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Sikhi is a universal religion, what is your understanding of this phrase? What are views of non-Sikh, do they achieve the same end state as Sikh or something else?

Universal means it is for the benefit for the entire intelligent life forms that possess higher consciousness and the ability to realize God. Any human can obtain benefits from it without even becoming a Sikh. However, in order to achieve salvation, one must adopt Sikh way of life. For example, anyone can go to the […]

What is your symbolic understanding of the Karhah Parshaad that is distributed at the end of a service? And of the sugar and sword that is used both in the nectar and in the Parshaad?

The Karah Parshaad is a sacred food that represents equality and conveys the principle of sharing one’s materials (money, food, clothing etc.) with those who need them. Its origin dates back to Guru Nanak Dev Ji who taught this principle to a group of ascetics. They remarked that if he (the Guru) could demonstrate it, […]

What is your symbolic understanding of the number five? Does it have significance beyond the historical origin of the first five?

Number five is significantly used in Sikhism. God created the body of five elements, there are five khands (level of creation) etc. The reason for choosing five Sikhs is best known to God Himself. But I think it ensures that the community can reach a sound decision without any disputes. One makes it a dictatorship, […]

How are the later gurus considered reincarnations of the first when their lifetimes overlap? What is your personal understanding of concepts of soul, self or individuality, in light of this?

Later Gurus or successors of Guru Nanak Dev Ji are not considered reincarnate of the first one. Reincarnation refers to the cycle of death and birth in which the soul changes physical body one after another. Guru is not stuck in this cycle. He is free from it and this is why He alone has […]

Does God really forgive us? If so, why would He want our afterlife to be Hell?

One of the qualities of Waheguru is that he is “bakhshind” or forgiving.  Our bad karma are destroyed by meditating on Naam. Some karma that cannot be destroyed completely can be made minor or made to pass in an easier way.  Waheguru is not interested in consigning anyone to eternal hell.  We reap what we […]

Will God give us something if we really want it?

Waheguru does fulfil our wishes but He is obviously much wiser than us. Sometimes, like children, we want things that we think will be good for us, but really aren’t. When we don’t get them, we are disappointed. But the truth is that Waheguru is our parent and he wants nothing but the best for […]

Why do some Singhs hug one another and do Simran?

When a Singh meets another Singh or a Singhni meets another Singhni, they might greet each other through ‘Naam Di Galvakari’, commonly known as a ‘Naam Hug’, before exchanging the Guru’s Fateh (“Vaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Vaheguru Ji Ki Fateh”). Meeting other Gursikhs with hugs is not just a custom of Gurmat but of humankind […]

If all Paths are equal then why was the Sikh religion started?

It is a ‘totally false’ argument that Sikhism believes all paths lead to the same goal and thus all religions are equal. From its very inception, Gurmat (the Guru’s Path) has been declared a unique and distinct path. Bhai Gurdaas Ji writes: ਮਾਰਿਆ ਸਿੱਕਾ ਜਗਤ ਵਿਚ ਨਾਨਕ ਨਿਰਮਲ ਪੰਥ ਚਲਾਯਾ॥ “In the world, Guru Nanak […]

What is the science of religion?

Some people think that religion is contrary to science because religion insists on faith, while science stresses reasoning and proof. But there is something like the science of religion. It includes two things: a general history of religions and the developments of a particular faith. While the science of comparative religion seeks to assess the […]

What is religion?

From times immemorial, man has felt the need of some power of deity to liberate him from his toils and to protect him from dangers. Further, he seeks to obtain peace and hope through contact with a superior power which is called Divinity. Society and religion go together. Religion has occupied an important place in […]

What is the place of religion in the modern age?

Throughout the ages man has believed in some sort of religion. It is thought that without religion he cannot comprehend the real purpose of his existence. In fact, religion has had a definite place in society and will continue to play a vital part in this age of science. While science and technology might assist […]

Can I be happy without religion?

Much depends on one’s idea of happiness. True happiness is a state of mind in which man finds tranquility and contentment. The external happiness conferred by material possessions and worldly activities is ephemeral and superficial. In Communist countries people may appear to be satisfied and contented as their material conditions improve, but can they really […]

Is fear the basis of all religions?

In ancient times, it is true that the fear of the unknown, the anger of gods and goddesses and the concept of divine punishment compelled people to believe in some sort of religion. They began to worship the forces of nature. In the Middle Ages, the Christian Church set up the Inquisition to punish the […]

What are the characteristics of the Sikh religion?

