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Guru Amar Das:"When His Nam resides in the mind, Anger and conceit are washed away."
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.

Q122. What is the Sikh attitude to dancing?

Dancing is a mode of entertainment in western countries. Sikhism applies the general test mentioned in the Scripture to any entertainment, namely, "Avoid that which causes pain or harm to the body or produces evil thoughts in the mind." (A.G.p 16) Dancing with partners of the opposite sex is likely to cause sensuous thoughts, for intimate bodily movement rouse the lower passions.

However, cultural dances like Bhangra, Gidda, Tiranjan etc. are not forbidden, but these should not be performed in the presence of Guru Granth Sahib. Such dances are meant for social occasions or festivals and have no religious significance. There are other religious dances which are done by the Hindus (as for example Ras-Lila), and also by Muslim Sufi mystics. Such dances are not permitted in Sikhism. What the Guru permitted was 'the dance of the mind', and not of the body. The Guru says:
 
"O my mind, dance before the Guru;
If you dance according to the will of the Guru
You will gain happiness, and the fear of death will vanish." (AG, 506).

This kind of dance is the result of spiritual ecstasy, and is free from physical jerking and gymnastics.

Similar is the Sikh attitude to Discotheque. Disco is a blend of physical movements related to loud pop music. The lights in the hall or the room are deliberately kept dim to enable the partners to get closer and make love easier. As disco is likely to arouse sexual feelings, it is not permitted to the Sikhs. Dances purely for the promotion of physical health or fitness are not taboo. Similarly dating or mixing of boys with girls alone for the purpose of illicit love or petting or flirting is forbidden in Sikhism. However, the meeting of a boy with a girl in the presence of their parents or elders of the community in connection with a marriage proposal is permissible.

iWitness Living a Carnage 1984

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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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Quartz Ads by the National Sikh Campaign to educate Americans about ...QuartzTo be Sikh in America means living in a country where a majority of the population knows little to nothing of your faith. Or worse. In the month following the 9/11 ...This ...
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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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Sikhism FAQs
Sikhism FAQs:Mention the important Sikh festivals.
Q117. Mention the important Sikh festivals. Sikh festivals are many, for example general festivals like the birthdays, the accession anniversaries of the Gurus, the death anniversaries of the Gurus, in addition to other special events. There are... Read More...
Guru Sakhis
IMAGE Guru Stories:Chhote Sahibzade's Pictorial
  Chhote Sahibzade's Pictorial As soon as the two Sahibzadas attained martyrdom Mata Gujri Ji, who was sitting in meditation in the tower, breathed her last. The messenger who came with the news of the martyrdom of the Sahibzadas found that... 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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