GLORY OF SIKHISM

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GLORY OF SIKHISM

GLORY OF SIKHISM

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From my young age, I have been an ardent admirer of the Sikh Gurus. I have been immensely inspired by the religious rationale and social system of Sikhism. It was, in fact, my revered father, late Dr.HiraLall Chopra, himself an erudite scholar of Sikh history and admirer of Sikhism, who, first, inculcated in me an interest in Sikh Gurus and Sikh scriptures which, later on, blossomed in me a keen desire to learn more about it. In the course of my studies, I was, occasionally, prompted to write articles on Sikhism, the Sikh Gurus and their teachings and some of the Sikh martyrs. In the utterances and hymns of the Gurus and other saints of yore, enshrined in Sri Guru Granth Sahib, I find a treasure-trove of divine knowledge and spiritual realization of a very high order. These teachings provide a balm to the troubled souls; they vi instill a longing to follow the path of simplicity, sincerity and righteousness. They also expound the practical way of banishing passion, anger, greed, attachment, conceit and pain from our lives and teach us how to lead a normal life of righteousness and truthfulness and achieve the real happiness and have communion with the Supreme Reality, the ultimate objective of one's life. The collection of articles in this book is by no means an exhaustive study, but only an humble attempt by me to give an insight into the prominent features of Sikhism and Sikh history to the general reader and throw some light on the glorious achievements of this most virile and enterprising community. I have always found a lot of solace, inspiration and moral strength from the Sikh history, the lives of the Gurus and their profound teachings. I can only hope that this book will enable many others to derive the same benefits.