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Religious Studies

Sikhism: concern for others

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Principles for life

Sikhs should live their lives according to three equally important principles:

  • Nam Japna: remember the name of Waheguru [Waheguru: A Punjabi term used in Sikhism to refer to God. ] – this can be done by meditating on the name Waheguru. Prayer, hard work and generosity are all equally important and Sikhs should not spend all their time on prayer.
  • Kirat Karna: earn a living by honest means. Work is essential for the individual, the family and the community and a Sikh has a duty to provide basic needs. It does not matter what the work is, provided that it is honest and not against the teachings of the Gurus. Sikhism says that it is not wrong to be rich provided that the money is gained honestly. But it is wrong to live your life just to make a lot of money.
  • Vand Chhakna: share everything in charity with people who are less fortunate. Sikhs should live their lives on the principles of generosity and self-sacrifice.

Guru Amar Das taught the idea of daswandh. This is giving a tenth of surplus money to the community. This money may be used for building schools or hospitals or to help those who are poor or suffering.

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