- by Swami Ranganathananda
Eternal Values for a Changing Society, Vol III– Guru Nanank & Spiritual Values; pg.265I
n teachers like Guru Nanak, we find the rare blending of two character-traits which generally exclude each other, namely, strength and gentleness, courage and meekness. Sri Krishna describes this unqiue blending as one of the characteristics of a true devotee of God (GitaXII.15).
Yasmat no dvijat loko, lokat no’dvijate ca yah –
By whom the world is not frightened, and whom the world also does not frighten.
We more often see strength and fearlessness co-existing with violence and ferocity, aggressiveness and exploitation, while we see gentleness and meekness co-existing with fear and weakness, helplessness and dependence. Guru Nanak represents the highest level of psycho-social evolution and spiritual growth, revealing a personality at once strong and gentle, fearless and compassionate, and yielding the character-fruits of universal love and service. When a personality blends in itself strength and gentleness, it becomes a source of fearlessness to others as well.