Sikhism

Sikhism or Sikhi is one of the major world religions, primarily developed in 16th and 17th century India. “Sikhi” comes from the word “Sikh”  means “disciple” or “learner.” Guru Nanak was the founder of Sikhi. He was born in 1469 in the village of Nankana Sahib, near Lahore in present-day Pakistan. Our faith system is based on the teachings of Guru Nanak and ten successive Sikh Gurus (the last one being the sacred text Siri Guru Granth Sahib). Sikhism is the fifth-largest organized religion in the world: its system of religious philosophy and expression traditionally has been known as the Gurmat (literally “the counsel of the Gurus”) or Sikh Dharma.

Sikh Dharma is a spiritual path for those who are looking to answer the eternal question: “Who am I, and what am I here for?” Like all spiritual traditions, Sikhs have a lineage and legacy, guidelines and philosophies, masters, saints and history. But primarily, the Sikh way of life offers a down-to-earth spiritual path for every-day people. It doesn’t matter what your spiritual orientation is. Or what culture or background you belong to. Any person can use this technology to experience his or her own Divinity and Infinity.

The principle belief of Sikhism is faith in the Infinite or WaheGuru — represented using the sacred symbol of ik ōaṅkār, the Universal God. Sikhism advocates the pursuit of salvation through disciplined, personal meditation on the vibration of the name and message of God. A key distinctive feature of Sikhism is a non-anthropomorphic concept of God, to the extent that one can interpret God as the Universe itself.

Sikhs follow the teachings of the ten Sikh Gurus, or enlightened leaders, as well as the holy scripture, the Siri Gurū Granth Sāhib.  Our Scriptures are composed of writings of six of the ten Sikh Gurus as well as compositions of devotees from diverse socio-economic and religious backgrounds including Hindu (Vedantic) and Sufi traditions.  Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth guru, decreed that the scripture, the Siri Guru Granth Sahib would be the final guru of the Khalsa Panth. The Siri Guru Granth Sahib has a devotional yet practical message which is delivered in poetry and song.

For more information on Sikhism, please contact our Gurdwara Jathadarni, Siri Sevak Kaur.


Resources

Online resources for more information about Sikhism and the Sikh way of life include:

Sikh Dharma
Sikh Dharma International is dedicated to serving humanity by sharing the teachings and technology of the sacred path of Sikh Dharma as taught by the ten Sikh Gurus and delivered to the western world by Siri Singh Sahib Bhai Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogiji. We support the spiritual development of the individual and the global collective consciousness through the practice of Shabad Guru, meditation and Kundalini Yoga.

Sikhnet
The largest Sikh website, receiving over 20,000 visits every day. Popular features include Daily Hukamnama, daily SikhNet News, khalsa.com email, SikhNet radio, the Gurbani Archive, Childrens Stories, Featured Videos, Sikhiwiki, the Siri Guru Granth Sahib online and downloads (Bani files, kirtan audios, Sikhism wallpapers, Gurmukhi Fonts, etc.).

Sikhiwiki
Online encyclopedia of Sikhism containing 6,000 articles

Sikhi to the Max
Gurbani resources including fonts, an online Siri Guru Granth Sahib,  a searchable Siri Guru Granth Sahib for your computer, Sikh games.

Sikh Roots
U.K. based multimedia site with a variety of kirtan styles and many downloads.

Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund
The oldest Sikh American civil rights and educational organization. We empower Sikh Americans through advocacy, education and media relations.