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Guru Nanak:"Alone let him constantly meditate in solitude on that which is salutary for his soul, for he who meditates in solitude attains supreme bliss."
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.

 

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Protected monument status sought for Anglo-Sikh war memorialsTimes of IndiaBATHINDA/FEROZEPUR: At a time when voices are being raised to convert Bhagat Singh's Ferozepur hideout into a museum, demand has been made to declare four memorials associat...
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Straight.com Vancouver Sikh society builds bridges with LGBT South Asians to practise what they preachStraight.comNow, the Sikh and LGBT communities are joining together in a momentous partnership to celebrate the historical Sikh spring festival Vai...
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Sikh24 News & Updates Sikhs Extra Vigilant in London After Terror AttackSikh24 News & UpdatesSikh have borne the brunt of knee-jerk reprisals in the past as hate crimes usually and as such Gurdwara Sahibs often been a target, so local Sikh communiti...
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The Tribune Two ASIs lose job for challaning Sikh girl - The TribuneThe TribuneTheTribune: Ludhiana: A Sikh girl was reportedly challaned by the Ludhiana traffic police yesterday following which two ASIs were given compulsory retirement.and more » ...
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Sikh24 News & Updates Upset As Pak Govt Omits Sikhs in National CensusSikh24 News & UpdatesLAHORE, Pakistan—Over 20,000 Sikhs residing in Pakistan are disappointed over the non-inclusion of Sikhism as a distinct religion in the first census being co...
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Sikh24 News & Updates Released Sikh Prisoner Rearrested By Indian GovernmentSikh24 News & UpdatesNEW DELHI, India—Political Sikh prisoner Bhai Gursewak Singh Babla, who had been released from jail in 2011, after serving 27 years of imprisonment, was...
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Deutsche Welle German teens sentenced for Sikh temple bombing in EssenDeutsche WelleA court in Essen handed three teenagers long juvenile sentences of up to seven years on Tuesday for their role in a bomb attack on a Sikh temple last spring, a court...
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CBC.ca Sikh groups invite others to 'Experience the Turban' - Windsor - CBC ...CBC.caWindsor Sikh groups are inviting people to experience a part of their culture by learning how to put on a turban today. The event at the University of Windsor runs ...
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Sikhism FAQs
Sikhism FAQs:What is the Sikh attitude to Family-planning?
Q124. What is the Sikh attitude to Family-planning? In olden times, the problem of family-planning did not exist. Even today in areas where population is scanty and resources adequate, family-planning is not necessary. This does not mean that... Read More...
Guru Sakhis
True Saint, Fearless Soldier: Bhai Taru Singh
True Saint, Fearless Soldier: Bhai Taru Singh bhaitarusingh.jpgFor those of you who enjoyed Vismaad Productions' work with Sahibzadey, Rise of the Khalsa and Sundri, there is now a new animated movie to look forward to this fall. Bhai Taru Singh:... 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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