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Summary of Question:Who Was Nanak Referring To As Our Guru?
Category:The Sikh Gurus
Date Posted:Monday, 5/17/2004 4:43 AM MDT

I don't understand one thing, please could you clarify this:

Guru Nanak never referred to himself as a Guru, so why do we then call him Guru?

I have read the verse that says without the Guru we are all doomed to eternal countless death and Nanak is talking about everybody in the world, not just Hindu's or Muslim's (there were no Sikh's then).
<b>kaal na chhodai bin satgur kee Dheeraa. ||7||
Death does not spare them, without the Support of the True Guru. ||7||</B>

Who was then Sat Guru who Nanak was referring to considering the Granth Sahib was not even around then?

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Sat Nam! What a good question! Thank you. In verse 5 of Japji Sahib, Guru Nanak uses the word "Gurmukh" for the first time and he says:

One with the Guru — merged in the Naad.
One with the Guru — filled with all knowledge.
One with the Guru — merged with the One.
The Guru is the form of God that you can meditate on, imagine, and love.
The Guru is the Divine mother, Maya.
When I know it I can't say it, Words are useless.
The Guru has given me one understanding: All souls are gifts of the One.
May I never forget Him!

Guru Nanak's Guru is the Shabd Guru. The manifestation of the Infinite. Our Guru is also the Shabd Guru. It is the sound current, the naad of the Siri Guru Granth Sahib that is our Guru, not the volume itself. That is only the container. Our Guru, and Guru Nanak's Guru are one and the same - the Shabd.


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