The Sikh faith, the world’s fifth largest religion, began with the teachings of Guru Nanak in the fifteenth century and evolved with the nine gurus who followed him. Their writings as well as those of Hindu and Muslim mystics are collected in the Sikh holy book, the Guru Granth Sahib. Guru Nanak tells the story of the first guru of the Sikhs, who was born in 1469 in India at a time when there were great tensions between Hindus and Muslims. Born into a humble Hindu family, Nanak was an extraordinary child who from a very young age questioned the rituals of religion and the ways of the world around him. He grew up to be a great spiritual teacher, revolutionary for his times, declaring that there was no difference between Hindus and Muslims, that men and women were equal and that caste was irrelevant. His attempt to define a universal humanity resulted in Sikhism -- a religion that embraces everyone. This biography, exquisitely illustrated in the Indian miniature-painting tradition, tells the story of his life, including his spiritual journeys, the miracles he performed to illustrate his teachings, and his poetry.
- Ann W Moore, School Library Journal
...an attractive introduction to the peaceable origins of an important religion.
- The Horn Book Magazine
Guru Nanak: The First Sikh Guru is a simply and naturally written book. It is also an elegantly produced book that you will treasure.
- GEETANJALI SINGH CHANDA, Sikhchic.com
Nanak is one of the great spiritual teachers of our times. This biography gives us insight into his active, influential life.
- Trudy Walsh, Book Bits