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Guru Nanak:"Even Kings and emperors with heaps of wealth and vast dominion cannot compare with an ant filled with the love of God."
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.

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The Star Online Storm-damaged Sikh temple seeks donationsThe Star Online“Besides being a place of worship, the Sikh temple is an activity centre for devotees. They carry out religious lessons for children. It is an important place for them,” said Ch...
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The Indian Express Ferozepur clash: Police book Sikh preacher, 70 others; no arrests yetThe Indian ExpressA DAY after the clash between followers of Dera Sacha Sauda and Sikh radicals at Mallanwala, Ferozepur police have booked Sikh preacher Baba Di...
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The Indian Express 45.7% turnout in Delhi gurdwara body polls, results on March 1Hindustan TimesThe polling for the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) on Sunday witnessed low turnout of 45.7%, but it was better than 42% recorded in the...
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Economic Times Need for Indian-Americans to unite: Sikh leaderEconomic Times"We all need to work together to ensure that this type of violence is never repeated. We must decide how we will react to attacks like this. It is my hope that this will bec...
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Hindustan Times Feed the world love, not hatred – Sikh students in UK have an amazing messageHindustan TimesIn a fast polarising world, with inward-looking countries closing borders and racially motivated crimes on the rise, young Sikh students in B...
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video clip uploaded on Facebook: 2 cops dismissed for disrobing ...Times of IndiaBathinda police on Friday dismissed head constables Ram Singh and Harminder Singh for thrashing and disrobing a baptised Sikh in a police station and ...and more »
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DailyO How elections to religious bodies weaken Sikhs, negate their core ...DailyOEvery few hours, Sikh leaders can be seen streaming live on Facebook these days as they saunter through the streets of Delhi. They are campaigning to wrest or ...More ...
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Janta Ka Reporter Sikh group asks community to be vigilant after Srinivas Kuchibhotla murdered in USJanta Ka ReporterA Sikh civil rights group has urged members of the Sikh-American community to exercise caution and be extra vigilant in the wake of ...
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Sikhism FAQs
Sikhism FAQs:Is there any organized priesthood in Sikhism?
Q116. Is there any organized priesthood in Sikhism? Guru Amardas organized the propagation of the Sikh faith. He divided the country into 22 dioceses - Manjis - each in the charge of a devout Sikh. Daily Kirtan was held by all congregations... Read More...
Guru Sakhis
Bhai Lehna ji meeting Guru Nanak Dev ji
Bhai Lehna ji meeting Guru Nanak Dev ji sach m i lai sach oo paj ai sach mehi saach sam aa e || Meeting the True One, Truth wells up. The truthful are absorbed into the True Lord. s u rath ho vai path oogavai g urabachan ee bho khaa e || Intuitive... 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.
TheSikhEncyclopedia.com