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

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  1. Ashish

    Very sad to see comments in this forum that criticizes the Sikhs for the khalistan movement way back i n the 80s in India. Let me remind all that the whole movement was not an indigenous Sikh movement, but another instance of export of terror by none other than the great ISI, the intelligence wing of Pakistani Army. Pakistan wanted to carve out the independent state of Punjab out of India. This would have resulted in alienation of Indian road and rail links to Kashmir and also provided Pakistan wit a cake walk on Kashmir. Pakistan brainwashed and trained these militants to act against the Indian state.

    The Sikhs are one of the most warm hearted and nicest people you will find in India. Sikh culture has a big influence on Bollywood and punjabi songs are liked by the whole Indian populace. In short they represent India vibrantly.

    August 6, 2012 at 6:56 am |
  2. Leeroy

    It's nice to see so many good comments and people trying to understand the Sikhs. I served with two while serving with the US Special Forces and they were very good soldiers. Although one forgot to connect my lowering line, as did I and a couple others, and my ruck-sack burned in from about 200 feet. It was pretty funny. They were good examples of their religion and this is a sad incident. If it was carried out by an ex-US military, it is yet another example of how much our military needs to teach its own about other cultures and religions if we expect to have a positive influence in the world today.

    August 6, 2012 at 6:38 am |
    • Rational Libertarian

      I know it's a generalization but I have heard that Sikhs make excellent soldiers.

      August 6, 2012 at 7:20 am |
    • Sal

      Yes. Typical Indian. Just put the blame of every problem on Pakistan and ISI.
      Khalistan movement is/was an original Sikh movement. Why would Pakistan have supported a movement which wanted to carve out their state not just out of both India AND Pakistan?

      August 6, 2012 at 7:52 am |
  3. Name*Chedar

    Do good things is supposed to prevent this carnage. As we say " what comes around goes around" but seems it did not work this time.,The karmic effect is too strong it took a few lives in this incidence. Doing good deeds toward your fellowmen is one way but not the ultimate way. The only way is to seek the ultimate reality. The ultimate reality is to eradicate all sensual pleasure and achieved the final bliss.

    August 6, 2012 at 6:27 am |
  4. sam kohen

    They are all sick

    August 6, 2012 at 6:23 am |
  5. Mark Taylor

    Um... what about the warrior culture and the dagger (kirpan) they are mandated to carry? sort of conveniently left those aspects out. Sounds like a good faith and community but don't cover up the warrior aspect.

    August 6, 2012 at 6:05 am |
    • AsiaWatch

      Those were part of their culture. Sikhism was formed to protect Hindus from invading Muslims. In those days, daggers were used to fight against Muslims. Now, those things are mostly symbolic.

      August 6, 2012 at 6:19 am |
    • sonnychatrath

      Let me enlighten you about the dagger. Sikhs are supposed to carry the 5 Ks, Kes (Hair), Kangha (Little comb), Kaccha (Long Shorts), Kada (Iron Bracelet), and Kirpan (Dagger that you refer to). Back in the day, Sikhs were the saint warriors who were formed to protect the hindus from the mughals (turk muslims). I hope this clarifies. The dagger is a symbol of our religion, and is almost never used. You seem to think otherwise. I urge you to visit a gurudwara and see for yourself.

      August 6, 2012 at 6:22 am |
    • Sal

      Sikh history is filled with anti Muslim holy wars. Is this how a "peaceful" religion looks like?

      August 6, 2012 at 8:06 am |
  6. Awkward Situations

    Former Sikh turned Atheist here.

    I feel really bad for the community because everyone I know from the Gurdwara is really nice and friendly. I like to think of the older men as Indian Santa Claus because they tend to be rather jolly.

    I'll be at the Gurdwara near 51st and the 101 in Arizona if anybody wants to stop by for some tea (chai) and lunch after the service! Who knows, you might run into your doctor there! Get it? lol.

    Don't want to get shot though. But I guess I'll risk it. Cheers.

