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

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"You do not have to go to a Gurdwara to be a good Sikh" The Gurdwara is a Sikh place of worship where the Guru Granth Sahib and other Sikh scriptures are kept; the Guru Granth Sahib acts as the Guru which means that any building that contains this is effectively a Gurdwara. Followers of the religion also congregate here to worship and partake in activities such as teaching, learning or serving/helping others. Sikhs believe in karma; actions performed by human beings. The Sikh teaching is that what you do in this life will directly affect your samsara (circle of life), and that the quality of each life depends on the behaviour of a person in a previous life. ...read more.

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Sikhs only worship God whom is seen to have no fixed description; prayer is considered as a way of spending time in the company of God. At a Gurdwara all members of the congregation sit cross-legged on the floor as a sign of equality while the ardas and the reading of the Guru Granth Sahib is carried out by the Granthi, and also during kirtan. This is known as public worship. Congregational/public worship takes place in a Gurdwara and it is important as Sikhs believe it brings them closer to God. Sikhs consider congregational worship/sadh sangat to be special. They believe that God is visible within the sangat and that the act of serving the congregation pleases God. ...read more.

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Rahiras which is a collection of nine hymns by Guru Nanak, Guru Amar Das and Guru Arjun to be read in the evening at sunset. And Kirtan Sohila which consists of five hymns by the same three Gurus to be read before going to sleep. Sikhs believe in both private and public worship. Neither makes you a better Sikh, though private worship is expected more so than public. Going to a Gurdwara to worship in a congregation is seen to have spiritual benefits, but private prayer in the home is the foundation of Sikh worship. I believe that as long as the required hymns and prayers are recited daily with complete devotion to God, and a person lives their life in a gurmukh manner, then you do not have to go to a Gurdwara to be a good Sikh. ...read more.

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