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Guru Nanak's teachings relevant today, as world at war with itself: Kailash Satyarthi

By Our Representative 

Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi in a message on the unveiling ceremony of the book, “The Guru: Guru Nanak’s Saakhis”, has said that “compassion is the central theme of Guru Nanak Dev’s teachings. His world view is rational, liberal and humane”.
“He was a firm advocate of equality and was of the view that ‘he who regards all as equals is truly religious’,” said Satyarthi. The new book is authored by retired civil servant, Rajni Sekhri Sibal. The Nobel laureate could not join on the unveiling of the book owing to the rising Covid cases in New Delhi.
Satyarthi said, short stories about Guru Nanak provide an insight into the life and teachings of a wise, rational and compassionate spiritual leader who walked this earth five centuries ago. He added, Guru Nanak’s teachings were radical and extremely relevant in the stratified society of his times, since at present we are living in “a world that is at war with itself”.
According to Satyarthi, the stories expressing Guru Nanak Dev’s teachings are fascinating and inspirational and stores a wealth of knowledge that is conveyed to the reader in a subtle and appealing manner, adding, the anecdotes in the book are “deeply engaging and poetic”, capturing “the essence of the time of Guru Nanak.”
According to the author, Rajni Sekhri Sibal, the stories that she has added in the book are those she has heard in her childhood from her grandmother. They are so inspiring that they compelled her to write them in a simple language for outreach of spiritual wisdom and teachings of Guru Nanak.
“I have been a huge admirer of Guru Nanak Dev’s wisdom and teachings and always tried to walk on his path”, said the author.
The book was unveiled on August 6 at the India International Centre in the presence of former Justice SS Saron of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and chairman of the Gurudwara election commission; Gurjit Singh, former ambassador to Germany; and Manjeev Puri, former ambassador to the European Union.
The book has been published in Mumbai by the newly set up publishing house, Story Mirror.



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