Sikhism

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Sikhism
Sikhism is the youngest of the world fifth great monotheistic religions. In 1801, the Sikh state was founded in Northern India by Maharaja Ranjit Singh. The word ‘sikh' the Punjabi language means ‘disciple' or ‘learner'. Sikhs are the disciple of god who follow the writings and teachings of the ten Sikh guju's (teacher). The wisdom of these teachings in SRI GUJU GRANTH SHAIB is practical and Universal in their appeal to all mankind.
Sikhism was founded by Shri Guju Nanak Dev Ji (1469-1538) who was born in the Punjab area of what now is Pakistan. Guru Nanak began his mission after a mysterious three-day disappearance at the river bein near Sultanpur. When he re-emerged, he announced that god was beyond outward religious
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The essence of being a Sikh is that one lives one's life according to the teachings of the Sikh Gurus, devotes time to meditating on god and the scriptures, and does things to benefit other people. Sikhism emphasis's social and gender equality, and stresses the importance of behaving altruistically.
Sikh beliefs included:
GOAL: The goal of Sikhs is to build a close, loving relationship with god.
DIETY: Sikhs believe in a single, formless god, with many names, who can be known through meditation. This concept is similar to Islam whose followers believe in a single god who has 99 names. They do not deny the existence of countless Hindu deities. They consider god as having made many lesser gods and to be superior to them.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF LIFE?

According to the Guru's teachings, during the present span of life, one's goal is to seek God, to attain realization and to merge with the almighty God in death. As all waters sooner or later go back to the ocean where they came from, so does life go back to the Supreme Reality (God) from where it originated. If this chance is lost, one would fall into the cycle of transmigration (cycle of births and deaths).
God is everywhere and most importantly within all of us. However, the human Ego separates us from this reality and it hides the truth. Unless this veil of ego is broken, we cannot meet God through self realization.When Naam (The word of God)

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