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9/14/2014 7:02:39 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
Sentiment: There has been a topic like this 4 years ago, but now it's just out of date. I'm not trying to prove my religion, but merely educate people a bit more, eg. This is not a debate, so don't try saying anything insulting or missionary-like. Ok.
To begin, Sikhi is a path of not just believing in the one Creator, but to experience the one that made each of us. We connect from the top of our heads in a place called the Dasum Daur(Tenth Gate), we can open this tenth gate by chanting God's name.(Vaheguru). In a Sikh Gurdwara(house of worship) everyone may enter regardless of religion, race, gender, sexual-preference, or even nationality. In the Sikh Gurdwaras we have a place where we sing hymns from Guru Granth Sahib Ji and a special place called a Langar hall, where we all sit on the same floor and eat together and it's all free. The significance of the Langar is that we can both talk about being equals but sitting on the same floor truly represents the practice that we must live by. Also anyone may do selfless service inside the Gurdwara regardless what religion they are, in the Golden Temple at least 1 billion meals are served a year and it is the largest free kitchen. Speaking on the Golden Temple, we have to go down rather than up the stairs to show that we must be humility to meet God.
The Sikh Gurus also did some great things, such as Guru Nanak said"there was no Hindu and no Muslim" which at the times were revolutionary ideas, he preached that women were equal and the fact that God didn't care what caste an individual belonged to. He eventually went 87,000 miles on foot to preach this message, without the goal of trying to make Sikhs: he always had a Muslim and a Hindu with him on his journeys. He eventually went back to Punjab and self-selected his successor: Guru Angad.
As time went on, the 5th Guru had sacrificed his life, and died at the hands of Muslim fundementists. Despite that, his son(the Sixth Guru) didn't hold a grudge against all of Islam and even built the poor Muslims in his city a mosque. The name of the mosque is Guru Ki Maseet, and today it is UN protected. The 6th Guru's son: the 9th Guru eventually sacrificed his life to save Hinduism from extinction and this happened publicly near the Red Fort. Then the 10th Guru decided to create our modern appearance today: the 5ks 1. Long uncut hair, 2. A steel braclet, 3. A sword, 4. A comb and 5. Short Pants or long Underwear(however you look at it).
Guru Gobind Singh Ji eventually gave the Guruship to the Holy scripture: Guru Granth Sahib Ji.
Guru Granth Sahib is not divided like most texts, like chapters, authors, or stories. Guru Granth Sahib is divided into 31 different styles of Music called Raags. The text when compiled had authors of people of different faiths or trans-religious to show God is not just for Sikhs but for everyone and you can meet him through anyway that you see him. This text unlike other texts has the writtings of the actual starter of the religion. And even checked it himself.
Today Sikhism is the 5th largest religion in the world and has close to 30 million followers, despite this the ultimate message of Guru Granth Sahib can be given to the 9 billion people of the world, even without ever becoming Sikhs because its a humanitarian message not a Sikh one. http://www.srigranth.org... the link I posted shows Guru Granth Sahib with roman and English versions in case anyone would like to read Guru Granth Sahib. For anyone more interested in learning about Sikh history or philosophy, I would highly recommend this YouTube Channel: https://m.youtube.com...
Thank you to anyone who read this and please leave comments bellow. This is not meant to convert anyone, only if someone truly wishes to live this lifestyle would I encourage conversion. And don't try debating or proving your religion when this is only meant to educate the populace on a religion most don't know about. Thank you.