Who Are The Sikhs
Introduction to Sikhi
Sikhism is one of the younger faiths of the world, as compared with religions like Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity or Islam. It is a monotheistic faith, freaching the existence of only one God, and teaching ideals that may be universally accepted today and int he future; honesty, compassion humility, piety, social commitment, and most of all tolerance for other religions.
The word ‘Sikh‘, derived from the Sanskrit word ‘shishya’ meaning a disciple, a learner, and a seeker of the truth. A Sikh believes in One God and the teachings of the ten Gurus, embodied in the Sikh Holy Scripture, Guru Granth Sahib. Additionally, he or she must take Khande De Pahul, the Sikh initiation ceremony.
Guru Nanak Dev Ji founded Sikhism at the beginning of the sixteenth century. The succeeding nine Gurus nurtured and developed his ideas and teachings. Guru Gobind Singh Ji, the tenth Guru, brought an end to the line of human Gurus and in 1708, installed Guru Granth Sahib, as the permanent Guru of hte Sikhs.
The Sikh Gurus provided guidance for about 240 years. They taught the basic values of freedom, brotherhood, charity, obedience, understanding, sympathy, humility, simplicity, patience and piety, and outlined the path to spirituality in life. The Gurus themselves said that they were Humand and were not to be worshipped as God. They considered themselves to be mere servants of God. Guru Gobin Singh said:
“See me only as the slave of God,
Let this be known beyond the shadow of doubt”.