Ramgarhia Sabha Reading

A Gurdwara serving the Reading community

Guru Nanak founded the Sikh religion in 1469. "All men are created equal, are part of the Divine light and can reach the highest (spiritual) state by melting together which is going in the one Almighty God." Sikhism is open to all regardless of caste, colour or creed. Sikhism is a progressive religion with a god as a basic idea, equality and freedom for all.

GENERAL SIKH PHILOSOPHY & BELIEFS

There is only One God. He is the same God for all people of all religions

Sikhism condemns blind rituals such as fasting, visiting places of pilgrimage, superstitions, worship of the dead, idol worship etc.

Sikhism preaches that people of different races, religions, or sex are all equal in the eyes of God. It teaches the full equality of men and women.

It does not believe in devils or angels or heavenly spirits.

 "I observe neither Hindu fasting nor the ritual of the Muslim Ramadan month; Him I serve who at the last shall save. The Lord of universe of the Hindus, Gosain and Allah to me are one; From Hindus and Muslims have I broken free. I perform neither Kaaba pilgrimage nor at bathing spots worship; One sole Lord I serve, and no other. I perform neither the Hindu worship nor the Muslim prayer; To the Sole Formless Lord in my heart I bow. We neither are Hindus nor Muslims; Our body and life belong to the One Supreme Being who alone is both Ram and Allah for us." (Guru Arjan Dev, Guru Granth Sahib, Raga Bhairon pg. 1136)

WOMEN & SIKHISM

As one of the few major religions of the world, equality of women within the Sikh Faith cannot be over-emphasised. God is considered gender neutral. There are no restrictions what-so-ever barring a women's participation in any activity within the Gurdwara or the community. They can undertake any religious function or perform any Sikh ceremony, and lead the congregation in prayer at any time in their lives.

SEWA IN SIKHISM

Sewa (selfless service) is simply voluntary service. It is one of the two tenets of Sikhism, together with Simran (contemplative meditation). True Sewa should be rendered with a smile and without desire for getting anything in return. Sewa promotes humility and dissolves Egoism. Sewa can also be performed on behalf of the community outside the gurdwara e.g. hospitals, aid organisations, etc. In Sikhism, there can be no worship without sewa (GG, 1013)