A Gift of Grace: The Essence of Guru Nanak's Spirituality
Ji jant sabh Saran tumaari sarb chint Tudh paase jo Tudh bhaave soo-ii changaa Ik Nanak ki ardaase [Raga Bilawal] all beings seek your protection. They leave their worries with you. Whatever pleases you is good. That is Nanak’s prayer. Guru Nanak spiritual beliefs and practices, based on his direct experience of God, were profoundly transformational. He brought the path to enlightenment closer to the masses by his use of a language that they understood. His monotheism, coupled with his emphasis on the pursuit of divinity while living the life of an ordinary householder, was a significant departure from the prevailing beliefs in renunciation, pilgrimage, and other rituals. A gift of grace: the essence of Guru Nanak spirituality simplifies the gurus core spiritual message for the modern reader. The author, at the outset, enunciates the spiritual foundation of the gurus world view and his conception of reality, including the nature of God. Japji Sahib, a foundational religious text, is presented in its original form together with an English translation and an in-depth commentary. The book concludes with a representative selection of the gurus hymns.