Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh A SIKH'S ROAD TO SALVATION (Free from countless cycles of death and Re-Birth) The principal belief of Sikhism is faith in waheguru—represented using the sacred symbol of ik ōaṅkār, the Universal God. Sikhism advocates the pursuit of salvation through disciplined, personal meditation on the name and message of God. A key distinctive feature of Sikhism is a non-anthropomorphic concept of God, to the extent that one can interpret God as the Universe itself. Nanak's teachings are founded not on a final destination of heaven or hell, but on a spiritual union with God which results in salvation.The chief obstacles to the attainment of salvation are social conflicts and an attachment to worldly pursuits(MAYA), which commit men and women to an endless cycle of birth—a concept known as reincarnation. Māyā—defined as illusion or "unreality"—is one of the core deviations from the pursuit of God and salvation: people are distracted from devotion by worldly attractions which give only illusive satisfaction. However, Nanak emphasised māyā as not a reference to the unreality of the world, but of its values. In Sikhism, the influences of ego, anger, greed, attachment, and lust—known as the Five Evils—are believed to be particularly pernicious. The fate of people vulnerable to the Five Evils is separation from God, and the situation may be remedied only after intensive and relentless devotion. Nśabad (the divine Word) to emphasise the totality of the revelation. Nanak designated the word guru (meaning teacher) as the voice of God and the source and guide for knowledge and salvation.Salvation can be reached only through rigorous and disciplined devotion to God. Nanak distinctly emphasised the irrelevance of outward observations such as rites, pilgrimages, or asceticism. He stressed that devotion must take place through the heart, with the spirit and the soul. A key practice to be pursued is nām: remembrance of the divine Name. The verbal repetition of the name of God or a sacred syllable is an established practice in religious traditions in India, but Nanak's interpretation emphasized inward, personal observance. Nanak's ideal is the total exposure of one's being to the divine Name and a total conforming to Dharma or the "Divine Order". Nanak described the result of the disciplined application of nām simraṇ as a "growing towards and into God" through a gradual process of five stages. The last of these is sac khaṇḍ (The Realm of Truth)—the final union of the spirit with God. Nanak stressed now kirat karō: that a Sikh should balance work, worship, and charity, and should defend the rights of all creatures, and in particular, fellow human beings. They are encouraged to have a chaṛdī kalā, or optimistic, view of life. Sikh teachings also stress the concept of sharing—vaṇḍ chakkō—through the distribution of free food at Sikh gurdwaras (laṅgar), giving charitable donations, and working for the good of the community and others (sēvā). source:Sikhism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The main Goal of a Sikh in life should be(and must be) to be free from cycle of death and rebirth. I want to know does we have a shot at being free, it may be a hard and disciplined path to follow, but do we have a sure shot in this life? I know karma from previous births are taken into account too. I was recently listening to karm katha by Baba Hari Singh Ji (randhawe wale) and babaji says that "rehat as prescribed by the Guru, to be maintained by a Sikh is a tough task. If One can maintain 5k's, read nitnem, s/he will be reborn to a Sikh family in next life" Now this is depressing in a certain way, i mean isn't the path to salvation measured in the devotion of a Sikh rather than the amount of gurbani s/he reads. I have heard it from better gursikhs than me that waheguru chanted 'once' with all the love and devotion is equal to or even 'better' than chanting it thousand of times without any heart or devotion given to it. I have heard about sakhis of some people who were freed from this cycle only by the fact that their soul was pure and innocent. Guru nanak dev ji asks us to search for God within our hearts and souls rather than to search it via going onto pilgrimages. Master asks us to dwell upon naam and understand the meaning from within. It has been clearly stated that Salvation can be reached only through rigorous and disciplined devotion to God. No doubts about this. But I don't agree with the fact that by it will surely take many lives to be free of this cycle. According to me, and I maybe wrong, it depends from a person to person, on his/her devotion and love and the desire to know the truth. The essence of Sikh teaching is summed up by Nanak in these words: "Realisation of Truth is higher than all else. Higher still is truthful living". I just want to know the opinion of intelligent members of SPN. bhul Chuk Maaf. GURFATEH.