Guru Nanak quotes

Born
5 April 1469 Rāi Bhoi Kī Talvaṇḍī.

Died
22 September 1539.

Occupation
Philosopher.

Guru Nanak was the founder of Sikhism and the first of the ten Sikh Gurus. 

I am neither a child, a young man, nor an ancient; nor am I of any caste.
– Guru Nanak

Riches cannot be gathered without sin and evil means.
– Guru Nanak

I bow at His Feet constantly, and pray to Him, the Guru, the True Guru, has shown me the Way.
– Guru Nanak

By singing the Guru’s hymns, I, the minstrel spread the Lord’s glory. Nanak, by praising the True Name, I have obtained the perfect Lord.
– Guru Nanak

Even Kings and emperors with heaps of wealth and vast dominion cannot compare with an ant filled with the love of God.
– Guru Nanak

Whatever be the qualities of the man with whom a woman is united according to the law, such qualities even she assumes, like a river, united with the ocean.
– Guru Nanak

That one plant should be sown and another be produced cannot happen; whatever seed is sown, a plant of that kind even comes forth.
– Guru Nanak

Only fools argue whether to eat meat or not. They don’t understand truth, nor do they meditate on it. Who can define what is meat and what is plant? Who knows where the sin lies, being a vegetarian or a non-vegetarian?
– Guru Nanak

One cannot comprehend Him through reason, even if one reasoned for ages.
– Guru Nanak

Let God’s grace be the mosque, and devotion the prayer mat. Let the Quran be the good conduct.
– Guru Nanak

Alone let him constantly meditate in solitude on that which is salutary for his soul, for he who meditates in solitude attains supreme bliss.
– Guru Nanak

Owing to ignorance of the rope the rope appears to be a snake; owing to ignorance of the Self the transient state arises of the individualized, limited, phenomenal aspect of the Self.
– Guru Nanak

Asceticism doesn’t lie in ascetic robes or in walking staff nor in the ashes. Asceticism doesn’t lie in the earring nor in the shaven head nor blowing a conch. Asceticism lies in remaining pure amidst impurities.
– Guru Nanak

The production of children, the nurture of those born, and the daily life of men, of these matters woman is visibly the cause.
– Guru Nanak

If there is one God, then there is only His way to attain Him, not another. One must follow that way and reject the other. Worship not him who is born only to die, but Him who is eternal and is contained in the whole universe.
– Guru Nanak

Whatever kind of seed is sown in a field, prepared in due season, a plant of that same kind, marked with the peculiar qualities of the seed, springs up in it.
– Guru Nanak

I am not the born; how can there be either birth or death for me?
– Guru Nanak

Through shallow intellect, the mind becomes shallow, and one eats the fly, along with the sweets.
– Guru Nanak

Let no man in the world live in delusion. Without a Guru none can cross over to the other shore.
– Guru Nanak

If the people use the wealth bestowed on them by God for themselves alone or for treasuring it, it is like a corpse. But if they decide to share it with others, it becomes sacred food.
– Guru Nanak

Thou has a thousand eyes and yet not one eye; Thou host a thousand forms and yet not one form.
– Guru Nanak

Sing the songs of joy to the Lord, serve the Name of the Lord, and become the servant of His servants.
– Guru Nanak