India And The Birth Of Khalsa

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Background: India and the Birth of Khalsa India is a vast country with rich and varied heritage. In this unique country live followers of several religions, such as Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Jainism, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism and Sikhism. At the time of the birth of Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh religion, India was being ruled by Muslim kings. In their desire to control the population of India, these kings resorted to oppressive tactics to convert all non-Muslims to Islam. They imposed several religious taxes and expressed blatant disrespect for places of worship that did not coincide with their own, among other tactics. However, they were not alone in doing so. The Hindu pundits and Brahmins also turned to unorthodox practices by exploiting the people and forcing them to participate in expensive ceremonies and rituals. Both Hinduism and Islam were being corrupted by the greedy tendencies of those considered “religious authorities”. Guru Nanak was born in a Hindu family and retained an interest in religion. His desire to explore beyond what had been given to him led him to leave home and embark on a journey of sorts. At the age of 28, Guru Nanak went to a river to bathe and meditate and returned three days later, filled with the spirit of God. He proclaimed that “there is no Hindu and no Muslim,” and upon this he began his work as a missionary and the Sikh religion was born.
Founded in 1469 A.D. by Guru Nanak, Sikhism is the youngest of the world religions
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