What is Sikhism?

Sikhism (ਸਿੱਖੀ), or Sikhi Sikkhī, from Sikh, meaning a “disciple”, “seeker,” or “learner”) is an Indian religion that originated in the Punjab region in the northern part of the Indian subcontinent around the end of the 15th century, and has variously been defined as monotheistic, monistic and panentheistic. It is one of the youngest of the major world religions, and the world’s fifth-largest organized religion, as well as being the world’s ninth-largest overall religion. The fundamental beliefs of Sikhism, articulated in the sacred scripture Guru Granth Sahib, include faith and Naam Japo on the name of the one creator, divine unity and equality of all humankind, engaging in selfless service, striving for justice for the benefit and prosperity of all, and honest conduct and livelihood while living a householder’s life.

“Only those who selflessly love everyone, they alone shall find God”.
Guru Nanak

Sikhism is based on the spiritual teachings of Guru Nanak, the first Guru (1469–1539), and the nine Sikh gurus that succeeded him. The Tenth Guru, Guru Gobind Singh, named the Sikh scripture Guru Granth Sahib as his successor, terminating the line of human Gurus and making the scripture the eternal, religious spiritual guide for Sikhs. Sikhism rejects claims that any particular religious tradition has a monopoly on Absolute Truth.

Architecture Indian Worship Lake Travel Landmark

The Harmandir Sahib (also known as the Golden Temple).

Articles about Sikhism

Common concepts in Indian religions

Reincarnation is a central tenet of Indian religions (Indian Philosophy).

Kanga, Kara and Kirpan – three of the five Ks

Kanga, Kara and Kirpan – three of the five Ks

Beliefs and philosophy

Practices

Main principles

Scriptures and texts

History

Comparison with other religions

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