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Baha'i versus Sikhism comparison chart
Edit this comparison chartBaha'iSikhism
Place of worship "House of Worship" (i.e. Temple) or any other place. Gurdwara for congregational worship. Anyone may enter a Gurdwara, however-no matter their faith, caste, or skin color. Personal worship can be done in any place at any time. God resides in everything and everyone.
Use of statues and pictures Baha'is do not pray to them. They do not have pictures of Baha'u'llah in their homes and can only see Him when they go on pilgrimage to Israel. Bahais do not worship names and attributes, but worship the Essence who is beyond understanding Not allowed as considered Idolatry. Pictures of the Sikh Gurus are considered Idolatry and are not accepted from a religious perspective. Gurus maybe praised because they are equivalent to God.
Practices Working in economy in service of people; and prayer, and fasting. "Feast" and Holy Day observances are practiced. All Baha'is teach the Faith and many participate in Study Circles in various locations throughout the world Daily prayers. The three pillars of Sikhism are: a) To remember God at all times which includes being thankful to God for what you have been given, b) To live your life honestly/with integrity and c) Sharing what you have with those less fortunate.
Place of origin Persia (Shiraz, Iran (by the Bab) and Tehran, Iran (private by Bahaullah)), and Baghdad, Iraq (public by Bahaullah). Buried in Israel. Punjab, in an area which was partitioned into modern-day Pakistan. Sikhs are now predominant in Indian-Punjab.
Clergy Baha'is have no clergy and Baha'u'llah's writings may be seens as anti-clerical by blaming religious leaders to have always rejected the coming of the promised ones of their religions. The Granthi is appointed as one take care of Guru Granth Sahib besides No clergy. Raagi who sings the Granth Sahib Baani in Respective Raagas.
Means of salvation Through God's Manifestations. Bahaullah says it is impossible to believe in Him and disobey His laws. Surprisingly, Bahaullah says no one knows his own end (i.e. whether one is saved or not). We must do our best to love and obey the Manifestation Worship God, do Good Deeds in the name of God, performing service for community. Fight 5 evils (5 sins) - Greed, Ego, Attachment, Anger, and Lust. Meditate, pray, and improve your relationship with God and God will forgive, cleanse, and save you.
Belief of God One God who is beyond understanding and attributes (and even beyond existence itself). We know God only through His Manifestations (theism) and manifestations in creation (monism), though other methods of knowledge are also true. Relativity of truth. Monotheism
Life after death Unknown. Each person is on a continuum toward God, but no one knows for sure who's closer, not even Bahais. Baha'u'llah taught that the encounter with God promised in religions took place on earth with Baha'u'llah's appearance. A constant cycle of reincarnation until enlightenment is reached. Sikhs believe that there are 8,400,000 forms of life and that many souls have to travel though a number of these before they can reach Waheguru. The goal is to merge with God.
Founder Baha'u'llah, and His Herald the Bab Guru Nanak Dev Ji
Second coming of Jesus Baha'u'llah is the return of Christ in the glory of the Father to Whom Jesus prayed from the Cross (i.e. Bahaullah is the coming of the Speaker on Mount Sinai). He is the Promised One of all major world religions for this day -- the Day of God Irrelevant
About Baha'i Faith believes in oneness, equality and unity of mankind, and has ushered in the Era of the unification of the world. A Religion spread by 10 Gurus to preach to worship one creator
Human Nature Man is born in the image of perfection, with potential to exhibit all Divine attributes. We have free will to fulfill our potential. Bahaullah writes that man cannot be static, so if we are not progressing, then we must be regressing. People are essentially good; the divine spark within them needs only to be fanned into a flame of goodness. Sinning is following the veil of illusion "Maya". Karma is unavoidably paid f you sin.
