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Guru Arjan:"Nanak: He who Creates all, them sustains He too,He whose wonder is this all, also Cares for it."
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

Rising Kashmir Sikhs accuse Govt. of downplaying Punjabi languageRising KashmirAn amalgam of Sikh associations protested at Gurdwara Shaheed Bunga Sahib, Barzulla Baghat and alleged the government of downplaying the Punjabi language, and demanded Pu...
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'We are Sikh' campaign launched in FresnoTimes of India'Neighbors' explains the values of Sikhism and how they were similar to American values while 'Proud' highlights how Sikh values - such as tolerance, religious freedom and gender equality - go ...
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Punjab News Express Rana KP has insulted Sikhs and Sikhism by ordering tossing and trampling of turbans – SADPunjab News ExpressCHANDIGARH : The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today said Vidhan Sabha Speaker Rana KP had insulted the “Sikh quom” by orderi...
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National Post How the Liberals' alleged support of Sikh separatists is fuelling Canada-India tensionsNational PostWhen Prime Minister Trudeau headed to the stage at the Sikh-Canadian community's annual Khalsa Day celebration last month, he was thron...
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Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee drops plan of sending 'jatha' to PakistanTimes of IndiaAMRITSAR: After the Union government's refusal to guarantee safety of Sikh devotees in Pakistan, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has c...
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Daily Excelsior Sikh organizations demand inclusion of Punjabi as compulsory subjectDaily ExcelsiorThe warning was issued during a joint press conference of various Sikh organizations, including State Gurudwara Parbandhak Board, District Gurdwara Pa...
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Sikh24 News & Updates UK Sikh Campaigner: Alcohol Condemned In Our ScripturesSikh24 News & UpdatesSikhs needs to start talking openly about addiction to tackle the problems of “shame” and “stigma”, a recovering alcoholic has said. Jaz Rai, who runs ...
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Mirror.co.uk Meet the man who's made history as Britain's first turban-wearing ...Mirror.co.ukTan Dhesi is the first Sikh to wear a turban in parliament. And with eight languages, a role in a Punjabi pop video and a dramatic family saga, he's not yo...
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Sikhism FAQs
Sikhism FAQs:What is the attitude of Sikh Faith towards non-vegetarian food?
 Q76. What is the attitude of Sikh Faith towards non-vegetarian food? The general directive of Guru Nanak with regard to food is: "Do not take that food which effects health, causes pain or suffering to the body or produces evil thoughts in the... Read More...
Guru Sakhis
The Throne of Lahore
The Throne of Lahore After Guru Gobind Singh left this Earth, the Khalsa had to meet many challenges. They had to secretly live in the jungles but through their faith they survived. Many believed that there were no more Sikhs left alive. But the... 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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