The number thirteen, which in Punjabi is pronounced Tayraa rhymes with the word Tera - Yours. Whereas thirteen is considered to be unlucky in the Western World. It is considered to be auspicious amongst the Sikh Community as the word immediately reminds them of God as the Sikhs believe that ultimately everything belongs to God. Mera Muj Main Kish Nahin Jo Kish Hai So Tera. Nothing in me is mine whatever there is, is yours
Guru Nanak Dev Ji the first Guru of the Sikhs went to live in Sultanpur with his sister Bibi Nanki and brother-in-law Jairam. Nanak found a job as warehouse chargehand. He was happy and satisfied with his job and carried out his duties perfectly. Customers liked Nanak and the sales in the warehouse increased tremendously. In the morning and evening Guru Nanak held prayer meetings at his house. Everyday Guru Nanak preached three important rules of life.
Earn an honest living and lead a moral life, Share your food, money and time - give to charity for the poor and needy, Always remember God.
One day, however when Guru Nanak was selling flour he behaved in a strange way. He was counting a number of small measures and emptying in the sack of the customer. When the counting came to 13 he went into a state of mind beyond explanation and continued emptying the small measures into the sacks of customers and at the same time repeating "Tera Tera Tera Tera" meaning "Yours Yours Yours Yours". He refused to charge any money for what he was giving away. All day Guru Nanak did this. His assistant complained to the owner that Nanak was freely distributing rations and in doing so was depleting the stock. The owner asked for a count and scolded Nanak at the same time. Guru Nanak answered that he had done nothing wrong and was only distributing what he believed belonged to God. Stock was taken and resulted in profit well above the target. The owner was surprised and apologised. He also felt that Nanak was not an ordinary person but a man of God. Guru Nanak decided to resign from his job and continued his travels for spiritual pursuits. Sikhs now relate to the above incident and consider 13 to be good as it reminds them of belonging to God. It must be noted that Sikhs do not believe in superstitions at all but will attach to anything that will bring them closer to God and Godly thoughts.Nanak Naam Chardi Klaa Teray Bahnay Sarbat Da Bhalaa. By the name of Nanak may you remain optimistic and may everyone prosper in the Will of God.