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Mystics in Sikhism
Sikhism does have a tradition of mysticism. Within Sikhism, mysticism is often referred to as “Sant Mat” or the “Path of the Saints.” Sikh mystics, known as “sants” or “bhagats,” have played a significant role in shaping the spiritual and philosophical aspects of the Sikh tradition.
Sikh mysticism emphasizes the direct experience of the divine through devotion, meditation, and living a virtuous life. The goal of Sikh mystics is to attain a state of union with the divine, often referred to as “merging with the Divine Light” or “realizing the Ultimate Reality.” This experience of oneness with the divine is considered the ultimate purpose of human existence.
Prominent Sikh mystics include Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder of Sikhism, who had profound mystical experiences and composed devotional poetry known as “Shabads.” Other notable mystics in Sikhism include Kabir, Farid, Namdev, Ravidas, and others, whose devotional verses are included in the Sikh scripture, the Guru Granth Sahib.
Sikh mystics emphasize the importance of love, compassion, selfless service (seva), and remembrance of the divine (simran) as a means to achieve spiritual awakening and union with the divine. Their teachings often highlight the unity of all religions and the universality of the divine experience.
It is worth noting that while mysticism is a significant aspect of Sikhism, it is not the only aspect. Sikhism also places emphasis on ethical living, social justice, equality, and the practice of the “Sikh way of life” known as “Sikhi.”
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