Sidak - a SikhRI initiative - Sikh Research Institute

Sidak - a SikhRI initiative

Established in 2003 and located in San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A., SikhRI is a non-profit, faith-based initiative whose mission is to "facilitate training and development while inspiring Sikh values.

We passionately believe that the teachings and principles revealed to the Ten Nanaks, or Sikh Gurus, have a lot to offer to the humanity and must be promoted with determination. We are confident that the solutions to our community’s contemporary problems lie within these very values. To that end, we recognize the need to constantly develop innovative, effective responses to inter- and extra- Sikh struggles using the paradigm sustained in our rich and glorious tradition.

We believe in generating solutions that are built upon our community’s spiritual, social, economic, and political heritage to produce a stronger, freer, and more prosperous Sikh Nation that is in turn able to fruitfully contribute to the global community. This, we believe, is the way to celebrate Sikh heritage!

By inspiring Sikh values, our institutional mission earnestly seeks to heighten individual and communal awareness in all spheres of life. We endeavor to provide a platform for intensive dialogue in a stimulating atmosphere where commitment to excellence is expected and the full realization of human potential is pursued. Such discourse and training witnesses the transformation of family life, social relationships, civic duty, and service to humanity.

Our approach to learning Sikhi and sharing with the Sikh community is primarily through the interpretation of Gurmat, a term that describes the wisdom of the Guru, the one who takes an individual from ignorance to transcendent enlightenment. Gurmat consists of the confluence of bani, tvarikh, and rahit. That is, respectively, scriptural directives, historical precedents, and a code of ethics. Bani most readily refers to Guru Granth Sahib, the sacred scripture of the Sikhs, as the embodiment of Sikh teachings.

It embraces those parts of universal cultures that have the potentialities to be charitable, sublime, and impartial, and admit no hegemonic influence that may disturb the flow of its spiritual message. Tvarikh includes historical traditions that celebrate the prophet-genius of the Guru-. It also borrows insight from the lives of Sikhs in the company of the Guru-. Rahit, which provides details on how a Sikh should live, encompasses the wholeness of life and raises it to transcendental purity. Additionally, we utilize the synergy of other faiths, traditions, and philosophies that further the realization of divine potential within each individual as long as they do not contradict with Gurmat.

Sikh values, create global awareness of Sikhi, and deliver solutions to the key challenges faced by the Sikh community.



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