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Sikhism  founded  by  Guru  Nanak  (1469-1539) during the fifteenth  century,  is  the  fifth  largest  organized religion  in the world today with an estimated 30 million followers. It has its origins in Punjab region of the Indian sub-continent. Guru Nanak  Ji, the first Sikh Guru,  describes the essence of Sikhism in these words " Realization of Truth is higher than all else. Higher still is truthful living." 
Sikhism  entwines  spiritual  as  well  as  secular  life,  and emphasises  on devotion to one God and doing good works. It does not believe in merely following blind rituals that produce no  actions. Sikhs  are  encouraged  to  meditate  on God's  name  and  work hard  for  their  living.   

They  are instructed  to  treat  everyone  as  equal,  stand  up  against  injustice  and  be  generous  to the less  fortunate. Worship of idols and images is forbidden in Sikhism.

The  Sikh  way  of  life  calls  for  a  balance  between  material  and  spiritual  worlds  -  to  be  attached and  yet detached. Self-centred existence is discouraged in Sikhism. 

Sikh holy scriptures are compiled in Guru Granth Sahib - considered a living Guru by the Sikh community. 
Who is a Sikh?
The literal meaning of the word  'Sikh'  in Punjabi language  is  'disciple'. So a  Sikh  is the one who is a true disciple, a learner and a devoted follower of the Almighty. A true Sikh believes in
  •   Devotion to one God 
  •   Worshipping the abstract form of God
  •   Universal equality and brotherhood
  •   The  writings  and  teachings  of  ten  Sikh  Gurus   in       Guru Granth Sahib
  •   Noble, truthful and selfless actions
  •   The necessity of 'Amrit Shak' (Sikh Baptism
The community of men and women who have been initiated into the Sikh faith is the Khalsa. The Khalsa celebrated its 300th anniversary in 1999.

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