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August 5th, 2012
06:20 PM ET

Explainer: Who are Sikhs and what do they believe?

By Steve Almasy, CNN

(CNN)– Sikhism, the world's fifth most popular religion, is a monotheistic faith that believes in equality and service to others, Sikh officials say.

"Everyone is the same," says Raghunandan Johar, president of the Guru Nanak Mission of Atlanta. "There is no distinction, no caste system."

Navdeep Singh, a policy adviser to the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund, says Sikhs believe in freedom of religion, community service and inclusiveness.

At temples, or gurdwaras, where Sikhs hold services, everyone is welcome.

"You can come and be equal," he says.

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Doing good deeds is important for you to be with God after death, Johar says. Sikhs believe that if you don't live a life full of good deeds you will be reborn and repeat the circle of life and death.

There are 25 million Sikhs around the world, Singh says, about 700,000 of which live in the United States. Most Sikhs are in India.

Sikhs do not have a particular day of worship, he says, but due to the American work week, Sunday is a popular day for services. Johar says his gurdwara has formal services on Wednesdays and Fridays, in addition to Sundays.

At a typical gurdwara, the doors open up at 6 a.m. for prayers. A formal service includes the singing of hymns and a team of leaders who have studied the faith reciting from the Guru Granth Sahib, Sikhism's holy scriptures. That book, more than 1,400 pages long, includes writings from Sikhism's 10 gurus as well as writers from other religions.

It is an example of Sikhism's inclusiveness, Johar says.

"There is not a single word of hate in it," he adds.

At the end of the service, congregants pray for the "well-being of the world" then head to the langar, the community kitchen that serves meals for anyone who wants one.

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"(Founder) Guru Nanak said that if you want to meet God, serve the poor people," Johar says.

Gurdwaras around the world variously incorporate clinics, schools, guest quarters and community centers, which Sikhs say is a sign of the religion's values of service and equality.

The first gurdwara in the United States was built 100 years ago in California, Singh says.

Most Sikh men don't cut their hair and wear turbans and beards. Many American Sikh women dress like other Westerners or wear the salwar kameez, a traditional north Indian garment of a long shirt and loose-fitting pants.

Sikhism emerged more than 500 years ago in Punjab, in what is now India. It was founded by Guru Nanak, a non-practicing Hindu who was against rituals and praying to idols.

"He received a revelation," Johar says.

Guru Nanak taught a message of love and that all religions were good.

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"If you are Hindu, he said be a good Hindu," Johar says. "If you are Muslim, be a good Muslim. If you are Christian, be a good Christian."

Sikhs, he says, are taught two other important things in addition to serving others and serving God: Work hard and never beg.

- Producer/Writer

Filed under: Belief • Houses of worship • Religious violence • Sikh

soundoff (1,169 Responses)
  1. Emily George

    @hinduism source of hindufilthyracism, @rajinder goyal, @historyb: Sikhism is not an "offshoot" of Hinduism or Islam. It is a religion that was borne out of a revelation to Guru Nanak. Of course, there are similarities to Hinduism and Islam, but that does not mean Sikhism was derived out of either religion. In fact, many religions share commonalities, and I think we would be hard pressed to say one religion was derived from another, merely on the basis of commonalities. Further, the 10 Gurus in Sikhism were not Hindus, contrary to Rajinder Goyal's claim. Please do not lay claim to a religion that you are not a member of. In fact, I find it highly offensive that those who do not know the entire history of Sikhism, those who have not read the scriptures, can make such erroneous statements–it only further perpetuates the exact ideas that Sikhism seeks to dispel. Finally, on the issue of terrorism, as a religion, Sikhs are peaceful, harmonious individuals. It is invariably true that in any group–whether racial, ethnic, religious, etc–you will find members who are grossly violent and attain their goals through terrorist actions, but we need to be cognizant of the fact that in 1984, the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India, was attacked by the Indian military, with the complete and total knowledge that innocent civilians were inside the complex. Many were massacred, and subsequently, Sikhs were brutally terrorized in India. Since 1984, many families have left, seeking relief from religious persecution in other countries. It is, however, a devastating day when individuals who came to this country in search of religious freedom, are executed in cold blood, on American soil, in their house of worship. Regardless of our religious differences, now is the time to respect and honor the lives so tragically lost, and to remember that the blood which flows through my veins is no different than that which flows through the veins of a Sikh, Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, Jain, Jew, Christian, etc. We are human, and that humanity, above all, should unite us towards love, respect and peace. May the departed souls find peace in their respective heaven, and may the families left behind find closure.

