Sikhism was founded by Guru Nanak in the late 1400s areas now spanning parts of India and Pakistan. Sikhism believes in One God (Ek Onkar), Karma, which in simplified form is the future consequences of current actions, the potential for rebirth, leading a strict and moral life, justice, equality and service to humanity.The Guru lineage has been discontinued and a democratic structure and the Holy Scriptures now guide the religion.
Sikhism in Ireland
Sikh Gurdwara in Ringsend
In the Republic of Ireland there are about 800–1000 Sikhs, mainly living in and around Dublin, ranging from toddlers of a few months of age to the very elderly. Most are from the migrant generation and have settled comfortably, contributing to Irish society. There is also a small but significant second generation of Sikhs, born and educated in Ireland. The Gurudwara in Dublin is the main centre, for community get together, prayers and community activities. In year 2004, Irish Sikh Council was established to represent and communicate needs of Sikh community in Republic of Ireland.
Words of Faith
This is an important expression used in Sikihism in terms of outlook and perspective. It means a positive buoyant and optimistic attitude to life and the future. Always be in "high spirits" , "ever progressive", always cheerful".
The attitude of "Chardi Kala" is to allow one to sail through the ups and downs of life with little harm as possible to the individual. To join and help others in their hour of need is part of this "Chardi Kala" spirit.
Sikhs worship God and only God. Unlike members of many other religions they worship God in his true abstract form, and don't use images or statues to help them.
Sikh worship can be public or private.
Sikhs can pray at any time and any place.
Sikh aims to get up early, bathe, and then start the day by meditating on God
He who has no faith in himself can never have faith in God
Those who have loved are those that have found God