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Turning feet towards mecca

asked 2017-06-20 20:30:14 -0500

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updated 2017-06-21 10:46:33 -0500

Guruka Singh gravatar image

I hope I am not offensive in asking this question, i am just trying to understand. When Guru Nanak went to Mecca, he fell asleep under the tree and people got mad that his feet were turned to Mecca, so Guru Ji asked them to turn his feet to the side that God is not present, which isn't possible, and they then saw Mecca in every direction which his feet were turned. I am wondering then, what the difference is between the Muslims wanting Guru Ji to respect their holy location by not turning his feet in that direction versus our not asking people to turn their feet towards the Guru Granth Sahib Ji. Please forgive my ignorance, maybe i didn't understand the sakhi correctly, but that's how i've always heard it.

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answered 2017-06-26 11:48:00 -0500

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updated 2017-06-28 10:41:52 -0500

Great question. I'm surprised that no one has answered yet. Guru Ji was teaching a lesson to people who were ritualistic. He showed them that God is everywhere, in everything, and that all things are sacred. As Sikhs we understand that there is One God in all things, that Guru Ji is in our hearts and that the shabad lives within us. We act in a sacred manner when entering or sitting in the Gurdwara for OURSELVES. It is simply that when we act sacredly we awaken to the sacred. It is a matter of self-awareness. People do forget this and do things because of what they think that others may think of them, i.e., to "look good," but that is not the true understanding of ourselves.

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