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SIKHISM: A PORTRAIT

Dr. Rajwant Singh and Ms. Georgia Rangel
Dr. R. Singh is Secretary, The Guru Gobind Singh Foundation, Maryland,
and a member of the Board of Directors of North American Interfaith Network;
Georgia Rangel is a member of the Guru Gobind Singh Foundation.

Founded only 500 years ago by Guru Nanak (1439-1539), Sikhism is one of the youngest world religions. After a revelatory experience at the age of about 38, Nanak began to teach that true religion consisted of being ever-mindful of God, meditating on God's Name, and reflecting it in all activities of daily life. He condemned superstition and discouraged ritual. He traveled throughout India, Ceylon, Tibet, and parts of the Arab world with followers of both Hindu and Muslim origin, discussing his revelation with those he met. His followers became known as Sikhs (from the Sanskrit word shishya - disciple.

(to be continued)

Taken from A SourceBook for Earth's Community of Religions


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