Sikhism A progressive religion well ahead of its time when it was founded over 500 years ago, The Sikh religion today has a following of over 20 million people worldwide and is ranked as the worlds 5th largest religion. Sikhism preaches a message of Devotion and remembrance of God at all times, truthful living, equality of mankind and denounces superstitions and blind rituals. Sikhism is open to all through the teachings of its 10 Gurus enshrined in the Sikh Holy Book and Living Guru, Sri Guru Granth Sahib.
The first syllable of Sikh Gurmukhi vowel i sounds has a short sound like the i in sick.
The first syllable Gurmukhi consonant kh is aspirated and pronounced by holding your hand in front of your lips to feel a puff of air when speaking. The second Gurmukhi vowel i is pronounced ee.
Spelling: Sikhism, Sikhi and Sikhee are all considered correct phonetic spelling.
Sikhism, or Sikhi, is a belief in one creative being known as Ik Onkar, adherence to the teachings of ten gurus, and allegiance to Sikhism’s holy scripture, Guru Granth, the everlasting guru of the Sikhs.
Sikhism does not believe in proselytizing or forced conversion. The Sikh faith promotes honesty and integrity, defending the weak, and sharing with the less fortunate.
Sikhi originated with Guru Nanak in 1469, and has grown to be the fifth largest religion, with 26 million Sikhs in existence around the world. Sikhism spread to the United States in the late 1800’s.