Make wisdom thy mother, contentment thy father, and thruthfulness thy brother. These are thine good relations.
– Sri Guru Granth Sahib, Ang 151
Introduction to Sikhism
The Sikh faith was founded in the 15th century by Guru Nanak Dev Ji the first of the ten Sikh Gurus. Sikh means the “a learner, a seeker of truth”. The tenth Guru, Guru Gobind Singh Ji, in 1706 passed the Guru ship to the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji – Sikh Holy Scriptures and thus began the reign of the Shabad Guru as the spiritual light and guide to the Sikhs. Sikhs regard the Sri Guru Granth Sahib as their perpetual Guru and the Holy Scriptures are treated with utmost devotion and respect.
The ten Gurus acknowledged the power of the Shabad Guru and taught:
◎ Ik Oan kaar – There is One God. We are all His creation and everything is His creation including the universe and all living creatures; and He resides in His creation
◎ To do devotional simran (remembrance of God) and to perform Nishkam seva (selfless service) for the benefit of all
◎ The equality of men and women
◎ No group of human beings was greater than another. We are all His children
◎ To create a society based on collective humanity of all people
◎ To work honestly and diligently and to share dasvandh (a tenth) for the betterment of all His creation