Sikhism is a monotheistic religion established primarily in the 15th century in the Punjab region of southern Asia and has approximately 25 million followers worldwide. The term Sikh originates from the Sanskrit words Sisya and Siksa, meaning “disciple” or “learner” and “instruction,” respectively. Punjabi and Gurmukhi are the primary languages used in Sikhism and by the Sikh people.

Pillars of Practice and Scripture

Sikhism has three foundational pillars: Naam Japna, Vand Chakna, and Kirat Karni. Naam Japna is the recitation of God's name through meditation or singing hymns from the Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh Holy Scripture. Vand Chakna is the concept of sharing with others, including a mandatory donation of 10 percent of one's earnings. This concept is further practiced in Sikh Gurdwara's, ...

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