The Religious Diversity Centre in Aotearoa New Zealand congratulates the Sikh community of our country and the world over on the 550th anniversary of the birth of the founding Guru of their religion, Guru Nanak.
He was born in 1469 in the town of Rai Bhoi Ki Talwandi of Punjab, now called Nanakana Sahib after him (part of Pakistan after Punjab was partitioned in 1947). Guru Nanak forged a new community that lived out patterns of peace-making based on his teachings in a time of much violence and inequality. All people were to be treated as equal, all to be welcomed in open hospitality, all encouraged to serve others, all to take a stand against injustice.
These values are sorely needed in the world today where humanity seems to be increasingly drifting towards all kinds of inequalities and the resulting violence-marred societies.
May the teachings such as those of Guru Nanak continue to inspire and benefit our communities today regardless of which culture, religion or region we might belong to.