For anyone who wants to know – what is Sikhism?
Sikhism is a religion founded during the 15th century in the Punjab region of India. Sikhism is the fifth largest religion in the world with a population of between 20 to 30 million followers worldwide.
Important things to know about Sikhism:
Sikhism is open to all through the teachings of its 10 Gurus enshrined in the Sikh Holy Book and Living Guru, Sri Guru Granth Sahib.
Guru is a Sanskrit term for “teacher” or “master”, especially in Indian religions.
They believe in Ik Onkar meaning “One God.”
A Gurdwara is the name of a place of worship for followers of the Sikh religion meaning gateway to the Guru.
Sikhs are expected to embody the qualities of a “Sant-Sipahi?”—a saint-soldier
Sikhism broke free of Hinduism because its rejection of the caste system which exists in India. A Caste system is a social structure which divides people on the basis of inherited social status.
There are several religious prohibitions in Sikhism:
- Cutting hair: Cutting hair is strictly forbidden in Sikhism.
- Intoxication: Consumption of alcohol, drugs, tobacco, and other intoxicants is not allowed.
- Adultery: In Sikhism, the spouses must be physically and mentally faithful to one another.
- Material obsession: Coveting material items is prohibited.
- Eating meat killed in a ritualistic manner: Sikh are not eat meat that has been slaughtered.
- Having premarital or extramarital sexual relations: Sikh’s are to wait for marriage.
Sikhs who have made a public commitment to the faith are required to go through a special baptism, known as the Amrit Ceremony.
The 5 K’s – Symbol of Khalsa – the brotherhood of Sikhs:
Kesh – Uncut beard and long hair, which is protected by a dastaar, or turban.
Kangha – A small wooden comb meant to keep the hair combed twice a day.
Kara – An iron bangle to be worn on the hand used most.
Kachera – A specific undergarment for men.
Kirpan – A short dagger.
What is Sikhism?