42. Fourth Udaasi (Fourth Travel)

Guru Nanak moved by the plight of the people of world wanted to tell them about the "real message of God". The peoples of the world were confused by the conflicting message given by priests, pundits, qazis, mullahs, etc. He was determined to bring his message to the masses; so in 1499, he decided to set out on his sacred mission to spread the holy message of peace and compassion to all of mankind. It is believed that Guru Nanak is the the second most travelled person in the world; most of his journeys were made on foot with his companion Bhai Mardana. He travelled in all four directions - North, East, West and South. The founder Sikh Guru is believed to have travelled more than 28,000 Kms in five major tours of the world during the period from 1500 to 1524. Guru Nanak saw the world suffering out of hatred, fanaticism, falsehood and hypocrisy. The world had sunk in wickedness and sin. So he decided that he had to travel and educate and press home the message of Almighty Lord. So he set out in 1500 on his mission for the regeneration of humanity on this earth. He carried the torch of truth, heavenly love, peace and joy for mankind. For 1 year he spread his message of peace, compassion, righteousness and truth to the people in and around his home. Starting in Punjab Guru Nanak visited Sheikh Braham who was the eleventh successor to the Muslim holy sage Baba Sheikh Farid at Pakpattan across the Sutlej from Lahore. From Sheikh Braham Guru Sahib acquired inspirational holy scriptural compositions of Sheikh Farid whose spiritual message was compatible with his own. He also stopped at Vadodara, Junagarh & Lakhpat. (Lakhpat is about 20 Km from Korini village where there is a big Sarovar in memory of the visit by Guru Nanak Dev ji). From Lakhpat Guru crossed to Pakpattan/Somiani port in Sindh where he caught a boat loaded with pilgrims headed West to the Red Sea and Jeddah; from there he traveled SouthEast by foot to Mecca, also spelled Makkah, then he started his trip home traveling East to Medina (lit. the city) the place in which the Prophet of Islam is buried. From here he traveled through what is now Kuwait to Basra and then North to Baghdad. He then traveled through Iran crossing to Kabul in Afganistan and back through Peshawar to the Punjab.