In the days of Mughal oppression, which intensified in the 18th century as the Sikhs openly defied Mughal leadership both local and upward, many Hindu families would offer their firstborn sons to join the Khalsa Army to aid in this cause.
The word sikh comes from Sanskrit word Sikhtcha, meaning teaching.
Nanak, was born in a Khatri
family. However, he declared that all are equal in the eyes of God in his famous proclamation "I am not a Hindu, nor am I a Muslim."[SUP]]
[/SUP] A unity between Hindus and Muslims under the teachings and revelations of the Guru. The Guru had some familiar and common beliefs as in Hindu concepts like Karma
, and meditating on God's name to break the cycle of birth.
ust an interesting observation.
We have two gurudwars in my city. The affluent one and the working class one. The working class one call the affluent one as brahmin gurudwara.
There is a strong Khalistan wing, that will be very opposed to any mixing of Hindu's and Sikhs. Except that they wanted our strengths in number after 9-11 when the were scared.
We would go from the Hindu center to show strength, and support on the congregation days.
The Guru Granth Sahib contains around 15,028 of references to Hindu concepts and the names of Hindu gods.
A near-exact count is given in K.P. Agrawala: Adi Shrî Gurû Granth Sâhib kî Mahimâ (Hindi: “The greatness of the original sacred Guru scripture”), p.2, and in Ram Swarup: “Hindu roots of Sikhism”.
The name of the Hindu god Shri Ram, is recited 2,400 times, (the gods name whose constant repetition leads to salvation).
Hari (Vishnu) over 8,300 times, 630 times by Guru Nanak alone,
Parabrahman, 550 times, Omkara, (the primeval sound of OM) 400 times.
Arya Samaj did more to rejuvenate Hinduism. They not only renounced caste, they also liberated women.
I have my bias, but.
Who is not a Hindu?
Animate and inanimate objects of the world, known universe, Unknown universes. There is room for all. Except for people who think they are different and consider themselves something else.
I agree with K, that they do not worship Idols, but all Hindus do not worship Idols.
But sikhs reverence to the Granth Sabib, is akin to Christian symbol of Cross or Mary. So Hindus are labelled as Idol worshipper, which is absolutely wrong, all religions need symbols, what ever they call it.
Hindus need to learn and explain at every opportunity, about their religion to others, rather than bashing over selves for the misdeeds of our forefathers.