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  1. The Guru Granth Sahib - an introductory leaflet

    The tenth Guru - Guru Gobind Singh extended the � � � � � Equality regardless of religion, race, gender, colour? as Akal Purakh (God) is Sargun An honorable way of living-encouraging mar- riage, family life, working hard? Naam Japna-meditating on the name of God Kirat Karna-An honest way of life (no theft or deception) Wand Chhakna-sharing and being generous towards the less fortunate. (by melody)-instead of subject or author. Treatment and use in Worship The Guru Granth Sahib is very important in wor- ship.

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  2. You Do Not Have to go to a Gurdwara to Be a Good Sikh

    A part of karma is sewa; service to fellow individuals, this builds good karma. Sikhs believe that samsara is the continuous cycle of birth, life and death and that mukti is the spiritual liberation from the cycle. To reach mukti, the person must be gurmukh. This is a person centres themselves around God, following the ways and teachings of the Guru's, and not temptations or desires. A Sikh must understand, experience, and put their focus and attention on God. God cannot be entirely understood by humans but however can be experienced through means such as love and worship.

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  3. Religion in the film: Bend It Like Beckham

    The religious issues in this include the contrast in gender roles as observed by followers of the Sikh religion and by their British countrymen. Jess's family see the role of the female to be that of a housewife - doing the cooking, cleaning and performing the basic household tasks. The issue of arranged marriages is also discussed; Jess does not want an arranged marriage because this means that she will be unable to play football. Clothes are also mentioned by Jess's mother: "as a woman should not show her skin to everyone" and Jess argues that: it is hard to play football in restrictive clothing.

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  4. Explain the importance of a Gurdwara in the life of a Sikh today.

    etc, being in the presence of the Guru Granth Sahib is important to a Sikh because the Guru Granth Sahib is a Guru (teacher) and is there fore treated like a living Guru. The Guru Granth Sahib is central in the public worship of Sikhs and is the central importance to a Sikh life, work and worship.

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  5. Guru Gobind Singh

    She will be redeemed only if a truly worthy person comes forward to lay down his head. Distress will then be expunged and happiness ushered in." Gobind Rai remarked that none but his father could be worthier to make such a sacrifice. Guru Tegh Bahadur made his way to Delhi, the imperial capital, and was beheaded due to his refusal to embrace Islam. This happened on the 11th November 1675. Gobind Rai was formally named Guru on Vaisakhi 1676 and was then known as Guru Gobind Rai. Guru Gobind Rai became interested in the mastery of physical skills and literary accomplishment.

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  6. drama of sikhism

    (.............act as though you are covering ...........) Sophie: they are then taken to a part where they can be cremated... .............: meaning? Sophie: to be burnt. There hymns are recited which induce feeling of detachment the congregation. This was given to the Sikhs by Guru Gobind Singh. .............: what we are reading has not been taken to heart and we are only reading a small part of the prayer as it goes on for a long time.

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  7. Besakhi - the Sikh Perspective

    The erection of the Baoli at Goindwal Sahib was the first in this venture. Guru Amar Das laid stress on the fitness of the human body. With this in mind he arranged and flourished the wrestling and very often sponsored periodic meets. Baisakhi had been celebrated in the Punjab, probably, since the advent of Aryans. Such bouts were held there but unfortunately, during jubilation, people indulged in the undignified joviality too. The Guru had already perceived this when one day his devoted Sikh, Bhai Paro, suggested that once a year they should assign one day for the people to come to have Guru's Darshan and enjoy the festivities too.

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  8. Sikhism. In A02, I have to explain Sikh teaching on wealth and poverty.

    Immoral or illegal work is strictly frowned upon. Making a living, for example, by producing harmful drugs or promoting pornography or prostitution is not regarded as earning a living by honest means. Sikhs believe that wealth in itself is not wrong, providing it is gained honestly. But to become obsessed by wealth is. The wealth created by hard work should be used for the benefits of your family, the Khalsa (Sikh Brotherhood) and humanity in general. For every person on this Earth, work is a moral duty and commitment.

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  9. Guru Nanak.

