Sikhism - A practical and progressive faith
The underlying message of all religions and faiths across the world is predominantly the same, teaching us to be good human beings.
Sikhism is a practical religion, emphasing equality and removing any superstitious beliefs. It highlights the greatness of nature and how we should learn to live in acceptance and harmony with our surroundings. Sikhism was founded by Guru Nanak Dev Ji in the 15th century. Born into the Hindu faith, Nanak was an enlightened child and from a young age had a great depth of understanding and empathy for the world and nature around him. He began questioning several of religious rituals that were being practiced and took upon the challenge to create the unique concept of Sikhism – a monotheistic religion. Sikh – which means “disciple/student” aims to highlight the greatness of the expanse nature and the creations of the almighty, focusing on reality rather than baseless and superstitious rituals.
The religion progressed through 10 Guru’s, each carrying the message of Guru Nanak Dev Ji forward. The religion was never imposed on anyone, and Sikhs respect all faiths. The Gurus were able to share and discuss ideas with the community with examples to help enlighten the masses. Each guru contributed scriptures into the Guru Granth Sahib , which is the living guru, holy book of Sikhs today.
There is key belief that the ‘will of nature’ presides over everything we do – every breath we take is gifted to us by the almighty and we must learn to live within the boundaries set by nature. The target for all Sikhs is to earn an honest living and share what they earn with the needy. Most importantly, remember the Almighty and the power of nature every day of their lives.
The Sikh Gurus were ruthlessly persecuted and tortured by Moghul tyrants in the 15th century. The righteousness and equality of the Sikh religion did not sit well with the tyrants who wanted control over people and amass wealth at any cost. The Gurus were tortured with ultimatums to give up their faith and accept Islam but the resilience and oneness with the almighty made the Sikhs resolute to their faith and belief, allowing them to happily accept death and remain loyal to their beloved Sikh faith.
The 10th Guru, Guru Gobind Singh Ji sacrificed his 4 young sons and whole family to keep “Sikhi” alive. At the young age of 40 he created the Khalsa which has lead to the unique appearance of baptised Sikhs, wearing the 5 K’s:
Kesh: un cut hair tied and covered with Turban symbolises the focus to spiritualism.
Kangha: Comb to keep sanctity of long hair and symbolises cleanliness
Kachera: Simple cotton shorts symbolising modesty.
Kara: Steel bangle worn to symbolise the concept of unity and remind that we are always disciples of nature, always learning the greatness of the creations of the Almighty.
Kirpan: Sword symbolising the importance of respect and justice for all.