Is Sikhism a practical religion
What is the Sikh religion?
This monotheistic religion was founded by Guru Nanak (1469-1539) in northern India. Nanak saw himself as a reformer of a meaningless ritualized Hinduism and a frozen Islam. He taught an imageless monotheism that makes no distinction between people of different origins.
Its three principles are simple:
- work for a living,
- Pray to God,
- Share with the other.
Guru Nanak taught belief in the one Almighty God, the Creator, who is uncreated and immortal and cannot be represented.
In contrast to Islam, Guru Nanak taught rebirth. The beings develop step by step until they reach the highest level as human beings.
Guru Nanak was followed by nine other Guru.
The tenth, Guru Gobind Singh, formed an independent religion from the reform movement in 1699. Guru Gobind Singh explained the differences in birth as abolished, and men and women as equal.
All men were given the nickname Singh, lion, the women Kaur, prince.
Man and woman received amrit, nectar, in a ceremony and thus became members of the Sikh brotherhood.
They were obliged to wear the "5 K". These are five symbols that begin with the letter "K" in Punjabi:
- Kesh. Uncut hair. Men are also not allowed to cut their beards and also wear a turban.
- Kangha. A wooden comb is worn in the hair as a sign of cleanliness.
- Kacha (or: Kachera). Special cotton panties are supposed to contribute to sexual moderation.
- Kara. A steel bracelet is a reminder of the commitment to truth.
- Kirpan. A dagger worn day and night is the sign that Sikh defend the poor, the weak and the innocent.
The holy book of Guru Granth Sahib
Guru Gobind Singh completed the first holy book, Adi Granth, renamed him Guru Granth Sahib and thus declared himself the last human guru, and the holy book as the source of the spiritual as the guru.
The Guru Granth Sahib contains texts by 26 authors from different religious traditions in different languages.
In the service, which in Switzerland for practical reasons takes place on Sundays, texts from the Guru Granth Sahib are read, Shabad Kirtan (songs from the Holy Book with musical accompaniment) are sung, short speeches are given and then everyone present on the Langhar, the public kitchen invited to vegetarian dishes.
All Sikh events are open to people of all religions, as long as they adhere to the minimum requirements: do not get drunk, cover your head, take off your shoes and enter the room without smoking.
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