    August 6, 2012 at 5:37 am |
  7. Rainer Braendlein

    First, my heartfelt sympathy to the relatives of the victims.

    The gunman has commited an evil crime, and will be punished according to his guilt.

    I have heard Obama had said the Sikh would belong to the American "family". I think Obama should not make such statements. A state is not a family but an administrative structure which allows extremly different people to live together on a certain level of tolerance. However, this level can never be the level of close friendship between relatives.

    Still, America has got a Christian culture. It needs no proof that Christian culture and Sikh culture don't fit together perfectly. Nobody should try to unite such distinct cultures. Somebody who ignores natural conditions will face damage. Don't try to unite what is totally distinct.

    It sounds so nice when Obama says family but he makes a great mistake. He implies that it would not matter what exactly you believe, main thing you believe anything. That is not good.

    Obama should be convinced of his personal faith but about all the other beliefs he should simply say nothing, excepted that every citizens of America is expected to live a life of love, righteousness and virtue.

    I myself am a Protestant, and I believe in Jesus Christ. I am convinced that Christianity is the real faith, but assumed Obama had the same faith like me, I would not expect him to prefer the Protestants. He shall confess his own faith honestly, but should the citizens only require to be people of love, righteousness and virtue.

    In a word, freedom of religion is a very good achievement of the modern world, but it is not good to lump together all religions. Citizens of a state should be allowed to prefer (if they want) the one religion which causes love, righteousness and virtue, yet nobody can be forced to do that. Also it should be allowed to say that religions which promote bigotry and fanaticism cannot be very advanced. A reasonable man will prefer a faith which causes love which is independent from color, faith, nationality, status, etc. of the neighbour.

    August 6, 2012 at 5:20 am |
    • AsiaWatch

      Don't afraid. Hindus, Budhhist etc. etc. are not after coversions. Your religion is safe. That concept don't exists in those religions.

      August 6, 2012 at 5:54 am |
    • Leah Reis

      We should all become sikhs. It would be a much better world.

      August 6, 2012 at 6:08 am |
    • Mark Taylor

      This post is amusing. Jesus never went around telling his followers not to intermingle and the only religious people he had words with were the leaders of his own religion for their callous hearts. His message was purely love. Love God, love your neighbor and even love your enemies.

      August 6, 2012 at 6:11 am |
    • Rainer Braendlein


      If someone would know the "Real Faith", and I would not know it, I would appreciate, if he would try to convert me through deliberate conversation.

      It is only that I could not stand, if someone would use violence, to convert me. First, violence is reprehensible in itself, sencondly, violence proofs the falsehood of any (false) faith.

      Assumed, Protestantism would be the "Real Faith", I would welcome, if the Protestants would try to spread their faith by peaceful methods.

      Hence, what is my point?

      It is no honor or fame for the Sikh and Hindus that they don't try to spread their faith, because that leads to the assumption that they are not convinced of the truth of their own faith.

      If someone is convinced of something, he will certainly confess it publically.

      August 6, 2012 at 6:22 am |
    • Greg

      Rainer Braendlein how does christian culture and Sikh culture don't fit together ? Both believe in one god. Sikhs are taught to respect all faiths and doesn't try to convert followers. I

      August 6, 2012 at 7:35 am |
    • sandeep singh

      If you really believe in Jesus then you will find him in a Gurdwara close by yourself as Sikhs sing praises to he one and the only creator of all humanity. You should practice to become like Jesus Christ the great healer.

      August 6, 2012 at 9:18 am |
  8. Shradda Maskey

    Gurpreet Singh bagla is a Pakistani Muslim; beware of him. Pakistani Mullahs do not like Sikhs.

    August 6, 2012 at 5:10 am |
    • AsiaWatch

      True. Pakis are in-born double-gamers and cheats.

      August 6, 2012 at 5:55 am |
    • Sal

      So much hatred for ALL Pakistanis?
      Shows how peaceful the adherents are towards Muslims.

