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Guru Amar Das:"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.

 Q44. What is grace?

If the theory of Karma were carried to its logical extreme, no man would deserve redemption. In Sikhism, the doctrine of Karma is modified by the "Principle of Grace". Man's sincere efforts and noble deeds achieve precious little. What is required is a constant solicitation of His aid in effort of spiritual endeavour. Recitation of Gurbani, meditation, acts of love and charity are merely a means to win His Grace.

An humble devotee, like the true bride, surrenders everything to the pleasure of her lord. Surrender to God does not mean slavery but freedom and the extension of one's horizons. Exemplary conduct, good actions and sweet words are necessary, but without Grace, they produce no result. According to Guru Nanak, Karma can abe undone only by His Grace. Just as it is the privilege of the Head of the State to pardon a felon who has been duly convicted by a court of law, in the same way, it is God's prerogative alone to redeem evil-doers and enable them to enter His Kingdom. It is His privilege to grant Grace to those whom He likes. Accordting to J.C. Archer, the Sovereignty and Omnipotence of God is manifold in his dispensation of His Grace.

The doctrine of Grace, does not mean that there are certain chosen prophets and chosen people, God does not have any favourites nor does He make any arbitrary choice. A devotee only prepares himself for being the recipient of His favour. He must empty his mind of evil and fill it with "The Name". This alone creates an awareness of the presence of God within one's self.

The Grace of God may come to the scholar or the unlettered, the high or the low, the rich or the poor. It does not depend on birth, knowledge wisdom or penance. Those who seek His Grace through service and humility understand the purpose of life. Fire lies dormant in wood; one has to kindle it by effort. To realize the Truth is to get in tune with the Infinite.

The Almighty is so Grace abounding-Kirpanidh-that the receiver shouts to Him: "Enough, no more" His bounties know no limit or hindrance.

 

iWitness Living a Carnage 1984

The New Indian Express Akal Takht rejects made-in-Italy kirpan for baptized SikhsThe New Indian ExpressCHANDIGARH: The Akal Takht, the highest temporal body of the Sikhs, on Thursday rejected the modified, non-lethal kirpan (steel sword) manufacture...
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Sikh24 News & Updates 1984 anti-Sikh riots: Polygraph matter in Delhi court todayYahoo India NewsNew Delhi [India], July 26 (ANI): A Delhi court will on Wednesday hear the matter of administrating the lie detector test to witness Abhishek Verma and ...
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The Indian Express Sikh family challenges Australian school's ban on boy's turban | The ...The Indian ExpressThe boy's father Sagardeep Singh Arora said he was surprised the school would not make an exemption for his son. "On the basis of that they ...
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SBS Sikh family awaits decision on son's patka ban after court reserves judgementSBSFive-year-old Sidhak Singh Arora wears the youth version of a turban, which covers uncut hair, as part of his Sikh faith. His father, Sagardeep, alleges it's the rea...
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Times of India Sikh man asked to take off kirpan in Australian busTimes of IndiaMELBOURNE: A Sikh man in Australia was asked to take off his kirpan and "get out" of a bus when a passenger called police in panic after seeing the ceremonial knife, a m...
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Police board bus after man seen with Sikh knifeNew Zealand HeraldPolice boarded a busy commuter bus in Auckland yesterday after a passenger was seen carrying a ceremonial knife, traditionally worn by Sikhs. The man was seen on the Inner Link servic...
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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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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 do you know of Guru Angad?
Q78. What do you know of Guru Angad? uru Angad (1504-52) previously known as Lehna was a worshiper of the goddess Jawala Mukhi. Once, while going to the shrine of this goddess, he came in contact with Guru Nanak. There was spontaneous conversion. He... Read More...
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Bhai Kirtiya Ji
Bhai Kirtiya Ji One day after the morning congregation was over a man brought a large bear into the darbar of Dhan Dhan Satguru Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji Maharaj. The man wanted to give a performance with his bear before Guru Sahib and the sangat 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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