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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.

iWitness Living a Carnage 1984

Hindustan Times 'Rumours' drove assault on four Sikh men in ChainpuraThe HinduRumours and fear of the unknown purportedly drove villagers of Chainpura, about 160 km from Jaipur, to assault four Sikh men here last month. The villagers said the victim...
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India Today Lucknow: Yogi Adityanath's security asks Sikh man to remove his turban, CM assures actionIndia Today"It never happened ever since the 1984 Sikh riots that I was asked to remove my turban in Gorakhpur," said a visibly moved Singh, who was...
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The Indian Express Sarbat Khalsa Jathedars warn Sikh priests against performing KPS Gill's last prayersThe Indian ExpressJathedars appointed by Sarbat Khalsa and some other Sikh bodies have warned the community priests against performing last prayer...
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Sikh24 News & Updates Reaction by Sikh Activists and Salutes by Indian Leaders on “Supercop” KP Gill's DeathSikh24 News & UpdatesKP Gill, a former Punjab Police Chief, notorious for massacring innocent Sikh youths in the late eighties and early nine...
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HuffPost Proud To Be An American, Proud To Be SikhHuffPostThe first Sikhs came to America from India in 1899, and they did so because they understood that if they worked hard that their families could have a good life in a nation that promoted equal...
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SikhSiyasat.Net USA: Sikh Couple Secures Right To Kirpan At Kaiser PermanenteSikhSiyasat.NetSan Francisco: As reported by Sikh Coalition two devout Sikh parents have received an apology from Kaiser Permanente along with a system-wide religious accom...
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Times of India 51 FIRs registered: Desperate Haryanvi men turn 'fake Sikhs' to join ...Times of IndiaThere are 51 FIRs registered against young men from Haryana in the past two years who have tried to pass themselves off as Jatt Sikhs so that they c...
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Hindustan Times Manchester attack: Sikhs in the forefront to provide helpHindustan TimesFrom taxi driver Mann Singh and volunteers from Birmingham, to local gurdwaras, members of the Sikh community were at hand to offer transport, food, water and sh...
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Sikhism FAQs
Sikhism FAQs:Is drinking permitted in Sikhism?
Is drinking permitted in Sikhism? "One man offers wine and another pours it himself; It makes him crazy and senseless and devoid of all reason. Then one cannot distinguish between one's own and another's and is cursed by God. Drinking it, one... Read More...
Guru Sakhis
Guru Nanak and Kaljug Pandit
Correcting Kaljug Pandit This incident took place in 1510 (during Guru Nanak Sahib jis first preaching odyssey - Udasi) . A Brahmin named 'Kalyug' had made his abode there. He was a learned man beside being very rich. Many pilgrims were his... 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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