Goal of religion We are born to know, love, and worship God; and to recognize His Manifestation for our era (who in this day is Baha'u'llah). Baha'u'llah is the Promised One and Goal of religions. To merge with and have the greatest relationship with God possible. To love and obey God unconditionally. Guru Nanak Dev Ji stressed that we should not be afraid of God's wrath, but instead be afraid of not receiving the full benefits of God's love.
Definition Follower of Baha'u'llah. Disciple, student or learner of God.
Marriage Laws are only applicable to Bahais. They're described in the Book of Aqdas. Non-Bahais are not required to follow any Bahai laws. Laws include parental consent, the right to choose partner, reading special verses, requirement of 2 Bahai witnesses, et Marriage can be arranged or it can be a love marriage. Monogamistic, against premarital sex. Marriage is the merging of two souls as one.
Ressurection of Jesus Viewed metaphorically, rather than literally. N/A
Concept of Deity God in His Essence is beyond oneness and even attributes. But His attributes are recognized in His Manifestations. God is unknowable so we can know of God only through the Manifestation. Baha'u'llah is the Appearance of God promised in all religions. Belief in one God and teachings of the Sikh Gurus. Gurus are the messengers of God.
Population 8 million. But in another sense, all human beings are born Bahais whether they know it or not. 30 million
Identity of Jesus A divine Manifestation of God. He embodied all of God's Attributes. He is regarded as the "Spirit of God" and the "Word of God". Bahaullah claims to be the Father of The Spirit of Christ. Jesus is looked as a "saint". Sikhs do not believe that Jesus is God because Sikhism teaches that God is neither born, nor dead. Jesus was born and lived a human life, therefore, he cannot be God. However, Sikhs still show respect to all beliefs.
View of other Dharmic religions Moses, Abraham, Krishna, Buddha, Zoroaster, Jesus, Muhammad and the Bab (a Twin Manifestation with Baha'u'llah and His Herald). Sikhs respect other Dharmic religions.
Literal Meaning A Baha'i means one who is a follower of Baha (Glory/Splendor), or one who believes in "Baha" as the Greatest Name of God. "Baha" (Baha'u'llah) is believed to be that Glory that appeared to Moses and spoke to him on Mount Sinai. Sikh means "Student" in Persian-Punjabi. It Means To Learn.Sikh means a person who learn all his life from others.
Status of Adam Adam symbolizes the first Manifestation of God sent to humanity. Another symbolism is that Adam represents the spirit of man and Eve represents the body of man. Only God knows who was created first and who will be created last. Most likely the first Guru on earth as a fish form.
Principle All religions should become one world religion (unity in diversity), its better to have no religion than religion that leads to disagreement and war. Science and religion are both ways to understand. The Promised Time is Here. The worship of the One God through prayer and devotion. Sikhs are required to meditate on God's name to clear their mind and eliminate the 5 evils. Meditation is also used to bring oneself closer to God.
Angels Angels are symbolic for stand-out human beings with great spiritual qualities. N/A
Time of origin 1844 AD. (Bab), 1852 AD. (private Bahaullah) and 1863 AD. (public Bahaullah) 1469 AD.
Rites No mandatory rituals, but Baha'u'llah and Abdu'l-Baha gave Baha'is many instructions. Amrit Sanchar (Being Initiated into the Khalsa. Equivalent to baptism).
Status of women Equality of men and women. No veils nor inferior status as in other religions. Spirit of God is often embodied in a Female form in Bahai scriptures, with whom Bahaullah has mystical and spiritual bond. Sikhism teaches that men and women are 100% equal in the eyes of God. Women have the exact same rights as men and are to be respected and honored. God loves both equally and neither is better than the other.
View of the Buddha A divine manifestation of God. There is an important person in Sikhism who is called Buddha.
Legislation Universal House of Justice , in Haifa Israel. The UHJ decisions are without error. Panj Pyare, (Akal Takht is meeting place)
Day of worship Every 19 days is a Feast Day, similar to Sunday for Christians. Feasts are conducted in various believers homes with a spiritual portion, a business portion and fellowship following it all. The Baha'is have their own calendar with Holy Days as well. Every day Sikhs worship the one God at their homes, even with or without a Gurdwara service.
