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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.

Q6. What are the characteristics of the Sikh religion?

Sikhism is a monotheistic faith. It recognizes God as the only One. He who is not subject to time or space. He who is the Creator, Sustainer and Destroyer of the Universe.

Moreover in Sikhism, ethics and religion go together. The inculcation of moral qualities and the practice of virtue in everyday life is a vital step towards spiritual development. Qualities like honesty, compassion, generosity, patience, humility etc. can be built up only by effort and perseverence. The lives of the Gurus show how they lived their lives according to their code of ethics.

Sikhism does not believe in Avtarvada, that God takes a human form. It does not attach any value to gods and goddessses and other deities.

The Sikh religion rejects all rituals and routine practices like fasting and pilgrimage, omens and austerities. The goal of human life to merge with God is accomplished by following the teachings of the Guru, by meditation on the holy Name and performance of acts of service and charity.

Sikhism emphasises Bhakti Marg or the path of devotion. It does, however, recognizes the limited value of Gian Marg(Path of Knowledge) and Karam Marag(Path of Action). It also lays stress on the need for earning God's Grace in order to reach the spiritual goal.

Sikhism is a modern, logical, and practical religion. It believes that normal family-life(Grasth) is no barrier to salvation. That it is possible to live detached in the midst of worldly ills and temptations. A devotee must live in the world and yet keep his head above the usual tensions and turmoils. He must be a soldier, scholar and saint for God.
The Gurus believed that this life has a purpose and a goal. It offers an opportunity for self and God realization. Moreoever man is responsible for his own actions. He cannot claim immunity from the results of his actions. He must therefore be very vigilant in what he does. Finally, the Sikh Scripture (Sri Guru Granth Sahib) is the perpetual Guru. This is the only religion which has given the Holy Book the status of a religious preceptor. There is no place for a livign human Guru(Dehdhari) in Sikh religion.

iWitness Living a Carnage 1984

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Economic Times CBI thinks Sikh radicals behind killings in PunjabEconomic TimesA controversial Sikh leader in Punjab, who enjoys political patronage from across the political spectrum, is under the scanner for his possible role in the murders, they ...
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The Independent Influential Sikh youth group associating with far-right EDL founder Tommy RobinsonThe IndependentAn influential Sikh youth group has been accused of associating with far-right English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson and alleged...
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Hindustan Times Join sacrilege probe: Sikh leaders to SGPCThe TribuneLeaders of several Sikh religious bodies today demanded that the SGPC should not take refuge behind the Akal Takht to deny justice to the deceased and those who had sustained injur...
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Winnipeg Free Press Sikh truckers suing MPI for discriminationWinnipeg Free PressA group of Sikh truckers is suing Autopac, alleging the auto insurer is discriminating against them by ordering to retake tests to qualify for trucking licences in Mani...
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WLWT Cincinnati Local United Sikh member returns from relief effort in Puerto RicoWLWT CincinnatiSome of the most devastated areas in Puerto Rico are just now getting relief help and among one group reaching the most desperate areas is a West Cheste...
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Sikhism FAQs
Sikhism FAQs:What do you know of Guru Tegh Bahadur?
Q85. What do you know of Guru Tegh Bahadur? Guru Harkrishan had not specifically named the Ninth Guru. So no less than 22 imposters who called themselves Guru set themselves up in the village of Bakala. Bhai Makhan Shah, a Lubana went to Bakala to... Read More...
Guru Sakhis
BHAI BHOOMIYA and the 3 golden rules
BHAI BHOOMIYA (From 'Guru Nanak Chamatkar' by Bhai Saheb Bhai Vir Singh ji) (English translation by Bimal Inderjit Singh) There lived a landlord in a village near Dacca, and though he was a rich farmer, he led a gang of thieves, who robbed the... 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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