Srinagar: All Parties Sikh Co-ordination Committee (APSCC) Friday conveyed its greetings to the people on the occasion of Gurpurab, being celebrated on Saturday around the globe.
In a statement, APSCC chairman, Jagmohan Singh Raina said that people should follow teachings of Guru Nanak Dev Ji and his message of love and peace should percolate down the world.
“Ultimate peace can be achieved if people follow the path set out by Guru Nanak Ji,” APSCC chairman said.
He said Kashmir held a special place for Guru Nanak Ji since he visited the Valley along with his companions which left an indomitable impact on Kashmir.
“There are various testimonies and artifacts which confirm the historical lineage with Gurudwara in Leh, Bijbehara, Ramnagar as well as many other parts of the state which are associated with his visit. Guru Nank Dev ji visited Kashmir in 1518 AD. He stayed at Bijbehara and Avantipur. He happened to meet Pandit Brahm Das who was highly impressed with the way of life and teachings of Guru Nanak Dev Ji which led him to embrace Sikhism, the beginning of the Sikhism in the valley. Universal brotherhood and secularism entailed from his companionship with Bala; a Hindu and Mardana; a Muslim. A musical instrument ‘Rabaab’ that was always carried by Mardana, is preserved at Shernangla in Ramnagar Jammu,” he said.
Raina said that although, Guru Nanak Dev Ji preached against caste systems and suppression carried out all around the world. He covered thousands of miles on foot, addressing and preaching people about humanity. The natives of Basoli were so much influenced by the philosophy of Guru Nanak dev Ji which reflects in the Seventeenth-Eighteen century paintings (Pahari and miniature paintings), which are available in worldwide libraries. He used to enlighten people by reciting the hymns and showering praise on Almighty. His preaching was so effective that social evils and demons adopted the path of sincerity and honesty.
The presidents of APSCC (North, Central and South) respectively Er Nirmal Singh Bali, Master Kuldeep Singh Bali, S. Fauja Singh and other senior leaders of APSCC Ajit Singh Mastana, Principal Niranjan Singh, Sant Singh, Davinder Singh also conveyed wishes of “happy gurpurab” and prayed for the peace in state of Jammu & Kashmir. (KNS)