Basic Tenets of Sikhism
The Basic Tenets of Sikhism can be summarised as follows:
There are three requirements for a Sikh of the Guru:
- Nam Japna - Rise in the Amrit Vela and meditate on God's Name.
- Dharam Di Kirt Karna - Earn one's living righteously by the sweat of the brow or the industry, effort and conscientiousness of the mind.
- Vand Chhakna - Share what one has with others
Maintain 5 K's:
- Kara – Steel Bracelet,
- Kesh – Long, Uncut & well maintained Hair
- Kanga- Wooden Comb
- Kacheras - Underwear
- Kirpan – Sacred Weapon
Life of Dedication to God
The Twin Pronged Approach by carrying out:
- Simran - repeating spiritual song aloud or silently with each breath throughout one's waking hours, during work and play.
- Seva - giving one's time in selfless service.
These two duties for the Sikh have to be carried out in equal parts to make sure that ones spiritual understanding is enhanced. Look at these two – Simran and Sewa as the two wings of a Bird. You must have equal strength in both the wings for the bird to lift off. Similarly, one must practise and carry out both Simran and Sewa if one is to take off in Sikhism.
Lead a Disciplined Life
- Bani - recitation of sacred prayers
- Bana - spiritual dress
Conquer the 5 Thieves
It's every Sikh duty to defeat these 5 thieves: Lust (Kham), Anger (Krodh), Greed (LobH), Attachment (MoH), and Ego (aHankar). Within each person live these 5 thieves and it’s the duty of every Sikh to subdue and control the behaviour of these emotions and enemies.
Discover the 5 Treasures
A Sikh must always express the following virtues:
|These articles deal with Sikh Beliefs|
|Gurus:||Nanak Dev | Guru Angad | Amar Das | Ram Das | Guru Arjan | Har Gobind | Har Rai | Har Krishan | Tegh Bahadur | Gobind Singh | Guru Granth Sahib | Sikh Bhagats|
|Philosophy:||Sikh Beliefs | Simran | Sewa | Beliefs and Principles | Underlying Values | Prohibitions | Technique and Methods | Other observations | Technique and Methods|
|Practices:||Ardas | Amrit Sanskar | Chardi Kala | Dasvandh | Five Ks | Kirat Karni | Kirtan | Langar | Naam Japna | Simran | Three Pillars | Vand Chakna | Five Evils | Five Virtues|
|Scripture:||Guru Granth Sahib | Sikh Scripture | Dasam Granth | Ek Onkar | Waheguru | Bani | Mool Mantar | Japji Sahib | Jaap Sahib | Chaupai | Anand Sahib | Tav-Prasad Savaiye | Rehras | Sukhmani|
|More:||History | Gurdwaras | Harmandir Sahib | Khalsa | Khanda | Names | Places | News | Satguru | Sikhs | Bhagat Farid | Bhagat Kabir | Websites | Biographical | Terms|
Excerpt from the book "LIVING REALITY - Questions and Answers about life, under the guidance of The Siri Guru Granth Sahib" by Bibiji Inderjit Kaur Khalsa, Ph.D