About Sikhism

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In the religion of Sikhism, Waheguru is the name of the Divine. It is beyond form, intelligence, breath, and awareness. It is the spiritual; it is the only one, absolute, supreme reality. For Sikhs, the main principle of life is the realization of the Lord of creation.

The Sikhism

Like most Indian faiths, such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, the Sikhism is a teacher-disciple oriented approach in which the connection between gurus and their followers are considered revered. The word guru is meant a teacher or a religious guide. Gurus are seen as divinely endowed persons they handle their disciples in every area of life.

The Sikh way of life of a practical life on earth, which is also targeted at achieving the holy, was conveyed by all the Sikh gurus, who were thought of as the physical indicators of the ancient guru, the Lord himself. Nanak Deve, the creator of Sikhism, was faithful in his style, and his footmarks were followed, and his speech was echoed, by the nine gurus who followed him.

All of them enhanced something to the road which is called Sikhism, and thus, the noble route became known and accepted by the poor and rich, alike. In the wake of Guru Govbind Singh, the last of the Sikh gurus, the force of the guru was thought to be displayed in the Sri Adi Granth, the holy book accumulated the gurus, which offers extensive teachings.

Kindness is also brought about through the force of Satsanga, partaking in the communal life. To the Sikhs, there is no discrepancy between love of fellow man and love of God.

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The Guru

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Nanak Dev, widely known as Guru Nanak was the inventor of the Sikh religion. From an early age, he is assumed to have had a strong interest in understanding the meaning and goal of life. He carried out long travels in and around India and visited historic places of Hindu and Muslim, where he met some religious spearheads.

After his explorations, Guru Nanak relaxed at Kartarpur, where he commenced to spread his knowledge of divine truth with natives who became his disciples. The followers of Nanak's strategy or teaching were popularly known as Nanak panthis.

Guru Nanak and his four inheritors started some of the important foundations of Sikh way that is the concept of human guruship, congregational worship, the Langer (communal meal), compilation of the Adi Granth (Holy scripture), and the Golden Temple.

After the martyrdom of the fifth Guru Arjun Dev, his son Hargobind adopted a comprehensive method of Temporal and religious authority (miri-piri) for the defense of the community. In his period, it is believed that the use of the corporate name of "Sikh" for the Guru's followers has begun.

After the martyrdom of the ninth Guru, Teg Bhadur, his son, the tenth guru, Gobind Singh was founded an innovative concept called Khalsa and introduced some basic innovations:

  • . Foundation of the five adored ones (panj pyarey)
  • . New course beginning ritual of water of immortality (amrit)
  • . Starter of the title of Singh for males and Kaur for females.

The dissimilarity between amritdhari and non-amritdhari Sikhs happened after the establishing of the Khalsa in 1699. The wearing of five symbols is required for an amritdhari Sikh.

    1. Uncut hair. (Kes)
    2. A little wooden comb is worn in the hair (kangha)
    3. A sword; today, a short sword is worn by Sikh(kirpan)
    4. A pair of knee length pants (kachha)
    5. A steel bracelet is worn on the right wrist (kara)

The Spiritual Practice

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Prior to the Sikh Gurus, physical care was seen as a force of ignorance, which was a mortal relationship only to be broken. In contrast, the Sikh gurus practice was aimed at uplifting the glory of the seeker so that it could lead to consciousness of the Lord's glory.

The main spiritual practice of the Sikhs was called shaj bhava, meditating in extemporaneous of God's name in the heart. This practice of recalling the Lord, as taught by the Sikh gurus, does not take place outwardly but goes out the form within, in the use of sound awareness of the Name of the Divine.

The name is to be recalled with deep feeling honesty, and in the deepest habit, it is synchronized with the breath. In developing the aspirant's behavior and removing barriers, the Sikh gurus also recommended several key virtues. These are beliefs in action, satisfaction, kindness, courage, humbleness, non-attachment, self-control, and the cultivation of wisdom.

Sikh Prayer - Vid

Note:
Those who study the different religious beliefs do not have to approve with any of them and could not have the same opinion with all of them, different as they are. But we need basic knowledge of religions to see other people and to work out strategies of living with them.


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I am sukkran aka sukkran trichy, from Trichy, India. I am an online writer, blogger, writing for many publishing platforms.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
28th Aug 2013 (#)

Thank you or your kind information and the wealth of history your nation has. India never seem to amaze me with its culture. I always wanted to learn about the Sikh.

Best regards,

Fern Mc Costigan

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author avatar sukkran
29th Aug 2013 (#)

thanks for your visit and comment, fern.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
28th Aug 2013 (#)

Very good information sukkran... and right on point- ..."But we need basic knowledge of religions to see other people and to work out strategies of living with them..." well done and thank you...

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author avatar sukkran
29th Aug 2013 (#)

it is nice to have such a great comment from you delicia. thanks.

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author avatar Trillionaire
28th Aug 2013 (#)

Thanks for sharing, enjoyed the read.

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author avatar sukkran
29th Aug 2013 (#)

thank you

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author avatar M G Singh
29th Aug 2013 (#)

This is a lovely post. You have represented the Sikh ethos correctly

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
29th Aug 2013 (#)

another wonder filled writ sukkran...thank you

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author avatar sukkran
29th Aug 2013 (#)

thanks a lot, carolina.

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author avatar Grumpybear
29th Aug 2013 (#)

I agree with Delicia, It is good to know that there are people trying to understand other religions so that we may live in harmony with each other. Excellent page. :)

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author avatar MMD
29th Aug 2013 (#)

Such a informative article about Sikhism.

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author avatar sukkran
29th Aug 2013 (#)

thanks mmd.

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author avatar Mariah
30th Aug 2013 (#)

Good page sukkran bright colourful and interesting
Mariah

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author avatar Chris Humphreys
9th Sep 2013 (#)

Your note at the very end shows great wisdom Sukkran.

Thank you for providing this introduction to Sikhism. It is a religion which I knew little about. Religious tradition is something of interest to me.

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author avatar Rose*
24th Nov 2014 (#)

Thanks for sharing this. There are many paths to enlightenment.

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