96+ Best Guru Nanak Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Guru Nanak, also referred to as Baba Nanak, was the founder of Sikhism and is the first of the ten Sikh Gurus. His birth is celebrated worldwide as Guru Nanak Gurpurab on Katak Pooranmashi, i.e. October–November. Profoundly inspirational Guru Nanak quotes will encourage you to think a little deeper than you usually would and broaden your perspective.

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Famous Guru Nanak Quotes

O my mind, the treasure is deep within you, do not search for it on the outside. — Guru Nanak

Make of the Silence your to-do tasks, of the compassion your wealth and of the meditation your beggar’s bowl. — Guru Nanak

If the widow of a man who died without leaving issue, raises up to him a son by a member of the family , she shall deliver to that ,son the whole property which belonged to the ,deceased . — Guru Nanak

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

That soul bride who is adorned with Truth is imbued with her Lord s Love, in peace and poise. — Guru Nanak

God is one, but he has innumerable forms. He is the creator of all and He himself takes the human form. — Guru Nanak

Emotional attachment to Maya is totally painful, this is a bad bargain. — Guru Nanak

For each and every person, our Lord and Master provides sustenance. Why are you so afraid, O mind? The flamingos fly hundreds of miles, leaving their young ones behind. Who feeds them, and who teaches them to feed themselves? Have you ever thought of this in your mind? — Guru Nanak

Those who conquer their minds are beings of renunciation and detachment. They are beings of renunciation and detachment they are lovingly focused on the True One, they realize and understand themselves. — Guru Nanak

Those who have not obtained the Blessed Vision, the Blessed Vision of the Darshan of the True Guru, the Almighty Lord God they have fruitlessly, uselessly wasted their whole lives in vain. — Guru Nanak

I am a song bird, I am a meek song bird, I offer my prayer to the Lord. — Guru Nanak

I am in constant bliss, day and night, egotism has been dispelled from within me. — Guru Nanak

Death would not be called bad, o people, if one knew how to truly die. — 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

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

Speak only that which will bring you honor. — Guru Nanak

I am neither male nor female, nor am I sexless. I am the Peaceful One, whose form is self-effulgent, powerful radiance. — Guru Nanak

Let God’s grace be the mosque, and devotion the prayer mat. Let the Quran be the good conduct. Let modesty be compassion, good manners fasting, you should be a Muslim the like of this. Let good deeds be your Kaaba and truth be your mentor. Your Kalma be your creed and prayer, God would then vindicate your honour. — Guru Nanak

The widow cries out at the door, The light of my mind has gone out, O my mother, with his death. So cry out, O soul brides of the Husband Lord, and dwell on the Glorious Praises of the True Lord. — Guru Nanak

By the destiny written upon their foreheads, they become truly unattached, and by reflective meditation, they are imbued with Truth. — 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

But for disloyalty to her husband a wife is censured among men, and ,in her next life she is born in the womb of a jackal and tormented by diseases, the punishment of her sin. — Guru Nanak

You shall enjoy your Husband Lord forever, O perishable bride, and obtain an abode in the home of your own inner being. — Guru Nanak

Those two creatures, who are born of wives of other men, cause to the giver the loss of the rewards , both in this life and after death, for the food sacred to gods or manes which has been given to them . — Guru Nanak

If a woman abandoned by her husband, or a widow, of her own accord contracts a second marriage and bears ,a son , he is called the son of a re married woman . — Guru Nanak

The word is the Guru, The Guru is the Word, For all nectar is enshrined in the world Blessed is the word which reveal the Lord’s name But more is the one who knows by the Guru’s grace. — Guru Nanak

The ornaments which may have been worn by women during their husbands lifetime, his heirs shall not divide, those who divide them become outcasts. — Guru Nanak

Excluded from all fellowship at meals, excluded from all sacrifices, excluded from instruction and from matrimonial alliances, abject and excluded from all religious duties, let them wander over ,this earth. — Guru Nanak

Those who are appointed to guard provinces and his vassals who have been ordered ,to help , he shall speedily punish like thieves, ,if they remain inactive in attacks ,by robbers . — Guru Nanak

Nanak knows this Truth, that the Lord is not separate from His Saints. — Guru Nanak

