੧ patshahi with bhai mardana at hemkund sahib .
I am heavily influenced by the teachings of Baba Nanak. I don't view Baba Nanak as a magical being with super powers (but I get how that makes for great PR), rather, I see him as an amazing philosopher, artist and leader that worked very hard to free the people around him from mental, physical, political, and spiritual oppression. India in the 1500's wasn't very open to ideas of equity and equality, between genders, religions, or even different human beings (caste system). Baba Nanak Spoke out against this, and it landed him in jail. Still, those thoughts started a movement that mobilized and evolved over the next few centuries. It's nice to package Sikhi in something easy to absorb for western ideals: call it SikhISM, label it a religion with Do's & Don'ts, and think the most important elements are symbolic and ritualistic. When the average person thinks Sikh, they think Turban and beard, and other "articles of faith", but really Sikh philosophy is a beautiful journey inwards that encourages us to have a healthy relationship with the truth, and see how our Ego, Attachment, Greed, Anger, and Lust play a part in disrupting our own peace. Sikhi is based on love, and not fear, and it doesn't require us to fear and obey a god in the sky, it asks us to realize we are all part of the same ocean of infinity, code in the matrix, and pieces of a puzzle. Sikh means student, and I'm grateful to be a part of a heritage that promotes learning above all else. Baba Nanak is most commonly referred to as Guru Nanak, Gu = Dark, Ru = Light ( caption via @humblethepoet )
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