Many friends have come to me recently, asking for good english texts to get a peek or initial understanding of the teachings of Guru Nanak. My first reaction is to tell them the truth, that I have not yet seen a english translation of Guru Granth Sahib that is worthy of being called almost-there. But then, their intent is to start understanding & there must be some good starting point. So here is an attempt at that.
A set of texts that can act as a Primer on the Sikh way of life :
1.Keeping this in mind: “The aim of life, according to the Sikh Gurus, is not to get salvation or a heavenly abode called paradise, but to develop the best within us which is God.” – Master Teja Singh.
2. A primer to the Philosophy of Guru Nanak: PDF
3. A fascinatingly thorough translation of the first four steps of the “Jap” composition of Guru Nanak:
This set of thesis, though not the original teachings of guru Nanak in his own words, should help direct any inquisitive soul wanting to learn from Gruu Nanak.