Sikhism is a monotheistic faith. It recognizes God as the only One. He who is not subject to time or space. He who is the Creator, Sustainer and Destroyer of the Universe. Moreover in Sikhism, ethics and religion go together. The inculcation of moral qualities and the practice of virtue in everyday life is a […]

What is the need and justification of the Sikh religion?

The advent of Guru Nanak in 1469 came at a time of socio-political necessity. India had fallen on evil days. There was no security of life and property. Guru Nanak rang the alarm-bell and saved masses from fake religions. Religion then was either by form of ritual or hypocrisy. He released people from the rut […]

What are the distinctive features of Sikhi?

Each prophet gives some light and message to the world. Guru Nanak Sahib Ji, the Founder of the Sikh faith, and his nine successors made a distinct contribution to religion and religious thought. Sikhi may be distinguished from other religions from three stand-points: philosophy, community or institution and physical appearance. From the philosophical stand-point, the […]

Is Sikhi suited to the conditions of modern society?

The principle of “the survival of the fittest”, is applicable as mush to religions as to communities or people. Those faiths which cannot meet the challenge of their time or the new conditions in society are likely to suffer eclipse. Sikhi however is suited to the needs of modern life. It believes in the individual […]

Is Sikhi a faith of hope and optimism?

Yes, the Gurus prescribed the sovereign remedy of Naam (the Name of God) as the panacea for all mortal ills. While some religions condemn men as miserable sinners destined to damnation and the unending fire of hell, Sikhi believes that there is hope even for the worst man. Koda the cannibal, and Sajjan the thug, […]

How does a Sikh reconcile himself to the secular ideal?

Sikhism recommends an active life, the life of a house-holder (Grahst), life in society(not in isolation), where every individual makes his contribution to the development of society. There is no place for asceticism in Sikhism. Every Sikh must work for his living, and not be a burden on society. Sikhism lays emphasis on the right […]

What is the contribution of Sikhi to the uplift of women?

When Guru Nanak appeared on the Indian scene, the place assigned to woman was low and unenviable. The tyranny of caste had left its marks on Hindu women. They had resigned themselves to their miserable lot. A widow had to burn herself on her husband’s funeral pyre to become a Sati (the ancient Hindu custom […]

How has martyrdom helped Sikhi?

No nation, sect or community can survive and prosper unless it has a band of persons who are prepared to die, to uphold its faith, integrity, unity, its tradition and way of life. That is what the history of the world demonstrates clearly. The essential condition for entry into the Sikh fold is self- surrender […]

Does Sikhi insist on faith?

When we repose our trust in someone it means that, we have faith in him. For instance, when we send a child to school, it is on account of our faith in the value of education. In the matter of love, one has to put faith in the beloved. So faith is not peculiar to […]

What is the role of Reason in Sikhi?

Reason and Faith are complementary. They operate in different spheres, though each is sovereign in its own field. Reason has certain limits. Faith is necessary in certain basic things, as for example, the existence of God, or the need of the Guru’s assistance. Reason operates in specified fields, as for example, when a man shall […]

What is the place of morality in Sikh religion?

It is argued that one can be moral without a belief in religion. There are many people in various parts of the world, generally in Communist countries, who may not believe in God and yet are good citizens, kind and useful members of the society. All the same it is generally recognized that religion is […]

What is the place of sword in Sikhi?

No faith can survive unless it can defend itself. Sikhi was born in a hostile atmosphere and had to face a lot of persecution. In addition to giving Sikhs lessons in the art of daily living, the Gurus gave Sikhs power to uphold their beliefs. For this reason Guru Hargobind donned two swords: one of […]

Should we teach our religion to our children?

Some people, purely for psychological reasons, would not like to acquaint their children with any religion. They think that the child must grow up and then form his own ideas and select his own religion. They would give no religious instruction or moral training. This is not the right attitude, for then children in their […]

What is the role of religion in human life with special reference to Sikhi?

The goal of human life according to some is the attainment of perfection, and according to others, it is the acquisition of happiness. Pleasure-seeking and fleeting joys should not be mistaken for happiness. Religion is the key to real happiness because it produces harmony by an integrated development of human personality and control of impulses, […]

Did anyone get to God or Sach Khand before Guru Nanak?

Sikhs believe that the Almighty Himself sent his Guru form, the True Guru, Guru Nanak Dev Ji to save the world. As mentioned early, in essence Guru Nanak Dev Ji was no human, but the Divine Infinite Wisdom, and therefore existed throughout time to save the Seeker of Truth from spiritual darkness of ignorance: ਤੂ […]

Does Sikhi have a Law & Justice system?

