The Sikh religion was founded by Guru Nanak, born in 1469 in what is now Pakistan. He was followed by nine other Gurus. Since then, Sikhs have looked for guidance to the central religious scripture, the Guru Granth Sahib. The name “Sikh” means disciple or learner of the Truth. The Sikh religion teaches that the purpose of human beings is to achieve a blissful state and to be in harmony with the earth and all creation.
The Sikh religion is a monotheistic religion which believes that all creation is a manifestation of God. The symbol pronounced Ek Onkar forms the cornerstone of Sikh belief in the unity and oneness of God. It is used to represent the One Supreme Reality which is God, it begins the holy text in the Guru Granth Sahib and is found on Sikh temples (Gurdwaras).
The Sikh religion stresses the importance of overcoming falsehood, most importantly the false sense of self, and living the truth found in the Will of God. The Sikh Gurus warn of the dangers of an inflated sense of self, “The world is consumed by ego and selfishness; see this, lest you lose your own self as well”. The Sikh ideal for human life is to live within the divine will, avoiding the vices of lust, an-ger, greed, clinging and pride. Humans should enjoy life amidst remembrance of God, and be disciplined by prayer, self-restraint, and moral purity. Sikhs try to develop the five positive forces of com-passion, humility, contemplation, contentment and service, without expecting any reward. Sikhs should stand for justice against tyranny and live lives of truth. The Sikh faith teaches that truthful living is higher than the abstract concept of truth. Their vision is that “No man shall coerce another; No person shall exploit another. Each individual has the inalienable birthright to seek and pursue happiness and self-fulfillment. Love and persuasion is the only law of social coherence.” A Sikh empire existed for a short time, finally dissolving in 1849.
At the Humanics Sanctuary a site has been reserved for sculptures or plaques of Sikhism that portrays the three essential values that the Humanics Institute is meant to promote. The Institute would appreciate if Individuals or groups belonging to the Sikh faith, could volunteer to work with the Institute to develop this site with relevant sculptures or plaques and appropriate landscaping.