Why Sikhs are not Hindus – Simplified version
Sikhism is an independent, simple and straightforward religion. It does not have roots in any other religion or ideology. Sikhism does have its origin in the Indian subcontinent but the Sikhs are not Hindus.
Sikhism differs from Hinduism in 8 unique ways:
1. Hindus worship Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, Krishna, Kali, Durga, Ganesh and others Lakhs Devi Devtas.
Sikhism instructs to believe in One Almighty God (Ek Onkar-One God in all of creations).
ਨਾ ਹਮ ਹਿੰਦੂ ਨ ਮੁਸਲਮਾਨ ॥ ਅਲਹ ਰਾਮ ਕੇ ਪਿੰਡੁ ਪਰਾਨ ॥੪॥
I am neither a Hindu, nor am I a Muslim.
My body and breath of life belong to the Great Almighty (Allah-Raam). ||4||
2. Hindus perform idol worship.
Sikhism instructs not to perform idol worship. Guru Nanak Dev Ji instructs that idol worship will not lead one to salvation.
ਪੂਜਾ ਕਰਉ ਨ ਨਿਵਾਜ ਗੁਜਾਰਉ ॥ ਏਕ ਨਿਰੰਕਾਰ ਲੇ ਰਿਦੈ ਨਮਸਕਾਰਉ ॥੩॥
I do not perform Hindu worship services, nor do I offer the Muslim prayers.
I have taken the One Formless Lord into my heart; I humbly worship Him there. ||3||
3. Hindus tenets including belief in caste system. People are ranked according to the caste system and considered superior or inferior.
Sikhism instructs to respect all human as equal regardless of caste, color, gender or race.
4. Hindus believes in Fast. They believe fasting will purify blood and soul.
Sikhism instructs that making your body suffer will not help you to meet God, meditation of God is above all.
5. Hindus cut their hairs.
Sikhism instructs to live the life the way God made us. Sikhs should not cut their hairs as a respect towards God.
6. Hindus consider their religion as superior of all.
Sikhism instructs to focus of meditation on God instead of glorifying a religion.
7. Hindus make Pilgrimages, in order to get close to God and it will washed away all your sins.
Sikhism instructs every human has God inside, search it within your soul. Also taking bath at pilgrimages does not wash sins.
8. Hindus purpose of life is Dharma (Fulfilling one purpose), Artha (prosperity), Kama (desire, sexual, enjoyment), and Moksha (Enlightenment ).
Sikhism instructs that the purpose of life is to become one with God, to merge in the One whom we originated from.
Finally , Sikhism Instructs,
ਰਾਮ ਰਹੀਮ ਪੁਰਾਨ ਕੁਰਾਨ ਅਨੇਕ ਕਹੈਂ ਮਤ ਏਕ ਨ ਮਾਨਯੋ ॥
ਸਿੰਮ੍ਰਿਤਿ ਸਾਸਤ੍ਰ ਬੇਦ ਸਭੈ ਬਹੁ ਭੇਦ ਕਹੈ ਹਮ ਏਕ ਨ ਜਾਨਯੋ ॥
Ram, Rahim, Puran, Quaran tell a lot but I don’t even bother for them
Simritis, Shastras, Vedas, explain different things but I do not consider them of any worth
O Almighty! by Your Grace I have learnt it all from Your Word
Currently, Sikhs for Justice, a US based organization has launched a petition to President Obama asking him to question Indian Prime Minister why Indian Constitution continues to label the Sikhs as a sect of Hindus.
The process to sign the petition is quite simple –
- Click the link https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/question-modi-why-indian-constitution-labels-sikhs-hindus-while-attending-constitution-day-events/MM6Lm1bMto go to the petition.
- Put in your First & Last Name and a valid Email Address and click on SIGN NOW button
- Open your email and click the link sent by the white House. Clicking the link will automatically verify your signature.
For the petition to be considered by the White House, Sikhs for Justice needs 100,000 signatures by December 31.
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