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Guru Arjan:"Unhappy is he,Who lives under the influence of greed,luxury, anger and pride"
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

The New Indian Express Akal Takht rejects made-in-Italy kirpan for baptized SikhsThe New Indian ExpressCHANDIGARH: The Akal Takht, the highest temporal body of the Sikhs, on Thursday rejected the modified, non-lethal kirpan (steel sword) manufacture...
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Sikh24 News & Updates 1984 anti-Sikh riots: Polygraph matter in Delhi court todayYahoo India NewsNew Delhi [India], July 26 (ANI): A Delhi court will on Wednesday hear the matter of administrating the lie detector test to witness Abhishek Verma and ...
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The Indian Express Sikh family challenges Australian school's ban on boy's turban | The ...The Indian ExpressThe boy's father Sagardeep Singh Arora said he was surprised the school would not make an exemption for his son. "On the basis of that they ...
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SBS Sikh family awaits decision on son's patka ban after court reserves judgementSBSFive-year-old Sidhak Singh Arora wears the youth version of a turban, which covers uncut hair, as part of his Sikh faith. His father, Sagardeep, alleges it's the rea...
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Times of India Sikh man asked to take off kirpan in Australian busTimes of IndiaMELBOURNE: A Sikh man in Australia was asked to take off his kirpan and "get out" of a bus when a passenger called police in panic after seeing the ceremonial knife, a m...
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Police board bus after man seen with Sikh knifeNew Zealand HeraldPolice boarded a busy commuter bus in Auckland yesterday after a passenger was seen carrying a ceremonial knife, traditionally worn by Sikhs. The man was seen on the Inner Link servic...
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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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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:What is the Sikh baptism - Amrit?
Q110. What is the Sikh baptism - Amrit? Baptism is necessary before joining the Khalsa Panth. Guru Gobind Singh initiated the practice with the establishment of the order of the Khalsa in 1699. The Amrit ceremony (baptism) is held in the presence of... Read More...
Guru Sakhis
Bhai Gurbaksh Singh ji
Bhai Gurbaksh Singh ji Baba Deep Singh ji Shaheed martyrdom in 1757 at Amritsar Sahib was not the last one, in fact it inspired thousands more. In 1757, Baba Dip Singh ji took a vow to evacuate Amritsar Sahib which was in control of Afghani Durrani... 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.
TheSikhEncyclopedia.com