Throughout the ages, know Him as the One. — Guru Nanak

As a father ,supports his sons, so let the eldest support his younger brothers, and let them also in accordance with the law behave towards their eldest brother as sons ,behave. — Guru Nanak

Single is each being born, single it dies, single it enjoys ,the reward of its virtue, single ,it suffers the punishment of its sin. — Guru Nanak

Be kind to all beings, this is more meritorious than bathing at the sixty-eight sacred shrines of pilgrimage and donating money. — Guru Nanak

Neither ancients nor moderns who were good men have done such ,a deed that, after promising ,a daughter to one man, they have her to another, Nor, indeed, have we heard, even in former creations, of such ,a thing as the covert sale of a daughter for a fixed price, called a nuptial fee. — Guru Nanak

My mind and body, my mind and body I cut my body into pieces, and I dedicate these to Him. — 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

As with cows, mares, female camels, slave girls, buffalo cows, she goats, and ewes, it is not the begetter ,or his owner who obtains the offspring, even thus ,it is with the wives of others. — Guru Nanak

Yet in a kingdom containing seven constituent parts, which is upheld like the triple staff ,of an ascetic , there is no ,single part more important ,than the others , by reason of the importance of the qualities of each for the others. — Guru Nanak

For the wickedness of evil minded thieves, who secretly prowl over this earth, cannot be restrained except by punishment. — Guru Nanak

Be the wisdom your support. Be the compassion your guide and listen to the Divine Music that beats in every heart. — Guru Nanak

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

Those who worship in adoration the Name of the Lord, their pain, doubt and fear are dispelled. — Guru Nanak

Very fortunate is that bride who focuses her consciousness on Him, her Lord s Love is so sweet to her. — Guru Nanak

He must be acquainted with the ,proper , wages of servants, with the various languages of men, with the manner of keeping goods, and ,the rules of purchase and sale. — Guru Nanak

If one of the brothers, being able ,to maintain himself by his own occupation, does not desire ,a share of the family property, he may be made separate ,by the others receiving a trifle out of his share to live upon. — Guru Nanak

Blessed, blessed is the True Guru, the Immaculate, Almighty Lord God, meeting Him, I meditate on the Name of the Lord. — Guru Nanak

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

False is the body, false are the clothes; false is beauty. — Guru Nanak

O Lord, You bless all with Your bountiful blessings. — Guru Nanak

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

Giving no pain to any creature, let him slowly accumulate spiritual merit, for the sake ,of acquiring a companion to the next world, just as the white ant ,gradually raises its hill. — Guru Nanak

Far from wife and son am 1, far from land and wealth and other notions of that kind. I am the Witness, the Eternal, the Inner Self. — 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

Having detected them by means of trustworthy persons, who, disguising themselves, ,pretend to follow the same occupations and by means of spies, wearing various disguises, he must cause them to be instigated ,to commit offences , and bring them into his power. — Guru Nanak

By the means of clever reformed thieves, who associate with such ,rogues , follow them and know their various machinations, he must detect and destroy them. — Guru Nanak

The soul bride shall never be a widow, she shall never suffer sorrow. — Guru Nanak

An adopted son shall never take the family, name and the estate of his natural father, the funeral cake follows the family, name and the estate, the funeral offerings of him who gives ,his son in adoption cease, as far as that son is concerned. — Guru Nanak

The Formless Supreme Being abides in the Realm of Eternity. Over His creation He casts His glance of grace. In that Realm are contained all the continents and the universes, Exceeding in number all count. Of creation worlds upon worlds abide therein; All obedient to His will; He watches over them in bliss, And has each constantly in mind. — Guru Nanak

Food sacred to the manes or to the gods must be given to a man distinguished by sacred knowledge, for hands, smeared with blood, cannot be cleansed with blood. — Guru Nanak

If an appointed daughter by accident dies without ,leaving a son, the husband of the appointed daughter may, without hesitation, take that estate. — Guru Nanak

Let him avoid ,the acquisition of wealth and ,the gratification of his desires, if they are opposed to the sacred law, and even lawful acts which may cause pain in the future or are offensive to men. — Guru Nanak

One must worship by ,gifts of food sacred to gods and manes, but one must avoid those who are different. — Guru Nanak

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

No calamity happens to those who eagerly follow auspicious customs and the rule of good conduct, to those who are always careful of purity, and to those who mutter ,sacred texts and offer burnt oblations. — Guru Nanak

I place the saddle on the body horse, the saddle of realization of the Good Lord. — Guru Nanak

Let him exert himself to the utmost in order to increase his property in a righteous manner, and let him zealously give food to all created beings. — Guru Nanak

There is but One God, His name is Truth, He is the Creator, He fears none, he is without hate, He never dies, He is beyond the cycle of births and death, He is self illuminated, He is realized by the kindness of the True Guru. He was True in the beginning, He was True when the ages commenced and has ever been True, He is also True now. — Guru Nanak

Then having caused the crimes, which they committed by their several actions, to be proclaimed in accordance with the facts, the king shall duly punish them according to their strength and their crimes. — Guru Nanak

Let him not blow a fire with his mouth, let him not look at a naked woman, let him not throw any impure substance into the fire, and let him not warm his feet at it. — Guru Nanak

The ignorant soul bride wanders in delusion, in the love of duality, she sits like a widow. She sits like a widow, in the love of duality, infatuated with Maya, she suffers in pain. She grows old, and her body withers away. — 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

He ,who is appointed to ,cohabit with the widow shall ,approach her at night anointed with clarified butter and silent, ,and beget one son, by no means a second. — Guru Nanak

Let him gently pour out the remainder of the water near the cakes, and, with fixed attention, smell those cakes, in the order in which they were placed on the ground . — Guru Nanak

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

Like the juggler, deceiving by his tricks, one is deluded by egotism, falsehood and illusion. — Guru Nanak

Those humble beings engage in the Lord s trade, who have the jewel of such pre ordained destiny upon their foreheads. — Guru Nanak

The highest religion is to rise to universal brother hood; aye to consider all creatures your equals. — Guru Nanak

If one marries, either knowingly or unknowingly, a pregnant ,bride , the child in her womb belongs to him who weds her, and is called ,a son received with the bride . — 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

He who, having lost his parents or being abandoned, by them without ,just cause, gives himself to a ,man , is called a son self given. — Guru Nanak

By twice born men a widow must not be appointed to ,cohabit with any other ,than her husband , for they who appoint ,her to another ,man , will violate the eternal law. — Guru Nanak

During fifteen years the manes do not eat ,the food of that man who disdains a ,freely offered gift , nor does the fire carry his offerings ,to the gods . — Guru Nanak

There, where neither your children nor your spouse shall accompany you, the Name of the Lord shall emancipate you. — Guru Nanak

The True One was there from time immemorial. He is there today and ever there you will find. He never died nor will he ever die. … Look within, you will see Him there enshrined. — 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

Through True Love, she merges with Him. She who does not know her Husband Lord, the Architect of karma, is deluded by falsehood she herself is false. — Guru Nanak

May liberal men abound with us! May our knowledge of the Vedas and our progeny increase! May faith not forsake us! May we have much to give to the needy. — Guru Nanak

When the purpose of the appointment to ,cohabit with the widow bas been attained in accordance with the law, those two shall behave towards each other like a father and a daughter in law. — Guru Nanak

See the brotherhood of all mankind as the highest order of Yogis; conquer your own mind, and conquer the world. — Guru Nanak

Truth is the highest virtue, but higher still is truthful living. — Guru Nanak

I will fully declare what result the giver obtains after death, if he gives food, destined for the gods or manes, to a man who is unworthy to sit in the company. — Guru Nanak

Offspring, the due performance on religious rites, faithful service, highest conjugal happiness and heavenly bliss for the ancestors and oneself, depend on one’s wife alone. — Guru Nanak

Since that ,time the virtuous censure that ,man who in his folly appoints a woman, whose husband died, to ,bear children ,to another man . — Guru Nanak

Even kings and emperors, with mountains of property and oceans of wealth – these are not even equal to an ant, who does not forget God. — Guru Nanak

A son whom a damsel secretly bears in the house of her father, one shall name the son of an unmarried damsel and declare such offspring of an unmarried girl ,to belong to him who weds her ,afterwards . — Guru Nanak