    August 7, 2012 at 9:13 pm |
    • asngh

      Thank you Emily for such a nice response and explaining about Sikhism and differences in such a small paragraph. You really did a good job. May God bless you. May God bless all the families who lost their loved ones to bear this harsh moment of loss!

      August 7, 2012 at 10:03 pm |
    • Sikh Indian

      BS and lies!

      ofcourse, Sikhism is an ofshoot of Hinduism. I should know, my whole family is hindu and sikh mixed–from generations!

      Keep your lies to yourself, dear Pakistanis.

      August 7, 2012 at 11:41 pm |
    • Emily Stop...

      ...farting please. You stink.

      August 8, 2012 at 2:07 am |
    • Chuckles

      @Emily

      By your logic, Christianity isn't an offshoot of Judaism either, they just share a bunch of commonalities.....

      Just because a religion might be an offshoot from another doesn't take away from it. I mean, honestly, does it really matter if it is an offshoot of hinduism or not?

      August 8, 2012 at 2:11 am |
    • Think

      Thank you Emily George for your explanation. As a Sikh, I do take an offense to others claiming it's an offshoot of this or that religion. Nothing against other religions, I give my respect to all but this nonsense comes from ignorance. Guru Nanak was born into a Hindu family but he rejected Hinduism even as a child and rebelled against Hindu customs, rituals and beliefs. To say that he started a religion that's an offshoot of Hinduism is very disrespectful to him. If someone knows both of the religion, they will know they are two drastically different belief systems. I am saddened to say that Hindus or Sikhs that are saying Hinduism and Sikhism are the same know nothing about either of those religions.

      August 9, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
  2. Jesus is the most powerful figure known to mankind (Fact)

    Ive noticed that people who do not believe in santa clause, the easter bunny, fairies, leprechauns, or any other character considered to be fictional; never stress their non-beliefs in these characters. Never will "facts" be brought forth to prove their non-existence. Never have i whitnessed as much energy and time used and spent on these characters as much as it is on Jesus. I believe all of these characters to be fiction and made up, but never would i waste a second trying to prove this due to my confidence in their non-existence. Atheist CLEARLY feels threatened by Jesus which is why they constantly have to prove to themselves ( in the form of bashing Jesus and Christianity) that He doesnt exist. They believe some how this will put their insecure beliefs and unstable minds at ease, but evidently it doesnt due to their constant attacks. I dont blame them though it is hard trying to prove that the most powerful man to ever walk this earth doesnt exist. It must be tormenting trying to silence the name of the man who lived more than 2000 years ago, whos name is more famous than all names in history. It's frustrating to whitness a "fictional" character claim more followers than any other non-fictonal character in all time. It must stir up great fear in those deny the Son of God, who states that anyone who denys Him will be cast down in hell for all of eternity. Here is some advice and wisdom for such beings "I would rather live my life as if there is a god and die to find out there isn't, than live my life as if there isn't and die to find out there is"- Alber Camus P.S. Salvation is offered to everyone freely. The choice is yours use your free will wisely, it will determine your final and eternal destination. God bless

    August 7, 2012 at 9:08 pm |
    • AC

      what baloney

      August 7, 2012 at 9:16 pm |
  3. pateriot

    looked up the site, http://www.neverforget84.com which is a Sikh site. It looks very militaristic as many Islamic sites do. Where self-defense from aggretion and violence is understandable, it does not make them pacifistic and peaceful as the author of this article attempts make them out be. The CNNs of the World try to make Islam out to a peaceful and benevolent religion too. At least in the case of Islam, this is far from the truth!! However, I would like to think that in the case of Sikhism this closer to being true. I certainly have not heard of terrorist style attacks by members of that faith.

    August 7, 2012 at 8:19 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      Sikh ism is an offshoot of hinduism, pagan ism, beliefs borrowed from Islam but subordinated to hindu Mithra ism, savior ism fundamentals, with deletion of Islamic law's.

