Sikh Faith is a monotheistic religion in the world of major religions. It is a distinct way of life with its own unique, divine scripture Sri Guru Granth Sahib. Believers meet together to worship in a Gurdwara.
Master Anup Singh
After qualifying the Bachelor of Science at Khalsa College Amritsar from Guru Nanak Dev University Amritsar – India, Masters in Religious Studies at Gurmat College Patiala from Punjabi University Patiala (Punjab) – India, the NET(National Eligibility Test) in Comparative Study of Religions for Lectureship from the UGC(University Grants Commission) – New Delhi, Post Graduate Diploma in Gurmat Studies from the collaboration of Sikh Lehar (USA) & Gurmat Gian Missionary College – Gurmat Gian Trust Punjab – India, served as a Religious Teacher cum Preacher in Gurmat Parchar Centres run by the Gurmat Gian Trust Ludhiana (Punjab) – India, Head Granthi (Priest) in Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha Mumbai(Bombay) – India, Religious Teacher in International Gurmat Parchar Sewa Charitable Trust (Canada), Head Ragi(Musician) in Gurdwara Singh Sabha London – UK Religious Teacher in Thai Sikh International School Bangkok – Thailand, Lecturer in various Gurdwaras(Temples) in Canada and a teacher in Khalsa School in Canada, religious worker in Indonesia, Singapore and now in Australia since 2012 represented the Sikh Community on various occasions of Interfaith events whilst serving as a Granthi (Sikh Priest) in Sikh Temple Canningvale Perth WA and as well as in Sikh Gurudwara Perth WA.
Since 2015, working with the Gurmat Parchar Sewa Society of Australia and volunteering as a Visiting Sikh Chaplain in Curtin University and Health Care Facilities of WA and as a volunteer board member of MCCWA (Multicultural Communities Council of WA) .
Sikh Faith is a monotheistic religion in the world of major religions. It is a distinct way of life with its own unique, divine scripture Sri Guru Granth Sahib.
The Sikh religion originated in the Punjab region of India in the 2nd half of the 15th century by Guru Nanak Sahib whilst developing and establishing the holy congregation thru’ his nine successors, recognised as a single spiritual light.
He preached the message of revelation of universal fatherhood of one God by his travels to many important centres of all faiths and recited the revelation of one God while spreading the message of love, social justice and freedom from superstitions and rituals. He preached that any person who sincerely and devotedly loves God, can realize Him.
He promoted a holistic life experience encompassing service to the humanity with work as worship within family life in the remembrance of one God. All the divine hymns with other saints’ of the time are well compiled in the Sri Guru Granth Sahib. There is direct communion with God.
Many Sikhs throughout history sacrificed their own lives after Gurus for the freedom of human rights. Sikhs live in almost every part of the world. In Australia, history of the Sikhs dates back to more than 150 years, as explored by the volunteers of the Australian Sikh Heritage Association.
God: Sikhism recognizes God as the only One. He who is the Creator of the Universe, fearless, not subject to time or space, and does not take birth or die. Sikhism clearly states that God does NOT take birth as a human. Furthermore, Sikhism does not recognize any other gods, goddesses and deities except the One Supreme Being.
Guru: Guru enlightens the conscience by delivering the message revealed by God in the divine light of Widom of the Word.
Rituals: The Sikh religion rejects all rituals, superstitions and routine practices like fasting and pilgrimages, omens and austerities.
Rights: Sikh religion instructs that all humans are equal.
Equality among Humans: Sikhism instructs to consider all human races equal. No one is superior or inferior.
Equality of Men and Women: Sikhism instructs to consider all men and women equal. Women have equal status as men.
Lifestyle: Sikh Gurus themselves lived a family and social life and showed everyone how one can be close to God while living a family life. Sikh Guru created a lifestyle for Sikhs. Sikhs that follow this lifestyle are less likely to deviate from the path to God. Sikh lifestyle includes:
Naam Japna (Meditation): A Sikh is to engage in a daily remembrance of God with love. Sikh Faith instructs that Salvation in this world from the vices can only be attained in His remembrance and with His blessing as well. Daily recitation also keeps Sikhs focused in all walks of life.
Kirat Karni (Honest Lifestyle): To live honestly and earn by ones physical and mental effort while accepting God’s gifts and blessings. A Sikh should never engage in dishonest means of making money.
Vand Chakna (Sharing): The Sikhs are asked to share their wealth within the community and outside by practicing charity.
Seva (Selfless Service): It is the duty of every Sikh to engage in Seva whenever there is a possibility. A Sikh can be volunteer at Gurdwara Sahib; community centre; senior living centers; care centers, hospitals, major world disasters, etc.
Seva is important to Sikhs because it helps build a better community and also keeps the Sikhs humble by suppressing ego. Service to humanity is one of the core values of Sikh Faith.
Five Vices: A Sikh needs to overcome five vices of Lust, Anger, Greed, Emotional Attachment and Ego. This is possible by continuous practice of Gurbani Naam Simran in the light of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib.
Five Traits: A Sikh need to develop and harness positive human qualities which leads the soul closer to God. These five qualities are: Truth, Compassion, Contentment, Humble, and Love.
Five Verses: Reading 5 verses from Sikh scriptures everyday keeps one in focus towards God.
Five Ks: Wearing 5 Ks (Five Articles of Faith) Kes,Kangha,Karha,Kachh,Kirpan means Uncut Hair, Comb, Bracelet, Shorts and Sword, all meant for humility, cleanliness, restraint, continence and dignity respectively.
Dastar (Turban) is an integral part of this uniform.
Alcohol and Drugs: Consuming alcohol, smoking and drugs is an obstruction in meeting God. So they are contradictory to the Sikh Values.
Baptism: Known as “Khande ki Pahul” is a sacred and important part of Sikh way of life. A Baptized practicing Sikh lives the lifestyle as described above and remains focused on its way to be One with God.
Science: Sikhs beliefs do not contradict with Science. In fact Scientific findings are confirming Sikh beliefs. In fourteenth century Sikhs Gurus said that there are millions of stars, planets and moon revolving the planets in the Universe, science has been confirming since 19th century.
Existence: Sikh Faith tells us that this Earth has been going on for billions of years. God created the entire Universe including the Earth and the Earth has been evolving since. Guru Granth Sahib Ji further tells us that this is not the only time God has created the Universe; He has done it many times over and over again.
Purpose of Life: Sikh Faith instructs that our life has a purpose and a goal. It offers an opportunity for self and God realization. Every human being is to merge with God with love with `performance of service to the humanity.
Sikhs pray everyday by saying:
Nanak Naam Charhdi Kala
Tere Bhaanay Sarbat Da Bhala
that means :
By Nanak May Thy Name Ever Ascend
By Thy Grace May All People Prosper.
Read more about the Sikh faith can be found at the following.
Sunday 9:30am -12:00pm
Gurdwara Sikh Temple
280, Shreeve Road, Canning Vale
10 Cheltenham Street, Bennett Springs, Perth, WA
On Campus services available upon request.