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Guru Nanak:"God is one, but he has innumerable forms. He is the creator of all and He himself takes the human form."
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.

iWitness Living a Carnage 1984

Birth anniversary of Sikh guru Gobind Singh celebratedDaily PioneerBeginning with the Ardaas (prayer) the 350th Prakash Utsav (birth anniversary) of Sikh guru Gobind Singh was celebrated in Mahamrityunjay auditorium of Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya...
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Zee News Sikh devotees throng Amritsar's Golden Temple on 'Prakash Parv' - WatchZee NewsSikh devotees throng Amritsar's Golden Temple on 'Prakash Parv' - Watch. Prakash Parv, the 350th birth anniversary of 'Guru Granth Sahib' was celebrated with muc...
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SikhSiyasat.Net Global Sikh Council Condemns the Horrific Attack in Barcelona in SpainSikhSiyasat.NetBarcelona, Spain: Global Sikh Council has expressed shock at the latest in a wave of deliberate vehicle rammings across Europe. GSC issued a stateme...
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MetroNews Canada Trendy Singh first in Calgary to make printed dastarsMetroNews CanadaJenn Nguyen (left) designed prints for Dastars (the main fabric portion of a. Jennifer Friesen / For Metro. Jenn Nguyen (left) designed prints for Dastars (the mai...
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SikhSiyasat.Net The Black Prince: Review by A Sikh StudentSikhSiyasat.NetIt was not just about a Prince being denied his kingdom, but is about every Sikh who feels bounded and without a kingdom.The movie is a medium for Sikhs to reach out to their i...
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Doklam standoff: Chinese clip mocks Sikhs, called racistTimes of IndiaJALANDHAR: Amid the Doklam stand-off on the Bhutanese border, the state owned Chinese news agency Xinhua has put out a three-minute video in which an actor mocks India by dressin...
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Economic Times Sikh who entered US illegally to be deported to IndiaEconomic TimesBaljit Singh had crossed the border into Texas illegally 12 years ago. His attorney said being a Sikh, he had fled religious persecution in Punjab where he feared ...a...
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Washington Post 70 years after Pakistan-India split, Sikhs search for homeWashington PostPESHAWAR, Pakistan — Radesh Singh's grandfather was just 11 years old when he left his village in India's Punjab province to move to Peshawar, in the far northw...
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Sikhism FAQs
Sikhism FAQs:What is conscience?
Q53. What is conscience? Within each individual is a source of inner judgement, which tells them what is right and what is wrong. Our conscience, is popularly called the voice of God. Even people who follow no particular religion have moral sense.... Read More...
Guru Sakhis
Simran is the Key
Simran is the Key One Pooranmashi, Baba Nand Singh Ji shared these bachans with Sangat - '' Gaaviaa suniaa thin kaa har thhaae paavai, jin sathigur kee aagiaa sath sath kar maanee" Their singing and listening is approved by the Lord; they accept 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.
TheSikhEncyclopedia.com