A Happy Family : Guru Nanak

After completing his four great tours.

Guru Nanak returned to Kartarpur.

He decided to spend the remaining days of his life there. During his tours, he had dressed himself like a sadhu or fakir. Now he took off that dress.

Instead of that, he put on clothes worn by ordinary Punjabis.

Once more he began to show

everyone how a man of religion should live and act. He was over sixty years of age. He had spent a very busy and active life. It was time for him to take a rest. But he did not like to sit idle. He wanted to be active to the last day of his life. He wanted to be a useful member of society.

His daily programme started three hours before sunrise. He got up at that The sikhs gathered to listen to his talks early hour. After taking his bath, he fixed his mind on God. He recited and sang the sacred hymns. At daybreak, he went to the place where his Sikhs had gathered. They gathered there in order to listen to his talks on life and religion.

After that, he spent his time as a good man of the world should do.

Guru Nanak was over sixty years old.

Still, his body was healthy and strong.

It had to be so. He took plenty of exercise all through the day. He took exercise by doing hard useful work.

He worked in his fields regularly, every day, like a good, active farmer.

In the fields he raised crops for the use of his big family. All who gathered at Kartarpur were members of his family.

He also worked in his langar, or free kitchen for all. He took simple but good and wholesome food. His rule regarding food was, ‘Don’t eat or drink anything which might harm your body or mind.’ He was always calm and cheerful. He loved to have a hearty laugh sometimes. He spent most of his time in the company of his people. The rest of his time was spent in the company of God. He was always

actively busy in doing good to others.

He expected his Sikhs to follow his example.

Guru Nanak’s langar, or free kitchen, was open to all who needed food. But there was no place in it for mere idlers or people who did not do any work.

All who lived there had to do some useful work.

In this langar, people of all castes ate their food together. They all sat side by side. They lived and worked like members of one good family.

Guru Nanak was the Chief or Head of that family. He was the dear Father of all his people.

Guru Nanak’s family at Kartarpur was a mixed family. In it there were people who had been Hindus before they joined it. There were those who had been Muslims before joining Guru Nanak’s family. There were those who had belonged to low castes. There were those who had belonged to high castes. There were those who had been treated as untouchables. Here, in this family, all were equal. They formed a brotherhood of saints and workers.

There were no idlers. All had to work.

Some worked in the fields. Some did service in the common kitchen. E veryone worked for the good of all.

Guru Nanak’s was, indeed, a lucky, happy family. He wanted his Sikhs to live together like one family. We should all remember his wishes in this matter.

We Should all live in peace and friendship, like members of one good family.

If we do so, he will be pleased with us.