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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.

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

Times of India Let off by cops in sacrilege case, Sikh bros pledge support to AAPTimes of IndiaTorn pages of the Sikh holy book were recovered outside a gurdwara in Bargari in Faridkot on October 12, 2015, while a bir of the holy book was stolen fro...
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Chandigarh Tribune Amritsar LS byelection to witness all-Jat Sikh battleChandigarh TribuneIn the 2009 polls, he beat Congress' OP Soni by just 6,000 votes. In 2014, the BJP replaced Sidhu with Arun Jaitley, who lost to PPCC chief Capt Amarinder Sing...
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Chandigarh Tribune Hindu, Sikh priests for Trump's prayer serviceChandigarh TribuneA Hindu priest will be among various religious leaders who will offer prayers at the National Prayer Service of Donald Trump on Saturday, a day after he is sworn in a...
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Ilford Recorder 24 Sikh charity on the streets of Ilford helping to feed those most in needIlford Recorder 24Sikh Empowerment Voluntary Association's (SEVA) Jagdeep Singh Sohal was among those in Ilford, handing out 80 pairs of new shoes on the nigh...
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SBS Sikh boy forced to attend different school over turban ban | SBS NewsSBSA five-year-old boy has been banned from wearing his traditional head-wear at a Melbourne school, because it doesn't conform with the uniform protocol.Reconsider your decisi...
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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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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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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:How has martyrdom helped Sikhism?
 Q13. How has martyrdom helped Sikhism? No nation, sect or community can survive and prosper unless it has a band of persons who are prepared to die, to uphold its faith, integrity, unity, its tradition and way of life. That is what the history of... Read More...
Guru Sakhis
Excerpt from harbhajan Singh Yogi Khalsa ji's lecture
Excerpt from harbhajan Singh Yogi Khalsa ji's lecture he took a sword at this time and asked for a head. Now these fools say he took those people in the tent and some say he chopped off the goat's head. Now, this is their standard. I am just trying... 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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