Religious Philosophy of Guru Nanak: Literary Speculation

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https://doi.org/10.53032/tcl.2021.6.4.11

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Culture, Religion, Bhakti, Guru Nanak, Monotheism, Salvation

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India has been a land of diverse culture and traditions. When we say culture it includes many things like language, social customs, food habits, religion and so on. Of this religion seems to be the most influential factor in the life of an individual. It is something which lends meaning and purpose to our life. It is that which binds human beings to the Divine. And this bond can be established through the practise of Bhakti. The concept of Bhakti is an old one. It emphasises devotion to the personal God. Bhakti movement is an important development in the cultural history of India which originated in the south. The saints of Bhakti movement preached personal devotion to God as a means of attaining Salvation. They made use of local language to spread the ideology of Bhakti. Guru Nanak is one of the most influential saints of the Bhakti movement. In his teaching he incorporated ideas both from Hinduism as well as Islam. He revealed the truth of monotheism, importance of the recitation of God’s name with utmost devotion, need of a Guru for salvation. He tried to bridge the gap between the two communities of Islam and Hinduism and eradicate social problems by focusing on the truth of monotheism and the concept of equality.

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2021-10-30

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Dr. Anupama D. Mujumdar. (2021). Religious Philosophy of Guru Nanak: Literary Speculation. The Creative Launcher, 6(4), 69–74. https://doi.org/10.53032/tcl.2021.6.4.11

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