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Sangat

In Sikhi, the company of the Guru-oriented or Guru-centered beings is one of the primary means to reflect on the Wisdom (Guru) and connect with IkOankar (the Divine). The most used term for this in the Guru Granth Sahib is the ‘sadh-sangat’ (company of the virtuous beings). The origin of the word ‘sangat’ (an association or assembly) can be traced to Pali ‘sangh’ and Sanskrit ‘sangati.’ In the larger South-Asian context, it refers to the coming together of a community or fellowship of individuals for a common purpose, especially religious or socio-cultural. The following synonymous terms also appear in the Guru Granth Sahib: ‘sat-sangat’ (company of the truth-oriented), ‘gur-sangat’ (company of the Guru-oriented), ‘sant-sangat’ (company of the saintly beings), ‘harijan-sangat’ (company of the Divine-oriented beings) etc.