Category: Comparative Religion

EVOLUTION OF THE CONCEPT OF GOD       Religious thought has evolved over thousands of years. God has always been at the center of religion but has taken varying forms. The early communities and tribes worshipped spirits or deities. The classical concept of God as the Creator did not exist. The deity was in […]

Faith and discernment or reasoning are two valuable virtues. However if they are treated in two exclusive compartments they can become pitfalls. For example faith alone may lead to the belief that one’s religion is the only one or the best. This is used by some as the basis to criticize or even slander other […]

Gurbani on Names of God and Hindu gods   Gurbani or the Guru’s word as contained in Sri Guru Granth Sahib says God has no name but still innumerable names. Gurbani contains the Gurus’ discourses which they sang and explained to their audiences. The compositions of various saints selected by the gurus for inclusion in […]

The Sikh religion is the youngest of the organized religions, its origin dating to the 15th century coinciding with the advent of its founder Guru Nanak (1469- 1539). At this time considerable progress in the educational, scientific and industrial fields was being made. Communications had also improved making interaction between geographically separated people. The religion […]

A Tribute on the Gurpurab Sometime ago during a discussion with a Hindu Brahmin and a Muslim Maulvi I gave a synopsis of Guru Nanak’s Japji Sahib, the first composition in Sri Guru Granth Sahib. As soon as I finished, the Maulvi exclaimed “But this is Islam”. Such is the universal appeal of Guru Nanak’s […]

1. Introduction Considerable efforts are being put in by Christian Missionaries these days to obtain conversions to Christianity from amongst the Sikhs particularly the youth. These missionaries have an agenda first to mislead the Sikh youth by telling them the assumed shortcomings of Sikhi (Sikh faith) and then to say how Christianity is better. The […]

ਨਾਨਕ ਕਾ ਪ੍ਰਭੁ ਸੋਇ ਜਿਸ ਕਾ ਸਭੁ ਕੋਇ ॥ ਸਰਬ ਰਹਿਆ ਭਰਪੂਰਿ ਸਚਾ ਸਚੁ ਸੋਇ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥ ਅ(ਆਸਾ ਮ: ੫, ਪੰ: ੩੯੮). My God is One who belongs to all; God is eternal and all pervasive. Pause. (M: 5, p 398). The above verse from the Sikh scripture Sri Guru Granth Sahib emphasizes the […]

There are five organized world religions namely Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhism and Judaism in descending order of number of adherents. As may be seen the Sikhs outnumber the Jews. However when religions are referred to in any context the Sikh religion is rarely mentioned by writers belonging to other faiths. This is because of […]

Sacrifice means surrendering or giving up something for the sake of another considered more important. We therefore have the mother forgoing her comforts for the sake of her baby or one friend giving up his interest for the other. Parents tighten their hands on expenditure to provide for their children’s education and so on. All […]

The Numeral 6 In the Hindu belief system there are a number of concepts connected with the number 6. These include the scriptures, the authors, rituals and the chakras in the body. Gurbani mentions these and gives practical interpretation for each of them. In our daily bed-time Baani of Sohila we read ਛਿਅ ਘਰ ਛਿਅ […]

Introduction Wide networks of Christian missionaries of various denominations exist all over the globe. Missionary work is a legitimate activity if its purpose is to impart religious education to adherents of one’s own faith and to inform others. Many Christian missionaries, however, have an agenda of obtaining conversions from other faiths. They often twist facts, […]

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