What is the story behind the Origin of Sikhism? I mean why did Sikhism come into existence?


Sikh aspirant, I really respect your thoughts. I know every religion or Panth is prepared on some principles and morals. So I too agree that Sikhism did not only come into existence only for protecting Hindus. Guru Nanak also wanted to bring some changes in bad practices of that time in Hinduism. As worshiping idols in Bheda Buddhi. But it doesn't mean that idol-worshiping is wrong. The way people doing idol worshiping was wrong. That is why Kabeer and Nanak didn't have any problem with Meera and Tulsi who were also idolators but of different type. Nanak was more than a Guru. He had a very insightful approach in Vedic and Laukik literature of Hinduism. The way he put Sankhya and Adwait in Guru Granth Sahib in its more intrinsic and genuine form is very admirable. Along with Adwait, he also used the words like Rama and Krishna, That denotes the real Sakara Bhakti. Later people made its different meanings and try to alienate these two religions.

Update 2:

Guru Govind Singh from Sikhism wrote in his poem against Muslims, “Jagai Dharma Hindu, Sabhi Bhanda Bhajai (May Hinduism wake up and May all pimps run away)”

So Hindus should also stop telling Buddhist and Sikhs as a part of Hinduism. Nor they should try to prove themselves ancestor.

I think we should say that we are from Dharmic religion whose source is the Vedas and Vedic culture. Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhist etc. are siblings who are directly or indirectly related to Arya tradition.

Update 3:

I don't think that Sikhism is a Panth or sect. It is a religion because it has a large number followers like Buddhism that makes it a religion not sect.But I do admit that it is from Dharmic family, not from Abrahmic family. I saw the pics of Lakshmi, Ganesh and Kali at the homes of many Jains and Sikhs. So these religions have some connection. Moreover the Vedas are the source of all Dharmic religions. It is not right to say that the Vedas are the private property of Hindus. Like other Dharmic religions, Hinduism also borrows from the Vedas and the Sanksrit. But we don't hesitate to say that we are Vedic like other Dharmic religions.

Sikh aspirant, think of the time, when Nanak started this religion. There will be a few sikhs and at that time it was a sect. Gugu Gobind singh himself used the word Hindu many times. Because bringing Chetana in Hindus was a prime motto of him.

13 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    Sikhism is a panthh of Hinduism and sikhs were a uniformed army of hindus to protect India.

    those who dont accept it, i challenge them to show even one verse from Guru Granthh sahib, which says Sikhism is a religion and not a panth

    No consensus exists on the origins of this religion.

    Historians and specialists in Eastern religions generally believe that Sikhism is a syncretistic religion, originally related to the Bhakti movement within Hinduism and the Sufi branch of Islam, to which many independent beliefs and practices were added.

    Some Sikhs believe that their religion is a re-purification of Hinduism; they view Sikhism as part of the Hindu religious tradition.

    Many Sikhs disagree; they believe that their religion is a direct revelation from God - a religion that was not derived from either Hinduism or Islam.

    Sikhism does contain many unique postulates and principles that are quite different from both Hinduism and Islam. Joseph D. Cunningham (1812-1851), the author of "A History of the Sikhs" (1848), observed: "It has been usual to regard the Sikhs as essentially Hindu... yet in religious faith and worldly aspiration, they are wholly different from other Indians, and they are bound together by an objective unknown elsewhere."

    The founder of Sikhism was Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, (1469-1538) who was born in the Punjab area of what is now Pakistan. At Sultanpur, he received a vision to preach the way to enlightenment and God. He is responsible for the saying "There is no Hindu, there is no Muslim" which has since become one of the pillars of Sikhism. He taught a strict monotheism, the brotherhood of humanity. He rejected idol worship, and the Hindu concept of caste. Guru Nanak and Panth (his followers) later built the first Sikh temple at Katarpur.

