A Popular Dictionary of Sikhism: Sikh Religion and by W. Owen Cole

By W. Owen Cole

This dictionary comprises lots of the phrases which are concerning Sikhism. even if probably not an introductory path, through studying the definitions of such a lot of phrases within the Sikh vocabulary, one will get an concept of what the faith is all approximately, together with its relation to Islam and Hinduism, the 2 similar faiths of India. The booklet lists the key figures in Sikhism, an summary of the heritage of the faith, a listing of the sacred books, theology and a basic review of the philosophy, either within the creation and within the definitions itself. a very good relief for these attracted to the religion.

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The answer he gave is, ‘Submit to the hukam, walk in its way’. Hukam is an Arabic word meaning Divine Order. Creation is the product of this Order, and so is the natural human condition. ‘All are subject to God’s Order, nothing lies outside it’ (AG 1). This is expanded in the following verse: ‘When you are true everything that flows from you is true; nothing, nothing at all is false. Talking, seeing, uttering, walking, living, and dying, are all from you. Nanak, the True Lord creates by his Order, and keeps all things in his order’ (AG 145).

Gurmat This is the term generally used by Sikhs for what in English is called Sikhism. It means the teaching of the Guru but includes the disciplinary code known as the Rahit Maryada as well as scriptual doctrines. Gurmatt A decision affecting the whole Sikh community. The Rahit Maryada defines the areas which may be covered by a gurmatta as ‘subjects calculated to clarify and support the fundamental principles of Sikhism, such as safeguarding the position of the Gurus and the Guru Granth Sahib, purity of ritual, and panthic organization’.

Interestingly, the word of Arabic origin, ‘nadari’, is also used, with the same meaning. Darshan is also employed to refer to the six orthodox Hindu philosophical systems. Dasam Granth The collection of writings attributed to Guru Gobind Singh and collected by Bhai Mani Singh. The book was not completed until 1734 and probably also contains compositions by poets who were attached to the Guru’s court. It is written in the gurmukhi script though the language of particular compositions may be Persian, Sanskrit or Hindi.

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