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Guru Arjan:"Without the True Guru,Pride is not removed from the heart."
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

KATU Police: Man attacked woman inside Sikh temple, facing attempted rape and sex abuse chargesKATUGresham Police say a man was arrested for attacking a woman inside a Sikh temple. Police were sent to the temple at SE 197th and Stark around 10 p.m. ...
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Sikh24 News & Updates 1984 Sikh Genocide: Supreme Court Orders Govt To Produce 199 Files CasesSikh24 News & UpdatesNEW DELHI, India—A Supreme Court's bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra ordered the union government of India to produce files of 199 c...
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Sikh24 News & Updates Sikhs Protest As Gurdwara Sahib in Kashmir Burgled & Desecrated ...Sikh24 News & UpdatesJAMMU, Kashmir—Sikh sangat (congregations) have spilled onto the streets in the northern Indian state of Kashmir after a burglary over the ...
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Hindustan Times DSGMC: Bypoll for Delhi's Sikh-dominated Rajouri Garden seat on April 9Hindustan TimesThe byelection to the Sikh-dominated Rajouri Garden assembly segment in Delhi will take place on April 9. The seat fell vacant after the Aam Aadmi ...
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MyStateline.com Local Church Hosts Lecture On Sikh ReligionMyStateline.comBaba Ji talked to residents about the origination of the Sikh religion and it's traditions. He says a better understanding can help people identify the misconceptions that may...
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Merced Sun-Star Hola Mohalla in Livingston celebrates Sikh history, religionMerced Sun-StarIt was started in the Punjab region of northern India and eastern Pakistan. More than 30,000 Sikhs live in the central San Joaquin Valley. About 20 percent of...
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Huffington Post Captain Amarinder Singh: Release the Sikh Political PrisonersHuffington PostFor most of Bapu Surat Singh Khalsa's (Bapu ji's) hunger strike, the politicians in Punjab have ignored his plight to free Sikh political prisoners. Question...
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Hindustan Times 'You don't belong in this country': White man yells at Sikh-American woman in NYHindustan TimesA Sikh-American woman was allegedly harassed on a subway train in New York after a white man mistook her for a West Asian and allegedly sh...
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Sikhism FAQs
Sikhism FAQs:Describe the Sikh worship.
Q114. Describe the Sikh worship. Generally a Sikh Temple - Gurdwara - remains open throughout the day, so that worshippers can offer prayers at any time convenient to them. However, in India, two services are held daily in every Sikh temple, one in... Read More...
Guru Sakhis
Humility : Baba Sri Chand Jee meeting the Fourth Guru
Humility : Baba Sri Chand Jee meeting the Fourth Guru Once the elder son of Guru Nanak Sahib Jee went to Amritsar to visit Guru Raam Daas Sahib Jee, the fourth heir to the throne of Guru Nanak Sahib Jee. Baba Sri Chand Jee tried to belittle and... 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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