Welcome To Discover Sikhism
Sikhism, known in Punjabi as Sikhi, is a religion for all. Sikh's believe God is the same for all races and people. The Sikh way of living is described as an "active, creative, and practical life" of "truthfulness, fidelity, self-control and purity". Sikhs are expected to embody the qualities of a "Sant-Sipāhī"—a saint-soldier. Which means to love God, meditate on God, keep God in the heart, feel God's nearness and also be strong, courageous and ready to fight to protect weak people from cruel unjust attackers.
Sikh's remember God at all times
A Sikh's goal in life is to lead an exemplary existence so that one may merge with God. Sikhs should remember God at all times and practice living a virtuous and truthful life while maintaining a balance between their spiritual and temporal obligations (the two swords in a 'Khanda' are a reminder of this).
Sikh's believe God is everywhere
Sikhs believe that God is inside every person, no matter how wicked they appear, and so everyone is capable of change.
Sikh's serve God by helping others
A Sikh serves God by serving (seva) other people every day. By devoting their lives to service they get rid of their own ego and pride. Many Sikhs volunteer in the Gurdwara as their service to the community. The Seva ranges from working in the kitchen to cleaning the floor. The Langar, or free food kitchen, is a community act of service. Sikhs also regard caring for the poor, sick or elderly as an important duty of service.
Sikh's live a simple, honest life
Sikhism doesn’t ask people to turn away from ordinary life to get closer to God. In fact it demands that they use ordinary life as a way to get closer to God. Sikhism is a practical religion something to be lived according to a pattern. Its main virtue is simplicity. There is no supernaturalism or mythology on which it rests. It does not believe in devils or angels or heavenly spirits.
Unlike many religons Sikhism teaches the full equality of men and women. Women can participate in any religious function or perform any Sikh ceremony or lead the congregation in prayer.
Sikh's discard weaknesses
Most human beings can’t see the true reality of God because they are blinded by their own self-centred pride and concern for physical things. Sikhs should eliminate lust, anger, greed, attachment and ego/ pride from their lives. They should not take intoxicants, eat meat, engage in worthless talk.
Sikh's believe in meaningful worship
Sikh's do not follow blind rituals such as fasting, mandatory visiting places of pilgrimage, superstitions, worship of the dead, idol worship etc.
Sikhism is a democratic religion. The decisions of the Sangat are regarded as resolutions having the force of law (Gurmatta) Guru Gobind Singh Sahib vested the authority of the organisation in the Panth.
Book of the Month - October 2014
We have nearly 2000 excellent books and articles in our Sikh library. The book of the month is featured to give that little bit more emphasis to a title.
The following titles are in remembrance of the 30th anniversary of the Sikh genocide in 1984. The world has turned a blind eye to the injustices suffered by Sikhs both before and after 1984.
A must read for all those outraged by the 1984 Sikh genocide.
'The purpose of writing this book is two fold.
Firstly, it is to recall and commemorate the outstanding contribution made by Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale who had raised the emaciated spirit of the Khalsa.
Secondly, it is for the loving memory of Sant Bhindranwale who had made an unparalleled and unique sacrifice in defence of the faith and the philosophy of the Khalsa so fondly created and nourished by Guru Gobind Singh.'
This book is a Gurmukhi translation of 'The Gallant Defender' authored by A. R. Darshi and translated by Prof. Kulbir Singh.
Baba Jarnail Singh is immensely popular with common Sikhs everywhere. He had a simple way of life and a humble background. He encouraged many disaffected Sikhs to return to the path of the Khalsa.
Discover other Gurbani Contributors
The Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji written in the Gurmukhī script, in various dialects – including Arabic, Lehndi Punjabi, Braj Bhasha, Khariboli, Sanskrit and Persian is truly a holy book for ALL.
|Bhagats (Holy People)||Bhatts (Bards)|
The Sikh Bhagats (Gurmukhi: ਭਗਤ) refer to holy men who lead a life of spirituality, dedication to God and whose teachings are included in the Sri Guru Granth Sahib. They lived between the 12-15th centuries.
It is notable that the Bhatts became Sikhs from a background of many non-Sikh Indians today. Bhatt Bani (the hymns by the bards) comprises of twenty pages, incorporated in the concluding part of Adi Granth.
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|Early Gursikhs||Sikh Martyrs||Sikh Women|
Learn about the contemporaries and companions of the Great Sikh Guru's.
Sikhism's unique philosophy is so great that it threatens established religions. This is why some have committed murder and genocide of the Sikhs.
Sikh woman have played a glorious part in Sikh History and have proven themselves as equal in service, devotion, sacrifice and bravery.
Punjabi and Gurmukhi
There appears to be a lot of confusion regarding Punjabi and Gurmukhi.
People make the assumption that there is a language called Punjabi (what we use everyday) and there is the language called Gurmukhi - the language used to write the Guru Granth Sahib.
So are there two languages?? Did the Guru’s use different language called Gurmukhi?? The answer is No.
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There are many benefits of learning to read, pronounce and understand the Gurmukhi script (paintee).
We have many great Gurmukhi fonts you can download and use for free.