      August 6, 2012 at 8:09 am |
    • sandeep singh

      I think he is an alient trying to divde humans while our effort should be to unite.

      August 6, 2012 at 9:20 am |
  9. AsiaWatch

    After reading comments on Sikhism, I need to clarify folllowing things:

    1. Sikhism born out of need to protect Hindus from Muslim invaders. Sikhism is offshoot of Hindus.
    2. Guru Nanak's first followers were Hindus who were strong and able to protect Hindus from Muslims.
    3. There are many sects in Sikhism. There is also concept of upper caste and lower caste Sikhs just like Hinduism.
    4. Honor killing is very much prevalent in Sikhism. Indian state Punjab (Sikh-dominated)'s minister Jagir Kaur killed
    her daughter for marrying a low-caste sikh. At the time of murder, daughter was pregnant. Jair kaur is now in jail.
    Search for bibi jagir kaur in Google.
    5. Sikh's once (in 1980s) befrinded with Muslims in Pakistan and wanted to form separate country for Sikhs. Their leader
    Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale used Golden temple to wage war against India with the support of Pakistan. He even
    dugged out a tunnel from Golden temple to send sikhs to Pakistan for terrorist training. Weapons were imported through
    this tunnel. Indian prime minister mrs. Indira Gandhi ordered army to demolish the tunnel in 1984. At that time army
    discovered 100s of gun-totting terrorists were living there..
    6. Prime minister Indira Gandhi was subsequently assassinated by a Sikh who was her security guard.

    There are many instances where I can tell many ill-doings of Sikhs.

    SOmeties truth bites hard.

    Kindly search google for above key words for more information.

    Moral of the story is no religion is perfect. So, don't create rosy picture of one'e own religion.

    August 6, 2012 at 4:56 am |
    • American Citizen

      your arguments are very narrow minded. Yes no religion is perfect but the article was not talking about radicals withing each religion it was giving a summary of what the majority/founders/holy scriptures dictate. to state or think otherwise is very lazy comprehension. below is feed back to your comments

      argument 1 issue:
      Sikhism was formed before the war with the invading mongols, after the capture/torture/murder of the 5th Guru, Guru Argen Dev Ji is when the war commenced.

      Augment 2 issue:
      Sikhism first followers were both Hindus and Muslims. there was no section criteria based on physical stamina, it just so happens that north india is where most of all the farming is done which would explain the physic of northern indians and pre-sikhism india went through many invasions through the north bc it was the only viable entrance to india+trade soo it stands to reason if one is being invaded periodically one will learn to fight and have the body for it.

      argument 3 issue:
      you may find it odd that i used sects to describe Christianity since there is a neg connotation associated with it but, i believe you knew what you were doing because you used it and that is a odd way to describe differences in interpretation. these sects as you call them are no different than the different sects of Christianity, some have much more stricter view while others don't. you made a dangerous inconvenienced assumption,for the Caste system sikhism was mainly founded to end it. Since the caste system runs deep in indian culture which can not be switched off over night meaning there are quite a few white supremacists claim themselves as devote Christians but, they also do not believe in "love thy neighbor" if they are black/Mexican/etc.. does this mean Christians believe in a caste system? If they some people do not believe Blacks are equal to whites?? No, because the religion does not preach this claim and those that do, are too few and do not represent the majority.

      Argument 4 issue:
      in the past whites have committed honor killings if a black person is seen dating a white person...if memory serves me right i believe a very famous book addresses this issue, perhaps you have heard of "To Kill a Mockingbird"?

      Argument 5/6 issue
      just as the white supremacist groups' decisions do not represent the entire christian belief neither does this extremist group you mention. Also, the assassination was not because the mad man Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale was stopped it was because the most holy place on earth for the Sikhs is the golden temple and the prime minister sent troops in to spill blood and destroy most of the temple. So this assassination was not in support of this terrorist it was a heat of the moment anger of one man who could not believe what his government did. Many sikhs wanted Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale out but not in the manner the government handled it, i believe we would see the same anger towards elected officials of Israel if they were to send troops into old jerusalem to kill some extremists.

