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  • Understanding Vaisakhi: A Major Sikh Celebration
    On the Vaisakhi festival in 1699, Guru Gobind Singh created a dedicated community of Sikhs called the Khalsa Panth. In a symbolic gesture, he bowed before its representatives, signifying the transfer of his earthly leadership .
  • Style and Substance: Jagmeet Singh's Fight Against Discrimination
    Jagmeet Singh, a prominent Canadian politician, is known for his distinctive style and commitment to social justice. As a Sikh man with a long black beard and turban, Singh consciously uses his fashion choices to challenge stereotypes and create positive engagement.
  • Sikhs in San Antonio: History, Challenges, and Community Growth
    Encountering a Sikh in San Antonio is relatively uncommon, with only about one in 1,400 people being Sikh. However, if you have seen Sikhs, you've likely noticed their distinctive appearance: long hair, long beards, and turbans, which are all symbols of their religious commitment.
  • Sikh Women in 18th Century Khalsa Struggle
    Sikh women suffered and worked while being held captive with their small children. Giani Gian Singh[viii] claims, "They were made to grind maize while incarcerated. Many received brutal whippings.A maund and a quarter of grain was provided to each detenus to mill in a single day.
  • Peace in Diversity: Teachings from Sikh and Sufi Traditions
    The connection between Sufism and Sikhism can be traced back to the times of Guru Nanak, who lived from 1469 to 1539. Guru Nanak led a life characterized by simplicity and deep spiritual dedication. He focused on fostering love, tolerance, peaceful coexistence, and harmony among people of various faiths and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Maharani Jinda: The last woman standing
    Maharani Jinda was the queen of Punjab. She was married to Maharaja Ranjit Singh and once owned the famous Koh-I-Noor diamond. After her husband died, she became the Queen Regent for her son, Maharaja Dileep Singh, who ruled Punjab from Lahore. Jinda led armies against the British
  • Journey to Enlightenment: Finding Our Way to the Guru
    The spiritual path can be challenging to navigate alone. In this perspective, the Guru's function is to be the "boat" that navigates the dangerous waters, linking our limited self with our infinite self.
  • Insights from Guru Nanak’s teachings: 10 Lessons to Live By
    Guru Nanak's emphasis on helping the poor was revolutionary in the 16th century and remains crucial today as global poverty persists. A defining moment in his youth illustrates this principle: At age 12, when given 20 rupees by his father to start a business, Nanak instead purchased food and distributed it to those in need.
  • Guru Nanak: A Brilliant Spiritual Light for Humanity
    Guru Nanak Dev ji is revered by Sikhs and many others. He is seen as a messenger of God, an enlightened teacher, a champion of human dignity and peace between faiths, and a brilliant spiritual guide for all humanity.
  • Gatka: Martial Art that Empowers Our Life
    In contemporary Sikh circles, the term Gatka is commonly used to encompass all aspects of Sikh martial arts. However, historical sources generally refer to the art as Shastravidiā, or the 'Science of Weapons.'





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