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Guru Arjan:" All your actions without remembering him, Are as futile as decorations on a corpse."
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.

Q102. What do you know of Sri Guru Granth Sahib?

Guru Arjan compiled the Adi Granth popularly known as the Granth which contain the hymns of the first five Gurus and some of the Bhagats of medieval India. He installed this scripture in the Har Mandar in 1604. This copy got into the hands of Dhirmal, the son of Guru Har Gobind. Subsequently some Sikhs forcibly obtained the copy from Dhirmal and presented it to Guru Tegh Bahadur. He returned it to Dhirmal. Guru Gobind Singh dictated the entire Granth to Bhai Mani Singh and incorporated the hymns of Guru Tegh Bahadur, in 1706 at Damdama Sahib. At the time of his death, Guru Gobind singh conferred permanant Gurudom on the Guru Granth Sahib(1708).

The Guru Granth Sahib contains 5894 hymns. The largest number of hymns (2216) were contributed by Guru Arjan. The 937 hymns of fifteen Bhagats and eleven Bhatts whose compositions tallied with the gospel of Sikhism were also included. Here the Hindu, the Muslim, the Brahmin, and the untouchable, meet on an equal footing. From the linguistic point of view, it is a treasury of old "Hindi dialects".

Music forms the basis of the classification of the hymns. They follow a definite metrical system. The total number of Ragas(Raga in Indian classical music means a pattern of melodic notes) is 31. Under each Raga, the hymns are arranged thus: Chaupadas, Ashtapadas, long poems, Chhands, Vars, and poems of Bhagats. The Guru Granth Sahib is written in the Gurmukhi script and contains 1430 pages.

Guru Arjan commenting on the nature of the Granth said: "In this dish are placed three things: Truth, Harmony and Wisdom. These are seasoned with the Name of God which is the basis of all; whoever eats it and relishes it, shall be saved." It is a work of divine inspiration. It is both metaphysical and ethical reality and imagination, mysticism and philosophy. According to Prof. Puran Singh, "it is a scripture for all nations. it is a lyric of divine love, on which all the people of the earth subsist of such glowing lyrical power. The Guru Granth Sahib is of one Song, one Idea and one Life." Guru Arjan wanted the book to be translated into foreign languages because it is the scripture of universal religion. It is a unique treasure, a noble heritage for all mankind.

iWitness Living a Carnage 1984

CTV News Sikh bikers ride through Surrey to protest crime and gang violenceCTV NewsConcerned over the violence plaguing their community, a Surrey Sikh motorcycle club took to the streets Wednesday calling for action. The group of bikers nearly 100 s...
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Sikh24 News & Updates Shock As Delhi Investigation Close 241 Cases On 1984 Sikh GenocideSikh24 News & UpdatesNEW DELHI, India—The Supreme Court of India appointed a two member supervisory committee today to scrutinize 241 cases related to the 1984's...
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SikhSiyasat.Net Sehajdhari Sikhs Right To Vote In SGPC Elections AbrogatedSikhSiyasat.NetThe SC held that the HC in its judgment has not expressed any views directly or indirectly as to who constitutes a Sikh and or whether a Sehajdhari Sikh who tri...
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Hindustan Times 'Shameful and reprehensible': Hindu and Sikh Americans condemn Virginia violenceHindustan TimesHindu and Sikh Americans have condemned the violence unleashed by white supremacists during a rally in Virgina in which a woman was killed...
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The Philadelphia Tribune 70 years after Pakistan-India split, Sikhs search for homeThe Philadelphia TribuneSingh's family is neither Hindu nor Muslim but Sikh, a religious minority in both countries. In the 70 years since Partition they have waged a...
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Economic Times Supreme Court panel to examine why 1984 anti-Sikh riots cases closedThe Indian ExpressA “supervisory body” of two retired Supreme Court judges will scrutinise the closure by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) of 241 cases related to t...
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Economic Times Electronic Logging Device: Sikh-American truck drivers urge Donald ...Economic TimesAn ELD synchronises with a vehicle engine to automatically record driving time, for more accurate hours of service recording.and more »
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Newshub Seymour slams Peters' 'racist attack' on Sikh communityNewshubA Sikh National MP says Winston Peters needs to "grow up", after the New Zealand First leader spoke out against allowing Sikhs to carry a kirpan - a ceremonial religious dagger. L...
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Sikhism FAQs
Sikhism FAQs:What is renunciation?
Q60. What is renunciation? Renunciation of the world - Tyaga - is regarded by Hinduism as one of the ways to spiritual attainment. Many devottes leave their homes and go into the jungles to practice austerity. This approach is disregarded in... Read More...
Guru Sakhis
Bhai Sudh Singh's first meeting with Bhai Vir Singh jee
Bhai Sudh Singh's first meeting with Bhai Vir Singh jee Bhai Sudh Singh had gone to China to collect funds for a Sikh orphanage and while staying there he read Bhai Vir Singh jee's famous book Rana Surat Singh and developed extreme Bairaag. He used... 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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