“Wisdom is to be noble, kind to all, and to serve selflessly.”
At its core, the Sikh faith is one of a quest for knowledge and understanding, the word Sikh means a disciple or a learner. It is a faith of peace and harmony which ‘teaches the message of compassion, love, dedication, and hard work.’ One of world’s youngest religions it was founded in 1469 upon the birth of its founder, Guru Nanak Dev Ji (1469-1539).Leadership of the Sikh community continued through the nine Gurus that succeeded him. The tenth Guru, Guru Gobind Singh appointed the Guru Granth Sahib as his successor and even today it continues to hold a revered status in the lives of Sikh individuals and communities. It is important to distinguish Guru Granth Sahib from that of a ‘book’ or ‘scripture’ like the Qur’an in Islam or the Bible in Christianity. Granted the status of an eternal Guru in 1708 by Guru Gobind Singh, its messages resonate across time and space. Many of the messages in Guru Granth Sahib are progressive in nature and are focused on the equality of men and women, the necessity of consultation, the ethic of democracy, and the importance of kind words and deeds. Many of these values and messages are continually reflected in the lives and actions of Sikh communities around the world.