Sikhism - a progressive and youngest religion of the world. It was founded over 500 years ago, started with the birth of Guru Nanak in 1469. Guru Nanak spread the simple message of "Eq Ong Kar": we are all one, created by the One creator of all creation. He expressed the reality that there is one God and many paths to realize God, and the name of God is truth, "Sat Nam". This was at a time when India was being torn apart by castes, sectarianism, religious factions, and fanaticism. He aligned with no religion, and respected all religions.
The followers of Guru Nanak were known as Sikhs (seekers of truth). He taught them to bow only before God, and to link themselves to the Guru (the light of Truth), who lives always in direct consciousness of God, experiencing no separation. Guru Nanak demonstrated his followers how to experience God within themselves, bringing them from darkness to light, by his words and examples. Guru Nanak was humble bearer of this Light of Truth. He taught:
The word Guru is derived from the root words GU means darkness or ignorance, and RU means light of knowledge.
Guru Nanak infused his own consciousness into a disciple, who then became a Guru, subsequently passing the light on to the next, and so on. There were ten Gurus each one represents a divine attribute commonly known as the Golden Chain of Sikhism.
Guru Nanak : Humility, Guru Angad : Obedience, Guru Aman Das : Equality, Guru Ram Das : Service, Guru Arjan : Self sacrifice, Guru Hargobind : Justice, Guru Har Rai : Merci, Guru Harkrishan : Purity, Guru Tegh Bahadur : Tranquility, Guru Gobind Singh : Royal courage.
The Tenth Guru : Guru Gobind Singh : exemplified the Sikh Ideal of the Soldier-Saint. He was also an inspired and prolific writer, courageous warrior, and a source of divine wisdom to his Sikhs. He said, When all other means have failed, only then it is righteous to take up the sword. He was the defender of the poor, the meek, and the oppressed masses of India.
The Creation of the Khalsa : Guru Gobind Singh : the l0th Guru of the Sikhs in human form created the Khalsa. The spiritual brotherhood and sister hood d devoted to the purity of thought and action. He gave the Khalsa a distinctive external form to remind them of their commitment, and help them to maintain an elevated state of consciousness. Every Sikh baptized as Khalsa vows to wear the five K s or symbols.
5 prohibitions of Sikhism or not to do vows
1) To shave or cut hair.
2) To eat halal meat of the animal killed in the Muslim Style : killing an animal by bleeding.
3) To smoke
4) To wear a cap,
5) To worship tombs, graves, relics, of cremation and cherish superstitions.
5 things that make a person weak five devils or sins in Sikhism
1) Kaam : adultery, to have sex outside marriage.
2) Karodh : Anger
3) Lobh : Greed
4) Moh : Possessiveness of worldly things
5) Hankar : Pride or ego
5 fold believes of the Sikhs in
1) God : Akalpurakh
2) Guru Granth : the living 11th guru
3) Greeting : Wahe Guru ji Ka Khalsa
4) Wahe Guru ji ki Fateh
5) Guru Nanaks Japji : Morning prayer of the Sikhs
Meaning of the Sikh Emblem : Khanda : A double edge sword in the middle represents duality of divine energy in the universe. The chakra or circle is the universal symbol of infinity (no beginning, no end) and totality. Two sworda on the outside represents the temporal (Miri) and spiritual (Piri) balance of the individual in the world of universe.
Guru Granth Sahib : The Holy Book of the Sikhs. The Tenth Guru abolished the Guruship. He ordered and persuaded all Sikhs to accept Guru Granth Sahib Ji as Guru. It contains writings and hymns of the Gurus, some Muslim and Hindu saints of 12th to 16th century. The whole book is written in musical notes based on Indian Ragas, and is in poetic form. It was compiled by the Fifth Guru and installed at Golden Temple in Amritsar in 1604. It has 1430 pages in bold print. The Sikhs bow down to their holy book and give the respect deserved by the emperor.