From Santokh Singh Sahi – advocate
Administrator Indo American Law Center
Expert USA & Canada Imm. Courts
Wahe Guru Jee Ka Khalasa Jee Ke Fateh
Sikhs in general and their children in particular, realistically, face a big challenge of the “Every one-out-for-himself” ethos of American society and its powerful pull of “American assimilation”.
It’s a big challenge and all Sikhs need to face it with vision and foresight to keep the “Light of Knowledge”, as contained in SIRI GURU GRANTH SAHIB, always alive burning and shining more brightly than ever before.
With this in view, I wish to share with you the relevant information relating to the Sikh religion and request you in case you are convinced about its need and usefulness, to share it with others.
The word Sikh has two meanings which are literal and religious. Literally Sikh means a student-learner. A student must have a teacher. Everyone who is born remains a student till his final journey in this universe. Life without knowledge is difficult and hard to live. Knowledge is imparted by the teacher. Everyone needs to have a good teacher to learn and acquire knowledge vital for good and purposeful living, not for himself alone but also for the community at large.
Religiously Sikh means a follower of the Sikh religion founded by Guru Nanak Dev who was born in 1469.
The Sikh code of conduct defines a Sikh as follows:
“Any human being who faithfully believes in:
(1) One God
(2) The Ten Gurus, Guru Nanak to Guru Gobind Singh
(3) Siri Guru Granth Sahib which is a living Guru
(4) The utterances and teachings of the 10 Gurus
(5) The baptism bequeathed by Guru Gobind Singh
And does not have allegiance to any other religion is a Sikh.
Sikh and God
Sikhs believe there is only One God.
(1) God created the universe and the universe depends on God’s will for its continued existence.
(2) God has always existed and always will exist.
(3) God needs no one else in order to continue to exist.
(4) God has no shape
(5) God has no gender
(6) God has never taken and never will take human form on earth
(7) The essence of God is truth
(8) God is without hatred or fear
Sikhism the youngest of the world’s religions was founded by Guru Nanak Dev in the 15th century in what is today the fifth largest region in the world. After Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism comes Sikhism with over 23 million followers all over the world and is growing fast.
With Guru’s grace we have migrated with “Unique Identity” as Ambassadors of the Sikh religion.
SIRI GURU GRANTH SAHIB is the living embodiment of the Guru, “Bani Guru, Guru hai Bani, bich Bani Amrit Saray” has now been legally accepted and declared by the Supreme Court of India that Guru Granth Sahib is a “Juristic person”.
No one is allowed to interfere with its contents. Sikhs need to be vigilant and oppose elements who under the pretext of research interfere with in the source, substance and meaning of its contents.
It is the only sacred scripture written, composed and compiled by the Gurus themselves.
It carries a “Direct Account” of communications with the Almighty. The first compilation was done by the 5th Nanak, Guru Arjan Dev and the final Compilation was done by the 10th Nanak Guru Gobind Singh who added hymns of the 9th Nanak Guru Tegh Bahadur.
Other World religions were a result of compilations by the followers of their religion’s founders.
Sikh has a unique personality, a distinguished Identity with the turban for the men and the Dupatta (head covering scarf) for women.
5 “K’s” represent a way of self sustained, distinguished, natural and independent way of life. They are not symbols but stand for discipline, decorum and decency in dress and actions.
Kesh: Uncut hair and beard to maintain God’s creative beauty of male as different from female.
Kanga: A comb to clean and fresh up the hair.
Kara: An iron bracelet to shield the arm and acts as a token of an unbroken link to God.
Katchera: special underwear symbolizing physical activity NS SEXUAL FIDELITY.
Kirpan: A sword symbolizing the fight against injustice. Every Sikh is baptized like a king.
SIRI GURU GRANTH SAHIB carries spiritual utterances of 6 Sikh Gurus, 15 Bhagats (saints), 11 Bhats (saints) 4 Sikhs and Hindu and Muslim saints are also included. Its language is Punjabi, Sanskrit, Arabic, Persian, Rajasthani and Marathi. It is scribed in the Punjabi language in Gurmukhi and is in 31 Ragas (music).
It is am authentic source that depicts the religious, historical, social, political, educational, economic and cultural conditions of those times. It tells about the concepts of death, time and hukam (the order of the almighty which is that we are born, live and die).
The Gurdwara is located at 7940 Mission Blvd in Riverside, California. For more information its web site is at http://riversidegurdwara.org/index.php?page=contact-us