Life after death is a fundamental concept for most religions. In Sikhism the Guru Granth Sahib contains teachings on the cycle of death and rebirth, and how to be released from it.
What is reincarnation?
The religious belief that existence is a cycle of birth, life, death and rebirth
The belief that Jesus rose from the dead two days after the crucifixion
The belief that when a person dies they live on in the memories of other people
Why do some religious people believe in life after death?
The sacred texts teach that there is life after death
They have scientific proof
They have inner wisdom
Why do some atheists accept that there might be an afterlife?
It says so in the scriptures
Near-death experiences (NDEs) or déjà vu convinces them
If God loves people he will not let their lives just end
Where do Sikhs believe that God lives?
In the sky
Under the earth
What does mukti mean?
Freedom from the cycle of rebirth
A place of punishment
Having another life on earth
How do Sikhs hope to improve their merit?
By doing what they want
By living a good life and keeping God in their minds
By rejecting God
How does reunion with God occur?
Through a particular religion
Through recognising the oneness in all and that God lives in all
By performing religious rituals
What do Sikhs think is a useful life?
Spending time conducting religious rituals
Making lots of money and becoming rich
Doing acts of service and charity
What is the source of Sikh beliefs about life after death?
Guru Granth Sahib
How do their beliefs about life after death affect the lives of Sikhs?
They become depressed by the thought of death
They think that it is irrelevant as there is no proof that anything exists after you die
They try to live a life that will attract good merit