      August 7, 2012 at 8:30 pm |
    • historyB

      pateriot,
      Back in the 80s, the Sikh militia unleashed virulent terrorism in India as they sought to secede and form a country called Khalistan. The terrorists turned their holy temple into headquarters as they stockpiled arms and ammunition inside. It was common for the terrorists to shoot someone and run back into the temple which was a place of worship and therefore out of bounds for the military.
      In June 1984, having seen enough, the Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi sent the military into the Golden temple and flushed out the terrorists in what became known as 'Operation Bluestar'.
      A few months later(10/31/84, Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her own Sikh bodyguards. There was Hindu retaliation against the Sikh civilians which was an unfortunate thing as well

      August 7, 2012 at 8:37 pm |
    • Emily George

      @hinduism source of hindufilthyracism, @rajinder goyal, @historyb: Sikhism is not an "offshoot" of Hinduism or Islam. It is a religion that was borne out of a revelation to Guru Nanak. Of course, there are similarities to Hinduism and Islam, but that does not mean Sikhism was derived out of either religion. In fact, many religions share commonalities, and I think we would be hard pressed to say one religion was derived from another, merely on the basis of commonalities. Further, the 10 Gurus in Sikhism were not Hindus, contrary to Rajinder Goyal's claim. Please do not lay claim to a religion that you are not a member of. In fact, I find it highly offensive that those who do not know the entire history of Sikhism, those who have not read the scriptures, can make such erroneous statements–it only further perpetuates the exact ideas that Sikhism seeks to dispel. Finally, on the issue of terrorism, as a religion, Sikhs are peaceful, harmonious individuals. It is invariably true that in any group–whether racial, ethnic, religious, etc–you will find members who are grossly violent and attain their goals through terrorist actions, but we need to be cognizant of the fact that in 1984, the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India, was attacked by the Indian military, with the complete and total knowledge that innocent civilians were inside the complex. Many were massacred, and subsequently, Sikhs were brutally terrorized in India. Since 1984, many families have left, seeking relief from religious persecution in other countries. It is, however, a devastating day when individuals who came to this country in search of religious freedom, are executed in cold blood, on American soil, in their house of worship. Regardless of our religious differences, now is the time to respect and honor the lives so tragically lost, and to remember that the blood which flows through my veins is no different than that which flows through the veins of a Sikh, Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, Jain, Jew, Christian, etc. We are human, and that humanity, above all, should unite us towards love, respect and peace. May the departed souls find peace in their respective heaven, and may the families left behind find closure.

      August 7, 2012 at 9:07 pm |
    • AC

      Jesus believers seem the most insecure,with always a "victim mentality".
      Get over it, man. Jesus is NOT coming back. If her does, he will come back in Beijing as a CHINAMAN. I know. God told me so.

      August 7, 2012 at 9:18 pm |
    • Singnitude

      HistoryB

      And who supplied the arms to those so called terrorists.....the govt. It is a well known fact that the terrorist leader Bhidranwale was initially sent by the same govt to destabilize the political scene in that region, as it was unable to register a win even after 30 years of independence.

      But the guy started spewing venom against the very govt who made him the leader......my friend striking at the Temple at the same time as the famous festival of Baisakhi when thousands of innocent people were gathered there for prayers is no co incidence but off-child of careful planning to make sure that SIKHS are taught a lesson for their disobedience. They could have just stopped the food supply to the temple (a very first tactic used by modern forces to flush out terrorists hiding in buildings or other religious places)

      Excuse used by the govt was that terrorists had taken all those people hostage.......one side HINDU fundamentalists are saying that terrorists were working for Sikhs and on other side HINDU dominated govt is saying that terrorists were trying to kill Sikhs and other innocent people.......YOU CANT FOOL PEOPLE FOR LONG.....this propaganda might work in INDIA not on the international front.

      August 7, 2012 at 9:28 pm |
  4. rachel

    shame on you who commented with heated words to cause arguements..and shame on yoy had passed judgement against these people and preach your religion in the same "breath". regardless of religion, we are all people and i am very sorry for the families of those who are now passed or were hurt, may the good thoughts and prayers coming from those who care bring peace, comfort, and healing.

    August 7, 2012 at 8:18 pm |
    • asngh

      Rachel, nice post. Gold bless these people who are posting such comments. Our thoughts and prayers should be for the families who lost loved ones in this massacre.

      August 7, 2012 at 10:25 pm |
  5. Josef Bleaux

    All religions are merely ancient mythology. ALL of them. Written by people. If religion brings you comfort, that's good. The trouble is, a lot of religious people see it as their duty to "convert" (force) others to their beliefs. If people of all religions would just practice their faith and not try to force it on others or try to characterize members of other faiths (or no faith) as somehow lesser human beings then the world would be a better place. Unfortunately, not many people do that.

    August 7, 2012 at 8:17 pm |
    • Iagree

      You are absolutely correct; if everybody thinks the same way then there will not be any killings/terrorism in the name of religion

      August 7, 2012 at 8:45 pm |
    • Mark9988

      Yes, look at the utopia Stalin and Mao ushered in.

