Was Guru Nanak a Hindu because he was born in a Hindu family?

First of all, we all should know that Guru Nanak Sahib Ji never accepted any principle of Hinduism nor Islam. Just because He was born in a Hindu family doesn’t mean that he was a Hindu. Your character makes you a person. If you are born in a Hindu family but you have never done anything like a Hindu and you oppose Hinduism then you wouldn’t be a Hindu. Hindu is he who follows what Hinduism says such as worshiping stones etc. Guru Nanak Ji never ever worshiped stones. This is just one example. Guru Ji always worshiped one almighty God. Guru Ji rejected the idea of wearing Janju (piece of thread) at young age and later didn’t take any rounds around the fire when He married Mata Sulakhni Ji. Guru Ji started a new religion, Sikhism, and preached the message of One God. Bhai Gurdas Ji says:

ਮਾਰਿਆ ਸਿੱਕਾ ਜਗਤ ਵਿਚ ਨਾਨਕ ਨਿਰਮਲ ਪੰਥ ਚਲਾਯਾ॥
“In the world, he established the authority (of his doctrines) and started a religion, devoid of any impurity (nirmal panth).”

Which means Guru Nanak Ji started a new religion. Guru Ji taught Sikhs to believe in one God. Whatever Guru Nanak Ji taught He practiced it first. He did everything first then taught Sikhs to do it in essence practicing what he preached. Guru Ji said, “There is no Hindu, no Muslim” meaning that no one is born Hindu nor a Muslim because what one does makes him Hindu or Muslim. Worshiping stones and believing in more than one God makes you a Hindu; fasting and following what Quran says makes you a Muslim. How can you be a Muslim if you don’t fast, believe in Quran and pray five times a day. How can you be a Hindu if you don’t wear Janju, worship 330 million Gods and believe in castes? Guru Ji taught equality and gave equal rights to women.

This is what Gurbani says about Hinduism:

ਹਿੰਦੂ ਅੰਨ੍ਹ੍ਹਾ ਤੁਰਕੂ ਕਾਣਾ ॥ ਦੁਹਾਂ ਤੇ ਗਿਆਨੀ ਸਿਆਣਾ ॥
“The Hindu is sightless; the Muslim has only one eye. The spiritual teacher is wiser than both of them.” (Ang 875)

ਹਜ ਕਾਬੈ ਜਾਉ ਨ ਤੀਰਥ ਪੂਜਾ ॥ ਏਕੋ ਸੇਵੀ ਅਵਰੁ ਨ ਦੂਜਾ ॥੨॥
“I do not make pilgrimages to Mecca, nor do I worship at Hindu sacred shrines. I serve the One Lord, and not any other.” (Ang 1136)

ਪੂਜਾ ਕਰਉ ਨ ਨਿਵਾਜ ਗੁਜਾਰਉ ॥
“I do not perform Hindu worship services, nor do I offer the Muslim prayers.” (Ang 1136)

ਨਾ ਹਮ ਹਿੰਦੂ ਨ ਮੁਸਲਮਾਨ ॥
“I am not a Hindu, nor am I a Muslim.” (Ang 1136)

ਪੰਡਿਤ ਮੁਲਾਂ ਛਾਡੇ ਦੋਊ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥
“I have abandoned both the Pandits, the Hindu religious scholars, and the Mullahs, the Muslim priests.” (Ang 1159)

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2 Responses to “Was Guru Nanak a Hindu because he was born in a Hindu family?”

  1. Randeep Singh Brar says:

    I have one question because I had this debate with a hindu friend of mine and I have even read hindu scriptures to clarify.
    Not fasting and not doing haj does clearly mean you are no muslim but by not fasting or not believing in devtas it does not mean a rejection of hinduism.

    “The Hindu is sightless; the Muslim has only one eye. The spiritual teacher is wiser than both of them.” (Ang 875)
    This was said by Bhagat Namdev who was a hindu himself and he referred to the modes of worship at that time.

    An on the other hand even if he did not wear janju many hindus don’t do that either so I am still confused can someone please explain me the difference. And furthermore did Guru Nanak marry the traditional hindu way since there was no anand karaj back then ?

  2. Mitesh says:

    Waheguru is actually Lord Sri Krishna.The lord is known many many different names but Sikhs had not been led to believe this.

    Personally, i do not believe that God told Guru Nanak to stop praying to different deities e.g. Lord Hanuman, Durga Maa, Sri Rama, Lord Sri Krishna etc. God is one and manifests himself in different ways….this was the old school way but later new religions came into existence.

    Sikh Martial of ‘Gutka’ is actually an ancient battlefield used in the epic battle Mahabharata. This Martial Art was called ‘Shastar Vidya’ and came from the great god Lord Shiva. Later it became to be known as Gutka.

    If any Sikh says ‘the Hindu way or worship is wrong’ then he/she had been mislead. Also, to have pictures of Gods and Goddesses in property is nothing wrong. Guru Nanak deep down know this as he himself was a Hindu.

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