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Guru Nanak:"Even Kings and emperors with heaps of wealth and vast dominion cannot compare with an ant filled with the love of God."
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.

 

iWitness Living a Carnage 1984

Times of India Post takht chief's firing, focus on Sikh clerics' autonomyTimes 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 religious in...
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Zee News Punjab CM urges Rajnath Singh to get blacklisted Sikh youths into mainstreamZee NewsPunjab chief minister Amarinder Singh today met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and raised the issue of getting back blacklisted Sikh youths into the main...
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Hindustan Times Legend of Sikh martyr Bhai Taru Singh comes alive via animationHindustan TimesWith high sentimental values, beliefs and aspirations attached to it, the saga of Sikh martyr Bhai Taru Singh, who chose to die but not lose his faith, wil...
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CBS New York Politicans Stand With Sikh Cabbie After Turban Stolen In Bronx ...CBS New YorkNEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York City politicians stood in solidarity Friday with a Sikh cab driver who claims he was attacked in a possible hate crime last ....
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Business Standard Indians in Canada deplore motion declaring 1984 anti-Sikh riots genocideBusiness StandardThe National Alliance of Indo-Canadians (NAIC) has called on the Members of Provincial Parliament (MPP) of the Ontario assembly to recall and ...
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World Religion News Sikhs Living in America Want Their Fellow Citizens to Know Them ...The Better India (blog)American Sikhs are often subjected to discrimination and prejudice mostly due to a lack of understanding about their faith. This new ad cam...
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Indiatimes.com Here Are 12 Facts About The Sikh Canadian Minister Who Broke The Internet When He Was Sworn InIndiatimes.comHarjit Sajjan, the Canadian minister for defence in Justin Trudeau government broke the internet after being included in the c...
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Moneycontrol.com Sikh cabbie assaulted, turban snatched by passengers in USMoneycontrol.comLast week, Sikhs in the US launched a million-dollar awareness campaign aiming to inform Americans about the Sikh faith amid continuous incidents of hate crim...
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Sikhism FAQs
Sikhism FAQs: What is the Sikh attitude to mercy-killing?
Q125. What is the Sikh attitude to mercy-killing? Today there is a lot of pressure on politicians to legalize mercy-killing. In certain countries, mercy killing of patients suffering from incurable diseases or terminal illness has been regulated by... Read More...
Guru Sakhis
Bulleh Shah
Bulleh Shah Those who do not forget the Lord, with each breath and morsel of food, whose minds are filled with the Mantra of the Lord's Name they alone are blessed; O Nanak, they are the perfect Saints. ||1|| Once Baba Bulleh Shah was sitting on... 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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