How Guru Nanak Became Relevant to Global Society: A New Book

A team of committed enthusiasts have succeeded in collating together materials from various sources to trace Guru Nanak’s travels to the Middle East and Himalayan kingdoms in a book form.  They will be releasing this collection as a new book to mark the 550th Birth Anniversary in 2019.

We are pleased to add this book in the library of “Seeking Wisdom” blog. This is the second book uploaded to Seeking Wisdom. Please feel free to download it for your private reading.

Similarly, is uploading this book to its collections to permit free and easy access to the research scholars all over the world.

The title of the new book is:

Taajudin’s Diary: Account of a Muslim author who accompanied Guru Nanak from Makkah to Baghdad:  By Sant Syed Prithipal Singh ne’ Mushtaq Hussain Shah (1902-1969).


The material for the book was compiled and translated into English by Inderjit Singh. It was further edited by Bhai Harbans Lal, Sardar Gurmeet Singh, and Sardar Mohinder Singh Bedi.

The purpose of making this book available at no cost at this early stage is to permit readers’ comments and to further the enthusiasm with which the next year event may be celebrated.

Please feel free to read the book with as much enthusiasm as the authors had felt during writing.

Send all communications to:

Harbans Lal, Ph.D.; D.Litt (Hons)

Professor Emeritus & Chairman, Dept of Pharmacology & Neurosciences, University of North Texas Health Science Center.
Professor Emeritus, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, India.
President, Academy of Guru Granth Studies.


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6 thoughts on “How Guru Nanak Became Relevant to Global Society: A New Book

  1. This translated manuscript of Taajudin’s Diary is an outstanding contribution to the Sikh literature while signifying the principles and values held dearly by Guru Nanak and his disciples in promoting interfaith dialogue and mutual understanding of our place on this planate. It is very obvious from this fine reading of the Diary that Guru Nanak was an extraordinary visionary of human conditions and prevailing environments of mutual conflicts which were then based upon untested theological differences among religions. He was an expert of human psychology and was able to determine fundamental needs for human security and personal salvation here on this earth and beyond. Sometimes, it is difficult for insecure persons to resolve issues between fundamentals of faith and science, but, for Baba Nanak and his followers, faith need not to contradict science or vice versa. The material and spiritual worlds are complimentary. One can not live without the other. Baba Nanak traveled the best highway of positive thinking. Always, look for common values among all cultures and promote what is best of those values. The need to do an honest daily work, sharing the fruits of our labor with the neediest, service to mankind, equal treatment and wish all persons well. What a noble philosophy for a peaceful world!

  2. As always, thanks for reading, engaging and sharing these emails with your friends. Your thoughtful comments are very valuable and appreciated. I wish that Nanak’s followers take Guru Nanak in this light as jagat Guru or Guru of all civil societies..

  3. Those who write about the travels of Guru Nanak do a great injustice to him by ignoring this fact.

    The aim of Guru Nanak was to go to all the centres, especially Religious centres..
    If he went to Mecca and Baghdad then how can he miss Jerusalem, Cairo, Rome and Athens?
    These centres were very popular in India in those days.

  4. Baba Nanak’s travels were in the 15th and 16th centuries. It was hardly a jet age. Most of his travels were on foot, covering enough distance for the body to endeavor per day while meeting, discussing and preaching the principles of good life. He was travelling to understand the fundamental roots of conflict within main streams of Islam and Hinduism, the dominant religions of Indian subcontinent. Although there were contacts with other major religions, such as, Christianity, Judaism and ancient pagan practices in Europe and Africa, Guru Nanak was more interested in travelling the existing highways without falling in potholes of remote theologies promising heavenly kingdoms of salvation. Considering the framework of a lifetime period, his travels with Balla and Mardana as companions in the Middle East, North Asia and Southeast Asia was very remarkable for any persons’ reach. He emerged as a successful messenger of good faith–Sikhism, and for a productive life, here on earth without the promises of a life beyond our comprehensions.

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