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What is sikhism?

Sikhi, or Sikhism, is the fifth largest religion, originated in the 15th century under the guidance of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the first Guru of the Sikh community. Belonging to the Punjab region in India, Sikhs firmly believe in the existence of one God, who transcends all boundaries and is the ultimate Creator and source of everything. They recognise that the divine light resides within every individual, regardless of gender, religion, race, caste, or nationality.
The fundamental idea of Sikh belief is the principle of equality among all humans. They emphasise the importance of selfless service to humanity, leading an honest and righteous life, and engaging in meditation and devotional singing to praise the Lord. The goal of Sikhism is to establish a profound connection with the Creator, experiencing a sense of oneness and merging back into the divine essence. When Sikhs meditate upon God, they invoke the “Waheguru”, which translates to ‘Wonderful Lord’.
The community follows the teachings of the eternal Guru Granth Sahib Ji, considered a sacred scripture and a remarkable compilation of spiritual writings of the Guru. These writings encompass the divine wisdom of saints from various religious and cultural backgrounds.

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