    A succession of nine Gurus (regarded as reincarnations of Guru Nanak) led the movement during the period from Guru Nanak's death until 1708. At that time, the functions of the Guru passed to the Panth and to the holy text, considered the 11th Guru.

    Mogul emperors ruled a large area of South Asia from the 16th century until the end of the 18th century. They attempted to convert the Sikhs to Islam, but were unsuccessful. It has been said of one of the Sikh Gurus (considered by many Sikhs to have been the last guru) that "Had there been no Guru Gobind Singh, the entire country would have gotten circumcised" i.e. been converted to Islam.

    In 1801, the Sikh state of Punjab was founded in Northern India by Maharaja Ranjit Singh. According to a historian Vincent Smith, "The Punjab State was neither a traditional Indian territorial State and monarchy, nor merely a dictatorship of one community over another. There was an element of partnership with other communities."

    An invasion by Great Britain triggered the Sikh Wars (1845-1849). The British successfully gained control over all of India. After independence in 1947, occupied India was partitioned on religious grounds into a mostly Muslim Pakistan and mostly Hindu India. A mass migration of Sikhs and Hindus from Pakistan to India and a reverse migration of Muslims resulted, with immense loss of life

    • Login to reply the answers
  • Rachel
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    You raise an interesting point, my brother. I'm sure that the Sikhs of the region helped preserve Hinduism by in a way making a compromise and merging the two religions together, you severely underestimate the agility of the Hindu religion to endure. You see, in Hinduism, no idea, no religious belief, is wrong. Every thing is a small part of an infinite whole. Hinduism survived Islam, Buddhism, Jainism and Christianity by absorbing those religious ideas into their own. They're kind of like the Borg from Star Trek.

    • Login to reply the answers
  • 1 decade ago


    You asked a good question but sorry to say your additional information really disappointed me. Do you really want to alienate Hinduism and Sikhism? If you are trying to do so for bringing peace among Dharmic religions, let me tell you that peace should not be brought by distorting the truth. Your are attempt will also be futile like the attempt of Gandhi who did the same in the case of Hindus and Muslims. Sikhism is nothing but Hinduism and they should accept the fact.

    I don't know why the Hindu scholars are so unpredictable.

    • Login to reply the answers
  • 1 decade ago

    Sikhism is a beautiful religion and it has its roots in hinduism !

    From Guru Nanak Devji to Guru Gobind Singhji all gurus taught Advait Vedanta and Karma Yoga together.

    They woke up hindus who had then forgotten their religion and its true values and reminded them of their philosophy

    Guru Bani is a splendid collection of superb sufi songs and valueable directions on spirituality

    Sat Sri Akal

    • Login to reply the answers
  • How do you think about the answers? You can sign in to vote the answer.
  • 1 decade ago

    I do agree with the additional detail given by you. Dear asker every change has some specific reasons behind that, nothing happens without reason. Secondly organizing Sikhs was the necessity of the time. It is true that there is God's will for every good work. But the circumstances of that time were that a strong organization was required to control injustice and cruelty. Guru Nanak Dev had incarnated since the people were helpless to find the true path to reach God and were doing false practices due to ignorance and some false saints were misguiding the people for their self motives. Under the circumstances God Himself sent Guru Nanak Dev to the earth, giving Him special powers of Him.

    आपि नराइणु कला धारि जग महि परवरियउ ॥

    Assuming power, the Primal Being, of Himself, has entered into the world in the form of the True Guru.

    निरंकारि आकारु जोति जग मंडलि करियउ ॥

    Assuming the form of Guru Amar Dass, the Formless Lord has shed light in the world realm.

    जह कह तह भरपूरु सबदु दीपकि दीपायउ ॥

    The Lord is fully pervading every-where. It is the Guru, who has lighted the lamp of His Name.

    जिह सिखह संग्रहिओ ततु हरि चरण मिलायउ ॥

    Whosoever grasps the quintessence of the Guru's instruction, him the Guru unites with the Lord's feet.

