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Sikhs religion - Beliefs

The Sikh Gurus practiced what they preached for well over 200 years and the Sikh beliefs are born out of their examples and sacred writings. Due to this, Sikhs have a strong base when it comes to beliefs. Some of the major Sikh beliefs are:

  1. One God

    • God is the Creator of the Universe

    • God isn't born and will never die

    • God is present everywhere

  2. Equality

    • All human beings are equal

    • People of all religions and races are welcome in Sikh Gurdwaras

    • Women have equal status with men in religious services and ceremonies

  3. Birth and Death

    • After a person dies, his soul is born again in another body, human or animal

    • One's next life depends on his deeds in the past life

    • The human life is supreme and it is through this life that we can achieve oneness with God

    • Finding God takes us out of this life cycle

  4. Non-Violence

    • Sikhs are a peace loving people and stand for Truth and Justice

    • Guru Gobind Singh Ji said, "It is right to use force as a last resort when all other peaceful means fail."

 

The four basic principles for living a good life and leaving the life cycle

  1. Naam Japna or Simran (Meditation)

    • One of the basic principles for living a good life

    • Simran helps you get closer to God

    • Simran brings a peace of mind

  2. Kirat Karni (Work)

    • The second basic principle for living a good life

    • Sikhs should only accept what they have earned by honesty and hard work

    • Sikhs shouldn't take away what rightfully belongs to others

    • Guru Nanak Dev Ji said, "Taking away other's right is as sinful as pork to a Muslim and beef to a Hindu."

  3. Wand Chakna (Charity Donations)

    • Sikhs should give to the poor and needy in the form of charity

    • Sikhs should share with others

  4. Sewa (Service to Humanity and God)

    • Sewa is a major part of Sikhism and many people do it at the Gurdwara

    • A great example of Sewa is the story of Bhai Kanahya, who in a battle gave water to both Sikhs and Mughals

    • Bhai Kanahya was asked by Guru Gobind Singh Ji why he was doing it and Bhai Kanahya said, "I do not see a friend or foe, I only see your face everywhere."

    • Bhai Kanahya was blessed and started the first Red Cross

    • Guru Gobind Singh Ji said, "Realize that the human race is one."