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Doris R. Jakobsh

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780824835330

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824835330.001.0001

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Sikh Beliefs, Institutions, and Rituals

Sikh Beliefs, Institutions, and Rituals

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(p.48) Chapter 3 Sikh Beliefs, Institutions, and Rituals
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Sikhism
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Doris R. Jakobsh

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824835330.003.0003

This chapter describes the teachings, rituals, practices, and festivals of the Sikh religion. Issues of Sikh identity are also explored—an important feature of Sikhism both historically and in the present day. Central to Sikh teachings is the belief in the oneness of God, whom the Sikhs refer to in a variety of names, among them, “Akal Purakh,” Eternal Being. The gurus described the striving for union with the Divine in terms of the joys of marital bliss. A true devotee of the Divine was often presented as the bride of Akal Purakh. They also taught that while the essence of Akal Purakh is beyond human comprehension, that essence is everywhere, in every object, experience, and relationship.

Keywords:   Sikh religion, Sikh identity, Sikh teachings, God, Akal Purakh, gurus, Sikh beliefs, Sikh institutions, Sikh rituals

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