SIKHISM TODAY

 

 

 

Food For thought

 

“Those who have conquered their minds have in fact conquered the world”

Guru Nanak

Your mind is a very complex and vital part of your body. However it constantly indulges and entices its owner in to forever wanting more and more. Any individual, who can overcome worldly wants and immaterial goods, has achieved the ultimate in harmony. No other external force or soul can dislodge a person who has reached this level of self-being and only this type of person is truly blissful.  

 

All nations and factions have armies. The larger the army and the greater its arsenal, will ultimately create a stronger opposition against its enemy.

To look at some examples,

America has it’s own army, France has it’s own army and the UK has it’s own army.

But can any one say that they represent the army of God?

A Sikh, who has been baptised, is an icon of God’s army, not any man made army.  

 

Was Sikhism created to oppose Islam? Definitely NOT!

Sikhism was created to fight against injustice and inhuman activities, at a time when cruelty was great. Such was the extent of this, God himself had to present himself on planet Earth, encapsulated in the Gurus.

Sikhism, which has proved to be a flawless religion, was thus created and presented to mankind as the way forward.

It was such the case that during the time of its creation, Muslims were creating great injustices with Hindus. The Gurus fought against this oppression as many battles were fought.

In the Guru Granth sahib there are several scripts taken from Muslims who had a close relationship with the Guru’s. A Muslim, also laid the first stone in the creation of the Golden Temple, which is the Sikhs must holiest shrine.

Youngsters these days don’t understand or are not aware of this, hence there is sometimes tension between some minority groups within the two religions.  

 

Often I get posed the question from atheist friends.

“I would believe in God if some one could show him to me.”

My reply is quite simple.

Do you call for him? , Have you got the true love, want and need in your heart to see him?

If you want to become a scientist, does it come naturally to you?

No, you have to study hard and spend many years practicing the subject in order to achieve and develop a close relationship with your selected profession.

The same principal is comparable if you wish to contact God.

Remembering God and praying hard, will allow you to meet your creator. Sikhism say’s the doors to heaven are open between the hours of 12am to 5am in the morning. During this time, praying hard will greatly enhance your relationship with the all mighty. Ultimately it was show and answer all your worldly uncertainties.  

 

Guru Nanak was once asked the question by a Muslim, “which religion is better?”

Guru Nanak replied, your religion is good for you, my religion is good for me.  

 

At the end of the day, there is only one God.

It doesn’t matter which religion you practice, but what matters is your dedication to God and living a honest and good life.  

 

What’s the purpose of life?

The purpose and ultimate aim is to remove your self from the circle of births and deaths.

There are 8.4 million different life forms, and the human life form is the highest rank. Only in this mould can you actually preach the name of God and achieve the ultimate reward, of reaching God.

Those who waste this life will be put back through the vicious cycle again.

You should not waste your time chasing immaterial objects, passions or possessions, as these are all temporary and will not go with your soul once you have left your body, which itself is on loan.  

 

Guru Gobind Singh scarified his father (Guru Tegh Bahadur), in order to save the Hindu religion. Had this not taken place, Hinduism would have dissolved.  

 

When India does battle with other nations, Sikh soldiers are always in the front line, and inevitably have the most casualties. During world war two, thousands and thousands of Sikhs fought for Great Britain in the UK.  

 

Sikhism is the only religion in the world, which celebrates its birth.

 

 

Another sad but true practice seen in today's society, is the practice of witchcraft. This is being carried out by many people all over the world, and plenty of adverts in magazines are displayed, claiming to solve all your problems and desires. It seems that some people have lost their faith in God, and hence are taking the alternative and dangerous walk of life. This may bring short term happiness, but ultimately, it will send your soul to hell, once you have left this world, as recorded in the Guru Granth Sahib.

 

 

Below is a list of adverse acts committed by Sikh youngsters these days.

Drugs, Alcohol and nicotine abuse. 

Wearing baseball caps over their patkas (small turban).

Shaving or trimming their beards.

Not giving or sharing as they should.

Not praying and listening to bani, instead spending more time listening to bhangra music and watching tv.

Not going to the Gurdwara on a regular basis

Not listening to their parents and elders.

