Shri Guru Angad dev ji's Message
Guru Angad stood for a casteless and classless
society, in which no one was superior to the other and no one, through greed
or selfishness, could be allowed to encroach upon the rights of others. In
short, he visualized a society in which members lived like a family, helping
and supporting one another. He not only preached equality but practiced it.
To promote the acceptance of human equality, Guru established a community
kitchen where all sat together in a row, regardless of caste or status, and
ate the same food.
Guru Angad said, “He Himself creates, O Nanak;
He establishes the various creatures. How can anyone be called bad?. There
is One Lord and Master of all; He watches over all, and assigns all to their
tasks. Some have less, and some have more; no one is allowed to leave
empty.” — Guru Angad Dev
the guru stressed the importance of adopting a uniform way of praising God
and the utility of a social organization based on equality. He established a
holy congregation, or Sangat, where people of different beliefs and varying social status sat
together to hear the Master’s singing of hymns and to be inspired to lead a
and Love towards God
stressed the oneness of God. The purpose of life is to seek God, find him
and be united to Him. He called upon the people to give up formal and
superficial rituals and rally around the Creator, who alone was Omnipotent
and Omnipresent. According to Guru Angad,
no one has ever found acceptance or achieved self-realization without true
devotion to God.
Nanak, if someone judges himself, only then is he known as a real judge. If
someone understands both the disease and the medicine, only then is he a
wise physician. Do not involve yourself in idle business on the way;
remember that you are only a guest here.” Good deeds are important but
winning God’s Grace is still more important. Pride, greed and ego are the
greatest distractions to keep away humans from the Creator. A guru or a
spiritual divine teacher is needed to guide the man on the true path.
virtuous person who does not walk in the way of greed, and who abides in
Truth, is accepted and embraced by God”. This is the nature of ego, that
people perform their actions in ego. This is the bondage of ego, that time
and time again, makes people suffer” Guru Angad Dev also emphasized that one must
control the greed and worldly attachment because they are impediments in the
path of God. One must stay focused on the inner development.
know that they will have to depart, so why do they make such ostentatious
displays? Those who do not know that they will have to depart, continue to
arrange their affairs. He accumulates wealth during the night of his life,
but in the morning, he must depart. O Nanak, it shall not go along with him,
and so he regrets.”
mouth is not satisfied by speaking, and the ears are not satisfied by
hearing. The eyes are not satisfied by seeing—each organ seeks out one
sensory quality. The hunger of the hungry is not appeased; by mere words,
hunger is not relieved. O Nanak, hunger is relieved only when one utters the
Glorious Praises of the Praiseworthy Lord.”
was a constructive architect of a society which focused on the social and
religious freedom and equality, promoting dignity of action without
distinction of caste and status. He was born at a time when ritual, caste
distinctions and superstition had reduced the people to a low level of
existence. He gave them courage and uplifted them. He taught the people to
lead a righteous life and show due reverence and respect to God instead of
supplicating before men. By his own example he made the people fearless and
put a new life and spirit in them.
“Those who have the Fear of God, have no other
fears; those who do not have the Fear of God, are very afraid. O Nanak, this
mystery is revealed at the Court of the Lord.” The Guru also extolled the dignity of labor
and decried the division of society on grounds of birth and founded a
classless society based on the idea of equality and universal brotherhood.
was particularly aware of the degradation which the lower classes of the
people suffered through centuries at the hands of rulers and the so called
high caste people. He aligned himself with the down-trodden and the less
fortunate sections of the people and preferred to stay with the working
Guru Angad confirms that “those who meditate
on the Eternal Lord, who is fearless and is All Pervasive, are not only
themselves emancipated, but they rescue many others form this net of
Guru Angad believed in the service and
well-being of all mankind and not just of his own followers. He laid stress
on character building rather than observance of rituals and formalities. The
path which Guru Angad pointed out to his Sikhs for achieving enlightenment
was through service and good actions and devotion and worship of one God. He
asked his followers to win Divine grace by prayer, singing His praises,
cultivating humility, a spirit of service and submitting at all time to His
will. Paying a fine under pressure, does not bring either merit or goodness.
That alone is a good deed, O Nanak, which is done by one’s own free will.
Sewa has to be done selflessly. Eliminate your conceit and then perform
service to humanity, Only then you will be get honor
–Guru Angad Dev ji.
stressed the importance of the physical body as an instrument of spiritual
development. He told his followers that there was a spark of divinity in
every human being. The body is the temple of God as it houses the soul.
God’s presence can be felt by deeper contemplation and reflection within.
“Twenty-four hours a day one looks for
contentment in eight different directions but one must also explore the
ninth place, which is to their own body and contemplate within. Within the
body are the nine treasures of the Name of the Lord—seek the depths of these
virtues. Those blessed with the karma of good actions praise the Lord and
become true devotees”
–Guru Angad Dev
who are blessed with the glorious greatness of Your Name — their minds are
imbued with Your Love. O Nanak, there is only One Ambrosial Nectar; there is
no other nectar at all. O Nanak, the Ambrosial Nectar is obtained within the
mind, by Guru’s Grace.”
Life of Action
held firmly that physical austerity was not necessary and that spiritual
development was not dependent on ritual and external wanderings. “austerity
and everything come through immersing oneself in the meditation of the
Lord’s Name. All other actions are useless. O Nanak, believe in the One who
is worth believing in. By Guru’s Grace, he is realized.”
Guru Angad was at once a spiritual teacher and
a man of action. To Guru Angad, religion was not only a spiritual experience
but a way of life. Every action must have an impact of spirituality,
humility and love. This can be achieved if one is always conscious of the
presence of God. Guru Angad insisted that there should be harmony between
thought and action and purity in life. “Doing some thing unwillingly or
doing under pressure from someone, does not bring either merit or goodness.
That alone is a good deed, O Nanak, which is done by one’s own free will.”
“Mortals are known by their actions; this is
the way it has to be. They should show goodness, and not be deformed by
their actions; this is how they are called beautiful. Whatever they desire,
they shall receive; O Nanak, they become the very image of God.”–Guru Angad Dev ji.
“O Nanak, the worldly achievements and glory
is worthy of being burnt in the fire if it causes one to forget God. Usually
these worldly things has caused mortals to forget the the Name of the Lord.
Not even one of them will go along with you in the end.”–Guru Angad Dev ji.