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General Basic Sikhi

Discussion in 'Hard Talk' started by gitika_kaur, May 11, 2008.

  1. gitika_kaur

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    May 8, 2008
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    waheguru ji ka khalsa waheguru ji ki fateh
    The message of Sikhi - incorporated in Guru Granth Sahib - is not limited to any nation, people or religion. It is a universal message for every seeker of truth regardless of her or his background and sexual orientation.
    ▪ The founder of Sikhi, Guru Nanak, was born 1469 in Talwandi, Panjab (today in Pakistan).
    ▪ The source of wisdom for Sikhs is Guru Granth Sahib. It contains the verses of the first five masters, the 9. master, and of 15 Bhagts, holy men from different social backgrounds (among others Kabir, Namdev, Shekh Farid, Ravidas, Pipa, and Trilochan).
    ▪ Sikhi is a unique way of life. It is a recognized independent world religion and neither a sect nor a syncretism of other religious traditions. Sikhi is a way of life which is based on inner growth, contemplation and lived virtues in daily life. Sikhi aims at creating enlightened human beings who live a life free of blind faith, superstition, rituals, and dogmas. Sikhi’s wisdom gives inspiration about how to transform oneself into a holistic, spiritual being while living an active social life.
    ▪ Sikhs are god-conscious, graceful people who are students of Guru Granth Sahib. They pursue the vision of the founders to create an enlightened global religious community. A Sikh is prepared to engage for humanity, justice, and social equality. She or he is concerned to live to the highest in present life and does not speculate about what will be after death.
    ▪ Sikhi rejects racism and other discriminating hierarchies. People who live according to Guru Granth Sahib do not judge others in terms of their social background or so called ‘jaat’.
    ▪ The common family name of Sikh women is Kaur (princess); men get the supplement Singh (lion). Old prefixes like Saini, Gill, Dhillon or Brar are omitted.
    ▪ A Sikh accepts the laws of creation (hukam). To express this attitude, Sikhs keep their hair traditionally uncut (kes). Men cover it with a turban. Sikh women, who cover their hair, either use a piece of cloth or a turban.
    ▪ Approximately 20 million people world wide regard themselves as Sikhs; the majority lives in Panjab, Delhi, UK, USA, and Canada. In the German speaking countries (Germany, Swiss, Austria) there are several ten thousand Sikhs. They came mostly in the late 70ies and 80ies. In major German cities like Frankfurt, Cologne, and Stuttgart currently several hundred families reside.

    thanks and regards
    gitika kaur khalsa
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