12 episodes

A History of the Sikhs | 1 4 6 9 to Present

This podcast series provides a fascinating look into the sparkling lives of the Sikhs from the 15th to the 18th centuries, transporting us back to the times of our ancestors. This podcast provides a historic context to the evolution of the Sikh religion, our values, our thoughts, our principles and our ethics and the reasons for our phenomenal successes as a strong knit worldwide community.

Sikh History | 1469 to Present Kaur Films

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    • 4.8 • 12 Ratings

A History of the Sikhs | 1 4 6 9 to Present

This podcast series provides a fascinating look into the sparkling lives of the Sikhs from the 15th to the 18th centuries, transporting us back to the times of our ancestors. This podcast provides a historic context to the evolution of the Sikh religion, our values, our thoughts, our principles and our ethics and the reasons for our phenomenal successes as a strong knit worldwide community.

    The Life and Times of Guru Gobind Singh

    The Life and Times of Guru Gobind Singh

    In this episode, we shall talk about the tenth and final living Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh and his role in giving a final shape to the Sikh beliefs and ethics. The life of Guru Gobind was marked by Aurangzeb’s unprecedented policies of oppression against the Sikhs as well as the Hindus, Buddhists and the Jains. It would be fair to characterize Aurangzeb as a ruthless, power hungry ruler who had an utter disregard for human rights and was also intolerant and hostile to all faiths other than Islam.



    In such an oppressive political and social environment, Guru Gobind played a pro active role in shaping the Sikh society as we know it today. He took concrete and positive steps in formulating new structures and strategies to promote the cause of the Sikhs. He was the architect of the Khalsa, the Sikh society, which was a model deeply rooted in the concepts of equality, freedom and justice first proposed by Guru Nanak almost 200 years before him.

    • 45 min
    The Life and Times of Guru TegBahadur

    The Life and Times of Guru TegBahadur

    In this episode, we shall talk about the ninth Sikh Guru, Guru TegBahadur and the political turbulence which had turned against the Sikhs in the 17th century in India. The time of Guru TegBahadur’s Guruship was marked by Aurangzeb’s unprecedented policies of oppression against the Sikhs as well as the Hindus, Buddhists and the Jains. It would be fair to characterize Aurangzeb as a ruthless, power hungry ruler who had an utter disregard for human rights and was also intolerant and hostile to all faiths other than Islam.



    Guru Teg Bahadur laid down his life in order to protect the rights of the common man – the right to live a life of dignity, the right to live a life without fear and the right to live a free life in their own lands. Guru Teg Bahadur’s legacy guides Sikhs to stand up against oppression.

    • 26 min
    The Life and Times of Guru HarKrishan

    The Life and Times of Guru HarKrishan

    In this episode, we shall talk about the eighth Sikh Guru, Guru HarKrishan and the political turbulence which had turned against the Sikhs in the 17th century in India. The time of Guru HarKrishan’s Guruship was marked not only by Aurangzeb’s oppression of the Sikhs, but also by the Minas , Dhir Mal and his own brother Ram Rai.



    All of these people had established their own sects and broke off from the tenets of early Sikh gurus and their teachings. They were openly striving to divide the Sikhs with their numerous and focused attempts to dilute Sikh teachings. Guru HarKrishan was only 5 years old when he assumed the Guruship, but admirably he kept all of the Sikhs together.

    • 16 min
    The Life and Times of Guru HarRai

    The Life and Times of Guru HarRai

    In this episode, we shall talk about the seventh Sikh Guru, Guru HarRai and his unique leadership of the Sikhs during the turbulence of the 17th century in India – the time of Guru HarRai’s Guruship was marked not only by serious infighting between the various contenders to the Mughal throne, but also by the Minas or the descendants of Prithi Chand, who were striving to divide the Sikhs with their numerous and focused attempts to dilute Sikh teachings. Guru HarRai was only 14 years old when he assumed the Guruship, and had two immediate tasks at hand – the first was to protect the ideals of the Sikh faith first laid by Guru Nanak and second to defend the Sikhs from the atrocities of the Mughal ruler Shah Jahan.

    • 18 min
    The Life and Times of Guru HarGobind

    The Life and Times of Guru HarGobind

    In this episode, we will talk about the sixth Sikh Guru, Guru HarGobind and his unique leadership of the Sikhs after the brutal execution of Guru Arjan by the Mughal emperor Jehangir. Guru Hargobind was only 11 years old when he was appointed the Guru. The Sikhs were already a community of people who had a culture that was distinct from all others – Sikhs were a community that regarded all humanity as equal, gave women an equal status as men and rejected the vicious caste structures that plagued the Indian society. Under the leadership of Guru Hargobind, Sikhs acquired the skills to defend themselves and the young Sikh faith from the atrocities of the Mughal rulers.

    • 21 min
    The Life and Times of Guru Arjan

    The Life and Times of Guru Arjan

    In this episode, we will talk about the fifth Sikh Guru, Guru Arjan Dev and his role in crystallizing the concepts of the Sikh faith. By the time Guru Arjan was appointed as the fifth Sikh Guru, the Sikhs were already a community of people who had a culture that was distinct from all others – Sikhs were a community that regarded all humanity as equal, gave women an equal status as men and rejected the vicious caste structures that plagued the Indian society.



    In 1588 Guru Arjan first constructed the Darbar Sahib or the Harmandir Sahib and established Amritsar as the nerve center of the Sikh faith. By 1604, he had compiled the Adi Granth, the first version of the Guru Granth Sahib, which was put into its final form by Guru Gobind Singh. In 1606, the Indian subcontinent was under the control of the Mughal ruler Jehangir, and Guru Arjan became the first Sikh Guru to sacrifice his life to uphold the fundamental rights to equality, justice, freedom and religion.

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Duckling.PC ,

Pretty Good

Short and to the point. Would like more references for evidence provided but appreciate that episodes are short. Great place to start learning about Sikh history, highly recommend. Thank you!

MSJMKJ ,

Fantastic - contextual and informational

This podcast does a fantastic job of placing history in context of the social and political structures of India at the time, without getting into unverifiable stories and hyperboles.

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