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CONCEPT OF GOD IN SIKHISM


The best definition that any Sikh can give regarding the concept of God in Sikhism is to quote the MULMANTRA – the fundamental creed of Sikhism, which occurs at the beginning of Sri Guru Granth Sahib. It is mentioned in Sri Guru Granth Sahib, volume 1 Japuji, the first verse:
"There exists but one God, who is called The True, The Creator, Free from fear and hate, Immortal, Not begotten, Self-Existent, Great and Compassionate."

 

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Sikhism is a monotheistic Religion

Sikhism enjoins its followers to practice strict monotheism. It believes in only One Supreme God who is, in the unmanifest form, called Ek Omkara. 

In the manifest form He is called Omkara and has several attributes such as:

Kartar – The Creator
Akal – The Eternal
Sattanama – The Holy Name
Sahib – The Lord
Parvardigar – The Cherisher
Rahim – The Merciful
Karim – The Benevolent

 

Wahe Guru

He is also called Wahe Guru – the One true God.

Besides Sikhism being strictly monotheistic, it also does not believe in Avataravada – the doctrine of incarnation. Almighty God does not incarnate (coming down) Himself in what is known as Avatara. Sikhism is also strongly against idol worship.

 

Guru Nanak was influenced by Sant Kabir

Guru Nanak was influenced by the sayings of Sant Kabir so much that several chapters of Sri Guru Granth Sahib contain couplets of Sant Kabir. 

One of the famous couplets of Sant Kabir is:

"Dukh mein sumirana sabh karein Sukh mein karein na koya
Jo sukh mein sumirana karein To dukh kaye hoye?"

"In times of trouble, God is remembered by all. But none remembers Him during peace and happiness. If God is remembered in good times of happiness Why should trouble occur?"

Compare this with the following ayath of the Qur’an:

And when adversity touches man, he calls upon his Lord, turning to Him [alone]; then when He bestows on him a favor from Himself, he forgets Him whom he called upon before, and he attributes to Allah equals to mislead [people] from His way. Say, "Enjoy your disbelief for a little; indeed, you are of the companions of the Fire."Qur’an Surah Zumar 39:8

The Sikh scriptures therefore emphasize monotheism and God-consciousness.

 

See also

INTRODUCTION TO SIKHISM; GURU GRANTH SAHIB; 10 GURUS OF SIKHISM;

 

References

http://www.irf.net/Sikhism.html

 

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