About Sikhism

Sikhism –

A way of life and philosophy well ahead of its time when it was foundedover 500 years ago, The Sikhreligion today has a following of over 20 million people worldwide. Sikhism preaches a message of devotion and remembrance of God at all times, truthful living, equality of mankind, social justice and denounces superstitions and blind rituals. Sikhism is open to all through the teachings of its 10 Gurus enshrined in the Sikh Holy Book and Living Guru, Sri Guru Granth Sahib.

The Making of the Khalsa – Guru Gobind Singh was the last Guru of the Sikhs in human form. He created the Khalsa, a spiritual brotherhood and sisterhood devoted to purity of thought and action. He gave the Khalsa a distinctive external form to remind them of their commitment, and to help them maintain an elevated state of consciousness. Every Sikh baptized as Khalsa vows to wear the Five “K’s”:

  • Kesh – uncut hair and beard, as given by God, to sustain him or her in higher consciousness; and a turban, the crown of spirituality.
  • Kangha – a wooden comb to properly groom the hair as a symbol of cleanliness.
  • Katchera – specially made cotton underwear as a reminder of the commitment to purity.
  • Kara – a steel circle, worn on the wrist, signifying bondage to Truth and freedom from every other entanglement.
  • Kirpan – the sword, with which the Khalsa is committed to righteously defend the fine line of the Truth.

Then Guru Gobind Singh infused his own being into the Khalsa, declaring that the Khalsa was now the Guru in all temporal matters. For spiritual matters, the Guruship was given to the “Siri Guru Granth Sahib”, a compilation of sacred writings by those who have experienced Truth. For Sikhs, “Siri Guru Granth Sahib” is the living embodiment of the Guru, and is regarded with the utmost reverence and respect wherever it is found. Sikhs all over the world took to the “Siri Guru Granth Sahib” as their living Guru, as the source of spiritual instruction and guidance.

The first five baptised Sikhs, called the beloved ones, were also from both lower and upper Hindu castes. They were the first Khalsa, the pure ones:

    • Bhai Daya Singh, aged 30, a Khatri from Lahore (Punjab)
    • Bhai Dharam Singh, aged 33, a Jat from Delhi
    • Bhai Mohkam Singh, aged 36, a washerman from Dwarka (Gujrat)
    • Bhai Sahib Singh, aged 37, a barber from Bidar (Karnatak)
    • Bhai Himmat Singh, aged 39, a water carrier from Puri (Orissa)

Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth prophet of the Sikhs, urged his followers to drop caste symbols after their names and instead write a common surname: Singh, meaning lion, for men and Kaur, meaning princess for women.

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