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The word Sikh literally means "a learner" and is derived from the Sanskrit word "shishya" which means disciple. In the Punjabi language "Sikh" also means to learn. A Sikh is a disciple of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. Exalted thought needs to be transported on the vehicle of language to reach the masses. Poetic expression lifts prose to a higher plane. When verse and music meld, their beauty and sweetness makes mind transcend the humdrum of rational existence.
The sacred verses of Sri Guru Granth Sahib are called Gurbani, which means the Guru's Word or the Divine Messages enshrined in the Hymns of Sri Guru Granth Sahib. In Sikhism, the Guru is the 'Wisdom of the Word' and not a human or a book. God revealed the Word through Bhagats or holy people of all faiths and also the Gurus who in turn enshrined the Message in the beautiful prose of the Eternal Guru Granth Sahib.
Ik-Oankaar - "There is Only One God". The first two words in the Guru Granth Sahib & one of the cornerstones of Sikhism.
The Khanda is the insignia of the Sikhs. It reflects some of the fundamental concepts of Sikhism. The symbol derives its name from the double-edged sword (also called a Khanda) which appears at the centre of the logo.
Guru Nanak, the founder of the faith, summed up the basis of Sikh lifestyle in three requirements: Naam Japo (meditate on the Holy Name), Kirat Karni (work honestly) and Wand kay Shako (share one's fruits with those in need).