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ABC of humanism propagated by Guru Nanak Sahib
Guru Nanak Sahib, founder of Sikhism, is deemed as one of leading spiritual thinkers and philosophers of the Indian sub-continent. His philosophy of humanism is meant to create a world of one human race living with peace and shared prosperity. He travelled far and wide to understand life and crystallize his thoughts and share his understanding of living as a human.

According to him, all can have direct access to God without any need of rituals or priests. He believed in formless and timeless 'One Omnipotent God' which became the principal precept of Sikhism.

He deemed that the caste system was futile and stressed oneness of humanity. He believed in the spiritual and social equality based on fraternal love, sharing, caring, goodness, and honesty. He stood for a way of living that reflected the presence of the divine within among all human beings.

He emphasized the leading normal worldly and householder's life detached from gross materialism but with selfless services of mankind and constant chanting of God's name.

Promoting equality of all human beings, he preached humility and warned people against the dangers of egotism, hypocrisy and falsehood.  The spiritualism and humanistic philosophy of life of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib is all the more relevant today in a world struck with terrorism and intolerance.

Here is my ABC verse that summarizes Guru's tenets.             

A: Almighty creator is the immortal entity - true now and forever

B: Believe in one God -The Almighty who is formless, timeless and unseen

C: Care for and share with the needy, and serve humanity selflessly

D: Do hard work honestly and gracefully accept your present situation

E: Earn your living ethically and constantly chant Almighty's name

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