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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.

 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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Leicester Mercury Vaisakhi 2017: City centre becomes spectacle of colour as thousands of Sikhs join in paradeLeicester MercuryLeicester city centre became a spectacle of colour as thousands of Sikhs took part in the annual Vaisakhi parade. The proce...
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Birmingham Mail Vaisakhi 2017: Sikh festival brings HUGE parade before mela at Handsworth ParkBirmingham MailThe larger procession sets off from the Gurdwara Ramgarhia Sikh Temple in Graham Street, Hockley, at 10am, arriving at Handsworth Park at 1p...
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Globalnews.ca Sikh New Year celebrations take place in Toronto on Sunday, road closures in effectGlobalnews.caSikh New Year celebrations are taking place in Toronto on Sunday afternoon and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Premier Kathleen Wynne and Ma...
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The Independent Turban-style Vesakhi welcome by Singapore SikhsThe IndependentTHE turbans fly and the true spirited Sikh solidarity is always shown in the celebration of the auspicious harvest festival, Vesakhi, which the Singapore Khalsa Associatio...
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The Hindu UK could get first Sikh woman MPThe HinduPreet Kaur Gill, a Labour Councillor in Sandwell, is hoping to become the first woman Sikh MP after she was selected earlier this week for the June 8 general elections to replace Gisela Stuart in Bi...
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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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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:What are the Seats of Authority (Takhats) in Sikhism?
Q118. What are the Seats of Authority (Takhats) in Sikhism? 'Takhat' which literally means a throne or seat of authority is a result of historical growth of Sikhism. There are five Takhats. The first and the most important one was established by... Read More...
Guru Sakhis
King Ambaris and Durvasa
King Ambaris and Durvasa The Sakhi about King Ambaris and Durvasa is recorded by Bhai Gurdas Ji in his Waars: This Shabad is by Bhai Gurdaas Ji in Vaars Bhai Gurdaas on Pannaa 10 a(n)bareek muhi varath hai raath pee dhurabaasaa aaeiaa|| One evening... 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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