The Sikh Society of Dayton is celebrating Khalsa Day (Vaisakhi Gurpurab) this coming week-end. This is one of the most important events in the Sikh calendar because on this day the Order of the Khalsa was founded in 1699 by Sikhs’ 10th Guru, Guru Gobind Singh. Sikhs vowed to stand up against oppression and fight for the basic human rights of justice and equality for all. Out of deep love for the divine Guru, Sikhs accepted the unique identity of Saint-Soldier on that day.

The Sikh Gurus preached the doctrine of ‘Naam Japo’, ‘Kirt Karo’, and ‘Wand Chako’, i.e., meditate in the name of God, earn an honest living and share the fruit of one’s labor with those who are less fortunate.

Guru Nanak, the first Sikh Guru, proclaimed that the Creator and the Merciful, the Provider and the Gracious are names of the same God who has no gender, and is free from the cycle of birth and death. Guru Nanak treated all with equal respect, irrespective of their color, gender, faith or social status. He gave women the utmost reverence for their role in the family and society, at a time when this was not a common view.

Guru Nanak gave the message, “Truth is high, and higher still is truthful living.” A Sikh loves all creation as God’s own manifestation. Acceptance of all faiths and interfaith tolerance and understanding are basic to this faith.

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