      August 7, 2012 at 8:51 pm |
    • max

      Josef,
      as far as I know, Hinduism is the only major religion that does not preach or force people to convert to Hinduism. In fact, some say that it is not a religion at all. It is something like "guidelines" for how to live. People of any religion can follow those guideline without changing their religious beliefs.

      August 7, 2012 at 9:06 pm |
  6. Gagan Singh

    For those who are willing to learn more about Sikhism:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/sikhism/

    August 7, 2012 at 8:11 pm |
  7. Vijay Sandhu

    Rhubarb??? Interesting name.
    First of all... Who are you to say that your religion is better than anyone else's? A great thing about Sikhism is that it recognizes other religions. It doesn't say "we are the ONLY way" the way Christianity does. Truth is Jesus isn't the only way to God. Their are MANY ways to God, to include your Jesus Christ. Sikhism is my way to God.

    Just a thought...... If Jesus is dealing with wade page, that would make him a Christian right?
    On second thought, I DEFINATELY DON'T WANT TO BE A CHRISTIAN!!! LOL

    August 7, 2012 at 7:32 pm |
    • Kenny

      ...and so are all the white supremacy groups.

      August 7, 2012 at 7:42 pm |
  8. Take a hint

    I fail to understand why so many Hindus out there trying to degrade Sikhism. You have to be pretty heartless to not feel for the 6 people who have lost their lives and 3 others that are still in critical condition. Most of the sikhs that migrated to the US in the 1980s including lot of the families that have suffered losses in Wisconsin, came to the US to try to escape hindu majorities violence against them in India. Why don't you leave these Sikhs alone now. They left India for a reason, take a hint and get lost.

    August 7, 2012 at 7:12 pm |
    • Digest this

      Watch this video and think twice before claiming anything about sickism.
      [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DICDYAX_O1g&w=640&h=360]

      August 7, 2012 at 7:37 pm |
    • Rajinder Goyal

      You have it completely wrong. I am a Hindu myself. Sikhs themselves are an offshoot of Hindu religion. I hae never hated Sikhs in my life. So, for you to blame the entire Hindu community is totally out of place. If you ask me honestly, thereis not a whole lot about Sikhs that's different from Hindus. All your so-called ten Gurus are Hindus. The language that you pretend to be different (Gurmukhi) from India's national language Hindi, is not a different language. Its a distorted version of Hindi and follows the same system of every leter having a line on top for attaching vowel sounds. Half the letters are the same. Its almost like someone tried to come up with a language that makes you look different. The name of Ram occurs 1500 times in Guru Granth Sahid. All your main words like daan patr, gurudwara, harminder sahib are hindi words. And the list goes on and on.

      August 7, 2012 at 8:16 pm |
    • jacob

      [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dn7m3HsKN5c&w=640&h=360]

      August 10, 2012 at 10:15 pm |
  9. Bill Maher Nails It

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAvDtPz33w0&w=640&h=360]
       

    August 7, 2012 at 7:11 pm |
    • asngh

      Man, you got it all wrong. Look at Emily George's response. Try to understand Sikhism is not originated from Hindu religion. Guru Nanak Said no body is Hindu and Muslim. All are children of One God! You are trying distort even Punjabi Language. Ram in Guru Granth doesn't always mean Ram Chander. Ram is implied to God's! Have peace man. All who are trying to portray Sikhs as terrorist are trying to achieve some ulterior motive that they were doing in India.

      August 7, 2012 at 10:14 pm |
  10. redsonya24

    There are a few high profile sikhs (generally speaking these are asylum seekers in countries outside India) but all they do is talk and even if they manage to get some donations for 'the cause' (good luck with that, sikhs are not known for being free with their money) – the money won't ever get to india, they'll spend it on themselves.

    Hindu people who are stirring up hatred on here – sikh extremism is pretty much dead.

    August 7, 2012 at 6:48 pm |
    • Iagree

      Be smart buddy, its not Hindus who spreading hate, its paki's in disguise. Hindu's love and respect Sikhs.

      August 7, 2012 at 8:50 pm |
  11. Wendy

    Rhubarb,
    Why do you express, damnation, fear and guilt to motivate the masses? You are so ignorant and your post was mean spirited! Jesus told me to tell you to watch Bill Mahr's movie "Religioulous".
    Jesus does not love you anymore!

