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In Sanatan Sikh thinking, Akali Guru Nanak did not teach a religion in the western sense, but sought to re-establish the universal Sanatan Dharma the universal spiritual path. Akali Guru Arjan Dev, the fifth Sikh Guru, pointed out what this highest Dharma is:
Of all Dharma, the highest Dharma is to contemplate Naam [Name] of Har [God] and act purely.
Of all action the highest action, is to be in holy congregation wash away the evil thoughts from the mind.
Of all endeavors, greatest endeavor is to always contemplate Naam of Har oh self.
Of all scriptures, the ambrosial scripture is listening to glory of Har and uttering this glory.
Of all places the greatest place, Oh Nanak, is that heart in which resides the Naam of eternal truth God.’
(‘Adi Guru Durbar’, Sukhmani Sahib, Pa.266)

Akali Guru Arjan Dev Ji Maharaj
A painting in the Persian style of the fifth
living Sanatan Sikh Guru and his close disciples

To Sanatan Sikhs it matters little what religion or philosophy you do or do not practice. It matters little what garb one wears, eg. Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, Christian, Buddhist, Yogi, etc. What matters is contemplation of this ineffable truth and traveling that paradoxical spiritual path that is even beyond contemplation.

The Bhaagvad Gita
A contemporary painting of Krishan Maharaj (left) explaining the concept of
Dharam (divine law of righteousness) to the mighty warrior Arjun (right) at the battlefield
at Kurukshetra, Punjab. This entire conversation between Krishan Maharaj and Arjun is within
the pages of the great text, the Bhaagvad Gita, a text read and revered by both Indian warriors and scholars

Nirmala Baba Harbhajan Hari looked upon the various religious and philosophical traditions of the world as but many paths to the same one destination:

‘Yes, there can be this difference where some will reach there [to God] earlier some latter.
He whose path is shorter, they will arrive quickly.
They whose path is long will arrive later. Difference could also arise due to pace.
The individual who travels fast he will arrive quickly.
The individual who progresses [on spiritual path] slowly will arrive latter.
But the destination [of all mankind is ultimately whether they know or acknowledge it] is one. That is highest God.
In the end after wondering about [in transmigration] all will reach there.
Only after attaining onto highest God can man have what is called true comfort, true peace, that what is called highest contentment or highest bliss.
This [all] will be attained when man appreciates or contemplates [command] of highest true self [Nirankar] God or meditates upon him in his heart and mind.’
(Baba Harbhajan Hari, transcript of a recording, 12-02-2001)

Baba Harbhajan Hari
A recent photograph of Baba Harbhajan Hari,
a Sanatan Sikh of the great Nirmala (intellectual) order seen here relaxing in the sun

Hence the Sanatan Sikhs acknowledge the diversity of religions, philosophies and myriad distinct ways of life in the world. In their thinking an individual followed their particular religion or way of life according to their particular Karma.

All these myriad paths of life that exist do so in accordance with Sanatan Nirankar God’s will. If this was not so then it will not be so. Yet, ultimately beyond the all-confusing facade of all these great multitudes of faiths and philosophies in the world created by Maya (The God created illusion of the world) there is but only one Sanatan Dharma.

An ancient Nepalese painting depicting Maya (the great illusion)

Like all mankind at the molecular level are one and the same. Neigh all carbon-based life at the molecular level is near enough the same. In Sanatan Sikh thinking there is but one subtle true common paradoxical universal Dharma. The true goal of mankind is forsaking all forms of bigotry, hypocrisy, fanaticism and fundamentalism.

At the basic level, life all arises from the same basic building blocks, DNA

To appreciate this all-inclusive universal Sanatan Sikh Dharma, the Dharma is that of the searchers of truth, and not of arguers. It was this Sanatan Sikh spiritual path that Akali Guru Nanak began to re-establish in the 15th century.

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