Thank you for your feedback. All 10 human Gurus , Sikhs believe, were inhabited by a single spirit. Some scholars have argued that the Sants were influenced by Islam through their contact with the Mughal rulers of India from the early 16th century, but there is in fact little indication of this, though Sufism Islamic mysticism may have had a marginal effect. For the Sants, God can be neither incarnated nor represented in concrete terms. Articles from Britannica Encyclopedias for elementary and high school students. In the early 21st century there were nearly 25 million Sikhs worldwide, the great majority of them living in the Indian state of Punjab. Its members are known as Sikhs.