Sikhs believe in the cycle of birth,
life, death and rebirth, as well as the concept of karma, in which
the quality of a person's life is affected by how he/she behaved in his/her
previous life. To escape this reincarnation cycle, the Sikh must
become one with God and reach a state of liberation known as mukti,
which corresponds to the Hindu state of moksha.
Other beliefs of Sikhism include:
- God has no form or gender.
- All believers are equal before
- All believers have direct access
- Salvation is the result of the
- God is inside every person, good
- An ordinary life is the way to
God, rather than the life of a hermit.
Traditionally, yoga has not been an
accepted practice in Sikhism, and there is a strongly-held belief
among some mainstream Sikhs that yoga is incompatible with their
religion. However, there are those who cite "Gurbani" (Sikhism's holy
texts) to support yoga as an accepted practice, specifically yoga's
goal of union with the Divine. In fact, the evolution of Sikhism was
influenced by the Bhakti yoga movement.