Guru Amar Das:"Unhappy is he,Who lives under the influence of greed,luxury, anger and pride."
Based on the belief in One God, the Sikh religion recognizes the equality of all human beings, and is marked by rejection of idolatry, ritualism, caste and asceticism. This website serves to heighten the awareness of Sikhism and hopefully can be of some use to seekers of knowledge.
  • Introduction
  • Historical Events
  • Anti-Sikh Pogrom
  • Learn Punjabi

Introduction to Sikhism

Over twenty million Sikhs follow a revealed, distinct, and unique religion born five centuries ago in the Punjab region of northern India. Between 1469 and 1708, ten Gurus preached a simple message of truth, devotion to God, and universal equality. Often mistaken as a combination of Hinduism and Islam, the Sikh religion can be characterized as a completely independent faith:

Sikhism rejects idolatry, the caste system, ritualism, and asceticism. It recognizes the equality between both genders and all religions, prohibits the intake of any intoxicants, and encourages an honest, truthful living. Sikhs have their own holy scripture, Guru Granth Sahib. Written, composed, and compiled by the Sikh Gurus themselves, the Guru Granth Sahib serves as the ultimate source of spiritual guidance for Sikhs. While the Sikhs hold their Gurus in high reverence, they are not to be worshipped; Sikhs may only worship God.

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Historical Events in Sikh History

Since its inception, the Sikh community has been one of the major factors in Indian history. The Mughals understood that Sikhism was a separatist movement, and by the eighteenth century, the Sikhs had established a separate kingdom with its capital in Lahore. The Sikhs were a major force in the British Allied army as the British gradually annexed the whole of India in the 1850's and after Indian Independence, the Sikh community, half of which had to flee Muslim Pakistan after partition, became economically and politically the most significant and successful minority community in India.

To Akbar, the Sikhs were a religious community deserving imperial support. To Jahangir, they were a growing political force that potentially threatened the Empire. To Aurangzeb, the Sikhs were dangerous heretics to be stamped out at any cost. To the successors of Aurangzeb, the Sikhs were a major military and social force pulling the Empire apart. As a separate and militant community, the Sikhs still find themselves partly foreigners in their own country, suspicious of and suspected by the dominant government.

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The 1984 Anti-Sikh Pogrom

The genocidal pogroms against the Sikh people in India in November 1984 left thousands dead. In many of the outer areas of the capital, New Delhi, whole neighbourhoods were wiped out. Women were raped in large numbers. Senior politicians of the Congress (I) party led mobs, assisted by the police and administration. Thirty years on no memorials exist to the dead and the perpetrators continue to enjoy complete impunity. But the silence is slowly breaking. Not just about the damage caused to the justice system, memory and language in India, but also about the individual and collective trauma that exists within Sikh communities across the world.

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Learn Punjabi

The word 'Gurmukhi' literally means from the mouth of the Guru. It was developed in the 16th century CE by the second Sikh guru, Guru Angad Dev Ji, to write the Punjabi language.

Gurmukhi has 41 alphabets/varanmala (35 basic + 5 Urdu + 1 Talvi) as well as ten vowel modifiers. In addition there are five special sound modifier symbols. A vertical bar is used to indicate the end of a sentences. Two vertical bars indicate a longer pause between sentences or paragraphs.

Punjabi is a language (what we speak). Gurmukhi is a script (how we write Punjabi)

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Sikhism News

A US-based human rights and advocacy group called Sikhs for Justice has reportedly welcomed US President Barack Obama’s recent remarks in which he asked Indian State to promote religious and racial tolerance.
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Punjabi moive “Eh Janam Tumhare Lekhe” was released today (January 30, 2015). A film by Harjit Singh, Eh Janam Tumhare Lekhe movie is a biopic based on the life of Bhagat Puran Singh Ji. Bhagat Puran Singh Ji devoted his...
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Punjabi moive "Eh Janam Tumhare Lekhe" was released today (January 30, 2015). A film by Harjit Singh, Eh Janam Tumhare Lekhe movie is a biopic based on the life of Bhagat Puran Singh Ji. Bhagat Puran Singh Ji devoted his...
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New York, US: While welcoming the US President’s reminder to India about the importance of religious freedom, Sikh For Justice (SFJ), which recently campaigned asking Obama to raise the issue of Article 25 (b), commended his stance on chances of India...
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Performed by Rene Verma, watch a female rapper’s response to how rap music defines women in narrow and derogatory ways. Take that, Honey Singh!
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Maharashtra, India: The Shiv Sena on Wednesday demanded that the words “secular” and “socialist” be permanently deleted from the preamble to the Constitution. The demand came in the wake of a controversial Republic Day advertisement by the Information & Broadcasting...
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The One who sent you, has now recalled you; return to your home now in peace and pleasure. In bliss and ecstasy, sing His Glorious Praises; by this celestial tune, you shall acquire your everlasting kingdom. || 1 || Come back to your home, O my friend. The Lord Himself has eliminated your enemies, and your misfortunes are past. || Pause || God, the Creator Lord, has glorified you, and your running and rushing around has ended. In your home, there is rejoicing; the musical instruments continually play, and your Husband Lord...
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  • Guru Stories:The Grace Of Guru

    The Grace Of Guru An orphan Pathän lad Painde Khan (d. 1634) was brought up and trained in the art of warfare by Guru Hargobind Sahib (1595- 1644 A.D.). Painde Khan led Mughal forces against Guru Sahib and died at the hands of the Guru in the battle...