Archive for the ‘Miscellaneous’ Category

May rituals be recited in languages other than Panjabi? Are copies of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji in other languages as effective as those written in Panjabi, why/why not?

A text once translated loses its original message and purity. The translation is a product of human intellect whereas Gurbani is the revealed message. Original text is divine and translation is not. Other languages have deficiencies when it comes to writing, reading and pronouncing Gurbani. So no ceremony or any part of Sikh practice can […]

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 does Sikhi maintain unity among its groups without a hierarchy? In interpreting Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, are there doctrinal variations, variations that lead to variations in expression from community to community or do you see Sikhi as fairly homogenous?

Unity is maintained by following the concept of fatherhood of God and brotherhood of mankind. Interpretation of Gurbani must not be contradictory but there can be multiple meanings as long as they are consistent with the Sikh philosophy. Since Gurbani is divine, it has no limits. So no one person or a group can claim […]

Sikhi is said to have no priests but how would you define your religious leaders, what group or groups most closely fits this role and in what capacities for each?

Sikhi has priests but not priest class. Two are distinct. Anyone can become a priest and perform the religious ceremonies. There is no certain group that has this right. The authority to make decisions rests with the Five Beloved Ones who are chosen by the entire community collectively. Any decision made must not go against […]

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 […]

If men and women are equal in Sikhi, then why weren’t there any female Gurus?

The Sikh Gurus came at a time when women and so-called lower castes were oppressed. One might wonder why were the Gurus born into so-called high caste Kshatriya families. Gurbani speaks strongly against castes and stresses the equality of genders. Imagine if our Gurus were born into so-called lower castes, or if any of the […]

What is Sikhi’s view of other religions?

Gurbani says that the best religion is to chant Naam whilst living a pure (God-conscious) life: ਸਰਬ ਧਰਮ ਮਹਿ ਸ੍ਰੇਸਟ ਧਰਮੁ ॥ ਹਰਿ ਕੋ ਨਾਮੁ ਜਪਿ ਨਿਰਮਲ ਕਰਮੁ ॥ ਸਗਲ ਕ੍ਰਿਆ ਮਹਿ ਊਤਮ ਕਿਰਿਆ ॥ ਸਾਧਸੰਗਿ ਦੁਰਮਤਿ ਮਲੁ ਹਿਰਿਆ ॥ ਸਗਲ ਉਦਮ ਮਹਿ ਉਦਮੁ ਭਲਾ ॥ ਹਰਿ ਕਾ ਨਾਮੁ ਜਪਹੁ ਜੀਅ ਸਦਾ ॥ “Of all […]

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 […]

Is Guru Granth Sahib a compilation of Hindu & Islamic texts into one?

The notion that the Sikh Gurus ‘borrowed’ from other religious texts is totally false. Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji rejects time and time again all other religious texts, so why would it include passages from them? Guru Arjan Sahib Ji personally overlooked all aspects of the compilation of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji and whose […]

How can Reincarnation be accurate?

When dealing with a question of this nature let us start off with a ‘test case’. Let’s say that of a baby who is born, screams one scream and then dies. What will happen to this infant? Why was it born? To what purpose was its life? If we go with the Muslim understanding, this […]

Why did Guru Nanak’s own son abandon Sikhi?

Guru Nanak Sahib Ji he was blessed with two sons, born around 1491 and 1494, Sri Chand and Lakhmi Das. Baba Sri Chand was a very spiritual person and Guru Nanak Sahib Ji could see that he had chosen a path of quiet contemplation on the Almighty and did not care much for worldly affairs […]

Do Sikhs worship the 10 Gurus as God?

Firstly the term ‘Guru’ needs to be examined. The term ‘Guru’ in Sikhi is not used for a teacher or a guide or an expert or even a human body. The word Guru is composed of two terms: GU – means darkness RŪ – means Light In Sikhi the word ‘Guru’ is, thus, defined as […]

Explain the meaning of “Maas Maas Kar Moorakh Jhagre” shabad which is cited by supporters of eating meat.

The only Shabad (sacred hymn) in the whole of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji that is specifically cited by meat eaters in support of eating meat is the Shabad of Guru Nanak Sahib Ji in the Vaar of Raag Malaar that revealed at Kurekshetra during a solar eclipse day, a day considered holy by the […]

What do you know of the ‘Radha Soami’ faith?

When people of India were resting the sleep of illiteracy and diffidence, Guru Nanak saved these people from the fire of ritualistic beliefs and joined them in the remembrance of One God. Through his Ten Incarnations, Guru Nanak blessed the coward and the meek with kingdoms. With the Tenth incarnation, Guru Nanak carried out the […]

If an Atheist does good deeds and serves humanity will he reap the rewards?

If an atheist has lived an otherwise righteous life and live righteously and performed good deeds then certainly it is a credit to them. A person is judged by actions and these good deeds will bear good fruits. This is the law of karma. If someone performs good deeds, it will bear good fruit. ਕਰਮ […]

If we try to do bad actions why doesn’t God stop us?

(i) Waheguru does stop us from doing bad things or wrong things. He has His own ways; we have to understand them. While jumping you may sprain your ankle. It gets swollen and it gives you much pain. That is Waheguru’s (nature’s) way of forcing rest on us. when you get sick, you become weak […]