Followers Baha'is. Sikhs
Authority of Dalai Lama N/A. N/A.
Religious Law Baha'is have a book of laws they must follow, the "Most Holy Book" the Kitab-i-Aqdas. No necessary laws but a sikh may follow the 3 rules of their life such as 1)Naam Japna (remember/meditate on God) 2)Vand K Shakhna (give to those who need it) 3)Kirat Karna (earn by honest means).
Status of Muhammad Seal of Prophets, Great and Last Messenger of God, Manifestation of God's attributes like the others. He is the Last Messenger of God before the coming of the Bab and then Bahaullah. Saint, a guru of time. He is mentioned in Sikhism- but is used to name the guru incarnate of god.(irrelevant to some)
Clothes Encouraged to dress modestly so as not to become a toy for the perverse. Dress s left up to conscience of the people and according to customs of each culture. Men should wear turbans and women are permitted to wear turbans or scarfs if they so desire, once baptized. In addition to that, they wear the five articles of faith: Kesh(uncut hair), Kanga(comb), Kara(metal bangle), Kirpan(dagger), Kachera(shorts).
Direction of Prayer None, Bahais pray in all directions as God is location-less. For obligatory Prayers, Bahais face the location of the temple (human body) of Promised One of all religions, Bahaullah, who is now buried in Bahji, Israel. Sikh's reject the notion of fixed direction of Prayer as God is everywhere.
Concept of God Beyond understanding. One God who is beyond understanding and attributes. We know God only through His Manifestations and through all of creation (i.e. we know the Sun because of its light). Self Created, Indestructible, Unborn, Creater of Universe, Guru Nanak is God and Manifest.
God's role in salvation In this Era it is important that each person recognize Baha'u'llah. Although people can get to Heaven through other religions and Manifestations. Baha'i writings reject original sin. God is generous and loving. mankind will reincarnate until he becomes a Sikh and achieves paradise.
View of other Abrahamic religions The Prophets of the Abrahamic religions are manifestations of God. The line of Abrahamic prophets are listed in the Bible and Quran. They all came to prepare mankind for the Day of God, the Encounter with God. All faiths will get what they work towards. Sikhism does not condemn others to Hell or say if you are not Sikh you are eternally damned. Sikhs prays for "Sarbat Da Bhala", meaning the good and prosperity of all Humanity regardless of differences.
Branches Universal House of Justice, Orthodox, Reform, Caravan of East & West, Udasis – An order of ascetics & holy men who follow Guru Nanak's son Baba Sri Chand. Sahajdharis – who are clean shaven but have chosen the path of Sikhism & eventual baptism. The Khalsa, who are baptized and follow the traditional practices of S
Prophet All the Founders of the different world religions are Prophets. The cycle beginning with Adam ended with Muhammad as the Seal of Prophets, a new Cycle began with the Bab and Baha'u'llah that transcends Prophethood. No prophets in Sikhism only direct relation with God with no mediator. No Prophets but Gurus existed.
Geographical predominance Widespread across the globe. More than 2,100 different ethnic and tribal groups are represented. The Baha'i Faith is illegal and suppressed in most Middle Eastern countries. Indian Punjab, hundreds of thousands in the US, Canada, UK , Europe, Africa, Australia, New Zealand and elsewhere.
View of Animistic religions Baha'is believe that all religions should unite and become one religion, but that they still worship the same one God. Sikhism respects animistic religions.
Teachings about Behavior Deeds are greater than words, even death is better than words without deeds. Never Commit any sin always do good thing and praise god's name.
Views about other religions Sent by God to communities throughout the work in past times. All religions are equal, 15 of the legendary saints in sikhism (Bhagats), in the Sikh Guru, have came from different religions and reflect its universality.

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