Sikhs believe in One Immortal Being. To be a Sikh is to be a learner. Sikhs make no distinctions between gender, class or race and all Sikhs are to be committed to being saint soldiers. “Saint” indicates the importance of spiritual discipline, and “soldier” indicates one’s readiness to fight oppression. Sikhs are committed to meditation, earning an honest living and sharing wealth with the community.

Important Terms

  • Ardas: Community prayer led by one person in the gurdwara service. People may ask for blessings for special occasions during the ardas.
  • Satnam: A common greeting among Sikhs that means “True Name” and acknowledges the God in all.
  • Sangat: Refers to the congregation who gather for a worship service.

Important Religious Texts

Guru Granth Sahib.

Customs

Sikhs believe that one’s body is a temple and should be in service of the spirit. As such, one’s body must be treated with respect and as such, refrain from eating meat or consuming alcohol.

Worship, Prayer, and Practice

A gurdwara is the Sikh service, literally translated to mean “the door that leads to the Guru.” The purpose of the gurdwara is to uplift one’s consciousness through song, meditation and reading of the Guru Granth Sahib. Worshipping in community is particularly important in the Sikh tradition.

Faith Communities

Carrie Roberts
Director of Campus Ministry
(630) 829-6028
croberts@ben.edu

Kathryn Heidelberger
Campus Minister, Coordinator of Ecumenical and Interfaith Engagement
(630) 829-6336
kheidelberger@ben.edu