Who founded Sikhism?
Sikh religion was founded in India by Guru Nanak Dev Ji in the form of ten Gurus(1469-1708). The tenth Guru, GUru Gobind Singh Ji proclaimed the eleventh and the last Guru as Shri Guru Granth Sahib.
What is Shri Guru Granth Sahib?
This is the Holy Scripture called Gurbani(Divine Word) that came to this world through Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji direct from God which he confirms: ‘O Lalo*, As comes the Divine Word to me So do I narrate it (Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji)
- This Scripture was written by the Gurus during their life time and hence it is suthentic. Almost all other religious scriptures were written by the devotees log after their matres had gone.
- This Scripture does not narrate the life story of the Gurus but it is wholly dedicated to the Glory of God only.
- In its unique composition, Guru Granth Sahib begins with integar ‘1’: *Lalo was Guru’s disciple.
What is Sikhism?
Sikhism is not a blend or reproduction of earlier religions but a New Revelation altogether. The teachings that the Gurus gave to this world to them direct from God:“This Word comes from Him, Who hath created the world.” (Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji)
What does Sikhism stand for?
- Sikhism is free from any claims and dogmas
- To attain salvation, Sikhism rejects all facts, rites and rituals. It rejects the claims of Yoga, mortification of body, self-torture, penances or renunciation. Sikhism does not believe in the worship of gods and goddesses, stones, statues idols, pictures, tombs or crematoriums.
- Only One God(The Formless) is to be Glorified.
- Sikhism does not flirt with Polytheism but Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji Preached Sikh religion strictly as monotheistic- requiring belief in none other than One Supreme Being only.
- Sikhism is universal in its appeal to welcome all men and women alike, rich or poor, high or low irrespective of caste, creed, sex, race, color, religion or nationality. The doors of Sikh Temple (called GUrudwara) are wide open for everybody in this world without prejudices or social discrimination.
- A sikh does not live only for himself or for his family or religion or nation but at least twice a day he bids good wishes to everyone. The following are the last words of his prayer:, ‘By Your Grace, may everybody be blesses in this world.’
What is the Purpose of life?
According to Gurmat (Guru’s teachings) during the present span of life, one’s goal is to seek God, to realise Him and ultimately to merge with Him, As all waters sooner or later have to go back to the ocean from where they came, so does all life have to go back to Supreme Reality (God) Which originated it. If this chance is lost, one would fall under the cycle of transmigration:‘This time having born as human being A rare opportunity thou hast got This This is thy turn to meet the Supreme Lord.’ (Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji) God is everywhere and is within us to but a veil of ego separates us from Him and it hides the Truth from us: ‘ God, the Incomprehensible is within us but not Perceived, for the screen of ego hands in between.’ (Shri Guru Nanak Dev JI) Unless this veil of ego is broken , we cannot meet Him, we cannot realised Him. How to break it? ‘As hand or feet besmirched with slime Water washes white, As garments dark with grime Rinsed with soap are made light, So when sin foils the soul Nam(prayer) alone shall make it whole.’ (Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji – Japji Sahib) No physical ecercise can clean the sinful mind which is formless. ‘Only through Praise and Prayer(to God) Mind will become pure.’ (Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji) ‘Praise and Prayer to God makes the mind pure The nectar of Nam then enshrines the mind.’ (Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji)
When Nam enshrines the mind, one’s soul becomes realizes, it becomes blessed. This is how the mind comes out of the clutches of egoism and then start merging with The Supreme Reality, the Eternity, The Endless, The Formless.
Only God and His Grace can save our sinful soul and none else. Let’s therefore, seek His Grace by Praise and Prayer though the Divine Word.Sikh Greetings: Whenever a sikh meets another person, he greets him with folded hands saying: “Wahe Guru Ji Ka Khalsa Wahe Guru Ji Ki Fateh.” [The Khalsa (Sikh) belongs to the Glorious Master (God), all triumph be to His Name]