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Guru Nanak:"As fragrance abides in the flower As reflection is within the mirror,So does your Lord abide within you,Why search for him without?"
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.

Q4. Can I be happy without religion?

Much depends on one's idea of happiness. True happiness is a state of mind in which man finds transquility and contentment. The external happiness conferred by material possessions and worldly activities is ephemeral and superficial. In Communist countries people may appear to be satisfied and contented as their material conditions improve, but can they really be said to have achieved true happiness and real peace of mind?
Perhaps one of the reasons for the present day decline in morals is the neglect of religion. Without high ethical standards, which are the foundations of all religions no organized and disciplined life is possible. Promiscuity and sexual aberrations are no doubt due to ignorance and a neglect of the fundamental principles of ethics. In a secular state, it is the duty of parents and voluntary organizations to impart to children a knowledge of moral and spiritual values and ennoble them. If a man who is under a strong temptation thinks that moral rules are man-made, he may easily violate them. He will hesitate more to disobey them, if he believes that they are God made and have been revealed to him through a Divine Teacher or the Guru.

Even men of piety and great devotion are apt to fall a prey to temptation. There are such notable examples as Bhai Gurdas and Bhai Joga Singh. If religion is not sincerely practised, it has little effect on our private lives or that of the community. An interest in religion makes people seek the company of holy men, which can give them the solace and happiness they really need.

Some people make a show of being religious. This does not serve any useful purpose. What is needed is a positive attitude, to seek the company and assistance of those persons who are truly devoted to religion.
Some people think that religion is an irrelvance, a matter of no consequence, and that they lose nothing if they exclude religion from their lives. They believe in the motto: 'Eat, drink, and be merry'. But does this give an edge or meaning to life? Life has a purpose. Religion makes a man conscious of his spiritual heritage and goal.

iWitness Living a Carnage 1984

Times of India Let off by cops in sacrilege case, Sikh bros pledge support to AAPTimes of IndiaTorn pages of the Sikh holy book were recovered outside a gurdwara in Bargari in Faridkot on October 12, 2015, while a bir of the holy book was stolen fro...
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Chandigarh Tribune Amritsar LS byelection to witness all-Jat Sikh battleChandigarh TribuneIn the 2009 polls, he beat Congress' OP Soni by just 6,000 votes. In 2014, the BJP replaced Sidhu with Arun Jaitley, who lost to PPCC chief Capt Amarinder Sing...
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Chandigarh Tribune Hindu, Sikh priests for Trump's prayer serviceChandigarh TribuneA Hindu priest will be among various religious leaders who will offer prayers at the National Prayer Service of Donald Trump on Saturday, a day after he is sworn in a...
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Ilford Recorder 24 Sikh charity on the streets of Ilford helping to feed those most in needIlford Recorder 24Sikh Empowerment Voluntary Association's (SEVA) Jagdeep Singh Sohal was among those in Ilford, handing out 80 pairs of new shoes on the nigh...
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SBS Sikh boy forced to attend different school over turban ban | SBS NewsSBSA five-year-old boy has been banned from wearing his traditional head-wear at a Melbourne school, because it doesn't conform with the uniform protocol.Reconsider your decisi...
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Times of India Five-year-old Sikh boy denied school enrollment in Australia for wearing turbanTimes of IndiaSikhs are their own enemy and wherever they go create this kind of problem for themselves and for other Indians.There is no reason for 5 year...
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AZCentral.com Sikh gathering and march in Phoenix promotes tolerance, awarenessAZCentral.comValley Sikhs and others hoping to learn more about the community gathered at the Phoenix Convention Center on Sunday. Loading… Post to Facebook. Sikh gatheri...
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Sikhs to celebrate in Hastings streetsNew Zealand HeraldPhoto / Duncan Brown. Hastings streets will be flooded with colour as a centuries old tradition is celebrated in the inaugural Hastings Sikh Parade. An integral part of Sikh culture, the parad...
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Sikhism FAQs
Sikhism FAQs:What is Maya?
Q54. What is Maya? Sikhism does not accept the conventional meaning of Maya-as illusion. The world is not Maya; it is a creation of God and as such, an abode of the Truthful One, or rather a Temple of Divinity. According to Sikhism Maya epitomises... Read More...
Guru Sakhis
Redeeming of Pledge by Akali Phoola Singh
Khudawand Karim = Bestower Of Bounties A mother was so heart-broken on losing her son, that she stayed by his grave and refused to leave. She cried bitterly the whole night. By morning her cries had turn to rage. "Why have You done this to me? You... Read More...
WorldGurudwaras.com
Worldgurudwaras.com will strive to be most comprehensive directory of Historical Gurudwaras and Non Historical Gurudwaras around the world.

The etymology of the term 'gurdwara' is from the words 'Gur (ਗੁਰ)' (a reference to the Sikh Gurus) and 'Dwara (ਦੁਆਰਾ)' (gateway in Gurmukhi), together meaning 'the gateway through which the Guru could be reached'. Thereafter, all Sikh places of worship came to be known as gurdwaras.
SearchGurbani.com
SearchGurbani.com brings to you a unique and comprehensive approach to explore and experience the word of God. It has the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, Amrit Kirtan Gutka, Bhai Gurdaas Vaaran, Sri Dasam Granth Sahib and Kabit Bhai Gurdas . You can explore these scriptures page by page, by chapter index or search for a keyword. The Reference section includes Mahankosh, Guru Granth Kosh,and exegesis like Faridkot Teeka, Guru Granth Darpan and lot more.
TheSikhEncyclopedia.com
Encyclopedias encapsulate accurate information in a given area of knowledge and have indispensable in an age which the volume and rapidity of social change are making inaccessible much that outside one's immediate domain of concentration.At the time when Sikhism is attracting world wide notice, an online reference work embracing all essential facets of this vibrant faithis a singular contribution to the world of knowledge.
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