3 Golden Rules of Sikhism, Tenets and Fundamental Principles

Three Pillars of Sikh Faith

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Did you know that the 3 Golden Rules of Sikhism originated with Guru Nanak?

Sikhism has its beginnings in northern Panjab in the late 15th Century. Nanak Dev, the first guru, born to a Hindu family, showed a deep spiritual nature from early childhood. As he matured and became absorbed in meditation, he questioned Hindu rituals, idolatry and the rigidity of the caste system. His closest companion, a minstrel named Mardana, came from a Muslim family. They traveled together extensively for more than 25 years. Nanak sang hymns he composed in devotion of one God. Mardana accompanied him by playing the Rabab, a stringed instrument. Together they developed and taught three fundamental principles.

Naam Japna 

Remembering God through meditation all times of day and night during each and every activity:

Kirat Karo 

Earning a livelihood by means of earnest, honest efforts, and endeavors:

Vand Chakko 

Selflessly serving others, sharing income and resources including foodstuffs or other goods: