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Guru Arjan:"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.

 Q44. What is grace?

If the theory of Karma were carried to its logical extreme, no man would deserve redemption. In Sikhism, the doctrine of Karma is modified by the "Principle of Grace". Man's sincere efforts and noble deeds achieve precious little. What is required is a constant solicitation of His aid in effort of spiritual endeavour. Recitation of Gurbani, meditation, acts of love and charity are merely a means to win His Grace.

An humble devotee, like the true bride, surrenders everything to the pleasure of her lord. Surrender to God does not mean slavery but freedom and the extension of one's horizons. Exemplary conduct, good actions and sweet words are necessary, but without Grace, they produce no result. According to Guru Nanak, Karma can abe undone only by His Grace. Just as it is the privilege of the Head of the State to pardon a felon who has been duly convicted by a court of law, in the same way, it is God's prerogative alone to redeem evil-doers and enable them to enter His Kingdom. It is His privilege to grant Grace to those whom He likes. Accordting to J.C. Archer, the Sovereignty and Omnipotence of God is manifold in his dispensation of His Grace.

The doctrine of Grace, does not mean that there are certain chosen prophets and chosen people, God does not have any favourites nor does He make any arbitrary choice. A devotee only prepares himself for being the recipient of His favour. He must empty his mind of evil and fill it with "The Name". This alone creates an awareness of the presence of God within one's self.

The Grace of God may come to the scholar or the unlettered, the high or the low, the rich or the poor. It does not depend on birth, knowledge wisdom or penance. Those who seek His Grace through service and humility understand the purpose of life. Fire lies dormant in wood; one has to kindle it by effort. To realize the Truth is to get in tune with the Infinite.

The Almighty is so Grace abounding-Kirpanidh-that the receiver shouts to Him: "Enough, no more" His bounties know no limit or hindrance.

 

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Patheos (blog) Racist Student Mistakes Sikh Man on Plane for Terrorist in Viral SnapsPatheos (blog)A young man's racist Snapchat story is going viral after he implied a fellow flight passenger was a terrorist and that the plane was at risk, all beca...
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Firstpost Pakistan: India keeping Sikh pilgrims from visitingMinneapolis Star TribuneISLAMABAD — Pakistan says India has refused to allow some 300 Sikh pilgrims to cross the border to observe a major religious holiday. Pakistan's Foreign Ministry sa...
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Akal Takht takes umbrage to Sikh being branded as suspicious on ...Times of IndiaAmritsar: Reacting to a recent incident of mockery of a Sikh and his turban in an aircraft and further sharing of insulting remarks about him on the social media ...an...
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The Guardian Council refuses to back down after Sikh couple denied chance to adopt white childThe GuardianA council that denied a Sikh couple the chance to adopt a child over their “cultural heritage” is refusing to back down, despite the interventi...
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Fox 59 Central Indiana school denounces student's racist Snapchat post about Sikh passenger on planeFox 59The student, who is from Eastern Hancock Schools, took several photos of a Sikh man and captioned them. One message said, “Never mind [sic] I m...
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The Advertiser Sikh Community lodges plans for new temple at Globe Derby Park ...The AdvertiserPLANS for a Sikh temple and community centre at Globe Derby Park will create traffic and safety problems for people who ride their horses there, residents...
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Hamilton Spectator Photos and video: The 14th Annual Sikh Parade | TheSpec.comHamilton SpectatorThe 14th Annual Sikh Parade, in honour of the fifth Guru of the Sikhs Gurur Arjan Dev Ji, who was also the first Sikh martyr, made its way through the st...
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The Independent Racist Snapchat story targeting Sikh man on flight sparks outrage on ...The IndependentAn airline passenger who mocked a Sikh man's turban and suggested he was a terrorist in a series of racist Snapchat posts has sparked outrage on s...
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Sikhism FAQs
Sikhism FAQs:What do you know of the Gurudwara Reform Movement?
 Q94. What do you know of the Gurudwara Reform Movement? Towards the end of the 19th century, the Sikhs felt a need to recapture the glory of the Sikh faith by following its traditions. The Singh Sabha Movement had earlier prepared the ground for a... Read More...
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Sikh Heritage in Paintings Sikh Heritage in Paintings based on Paintings from collection of Punjab and Sind Bank Editor: Makhan Singh   Guru Gobind Singh Ji's Pictorial Curing a Leper The Cobra Provides the Shade The Ethics Of a Shop-Keeper The... 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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