Harjas You never addressed my point about historical, sociological factors influencing Sikhi. Are you suggesting that this "sanatan dharm" is able to transcend such influences? Also what about the very decisions made by the Gurus and later by Singhs in influential positions, these too influenced the practice and development of Sikhi. Many of these were not rooted in any "sanatan dharam" but in the context of the situation Sikhs found themselves in. It is simplistic to think that Sikhism is a resurrection of an ancient Indian belief system. Sikhism was more a product of its time than any such ancient system, even if parallels can be seen between the two. Another fact you need to consider is that by the mid 1700s the majority of Sikhs were simple rustics, who would not have an indepth understanding of theology. These were essentially warriors and although there were some that did explore the religious texts in depth, the majority would have been reciting by rote. Also how would you explain Sikhisms political dimensions according to your theory. Since the inception of the Khalsa, this has been a major element of the Sikh nation. How would you explain this? Keep your response short and sweet!