Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa
Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh
I remember this was the first story I read on Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji when I was little.
Guru Nanak continued to travel with his faithful companion Mardana. After talking with the Yogis, the Guru made his way to a sacred pilgrimage place. This place, Hariduar, where holy rivers join is said to have been blessed by all the main gods, Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu. Huge crowds of people were gathered there all chanting and praying. Lead by the Brahmans and Pundits, people threw water to the morning sun to honor their ancestors. As this impressively large crowd engaged in it's devotions, Guru Nanak himself entered the river and began throwing water as well. Something was different about him though. He was throwing water to the west, the exact opposite direction as everyone else. A crowd gathered around to see how this mad-man was acting. Obviously he didn't know what he was doing. A Brahman said, "If you are not Hindu why have you come to a Hindu place of worship?" "Yes-" said another "Foolish man! Who has taught you such a strange ritual?!" Another said, "Why on earth are you throwing water to the west?" The Guru looked at the Brahman and asked, "Why do you throw water to the sun?" The man responded, "We throw water to the sun to honor our ancestors, it gives happiness, blessings and prosperity." The Brahman said proudly. "How far away are your ancestors?" Asked the Guru. A Pundit who was learned in scripture heard this conversation. His study of holy books provided him with an answer, "Our ancestors abide thousands upon thousands of miles away." The Guru at that moment began throwing water to the west again. He was throwing the water with such a fervor as if he was putting out a fire. As he thrashed the water around, these leaders among men, the Brahmans yelled, "STOP, STOP, what are you doing!!?" Guru Nanak, panting, told them, "I own fields in the Punjab which is towards the west. My fields are in dire need of water, especially at this time of year. If I don't get this water over to them, my crops might dry up!" They all thought he was totally crazy. How could water reach from this place all the way to the Punjab? The Guru responded to them, "My fields are much closer than your ancestors. How could water reach your ancestors if it can't reach the Punjab?" The Brahmans still weren't convinced of what this strange man was talking about. After some conversation he read thier thoughts, pointing to each of them he said, "You were thinking of trades you are going to do in Kabul, and you dear Brahman were thinking of your trade in Dehli. Pundit ji you were thinking of how you are going to profit from the pilgrims coming here today." Now the men were shocked and defenceless. He had just proven what hypocrites they were. Thier minds were attached to false ritual and they didn't hold God in their hearts. "What can we do?" Asked the Pundit. The Guru taught, "Sincerely chant the Naam and let it fill you with devotion. Make your souls prayer from your heart. Be absorded with your Beloved every day and every moment. Help people, be with them and guide them to Truth." The men stood there still in silence, stopped right in thier tracks. As these profound words sank in to those who heard, Mardana and Guru Nanak continued on thier journey.