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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.

Q35. What are the traits of a True Guru?

In view of the need of a Guru, one must be on guard against a pseudo of fake Guru. Sikhism lays down certain qualifications and qualities for a Guru.

The Guru must be a perfect man who is able to inspire confidence in his disciples. He must come to their aid in every emergency. A Guru does not live in an ivory tower. He mixes freely with all sorts of people.

The Guru is not an incarnation of God. He is a humble prophet or messenger, invested with the duty of showing the true spiritual way to ordinary people. Guru Nanak says: "He is whom the Light is fully manifest is the Guru." He must be prepared to suffer for his principles. He must not claim any status or excellance for himself. He is fearless and without hate. He may come in conflict with hostile social forces, vested interests and evil people out to oppose him, but must deal with them gently and bear ill-will to no one. Guru Nanak compares a Guru to a ladder, and sometimes to a ship. All the Sikh Gurus had the same light, Jot, the Divine Spirit in them.

Perhaps one of the greatest traits of the Sikh Gurus was their humility. Guru Nanak regarded himself as the lowest of the lowly. Other Gurus also were meek in spirit. They accepted all suffering in a spirit of resignation. Guru Arjan and Guru Tegh Bahadur became martyrs to the cause they chrished and in spite of possessing supernatural powers, refused to exercise them, because the working of miracles is not in accordance with the Will of God.
The Guru occupies the highest status in the Sikh religion. Guru Nanak says:

 
"The divine spark is in all,
It pervades every heart.
By the Grace of the Guru,
It may be revealed, then the devotee feels blessed."

Slowly and steadily, the Guru guides the development of the Sikh to perfection and if the Sikh be very lucky, the Guru transforms him into the Guru. The Guru remembers "The Name", day and night and makes others do so. He is just like a boat, ferrying people across the tempestuous ocean of life.

Meeting a True Guru, is a sign of benediction. The disciple must prepare himself morally and spiritually for his guidance. He is a tower of strength, a beacon, lighting man's path in this dark world.

 

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SikhSiyasat.Net Inspiration Behind “The Black Prince” [Op-Ed]SikhSiyasat.NetFor far too long Sikhs have complained that our history has been distorted and misrepresented by the British. The period of our history relating to the Sikh Raj, its fall an...
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Ceremonial Sikh knife prompts police raid on Auckland busNew Zealand HeraldA man carrying a ceremonial knife traditionally worn by Sikhs prompted a police raid on a busy commuter bus in Auckland yesterday. The incident happened around 10am while co...
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Hindustan Times Maharashtra school textbook should not call Bhindranwale a terrorist: Sikh groupsHindustan TimesSikh organisations in Maharashtra have written to education minister Vinod Tawde to remove references to Jarnailsingh Bhindranwale, a mil...
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SBS Sikh family fights for son to wear turban at Christian school | SBS NewsSBSThe father of a Sikh boy has launched legal action against a Melbourne Christian college that he claims will not let his son wear a turban to school.Lisa Oldfield slams f...
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EducationHQ Australia Sikh man claims Vic school discrimination - News.com.auNEWS.com.auA Sikh father says a Melbourne school refused to enrol his five-year-old son if he wore a turban in a case being closely monitored by human rights groups.Melbour...
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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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ABC Online Melbourne Sikh family challenge 'inclusive' Christian school's ban ...ABC OnlineA Melbourne family has launched legal action against a Christian school for banning their son from wearing his traditional Sikh patka, a turban worn by childr...
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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 Sahaj Yoga?
Q57. What is Sahaj Yoga? "Yoga" means union, and therefore, means of merger with Divinity. Guru Nanak's way is called - Nam Yoga or Sahaj Yoga. The word Sahaj means the natural or gradual process. Just as vegetables cooked over a slow fire retain... Read More...
Guru Sakhis
Bhagat Sadhnaa ji
Bhagat Sadhnaa ji SADHNAA, one of the fifteen saints and süfis whose hymns are incorporated in the Guru Granth Sâhib, was a qasãi or butcher by profession who, by his piety and devotion, had gained spiritual distinction. A hymn by Sadhna has been... 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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