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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.

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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Sikh Leaders Seek Govt Apology for Jallianwala Bagh at UK ConventionLittle IndiaThe 15th three-day convention of Sikh Federation UK at the Guru Nanak Gurdwara in the Wolverhampton saw a turnout of more than 10,000 people over the weekend. The event...
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Hindustan Times Khalsa Aid's witty response to woman who questioned Sikh group for helping RohingyasHindustan TimesA UK-based international NGO Khalsa Aid's tweet responding to a woman who questioned the Sikh group for helping Rohingya Muslims at th...
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Vancouver Sun Douglas Todd: Sikhs air mixed views on NDP's Jagmeet Singh ...Vancouver SunIs the popular NDP leadership candidate a "Vanity Fair" politician trying to out-Trudeau Trudeau?and more »
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Firstpost Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah clarifies stand on ban ... - FirstpostFirstpostThe makers of Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah said that the portrayal of the tenth Sikh guru by an actor of the show was "justified through the dialogues & his ...
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Los Angeles Times LAPD seeks suspect who vandalized Los Feliz Sikh temple ...Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles police have identified a man who vandalized a Los Feliz Sikh temple and threatened a witness to the incident earlier this month, investigators ...
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expressandstar.com Thousands at Sikh convention in Wolverhamptonexpressandstar.comMore than 10,000 are estimated to have attended the Sikh Federation UK's convention at the Guru Nanak Gurdwara in Wolverhampton over the weekend. And in a keynote spee...
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Birmingham Mail How the bravery of British Army Sikh soldiers in the Battle of Saragarhi matters todayBirmingham MailThe Battle of Saragarhi, in 1897, was commemorated by the British at the time, with memorials built to it and a battle honour awarde...
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Sikhism FAQs
Sikhism FAQs:What is the science of religion?
Q2. What is the science of religion? Some people think that religion is contrary to science because religion insists on faith, while science stresses reasoning and proof. But there is something like the science of religion. It includes two things: a... Read More...
Guru Sakhis
Anand bhya meree maaye, Satguroo main paaya
Sikh and Gurbani: Once, a Sikh made a request before the Guru Ji, "O true King! I am grieved by the world. Eliminate the pain of birth and death. Save me from sins. I am in your protection" I am illiterate so cannot even recite or understand... 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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