What is religion? Guru Nanak, founder of the Sikh faith

These true, beautiful words come from Guru Nanak, founder of the Sikh faith: “Religion lies not in the yogi’s patched garment, nor in his staff, nor in besmearing the body with ashes. Religion lies not in suspending large rings from split ears, nor in shaving the head, nor in the blowing of horns. To live uncontaminated amid worldly temptations is to find the secret of religion. Religion lies not in empty words.  The person who regards all of humankind as equal is religious.”

Prayers and heartfelt wishes with those suffering from the attack on members of the Sikh community as they gathered in peace at their temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA. I feel so moved to share one of the most beautiful, truthful teachings ever spoken about religion. Repeated above, it comes from Guru Nanak, founder of the Sikh faith. I have read it, taught it, loved it, been inspired by it many, many times.

“Religion lies not in empty words. 

The person who regards all of humankind as equal is religious.” 

May we all live in peace.

May we know peace.

May we create peace, in our hearts and in our world.

Blessed be.