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Guru Nanak:"As fragrance abides in the flower As reflection is within the mirror,So does your Lord abide within you,Why search for him without?"
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.

 Q8. What are the distinctive features of Sikhism?

Each prophet gives some light and message to the world. Guru Nanek, the Founder of Sikhism, and his nine successors made a distinct contribution to religion and religious thought. Sikhism may be distinguished from other religions from three stand-points: philosophy, community or institution and physical appearance.

From the philosophical stand-point, the contribution of Sikhism may be called Nam Marg. Guru Nanek emphasized the need for man's devotion to the Timeless Almighty. He illustrates the attributes of God in his Mul-Muntra. He asks man to dedicate himself, day and night to the remembrance of God and His Name.

The Guru also gave to his followers the form of a community with certain institutions such as Deg, Teg, and Fateh. By Deg is meant the system of community kitchen (Langar) maintained by contributions of the Sikhs. Everyone is to donate one-tenth (Daswand) of his income. Teg, is the sword or Bhagwati represents power, which was necessary to preserve freedom of religious worship and to end tryranny. For this reason, Guru Gobind Singh gave to God among other names, the name of Sarabloh(All steel). The Sikh believes in God's victory(fateh). His salutaion is Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh: the victory is God's and the Khalsa is God's. The Sikh always believes in Chardi Kala, (progress and optimism) in the reform and improvement of society, as a continous process.

Sikhism also believes in discipline. Guru Gobind Singh gave the Sikh a new apearance and administered him the Baptism of the Sword. He infused in him a spirit of fearlessness and a belief in his own invincibility and told him to maintian the five symbols*, each beginned with the letter K. (*symbols are: Hair (Kesh), Sword (Kirpan), Underwear (Katcha), Comb (Kanga), Bracelet (Kara).)

Another tenet of Sikhism is humility (Garibi). The Gurus asked their followers to regard themselves servants of the Congregation (Sangat). The tenth Guru, after administering his new baptism to the five chosen ones, asked them on bent knees and with folded hands, to administer baptism (Amrit) to him. In the entire human history, there is no other case of a Guru kneeling before his followers.

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The Indian Express SGPC to Capt Amarinder Singh: Take up Sikh hijackers' retrial with RajnathThe Indian ExpressA member of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) Sunday urged Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh to take up the issue of...
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Sikh judge promoted to UK Court of AppealThe HinduA British Sikh has become the first Indian-origin judge to be promoted to one of the senior-most posts in the U.K. judicial system. Sir Rabinder Singh is one of the seven judges to occupy the seven-...
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Feminism in India (blog) Sikh Women And The Politics Of HairFeminism in India (blog)One of the most distinguishing features about Sikhs is the practice of keeping long uncut hair (kes). Some women, do not cut the hair on their head, some do not cut ...
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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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Huddersfield Examiner Sikh community leader and Huddersfield bus driver retires after 30 years behind the wheelHuddersfield ExaminerDiwali 2014 celebrations at the Guru Nanak Gurdwara (Sikh Temple), Springwood. Pictured at the Lola Caterers' stand a...
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Live Law British Sikh Judge Sir Rabinder Singh Promoted To The UK Court Of ...Live LawSir Rabinder Singh has been promoted to the UK Court of Appeal, becoming the first Indian-origin Judge to be promoted to the post. 53 year old Mr. Justice ...and m...
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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 significance of the five symbols?
  Q65. What is the significance of the five symbols? When Guru Gobind Singh created the Khalsa Panth in 1699, he ordered them to maintain the... Read More...
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Sikhs do not Lie
Sikhs do not Lie "When practicality is not there in reality, our knowledge is of no worth if we do not practice. – Harbhajan Singh yogi ji Once a Sikh was put on trial in the court of a Moughal king. King asked the Sikh to tell him his story 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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