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The aim of the Ekta newsletter is to illuminate Guru Nanak’s message through reflections on his writings and stories from his life. Ekta in Gurbani translates into “oneness,” a concept central to Guru Nanak’s philosophy of recognizing humanity and all the world as one. In each issue of the newsletter, we will focus on a theme from Sikh philosophy, ethics, or practice that will help readers understand the relevance of Guru Nanak’s teachings and how they can apply them in their daily lives.

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Who is Guru Nanak Dev Ji

Guru Nanak Dev Ji (1469-1539) was a poet, mystic, philosopher, and founder of the Sikh tradition. While his teachings retain profound relevance and significance, especially in the contemporary world, they remain relatively unknown outside of the Sikh community, whether in India, Asia, Africa, and the Western world.

Guru Nanak shared with the world profound spiritual insights as well as guidelines for living a deeply spiritual life while living fully up to one’s duties to family and community. He rejected many of the prevalent social norms of his time, including discrimination based upon caste, the low status of women and the poor, as well as conflict along religious lines.

In their place, he established a community that valued service, equality, compassion, and understanding. His followers came to be known as Sikhs, which means “disciples” or seekers of truth. His life was dedicated to sharing this vision of the universal divine that transcended all sectarian boundaries.