Sikhism is given a clear “Theo-democratic” system of law. Guru Gobind Singh Ji, the Tenth Master, in his farsightedness knew that not all crimes are the same and thus no one punishment can be given for them at all: does the thief who steals bread due to hunger receive same punishment as one who steals […]

Does Sri Guru Granth Sahib claim to be a revelation direct from God?

Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji is a Divinely Revealed Scripture. There are many occasions when this is made clear in Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji: ਜੈਸੀ ਮੈ ਆਵੈ ਖਸਮ ਕੀ ਬਾਣੀ ਤੈਸੜਾ ਕਰੀ ਗਿਆਨੁ ਵੇ ਲਾਲੋ ॥ “O (Bhai) Lalo! As the Lord’s word comes to me so I deliver it.” (Ang 722) Gurbaani has […]

Is Sikhi a Man made religion? Was Guru Nanak a Messenger of God or normal holy man?

It is claimed the Quran was revealed through Muhammad, the chosen Messenger and that the Angel Gabriel came to him, like the other Prophets to give the good news of their Prophet hood. Some fundamentalist Muslims claim Guru Nanak was a normal holy man who was revered by Hindus and Muslims alike, however not a […]

How can one judge whether one is progressing on the spiritual path?

Guru Sahib says: ਜਉ ਤਉ ਪ੍ਰੇਮ ਖੇਲਣ ਕਾ ਚਾਉ || ਸਿਰੁ ਧਰਿ ਤਲੀ ਗਲੀ ਮੇਰੀ ਆਉ || ਇਤੁ ਮਾਰਗਿ ਪੈਰੁ ਧਰੀਜੈ || ਸਿਰੁ ਦੀਜੈ ਕਾਣਿ ਨ ਕੀਜੈ ||੨੦|| “If you desire to play this game of love with Me, then step onto My Path with your head in hand. When you place your feet on […]

Why should we say ‘Sikhi’ rather than ‘Sikh-ISM’?

As we can see from the writings of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji and Bhai Gurdas Ji, the term ‘Sikhi’ served as the original name for the religion. However, when the Europeans entered South Asia, their scholars used the term ‘Sikh-ism.’ Why should we have to adopt a new name when we already have […]

What is the purpose of human birth?

ਗੁਰ ਚਰਣ ਲਾਗਿ ਹਮ ਬਿਨਵਤਾ ਪੂਛਤ ਕਹ ਜੀਉ ਪਾਇਆ ॥ ਕਵਨ ਕਾਜਿ ਜਗੁ ਉਪਜੈ ਬਿਨਸੈ ਕਹਹੁ ਮੋਹਿ ਸਮਝਾਇਆ ॥੧॥ “Falling at the Feet of the Guru, I pray, and ask Him, “Why was man created? Pray teach me; Why does man go through cycles of birth and death?” ||1||” (Ang 475) Bhagat Kabir Ji asks […]

If Sikhi, is the true religion. How come it was created/revealed 300 years ago, and not at the beginning of time?

Which religion was created at the beginning of time? Only god existed at the beginning of time and while Sikhi accepts that spiritual progress was open to human beings for many years prior to the arrival of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, only after Guru Nanak Dev Ji came to this world did the pure merger […]

Was Guru Nanak Dev Ji the Lord Himself?

Let’s see what Jaagat Jyot Dhan Dhan Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji say about this which we can understand easily. ਆਪਿ ਨਰਾਇਣੁ ਕਲਾ ਧਾਰਿ ਜਗ ਮਹਿ ਪਰਵਰਿਯਉ ॥ ਨਿਰੰਕਾਰਿ ਆਕਾਰੁ ਜੋਤਿ ਜਗ ਮੰਡਲਿ ਕਰਿਯਉ ॥ ਜਹ ਕਹ ਤਹ ਭਰਪੂਰੁ ਸਬਦੁ ਦੀਪਕਿ ਦੀਪਾਯਉ ॥ ਜਿਹ ਸਿਖਹ ਸੰਗ੍ਰਹਿਓ ਤਤੁ ਹਰਿ ਚਰਣ ਮਿਲਾਯਉ ॥ “Aap Narayan Kala Dhar […]

What do we say about Guru Gobind Singh Ji saying that whoever calls him God will go to Hell?

There is no doubt that Guru and Waheguru are one and the same. Guru is a form of Waheguru; formed to play the crucial role of freeing the Jeevs from Maya. How do you explain the lines like: ਜੇ ਹਮ ਕੋ ਪਰਮੇਸਰ ਉਚਰਿ ਹੈ ॥ ਤੇ ਸਭ ਨਰਕ ਕੁੰਡ ਮਹਿ ਪਰਿ ਹੈ ॥ ਮੋ ਕੌ […]