Sikhism

Sikhism is the fifth largest religion practiced in the world today. Sikhs worship one universal God, and practice disciplined meditation in the name of God.

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What Sikh caste is the last name Kamyotra?

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Sikhs do not believe in caste. Its just a Punjabi thing. Note: Sikhism is a Religion, Punjabi is a culture.
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Who goes to the gurdwara?

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Gurdwaras are a place of worship for Sikhs meaning a Place of GURU, though anyone is more than welcome to go and pray there. Just make sure that your head is covered and also do stay for the "langar" the community kitchen served around the clock, irrespective of of any creed or caste.
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Is Bisla a jatt last name?

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yes it is !! this caste belongs to jatt or jaat (as many live in haryana now) they were mainly from Punjab but as they have chosen to stay in native places.. they can be found in haryana , uttar pradesh & rajasthan as well.... their presence is also there in many foreign countries.... they have established their names in various parts of the world...
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What do the 5K's in Sikhism look like?

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Please have a look at the related links to see the attached picture.
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Who is Zinda Pir Sahib?

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Zinda Pir Sahib was the founder of Darbar-e-Aalia Ghamkol Sharif Kohat Pakistan. He was ghous of his time. He belonged to Naqshbandi Silsila. Note: It should be kept in mind that orthodox Muslims consider the system of 'Ghouses' unauthentic and against the spirit of Islam.
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What are the do's and don't's at a Gurdwara?

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Do's and Don't at at Gurugwara 1. Take off your shoes. One is advised to take off their socks too, so that the foul smell of the socks does not enter the Gurudwara premises. This is to show respect. Place your shoes in the shoe room. It also stops dust getting into the Gurdwara. 2. Cover your head. This is also to show respect. 3. No alcohol, drugs, cigarettes or weapons. This is to stop unclean substances and things getting into the Gurdwara. 4. Wash your hands and feet. This is to stop dirty feet and hands spreading dirt and dust spreading around the Gurdwara. 5. Don't point your feet at the Guru Granth Sahib. This would be disrespectful. 6. Anyone of any faith can visit a Gurdwara and will be welcomed in the Gurdwara. So people feel free in the Gurdwara, and won't be scared away. 7. Bow to the Guru Granth Sahib as the first thing touching the floor with your forehead. This not only shows respect but also indicates that you submit yourself to the truths contained in the book. 8. People also place an offering of food or money in front of the Guru Granth Sahib. This is used to run the Gurdwara and the free food kitchen (Langar). The offering is not charity but a sharing of God's gifts. If a person has no money or food to offer they may offer flowers, or just some words of sincere thanks. 9. Everyone sits on the floor in a Gurdwara. This is to be humble before the Guru Granth Sahib and because it gives everyone a place of equal status to sit. Most people sit cross-legged. 10. Anyone who walks round the Guru Granth Sahib or the Gurdwara must do so in a clockwise direction. 11. During a service a person with a whisk or fan called a Chaur waves it over the Guru Granth Sahib as a sign of respect. 12. Men and women generally sit on separate sides of the hall. To avoid distraction and keep the main focus on God. 13. Stand up and press your both hands together at the time of Ardas. 14. Towards the end of a service karah prasad, a sweet vegetarian food that has been blessed, will be served. This should be taken and received in cupped hands as a gift of God. 15. Every Gurdwara has a Langar-Khana (dining place) attached to it where food is served to everyone without charge. The food served in the Langar must be simple, so as to prevent wealthy congregations turning it into a feast that shows off their superiority. We all are supposed sit together and have the meal served. This is to remove castism or groupism of high and low.
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Who is the present religious leader of the Sikhs?

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The highest religious leader is the Head Granthi (Head Priest) of the Golden Temple. The highest political leader is the Jathedar of Akal Thakth Sahib.
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When was Guru Nanak born and when did he die?

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Guru Nanak Dev Ji was born on the 15th of April 1469 and passed away on the 22nd of September 1539.
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Where was seikism founded?

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Sikhism isn't a thing Sikhism is a religion which Guru Nanak found so he found it with love or you could say he found it in love. so that's your answer!
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What caste was guru Nanak born into?

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Lohana- warrior Although like many other Hindu satgurus, such as Ramananda and Hari Rama bapa,he opposed the Indian casting system and believed that it was wrong!
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Who wrote guru govind dou khade?

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"Guru Govind Dou Khade" was written by Kabir. It is present in Beejak. It is not present in Adi Guru Granth Sahib, revered Scripture among Sikhs.
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What is Guru Angad Dev Ji father's name?

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He was the son of a small successful trader named Pheru.
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What are the months of the Sikh calendar?

