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Sikhism = ਸਿੱਖੀ
is a monotheistic religion founded during the 15th century in the Punjab region of the Indian subcontinent, by Guru Nana and continued to progress through the ten successive Sikh gurus (the eleventh and last guru being the holy scripture Guru Granth Sahib. The Guru Granth Sahib is a collection of the Sikh Guru’s writings that was compiled by the 5th Sikh Guru). It is the fifth-largest organized religion in the world, with approximately 30 million adherents. Punjab, India is the only state in the world with a majority Sikh population.
The origins of Sikhism lie in the teachings of Guru Nanak and his successors. The essence of Sikh teaching is summed up by Guru Nanak in these words_
“Realization of Truth is higher than all else. Higher still is truthful living”.
Guru Nanak’s teachings are founded not on a final destination of heaven or hell but on a spiritual union with the Akal which results in salvation or Jivanmukta, Guru Gobind Singh makes it clear that human birth is obtained with great fortune, therefore one needs to be able to make the most of this life
Sikh teaching emphasizes the principle of equality of all humans and rejects discrimination on the basis of caste, creed, and gender. Sikh principles encourage living life as a householder.
The Sikhs must believe in the following values_
_All humans are equal before God
_No discrimination is allowed on the basis of caste, race, gender, creed, origin, color, education, status, wealth, et cetera. The principles of universal equality and brotherhood are important pillars of Sikhism.
_Every person has a right to life but this right is restricted and has attached certain duties
_Simple living is essential. A Sikh is expected to rise early, meditate and pray, consume simple food, perform an honest day’s work, carry out duties for his or her family, enjoy life and always be positive, be charitable and support the needy, et cetera.
_Salvation is obtained by one’s actions
_good deeds, remembrance of God – Naam Simran, Kirtan.
Living a family life_
_Encouraged to live as a family unit to provide and nurture children for the perpetual benefit of creation (as opposed to sannyasa or living as a monk, which was, and remains, a common spiritual practice in India.
It is encouraged to share and give to charity 10 percent of one’s net earnings.
Accept God’s will_
Develop your personality so that you recognise happy events and miserable events as one – the will of God causes them.
The four truths of life_
_Truth, contentment, contemplation and Naam_in the name of God.
_freedom from the vicious cycle of birth and rebirth, is a concept in Hindu philosophy, particularly in the school of philosophy known as Advaita. The ultimate goal of Hinduism is liberation from the cycles of rebirth. This liberation is technically called moksha.
The Three Pillars of Sikhism were formalised by Guru Nanak as_
The Guru led the Sikhs directly to practise Simran and Naam Japna_
meditation on God and reciting and chanting of God’s Name—Waheguru. The Sikh is to recite the Nitnem banis daily in remembrance of the grace and kirpa of the Almighty.
He asked the Sikhs to live as householders and practise Kirat Karni_
to honestly earn, with hard work, by one’s physical and mental effort, while accepting God’s gifts and blessing. One is to speak the truth at all times and only fear God. Live a life of decency, high moral values and spirituality.
The Sikhs were asked to share their wealth within the community by practising Vaṇḍ Chakkō_
“Share and Consume together”. The community or Sadh Sangat is an important part of Sikhism. One must be part of a community that is pursuing the values set out by the Sikh Gurus and every Sikh has to give in whatever way possible to the community. This spirit ofGiving is an important message from Guru Nanak.
In Sikhism, the world is regarded as both transitory and relatively real.
God is viewed as the only reality, but within God exist both conscious souls and nonconscious objects; these created objects are also real. Natural phenomena are real but the effects they generate are unreal. māyā is as the events are real yet māyā is not as the effects are unreal.
Sikhism believes that people are trapped in the world because of five vices_
Maya enables these five vices and makes a person think the physical world is “real,” whereas, the goal of Sikhism is to rid the self of them.
is a Punjabi word derived from the Arabic hukm, meaning “command” or “order.” In God whose is referred to as Waheguru. It is by the command of Him that we are born and we die.
Hukam is not an object or a thing as such, it’s not just to follow God’s orders. God is not sitting somewhere in space and writing fates of all human beings. According to, Guru Nanak when a person with the help of a Word given by his Divine Master (known as Guru) the word which is regarded as Name of God, dwells his mind(Mann)with shabad(Word), continuous meditation on that word, one comes to know his reality in this Universe, his status in this world. At this stage the person resonates with the cosmic waves, that is The Hukam. And person becomes a Hukami human, who follows the hukam, without any wish or desire, He can just follow. All the thought processes, all wishes and desires come to an end. He just resonates with hukam.
The whole of the Universe is subject to the Hukam of the Creator God. Nothing ever happens without the Will of Him. This is accepted as one of the primary concepts of Sikhism. For the Sikh, the acceptance of His Hukam is a concept that needs to be learnt and understood.
Ik Onkar = ੴ= ਇੱਕ ਓਅੰਕਾਰ = Ikk Ōankār
is the symbol that represents the One Supreme Reality and is a central tenet of Sikh religious philosophy.
_Ik (ਇੱਕ) means one or united
_On (ਓਅੰ) means supreme_ultimate or highest bhrama (God)_ Atma (Soul) of the entire universe or system
_kār (ਕਾਰ) means without shape or form
Guru = गुरु is a Sanskrit term for “teacher” or “master”, particularly in Indian religions. The Hindu guru-shishya tradition is the oral tradition or religious doctrine or experiential wisdom transmitted from teacher to student.