chapter  15
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The Faith of the Sikhs

One of the most impressive results of the Hindu-Muslim religious interactionnoted in the last chapter is the Sikh religion. Originating with Guru Nanak (1469-1539), the Sikh religion not only withstood concerted Muslim efforts to suppress it, but developed into a world religion that today has some twenty-five million adherents. Although most Sikhs live in India, there are Sikh communities around the world, notably in Australia, Southeast Asia, Africa, Canada, Britain, and the United States. There are about two million Sikhs in the United States and Canada, with almost half that many living in England. In the United States, Sikhism has received considerable publicity through the work of Yogi Bhajan (Harbhajan Singh Puri) with his “Healthy, Happy, Holy Organization,” known popularly as 3HO. Through his efforts thousands of Americans have converted to Sikhism.