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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.

 

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India Samvad 1984 anti-Sikh riot victims: Delhi government waives power bills of over 2000 familiesTimes of IndiaNEW DELHI: The Delhi government has decided to waive pending electricity bills of over 2,000 families of 1984 anti-Sikh riot victims. Th...
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The Quint Viral: Rajasthan Govt to Probe Video Showing 4 Sikh Men Beaten UpThe QuintThe Rajasthan State Commission for Minorities has sought a factual report on a widely shared video on social media on Thursday. The viral video purportedly shows fou...
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Raj Govt to probe video showing Sikh men beaten in Ajmer ...Business StandardRajasthan State Commission for Minorities has sought a factual report on a video that has gone viral today showing four Sikh men purportedly beaten up by ...
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Lancashire Evening Post Sikh community to hold a minute's silence and free kitchen for Manchester terror victimsLancashire Evening PostPreston Sikh Siva Society started providing the free vegetarian meals earlier this year and has now agreed to hold...
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Sikh community donates metallic palanquin to Lahore Museum ...Business StandardThe Pakistani Sikh community has donated to the Lahore Museum a metallic palanquin with a wooden base, brought specially from India, to hold the holy Guru ...and more » ...
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Hindustan Times Manchester attack: Sikhs in the forefront to provide helpHindustan TimesFrom taxi driver Mann Singh and volunteers from Birmingham, to local gurdwaras, members of the Sikh community were at hand to offer transport, food, water and sh...
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Sikhism FAQs
Sikhism FAQs:What is grace?
 Q44. What is grace? If the theory of Karma were carried to its logical extreme, no man would deserve redemption. In Sikhism, the doctrine of Karma is modified by the "Principle of Grace". Man's sincere efforts and noble deeds achieve precious... Read More...
Guru Sakhis
IMAGE Guru Stories:Mata Sahib Kaur The Mother of Khalsa
Mâta Sahib Kaur The Mother of Khãlsa   Guru Gobind Singh recited the sacred hymns and churned the holy mint at Anandpur Sãhib on March 30, 1699, as he prepared to initiate the Khalsã. His Mahal, Mata Sahib Kaur, poured sugar-plum into 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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