Sikh simply means “seeker of truth.” Sikh Dharma is a spiritual path for those who are looking to establish an enduring connection to their Divine truth within. Like all spiritual traditions, Sikh Dharma has its lineage and legacy, guidelines and philosophies, its Masters, its saints and history. But primarily, Sikh Dharma offers a down-to-earth spiritual path for every-day people. It doesn’t matter what your spiritual orientation is. Or what culture or background you belong to. Any person can do these practices to help them experience their own Divinity and Infinity.
From the late 15th century to the beginning of the 18th century, ten successive Gurus consciously channeled and acknowledged the power of the Shabad Guru. These Gurus lived, travelled and taught in what is now India and Pakistan. Their lives spanned a period of 239 years. They revolutionized the spiritual, social, economic and political life of their time. Guru has been translated to mean, that which takes you from the darkness to the light. In the full definition, Guru is an infinite resource of teaching, healing and guidance.
These ten Sikh Gurus taught the equality of men and women. They taught that no group of human beings was higher than any other group. And they claimed that the common brotherhood and sisterhood of the human race was the highest reality. Their teachings empowered people to break the caste system, to overcome social habits that harmed women, to become economically self-sufficient, and to create a tolerant society based on the common humanity of all people.
At the end of his life, in 1708, Guru Gobind Singh, the Tenth Guru, passed the mantle of the Guruship to the Holy Book: Siri Guru Granth Sahib. This ended the time of the physical masters of the Sikhs.
A Sikh lives a normal life. Single or married. With children or without. In work life and in social life, Sikhs strive to:
Keep connected to the Divine in the heart with every breath
Earn a living honestly and to share what earned with others
View the interactions of daily life as opportunities to serve One God and Universality
It flows from this belief that if all people are equal, then all paths to God, all ways of worship are also equal. Sikhs do not believe that their way is the only way and, therefore, Sikhs do not proselytize their ideology or beliefs.