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|Summary of Question:||sects that resemble Sikh Dharma in some way|
|Date Posted:||Friday, 8/06/1999 12:37 PM MDT|
I would like to thank the many moderators who take time to read and answer our various questions. I do Ardaas that you continue to do this great sewa.
I would like to be educated about the different sects of sikhism. I am aware this is wrong, they should not exist. However I am confused by terms such as nirankaris, radha swamis, kuke, etc. I would like to know how they consider themselves "apart" from Sikhs, and under what circumstances or why they were created. Your time is greatly appreciated.
To be very brief, the fundamental thing these groups have in common is that they deny the singular Guruship of Siri Guru Granth Sahib, and have put human gurus in place of SGGS. If one is a GuruSikh and follows the Rehit of Guru Gobind Singh ji, these practices are inconsistent with the Guru's teaching. When you have mastered the teachings of Siri Guru Granth Sahib, you'll be able to see such things in a balanced perspective (if you want to look at them). The best philosophy is to live and let live. They retain some doctrinal elements that are similar to Sikh Dharma, often mingled with beliefs of many world religions and philosophies. If you begin to discuss with people who believe as they do, eventually one or the other party is probably going to begin to feel offended or slandered, and then the discussion will become an argument, possibly a fight, and then perhaps another war. It is better to live in the Guru's light and see all humans as coming from Wahe Guru, whether we agree with their beliefs or n
If one scratches the surface where such animosities are aroused, then the grudges and misgivings are very difficult to end. This has occured historically, with tragic results. Better not to begin them in the first place, and simply see God in everyone. This kind of simplicity is not the limitation of ignorance. It is the simplicity of wisdom, the kind of wisdom that enabled Guru Nanak Dev ji to travel peacefully throughout the world as a friend to humanity. Guru Nanak ji rightly taught that it isn't our creeds and belief systems that define, it is our humanity. That's why he said, <I don't see muslims and I don't see hindus, I only see humanity>. He didn't create Sikhs to be better than humanity, he created Sikhs to serve humanity.
Krishna Singh Khalsa