“Ik” is “One” and “Oankar” is “Creator”
Ik Oankar constitutes a part of Mul Mantar, the opening verse of the Guru Granth Sahib that states various qualities of Vahiguru, the Divine Being. Guru Nanak Sahib, the founder of Sikhi (also Sikhism), postulates the principle of One Force through this unique descriptive. This force is not an exclusive Sikh Divinity, but one that is common to all life and embraces all of creation.
Khanda emblem typically adorns Nishan Sahib – the sikh flag, and it captures the entire Sikh worldview. The symbol is made up of four weapons which were used in early Sikh history. A steel ring called quoit, forms the center of the design and a double-edged sword, also called Khanda, sits upon it. The quoit is then accompanied by two swords, one on each side.
The quoit, known as Chakkar, represents an all embracing Divine Being that encompasses and pervades everything; supreme, perfect, timeless and boundless. Thus, the Chakkar is a symbol of Divine immorality and oneness of the creation. This is why Sikhs cherish the timeless message of dignity and freedom for all people regardless of their background or identity.
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