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Guru Amar Das:"Unhappy is he,Who lives under the influence of greed,luxury, anger and pride."
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.

Q35. What are the traits of a True Guru?

In view of the need of a Guru, one must be on guard against a pseudo of fake Guru. Sikhism lays down certain qualifications and qualities for a Guru.

The Guru must be a perfect man who is able to inspire confidence in his disciples. He must come to their aid in every emergency. A Guru does not live in an ivory tower. He mixes freely with all sorts of people.

The Guru is not an incarnation of God. He is a humble prophet or messenger, invested with the duty of showing the true spiritual way to ordinary people. Guru Nanak says: "He is whom the Light is fully manifest is the Guru." He must be prepared to suffer for his principles. He must not claim any status or excellance for himself. He is fearless and without hate. He may come in conflict with hostile social forces, vested interests and evil people out to oppose him, but must deal with them gently and bear ill-will to no one. Guru Nanak compares a Guru to a ladder, and sometimes to a ship. All the Sikh Gurus had the same light, Jot, the Divine Spirit in them.

Perhaps one of the greatest traits of the Sikh Gurus was their humility. Guru Nanak regarded himself as the lowest of the lowly. Other Gurus also were meek in spirit. They accepted all suffering in a spirit of resignation. Guru Arjan and Guru Tegh Bahadur became martyrs to the cause they chrished and in spite of possessing supernatural powers, refused to exercise them, because the working of miracles is not in accordance with the Will of God.
The Guru occupies the highest status in the Sikh religion. Guru Nanak says:

 
"The divine spark is in all,
It pervades every heart.
By the Grace of the Guru,
It may be revealed, then the devotee feels blessed."

Slowly and steadily, the Guru guides the development of the Sikh to perfection and if the Sikh be very lucky, the Guru transforms him into the Guru. The Guru remembers "The Name", day and night and makes others do so. He is just like a boat, ferrying people across the tempestuous ocean of life.

Meeting a True Guru, is a sign of benediction. The disciple must prepare himself morally and spiritually for his guidance. He is a tower of strength, a beacon, lighting man's path in this dark world.

 

iWitness Living a Carnage 1984

Times of India 1984 anti-Sikh riot victims: Delhi government waives power bills of over 2000 familiesTimes of IndiaNEW DELHI: The Delhi government has decided to waive pending electricity bills of over 2,000 families of 1984 anti-Sikh riot victims. ...
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Rajasthan Government to probe video showing Sikh men beaten in AjmerThe Indian ExpressRajasthan State Commission for Minorities has sought a factual report on a video that has gone viral today showing four Sikh men purportedly beaten up by local re...
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Sikh community donates metallic palanquin to Lahore MuseumBusiness StandardThe museum features a rich collection of Sikh artefacts, including gold, silver and copper coins, as well as Ranjit Singh's gold medals, miniatures including portraits of Si...
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Huffington Post India 7 Times When Sikhs Across The World Showed How To Help During A CrisisHuffington Post IndiaAs help and support pour in for the concertgoers who went to attended the Ariana Grande show only to be caught in a terrorist nightmare,...
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Times of India Sikhs rally round to help those stranded by Manchester attackTimes of India"We lent them phones and we rang up Sikh taxi drivers in the city who came and took them to their homes or hotels free of charge. The temples are all still ope...
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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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Times of India US Sikhs launch campaign to spread awareness about SikhismTimes of IndiaThe 'We Are Sikhs' campaign has been running ads on television and social media. "There is already a positive response from Americans from across the nation and t...
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The Independent Manchester Sikh temples offer food and shelter to people affected by terror attackThe IndependentThe four nearby Gurdwaras - Sri Guru Gobind Singh Gurdwara Educational and Cultural Centre, Gurdwara Sri Guru Harkrisham Sahib, Dasmesh ...
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Sikhism FAQs
Sikhism FAQs:What do you know of Guru Amardas?
Q79. What do you know of Guru Amardas? Guru Amardas (1479-1574) came to the succession by dint of his selfless services, at the age of 73. Guru Angad's son, Dattu, was enraged at this and kicked Guru Amardas. Guru Amardas did not take it ill but... Read More...
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Baba Buddha Blessed Mata Ganga When Mata Ganga (d. 1628 AD), sought the blessings of Guru Arjan Dev to bear a child, Guru Sahib advised her to invoke the blessings of Baba Buddha (1506-1631 AD), the most revered... 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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