Hinduism Vs Sikhism

Hinduism is a diverse system of thought but is primarily polytheism due to its belief in multitude of Gods and Godesses. It came into existence more than 30 centuries ago. Sikhism was founded by Guru Nanak in 15th century. Sikhism is a monotheistic religion; Sikhs believe there is only one God, who has infinite qualities and names. Hindus and Sikhs also have different worship practices and beliefs about the true path of salvation.


QuotesEdit

  • "Raam Chand passed away, as did Raavan, even though he had lots of relatives. Says Nanak, nothing lasts forever; the world is like a dream."
    • (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, Ang 1429)
  • "Except the Word of the Guru, all other word is false. False is the Word that is not the true Guru’s. False are the speakers, false are the hearers, false are those who speak and recite."
    • (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, Ang 917)
  • "O GurSikhs, know that the Bani, the Word of the True Guru, is true, absolutely true. The Creator Lord Himself causes the Guru to chant it."
    • (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, Ang 308)
  • "Accept as True, Perfectly True, the Word of the True Guru's Bani. In this way, you shall merge in the Lord, the Supreme Soul. ||14||"
    • (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, Ang 1028)
  • "One may read all the books of the Vedas, the Bible, the Simritees and the Shaastras, but they will not bring liberation."
    • (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, Ang 747)
  • "He is beyond the world of the Vedas, the Koran and the Bible. The Supreme King of Nanak is immanent and manifest. ||4||3||105||"
    • (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, Ang 397)
  • "The mortal thinks about the Vedic teachings of the three gunas, the three dispositions. He deals in corruption, filth and vice. He dies, only to be reborn; he is ruined over and over again."
    • (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, Ang 1262)
  • "The Vedas and the Scriptures are only make-believe, O Siblings of Destiny; they do not relieve the anxiety of the heart."
    • (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, Ang 727)
  • "The Simritees and the Shaastras discriminate between good and evil, but they do not know the true essence of reality."
    • (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, Ang 920)
  • "You may stand and recite the Shaastras and the Vedas, O Siblings of Destiny, but these are just worldly actions. Filth cannot be washed away by hypocrisy, O Siblings of Destiny; the filth of corruption and sin is within you."
    • (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, Ang 635)
  • "The great men have studied the Shaastras, the Simritees and the Vedas, and they have said this: Without the Lord's meditation, there is no emancipation, and no one has ever found peace.||1||"
    • (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, Ang 215)
  • "The great volumes of the Simritees and the Shaastras only extend the extension of attachment to Maya."
    • (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, Ang 1053)
  • "I have read all the Vedas, and yet the sense of separation in my mind still has not been removed; the five thieves of my house are not quieted, even for an instant."
    • (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, Ang 687)
  • "The world is involved with the words of the Vedas, thinking about the three gunas - the three dispositions. Without the Name, it suffers punishment by the Messenger of Death; it comes and goes in reincarnation, over and over again. Meeting with the True Guru, the world is liberated, and finds the Door of Salvation. ||1||"
    • (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, Ang 1276)
  • "The Pandits, the religious scholars, and the silent sages, reading and studying the Vedas, have grown weary. They do not even think of the Lord's Name; they do not dwell in the home of their own inner being. The Messenger of Death hovers over their heads; they are ruined by the deceit within themselves. ||7||"
    • (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, Ang 1277)
  • "O Nanak, the Lord is fearless and formless; myriads of others, like Rama, are mere dust before Him."
    • (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, Ang 464)
  • "Someone calls him Ram or Krishna, and someone believe in His incarnations, but my mind has forsaken all useless actions and has accepted only the One Creator. ||12||"
    • (33 Svaiyye, Guru Gobind Singh Ji)
  • "Kabeer, it does make a difference, how you chant the Lord’s Name, ‘Raam’. This is something to consider. Everyone uses the same word for the son of Dasrath and the Wondrous Lord. ||190|| Kabeer, use the word ‘Raam’, only to speak of the All-pervading Lord. You must make that distinction. One ‘Raam’ is pervading everywhere, while the other is contained only in himself. ||191||"
    • (Guru Granth Sahib, Ang 1374)
  • "There was one Shiva, who passed away and another one came into being; there are many incarnations of Ram Chandra and Krishna."
    • (Akaal Ustat, Guru Gobind Singh Ji)
  • "In each and every age, God creates the kings, who are sung of as His Incarnations. Even they have not found God's limits; what can I speak of and contemplate? ||7||"
    • (SGGS - Ang 423)
  • "Let that mouth be burnt, which says that our Lord and Master is subject to birth. ||3|| He is not born, and He does not die; He does not come and go in reincarnation. The God of Nanak is pervading and permeating everywhere. ||4||1||"
    • (SGGS - Ang 1136)
  • "God alone is the one who is not born of a woman"
    • (SGGS - Ang 473)
  • "The Formless alone, Nanak, is without fear, many are Ramas as the dust of His Feet, many Krishnas. Many are their stories and many are the Vedas."
    • (SGGS - Ang 464)
  • "Millions of incarnations of Vishnu and Shiv, with matted hair Desire Thee, O Kind Lord, with endless longing of their mind and body. Infinite and Inaccessible is Lord, the World Sustainer, and He is the Omnipresent wealthy Master. The gods, perfect persons, heavenly heralds and celestial singers contemplate on Thee. The greater gods and heavenly dancers utter Thine praises. Myrids of kings, gods and many super human beings remember the Lord and hail Him."
    • (Guru Arjan Dev, Chhant, pg. 455)
  • "The blind ignorant ones stray in doubt and so deluded, deluded they pluck flowers for worship. They worship the lifeless stones and adore tombs. Their service all goes in vain."
    • (Guru Ram Das, Malar, pg. 1264)
  • "They who say the stone is a god; in vain is their service. He who falls at the feet of the stone; vain goes his labour. My Lord ever speaks. The Lord gives gifts to all the living beings. The Lord is within, but the blind one knows not. Deluded by doubt, he is caught in a noose. The stone speaks not, nor gives anything. In vain are the ceremonies of the idolater, and fruitless his service."
    • (Guru Arjan Dev, Bhairo, pg. 1160)
  • "Abandon lust, wrath, avarice and worldly love. Thus be rid of both birth and death. Distress and darkness shall depart from thy home, when, within thee, the Guru implants wisdom and lights the Divine lamp. He, who serves the Lord crosses the sea of life. Through the Guru, O slave Nanak, the entire world is saved."
    • (Guru Arjan Dev, Gauri, pg. 241)
  • "Many Shashtras and many Simirtis have I seen and searched them all. Nanak, they equal not Lord God's invaluable Name."
    • (Guru Arjan Dev, Gauri, pg. 265)

