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Basics of Sikhi is an education campaign which utilizes YouTube, printed material and social media to spread Guru’s wisdom. In addition, the team works to promote the Sikh faith by hiring speakers to teach at various religious and educational institutions across the world. Most of our work is on our YouTube channel. To view and follow our latest content, click the buttons below!

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Can You Teach Someone Daya (Compassion)?
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Daya is already inside of everyone, as it is put in by God. All it needs is evoking and somebody to light it, to bring it out of us. But the only way we can inspire somebody towards that process is if we're acting out of Daya. We must act out of absolute unconditional love. Then that Daya will run over to them if they allow and open their hearts to receive it.

Sometimes our Karams (actions) are so strong that we are not able to allow anything in and it takes little extra effort on our part. Some people have to work harder because of their big load of past actions. Since they’re carrying such a load from their past, it will take that extra effort to help them break that down. We can take steps of doing the traditional Seva (selfless service) that Guru has given us such as waving a fan over the Sangat (congregation) during hot weather and washing utensils in Langar (free communal kitchen). Such Seva will help us evoke Daya that’s already within us. 

 

To learn more on this topic, watch the video by Bhai Baljit Singh

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Who was Baba Buddha Ji?
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Baba Buddha Ji was a Sikh of Guru Nanak Dev Ji and became the first Granthi of Harmandir Sahib Ji. In their 104 years of life, Baba Buddha Ji selflessly served the first six Sikh Gurus and was the teacher of the ninth Guru, Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji. When Bura Ji was a young boy, Guru Nanak Dev Ji visited his village to do Parchaar (spread the message of Vaheguru). Bura Ji was grazing cattle when he saw Guru Nanak Dev Ji. Bura Ji offered Guru Ji milk and did Ardaas (prayer) to be removed from the cycle of birth and death. Bhai Buddha Ji became a dedicated Sevak (selfless server) of Guru Nanak Dev Ji and the following Gurus.

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How Can We Build a Relationship with Gurbani?
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By considering both the quality and quantity of our time spent with Gurbani, we can begin to immerse ourselves more into it. Also by reading more Gurbani, we start to understand Gurbani more and thus strengthen our relationship with Guru Sahib Ji. Along with financial Dasvandh, dedicating at least 10% of our day (2.4 hours) towards Guru Sahib Ji and Gurbani, is just as important. In addition, integrating Rehit (Code of Conduct) into our lives, makes a big difference within our relationship with Gurbani.

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What Do Sikhs Believe about Christ’s Crucifixion?
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Sikhs respect that Christ was Martyr (Shaheed) and had the ability to forgive the sins of others. We deeply understand Shaheedi/Martyrdom as two Sikh Gurus and many Sikhs throughout our history have given Shaheedi for the Panth. Sikhs also believe that saints who have reached that high state of Spirituality (Karam Khand), have the ability to forgive people of their sins. However, Sikhs do not believe in the notion that one must give blood in order to forgive sins. We disagree with the idea that one must give/sacrifice something to receive forgiveness. Sikhi teaches us that the forgiveness of sins comes from chanting God’s name which is within us and cleansing our insides with Naam (God’s Name). 

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What Prayers (Paath) Should a Sikh Read and At What Times?
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The simplest Rehit for someone starting out is Jap Ji Sahib in the morning, Rehraas Sahib in the evening, and Sohila Sahib before going to sleep. Guru Granth Sahib Ji starts with these three Banis, which are the bare minimum that a Sikh must do. Do not start thinking that “I am not good enough to do Paath '' or “I will start doing it when I feel better”. Paath will make you better. If you are ill, you don’t stop taking medicine. You take medicine anyway. Everybody should do Paath regardless of what they are doing in their lives. As we get more into Sikhi, then we can increase our Paath as we grow. We can do Jap Ji Sahib, Jaap Sahib, Tav Prasad Svaiye Sahib, Chaupee Sahib and Anand Sahib in the morning. Rehraas Sahib and Aarti in the evening. Sohila Sahib and Rakhiaa De Shabad at night. As we grow more, we can add Shabad Hazare, Salok Mahalla 9, Laavaan, and other Banis when we have time during the day or add it to our morning Nitnem.

How Can We Manage Time/Life and Sikhi?
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Sikhi and our lives are not two separate things. We're trying to ingrain Sikhi in our life. The way to do that is to start the morning in accordance with Sikhi and make it a part of your life. We are Sikh first, then we are doctors or students. The whole idea of  "IK '' when we say "IK Onkar '' (One Universal Creator God)  is that we want to become IK with the whole world and not just with Vaheguru Ji (Wonderous Enlightener) because the whole world is Vaheguru Ji. When we become one with this world, we become one with Vaheguru Ji anyway.

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Can You Teach Someone Daya (Compassion)?
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Daya is already inside of everyone, as it is put in by God. All it needs is evoking and somebody to light it, to bring it out of us. But the only way we can inspire somebody towards that process is if we're acting out of Daya. We must act out of absolute unconditional love. Then that Daya will run over to them if they allow and open their hearts to receive it.

Sometimes our Karams (actions) are so strong that we are not able to allow anything in and it takes little extra effort on our part. Some people have to work harder because of their big load of past actions. Since they’re carrying such a load from their past, it will take that extra effort to help them break that down. We can take steps of doing the traditional Seva (selfless service) that Guru has given us such as waving a fan over the Sangat (congregation) during hot weather and washing utensils in Langar (free communal kitchen). Such Seva will help us evoke Daya that’s already within us. 

 

To learn more on this topic, watch the video by Bhai Baljit Singh

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Who was Baba Buddha Ji?
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Baba Buddha Ji was a Sikh of Guru Nanak Dev Ji and became the first Granthi of Harmandir Sahib Ji. In their 104 years of life, Baba Buddha Ji selflessly served the first six Sikh Gurus and was the teacher of the ninth Guru, Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji. When Bura Ji was a young boy, Guru Nanak Dev Ji visited his village to do Parchaar (spread the message of Vaheguru). Bura Ji was grazing cattle when he saw Guru Nanak Dev Ji. Bura Ji offered Guru Ji milk and did Ardaas (prayer) to be removed from the cycle of birth and death. Bhai Buddha Ji became a dedicated Sevak (selfless server) of Guru Nanak Dev Ji and the following Gurus.

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How Can We Build a Relationship with Gurbani?
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By considering both the quality and quantity of our time spent with Gurbani, we can begin to immerse ourselves more into it. Also by reading more Gurbani, we start to understand Gurbani more and thus strengthen our relationship with Guru Sahib Ji. Along with financial Dasvandh, dedicating at least 10% of our day (2.4 hours) towards Guru Sahib Ji and Gurbani, is just as important. In addition, integrating Rehit (Code of Conduct) into our lives, makes a big difference within our relationship with Gurbani.

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