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Sikhanswers.com is a website dedicated to provide information for Sikhs and non-Sikhs alike giving an introduction to the principles of the Sikh faith.
The question & answer section ranges from general questions about the Sikh faith, Sikh history, questions posed by other faiths and modern issues.
The unique feature of this site is its question and answer data base which contains many frequently asked questions on various subjects. We hope to continuously expand the question & answer database with more topics which will help answer the questions seekers have on the Sikh faith and particularly the Sikh youth.
Introduction to Sikhi
‘Sikhi’, known as Sikhism to the West, is a monotheistic faith, which was founded by Guru Nanak Dev Ji (1469-1539) and shaped by his nine successors in the 16th and 17th centuries in South Asia. Sikhi is not a sect of Hinduism or Islam, or synthesis of these two faiths. Sikhs have a distinct concept of God, a distinct Sacred Scripture, and distinct rites of passages. 26 million people worldwide identify or associate themselves with the Sikh faith, making it the fifth largest world-religion.
Like all spiritual traditions, Sikhs have a lineage and legacy, guidelines and philosophies, masters, saints and its great history. But primarily, the Sikh way of life offers a down-to-earth and complete spiritual path for every-day people. By name, the Sikh path is only a little over five hundred years old. Its founder, Guru Nanak Dev Ji, was born in 1469. Guru Ji spread a simple message of “Ek Oankaar”: We are all one with the One Creator of all Creation. This was at a time when India was being torn apart by castes, sectarianism, religious factions, and fanaticism.
There were 10 Gurus in the human form from Guru Nanak Dev Ji to Guru Gobind Singh Ji who developed the faith and manifested the completed form of the Sikh community – the Khalsa. The Tenth Guru vested Guruship and the Divine-Light (Jyot) within “Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji”, the scriptural embodiment of over two centuries of spiritual revelation and instructions, who became the eternal Guru of the Sikhs, ending the human lineage of Guru.