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A Sikh Perspective on Judgement and Salvation

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Sikhs do not have a system in which there is any punishment, judgment or salvation. The Sikh belief is that actions on earth determine the kind of life people lead on earth. There is a concept that is known as Jivan Mukat “Those who die, and remain dead while yet alive, are said to be Jivan Mukta, liberated while yet alive.” (SGGS p. 449) The simple idea is that each individual is responsible for every look, action, word, and sentiment they express and each of these have consequences. The objective is not to live life in order to achieve or attain anything in the after life but to live truthfully in the present with Guru consciousness.
If the Sikh has devoted him/herself to Akal Purakh(Divine Creator) and lives in accordance to the discipline then the creator becomes responsible for his/her Sikh.
Sikhs are taught to operate from a neutral mind, not to have pre-conceived views or make judgments about others. The teachings condemn this kind of behaviour.
“He slanders others, and pollutes himself with his own filth.”
(SGGS p. 88)


In fact the teachings encourage Sikhs to take active steps not to participate in negative judgments passed on or by others but rather take a stand by not participating in it.
“The slanderers and evil-doers cannot see this glorious greatness; they do not appreciate the goodness of others.”
(SGGS p. 850)


It is important to take positive actions to improve oneself and the Guru encourages the Sikh to constantly reassess and re-evaluate him/herself. Sikhs are not taught to focus on or judge others but to improve themselves and then become examples for others to learn from and follow.
“O Nanak, if someone judges himself,only then is he known as a real judge.”
(SGGS pg148)