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Welcome To Discover Sikhism

Sikhism, known in Punjabi as Sikhi, is a religion for all. Sikh's believe God is the same for all races and people. The Sikh way of living is described as an "active, creative, and practical life" of "truthfulness, fidelity, self-control and purity". Sikhs are expected to embody the qualities of a "Sant-Sipāhī"—a saint-soldier. Which means to love God, meditate on God, keep God in the heart, feel God's nearness and also be strong, courageous and ready to fight to protect weak people from cruel unjust attackers.

Sikh's remember God at all times

A Sikh's goal in life is to lead an exemplary existence so that one may merge with God. Sikhs should remember God at all times and practice living a virtuous and truthful life while maintaining a balance between their spiritual and temporal obligations (the two swords in a 'Khanda' are a reminder of this).

Sikh's believe God is everywhere

Sikhs believe that God is inside every person, no matter how wicked they appear, and so everyone is capable of change.

Sikh's serve God by helping others

A Sikh serves God by serving (seva) other people every day. By devoting their lives to service they get rid of their own ego and pride. Many Sikhs volunteer in the Gurdwara as their service to the community. The Seva ranges from working in the kitchen to cleaning the floor. The Langar, or free food kitchen, is a community act of service. Sikhs also regard caring for the poor, sick or elderly as an important duty of service.

Sikh's live a simple, honest life

Sikhism doesn’t ask people to turn away from ordinary life to get closer to God. In fact it demands that they use ordinary life as a way to get closer to God. Sikhism is a practical religion something to be lived according to a pattern. Its main virtue is simplicity. There is no supernaturalism or mythology on which it rests. It does not believe in devils or angels or heavenly spirits.

Sikh equality

Unlike many religons Sikhism teaches the full equality of men and women. Women can participate in any religious function or perform any Sikh ceremony or lead the congregation in prayer.

Sikh's discard weaknesses

Most human beings can’t see the true reality of God because they are blinded by their own self-centred pride and concern for physical things. Sikhs should eliminate lust, anger, greed, attachment and ego/ pride from their lives. They should not take intoxicants, eat meat, engage in worthless talk.

Sikh's believe in meaningful worship

Sikh's do not follow blind rituals such as fasting, mandatory visiting places of pilgrimage, superstitions, worship of the dead, idol worship etc.

Sikh Democracy

Sikhism is a democratic religion. The decisions of the Sangat are regarded as resolutions having the force of law (Gurmatta) Guru Gobind Singh Sahib vested the authority of the organisation in the Panth.

Discover Sikhism

The purpose of this non-profit website is to allow people (Sikhs and non-Sikhs) to discover Sikhism and Sikh heritage; to create awareness about Sikhism so that people can understand the Sikhs and their Gurus; the Gurus teachings, the sacrifices they made, their fight for freedom, their fight against inequality and injustice, the persecution they faced from musalmaan (muslims), their teachings on leading a charitable and honest life.



Book of the Month - September 2014

We have recently released over 800 books in our Sikh Gurmukhi (Punjabi) library. The book of the month is featured to give that little bit more emphasis to a title. We also have the following book in our English section.

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Bandgi Nama (in Gurmukhi)

by Bhai Raghbir Singh Bir

The author was prompted to write this book by his belief that a correct interpretation of religion could transform men into angels and this 'world into a paradise.' In particular, he aimed at diverting the mind of the young generation tending to be `materialistic and atheistic' under the `influence of Westernism' - to the right path by `unfolding to them the great spiritual treasures we have inherited from our forebearers.'



Discover other Gurbani Contributors

The Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji written in the Gurmukhī script, in various dialects – including Arabic, Lehndi Punjabi, Braj Bhasha, Khariboli, Sanskrit and Persian is truly a holy book for ALL.

Bhagats (Holy People) Bhatts (Bards)
Bhagats (Holy People) Bhatts (Bards)

The Sikh Bhagats (Gurmukhi: ਭਗਤ) refer to holy men who lead a life of spirituality, dedication to God and whose teachings are included in the Sri Guru Granth Sahib. They lived between the 12-15th centuries.

It is notable that the Bhatts became Sikhs from a background of many non-Sikh Indians today. Bhatt Bani (the hymns by the bards) comprises of twenty pages, incorporated in the concluding part of Adi Granth.



