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Guru Amar Das:"When His Nam resides in the mind, Anger and conceit are washed away."
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.

Q6. What are the characteristics of the Sikh religion?

Sikhism is a monotheistic faith. It recognizes God as the only One. He who is not subject to time or space. He who is the Creator, Sustainer and Destroyer of the Universe.

Moreover in Sikhism, ethics and religion go together. The inculcation of moral qualities and the practice of virtue in everyday life is a vital step towards spiritual development. Qualities like honesty, compassion, generosity, patience, humility etc. can be built up only by effort and perseverence. The lives of the Gurus show how they lived their lives according to their code of ethics.

Sikhism does not believe in Avtarvada, that God takes a human form. It does not attach any value to gods and goddessses and other deities.

The Sikh religion rejects all rituals and routine practices like fasting and pilgrimage, omens and austerities. The goal of human life to merge with God is accomplished by following the teachings of the Guru, by meditation on the holy Name and performance of acts of service and charity.

Sikhism emphasises Bhakti Marg or the path of devotion. It does, however, recognizes the limited value of Gian Marg(Path of Knowledge) and Karam Marag(Path of Action). It also lays stress on the need for earning God's Grace in order to reach the spiritual goal.

Sikhism is a modern, logical, and practical religion. It believes that normal family-life(Grasth) is no barrier to salvation. That it is possible to live detached in the midst of worldly ills and temptations. A devotee must live in the world and yet keep his head above the usual tensions and turmoils. He must be a soldier, scholar and saint for God.
The Gurus believed that this life has a purpose and a goal. It offers an opportunity for self and God realization. Moreoever man is responsible for his own actions. He cannot claim immunity from the results of his actions. He must therefore be very vigilant in what he does. Finally, the Sikh Scripture (Sri Guru Granth Sahib) is the perpetual Guru. This is the only religion which has given the Holy Book the status of a religious preceptor. There is no place for a livign human Guru(Dehdhari) in Sikh religion.

iWitness Living a Carnage 1984

Sikh event draws special visitorThe Daily Courier (subscription)of the Okanagan Sikh Temple. “It's so colourful.” Along with several floats, thousands of women in brightly coloured saris and men in turbans walked the streets during the parade. Ther...
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In Pictures: Cooking up equality at Hong Kong's 116-year-old Sikh templeHong Kong Free PressEvery day, hospital porter Kashmir Singh helps at the free kitchen at the Sikh temple Khalsa Diwan in Wan Chai. He visits in the morning before work, and co...
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Sikh24 News & Updates URGENT: 'SIKH' Ethnic Category On Census 2020 – Respond By SundaySikh24 News & UpdatesDirector Jones mentioned that there is consideration to have a separate code for 'Sikh' under the 'Asian Indian' or 'Other Asian' category. W...
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Leicester Mercury Vaisakhi parade: Biggest Sikh event of the year to bring thousands of people to LeicesterLeicester MercurySunday afternoon will see road closures around the city centre as the biggest Sikh event of the year brings thousands of peop...
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Times of India British Sikh hopes to become first turban-wearing MPTimes of IndiaLONDON: A British Sikh local politician has been selected by the Opposition Labour Party as its candidate for the June 8 general election and hopes to become the first ...
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Gazette Live Hundreds of mourners join procession through Middlesbrough at funeral of Sikh temple chairmanGazette LiveHundreds of others attended the funeral, which passed by the Sikh temple on Lorne St, Newport. Harbhajan was the temple's chairman ...
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Incidents of Canadian Sikh students being bullied down by 13%: ReportTimes of IndiaAmritsar: The incidents of Sikh students being bullied over their appearance and wearing religious symbols in Canada has come down by 13% in the past five years, a n...
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NPR Why American Sikhs Think They Need A Publicity Campaign : Code ...NPRAmerican Sikhs faced an onslaught of violence and hate crimes following the Sept. 11 attacks. In the face of renewed racist vitriol, they have devised a positive ...Sikh Man He...
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Sikhism FAQs
Sikhism FAQs:Can we prove the existence of God?
Q20. Can we prove the existence of God? The existence of God cannot be proved in a scientific way by means of observation, experiment or other verification. This type of proof is possible only in the field of physical phenomena. There are two types... Read More...
Guru Sakhis
Preserving Guru’s relics at Bhai Roopa
Preserving Guru’s relics at Bhai Roopa Bathinda, Punjab: Bhai Roopa—a village in Rampura Phul sub-division of Bathinda district — has the rare honour of possessing a bundle of holy relics related to Sikh Gurus, which they handed over to 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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