History Of Sikhi and Sikh Sects


There are several religious groups and movements that use the Siri Guru Granth Sahib as their scripture but who hold and promote other Masters as their spiritual teachers, leaders and inspiration.  Here is a handy family tree of Sikhi and Sikh Sects:




Filed under Fighting Authoritarian Groups, Sikhi

6 responses to “History Of Sikhi and Sikh Sects

  1. Gurmit Singh

    Waheguru jee ka Khalsa Waheguru jee kee Fateh

    Thanks for the Sikh Tree and its various branches.
    Above all, and despite the Divine Word enshrined
    in the Guru Granth Sahib, all these branches, cults
    and sects continue to be besieged by the brahminical doctrine especially casteism and fruitless rituals. And, there is hardly any attempt
    to Unite all the Sikhs as taught by our Gurus Sahibaan (1469 – 1708). Guru Granth Sahib is being used to generate over-flowing Go+luck and how to control it? Even those approximately 5% who may be obeying the Guru Granth Sahib remain divided over some minor differences.

    The Sikh Diaspora has also not done anything except pulling down one another.

    I am sure Young Sikhs having modern technology and comforable resources will unite and serve the Sikh Nation in conformity with Guru Granth Sahib, and UN Charter 1948, being scattered all over the world.

    With best wishes,
    Gurmit Singh (Australia)

  2. kamallarosekaur

    Wahe Guru Ji Ka Khalsa
    Wahe Guru Ji Ki Fateh

    Thanks Gurmit Singh,

    Needless to report, I don’t like seeing “Gora” (White) Sikh used. But this Tree of Sikhi is from a UK University site, so it isn’t Sikhs of Punjabi descent using the term. Either way, let us write them a note!


    As well as being pink with brown spots, and not really “gora” one bit, I don’t like being called a “Gora Sikh” because most Sikhs of Punjabi descent call the students of Yogi Bhajan (Sikh Dharma/3HO), “Gora Sikhs”. Afterall, members of that sect wear all white much of the time, so racism may not actually be involved when Punjabi Sikhs call the late Yogi Bhajan’s students “Gora Sikhs”.

    However, there are also Sikhs of European descent who left that group, or never belonged in the first place. We really don’t like being called Gora Sikhs. I have so appreciated your strong and consistant actvism to remind Sikhs to stop using this label.

  3. joginder singh foley

    Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh
    My own personal opinion irrispective of where you come from,The colour of your skin or racial origin is SIKH/SINGH?KAUR which are the only labels we should use to discribe a fellow sikh anything else in my view is pointles and irrelivent, And yes i am a convert [an irishman] and no i’ve never had anything to do with 3HO

  4. kamallarosekaur

    Greeting Joginder Singh,

    There are many different sorts of Christians and also Sikhs. It is a free universe and we all can follow the Paths we choose.

    Here at Soulbrides’ Kitchen, however, we are dedicated to promoting the teachings of the SGGS ONLY. For us, the SGGS (Sikh scripture/Guru/Teacher) is our ONLY teacher and we honor the intent and history of the Sikh Reht Maryada (Sikh Code of Conduct). We do not let anyone upstage the voice or role of Guruji, or play intermediary for us.

    Other Sikhs promoting other teachers or ways have their own websites and blogs: just like Methodists and Lutherans.

    • Honest Al

      Sikh Rehat Maryada isn’t part of GGSJ so you really have 2 Gurus at least as you are following from at least two sources. And if you believe in the statement of Guru Manyo Granth then you have even more Gurus because that is nowhere to be found in Gurbani. If you practice all the bowing and “putting to sleep” of the GGSJ then you have another teacher called the Ritualization Of Spirituality. No disrespect but Sikhism can be de-constructed very easy. Adi Granth Sahib Ji can’t be.

  5. kamallarosekaur

    Hi Al,

    Only the Guru Granth is the Guru Granth and all humans practice rituals. Guruji preaches against becoming “ritualistic”, doing your practices for show.

    The Sikh Reht Maryada is embarrassing, especially in it’s English translation. It is dead wrong in places (it instructs Khalsa men to”get” their wives baptized, for instance. How to force a wife to become Khalsa is not mentioned) and the SRM is extremely dated and badly written and the translation – horrible grammar, and the marrying off of Sikh girls, instead of waiting until they become women before they marry and so forth.

    That said, I support the intention and history of SRM.

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