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  • What are the doctrines of Sikhs?

  • Guru: Teacher Sikh: Learner

    Began about 500 years ago in Punjab (India)About 30 million Sikhs

    Started by Guru NanakShaped by his 9 successorsPreached tolerance of other faiths Co-existence of Muslims & Hindus

  • All are EqualEqual in the eyes of God (regardless of sex, race, or religion) and can realise the divine within them through devotion to God, truthful living and service to humanity.

    * No fasting, superstitions, ritualism, caste system, alcohol/drugs

  • Ek OnKar (One supreme reality)One true God, Creator of the Universe. Sikhs do not worship idols.

    SimranShould remember God in everything they doLiving an honest life and caring for othersSharing, charity, working for good of society

  • The 10th Guru did not appoint a successorHe transferred authority to two institutions:

    1) Guru Granth Sahib A collection of hymns/writings by Guru Nanak and other Gurus AND Sikh, Hindu, Muslim saints

    Added to the Adi Granth Serves as the perpetual Guru of the Sikhs

  • 2) Guru Khalsa Panth (The Sikh community )All who are baptized are connected through the Khalsa.

    *** Decisions & resolutions also made through the Akal Takth (the timeless throne)

  • Five symbolic articles of faith (Panj Kakkar)

  • Five symbolic articles of faith (Panj Kakkar)

    1) Kesh: Uncut hair (SPIRITUALITY)Reminder to not disturb natureSymbol of their faith (turbans)

    2) Kangha: Wooden comb (CLEANLINESS)Represents commitment to societyReminder to shed impurities of thought

  • 3) Kaccha: White shorts (SELF-DISCIPLINE)Reminder of need for self-restraint over passions and desires

    4) Kara: Steel bracelet (GOOD DEEDS)Represents strength and eternityShape is a reminder that God is infinite

    5) Kirpan: sword (PROTECTION)Reminder to defend what is rightAlways fight for righteousness

  • Can equality truly be achieved in religion, if so how and give examples.

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