    August 7, 2012 at 6:47 pm |
  12. Wendy

    Rhubarb,
    Why do you express, damnation, fear and guilt to motivate the masses? You are so ignorant and your post was mean spirited! Jesus told me to tell you to watch Bill Mahr's movie "Religioulous".
    Jesus dose not love you anymore!

    August 7, 2012 at 6:46 pm |
  13. Leisa Cook Callarman

    I FEEL SO SADDED FOR THE LOSS OF THE ONES IN OAK VALLEY I PRAISE YOU ALL FOR THE LOVE OF GOD THINKING OF YOU DAILY NO BLAME FROM HERE TO THERE.

    August 7, 2012 at 6:41 pm |
    • Prettygal

      All sympathy to the grieving families and communities. ... It is good that CNN is explaining what Sikhs are-Sikhs have unfortunately faced the full hatred of White America -many of whom mistook Sikhs for Muslims.

      August 7, 2012 at 6:55 pm |
    • indeeduare

      It's Oak Creek, not Oak Valley. Please respect my hometown by calling it by the correct name. Thank you.

      August 7, 2012 at 7:31 pm |
  14. edmundburkeson

    Who cares what they believe. They are human beings first and that is what unites them with the rest of us. Why the insistence on disecting society into groups? class? race? This is symptomatic of political correctness. Stop creating binary oppositions!

    August 7, 2012 at 6:33 pm |
    • jo an

      I actually find their beliefs awesome...simple...doable...

      August 7, 2012 at 7:40 pm |
    • asngh

      Great post. People like you keeps the hope alive in this dark world.

      August 7, 2012 at 10:28 pm |
  15. iluv_USA

    USA is a great country & we Sikhs love this country. Sikhs need to play their role in removing Ignorance prevailing amongst many racist or militant groups by reaching out to militant groups, connecting with them & informing them – that i) We are NOT Muslims. We were born out of Hinduism as a part of anti-Muslim movement in India 5 centuries ago. ii) Killing any human is bad – whether Muslim or Sikh or any other.

    Daily prayer of Sikhs calls for “good, well-being, benefit, welfare, benevolence for EVERYONE i.e. all humans, animals, birds, nature etc. They believe in community service. Many Sikhs wear turban & have beard. This Sikh turban is NOT Taliban or Muslim turban. Sikhs served in World Wars I & II. Just like other American people, Sikhs have suffered at the hands of fanatic Muslims; from 15th century till now. Hindus suffered at the hands of fanatic Muslims since the last 11 centuries. It is real tragic that we Sikhs are misunderstood & mistaken as Muslims. Sikhs have no enmity with mainstream peaceful Muslims or any other religion.

    August 7, 2012 at 6:29 pm |
  16. redsonya24

    Its funny, but there seems to be alot of hindus making comments sayingthat there are no peaceful sikhs because they are terrorists when the case is that it was a tiny minority that pretty much died out two decades ago.......however this seems to be the pot calling the kettle black – the Saffron terror movement is still very much alive today

    August 7, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
    • A Hindu

      You said : "...tiny minority that pretty much died out two decades ago..." and that statement is wrong.

      Nuff said about the rest. Read a bit.

      August 7, 2012 at 6:13 pm |
    • redsonya24

      okay give me some stats.....

      August 7, 2012 at 6:17 pm |
    • A Hindu

      The onus is on you to prove that the minority all but died. Stats? How about checking out wikipedia to begin with ?

      August 7, 2012 at 6:19 pm |
    • redsonya24

      HAHA....wikipedia, let me tell you a story about wikipedia.......I slandered a former college lecturer (who was also a minor political figure) on his wikipedia page by posting some half truths about some of his allies from some newspaper articles. It took him ages to finally get my additions removed............I heard from some sources that he was not too happy

      August 7, 2012 at 6:27 pm |
    • A Hindu

      You did that? You seem to be proud of it.

      August 7, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
    • redsonya24

      If you want to read the wikipedia page on sikh terrorism – read the section on the present day situation (its the last section) – your precious wikipedia contradicts you!!!!!!!!

      August 7, 2012 at 6:52 pm |
    • DocCutty

      We now have the measure of you as a human. You are dismissed.

      August 7, 2012 at 6:57 pm |
    • moon

      Watch this and then count how many sikhs actually beleive he was a saint.
      [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DICDYAX_O1g&w=640&h=360]

      August 7, 2012 at 7:43 pm |
    • Singnitude

      @A Hindu......Let me enlighten you with some facts. These numbers are in history books which you forgot to READ.

