Sikhism

Sikhism, known in Punjabi as Sikhi, is a religion for all. Sikhs believe God is the same for all races and people. Sikh Practices can be summarized in three words: Pray, Work and Give.

Sikhs remember God at all times (Pray)

A Sikh’s goal in life is to lead an exemplary existence so that one may merge with God. Sikhs should remember God at all times and practice living a virtuous and truthful life while maintaining a balance between their spiritual and temporal obligations (the two swords in a ‘Khanda’ are a reminder of this).

Sikhs live a simple, honest life (Work)

Sikhism doesn’t ask people to turn away from ordinary life to get closer to God. In fact it demands that they use ordinary life as a way to get closer to God. Sikhism is a practical religion something to be lived according to a pattern. Its main virtue is simplicity. 

Sikhs serve God by helping others (Give)

A Sikh serves God by serving (seva) other people every day. By devoting their lives to service they get rid of their own ego and pride. Many Sikhs volunteer in the Gurdwara as their service to the community. The Seva ranges from working in the kitchen to cleaning the floor. The Langar, or free food kitchen, is a community act of service. Sikhs also regard caring for the poor, sick or elderly as an important duty of service.

Sikh equality

Unlike many religions, Sikhism teaches the full equality of men and women. Women can participate in any religious function or perform any Sikh ceremony or lead the congregation in prayer.

Sikhs believe God is everywhere

Sikhs believe that God is inside every person, no matter how wicked they appear, and so everyone is capable of change.

Sikhs believe in meaningful worship

Sikhs do not follow blind rituals such as fasting, mandatory visiting places of pilgrimage, superstitions, worship of the dead, idol worship etc.

Sikhs discard weaknesses

Most human beings can’t see the true reality of God because they are blinded by their own self-centred pride and concern for physical things. Sikhs should eliminate lust, anger, greed, attachment and ego/ pride from their lives. They should not take intoxicants, eat meat, engage in worthless talk.

Sikhi way of life

The Sikh way of living is described as an “active, creative, and practical life” of “truthfulness, fidelity, self-control and purity”. Sikhs are expected to embody the qualities of a “Sant-Sipāhī”—a saint-soldier, this means to love God, meditate on God, keep God in their heart, feel God’s nearness and also be strong, courageous and ready to fight to protect weak people from cruel unjust attackers.