Indianapolis Sikh Describes His Faith

June 24, 2006

Source: The Indianapolis Star

On June 24, 2006 The Indianapolis Star reported on local practices of Sikhism in a question and answer format with Pritam Singh, head priest of the Sikh Satsang of Indianapolis: "Question: Sikhism is one of the world's newer religions, with its origins in Pakistan. Can you tell me how it was founded? Answer: The founder of Sikhism was Guru Nanak Dev Ji. He was born in 1469 in Nankana Sahib in Pakistan. The Sikh religion was founded 500 years ago. It has 20 million followers worldwide and is ranked as the world's fifth-largest religion. It preaches a message of devotion and remembrance of God at all times. It is open to all through the teachings of 10 Gurus in the Sikh holy book, Sri Guru Granth Sahib. Q. Tell me about the Guru Granth Sahib and some of its central tenets. A. Guru Granth Sahib is a religious scripture just like the Bible. In this, you can read details about God and learn what is God and how to meet God. People who have already seen the light can learn what is their place in this world. And people who have not yet found God can learn what is their place in this world... Q: Tell me about the Sikh community in Indianapolis. How big is it? And how was your place of worship, or satsang, founded? A: There are 500 Sikh families in Indianapolis. The satsang was founded in February 1999."