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Guru Arjan:"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.

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

The Star Online Storm-damaged Sikh temple seeks donationsThe Star Online“Besides being a place of worship, the Sikh temple is an activity centre for devotees. They carry out religious lessons for children. It is an important place for them,” said Ch...
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The Indian Express Ferozepur clash: Police book Sikh preacher, 70 others; no arrests yetThe Indian ExpressA DAY after the clash between followers of Dera Sacha Sauda and Sikh radicals at Mallanwala, Ferozepur police have booked Sikh preacher Baba Di...
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The Indian Express 45.7% turnout in Delhi gurdwara body polls, results on March 1Hindustan TimesThe polling for the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) on Sunday witnessed low turnout of 45.7%, but it was better than 42% recorded in the...
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Economic Times Need for Indian-Americans to unite: Sikh leaderEconomic Times"We all need to work together to ensure that this type of violence is never repeated. We must decide how we will react to attacks like this. It is my hope that this will bec...
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Hindustan Times Feed the world love, not hatred – Sikh students in UK have an amazing messageHindustan TimesIn a fast polarising world, with inward-looking countries closing borders and racially motivated crimes on the rise, young Sikh students in B...
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video clip uploaded on Facebook: 2 cops dismissed for disrobing ...Times of IndiaBathinda police on Friday dismissed head constables Ram Singh and Harminder Singh for thrashing and disrobing a baptised Sikh in a police station and ...and more »
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DailyO How elections to religious bodies weaken Sikhs, negate their core ...DailyOEvery few hours, Sikh leaders can be seen streaming live on Facebook these days as they saunter through the streets of Delhi. They are campaigning to wrest or ...More ...
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Janta Ka Reporter Sikh group asks community to be vigilant after Srinivas Kuchibhotla murdered in USJanta Ka ReporterA Sikh civil rights group has urged members of the Sikh-American community to exercise caution and be extra vigilant in the wake of ...
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Sikhism FAQs
Sikhism FAQs:What do you know of Pingalwara, Amritsar?
 Q99. What do you know of Pingalwara, Amritsar? Pingalwara literally means a home for the crippled. However, this institution caters to the needs of the handicapped, the insane and the terminally sick. It is primarily a rescue-home for the poor,... Read More...
Guru Sakhis
Amazing Journey of Guru Tegh Bahadur's Sees from Delhi to Anandpur Sahib
How Bhai Jaita took Guru Sahib's sees (head) back to Anandpur Sahib Based on "Guru Kian Sakhian" of Bhatt Svarup Singh Kaushish and Katha by Giani Pinderpal Singh ji The aftermath of Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib's Shahidi and how Bhai Jaita took Guru... 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.
TheSikhEncyclopedia.com