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1. Chet has 31 days and according to the Gregorian calendar it comes in the months of March-April 2. Vaisakh has 31 days and according to the Gregorian calendar it comes in the months of April-June 3. Jeth has 31 days and according to the Gregorian calendar it comes in the months of June-July 4. Harh has 31 days and according to the Gregorian calendar it comes in the months of July-August 5. Sawan has 31 days and according to the Gregorian calendar it comes in the months of August-September 6. Bhadon has 30 days and according to the Gregorian calendar it comes in the months of September-October 7. Assu has 30 days and according to the Gregorian calendar it comes in the months of September-October 8. Katak has 30 days and according to the Gregorian it comes in the months of October-November 9. Maghar has 30 days and according to the Gregorian calendar it comes in the months of November-December 10. Poh has 30 days and according to the Gregorian calendar it comes in the months of December-January 11. Magh has 30 days and according to the Gregorian calendar it comes in the months of January-Febuary 12. Phagun has 30/31 days and according to the Gregorian calendar it comes in the months of Febuary-March Gregorian Calendar: Is the calendar that we use for our day to day lives; the calendar that we refer to.
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Where does the guru granth sahib go at night?

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The Guru Granth Sahibji is a collection of Hymns of the Sikh Guru's (and other Saints). It is seen as a living Guru in effect, so at night time it is put to bed in the same way a living Guru would be.
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What is the Sikh Holy Book called?

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The holy book for the Sikhs is called the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. The Guru Granth Sahib, also know as the Adi Granth. The Guru Granth Sahib ji. the khalsa made by the last remaining guru Gobind Singh. The Sikhs holy book is called the Guru Granth Sahib Ji. Teachings of the Sikh Gurus and saints of that time. It is called the guru granth sahib. Sikh people bow down to it. it has scripters and teaching from our guru's ( teachers) Siri Guru Granth Sahib Ji is the Holy Scripture for Sikhs, though for Sikhs it is not holy book but the a living embodiment of Sikh Gurus and as such treated not just as a text but as a Guru. It is the touchstone of the Faith and the only earthly spiritual guide that a Sikh needs to listen to. Guru Granth Sahib is the Sikh Holy Book. It contains all the sayings of Sikh gurus, and is recited in all communal religious gatherings of the Sikh community. he is like our god we look up to him and comet our selves to him to show that we appreciate him in all was and form . It is Called the Guru Granth Sahib. Whilst it it not being read out of it is covered by a cloth called a Romalla. The Guru Granth Sahib. The Guru Granth Sahib. The Guru Granth Sahib is the sacred text of Sikhism, there's just that one. Their book is called the Guri granth sahib The Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji is the holy book for Sikhs. It is regarded by all Sikhs as the embodiment of the Ten Gurus. The holy book of Sikhism is the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji <<<<Another idiot It is the Siri Guru Granth Sahib. guru Granth Sahib The holy book for Sikhs is the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, (the 'Sri' and the 'Ji' are aded on for respect, so it is also know as the Guru Granth Sahib) Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji is the Sikh holy book. The name of the Sikh holy book is: Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. Guru Granth Sahib Ji is the name of Sikhs Holy Books. Please note that outside Sikhism it can be said a Holy Book or a holy scripture but within Sikhism it is treated as the living embodiment of Sikh Gurus, therefore Sikhs don't call in Holy Book. Also please note, the word is Sikh, pronounced as "seek" and is not Sehks. It is Guru Garanth Sahib The holy book for Sikhs is the Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. The Guru Granth Sahib is the holy books of those of the Sikh faith. They are writings of Guru Nanak and other Gurus and written in the Punjabi language. Guru Granth Sahib
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Why guru Nanak and Kabir are termed as monotheists?

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Monotheism: the belief in one God as oppose to polytheism, the belief in more than one higher power. Guru Nanak Dev ji was the founder of Sikhism, a monotheist religion. Bhagat Kabir ji was a Muslim, one who belonged to Islam which is also a monotheist religion.
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What does the name Akal Purakh Mean?

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I think you mean 'Akaal Moorat' which translated means: Being Beyond Time Akaal translates as 'not subject to time or death' and Moorat translates as form, shape, image. God is a Being beyond time: An Eternal, Indestructible Entity. Time means change. We are aware of time because we are surrounded by change: the sun rises and it is morning, then it is afternoon and then evening; first there is the infant, then the youth, then the old man; a healthy man becomes ill, an ill person healthy; a rich man becomes a pauper, a pauper becomes a king. For God there is no time because He is eternal, perpetual, immortal. He is forever. For Him nothing is changing; everthing is static. Change is the experience of sightless eyes that do not see things in their full perspective. If we could see things from the furthest vantage point all change drops away, and then time stops; it ceases to exist. For God all things are as they are; nothing changes, everything is static.
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Is janjua jat Sikh surname?

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Yes, Janjua is a Jat Caste and many Janjua are called Jat in Sikh, Muslim of India and Pakistan
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What is sewa and the langar?

