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The Khanda -- the Sikh symbol


bullet "I have studied the scriptures of the great religions, but I did not find anywhere else the same power or appeal to the heart and mind, as I find in these volumes. There is something strangely modern about these scriptures and this puzzled me until I learned that they are in fact comparatively modern, compiled as late as the 16th century... They speak to a person of any religion, or of none. They speak to the human heart and the searching mind." Miss Pearl S. Buck after reading the Guru Granth Sahib -- the Sikh holy book.


Sikhism was founded by Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, (1469-1538). At Sultanpur, he received a vision to preach the way to enlightenment and God. He taught a strict monotheism, the brotherhood of humanity. He rejected idol worship, and the oppressive Hindu concept of caste.

The name of the religion means learner. It is often mispronounced 'seek' It should be pronounced 'se-ikh', with the final 'kh' sound like the 'kh' in Mikhail Gorbachev.

Topics covered in this section:

bullet Origins, history, holy texts, numbers, and perhaps a hoax
bullet Beliefs, practices, symbol & names
bullet Conflict over seating arrangements
bullet Conflict over wearing a ceremonial dagger in schools
bullet Books and links to Sikh web sites

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