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    Default Sikhism - Path of Right Living.

    This I am writing to help in understanding basic teachings of other Religious beliefs and not for discussions or debates on comparative religions.
    Sikhism can be considered the youngest of the Dharmic Religious beliefs originated from the Indian subcontinent.
    Guru Nanak Dev (1469-1539) was the founder of Sikhism and first of their Ten Gurus. Guru Nanak’s teachings can be found in the Sikh scripture Guru Granth Sahib, where vast collection of revelatory verses recorded.

    Here under I give the basic tenets of Sikhism:

    SIKHISM - The Religion of Right Living.

    "Realization of Truth is higher than all else.
    Higher still is Truthful Living." (Guru Nanak)

    There is only One God. He is the same God for all people of all religions. He is the Creator, Sustainer and Destroyer.
    God cannot take human form.

    The goal of human life is to break the cycle of birth's and deaths and merge with God. This can be accomplished by following the teachings of the Guru, meditation on the Holy Name and performance of acts of service and charity.

    The five cardinal vices are; Kam (lust), Krodh (anger), Lobh (greed), Moh (worldly attachment) and Ahankar (pride). If one can overcome these, they will achieve salvation.

    Narm Marg; emphasizes daily devotion to the remembrance of God.

    Rejection of all forms of blind rituals such as fasting, religious vegetarianism, pilgrimages, superstitions, yoga, as well as any form of idol worship.

    Normal Family life (Grahasth) is encouraged, celibacy or renunciation of the world is not necessary to achieve salvation. The devotee must live in the world yet keep his mind pure. He must be a soldier, a scholar, a saint.

    The Sikh Holy Book (Guru Granth Sahib) is the perpetual Guru, there is no place in Sikhism for a living Guru today.

    Sikhism rejects all distinctions of caste, creed, race or sex.

    The Gurus stressed the full equality of women, rejecting female infanticide, sati (wife burning), permitting widow remarriage and rejects purdah (women wearing veils).

    Honest labour and work (Kirat Karna) are the approved way of living ones life. It is considered honourable to earn ones daily bread through honest work and not by begging or dishonest means.

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    Vand Chhakna, sharing with others is also a social responsibility. The individual is expected to help others in need through charity.

    Seva, community service is also an integral part of Sikhism. The free community kitchen (langar) found at every Gurdwara and open to people of all religions is one expression of this community service.


    (Information collected from internet sources)
    Last edited by Brahmanyan; 08-11-2012 at 11:07 AM.

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