Sikh philosophy
The philosophy of Sikhism is covered in great detail in the Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh holy text. Detailed guidance is given to followers on how to conduct their lives so that peace and salvation can...
Sikhism underlying values
The philosophy of Sikhism is covered in great detail in the Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh holy text. Detailed guidance is given to followers on how to conduct their lives so that peace and salvation can...
Prohibitions in Sikhism
There are a number of religious prohibitions in Sikhism.
Not all people calling themselves Sikh subscribe to these prohibitions. Some young Sikhs are now cutting their hair to the dismay of spirit...
Sikhism primary beliefs and principles
The philosophy of Sikhism is covered in great detail in the Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh holy text. Detailed guidance is given to followers on how to conduct their lives so that peace and salvation can...
Maya (illusion)
Maya or Māyā (Sanskrit माया māyā), literally means "illusion" and "magic". However, the term has multiple meanings depending on the context. In earlier older language, it literally implies extraordina...
Nitnem
Nit-Nem (literally "Daily Discipline") is a collection of selected Sikh hymns that are designated to be read by the Sikhs every day at pre-fixed times. It normally includes the Panj bania which are re...
Charhdi Kala
Charhdi Kala or Chardi Kala is a concept in Sikhism that refers to a mental state of optimism and joy. Sikhs are ideally expected to be in this positive state of mind as a sign of their contentment wi...
Saṃsāra
Saṃsāra (Sanskrit: संसार) (in Tibetan called khor ba "སམསར", pronounced /kɔrwɔ/, meaning "continuous flow" and in Sinhala called sangsāra "සංසාර" meaning "eternal cycle"), is the repeating cycle of bi...
Guru Nanak and the Sacred Thread
When the founder and first guru of Sikhs, Guru Nanak Dev Ji attained the age of nine years, his father was determined to invest him with the janeu (sacrificial thread of the Hindus). Until a boy is in...
Guru Nanak Interfaith Prize
The Guru Nanak Interfaith Prize is a biannual, $50,000 award to "an individual or an organisation in recognition of propagating Guru Nanak’s philosophy of discovering oneness of humanity by exploring ...
Sat (Sanskrit)
Sat (Sanskrit: सत्) is a Sanskrit word meaning "the true essence (nature)" and that "which is unchangeable" of an entity, species or existence. Sat is a common prefix in ancient Indian literature ...
Haumai
Haumai is the self-centeredness (ego or Ahankar) of a human, which can only be overcome through meditation on God’s name (Naam), Simran and Sewa in Sikhism. It is a portmanteau of the words Hau mean...
Kapur Singh ICS
Sirdar Kapur Singh, ICS (2 March 1909 – August 13, 1986) was an eminent Sikh philosopher, theologian, politician-parliamentarian, and a prolific writer of the twentieth century. As a distinguished li...
Kaam
Kam (from Sanskrit kama) meaning deep extensive desire, uncontrolled longing, concupiscence, sensuality or lasciviousness is counted among the five cardinal sins or sinful propensities in Sikhism. I...
Hukam
Hukam (Punjabi: ਹੁਕਮਿ) is a Punjabi word derived from the Arabic hukm, meaning "command" or "order." In God whose is referred to as Waheguru. It is by the command of Him that we are born and we d...
Simran
Simran (Punjabi: ਸਿਮਰਨ, Hindi: सिमरन ) is a Punjabi word derived from the Sanskrit word स्मरण (smaraṇa, "the act of remembrance , remembrance, reminiscence, recollection") which leads to the r...
Naam Japo
In Sikhism, Nām Japō (Gurmukhi ਨਾਮ ਜਪੋ), Naam Japna, or Naam Simran refers to the meditation, vocal singing of hymns from the Sri Guru Granth Sahib or contemplating the various Names of God (or qualit...