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I fidget with my kanga
Trying to memorize the mantra
Hair not long enough for a turban
But of the dharma I’m determined
Khalsah selected by the Guru’s pick
This is what it means to be a Sikh

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Sikhs are followers of the Guru Nanak, who founded the religion in India and preached the equality of all people and religions. The word Sikh means student or disciple. Sikhs have three central values, constant meditation on the creator, the importance of earning a living only through fair means, and the importance of justice and equality for all people.
In Sikhism there were ten gurus, or prophets. The way the tradition went was that each guru would select a successor guru until the last guru, Guru Gobindsigh. Guru Gobindsigh in 1708 decided to end the successive line on human gurus and decided to appoint the Sikh scripture as the Eternal Guru. This scripture contains all the revelation of the ten gurus from Nanak to Gobindsigh.
In 1699 the Guru Gobindsigh introduced the Khalsa, or the five articles of faith. The first article of faith is called Kesh which is uncut hair of the whole body; this applies to both men and women, because of this men are required to tie up their hair in a turban. The next is Kara which a steel bracelet that is worn to always remind Sikhs to do good deeds. After that is the Kanga which is a small wooden comb, its used to remind Sikhs of the importance of cleanliness. The last two are Kurchara a cloth worn around the waist to symbolize the importance of chastity, and Kirpan a dagger used to remind one of his obligations to defending justice.
The Sikh concept of God is a monotheistic one. In the Sikh scripture he is called Creator, Sustainer, and Lord. There is a saying in Sikhism that translates to mean “Everyone one remembers God in hard times.” The idea Sikh have about this is that if you remember God in times of Happiness why harm should ever touch you. Sikhs believe that God is omnipresence, transcendence, omnipotence, and omniscience. Sikhs believe God created the universe, his name is Truth. He is without fear or hate. He is timeless whose spirit is throughout the universe. He is beyond the cycle of birth and rebirth. Humanity was created knowing God, he was true in the beginning, true now, and will be true forever, so chant and meditate on His name. They believe in reincarnation as oppose to an afterlife. Reincarnation is a cycle of birth and rebirth.
The Sikh scripture called the Guru Granth Sahib teaches moderation and to remove “the five evils.” These evils are lust, wrath, greed, materialism, and egotism. Edited translations of the Guru Granth Sahib are available. However, Sikhs believe that it is necessary to learn Gurmukhi

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