The Sikh Religion

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The Khalsa is an order in the Sikh religion. They have been baptized in the Sikhs religion are the highly devoted of the religion. They are most recognized by their clothing. With most notable a turban and sword. The origins of Sikhism date back to the 16th century in the district of Punjab in India. The founder of Sikhism is Guru Nanak and is instructed by his teachings and the teachings of the 9 Sikh gurus who followed. Today the religion palls in comparison to Christianity and Islam in the number of followers with 20 million worldwide. “The Sikh religion today has a following of over 20 million people worldwide.” (Sikhism Par 1). However, with 20 million, this is no small following. The top 59 countries in the world are the only countries
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“They also emphasized that the most important thing was not which faith, one followed, but the remembrance of God at all time and the leading of a decent and honorable life.” (Sikhism pg other religions par 3) To the Sikhism other followers of different religions could attain completeness with God. Monotheism was a key part of this belief because if the other religion was not monotheism, then the religion’s followers would not attain completeness with God. The Sikh believed other religion’s Gods where the same God as theirs. The other religion’s followers needed only to live this two ways of life to attain the grand prize. Sikhs are required to remember God to gain completeness and the followers of other religions needed to live a life that was considered honorable. A Christian could obtain union with God by following honors and the remembrance according to the Sikhism belief. Though unlike a Christian, Sikh’s Believe in the cycle of death and rebirth. Sikhism does have its own rituals and Holidays. Sikhism do believe in worshiping God with prayers and meditations. Sikh also have holiday like Gurpurbs which celebrate the birthdays of their important Gurus. “Gurpurbs are festivals that are associated with the lives of the Gurus.” (BBC par 1)This teaching gives Sikhism the religious freedom to choose their own religion without locking them out of the union with God. But before the ultimate goal they have …show more content…
Besides the Kesh there are various prohibitions that a Sikh is expected to avoid. One is the Sikh may only worship their own God and not an idol or other human being. “The Sikh will worship the only God. They will not set up any idols, Gods, Goddesses or statues for worship, nor shall they worship any human being.”(Gurpurbs pg Khalsa par35) A Sikh is forbidden from consuming alcohol or any intoxicating substance like marijuana. Christian baptism and Muslim pilgrimages are forbidden to Sikhism including rituals Sikhism considers blind worshipping. Human and animal Sacrifices along with eating of animal meat in a ritualistic manner are also forbidden. Bragging to their friends, gossiping about the latest news, lying to anyone and slandering is prohibited. Having sex with another partner while married to another is also banned. These are only a moderate amount of the prohitions of a Sikh. This means the Sikh do believe in rules and a way of life for one to

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