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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

The Tribune White man yells at Sikh girl: 'Go back to Lebanon'The TribuneA Sikh-American girl was harassed on a subway train here when a white man, mistaking her to be from the Middle East, allegedly shouted “go back to Lebanon” and “you don't belon...
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The Indian Express Filmmaker Gurinder Chadha gets Sikh Jewel AwardThe Indian ExpressIndian-origin British director Gurinder Chadha has been honoured with the Sikh Jewel Award for 2017 for her immense contribution to British cinema. Chadha, whose fil...
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Lancashire Evening Post Sikh food kitchen call for donations and volunteersLancashire Evening PostMembers of the Sikh Society hold their first free food kitchen for the homeless and needy at Preston Flag Market. Picture by Paul Heyes, Sunday Februar...
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Hindustan Times Sikh charity in UK accused of fraud | world-news | Hindustan TimesHindustan TimesBritain's regulator of charity organisations investigated a group seeking “to advance the Sikh religion in the UK” and concluded on Friday its main trus...
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Local Sikh group serving free food until April 16Bakersfield NowThe local Sikh community held the event last year and its success resulted in the event lasting longer this year. “Since setting up the Langar, we are feeding between 250-300 people a ...
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KERO 23ABC News Sikh Friends of Bakersfield offering free meals through April 16KERO 23ABC NewsThe Sikh Friends of Bakersfield organization is offering free hot meals daily through April 16 to celebrate unity. The meals are being served in a parking...
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India Today 1984 anti-Sikh riots: Supreme Court says it will re-examine 199 cases closed by Modi government's SITIndia TodayThe emotive issue of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots is all set to take centre stage ahead of next month's Delhi civic polls and hau...
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Truth-Out Empire Files: The Sikh Experience in the USTruth-OutPeople of the Sikh faith, commonly mistaken for both Muslims and Hindus, are frequent targets of bigoted hate crimes -- in fact, the first victim of post-9/11 hate crimes was a Sikh man. ...
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Sikhism FAQs
Sikhism FAQs:Give the substance of the Japji.
Q105. Give the substance of the Japji. The Japji contains the whole basis of the Sikh religion and philosophy. The theme - the evolution of spiritual life - is developed systematically. As a first step, Guru Nanak defines God and sums up His... Read More...
Guru Sakhis
GURU NANAK in JAGANATH PURI - Aarti
GURU NANAK in JAGANATH PURI The temple of Jagan Nath, was one of the four most revered temples of the Hindus. It is said that Jagan Nath's idol was sculptured by the architect of the gods and it was installed at the temple by Lord Brahma himself. It... 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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