1. Submission to the Will of God (WAHEGURU)
Hukam Rajayee Chalna Nanak Likheya Naal“. He says that everything happens by God’s Grace, so Rest assured that God knows better what is right or wrong for us. We should, therefore, accept His decisions without any grudge or question.
2. There is One God
” I am neither Hindu Nor Muslim, I am a follower of god”, which actually spoke about his belief in one god.
3. Goodwill for all
SARBAT DAA BHALAA
Universal brotherhood. “Nanak Naam Chardi Kala Tere Bhane Sarbat da bhala”, translated as
“Nanak asks for ‘Naam’ (name of God) with which comes well being, happiness and positive spirit and with your blessings, Lord may everyone in the world prosper and be in peace“.
4. SACH SUNAISI SACH KEE BELA – (to speak the truth)
Guru Nanak Dev Ji told in front of King Babar “You are not Babar but JABAR”. We should always speak the truth without any fear.
Sach ki bani Nanak aakhai sach sunaisi sach ki bela
I have related the true Word of the True Lord as per His Will.
5. SEWA AND SIMRAN
Guru Nanak says that no one can save anybody else. It is only Guru who guides us to safety, and to be saved, one have to follow the right path of SEWA and SIMRAN told by him. do SEWA and you shall be given a place of honour in the Court of the Lord).
6. The three Principals
-Vand Chako: (Punjabi: ਵੰਡ ਛਕੋ) Sharing with others, helping those with less who are in need
-Kirat Karo: Earning/making a living honestly, without exploitation or fraud
-Naam Japna: Chanting the Holy Name and thus remembering God at all times
7. Shun five Evils
five evils which leads to illusion ( maya) which eventually acts
Ego, Anger, Greed, Attachment and Lust.
8. Importance of Guru
He lays great emphasis on having the importance of Guru in one’s life. Salvation occurs not from pilgrimage or rites etc, but through heart, spirit and soul.
9. No Discrimination
His idea of a caste-free society transpired also in his concepts of Sangat and Pangat.
10. Against Rituals/Superstitions
Dev Ji preached against superstitions, false rituals, worship of demi-gods and goddesses. He stressed that only One God, the Formless, is to be glorified.