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Sikhism (meaning learner and discipline) is an Indian religion that originated in the Punjab, northwest India. Approximately two percent of India's population is Sikhs. Small communities of Sikhs also exist in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Malaysia, and East Africa. This religion was founded in the Punjab by Guru Nanak (1469-1539); he was seeking to combine Muslims and Hindu elements in a single religious creed. He taught brotherhood of man, the unity of God, rejection of caste, and futility of idol worship. Sikihism (2005). The religion believes everyone has equal rights it does not believe in creed, caste, race, color, sex or religion. After Guru Nanak there were nine more Gurus who were seen as the highest religious authority. Guru Gobind Singh, was the last Guru, he proclaimed that after him that all Sikhs would use the holy book of Sikhism, Guru Granth Sahib. His picture below.

Their belief is that there is only one God; they feel that he is the same for any religion.

They believe that the soul has many cycles of deaths and births before the soul reaches human form. The goal of their life is to lead a wonderful existence so that some day they can merge with God. Sikhs should maintain living a truth worthy life and maintain a balance of their temporary obligations and their spiritual obligations. They believe the path to merging with God and achieving salvation does not require celibacy, but to live their lives as a householder, avoiding temptations, sins, and earning an honest living.

To clearly understand what a Sikh is and how a Sikh's should lead one's daily life is through the spiritual principles of Sri Guru Granth Sahib, the Rehit Maryada was developed. A tremendous amount of work and effort went into creating the...