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SIKHS: A DISTINCT RELIGION, PANTH & NATION THAT WELCOME ALL

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The scientific fact about Sikhism is that it is neither a syncretism, an amalgam and intellectual extraction from other religions and creeds nor a sect of Hinduism or Islam as has been variously asserted from time to time by numerous authorities. It is an autonomous, independent religion, complete and whole, with its validity inhering in its own revelations and proclamations such as are repeatedly made in the Sikh Scripture, its pious literature and its historical movement.

Sikhism asserts its own unique scriptural canon, prophets, places of worship, traditions, ceremonies, and institutions. There are over 20 million followers of the Sikh faith worldwide. In terms of the number of adherents, it is the fifth largest religion in the world.
Sikhism teaches that only one God exists. God's name is synonymous with the Truth. God is the sole Creator, Destroyer, and Caretaker. God is described as Omnipotent, Eternal, Fearless, and Without Enmity. God is Self-Illuminated, Self-Existent and is experienced through the grace of the Guru (Master, Enlightner).

Whereas the sphere of this essay does not permit a detailed treatise on Sikhism, it is important to provide a brief history of the religion and outline a few key concepts that serve as the core of the religion. Approximately five centuries ago, Sikhism's founder, Guru Nanak, denounced the disunity in society caused by religious divisions. He emphasized complete equality and strove to create a spiritual community where social hierarchy, gender biases and caste divisions would be dissolved, and all would be recognized as One.

The Sikh Gurus initiated profound social reforms and created institutions as well as traditions to facilitate spiritual and worldly upliftment. In 1699, Guru Gobind Singh_the tenth Sikh Guru_established the Khalsa (meaning "belonging only to the Divine"), a new, voluntary order of the Sikhs. The Khalsa consists of Sikhs who undergo an initiation ceremony and dedicate themselves to the high standards of the Sikh Gurus, by attempting to practice Sikh principles at all times. They maintain a distinct physical appearance by wearing a uniform consisting of five articles of faith. Guru Gobind Singh passed the status of eternal Guruship to the Khalsa, and the Sikh Scripture as enshrined in the Sri Guru Granth Sahib (SGGS), an anthology of sacred revelations documented by the Sikh Gurus and selected Saints.

A Sikh's ultimate goal is to experience constant oneness with God. The Sikh Gurus have prescribed certain means to achieve this: simran (loving remembrance, faith and meditation on God) and seva (selfless service towards all humanity).

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