    She gave birth to two sons. Their names were Sri Chand and Lakhmi Das. When Guru Nanak once went to bathe in the neighbouring river called Baeen her was disappeared in the water for three days. During those three days he was with God. He was given Amrit. God gave Guru Nanak his Divine name. After Guru Nanak had come back some people saw hallow around his head. Guru Nanak travelled around the world by foot and he met all kind of cultures and races. Guru Nanak was the founder of the Sikh religion and his messages were: * Share their earnings with others who are less fortunate - "Vand Chakna" * Always remember

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  10. Why Indra Ghandi attacked the Golden Temple.

    By 1984 Sant Jarnail Singh's followers were labelled as criminals and from that day all Sikh's were stereotyped as being criminals. And on the anniversary of the martyrdom of Guru Arjun Dev Ji the 1984 the Indian Army launched a major attack on the Holiest of Shrines 'The Golden Temple'. She attacked because she wanted Bhinderwale dead and because she believed they were terrorists she attacked and also because of the followers of Bhinderwale carried guns and weapons she feared they might also attack some day.

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  11. How To Be Wed Properly In The Punjabi Tradition

    During the ceremonial party the families exchange other gifts. The bride's mother presents the groom with a silver platter, Thaal, covered with symbols of the Sikh faith: sweets, saffron, and flowers. As well he receives some gold jewelry. At this point the bride and groom exchange rings of promise, now the couple are officially engaged. The next day the families invite a Guru to come and set the date of the wedding, according to the alignment of the stars when the bride and groom were born.

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  12. Gurdwaras at work - Gurdwaras mission?

    Its target is to provide the place where all people no matter what race, colour, or religion, are able to find refuge. Not only is a Gurdwara a place where the sangath joins together, but it is where the sangath have made little donations which have led to thousands and thousands of pounds where charities such as Khalsa Aid where formed to help the less able, poor, starving, and other victims such as tragedies of war. Market Share? The market share that the Gurdwara can be associated within could such as charitable organisation like The Red Cross.

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  13. Write descriptively about an artefact, place, activity, or journey with some reference or connection to the theme of 'Light'.

    The word Guru is defined as following: 'Gu' means darkness, and 'ru' means light. Who ever has the ability to reject the darkness of ignorance with the light of true knowledge is a Guru. A Guru does not really give or teach knowledge to the believer because true knowledge is found in the soul. It takes a Guru to remove the veil of ignorance in each soul and open their eyes to the path of light. Many devotees are looking for peace, inner peace, peace that can only be found within them.

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  14. Golden Temple, Amritsar

    Amritsar was a center of Indian resistance to British rule; in 1919 nearly 400 demonstrators were killed when British troops fired upon a political gathering. The city was a center of protest against the 1947 partition of Punjab between India and Pakistan. Amritsar was again an arena of conflict in June 1984, when the Indian government, in an effort to check terrorism by Sikhs demanding greater autonomy for the Punjab, sent troops to occupy the Golden Temple, claiming the terrorists had been using it as their headquarters; hundreds were killed in the confrontation.

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  15. Explain the importance of music in the Sikh community.

    are sung in a slow and steady tone so that the message contained is clearly understood by the worshippers. Music is used to magnify the emotional appeal of the lyrics sung. The scriptures even encourage music, Guru Arjan said: "Day and night sing Kirtan of God and you will never go into the cycle of transmigration" (Adi Granth 861/9) Kirtan is the singing of hymns to the accompaniment of music and is considered as a means of salvation.

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  16. The Sikh Religion and Charity

    We all have the right to life 2. We all have the freedom of opinion and speech 3. These rights belong to everyone 4. Clean water and food 5. Nobody has the right to hurt or torture us 6. The law applies to everyone What are charities and why are they important? Charities are groups of people or foundation who as an act of humanity help other people across the globe by supplying funds, supplies, medical support and many more ways and make our planet a better place for everyone.

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  17. Issue of arranged marriages Sikhism

    There is a lot of worldwide controversy regarding arranged marriages; such controversies are caused by issues during the process of arranged marriages such as an involuntary forced marriage. Alongside this, a forced mismatch could be possible during arranged marriages if the arranger were to arrange a marriage for his or her own benefit. Despite its controversy, many religions still practice arranged marriage.

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