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'To live ethically and decently with love for humility is the main flavour of Sindhism'
Hindu Sindhis are presently celebrating their New Year festivities called Cheti Chand. It would be pertinent to know about essential Sindhism – the Sindhi way of living. In fact, Sindhis are the Sindhi-speaking ethnic group originally native to the Sindh province of now Pakistan. It is said that in the olden times, Sindhis were free of any religious discrimination and followed the Sufi traditions of Shah Lateef, Jhoolay Lal, Sachal, Sami, Qalandar and others who had preached love for humanity.

After the partition of India, in 1947, most Hindu and Sikh Sindhis migrated to India and a few to other parts of the world. Currently, Hindu Sindhis, besides worshiping Hindu Gods and Goddesses, also believe in tenets of Sikhism. Most Sindhi Sikhs belong to Sahajdhari sect of Sikhism. As a result, Hindu Sindhis can be regarded as those who concurrently follow both Hinduism and Sikhism.

Sindhis were greatly influenced by Guru Nanak's teachings when he had passed through Sindh and expounded his simple ritual-free philosophy of life without any discrimination against women and those of lower socio-economic status. 

Guru Nanak had preached to Sindhis that God was formless, omnipresent, and compassionate. And, God could be reached through prayer, humility, service, meditation, and virtuous living. They were so impressed by Sikhism that many Sindhis used to make their first son a Sikh.

Even today the Sindhis visit Gurudwaras and revere Guru Nanak with the same fervour  as Lord Krishna, Lord Rama, Lord Shiva and Goddesses Durga, Laxmi and Saraswati. The Bhagawad Gita and the Guru Granth Sahib both have an equally exalted status in Sindhi homes.

In Sindh, Guru Nanak urged his followers to follow three tenets, namely, ‘Naam Japo’ or constantly meditate on God’s name; ‘Kirat Karo’ or earn ones livelihood through honest means; and ‘Wand Chakko’ or share your earnings and possessions. Thus, to live ethically and decently with love for humility is the main flavour of Sindhism, says Waqar Agha according to

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