What does Sikhism teach about life after death?

Many Sikhs believe that Waheguru lives inside everyone like a reflection in a mirror or fragrance within a flower. Through a long series of reincarnations, possibly through up to 8,400,000 forms of life, they will be purified and be able to return to Waheguru.

Each reincarnation as human or animal is temporary. Only humans can decide between right and wrong. For this reason, many Sikhs see their human life as the only time when the cycle of death and rebirth can be broken. The escape from the cycle of death and rebirth is known as mukti.

Sikhs believe in karma or 'intentional action'. Through good action and by living a good life and keeping God in their minds, Sikhs hope to achieve good merit, and hope to avoid punishment.

They also want to achieve a good rebirth to improve their chances of re-uniting with God. Most Sikhs believe God unites with those he is pleased with. When they have been united with Waheguru, the cycle of birth and death ends, suffering ends and the whole cycle is broken.

Why do Sikhs believe in life after death?

The main source of authority for Sikhs is the Guru Granth Sahib, which contains teachings on both the cycle of death and rebirth and on how to be released from it.

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Those who meditate on God attain liberation. For them, the cycle of birth and death has been completed.Guru Granth Sahib page 11

Belief in life after death may be influenced by the meaning and purpose it lends to the lives of many Sikhs.