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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.


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.

Ways to be Involved at BenU 

Here are a few classes offered at BenU about this faith tradition. Please visit the Course Catalog for more information and click here to learn about the Interfaith Studies Emphasis. 

  • HIST 281 Survey of East Asia
  • IDS 303 Interfaith/Culture Dialogue
  • RELS 285  Religion in America 
  • RELS 120 Eastern Traditions 

Faith Communities

Carrie Ankeny
Director of Campus Ministry
(630) 829-6028