      August 6, 2012 at 6:27 am |
    • Greg

      Why don't you speak of their good doings? It seems many indians have forgotten how many sikhs died trying to get inpendence . How most of the freedom fighters were sikhs but only make up 2% of population.

      August 6, 2012 at 7:03 am |
  10. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    August 6, 2012 at 4:38 am |
    • thereisnogodfairy

      Feel free to live your life according to your fairy tale beliefs ... but dont drag me into your lunacy

      August 6, 2012 at 5:28 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!

      August 6, 2012 at 11:28 am |
  11. Steve

    I have been to Amritsar and it is a beautiful place. The Sikhs there and elsewhere are on the whole wonderful people. However, let us also not forget that they were responsible for the bombing of an Air India 747 over the Atlantic. All religions are NOT equal – Sikhism is one of the 'less bad' ones as far as I can tell. But there is yet to be a major religion for which somebody somewhere won't spill blood. Alas. Condolences to the victims.

    August 6, 2012 at 4:37 am |
    • Jataka

      Buddhist's and Daoists don't shed much blood as far as I can see. I am sure there are some out there but as a whole not really.

      August 6, 2012 at 5:17 am |
    • AsiaWatch

      What about Rohibgya muslims in Myanmar? Budhhists are equally involved in boood sheds. One thing is Buddism, Jainism are least violent. Sikhs are also least violent. Muslims are most violent (almost 100%, as dictated by their holy book). CHristians come in between.

      August 6, 2012 at 6:00 am |
    • Greg

      Yea steve lets not forget!! With your logic anytime christian gets murdered, we shouldn't mourn their death like a human being but blame them for any crime christian committed. Lets not forget the genocide of the native american , Crusades, or even this attack!

      August 6, 2012 at 7:26 am |
  12. rsimcox

    >> Who are Sikhs?

    My goodness, what a question. Have you never heard of Khan Noonien Singh? A very famous Sikh.

    August 6, 2012 at 4:30 am |
  13. Nav gill


    August 6, 2012 at 3:58 am |
  14. Vick

    One commentator here mentioned kaalistan and this was a good issue to bring up, I have had family members who were attacked by kaalistan group members some were sikh friends of mine. KCF, KAF others like these are kaalistan terror groups in India who also are involved in underground crime to support their cause and the Indian Army has been hard at work to get them thank god because every day thousands of law abiding and peaceful sikhs, muslims and hindus are killed by these terrorist group – they are not true sikhs, they are terrorist organizations who give sikhs a bad name and educated peaceful sikhs want nothing to do with them. Yes I agree with the previous commentator remove Terror groups Like Kaalistan Commando Force or KAF or KZF or any other Kaalistan Force and make the world instead strive for peace and improvement and better education.

    August 6, 2012 at 3:52 am |
  15. Ajay Bhat

    May God give peace to the departed souls...Jo bole sonihal...sasriyakal

    August 6, 2012 at 3:17 am |
  16. sathyavrath

    After reading some of the Sikh Religious texts, it is Definitely better than Islam. But still intolerant to improvement or new ideas. There is a sect in Punjab SUCHE SAUDA, who is bit like what Shias are to Muslims. Sikhs have vowed to kill the leader of this sect.

    Not one Sikh in the US has condemned the hatred and intolerance of Sikhs in India and they want the State to bend rules to suit their religious views. .

    August 6, 2012 at 2:58 am |
    • H kaur

      That sacha sauda guy is not a Sikh. I don't know what ur talking about. He himself says he's not a Sikh. He doesn't even believe in the Tenth Nanak. Sikhs are way more progressive and democratic than most other groups in india. Sikhs don't believe in the caste system from the first day and fight against it still. Whereas rest of india is still divided on reservations quotas.

