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Guru Arjan:"Ah me, why are you wailing? All that you beheld is false and transcient;Remember His Nam which only is true."
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

KALW “I ain't here for no reason”: Stories of Sikh-American resilienceKALWSikhs have often been victims of hate crimes since 9/11, but they've actually faced violence since they set foot on U.S. soil a century ago. Today, in the Bay Area, the voices...
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SikhSiyasat.Net Sikh Activists Booked For Peacefully Protesting Against Dera Sirsa FunctionSikhSiyasat.NetPatiala: Marauri village of Samana town, district Patiala here on Sunday was on its heels when Dera Sira Sauda's followers organised a 'Naam Ch...
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ABC Online Melbourne Sikh family challenge 'inclusive' Christian school's ban ...ABC OnlineA Melbourne family has launched legal action against a Christian school for banning their son from wearing his traditional Sikh patka, a turban worn by childr...
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Indiatimes.com Sikh Bravehearts Put Their Lives On The Line To Save Kashmir ...Indiatimes.comOnce again, Sikh men go out of their way to help people.Video: Sikh Men Risk Lives to Save Items From Mosque in J&K ...The Quintall 2 news articles »
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The Indian Express SGPC to Capt Amarinder Singh: Take up Sikh hijackers' retrial with ...The Indian ExpressIn a statement, Karnail Singh Panjoli said Amarinder Singh has shown his willingness to provide legal aid to two hijackers, who will be facing...
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The Indian Express WATCH: Sikh men risk their lives to save items at a Mosque in KashmirThe Indian ExpressA video footage shows members of the Sikh community risking their lives and jumped in to save items at a Mosque. The video shows flood water in...
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Gazette Live Hundreds fill the streets for the annual Sikh Nagar Kirtan paradeGazette LiveIn Middlesbrough , people lined the streets to watch as the celebration parade made its way from the Sikh Temple in Lorne Street, where prayers were read, befo...
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Economic Times Meet Preet Kaur Gill, Britain's first Sikh woman MP - The Economic ...Economic TimesWhile there have been Sikh MPs in the past, this is the first time that a Sikh woman - Preet Kaur Gill - and a man who wears a turban were elected.and...
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Sikhism FAQs
Sikhism FAQs: Is fear the basis of all religions?
Q5. Is fear the basis of all religions? In ancient times, it is true that the fear of the unknown, the anger of gods and goddesses and the concept of divine punishment compelled people to believe in some sort of religion. They began to worship the... Read More...
Guru Sakhis
Getting Advice from Siri Guru Granth Sahib
Getting Advice from Siri Guru Granth Sahib A Fun and Inspiring Story related to the Siri Guru Granth Sahib, by Gurshabad Singh Khalsa (La Jolla/Espanola). har bhagathaa har dhhan raas hai gur pooshh karehi vaapaar || The devotees of the Lord have... 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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