Every year, two or so weeks after Diwali, Guru Nanaks birthday comes around.
This time round, I got thinking, what Guru Nanak’s life would have been, 500 years ago?
This is how I think of him, in how he must have appeared to others, in his outer life. When in Kartarpur, he was a humble farmer.
But when he ventured out – he was a phenomenal walker.
He walked the length breadth boundaries and beyond of this country. He went walking to Burma. He went walking to Sri Lanka. He even went to Mecca.
Travel anywhere in India and you can come across a Gurudwara that says, ‘Guru Nanak was here’! He walked for 30 years of his life.
Why did he walk?
He must have been very keen to get his message across, I guess. Just like when you have something precious and you feel that others can also have it, then you want to badly badly share it.
And, what was his message? It was love.
If he was to do it again today, he would again have to walk. Why?
While technologists are hard at work, they are yet to figure out how to spread love over the internet or over the media for that matter.
Talking of Media – Someone said, the other day, if you wan to stop all concerns of intolerance, simply ban the news channels for 6 weeks. Yes, I do watch my news on Door Darshan 🙂 but I am digressing.
Before I stop digressing, let me digress some more. Sri M, a modern day saint who defies definition into our easy boxes, is also walking the length of this country today.
He has a message too.
Depending on how you listen, his message is both social and intensely personal. In either case, it is only about love.
It only reinforces to me why Guru Nanak was a phenomenal walker.
The lengths that these folks go to – to share the good stuff that they have experienced. Only love can make it possible.
Thank you Baba Nanak. Thank you Sri M.