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In the year 1469 a man named Guru Nanak was born into a Punjabi-Hindu family His name means He who was born at the home of his mothers parents which was in Talwandi near Labone Sikhs 647 We know little about Nanaks life but a lot about his beliefs from a book called Adi Granth or Granth Sahib which means holy book Some of his beliefs were the reality of karma and reincarnationThese are beliefs that our actions in this life determine how high or low well be in our next life The Hindus and Muslims believe it is best to worship missionize study and write the sacred scriptures and other religious public actions and behaviors Nanak believed that this is wrong He felt that the people should be involved in inward meditation to the God Akal Purakh Nanak was a monotheist believing in one god Nanak believed that Akal Purakh is the almighty creator and sustainer of the universe and he has no form If one is truly devoted to Akal then Akal may reveal himself to you in nam or the divine name Since Akal created the world and everything in it then the world can be considered an expression of namMcLeod 5 Akal to reveal himself through nam speaks the sabad or divine word through a loyal believer This believer acts as the eternal guru or teacher speaking in the mystical voice of Akal through the sabad A guru can achieve this divine harmony with Akal by the practice of nam simaran This can be accomplished in many ways One way is by the repeating of a mantra a word that expresses the divine reality Another way is to sing devotional songs or even to have deep mystical concentration Guru Nanak
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