Gurupurab Celebrations by GD Goenka Public School Lucknow. “Speak only that which will bring you honour”, was one of the teachings of Sikh Guru, Nanak Devji which the students learned while they celebrated his auspicious birth anniversary at school.
Prior to Nanak’s birth in 1469 CE, India was fundamentally defined by a social hierarchy known as the caste system. This system ensured that unfortunate people stayed poor and wealthy people continuously expanded their power. Guru Nanak understood that this system was unjust, so he committed his life to fighting against it.
After intense meditation and self-reflection, Guru Nanak received a vision that showed him the true intent of God. According to this vision, the formal institutions and caste system of India were unnecessary to connect with God. A fundamental aspect of Guru Nanak’s vision was that all humans have a direct connection to God. This caused Guru Nanak to reject the priests and hierarchy of the caste systems. Guru Nanak even refused to acknowledge the Vedas, the ancient holy text of Hinduism.