Discover the Sikhs


Early Gursikhs Sikh Martyrs Sikh Women
Guru Nanak and Bhai Mardana The Torture of Bhai Mati Das Mai Bhago in battle

Learn about the contemporaries and companions of the Great Sikh Guru's.

Sikhism's unique philosophy is so great that it threatens established religions. This is why some have committed murder and genocide of the Sikhs.

Sikh woman have played a glorious part in Sikh History and have proven themselves as equal in service, devotion, sacrifice and bravery.



Punjabi and Gurmukhi

There appears to be a lot of confusion regarding Punjabi and Gurmukhi.

People make the assumption that there is a language called Punjabi (what we use everyday) and there is the language called Gurmukhi - the language used to write the Guru Granth Sahib.

So are there two languages?? Did the Guru’s use different language called Gurmukhi?? The answer is No.

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Gurmukhi Gurmukhi Fonts

There are many benefits of learning to read, pronounce and understand the Gurmukhi script (paintee).

We have many great Gurmukhi fonts you can download and use for free.


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Gurbani Quotes (Japji)

ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਵੇਲਾ ਸਚੁ ਨਾਉ ਵਡਿਆਈ ਵੀਚਾਰੁ ॥

Amriṯ velā sacẖ nā▫o vadi▫ā▫ī vīcẖār.

In the Amrit Vaylaa, the ambrosial hours before dawn, chant the True Name, and contemplate His Glorious Greatness.

~ Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji

Ik Onkār

One Universal God

~ Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji

ਸਤਿ ਨਾਮੁ

Saṯ nām

The Name Is Truth

~ Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji

ਕਰਤਾ ਪੁਰਖੁ

Karṯā purakẖ

Creative Being Personified

~ Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji

ਨਿਰਭਉ

Nirbẖao

No Fear

~ Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji

ਨਿਰਵੈਰੁ

Nirvair

No Hatred

~ Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji

ਅਕਾਲ ਮੂਰਤਿ

Akāl mūraṯ

Timeless Form

~ Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji

ਅਜੂਨੀ ਸੈਭੰ

Ajūnī saibẖaʼn

Beyond Birth, Self-Existent

~ Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji

ਗੁਰ ਪ੍ਰਸਾਦਿ ॥

Gur parsāḏ.

By Guru's Grace.

~ Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji

॥ ਜਪੁ ॥

Jap

Recite

~ Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji

ਆਦਿ ਸਚੁ ਜੁਗਾਦਿ ਸਚੁ ॥

Āḏ sacẖ jugāḏ sacẖ.

True In The Primal Beginning. True Throughout The Ages.

~ Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji

ਹੈ ਭੀ ਸਚੁ ਨਾਨਕ ਹੋਸੀ ਭੀ ਸਚੁ ॥੧॥

Hai bẖī sacẖ Nānak hosī bẖī sacẖ. ||1||

True Here And Now. O Nanak, Forever And Ever True. ||1||

~ Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji

ਚੁਪੈ ਚੁਪ ਨ ਹੋਵਈ ਜੇ ਲਾਇ ਰਹਾ ਲਿਵ ਤਾਰ ॥

Socẖai socẖ na hova▫ī

By thinking, He cannot be reduced to thought,

~ Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji

ਜੇ ਸੋਚੀ ਲਖ ਵਾਰ ॥

je socẖī lakẖ vār.

even by thinking hundreds of thousands of times.

~ Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji

ਚੁਪੈ ਚੁਪ ਨ ਹੋਵਈ

Cẖupai cẖup na hova▫ī

By remaining silent, inner silence is not obtained,

~ Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji

ਜੇ ਲਾਇ ਰਹਾ ਲਿਵ ਤਾਰ ॥

je lā▫e rahā liv ṯār.

even by remaining lovingly absorbed deep within.

~ Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji

ਭੁਖਿਆ ਭੁਖ ਨ ਉਤਰੀ ਜੇ ਬੰਨਾ ਪੁਰੀਆ ਭਾਰ ॥

Bẖukẖi▫ā bẖukẖ na uṯrī je bannā purī▫ā bẖār.

The hunger of the hungry is not appeased, even by piling up loads of worldly goods.

~ Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji

ਸਹਸ ਸਿਆਣਪਾ ਲਖ ਹੋਹਿ ਤ ਇਕ ਨ ਚਲੈ ਨਾਲਿ ॥

Sahas si▫āṇpā lakẖ hohi ṯa ik na cẖalai nāl.

Hundreds of thousands of clever tricks, but not even one of them will go along with you in the end.

~ Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji

ਕਿਵ ਸਚਿਆਰਾ ਹੋਈਐ ਕਿਵ ਕੂੜੈ ਤੁਟੈ ਪਾਲਿ ॥

Kiv sacẖi▫ārā ho▫ī▫ai kiv kūrhai ṯutai pāl.

So how can you become truthful? And how can the veil of illusion be torn away?

~ Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji

ਹੁਕਮਿ ਰਜਾਈ ਚਲਣਾ ਨਾਨਕ ਲਿਖਿਆ ਨਾਲਿ ॥੧॥

Hukam rajā▫ī cẖalṇā Nānak likẖi▫ā nāl. ||1||

O Nanak, it is written that you shall obey the Hukam of His Command, and walk in the Way of His Will. ||1||

~ Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji

ਹੁਕਮੀ ਹੋਵਨਿ ਆਕਾਰ ਹੁਕਮੁ ਨ ਕਹਿਆ ਜਾਈ ॥

Hukmī hovan ākār hukam na kahi▫ā jā▫ī.

By His Command, bodies are created; His Command cannot be described.

~ Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji

ਹੁਕਮੀ ਹੋਵਨਿ ਜੀਅ ਹੁਕਮਿ ਮਿਲੈ ਵਡਿਆਈ ॥

Hukmī hovan jī▫a hukam milai vadi▫ā▫ī.

By His Command, souls come into being; by His Command, glory and greatness are obtained.

~ Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji

ਹੁਕਮੀ ਉਤਮੁ ਨੀਚੁ ਹੁਕਮਿ ਲਿਖਿ ਦੁਖ ਸੁਖ ਪਾਈਅਹਿ ॥

Hukmī uṯam nīcẖ hukam likẖ ḏukẖ sukẖ pā▫ī▫ah.

By His Command, some are high and some are low; by His Written Command, pain and pleasure are obtained.

~ Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji

ਇਕਨਾ ਹੁਕਮੀ ਬਖਸੀਸ ਇਕਿ ਹੁਕਮੀ ਸਦਾ ਭਵਾਈਅਹਿ ॥

Iknā hukmī bakẖsīs ik hukmī saḏā bẖavā▫ī▫ah.

Some, by His Command, are blessed and forgiven; others, by His Command, wander aimlessly forever.

~ Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji

ਹੁਕਮੈ ਅੰਦਰਿ ਸਭੁ ਕੋ ਬਾਹਰਿ ਹੁਕਮ ਨ ਕੋਇ ॥

Hukmai anḏar sabẖ ko bāhar hukam na ko▫e.

Everyone is subject to His Command; no one is beyond His Command.

~ Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji

ਨਾਨਕ ਹੁਕਮੈ ਜੇ ਬੁਝੈ ਤ ਹਉਮੈ ਕਹੈ ਨ ਕੋਇ ॥੨॥

Nānak hukmai je bujẖai ṯa ha▫umai kahai na ko▫e. ||2||

O Nanak, one who understands His Command, does not speak in ego. ||2||

~ Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji

ਗਾਵੈ ਕੋ ਤਾਣੁ ਹੋਵੈ ਕਿਸੈ ਤਾਣੁ ॥

Gāvai ko ṯāṇ hovai kisai ṯāṇ.

Some sing of His Power - who has that Power?

~ Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji

ਗਾਵੈ ਕੋ ਦਾਤਿ ਜਾਣੈ ਨੀਸਾਣੁ ॥

Gāvai ko ḏāṯ jāṇai nīsāṇ.

Some sing of His Gifts, and know His Sign and Insignia.

~ Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji

ਗਾਵੈ ਕੋ ਗੁਣ ਵਡਿਆਈਆ ਚਾਰ ॥

Gāvai ko guṇ vaḏi▫ā▫ī▫ā cẖār.

Some sing of His Glorious Virtues, Greatness and Beauty.

~ Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji

ਗਾਵੈ ਕੋ ਵਿਦਿਆ ਵਿਖਮੁ ਵੀਚਾਰੁ ॥

Gāvai ko viḏi▫ā vikẖam vīcẖār.

Some sing of knowledge obtained of Him, through difficult philosophical studies.

~ Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji

ਗਾਵੈ ਕੋ ਸਾਜਿ ਕਰੇ ਤਨੁ ਖੇਹ ॥

Gāvai ko sāj kare ṯan kẖeh.

Some sing that He fashions the body, and then again reduces it to dust.

~ Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji

ਗਾਵੈ ਕੋ ਜੀਅ ਲੈ ਫਿਰਿ ਦੇਹ ॥

Gāvai ko jī▫a lai fir ḏeh.

Some sing that He takes life away, and then again restores it.

~ Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji

ਗਾਵੈ ਕੋ ਜਾਪੈ ਦਿਸੈ ਦੂਰਿ ॥

Gāvai ko jāpai ḏisai ḏūr.

Some sing that He seems so very far away.

~ Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji

ਗਾਵੈ ਕੋ ਵੇਖੈ ਹਾਦਰਾ ਹਦੂਰਿ ॥

Gāvai ko vekẖai hāḏrā haḏūr.

Some sing that He watches over us, face to face, ever-present.

~ Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji

ਕਥਨਾ ਕਥੀ ਨ ਆਵੈ ਤੋਟਿ ॥

Kathnā kathī na āvai ṯot.

Millions upon millions offer millions of sermons and stories.

~ Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji

ਦੇਦਾ ਦੇ ਲੈਦੇ ਥਕਿ ਪਾਹਿ ॥

Ḏeḏā ḏe laiḏe thak pāhi.

The Great Giver keeps on giving, while those who receive grow weary of receiving.

~ Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji

ਜੁਗਾ ਜੁਗੰਤਰਿ ਖਾਹੀ ਖਾਹਿ ॥

Jugā juganṯar kẖāhī kẖāhi.

Throughout the ages, consumers consume.

~ Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji

ਹੁਕਮੀ ਹੁਕਮੁ ਚਲਾਏ ਰਾਹੁ ॥

Hukmī hukam cẖalā▫e rāhu.

The Commander, by His Command, leads us to walk on the Path.

~ Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji

ਨਾਨਕ ਵਿਗਸੈ ਵੇਪਰਵਾਹੁ ॥੩॥

Nānak vigsai veparvāhu. ||3||

O Nanak, He blossoms forth, Carefree and Untroubled. ||3||

~ Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji

ਸਾਚਾ ਸਾਹਿਬੁ ਸਾਚੁ ਨਾਇ ਭਾਖਿਆ ਭਾਉ ਅਪਾਰੁ ॥

Sācẖā sāhib sācẖ nā▫e bẖākẖi▫ā bẖā▫o apār.

True is the Master, True is His Name-speak it with infinite love.

~ Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji

ਆਖਹਿ ਮੰਗਹਿ ਦੇਹਿ ਦੇਹਿ ਦਾਤਿ ਕਰੇ ਦਾਤਾਰੁ ॥

Ākẖahi mangahi ḏehi ḏehi ḏāṯ kare ḏāṯār.

People beg and pray, "Give to us, give to us", and the Great Giver gives His Gifts.

~ Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji

ਫੇਰਿ ਕਿ ਅਗੈ ਰਖੀਐ ਜਿਤੁ ਦਿਸੈ ਦਰਬਾਰੁ ॥

Fer kė agai rakẖī▫ai jiṯ ḏisai ḏarbār.

So what offering can we place before Him, by which we might see the Darbaar of His Court?

~ Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji

ਮੁਹੌ ਕਿ ਬੋਲਣੁ ਬੋਲੀਐ ਜਿਤੁ ਸੁਣਿ ਧਰੇ ਪਿਆਰੁ ॥

Muhou kė bolaṇ bolī▫ai jiṯ suṇ ḏẖare pi▫ār.

What words can we speak to evoke His Love?

~ Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji

ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਵੇਲਾ ਸਚੁ ਨਾਉ ਵਡਿਆਈ ਵੀਚਾਰੁ ॥

Amriṯ velā sacẖ nā▫o vadi▫ā▫ī vīcẖār.