Quotes from ScholarsEdit

  • "No understanding and appreciation of Sikhism is possible unless one has a clear and proper picture of the religious doctrines and thought that had been accepted, and the traditions and trends that had been established in the country, before Guru Nanak appeared on the scene."
    • Daljeet Singh, Sikhism: A Comparative Study of Its Theology and Mysticism, Singh Brothers, Amritsar, 1994, P. 320
  • "Guru Nanak regarded Hindu and Islamic beliefs as ‘fundamentally wrong', and that the religion of Guru Nanak is not a synthesis of Hindu and Islamic beliefs. We know indeed that Guru Nanak looks upon contemporary religion in terms of the Brahmanical, the ascetical and the Islamic tradition; all the three stand bracketed, and none of them is authoritative for Guru Nanak.
    • McLeod, W.H., Guru Nanak and the Sikh Religion, Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1968.
  • "The holy Granth (SGGS) is the only inter-communal book in India, if not in the world.
    • Teja Singh, The Holy Granth, Punjabi University, Paitala, 1985.
  • "Sikh Gurus adopted the names like Rama and Krishna derived from Indian mythology for God as these were current among the Indian people and had become synonymous with God in common speech. Thus, Rama, the name of hero-prince in Ramayana, had become the most popular term for God. In Guru Granth Sahib, Ram-Nam means literally God’s name and implies devotion, prayer, meditation. Rama is used to designate God by Guru Nanak in Japuji.
    • G.S. Talib, Teachings of Guru Nanak Dev (edited by Taran Singh), Punjabi University, Patiala 1977, P.27.
  • "The Guru sahib had rejected the Vedas calling them creators of discord, preachers of sin and a treasure of worldly greed that takes one away from God. And he had called the followers of the Vedas as selfish liars who shall be punished by angels of death."
    • Pandit Kartar Singh Dakha (1888-1958), Sri Guru Vyakaran Panchayan - Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji da Shiromani Vyakaran, 1935
  • Guru Nanak never accepted and respected the authenticity of the Vedas as is done by the Vedic people. He did not believe the Vedas to be ‘revealed books’ nor did he believe the Vedic dogmas taught the whole truth."
    • Prof. Sher Singh MSc - Guru Nanak The Saviour of the world (1469-1538), published 1935.
  • Most of the ‘Gurbani’ deals with the refutation of Hinduism. It preaches very effectively against the superstitious Hindu ideology."
    • Late Giani Lal Singh, Kakar Philosophy(2004), Isbn 81-7601-601-2.

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