    नानक कुलि निमलु अवतरि्यउ अंगद लहणे संगि हुअ ॥

    Lehna-Angad, along with Amar Dass was born in the immaculate House of Guru Nanak.

    {{{ Bhatt Keerath, Svaiyay Mehl 5 1395 of Guru Granth Sahib }}}

    Dear asker, from 1st Guru up to Guru Arjan Dev the process of preaching people went on. But the injustice and cruelty did not stop and Guru Arjan Dev had to give sacrifice to enable the people to live good proper life. Here it was the end of the first part of sikhism

    There were the people specially Moghal emperors like Orangzeb who wanted to convert all the religions to one religion. They were of the opinion that except Islam every religion is false and who so ever was not a Muslim, was given a title of Kaafir(atheist). They did not inspire people for conversion but used force for the purpose. This was against the universal laws and humanity. The second part of sikhism started to stop them from forcible conversions, rapes assaulting and loots. Then Guru Har Gobind started to protest with sword in his hand and He was called the owner of Meeri and Peeri. The evil forces did not stop till Guru Har Krishan Sahib who had given His sacrifice in Delhi to control the Mahamaree (small pox).-Gurudwara Bangla Sahib.

    The ninth Guru Guru Teg Bahadur played a major role against forcible conversions of religions, when to save the forcible conversion of Kashmiri Pandits, He had to sacrifice in Delhi (Gurudwara Sees Ganj Chandani Chawk) That was the end of the part II and from there started the next part.

    When Guru Teg Bahadur's sacrifice information was given to Guru Gobind Singh, he asked His followers, had there not been the followers of Guruji, the disciples replied they might be but could not be identified as muslims and sikhs both keep turbans and beard, more over adequate moghal soldier were there, on this Guru Gobind Singh took a historical decision and His followers were given a proper identity with five symbols, and He also given them the ambrosial nectar (name of God) and declared Singhs (lions). Hence Guru Gobind Singh had made them from ordinary follower to organized disciplined 'Saint Soldier', who could not only worship, but could protect themselves and could also fight against evil forces in a very organized way Hence present form of Sikhs came into existence.

    ch kaar az hameh heelathae dhar guzashath || halaal asath buradhan b shamasheer dhasath || 22||

    When an affair outstrips all machinations; It is legitimate to grip the hilt of the sword.(22)

    {{{ Guru Gobind Singh, Dasam Granth 1730 }}}

    • Login to reply the answers
  • 1 decade ago

    The term "Sikh" has its origin in the Sanskrit term śiṣya, meaning "disciple". We all Hindus are Sikhs i.e. "Shishyas" of our Guru. We must always under process of learning the true spirituality.

    Great Great Guru Nanak Dev (1469–1538), founder of Sikhism, was born to Kalu Mehta and Mata Tripta, wherein the Bedi Khatri clan of a Hindu family in the village of Talwandi, now called Nankana Sahib, near Lahore.

    Guru Tegh Bahadur

    In 1675 Aurangzeb caused the matyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur. He had gone to Aurangzeb on behalf of Kashmiri Pandits, who requested him to plead against their forceful conversion. Aurangzeb asked Guru Tegh Bahadur to convert and had him executed after he refused to convert to Islam.[4] According to Kushwant Singh, when "Guru Tegh Bahadur was summoned to Delhi, he went as a protector of the Kashmiri Hindu community and encourage them to stand against the increasing oppression of the Mughals. He was executed in the year 1675. His son who succeeded him as Guru later described his father's martyrdom as in the cause of the humanity. Guru Tegh Bahadar undertook the supreme sacrifice for the protection of the most fundamental of human rights - the right of a person to freely practice his or her religion without interference or hindrance. This is why Guru Tegh Bahadur is also known as (Tegh Bahadur, Hind Di Chadar" (Tegh Bahadur, Protector of Hindus).

