In class, Year 6 discussed leadership.  We agreed that whilst some leaders are elected or born into a position of leadership, others are inspired to become leaders, such as in the religion of Sikhism.

Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh religion and the first of the ten Sikh Gurus (teachers), was recognised by many to have been marked by divine grace from birth.  We learned one particular childhood account about him in which he slept under a tree.  As the day passed, the sun moved until the tree could no longer shade Nanak from its hot rays.  A hooded cobra saw Nanak sleeping, but instead of striking him, it sensed God's presence and shaded Nanak, protecting him from harm.  

Guru Nanak taught that there is only one God and that all human beings can have direct access to him.  He taught that everyone is equal regardless of class or gender.  Millions of people follow the Sikh religion and are still inspired by Guru Nanak today.

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