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Guru Amar Das:"When His Nam resides in the mind, Anger and conceit are washed away."
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.

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Birmingham Mail Vaisakhi 2017: Sikh festival brings HUGE parade before mela at Handsworth ParkBirmingham MailThe larger procession sets off from the Gurdwara Ramgarhia Sikh Temple in Graham Street, Hockley, at 10am, arriving at Handsworth Park at 1p...
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Globalnews.ca Sikh New Year celebrations take place in Toronto on Sunday, road closures in effectGlobalnews.caSikh New Year celebrations are taking place in Toronto on Sunday afternoon and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Premier Kathleen Wynne and Ma...
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The Independent Turban-style Vesakhi welcome by Singapore SikhsThe IndependentTHE turbans fly and the true spirited Sikh solidarity is always shown in the celebration of the auspicious harvest festival, Vesakhi, which the Singapore Khalsa Associatio...
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10 month jail to Swiss man for assaulting Sikh | Chandigarh News ...Times of IndiaAmritsar: A court in Switzerland has sentenced a white man for hurling a racist remark against a Sikh and dragging him on road some four years ago. Talking to ...and ...
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The Hindu UK could get first Sikh woman MPThe HinduPreet Kaur Gill, a Labour Councillor in Sandwell, is hoping to become the first woman Sikh MP after she was selected earlier this week for the June 8 general elections to replace Gisela Stuart in Bi...
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Leicester Mercury Vaisakhi parade: Biggest Sikh event of the year to bring thousands of people to LeicesterLeicester MercurySunday afternoon will see road closures around the city centre as the biggest Sikh event of the year brings thousands of peop...
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Times of India British Sikh hopes to become first turban-wearing MPTimes of IndiaLONDON: A British Sikh local politician has been selected by the Opposition Labour Party as its candidate for the June 8 general election and hopes to become the first ...
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NPR Why American Sikhs Think They Need A Publicity Campaign : Code ...NPRAmerican Sikhs faced an onslaught of violence and hate crimes following the Sept. 11 attacks. In the face of renewed racist vitriol, they have devised a positive ...Sikh Man He...
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Sikhism FAQs
Sikhism FAQs:What is the Death Ceremony among the Sikhs?
Q112. What is the Death Ceremony among the Sikhs? On the death of a Sikh, his relatives and friends are informed, so that they may join the funeral ceremony on whatever day and date is fixed for the cremation. In foreign countries, a date and time... Read More...
Guru Sakhis
Bhagat Fareed Ji
Bhagat Fareed Ji By Manvir Singh Khalsa Baba Fareed Ji's mother, Bibi Mariam, said to her son as a very young child, "Oh my son, do simran (meditate on the Lord)". As any innocent child, Baba Fareed Ji would ask, "Ma, if I do Simran, then what will... 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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