Voice of Sikhs

Sikh culture calls for selfless service to community and nation. SikhsPAC exists to provide the resources needed to enable this service through support for local, state and national candidates for public office. From the smallest town halls to the Oval Office, SikhsPAC aims to spread core values of equality and justice for all.

Voice for Humanity & Diversity

Sikhism embraces teachings from all religions and cultures. In a world divided by sectarian discord, SikhsPAC seeks to promote understanding and cooperation among Americans of all cultures including Sikhs, Christians, Muslims, Buddhist and Hindus. All life on earth is sacred from the poorest child to the most successful businessman. Sikhism is devoted to justice and service to all, regardless of class or creed. SikhsPAC supports efforts to promote these values within the United States and across the globe.

Voice for Interfaith & Economic Development

Sikhs represent the fastest growing business community in Indiana and the United States. More than 7,000 Indiana Sikhs own over 3,000 businesses in Indiana. Many of these individuals maintain strong ties with major industry leaders in India. Sikhs are also pioneers of interfaith dialogue. The Guru Granth Sahib or Sikh holy book contains writings and wisdom from many religious and cultural traditions. These teachings promote a strong sense of respect for all faiths and cultures.

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To raise awareness of Sikh culture, identities and values

At its core, SikhsPAC is an organization dedicated to translating the values of Sikh culture into the political arena though contributions to Sikh-minded candidates and educational programming aimed at informing the public of Sikh’s unique role in American history.

To pave the way for Sikh involvement in American politics.

Selfless service to nation and community are important values in Sikh tradition. SikhsPAC exists to enable this service through contributions to Sikh candidates for public office at the local, state and national levels.

To prepare Sikh youth for a future in public office

SikhsPAC supports future leaders by providing educational opportunities to Sikh youth interested in engaging with the political process through internships and outreach programming.

To ensure Sikh history and culture in public education

For more than a century, Sikhs have been an important part of the fabric of American life. SikhsPAC will ensure these contributions remain at the forefront of the American psyche through efforts to bring Sikh history into public schools.

To promote diversity through interfaith dialogue

Sikh culture has always valued the world’s diverse religious traditions. SikhsPAC will be an advocate for interfaith dialogue between members of all faiths and cultures.

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The Sikh community has been quietly contributing to the fabric of American life for more than a century. From serving in the military to working on the construction of the first transcontinental railroads, Sikhs have been at the foundation of many great American endeavors.

Help this group grow and prosper through membership in SikhsPAC.

SikhsPAC is a nonpartisan political action committee devoted to support for candidates who follow Sikh values of honesty, service, compassion, humility and reverence in their daily lives.

Funds contributed to this organization will be used to support Sikh and Sikh-minded candidates at the local, state and national levels. These funds will also be used to finance outreach program exploring Sikhism’s rich American heritage and promoting understanding and peace among members of all faiths.

So make your donation today and become a member of SikhsPAC, the first political action committee in American history devoted to the interests of Sikhs living in the United States.

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Religious Tolerance

Sikh custom holds that no single religion contains all divine truth. Consequently, members of the Sikh community frequently study and even practice other faiths. The Guru Granth Sahib or Sikh holy book contains passages from Hindu and Islamic scholars.

Five Virtues

SikhsPAC’s mission closely aligns with the traditional five major virtues within Sikh tradition. In Sanskrit, these virtues are identified as Sat (Truth), Santokh (Contentment), Daya (Compassion), Nimrata (Humility), and Pyar (Love).

Naming Conventions

The names of all male members of the Sikh community contain the name Singh. Female members of the community incorporate the name Kaur. This tradition arose in opposition to the caste system widely practiced in many areas of India.

Music

Music plays a key role in Sikh practice with many services involving ritual singing of passages from the Guru Granth Sahib. For many members of the community this singing represents a powerful meditative practice.

Equality of Gender

Sikh tradition regards women as equal in all activities to men. All positions of within the gurdwara or Sikh place of worship are open to both men and women and Sikhs of both genders are encouraged to actively ensure equality among all.

Five Articles of Faith

All Sikhs wear five articles at all times. In Sanskrit, these items are called Kesh (uncut hair), Kangha (wooden hairbrush), Kara (metal bracelet), Kachera (special undergarment) and Kirpan (straight sword).

Selfless Service

Within Sikh tradition, meditation without service and action is empty. In fact, selfless service and charity are considered key to removing spiritual obstacles to meaningful meditation

The Illusory World

Sikh tradition holds that the world as it appears is transitory and illusory. Reality can only be found through selfless contemplation of God.

Equality of Race & Nationality

Emperor or urchin, all are equal in Sikh tradition. Regardless of race, nationality, creed or culture, Sikhs view all humans as equal in the eyes of God.

Free Community Kitchen

Sikhs run the largest charitable kitchen in the world serving more than 100,000 free meals per day. This is only the biggest of the Langar or Sikh holy kitchens. Commonly held tradition states that prayer is impossible on an empty stomach.

Khanda

SikhsPAC’s logo incorporates the Khanda or military emblem of the Sikhs. The image incorporates two kirpan (traditional knives worn by all Sikhs) and a chakkar (a circular throwing weapon commonly used in medieval India) bisected by a khanda (an Indian broadsword).

Diaspora

Significant Sikh populations can be found on all continents around the world. From Afghanistan to Mexico, there are 25 million Sikhs worldwide with more than 750,000 living in the US. Much of this migration resulted from labor markets opened during British colonial rule in India.

Words of Wisdom

"Truth is high, but higher still is truthful living."

Guru Nanak

"Recognize the human race as one."

Guru Gobind Singh

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