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Guru Arjan:"God alone Gives and His Givings know no bounds."
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.

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SikhSiyasat.Net Sikh Youth Killed in Delhi for Objecting to Smoking at Public PlaceSikhSiyasat.NetNew Delhi: A 21-year-old Sikh man was killed and his friend was severely injured when a car reportedly hit their bike in the small hours of Monday (Sep...
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The Oakland Press Enlisting SpongeBob and 'Game of Thrones' to counter anti-Sikh prejudiceThe Oakland PressSince April, the National Sikh Campaign has aired “We Are Sikhs” ads depicting adherents of the religion as neighbors and proud Americans on C...
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SikhSiyasat.Net Around 100 UK MP's Endorse Non-Indian Ethnic Identity Move Of SikhsSikhSiyasat.NetLondon: Around 100 British MPs cutting across party lines have aligned with a Sikh organisation known as Sikh Federation UK to endorse and support the ...
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SikhSiyasat.Net Australian school discriminated against turban-wearing boy - BBC ...BBC NewsA tribunal says the Christian school discriminated against the boy by not letting him wear a turban.Aussie Sikh Student Wins Discrimination Case against Chri...
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Vancouver Sun Attacks on Jagmeet Singh's Sikh faith outrageous in most of Canada ...National PostMONTREAL — When an Ontario woman confronted NDP leadership candidate Jagmeet Singh at a recent public meeting, accusing the Sikh politician of ...Dougla...
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Fresno Bee Sikh ad campaign makes positive impression in Fresno, California ...Fresno BeeWe are Sikhs Fresno information campaign made an impression on Valley residents.How I Learned What Muslims and Sikhs Have in Common Under ...Splinter (blog)all ...
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ABC Online Christian school discriminated against five-year-old Sikh boy ... - ABCABC OnlineA Victorian tribunal has ruled a Christian school in Melbourne unlawfully discriminated against a young Sikh boy, when it refused to accept him as a student ...
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Los Angeles Times LAPD seeks suspect who vandalized Los Feliz Sikh temple ...Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles police have identified a suspect who wrote a pair of hateful screeds on the outside of a Sikh temple in Los Feliz and threatened to slit the th...
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Sikhism FAQs
Sikhism FAQs:Are there castes among the Sikhs?
Q69. Are there castes among the Sikhs? Five hundred years ago, Guru Nanak introduced the concept of a casteless society. The Hindus rigidly adhered to the caste system which divided the community into water-tight compartments. This not only prevents... Read More...
Guru Sakhis
Bandi-Chhor Divas (Diwali)
Bandi-Chhor Divas (Diwali) The Sikhs celebrate Diwali in memory of the return of the sixth Nanak (Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji) from detention in the Gwalior Fort. When Murtaja Khan, Nawab of Lahore, noticed that Guru Ji had constructed Sri Akaal Takht... 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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