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Sewa (Voluntary Service) Whoever has good destiny inscribed on his forehead, applies himself to Seva - selfless service" (Guru Granth Sahib: Paanaa:1142 Line : 4 ) So it is not only in our acts of service at the Gurudwara, or our involvement in charities, helping the homeless and infirm, housing the earthquake victim, that we perform Seva. We can worship God, and perform Seva in our everday activities. Getting up in the morning, going to work and performing our tasks. Going to college and studying for exams. Coming home and cooking and cleaning. Every single mundane activity can be an act of Seva. Keeping in mind your intentions, the reasons for living and helping others, you can realise your status as an ambassador for Waheguru, an agent of truth and love. Herein, God is present in our lives, and we can extend the concept of Seva to include all that we do. Everything is a manifestation of the truth, and our very lives become an affirmation of that. Even if you do not pray every day, and cannot visit the Gurudwara as often as you would like, keep the Guru's name on your lips and perform the best you can. Because those things that keep us busy: our job, our families, our love of football, our passions, our hobbies, our friends, our music: these are things we should pursue to excellence, to the fullest of our abilities, and with Waheguru in our heart. They are all part of the holy life we lead. Help those in your vicinity. You will be touching the Divine. 1. Seva is a prominent part of Sikh religion. Illustrative models of voluntary service are organised for imparting training, in the Gurdwaras. Its simple forms are : sweeping and plastering the floors of the Gurdwara, serving water to or fanning the congregation, offering provisions to and rendering any, kind of service in the common kitchen-cum-eating house, dusting the shoes of the people visiting the Gurdwara, etc. a. Guru Ka Langar : The philosophy behind the Langar (Guru's kitchen-cum-eating-house) is two-fold : to provide training to the Sikhs in voluntary service and to help banish all distinction of high and low, touchable and untouchable from the Sikhs' minds. b. All human beings, high or low, and of any caste or colour may sit and eat in the Langar. No discrimination on grounds of the country of origin, colour, caste or religion must be made while making people sit in rows for eating. However, only Amritdhari Sikhs can eat off
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Is somal jatt Sikh caste?

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yup. somal or sumal. they are jatt
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Was guru nanak a good leader?

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yes he showed people a good way to live there lives
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Why Sikhism criticize practice in other religions?

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If Sikhism says that there are different paths to God, and everyone has the right to practice their own religion, why do Sikhs criticize practices that may be done in other religions? Sikhism accepts that: 1. Holy books are not false: Gurbani tells us: : "Do not say that the Vedas, the Bible and the Koran are false. Those who do not contemplate them are false." (SGGS p1350) It is accepted that the various religious Holy books are not false but that does not mean that the adherents are following the Holy text faithfully. It is clear that in most religions, most devotees are not keeping to their faiths properly. 2. Different paths: The Guru also tells us: "Where have the Hindus and Muslims come from? Who put them on their different paths? Think of this, and contemplate it within your mind....(1)" (SGGS p477) So it is accepted that God intended for there to be different paths for human salvation, HOWEVER, the Guru has also criticized some of the practices followed by the devotees such as: 3. Fasting & other rituals: "Fasting, daily rituals, and austere self-discipline - those who keep the practice of these, are rewarded with less than a shell." (SGGS p216) 4. Ceremonial Marks: : "Around your neck is a rosary, and on your forehead is a sacred mark; upon your head is a turban, and you wear two loin cloths. If you knew the nature of God, you would know that all of these beliefs and rituals are in vain." (SGGS p470) It is clear that the Gurus do not accept that rituals like fasting, circumcision, shaving the head, ceremonial marks, etc will please God even a little bit and so these rituals have always been criticized. The discrimination against women; against lower castes, etc have always been objected to by the Gurus. So when the Sikhs criticize these practices, it because they are unfair EVEN in the original religion but the followers are ignoring the truth of their own religion. So called Muslims blowing up innocent children; Jews or Muslims killing masses indiscriminately - Is this preached by their faith leaders - Surely not. So the Sikhs will speak against such things. The same applies to Sikhs who do honour killing, bomb air-planes for the creation of Khalistan; etc - The indiscriminate killing of innocent people and the suppression of their right to life and peaceful existence are evils and they that have to be strongly discouraged and stopped wherever possible. No God-loving person should stand for such stupidity and evil deeds - The Sikh Gurus spoke loudly against these evils and their words are preserved for all to read. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for some of the other religions - their holy text is old and sometimes not well preserved in its entirety. Sikhism accepts and respects other religions, it does not always accept the practices of the devotees especially ones which have no spiritual or other merit in life.
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Is Panesar a jatt last name?

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Not a single chance is Panesar a jatt surname! It is one of the most prominent and prestigious ramgharia or tharkaan surnames around!
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How many people follow Sikhism in India?

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2% of population (~ 15 million of people).