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Guru Arjan:"Those who torment the poor,Are in turn tormented by the Lord."
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.

 Q8. What are the distinctive features of Sikhism?

Each prophet gives some light and message to the world. Guru Nanek, the Founder of Sikhism, and his nine successors made a distinct contribution to religion and religious thought. Sikhism may be distinguished from other religions from three stand-points: philosophy, community or institution and physical appearance.

From the philosophical stand-point, the contribution of Sikhism may be called Nam Marg. Guru Nanek emphasized the need for man's devotion to the Timeless Almighty. He illustrates the attributes of God in his Mul-Muntra. He asks man to dedicate himself, day and night to the remembrance of God and His Name.

The Guru also gave to his followers the form of a community with certain institutions such as Deg, Teg, and Fateh. By Deg is meant the system of community kitchen (Langar) maintained by contributions of the Sikhs. Everyone is to donate one-tenth (Daswand) of his income. Teg, is the sword or Bhagwati represents power, which was necessary to preserve freedom of religious worship and to end tryranny. For this reason, Guru Gobind Singh gave to God among other names, the name of Sarabloh(All steel). The Sikh believes in God's victory(fateh). His salutaion is Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh: the victory is God's and the Khalsa is God's. The Sikh always believes in Chardi Kala, (progress and optimism) in the reform and improvement of society, as a continous process.

Sikhism also believes in discipline. Guru Gobind Singh gave the Sikh a new apearance and administered him the Baptism of the Sword. He infused in him a spirit of fearlessness and a belief in his own invincibility and told him to maintian the five symbols*, each beginned with the letter K. (*symbols are: Hair (Kesh), Sword (Kirpan), Underwear (Katcha), Comb (Kanga), Bracelet (Kara).)

Another tenet of Sikhism is humility (Garibi). The Gurus asked their followers to regard themselves servants of the Congregation (Sangat). The tenth Guru, after administering his new baptism to the five chosen ones, asked them on bent knees and with folded hands, to administer baptism (Amrit) to him. In the entire human history, there is no other case of a Guru kneeling before his followers.

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The New Indian Express Sikh Women in UK face violence: surveyThe New Indian ExpressAccording to the 2011 census, the UK has 84,000 Sikh residents. Inputs were gathered from 2,000 respondents with equal men and women. Another 40 per cent wanted secur...
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The Tribune White man yells at Sikh girl: 'Go back to Lebanon'The TribuneA Sikh-American girl was harassed on a subway train here when a white man, mistaking her to be from the Middle East, allegedly shouted “go back to Lebanon” and “you don't belon...
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The Indian Express Filmmaker Gurinder Chadha gets Sikh Jewel AwardThe Indian ExpressIndian-origin British director Gurinder Chadha has been honoured with the Sikh Jewel Award for 2017 for her immense contribution to British cinema. Chadha, whose fil...
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Lancashire Evening Post Sikh food kitchen call for donations and volunteersLancashire Evening PostMembers of the Sikh Society hold their first free food kitchen for the homeless and needy at Preston Flag Market. Picture by Paul Heyes, Sunday Februar...
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Hindustan Times Sikh charity in UK accused of fraud | world-news | Hindustan TimesHindustan TimesBritain's regulator of charity organisations investigated a group seeking “to advance the Sikh religion in the UK” and concluded on Friday its main trus...
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Local Sikh group serving free food until April 16Bakersfield NowThe local Sikh community held the event last year and its success resulted in the event lasting longer this year. “Since setting up the Langar, we are feeding between 250-300 people a ...
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KERO 23ABC News Sikh Friends of Bakersfield offering free meals through April 16KERO 23ABC NewsThe Sikh Friends of Bakersfield organization is offering free hot meals daily through April 16 to celebrate unity. The meals are being served in a parking...
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Truth-Out Empire Files: The Sikh Experience in the USTruth-OutPeople of the Sikh faith, commonly mistaken for both Muslims and Hindus, are frequent targets of bigoted hate crimes -- in fact, the first victim of post-9/11 hate crimes was a Sikh man. ...
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Sikhism FAQs
Sikhism FAQs: What is the Sikh attitude to mercy-killing?
Q125. What is the Sikh attitude to mercy-killing? Today there is a lot of pressure on politicians to legalize mercy-killing. In certain countries, mercy killing of patients suffering from incurable diseases or terminal illness has been regulated by... Read More...
Guru Sakhis
Solar Eclipse at Kurukshetra
Solar Eclipse at Kurukshetra After leaving Hardwar Guru Nanak Dev ji went to Kurukshetra. It was the day of solar eclipse. People in large numbers had gathered there. In those days people had wrong ideas about Solar and Lunar eclipse. They believed... 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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