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Ik Onkar - One God

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Ik Onkar - One God

The Symbol of Ik Onkar - One God

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Definition:

Ik Onkar is a symbol which appears at the beginning the Sikh scripture and means, "One With Everything". The symbol is written in the Gurmukhi script and has several components.

  • Ik stands for the Gurmukhi numeral "One".
  • On is a combination or O and An stands for "Everything".
  • Kar is inferred and stands for "Creator".

The symbol Ik Onkar communicates the idea of one one creative being, or one God, manifest in all of existence. The creator and creation are one entity, inseparable in the way an ocean is made up of its individual drops.

Pronunciation: Ik (i as in lick) O un kaar (sounds like car)
Alternate Spellings: Ik Oankaar
Examples:

"Khaalik khalak khalak mehi khaalik poor rehiou srab taanee ||1|| rehaao||
The Creation is in the Creator, and the Creator is in the Creation, totally pervading and permeating all places. ||1||Pause|| SGGS||1349

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