      1. 4000+ Sikhs killed during the massacre went on for 3 days in Delhi(capital of India) when HINDU fundamentalists killed men, women (including pregnant) and children...All on the instructions of then Prime minister(in making) Rajiv Ghandi.

      2. 30,000+ Sikh youth missing(presumed dead) from the jails of India during the 80's and early 90's HINDU regimes (since 90% of the members of parliament were HINDUS). Grand figure is more than the number of Sikhs killed during British colonial regime.

      3. 3000+ Muslims killed during Gujarat riots by HINDUS just to prove that they are united under a cause against the neighbors Pakistan.

      SIKHS do adhere to peaceful philosophy and they also know how to defend their culture whenever called upon.

      Another fact for you....Aurangzeb the mighty Muslim ruler used to convert 1000 HINDUS to Muslims everyday and the only person who stood against him was the SIKH religious leader Guru Gobind Singh with only 500 men.

      I hope it will put your facts straight if you have the balls to face them.

      August 7, 2012 at 7:45 pm |
    • redsonya24

      moon – there are many hindus all over India who respect sikh terrorists. They even have their pictures up on the walls. But then you may not think that Bhagat Singh and Uddam Singh were terrorists, you will say that they were freedom fighters – the British may not agree with you but then its all a matter of perspective.

      Some (not all) sikhs believe Bhindrawale to be an icon in their struggle to stop external interference in their affairs but that does not mean that they are violent....just as it does not mean that hindus who respect Bhagat Singh are violent.

      What happened in the 80s and 90s in the Punjab was ugly....the indian army coming into villages wiping out whole families and then surviving relatives felt their only option was revenge.....but let the past rest people.

      August 8, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
  17. Bluenose

    we have peaceful Sikhs and not so peaceful Sikhs. Wiki Air India Flight 182

    August 7, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
  18. ACTUAL TRUTH

    @TRUTH, you are right, there are some gurudwaras like that. No one denies that, just as no one will deny that there are these problem characters in all religions as I pointed out in my original comment. I think YOU are looking at one side. The fu*&^^d up side. Thank god, you clarified your stance on the hindus-sikhs cause your original comment was way off base. Maybe you did some reading after posting your first comment. Visit the modern gurudwaras and you will not see any of the Babar Khalsa crap (I agree they are ass*&^es)I am a sikh but believe me, I dont turn a blind eye to such things as the air india bombing etc...

    Regards
    pez_79@hotmail.com

    August 7, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
  19. Steve

    All religions are man's way of describing the same thing.

    August 7, 2012 at 6:01 pm |
    • sirrahad

      You are pretty much right, Steve. In the words of Beavis and Butthead, "Be excellent to each other."

      August 7, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
  20. Rhubarb

    Only Jesus saves.

    He said so himself: "I am the Way the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father, except through me".

    His peaceful, sinless, loving life, His death on the cross of Calvary, and His Resurrection are all the proof anyone will ever need that He is exactly whom He said he is: The redeeming Son of God, who will forgive and save ANYONE who asks this of Him.

    The peaceful tenants of the Sikh faith are to be commended, but there is no salvation outside of Jesus Christ. Only the sinless Son of God can vicariously die for our sins, thereby saving us. No good work could possibly accomplish that, although good works are very desirable, positive things which should always be done.

    If it makes anyone feel any better, Jesus is now personally dealing with the monster who committed these deplorable crimes.

    August 7, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
    • Dee

      Save the preaching buddy for somewhere else and some other time. People have just suffered a major tragedy. Leave your thoughts on the deplorable act. I don't think any Sikh is going to convert to your religion with this type of ranting. There is a time and place for everything. This article was just going over what Sikhs believe. You have no right to say that you and your religion are "superior to them." By doing so you will just taint your religion's already tarnished image.

      August 7, 2012 at 6:06 pm |
    • sbp

      Oh, well, if Jesus said so himself, it must be true. Hey, no one is saved except through me. I just said that. Now worship ME.

      August 7, 2012 at 6:45 pm |
    • Ms Ell

      Such a narrow biased path for ALL GOD'S CHCILDREN.

      August 7, 2012 at 7:39 pm |
    • aSikh

      If I may say so, this is just contrived fallacy. In Sikhism, the saints have reached salvation while still in this world! Jesus was indeed a prophet of the highest standing but others have come after him of the same standing AND they are not necessarily Christian. Grow up spiritually please, it is embarassing to hear adults (assumed.) talking in this way.

      August 9, 2012 at 7:05 pm |
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