In the Amrit Vaylaa, the ambrosial hours before dawn, chant the True Name, and contemplate His Glorious Greatness.

~ Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji

ਕਰਮੀ ਆਵੈ ਕਪੜਾ ਨਦਰੀ ਮੋਖੁ ਦੁਆਰੁ ॥

Karmī āvai kapṛā naḏrī mokẖ ḏu▫ār.

By the karma of past actions, the robe of this physical body is obtained. By His Grace, the Gate of Liberation is found.

~ Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji

ਨਾਨਕ ਏਵੈ ਜਾਣੀਐ ਸਭੁ ਆਪੇ ਸਚਿਆਰੁ ॥੪॥

Nānak evai jāṇī▫ai sabẖ āpe sacẖiār. ||4||

O Nanak, know this well: the True One Himself is All. ||4||

~ Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji

ਥਾਪਿਆ ਨ ਜਾਇ ਕੀਤਾ ਨ ਹੋਇ ॥

Thāpi▫ā na jā▫e kīṯā na ho▫e.

He cannot be established, He cannot be created.

~ Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji

ਆਪੇ ਆਪਿ ਨਿਰੰਜਨੁ ਸੋਇ ॥

Āpe āp niranjan so▫e.

He Himself is Immaculate and Pure.

~ Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji

ਜਿਨਿ ਸੇਵਿਆ ਤਿਨਿ ਪਾਇਆ ਮਾਨੁ ॥

Jin sevi▫ā ṯin pā▫i▫ā mān.

Those who serve Him are honored.

~ Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji

ਨਾਨਕ ਗਾਵੀਐ ਗੁਣੀ ਨਿਧਾਨੁ ॥

Nānak gāvī▫ai guṇī niḏẖān.

O Nanak, sing of the Lord, the Treasure of Excellence.

~ Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji

ਗਾਵੀਐ ਸੁਣੀਐ ਮਨਿ ਰਖੀਐ ਭਾਉ ॥

Gāvī▫ai suṇī▫ai man rakẖī▫ai bẖā▫o.

Sing, and listen, and let your mind be filled with love.

~ Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji

ਦੁਖੁ ਪਰਹਰਿ ਸੁਖੁ ਘਰਿ ਲੈ ਜਾਇ ॥

Ḏukẖ parhar sukẖ gẖar lai jā▫e.

Your pain shall be sent far away, and peace shall come to your home.

~ Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji

ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਨਾਦੰ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਵੇਦੰ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਰਹਿਆ ਸਮਾਈ ॥

Gurmukẖ nāḏaʼn gurmukẖ veḏaʼn gurmukẖ rahi▫ā samā▫ī.

The Guru's Word is of the Naad; the Guru's Word is the Wisdom of the Vedas; the Guru's Word is all-pervading.

~ Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji

ਗੁਰੁ ਈਸਰੁ ਗੁਰੁ ਗੋਰਖੁ ਬਰਮਾ ਗੁਰੁ ਪਾਰਬਤੀ ਮਾਈ ॥

Gur īsar gur gorakẖ barmā gur pārbaṯī mā▫ī.

The Guru is Shiva, the Guru is Vishnu and Brahma; the Guru is Paarvati and Lakhshmi.

~ Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji

ਜੇ ਹਉ ਜਾਣਾ ਆਖਾ ਨਾਹੀ ਕਹਣਾ ਕਥਨੁ ਨ ਜਾਈ ॥

Je ha▫o jāṇā ākẖā nāhī kahṇā kathan na jā▫ī.

Even knowing God, I cannot describe Him; He cannot be described in words.

~ Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji

ਗੁਰਾ ਇਕ ਦੇਹਿ ਬੁਝਾਈ ॥

Gurā ik ḏehi bujẖā▫ī.

The Guru has given me this one understanding:

~ Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji

ਸਭਨਾ ਜੀਆ ਕਾ ਇਕੁ ਦਾਤਾ ਸੋ ਮੈ ਵਿਸਰਿ ਨ ਜਾਈ ॥੫॥

Sabẖnā jī▫ā kā ik ḏāṯā so mai visar na jā▫ī. ||5||

There is only the One, the Giver of all souls. May I never forget Him! ||5||

~ Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji



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