Introduction to Sikhism
There are over 20 million Sikhs in the world and around half a million in the United Kingdom. Sikhs most important belief is internal religious state of the individual. They avoid superstitious behaviour, and pilgrimages, statues, buildings, and "blind" rituals. They think religion should be practiced by living in the world and coping with life's everyday problems.
Sikhism was found in the 1500 Century CE when the Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, (1469-1538) had a vision to preach the way to enlightenment and God. There beliefs are there is one god they emphasises social and sexual equality, stresses the importance of doing good actions rather than merely carrying out rituals.
They believe the repetitive cycle of birth, life and death, karma the accumulated sum of one's good and bad deeds, and reincarnation the belief of a rebirth following death. Sikhs have rejected the caste system of the Hindu religion. They believe that everyone has equal status in the eyes of God. This is a very important principle that permeates all Sikh beliefs, behaviors, and rituals, Keep God in heart and mind at all times, live honestly and work hard, treat everyone equally, be generous to the less fortunate.
Sikhs worship in a place called the "Gudwara" the gate way to Guru. Gurudwara began with our first Guru, Sahib Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji. When Guru Ji would travel to various destinations, his Sikhs would set up places where they could learn and discuss the Guru's teachings.
The holy granth is the Sikhs wholly text which contains the writing of 9 Gurus and hymns. The tenth guru assembled his writings separately into a number of books, including "Dasam Granth ". The 11th Guru writing consists of religious text from different Muslim and Hindu saints and is considered the final Guru.
Local links to Gurdwara:-
Guru Gobind Singh Gurdwara, Bradford