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Interfaith leaders highlight Guru Nanak’s teachings

Interfaith leaders highlight Guru Nanak’s teachings

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, November 9

During an interfaith confluence, IK Noor, organised by Guru Nanak Dev University and the Punjab government to commemorate 550th Gurpurb on Saturday, leaders of various religions and sects highlighted the teachings and values of Guru Nanak.

Speaking on the occasion, the Dalai Lama praised the values of Sikhism and spoke about the rich Indian culture. He spoke about the need for having a modern education system rich in wisdom and spiritual values.

Addressing the gathering, he said, “The Sikh religion is above the outdated caste system and promotes equality as preached by Guru Nanak. All religions carry the message of love.”

He emphasised compassion, non-violence and the relevance of reason and rationality in religion and spirituality. He gave an elaborate account of the Buddhist tradition and the importance of spirituality in the field of education. He also deliberated upon modern academics system which is based on the British education system and promotes materialism.

Prof Jaspal Singh Sandhu, Vice-Chancellor, GNDU, welcomed dignitaries. Finance Minister Manpreet Badal highlighted the relevance of Nanak’s philosophy and the way it shaped the community, region and the world.

Swami Shuddhidananda from Ramakrishna Mission, Belur Math; M Syed A Hussain Dehlavi from Anjumana Minhaj-e-Rasool (S), Delhi; Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, former Jathedar, Sri Akal Takhat Sahib; Bishop Samantaroy, Bishop, Church of North India; Sister BK Usha from Brahma Kumari; Gyani Tanveer Ahmed Khaatim from Ahmadiya Muslim Community and Dr Monica Gupta from Shri Aurobindo Ashram participated in the confluence.

Swami Shuddhidananda from Belur Math talked about how the nature of spirit was to be happy and peaceful. Maulana Syed Athar Hussain Dehlavi and Gyani Tanveer Ahmed Khaatim talked about the universality of Guru Nanak Dev teachings and how it was intertwined in the traditions of north-western India.

Dehlavi said, “We all worship and pray to achieve God, but Guru Nanak said God could be achieved by understanding the suffering humanity.”

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