Sikhism

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.
Sat Nam: A common greeting among Sikhs that means "True Name" and acknowledges the God in all.
Sangat: Refers to the congregation who gathers for a worship service.

Important Religious Texts

The 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, in all matters of life. Sikhs refrain from eating meat or consuming alcohol. 

Worship, Prayer, and Practice

Gurdwara is the Sikh service, literally translated to mean "Gate 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.

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