10. Do Sikhs believe in heaven and hell?

Answer

Sikhs do not believe in heaven or hell as destinations—for Sikhs, heaven can be experienced by drawing near to God during life, while the suffering and pain caused by ego is considered hell on earth. In Sikhism, spiritual acts are positive experiences with affects felt on earth and after death, rather than sacrifices made in order to collect a reward that is waiting until after death. The main purpose of life, according to Sikhism, is to become one with the God. This is pursued by a life focused on remembering the Creator always, earning an honest living as a householder, and sharing one’s abundance with the less fortunate. In death, we believe we become one with God and the universe.

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