History of Sikh Dharma
Sikhism was founded over 500 years ago and is the world’s youngest religion. Despite its age it is the world’s 5th largest religion based on number of followers, called Sikhs.
The foundation of the Sikh religion is that there is One Supreme God who abides in all things. Sikhs live in Devotion to God and remembrance of him at all times through truthful living and equal treatment of mankind. The teachings of Sikhism are that of the Ten Gurus enshrined in the Sikh Holy Book and Living Guru; Sri Guru Granth Sahib.
The premise of the Sikh religion can be understood through the Mool Mantra, the words of Guru Nanak:
Ek Ong Kar– There is one universal, all pervading Creator.
Satnam– Truth is His Name.
Kartaa- He is the Creator & Destroyer.
Purakh- He is present throughout his Creation.
Nirbhao– He fears none.
Nirvair- All are equal in His eyes.
Akaal Moorat- His existence is immortal.
Ajooni – He neither born, nor does He die.
Saibhang- He is self-illumined.
Gur-Prasad- He is realized only though the grace of the true Guru.
Anyone can be a Sikh
Sikhism is a practical religion in which participants are encouraged to live regular lives, being of service to humankind, demonstrating love to all others while earning an honest living.
Any person (irrespective of race, colour, status, sex, place of birth and nationality) can be a Sikh if he/she:
- Worships and believes in only One God
- Believes in only the Sikh religion
- Takes guidance from the lives and teachings of the Ten Sikh Gurus found in the Sri Guru Granth Sahib.
- Believes in the Amrit from the Five Beloved ones
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