The Laws of Heaven and Laws of the Earth

The Laws of Heaven and Laws of the Earth

Every religion teaches us to be good and to do good for others. From ancient times, people are trying to perform different practices to get to heaven after they die. People are curious to know about heaven, for which they often try to do good deeds. Some read holy...

Women Empowerment in Sikhism

Women Empowerment in Sikhism

Guru Nanak Devji witnessed a lot of discrimination against women in HIS times. Major reasons were the outlook of those religions, which had come to India from foreign soil towards women, and the latter’s treatment at the hands of invaders and their chieftains. It is...

A Mantra for the Metamorphosis of the Human Mind

A Mantra for the Metamorphosis of the Human Mind

Guru Nanak described Guru as a spiritual teacher who transforms humans into angels/gods. By god, I mean a tinier replica of God, a human god with all god-like characters from an angel. Such a transformation is a metamorphosis. The dictionary describes metamorphosis as...

Me and My God: Guru Nanak Enlightened Me on the Walls of Separation

Me and My God: Guru Nanak Enlightened Me on the Walls of Separation

Five hundred fifty years ago, in 1469, Guru Nanak appeared on this earth. With him, he brought the Divine Wisdom to shine on this earth. He named it “Gurmat.” Whereas Gurmat showed us, God, it also pointed out two walls or prevailing deceptions that keep us separated from God. These walls of separation are harder than steel to break.

Does Language Impact the Transmission of Wisdom from the Sri Guru Granth Sahib

Does Language Impact the Transmission of Wisdom from the Sri Guru Granth Sahib

The light of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib (SGGS) is sought by over 300 million spiritual seekers worldwide. With this rapidly expanding urge and need, there is a concern that haunts us. It is about providing easy access to the Guru’s wisdom to a rapidly evolving global village.

Many linguists and educational researchers have established that the language of a culture, or mother tongue of an individual, is essential to impart any ideology or educational material.

Langar – Sharing a Meal with Purpose

Langar – Sharing a Meal with Purpose

Every day the Langar is started with a universal prayer of gratitude. The verses are taken from the Sikhs’ sacred book, the Guru Granth Sahib, as well as those composed by the community to suit the occasion. It is often following a short session of reciting or singing hymns from the Guru Granth.

Universal like Rivulets of Rainwater

Universal like Rivulets of Rainwater

What is universal? Universal is that which is applicable everywhere, to whole humankind, and in all civil societies regardless of culture, race, sex, religion, nationality, sexuality, or any other distinguishing feature. In theology, universalism is the doctrine of universal application of the teachings of religion or Dharma. Further, universal can be relevant only in the world of diversity. Without a diverse universe, a universal can be applied.

Let us apply the dynamics of universality to Sikhi to establish that they are universal.

To start with, the Sikhi dynamics are universal because the founder of the Sikhi claimed them to be so.

Time to Break Eggshells

Time to Break Eggshells

Some years ago, I acquired the writings of Max Arthur Macauliffe (10 September 1841 – 15 March 1913), an English translator of Sikh scriptures and historian of early Sikhism. I was wonderstruck to observe the title quotation the author chose to display on the opening...

SIKHISM –  A true code of life

SIKHISM – A true code of life

The monotheistic religion (believing in one god) known as “Sikhism” was originated in India in the province of Punjab comprising the part of present Pakistan and Afghanistan. Sikhism is eminent as one of the youngest religion of world. Guru Nanak, born in 1469 was the...