SIKHISM. Mandeep Singh Bawa GAISS Equity Education Director. Who are the Sikhs?. Agenda. Origin of Sikhism What is a Sikh? What is a “Guru”? Birth of Sikhism & the 10 Gurus Birth of the Khalsa & The “5 Ks” Sikh Beliefs The Guru Granth Sahib Gurdwara & The Golden Temple
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Mandeep Singh Bawa
GAISS Equity Education Director
“Truth is high; still higher is
truthful living” - Guru Nanak Dev Ji
These principles became the FOUNDATION of Sikhism.
A splendid Divine Light shone in the darkness of the night. Pir Bhikan Shah, a Muslim mystic performed his prayers in that Easterly direction (instead of towards the West, contrary to his daily practice), and guided by this Divine Light, he traveled with a group of his followers until he reached Patna Sahib in Bihar, India.
5 K’s – mandatory articles of faith
The Khanda: is the double edged sword that represents God’s power, the circle is for continuity, the two outer swords for spiritual and political balance.
loving Creator attainable through the Grace
important in attaining salvation
Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Guru declared Guru Granth Sahib Ji as the eternal Guru and ultimate spiritual authority for the Sikhs.
Guru Granth Sahib -
The Sikh marriage is called 'Anand Karaj' which means the ceremony of joy. The Sikh wedding is held in the morning in a Gurdwara in the presence of Guru Granth Sahib Ji.
One Soul in Two Bodies
"They are not said to be husband and wife, who merely sit together. Rather they alone are called husband and wife, who have one soul in two bodies."(Guru Amar Das Ji, Pauri, pg 788, Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji)
San Francisco Chronicle, April 6, 1899
Vancouver Diamond Jubilee 1897 Hong Kong Regiment
Gurbax Singh Mahli
First Turbaned Sikh in
Dr. Manmohan Singh
Indian Prime Minister
Baltej Singh Dhillon
First Turbaned Sikh in
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Narinder Singh Kapani
Father of Fiber Optics
T Sher Singh
Recognized with the
Order of Canada
Nuvraj Singh Bassi
University of Oregon
United States Army
Amrit and Rabindra Kaur
Bhagat Singh Thind
US Army 1912