Srinagar, Nov 27 – The All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC) has extended warm greetings to people on the auspicious occasion of the 554th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji. APSCC Chairman Jagmohan Singh Raina emphasized the importance of adhering to Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s teachings to foster love and peace in society.
In a statement, Raina highlighted that following the path set out by Guru Nanak Dev Ji is crucial for percolating his message of universal love and peace. He underlined the special place Kashmir holds in Guru Nanak Ji’s history, as evidenced by his visit to the valley in 1518 AD.
The historical connection is preserved in various sites across the union territory, including Gurudwaras in Leh, Bijbehara, and Ramnagar. Raina noted that Guru Nanak Ji’s visit had a profound impact on Kashmir, with instances like Pandit Brahm Das embracing Sikhism after being inspired by the Guru’s teachings.
Guru Nanak Ji’s companionship with Bala, a Hindu, and Mardana, a Muslim, exemplifies universal brotherhood and secularism. Raina mentioned the historical artifact, the ‘rabaab,’ carried by Mardana, which is preserved at Shernangla in Ramnagar, Jammu.
The Guru’s teachings against caste systems and oppression resonate globally, as he traversed thousands of miles on foot, spreading his message of humanity. Raina expressed a prayer for global peace, invoking Guru Nanak Ji’s teachings to relieve humanitarian crises in various parts of the world.
APSCC leaders, including Principal Naranjan Singh, Ajeet Singh Mastana, Sant Singh, Dr. Jaipal Singh Bali, Davinder Singh, Indumeet Singh, and others, echoed warm wishes for a joyous and peaceful Gurpuruab. The celebration serves as a reminder of the Guru’s timeless teachings and their relevance in fostering harmony and goodwill worldwide.