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Guru Amar Das:"If we believe in the Word, We find the Guru and lose our ego."
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.

Q67. Is holy congregation (Satsang) necessary?

In Sikhism, great emphasis is laid on Satsang. By joining congregational prayers and making contact with saints the devotee comes to divine knowledge. The inspiration given by good people leads to the development of the spiritual personality. Holy people preach purity through personal example and kindle the heart with universal love. They warn the individual of the five great vices. Psychologically, the association with holy men helps as a deterrent against evil thoughts and deeds. Just as a tree which grows near a sandalwood tree acquires the fragrance of sandal, just as a metal when touched with the philospher's stone is transmuted into gold so in the same way, an ordinary man becomes ennoble and heroic in the company of holy men. In the company of The Truthful, a devotee learns the value of "The Truth".

Joining the company of saints, is also conductive to the discipline of the mind. One learns how to serve the community and work for the good of humanity. One acquires the technique of "The Name" and so comes to enjoy inner tranquility. According to Guru Nanak, " The company of saints is also the school of the Guru, where one learns Godly attributes." There evil is purged and destroyed, as if by a divine spark. Guru Arjan says, "The society of saints removes sin; the society of saints brings comforts in this world and the next."

Again and again, in the Guru Granth Sahib, a Sikh is required to seek the company of noble souls. A man is known by the company he keeps. In good company, he becomes good and sheds his evil tendencies. He will learn to be ashamed of doing anything which may bring him reproach.

Man's actions are so often motivated by the herd instinct. He does certain things as a matter of social convention, if his society becomes an instrument of his progress, he can rise to greater heights. For this reason, the Sikh in his general prayer - the Ardas - seeks the company of the holy and to contact virtuous men - Sadh Ka sung, Gurmukh da mel.

 

iWitness Living a Carnage 1984

SBS Sikh boy forced to attend different school over patka banSBSAccording to data collected in the 2011 Census, Australia is home to just over 72,000 Sikhs. The Chairperson of the Sikh Interfaith Council, Jasbir Singh Suropada, told SBS many Sikh ch...
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Religion News Service Nikki Haley's Sikh heritage will help her protect minority religionsReligion News ServiceLike her, I have parents who speak the Punjabi language, profess the Sikh religion and come from rough and tumble rural stock. I believe h...
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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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The Indian Express 1984 anti-Sikh riots: Supreme Court wants status report on SIT probeThe HinduThe Supreme Court on Monday sought a comprehensive status report on the probe into the 1984 anti-Sikh riot cases being investigated by the SIT set up in ...
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Hindustan Times Plaques blaming Indira, Rajiv for 1984 anti-Sikh riots to be set up at Delhi memorialHindustan TimesTwo plaques holding former prime ministers Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi responsible for the 1984 riots will be part of a memorial w...
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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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The Indian Express As Dalit, Sikh issues take centrestage, in Punjab, parties question SC orderThe Indian ExpressAt a rally in village Rania, SAD MLA and Gill constituency candidate Darshan Singh Shivalik hits out at the Congress for the 1984 operat...
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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 the Sikh attitude to mercy-killing?
Q125. What is the Sikh attitude to mercy-killing? Today there is a lot of pressure on politicians to legalize mercy-killing. In certain countries, mercy killing of patients suffering from incurable diseases or terminal illness has been regulated by... Read More...
Guru Sakhis
Babbar Sher Singh Jee ( when you don't get ras out of Naam and it feels like you are wasting your time … )
True Service One early morning (Guru) Amar Das Ji heard this hymn being sung. Actions are the paper, and the mind is the ink; good and bad are both recorded upon it. As their past actions drive them, so are mortals driven. There is no end to Your... 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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