Sikhism

3 basic principles: Meditate on One God; Earn honest living; Share with others in need

Sikhism is a way of life; a disciplined mode of living coupled with a belief in the presence and unity of one God, the equality of all mankind, dedicated faith in the Gurus' word and love for all of humanity.

The stepping stone for a Sikh is to accept the one God and remember Him with one’s mind and acknowledge Him through ones daily actions. A Sikh puts his trust in God alone rather than in other beings, relatives, wealth or possessions.

Sikhism was established by ten Gurus, divine spiritual messengers or masters, over the period from 1469 to 1708 - that is, over a period of 239 years. These teachers were enlightened souls whose main purpose in life was the spiritual and moral well-being of the masses. By setting an exceptional example of how to live a holy and worthy life through practicing righteous principles of living their human lives, they sort to awaken the higher consciousness in the human race. The Gurus taught the people of India and beyond, to live spiritually fulfilling lives with dignity, freedom and honor.

Each of the ten masters added to and reinforced the message taught by the previous, resulting eventually to the creation of the religion that is now called Sikhism. Guru Nanak Dev Ji was the first Guru and Guru Gobind Singh Ji the final Guru in human form. When Guru Gobind Singh Ji left this world, he decreed the Holy Scripture Sri Guru Granth Sahib as the eternal Guru henceforth. The Guru Granth Sahib, in spirit, is more than a holy book for the Sikhs, for the Sikhs accord the Guru Granth Sahib the same respect and reverence as they did to the human form Gurus.

SIKHS believe in Sarbhat dah phalla or Sarbat da bhala is a Punjabi term which means "welfare of all" "may everyone be blessed" or "may good come to all". This is a term which forms an important part of the Sikh prayer called the Ardas. This term reflects an important part of Sikh philosophy. The term establishes a new precedence set by the Sikh Gurus - It encourages and compels the Sikh to ask for the "well- being of everyone in the world". In establishing this concept, the Gurus have set a new standard for the Sikhs – not only should the Sikhs pray for their own well-being but also needs to ask for the blessing for "all the peoples of the world".