Gurunanak Devji in Ek Omkar Tattoo
15 Aug 2012
Gurunanak Devji in Ek Omkar Tattoo, Concept, Design and Inked by Sunny at Aliens Tattoo, Mumbai. Client came from London to us just to make a tattoo which is related to his religion(Sikh/Punjabi). He loved our concept of Lord Shiva in Tibetan OM and wanted us to create something on the same lines. I worked on his concept, used couple of references of Gurunanak Devji from google search and sketched it for him, two more than 15hours to sketch the final one. Client loved it and went ahead with the tattoo and here is the output. Hope you all liked it.
Gurunanak Dev - The Sikhs believe that all subsequent Gurus possessed Guru Nanak’s divinity and religious authority, and were named "Nanak" in the line of succession. Guru Nanak’s teachings can be found in the Sikh scripture Guru Granth Sahib, as a vast collection of revelatory verses recorded in Gurmukhi.
From these some common principles seem discernible. Firstly a supreme Godhead who although incomprehensible, manifests in all major religions, the Singular "Doer" and formless. It is described as the indestructible (undying) form.
Guru Nanak describes the dangers of the Egotism (haumai- "I am") and calls upon devotees to engage in worship through the word of God (Naam, implies God, the Reality, mystical word or formula to recite or meditate upon (shabad in Gurbani), divine order (hukam) and at places divine teacher (guru) and guru’s instructions) and singing of God’s qualities, discarding doubt in the process. However, such worship must be selfless (sewa). The word of God, cleanses the individual to make such worship possible. This is related to the revelation that God is the Doer and without God there is no other. Guru Nanak warned against hypocrisy and falsehood saying that these are pervasive in humanity and that religious actions can also be in vain. It may also be said that ascetic practices are disfavoured by Guru Nanak who suggests remaining inwardly detached whilst living as a householder.
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