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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

WHAT IS SIKHISM

SIKHISM

The word "Sikh" means disciple or student, as such, The Sikhs are disciples of GOD. They are followers of the first Guru, Guru Nanak Dev (1469 - 1539) and the nine subsequent Gurus.

The Sikh religion today has a following of over 22 million people worldwide, and is the 6th major religion of the world.

Sikhism preaches a message of devotion and remembrance of God at all times, truthful living, equality of mankind, social justice and denounces superstitions and blind rituals. The Sikh Gurus' teachings are embodied in the Sikh Holy Book and Living Guru, Sri Guru Granth Sahib.


Though sometimes mistaken for members of a sect of Hinduism or Islam, Sikhs belong to a distinct religion with its own unique, divine scriptures.


"I observe neither Hindu fasting nor the ritual of the Muslim Ramadan month; Him I serve who at the last shall save.

The Lord of universe of the Hindus, Gosain and Allah to me are one; From Hindus and Muslims have I broken free. I perform neither Kaaba pilgrimage nor at bathing spots
worship; One sole Lord I serve, and no other.


I perform neither the Hindu worship nor the Muslim prayer; To the Sole Formless Lord in my heart I bow.

We neither are Hindus nor Muslims; Our body and life belong to the One Supreme Being who alone is both Ram and Allah for us."
(Guru Arjan Dev, Guru Granth Sahib, Raga Bhairon pg. 1136)

from:http://www.jatt.com/sikhism/sikhism.shtml

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