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Sikhism is a monotheistic faith, which was founded by Guru Nanak Dev Ji (1469 - 1539) and shaped by his nine successors in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in South Asia. Sikhism is not a sect of Hinduism or Islam, or synthesis of these two faiths.

Sikhs are a people sharing common religious, social and political institutions. Twenty five million people worldwide identify themselves as adherents of the Sikh faith, making it the fifth largest world-religion. Word "Sikh" means disciple of the true (absolute) guru. A Sikh is a person whose faith consists of belief in One God and who follows the teachings of Guru Granth Sahib, the present guru of Sikhs.
For Sikhs, the "Guru" is the exalted master who shows the way to enlightenment and union with god. There were 10 Gurus in the human form from Guru Nanak to Guru Gobind Singh who developed the faith and moulded the Sikh community. Guru Granth Sahib (sacred text), the scriptural embodiment of over two centuries of spiritual teaching and instructions became the eternal Guru of the Sikhs, ending the human lineage of Guru. Sikhs consider the message contained within the scripture to be the living word of God, communicated directly through the enlightened Gurus and Saints. Guru Granth Sahib teaches through divine bani (words of god) that are set to a formal system of Sikh classical music. In the compilation of the Sikh scripture, the Gurus included the hymns of many non- Sikh spiritual guides from diverse religious traditions, making Guru Granth Sahib truly universal.
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