What do Sikhs believe about God?
God Almighty is impersonal, formless, the ultimate reality and is the
Creator, personal saviour, inner teacher, omniscient, omnipotent, and
incorporeal. The belief is summed up in the
Mantar, the core belief which appears at the beginning of the Sikh
Holy Scripture, the Guru Granth Sahib. Also the morning prayer,
Sahib, lists hundreds of different attributes of God.
What do Sikhs call God?
God has no name, yet man gives God so many names. Throughout the Sikh
scripture many different words are used to refer to God including words
such as Allah and Ram which are used in Muslim and Hindu Faiths. Sikhs do
however have a favourite word for God. Waheguru (wonderful enlightener).
Do Sikhs believe in incarnations of God?
No. God reveals and manifests through all in the universe, but no finite
form can be worshipped as God, who is infinite. God chose to embody the
Divine Light in Guru Nanak and in nine gurus successively, and finally to
the scriptures themselves, but none are to be worshipped as God.
What is the Sikhs belief on the origin of the Universe and Life?
God existed in deep meditation of the void for countless ages until
deciding to create the universe and life. Only God knows how and when the
universe and life were created. The Jap Ji Sahib prayer states that God
created with one Word and creation
What happens after death?
Oneís soul is continually reborn until liberated by the Grace of God, at
which time the soul merges with God (Guru). The daily evening prayer,
Rehraas Sahib states that this is your one chance to meet God and so it is
important to live your life so that you can beak the cycle in this life.
You may not get another chance!
Why is there Evil?
Sikhs do not believe in original sin, nor in any evil being such as
Satan. God has no enemy or opposite. Humans are inherently prone to
succumb to temptations. God created all and gave people free will. Evil
occurs when the ego takes over.
How does one achieve salvation?
Salvation is enlightenment, granted by Godís grace only, resulting in
liberation from the cycle of rebirth. The soul merges with God (the
Supreme Soul) after death. There is also the concept of Jeevan Mukt,
liberation while in this life that few people may achieve. Liberation
comes after the elimination of the human vices of lust, anger, greed,
attachment, and pride (or ego). Frequent prayer, mediation, and song in
praise of God, initiation into the Khalsa brotherhood, selfless service to
others (seva), charitable works, morality, and obeying Godís Will
demonstrate devotion to God and help on the journey.
What about undeserved suffering?
Suffering is not inflicted directly by God but is permitted by God as a
test of courage and faith. Suffering is appreciated for the good that it
often brings out in humanity, e.g. compassion. Suffering is seen as the
remedy and pleasure the disease.