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Guru Arjan:" All your actions without remembering him, Are as futile as decorations on a corpse."
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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Sikhism FAQs
Sikhism FAQs:How does a Sikh reconcile himself to the secular ideal?
Q11. How does a Sikh reconcile himself to the secular ideal? Sikhism recommends an active life, the life of a house-holder(Grahst), life in society(not in isolation), where every individual makes his contribution to the development of society. There... Read More...
Guru Sakhis
“Hazar Gher Hazar, Gher Hazar Hazar”
Guru Gobind Singh ji and the Guards Once there were 4 Sikh Guards outside Guru Gobind Singh Sahib jee Maharaaj's tent. They heard of a dancer who had come to a near by town and they wanted to go watch her dance. But, how to ask the Guru's... 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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