Guidance for Life
Sikhs consider that beliefs must translate into action as matter must be energized, maya must be charged with the Naam, the phenomenal world transformed by spiritual experience with the numinous, a fully, naturally human life.
Sikhs feel that it is essential to dissuade people from rituals based on the idea that God is mean, and encourage people to experiment with the Generous Reality.
Sikhs believe that God is not limited to one people, religion or language. Therefore, there should not be boundaries as we are all part of one humanity – there are no outsiders.
Regarding the martyrdom of the Ninth Guru (Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji 1621-1675) for leading a non-violent political campaign, Sikh scripture says that:
Tegh Bahadur broke the mortal vessel of his body by striking it at the head of the Emperor of Delhi and retreated to his ‘Original Abode’, the God. Truly incomparable is this great deed done to assert and protect three basic human rights: the first, to secure for everyone the liberty to worship; the second, to uphold the inviolable dignity of every person’s private and personal point of contact with God and their right to observe dharma, what they conceive as basic principles of cosmic or individual existence, and the third to uphold every good person’s imprescriptible right to pursue their own vision of happiness and self-fulfilment (Dasam Granth, 54).
Regarding the organization of society:
Henceforth: such is the Will of God: No one shall coerce another, no one shall exploit another Everyone, each individual, has the inalienable birth-right to seek and pursue happiness and self-fulfilment. Love and persuasion is the only law of social coherence (Guru Granth Sahib Ji: 74).
Sikhs have an active obligation to disobey any law that violates these principles, e.g. Guru Nanak Dev Ji breaking a ban on music in Baghdad, Guru Hargobind Ji commanding Sikhs to bear arms and ride horses in violation of Islamic law on dhimmitude.
Sikhs believe that progress in the world will be based on the spiritual sovereignty of the individual.