      August 6, 2012 at 4:02 am |
    • Greg

      -How are they intolerant to improvement or new ideas??
      – SUCHE SAUDA, is not a sect of sikhs they claim no religion.
      -How does the indian government bend the rule for sikhs? The indian government classifies them has hindus. So they are trying to bend to rule to get same recognition has other religions in india?

      August 6, 2012 at 7:45 am |
  17. kesang

    Sikhism is one of the most beautiful religion in the world.... my prayers are with the families of the victims who lost their loved ones because of a psychopath!

    August 6, 2012 at 2:56 am |
  18. Gurpreet Singh bagla

    Sikh Terror groups: What you sow is what you reep.

    The major pro-Khalistan militant outfits include:

    Babbar Khalsa International (BKI)
    Listed as a terrorist organization in the European Union,[66] Canada,[67] India,[68] and UK.[68][69]
    Also included in the Terrorist Exclusion List of the United States Government in 2004.[70]
    Designated by the US and the Canadian courts for the bombing of Air India Flight 182 on 27 June 2002.[68][71]
    Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF)
    Listed as a terrorist organization by the EU.[66] Last major suspected activity was a bomb blast at the Inter-State Bus Terminus in Jalandhar, in 2006.[72]
    International Sikh Youth Federation (ISYF), based in the United Kingdom
    Khalistan Commando Force (KCF)
    Formed in 1986.[73] It does not figure in the list of terrorist organizations declared by United States Department of State[74]
    According to the US State Department,[55] and the Assistant Inspector General of the Punjab Police Intelligence Division,[75] the KCF was responsible for the deaths of thousands in India, including the 1995 assassination of Chief Minister Beant Singh.[55]
    All-India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF)
    Bhindranwala Tigers Force of Khalistan (BTFK)
    Also known variously as Bhindranwala Tigers Force of Khalistan and Bhindranwale Tiger Force, this group appears to have been formed in 1984 by Gurbachan Singh Manochahal. After the founder's death, the BTF (or BTFK) seems to have disbanded or integrated into other organizations.[76]
    Listed in 1995 one of the 4 "major militant groups" in the Khalistan movement.[77]
    Khalistan Liberation Front (KLF)
    Khalistan Liberation Force
    Formed in 1986; believed to be responsible for several bombings of civilian targets in India during the 1980s and 1990s, sometimes in conjunction with Islamist Kashmir separatists.[78][79][80]
    Khalistan Liberation Army (KLA)
    Reputed to have been a wing of, or possibly associated with, or possibly a breakaway group from, the Khalistan Liberation Force.
    Khalistan Armed Force (KAF)
    Dashmesh Regiment
    Khalistan Liberation Organisation (KLO)
    Khalistan National Army (KNA)
    Kamagata Maru Dal of Khalistan
    Shaheed Khalsa Force
    Khalistan Guerilla Force
    Khalistan Security Force
    Khalistan Rebel Fediration (KRF)

    August 6, 2012 at 2:40 am |
    • Punjabi

      A freedom fighter to one, a terrorist to another. No doubt the Syria Free Army is not a terrorist organization as per the US but as per the home country it is! Stop trying to polarize an issue if you have nothing constructive to say.

      August 6, 2012 at 3:17 am |
    • B(iraq) Hussein Osama

      hmmmm. don't see the Indian Armed Forces in the list? Is this a complete list of indian terrorists organizations?

      August 6, 2012 at 4:01 am |
    • H kaur

      Your response is absolutely disgusting and heartless!

      August 6, 2012 at 4:10 am |
    • Sidhu

      @ Punjabi: Last freedom fighters were Bhagat Singh and his companions. No one has the right to insult their sacrifice by comparing them with the terrorist movement, financially and logistically supported by Pakistan, for its own interests. Change in geopolitical picture of world after 1991, suddenly ended the movement. Its always easier to use fancy phrases, but that doesn't change the ground realities.

      August 6, 2012 at 5:03 am |
    • Shradda Maskey

      Gurpreet Singh bagla ji,

      Do not write confusing comments for the American audience; some Americans are already confused about Sikhism and you are further confusing them. Sikhs have no mission to harm the Western countries or to America; these military organizations that you are mentioning do not exist any more, and they have nothing to do with the USA. Sikhs started movement against the Indian government to try to separate as a country until back in the 80s, which failed and their missions have all been reconciled. They are not doing any activities against India any more. It was all a political campaign and not religious one.

      Sikhs are totally different from Muslims; actually Muslims are far closer to Christians in faith and practice than Sikhs are.
      Sikhism emerged in the 16th century to fight against the atrocities of Islamic rulers in India; all Sikh spiritual leaders were captured, tortured and brutally killed by Muslims. Today, Muslims in India, Pakistan and Afghanistan persecute Sikhs much more than they persecute Christians and Jews because Christianity, Judaism and Islam come from the same root and the philosophy.

      We Americans MUST know about culture and religions; most Americans are so ignorant about religions.
      I am an American Hindu and I have been harassed many times by white Americans because they think Hinduism is like Islam. I tell them "Islam and Christianity are sister religions to me because they are so similar. Mistaking Hinduism for Islam is like mistaking a book for a glass of water; totally unrelated.

      "All the four religions that originated in India, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism have suffered in the hands of Islam for their conversion campaigns.

      Just for simple education, here are mainly two groups of religions in the world;

      1. Middle-Eastern-origin Religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. These three religions are similar in their origin and philosophy. Their difference is mainly on their prophets.

      2. Indian-Origin Religion: Hinduism is an indigenous religion, the oldest surviving religion. Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism originated from Hinduism. Islam has always warred against these religions to convert them.

      Sikhs look like Muslims only because of their beard and also because of their racial make-up, but in fact, Christians are far closer to Muslims in origin and practice than Sikhs are.

      My fellow Americans, please read and explore about about religions because you form any prejudice.

      August 6, 2012 at 5:07 am |
    • Mark Taylor

      You forgot the assassination of Indira Gandhi over the Golden Temple of Amritsar incident. Sikhs are a warrior faith, no doubt about this. This author has sugar coated their beliefs.

      August 6, 2012 at 6:16 am |
    • Greg

      Who fights these groups ? Isn't most of the indian army, generals and even prime minister sikh??

      August 6, 2012 at 7:28 am |
  19. bob

    Hi. My name Bob. I eat breakfast. I go school. I study. I eat lunch. I play recess. I learn. I take bus home. I eat dinner. I cry. I sleep.

    August 6, 2012 at 2:37 am |
  20. Bhavik Soni

    A Prayer composed by Guru Arjan Dev. Dedicated to our Sikh Brothers who died in Wisconsin.

    "Sooraj kiran milae jal kaa jal hooaa raam||
    (As) the sunbeam blends with sunlight and the water drop is absorbed into water becoming saturated,

    Jotee jot ralee sanpooran thee-aa raam||
    (So) one's light merges with the Supreme Light, and one becomes perfectly complete.

    Brahm deesai brahm suneeai eaek eaek vakhaan-ee-ai||
    (Once) God is seen and God is heard; only that One is spoken of.

    Aatam pasaaraa karanhaaraa prabh binaa nehee jaan-ee-ai||
    The supreme soul is the expansive creation is inseparable from the creative God, without whom there is knowledge of no other.

    Aap kartaa aap bhugtaa aap kaaran kee-aa||
    That one is the creator that one is the consumer and that one is the cause of why everything is.

    Binvant naanak sae-ee jaaneh jinhee har ras pee-aa||4||2||
    Prays Nanak, they alone understand this mystery who drink of the divine Lord’s elixir."

    August 6, 2012 at 2:35 am |
    • A Sikh

      Thank you for sharing! Waheguru!

      August 6, 2012 at 4:39 am |
    • 5_rivers

      Thanks that was just divine.

      August 6, 2012 at 5:26 am |
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