Guru Arjan

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  • Guru Arjan: The development of Sikhism
  • Guru Arjan: The Development of Sikhism
    • He was the first Sikh martyr, he died faithful to the teachings of Guru Nanak
      • Refused to move all Islamic and Hindu references from the Adi Granth and was tortured to death
      • His martyrdom is considered a watershed event in the history of Sikhism
    • He declared that Sikhs should donate 10% of their earnings to charity (dasvand)
      • This money financed the building of Gurdwaras and langars
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    • He laid the foundation for the Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib) in Amritsar
      • The temple was built on as low an elevation as possible as he believed that humility is a great virtue
      • He designed the four doors in a Gurdwara and proclaimed that "my faith is for the people of all castes and all creeds from whichever direction they come to and whichever direction they bow"
        • The Temple was a physical focus for Sikh spirituality
      • The Adi Granth was installed in the Temple
    • He compiled the first official edition of the Sikh scripture called the Adi Granth
      • It included the compositions of both Hindu and Muslim saints
    • He laid the foundations of the new township called Kartapur
      • He constructed the Ram Das Sarovar, the pool where many bathers may remove all ills and impurities
    • He is the embodiment of Godly devotion, selfless service and universal love
      • Teasure of celestial knowledge and spiritual excellence
  • He compiled the first official edition of the Sikh scripture called the Adi Granth
    • It included the compositions of both Hindu and Muslim saints

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