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.
The purpose of this non-profit website is to allow people (Sikhs and non-Sikhs) to discover Sikhism and Sikh heritage; to create awareness about Sikhism so that people can understand the Sikhs and their Gurus; the Gurus teachings, the sacrifices they made, their fight for freedom, their fight against inequality and injustice, the persecution they faced from musalmaan (muslims), their teachings on leading a charitable and honest life.