Historical Who is Who » NANAK, Guru
Nanak was the first of the ten Sikh Gurus. Throughout India he preached an ecumenical message of unity and equality of all with God. Birth status and caste are irrelevant. Purity of heart and mind matter much more than the performance of religious rituals and ascetic life style. Whilst some of the subsequent accounts of his life are best understood as hagiographic beautification, his life and teaching are well rooted in history and appear as major components of the Adi Granth scriptures. His affinity to Hindus has led some to judge Sikhs to be a subset of that tradition, whereas his affinity with Islam has been commonly resisted by Muslim theologians.