This year, the world will celebrate the 550th birth anniversary of the first Sikh guru, Guru Nanak Dev. In 2019, 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev is taking place. He founded Sikhism in the 16th century in the Punjab district of what is now India and Pakistan. Sikhism is based on his teaching and those of the nine Gurus who followed him. The followers of Guru Nanak Dev known as the Guru’s disciples or Sikhs.
One of the first lessons he spread was of universal humanism. He stated that, all humans should be treated equally without taking into account their position in the society. Sikhs and his followers follow the philosophy till now.
He is often described as a humanist who taught a message of love. He saw God in humanism and his religion was humanism. His view was of a universal God common to all humankind, not limited to any religion, nation, race, creed, color, or gender. As per the Institute of Sikh Studies, “a Sikh is pious in his religiosity, active in social life, aware of justice, and is responsive to any injustice done to anyone. It is this supreme ideal, which the Sikh Gurus in all their humanist zeal have given to their Sikhs.”
To remind the philosophy of Guru, six bikers from Vancouver - who are a part of the Sikh Motorcycle Club Canada are going to go for a world tour. They will be riding to spread Guru Nanak’s message of humanism and to raise funds for Khalsa Aid International. The fund will be used for the continuation to help people all over the world. The bikers will start their journey from UK to Amritsar, India.
Their plan will take total of 45 days to complete and they will be crossing multiple cities and countries coming in their way. Then they will enter in Turkey and then eventually go to Nankana Sahib which is Guru Nanak Dev’s birthplace in Pakistan. They will complete their tour of spreading message of Guru Nanak Dev at Harmandir Sahib in Amritsar.