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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: September 16, 2019 03:11 PM
From: Senator Thomas H. Killion
To: All Senate members
Subject: Recognizing the 550th Anniversary of the Birth of Guru Nanak and “World Equality Day” in PA (November 12, 2019)
Guru Nanak, considered the first of Sikh Gurus, was the founder of Sikhism and is considered one of the greatest religious innovators of all time. Born in 1469 in Punjab, India, Guru Nanak’s progressive philosophies continue to be socially significant long after his death in 1539.

Known as Southeast Asia’s “Renaissance Reformer,” his social teachings denounced the caste system and taught that everyone is equal, regardless of caste, creed or gender. In addition to criticizing caste and gender inequalities, he recognized the whole human race as one, with men and women being equals. During his life, Guru Nanak traveled extensively, spreading his message.

The Sikh community, which began immigrating to the United States more than a century ago, plays an important role in the Commonwealth today and continues the traditions of their religion’s founder, including preaching overcoming division and hatred.

It is as we mark Guru Nanak’s 550th birthday on November 12, 2019, that we also celebrate “World Equality Day,” based on his teachings.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this resolution.

Introduced as SR251