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Guru Amar Das:"When a man comes to know of his fault, He should repent for it."
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

SBS Sikh boy forced to attend different school over turban banSBSAccording to data collected in the 2011 Census, Australia is home to just over 72,000 Sikhs. The Chairperson of the Sikh Interfaith Council, Jasbir Singh Suropada, told SBS many Sikh c...
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Religion News Service Nikki Haley's Sikh heritage will help her protect minority religionsReligion News ServiceLike her, I have parents who speak the Punjabi language, profess the Sikh religion and come from rough and tumble rural stock. I believe h...
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Times of India Five-year-old Sikh boy denied school enrollment in Australia for wearing turbanTimes of IndiaSikhs are their own enemy and wherever they go create this kind of problem for themselves and for other Indians.There is no reason for 5 year...
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Economic Times 1984 anti-Sikh riots: Supreme Court wants status report on SIT probeThe HinduThe Supreme Court on Monday sought a comprehensive status report on the probe into the 1984 anti-Sikh riot cases being investigated by the SIT set up in 2014...
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Hindustan Times Plaques blaming Indira, Rajiv for 1984 anti-Sikh riots to be set up at Delhi memorialHindustan TimesTwo plaques holding former prime ministers Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi responsible for the 1984 riots will be part of a memorial w...
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AZCentral.com Sikh gathering and march in Phoenix promotes tolerance, awarenessAZCentral.comValley Sikhs and others hoping to learn more about the community gathered at the Phoenix Convention Center on Sunday. Loading… Post to Facebook. Sikh gatheri...
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The Indian Express As Dalit, Sikh issues take centrestage, in Punjab, parties question SC orderThe Indian ExpressAt a rally in village Rania, SAD MLA and Gill constituency candidate Darshan Singh Shivalik hits out at the Congress for the 1984 operat...
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Sikhs to celebrate in Hastings streetsNew Zealand HeraldPhoto / Duncan Brown. Hastings streets will be flooded with colour as a centuries old tradition is celebrated in the inaugural Hastings Sikh Parade. An integral part of Sikh culture, the parad...
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Sikhism FAQs
Sikhism FAQs:What do you know of Guru Har Rai?
Q83. What do you know of Guru Har Rai? Guru Har Rai(1630-1661) was installed as Guru at the age of 14. He was the grandson of Guru Har Gobind though without his military genius. Guru Har Rai was a man of peace and love. He was fond of serving the... Read More...
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Sheshnag covered Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji's face from the sun
Sheshnag covered Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji's face from the sun Couplet - The beautiful life story of the Lord manifest as Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji is being beautifully expounded while he grows like a blossoming flower showing its glory during the rainy... 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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