Interpretation Book

 

       Article on Sikhism.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                       Symbol of Sikhism:

 

In the symbol the sword to the left represents truth, and the sword to the right represents the willingness to fight for what is right- dharma (religion). The circle in the middle means that there is only one God, never beginning and never ending. The Khanda represents knowledge of God, the Chakkar represents the eternal nature of God and oneness of humanity, the two swords represent Miri (political sovereignty) and Piri (spiritual sovereignty).

 

Origin:

The Sikh tradition was founded by Guru Nanak in the late 15th century C.E. in the Punjab region of what are today India and Pakistan.  The main religions of the area at the time were Hinduism and Islam. The Sikh faith began around 1500 CE, when Guru Nanak began teaching a faith that was quite distinct from Hinduism and Islam.

 

History:

 Guru Nanak was born in 14692 at Rai Bhoeki Talwandi now known as Nankana Sahib, situated in Punjab province of West Pakistan. This place is about 55 miles north-west of Lahore. His father, Mehta Kalu was a Patwari(an accountant of land revenue in the government). Guru's mother was Mata Tripta and he had one older sister, Bibi Nanki. From the very childhood, Bibi Nanki saw in him the Light of God but she did not reveal this secret to anyone. She is known as the first disciple of Guru Nanak.

 

Beliefs:

God:

Sikhism recognizes God as the only One. He who is the Creator of the Universe, fearless, not subject to time or space, and does not take birth or die. Sikhism clearly states that God does NOT take birth as a human. Furthermore, Sikhism does not recognize any other gods, goddesses and deities except the One Supreme Being.

 

Guru:

 Guru is one with God and delivers the message of God.

 

Rituals:

The Sikh religion rejects all rituals, superstitions and routine practices like fasting and pilgrimage, animal sacrifice, omens and austerities.

 

Rights:

Sikh religion instructs that all humans are equal.

 

 

Misconceptions:

 

1.The Sikh religion is a blend of Islam and Hinduism or it is a sect of Hinduism.

 

2.Sikhism supports the patriarchal model.

 

3.Sikhs are Indian.

 

4.Sikhs are Hindu.

 

5.Anyone who wears a turban and sports a beard is Muslim and from the Middle East.

 

6.Sikh fundamentalists are those who have undergone the Amrit (commitment) ceremony

 

7.are vocal in fighting social injustice.

 

8.Sikhs are terrorists.