Some time ago I visited our city's art museum and looked at an exhibit of art based on the life of Guru Nanak. I had read that he was the founder of Sikhism, but knew nothing else about him. I had a very superficial knowledge of Sikhism because I had taken a class from someone of that faith some years ago. That's all I knew.
When I looked at the art, I was struck by the simple honesty of the depictions. The renderings were accompanied by brief descriptions of the scene they were portraying. But since I didn't know anything about Guru Nanak's life, they meant little to me. It was more of the energy of the work -- the directness, the simplicity, the quiet wisdom -- that touched me most.
Of course, on our way out, we had to stop by the gift shop and I picked up a biography of Guru Nanak so I could learn more. I finally sat down and read it bit by bit and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a delightful read and illuminated the life of Guru Nanak as well as his teachings. I learned a lot about Sikhism as well as its founder.
And what is this book, you ask? Let me tell you. It's The First Sikh Spiritual Master: Timeless Wisdom from the Life and Techniques of Guru Nanak by Harish Dhillon. I found myself looking forward to seeing what would happen to Guru Nanak, as his biography read like an adventure story. Of course, I also relished the parts which explained his teachings and beliefs.
If you'd like to learn more about Sikhism and its founder, this is a great book to get. Highly recommended.
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