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Guru Nanak:"Nanak, call that a miracle Which the Lord graciously bestows."
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

Rivard Report Sikh Heritage Night at Spurs Game Showcases SA's Cultural DiversityRivard ReportIn Gurpaul Singh's mind, the ideal occasion for San Antonio's Sikh community to showcase its culture was at an event that everyone loves – a Spurs game at ...
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The Tribune 1984 anti-Sikh riots: Centre presents files of closed cases to SCThe TribuneThe MHA — which extended the tenure of the SIT up to August 11, 2017 last month — has also written to the Delhi Government and the Delhi High Court for designati...
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Hindustan Times SC dismisses plea to include Sikh gurus' history in school syllabusHindustan TimesRefusing to entertain a plea for incorporating biographies of all 10 Sikh gurus in school syllabus, the Supreme Court on Monday observed that a litigan...
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The Quint (blog) UK Sikhs Upset Over Captain's 'Khalistani' Remark Against SajjanThe Quint (blog)As Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan successfully concluded his week-long visit to India, steering clear of controversy created by Punjab Ch...
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Hindustan Times Sikh regiment plan in British army dropped againHindustan TimesFirst mooted and abandoned over a decade ago, the plan to raise a Sikh regiment in the British army was revived before the 2015 election, considered by the chief of army ...
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CBC.ca These men want to be the first turbaned Sikhs elected to the B.C. ...CBC.caThis month marks 70 years since Sikhs were given the right to vote in British Columbia and two South Asian candidates in the upcoming provincial election want ...and m...
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Hindustan Times Indiana passes resolution hailing Sikhs' contributions to AmericaHindustan TimesThe US state of Indiana has unanimously passed a resolution recognising the Sikh community's “significant contributions” to America. “The Indiana Senate ...
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Times of India takht jathedars: Post takht chief's firing, focus on Sikh clerics ...Times of IndiaAMRITSAR: The removal of jathedar (chief) of Takht Damdama Sahib Giani Gurmukh Singh by the SGPC on Friday has again brought to the fore the issue of ....
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Sikhism FAQs
Sikhism FAQs:What is the routine of a Sikh?
Q73. What is the routine of a Sikh? Practical Sikhism is based on three pragmatic concepts Nam Japna, Kirt Karna and Wand Chhakna. This three-fold path signifies the remembrance of "The Name" performing honest labour for a living and sharing one's... Read More...
Guru Sakhis
How to Escape the Cycle of Birth and Death
Bhai Deepa Deo, Narain Dass and Boola Bhai Deepa Deo, Narain Dass and Boola came to Guru Angad Dev, prostrated before him and prayed to him to save them from the cycle of birth and death. Guruji advised them to practice devotion (bhakti) to... 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