30 Facts About Sikh faith


Sikhism, known as Sikhi or Sikh Dharma, is an Indian religion that originated in the Punjab region of the Indian subcontinent, around the end of the 15th century CE.

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Guru Hargobind, the sixth Sikh faith Guru, established the concept of mutual co-existence of the miri and piri realms.

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Sikh faith scripture opens with the Mul Mantar, fundamental prayer about ik onkar.

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The majority of Sikh faith scriptures were originally written in the alphabet of Gurmukhi, a script standardised by Guru Angad out of Landa scripts historically used in present-day Pakistan and North India.

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Sikh faith ethics emphasize the congruence between spiritual development and everyday moral conduct.

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Sikh faith taught that the most important form of worship is Bhakti.

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But, most Sikh faith gurdwaras forbid aarti during their Bhakti practices.

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Sikh faith gurus taught that by constantly remembering the divine name and through selfless service the devotee overcomes egotism.

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Sikh faith gurus established a mechanism which allowed the Sikh faith religion to react as a community to changing circumstances.

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Old copies of the Sikh faith scripture are not thrown away, rather funerary services are performed.

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Roots of the Sikh faith tradition are, states Louis Fenech, perhaps in the Sant-tradition of India whose ideology grew to become the Bhakti tradition.

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Sikh faith's followers came to be known as the Udasi Sikhs, the first parallel sect of Sikhism that formed in Sikh history.

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Sikh faith adhered to the Vaishnavism tradition of Hinduism for much of his life, before joining the commune of Guru Angad.

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Sikh faith was a reformer, and discouraged veiling of women's faces as well as sati.

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Sikh faith encouraged the Kshatriya people to fight in order to protect people and for the sake of justice, stating this is Dharma.

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Sikh faith moved his commune of Sikhs there and the place then was called Ramdaspur, after him.

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Sikh faith was a poet and created the first edition of Sikh sacred text known as the Adi Granth and included the writings of the first five Gurus and other enlightened 13 Hindu and 2 Muslim Sufi saints.

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Sikh faith's martyrdom is considered a watershed event in the history of Sikhism.

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Sikh faith married three women, built a fort to defend Ramdaspur and created a formal court called Akal Takht, now the highest Khalsa Sikh religious authority.

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The emperor found a verse in the Sikh faith scripture insulting to Muslims, and Ram Rai agreed it was a mistake then changed it.

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Sikh faith nominated his younger son Guru Har Krishan to succeed him in 1661.

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Sikh faith's body was cremated in Delhi, the head was carried secretively by Sikhs and cremated in Anandpur.

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Sikh faith was succeeded by his son, Gobind Rai, who militarised his followers by creating the Khalsa in 1699, and baptising the Panj Piare.

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Sikh faith Khalsa's rise to power began in the 17th century during a time of growing militancy against Mughal rule.

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The creation of a Sikh faith Empire began when Guru Gobind Singh sent a Sikh faith general, Banda Singh Bahadur, to fight the Mughal rulers of India and those who had committed atrocities against Pir Buddhu Shah.

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Sikh faith organised the civilian rebellion and abolished or halted the Zamindari system in time he was active and gave the farmers proprietorship of their own land.

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The Sikh faith Empire entered into a treaty with the colonial British powers, with each side recognizing Sutlej River as the line of control and agreeing not to invade the other side.

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The Sikh faith leaders made desperate petitions, but all religious communities were suffering in the political turmoil.

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The early 1980s witnessed some Sikh faith groups seeking an independent nation named Khalistan carved out from India and Pakistan.

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Early Sikh faith sects were Udasis and Minas founded by Sri Chand – the elder son of Guru Nanak, and Prithi Chand – the elder son of Guru Ram Das respectively, in parallel to the official succession of the Sikh faith Gurus.

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