he purpose of Sikhi is to help us realize our Divine potential and merge with the One. This union with the One requires us to have certain values. Sikhi is a Sikh term for “Sikhism” used in this article.
Recognize Human Race as One
Union with the One involves focusing inwards. The Soul within us is the light of God and has no colour, religion, sex, or nationality. The Divine One is the ultimate reality, and religion itself is not real. Religious labels do not guarantee spiritual progress. The One is inclusive and not exclusive. The Gurus tell us to consider all humanity as our family and disregard any distinctions of race, religion, success, gender, social status, education, etc. These are all irrelevant to achieving oneness with the Divine. The Gurus tell us to see the One’s light in all their Creation and treat everyone equally.
Values in Sikhi
Spiritual progress comes from moving away from negativity such as lust, anger, greed, attachment, pride, slander, jealousy, discrimination and ungratefulness. One should also begin embracing positivity such as spiritual realization, detachment, contentment, compassion, righteousness, equality, forgiveness, humility, thankfulness, courage and love. The source of justice and righteousness is compassion. Empathize with the less fortunate and help them with an open heart. Compassion brings the quality of selfless service rather than exploiting others.
The Gurus valued freedom of religion, and Sikhs do not convert or slander other faiths. Anyone can choose to follow the Guru or not, without fear of punishment. All Gurdwaras (Sikh places of worship) across the Globe are open to everyone regardless of their religion, gender, age, caste, creed, social status, etc.