    Guru Tegh Bahadur is also honored by Hindus and the Guru Tegh Bahadur Martyrdom Day is also observed by many Hindus.[5]

    [edit]Maharaja Ranjit Singh

    Also called "Sher-e-Punjab" ("The Lion of the Punjab") (1780-1839) was a Sikh emperor and the founder of Sikh Empire.Ranjit Singh crowned himself as the ruler of Punjab and willed the Koh-i-noor back to its original location at Jagannath Temple in Orissa while on his deathbed in 1839.

    The term "Sikh" has its origin in the Sanskrit term śiṣya, meaning "disciple

    Thus Sikh panth is a protector of Sanatan Dharma.

    I salute all Sants and Sikh brothers.

    "Sat Shri Akaal"

    Jai Shree Ram!!!!!

    • Login to reply the answers
  • 1 decade ago

    If Sikhi is a separate religion than Hindu ,then my family has 2 separate religions !

    • Login to reply the answers
  • 1 decade ago

    Sikhism was started as a panth (panth not a religion), by 10th guru to fight the tyranny of muslims to save hindus of North India.

    thanks to sikhism, we see many hindus in northern states

    • Login to reply the answers
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Sikhism as a RELIGION came into existence because of God's will .

    Guru Nanak came in this world and mist of delusion was torn off just like how a Sun removes all darkness when it arrives .

    Unfortunately , some people ( like think Q ) above me are adamant that they won't accept Sikhism as a separate religion . It is a pantth for them .

    I can not forget even how you said " Guru Nanak and Kabeer rejects idol worship in Bhed Buddhi ".

    It would be a great fortune if one can even be dust of feet of great saints like Guru Nanak / Kabeer.

    It is a misconception that Guru Gobind Singh Ji started Sikhism as a separate religion and that before that it was a sect of Hinduism . However , these people only speak in their own pitiable manners .

    If you need more clarifications , there are a lot of websites on Sikhism/

    Next Misconception :

    Sikhism was created to save hinduism .

    My answer :

    Khalsa was not created to protect Hindus exclusively . Khalsa was for upliftment of Human values and fight against injustice , for freedom of speech and religion . Khalsa belongs to whole world , not just one religion or country .




    • Login to reply the answers
  • zahid
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Sikh History:

    The founder of Sikhism was Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, (1469-1538) who was born in the Punjab area of what is now Pakistan. At Sultanpur, he received a vision to preach the way to enlightenment and God. He is responsible for the saying "There is no Hindu, there is no Muslim" which has since become one of the pillars of Sikhism. He taught a strict monotheism, the brotherhood of humanity. He rejected idol worship, and the Hindu concept of caste. Guru Nanak and Panth (his followers) later built the first Sikh temple at Katarpur.

    A succession of nine Gurus (regarded as reincarnations of Guru Nanak) led the movement during the period from Guru Nanak's death until 1708. At that time, the functions of the Guru passed to the Panth and to the holy text, considered the 11th Guru.

    Sikh Holy Texts:

    The holy granth, the Shri Guru Granth, was initially compiled by the fifth guru, Shri Arjan Dev Ji. Subsequently, it was updated to include the writings of the sixth to ninth gurus. The tenth guru, Gobind Singh Ji assembled his writings separately into a number of books, including "Dasam Granth"

    The holy granth consists of hymns and writings by the first nine Gurus, along with religious text from different Muslim and Hindu saints like: Kabir Ji, Baba Sheik Farid Ji, Bhagat Namdev, Bhagat Rav Dass Ji, etc. The Shri Guru Granth itself is considered the 11th and final Guru, and the Sikh's holiest religious text. It was made so by Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji.

    At least two English translations are available online:

    "The Khalsa Consensus Translation [of the Guru Granth Sahib]...is regarded by some Sikh scholars as being among the finest and most accurate English translation currently available." It is available online at http://www.sikhs.org/english/frame.html

    Srigranth.org allows people to search the Sikh scriptures in English, Punjabi, Hindi and in transliteration. .......................................

    • Login to reply the answers
Still have questions? Get your answers by asking now.