Three Tenets of the Sikh Faith
Did you know that the 3 Golden Rules of Sikhism originated with Guru Nanak?
Sikhism has its beginnings in northern Panjab in the late 15th Century. Nanak Dev, the first guru, born to a Hindu family, showed a deep spiritual nature from early childhood. As he matured and became absorbed in meditation, he questioned rituals, idolatry and the rigidity of the caste system. His closest companion, a minstrel named Mardana, came from a Muslim family. They traveled together extensively for more than 25 years. Nanak sang hymns he composed in devotion of one God. Mardana accompanied him by playing the Rabab, a stringed instrument. Together they developed and taught three fundamental principles:
- Naam japna, remembering God through meditation:
- Kirat karo, earning an honest living:
- Vand chakko, selflessly serving others, sharing income and resources: