The nature of Baha’i respect for Guru Nanak and Sikhism

Guru Nanak ……… was endowed with a “saintly character” and “was inspired to reconcile the religions of Hinduism and Islam, the followers of which religions had been in violent conflict.”

The Bahá’ís thus view Guru Nanak as a ‘saint of the highest order’.

A saint in the words of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá is “one who leads a life of purity, one who has freed himself from all human weaknesses and imperfections.”

He continues, “Saints are men who have freed themselves from the world of matter and who have overcome sin. They live in the world but are not of it, their thoughts being continually in the world of the spirit. Their lives are spent in holiness, and their deeds show forth love, justice and godliness. They are illumined from on high; they are as bright and shining lamps in the dark places of the earth. These are the saints of God.”

I wonder how enlightened Sikhs view the Baha’i Faith?

The quotation “There is no enemy none is…

The quotation: “There is no enemy, none is the other, and a sense of universal
brotherhood has come to me” was a revelation from Guru nanak (1469-1539)
that has powerful implications for Sikhs and Christians today.
It speaks of a powerful re-framing of traditional categories that, in our modern context, often promote
enmity and hatred between people. Guru nanak calls all of us to re-envision the
“other” and to see each other as co-sharers of the exact same source of the grace of
a loving God. When “one is filled with God’s eternal love there is no room for the
limiting chains of seeing your fellow children of God as the “other”.
Christian van Gorder is Associate Professor in the Department of Religion, Baylor
University, Waco, Texas

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