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Guru Nanak:"Alone let him constantly meditate in solitude on that which is salutary for his soul, for he who meditates in solitude attains supreme bliss."
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

Sikh24 News & Updates Sikhs Extra Vigilant in London After Terror AttackSikh24 News & UpdatesSikh have borne the brunt of knee-jerk reprisals in the past as hate crimes usually and as such Gurdwara Sahibs often been a target, so local Sikh communiti...
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The Tribune Two ASIs lose job for challaning Sikh girlThe Tribune“Despite my orders, two ASIs, in connivance with the IGP and two SPs, challaned a Sikh girl at a naka at Ghumar Mandi. Later, the matter was deliberately raised at the higher level to ...
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Sikh24 News & Updates Upset As Pak Govt Omits Sikhs in National CensusSikh24 News & UpdatesLAHORE, Pakistan—Over 20,000 Sikhs residing in Pakistan are disappointed over the non-inclusion of Sikhism as a distinct religion in the first census being co...
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Sikh24 News & Updates Released Sikh Prisoner Rearrested By Indian GovernmentSikh24 News & UpdatesNEW DELHI, India—Political Sikh prisoner Bhai Gursewak Singh Babla, who had been released from jail in 2011, after serving 27 years of imprisonment, was...
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CBC.ca Cambridge photo exhibit highlights stories of community's Muslim and Sikh womenCBC.caA Cambridge YWCA initiative is trying to tackle gender-based Islamophobia by telling the stories of the community's Muslim and Sikh women. The (UN)Covered Pr...
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Newsweek Pakistan German Teens Convicted for Attack on Sikh TempleNewsweek PakistanA German court on Tuesday sentenced three teenage boys to up to seven years in juvenile detention over a jihadist attack on an Indian wedding that badly wounded a Sik...
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SikhSiyasat.Net Sikh Federation (UK) gets Encouraging Feedback on Annual General MeetingSikhSiyasat.NetIn the third week of September every year the Sikh Federation (UK) holds its' annual National Sikh Convention. The origins of the Convention can b...
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CBC.ca Sikh groups invite others to 'Experience the Turban' - Windsor - CBC ...CBC.caWindsor Sikh groups are inviting people to experience a part of their culture by learning how to put on a turban today. The event at the University of Windsor runs ...
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Sikhism FAQs
Sikhism FAQs:Section VII: Sikhism & Modern Problems
Section VII: Sikhism and Modern Problems Q122. What is the Sikh attitude to dancing? Q123. What is the Sikh attitude to divorce? Q124. What is the Sikh attitude to family planning? Q125. What is the Sikh attitude to mercy killing? (C) Copyright... Read More...
Guru Sakhis
Khudawand Karim = Bestower Of Bounties
Gobind Rai and Bhikan Shah There lived in the city of Kuhram a Muslim saint, Bhikan Shah. On the morning of Gobind Rai's (Later Guru Gobind Singh) birth, Bhikan Shah looked and bowed towards the east (towards Patna). His disciples asked why he bowed... 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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