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Encyclopedia > Sikhism underlying values

The Sikhs must believe in the following values:

  1. Equality: All humans are equal before God – No discrimination is allowed on the basis of caste, race, sex, creed, origin, color, education, status, wealth, etc. The principles of universal equality and brotherhood are important pillars of Sikhism.
  2. God’s spirit: All creatures have God’s spirit and must be properly respected. Show love for all living things. Mistreatment of any living creature is tabooed and forbidden. Remember, your next birth may be as a different animal or plant!
  3. Personal right: Every person has a right to life but this right is restricted and has certain duties attached. Simple living is essential. A Sikh is expected to rise early, meditate and pray, consume simple food (vegetarian preferred. However, for Khalsa eating meat is forbidden), perform an honest day's work, carry out duties for your family, enjoy life and always be positive, be charitable and support the needy, etc.
  4. Actions count: Salvation is obtained by one’s actions – Good deeds, remembrance of God – Naam Simran, Kirtan, etc
  5. Living a family life: Encouraged to live as a family unit to provide and nurture children. (However, living in a family unit is not essential, as many highly respected Sikh Saints are not married and do not have children).
  6. Sharing: It is encouraged to share and give to charity 10 percent of one’s net earnings.
  7. Accept God’s will: Develop your personality so that you recognize happy event and miserable events as one – the will of God causes them.
  8. The four fruits of life: Truth, contentment, contemplation and Naam, (in the name of God).

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Sikhism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (3893 words)
Sikhism (Punjabi: ਸਿੱਖੀ, sikkhī), is a panentheistic religion based on the teachings of ten Gurus who lived in northern India during the 16th and 17th centuries.
Some consider Sikhism to be a syncretic religion, although this is not a widespread belief held by Sikhs; the Sikh Gurus maintained that their message had been revealed directly by God.
The founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak, was born in 1469 to a Khatri family in central Punjab.
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