration and uniqueness of God For him there was Divine music pervading everywhere and
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