This type of behaviour causes your body and soul to loose touch with God, and ultimately you loose track of the aim of life that was given to you by the all mighty. The result of this causes the 5 evils to take hold of your actions, which directs you away from becoming a Gursikh. 

 

He ‘Is’ The Only ONE GOD:

 

There is not Hindu, Neither Muslim, Nor Christian, Nor Sikh.

GURU NANAK puts emphasis in these Words:  The LORD Is MANIFEST in three worlds.

He Is The ETERNAL GIVER and ‘There is no other.’

(There Is Only One GOD but There are many forms of worship)

‘There is no other’;  this expression says than GURU NANAK is Alive, in this time and in the all the time. God ‘Is’ EK, THE ONE.

There Is Only One GOD;  EK ON KAR.

There Is Only One humanity  family;

Oh!! NANAK, Who will be Able for to Live to The Highest of Your Teaches?

 

Dialog from a Sikhworld visitor :


Muslim's all over the world are getting closer and closer to their faith, whilst us Sikh's couldn't be further from Guruji's values. If we do not act now we will go the same way as the ancient Romans, Macedonians, and the Mongol’s. They were all great cultures and brave warriors but now they are just living in their past glory. We need to act and act now. Sikh’s are forgetting the true teachings of Sikhi, instead we are becoming far too westernised. Cutting our Kesh, drinking, smoking and eating filthy meat.
When you go to the Gurdwara, how often do you see young Sikh’s in the congregation sitting and actually taking part in the prayers? Instead you will see the older generation performing Seva and joining in with the Kirtan. Young Sikh’s in the West may well be proud of our faith but we do little to uphold the values of our great ancestors. Sikh men & Sikh Women are encouraged to cut off their Kesh, not only by their young female peers but also by their parents, who find the custom old and thus irrelevant.
On days such as Vasakhi, our youth drive in fancy cars waving the Nishan Sahib in one hand, whilst holding a can of beer, or a cigarette in the other hand. They know not of the Sanctity of our flag, we rub the name of Guruji in dirt.

The youth of Islam however are far more versed in their faith. They go to their Mosque and learn the teachings of their prophets; they read their Nimaz and gain the knowledge of the religion.

Sikh men fight and curse, we are known (and in many cases are proud of) to enjoy our drink. As whole promoting casteism goes  "Jatts do this" , "Jatts do that" in bhangra song not actually promoting unity songs rather than promoting casteism "an barrier in Sikhism. All that jazzy bee's and bindy johal lovers try to copy their style by putting colouring their hairs put "MASSIVE KHANDA" yet not even knowing the purity or history behind the Khanda. In chat rooms come across with the term "Jatt" or "Jatti" being used as though it is a religion in its own sense Whereas people from other faith laugh at us  We see it as being quite normal to get drunk and fight our brothers. We see no harm in this.

We can’t possibly say our Islamic counterparts don’t behave in the same way as, but they certainly aren’t seen doing so. Many Muslim men act saintly and over time simple people would see them as nice good men. Is it really such a surprise that our womenfolk turn to them when in trouble. We say these girls are slags and so we do not need them in our faith, but you tell me how many of our sisters would we have left. This is happening because our Sikh youth has "Less Knowledge and Faith" in sikhi. They think Punjabi way of living and religion is more or less a same thing. Whereas, its not. There is a fine boundary line between them. How can a person convert if they don’t know first universal thing about Sikhism? They get sick tired of family, casteism and other typical Punjabi life styles them illusioned that if it was a religion and go out with Muslims and get converted. Its lot happening in England. Days are not far when Islamic extremist will start doing this in north America, luring our Sikh sisters into Islam by emotional blackmailing and other propaganda.

We talk about our immigration to Canada and U.S and England like 100 years back but we still getting humiliation and couldn't make any good image in western countries and still have issues within our communities.


I am not here to stereotype against Muslim’s but I must make it quite clear that only doom stands in front of us if we do not act. We need to learn about our faith so we can teach others. We need to show our brothers, our sisters, our friends and even our parents what Sikh is really about. Otherwise we risk being forsaken by Wahe-guruji; we have been taught by example what Sikh’s are capable of. Sri Guru Gobind Singh ji had stated that an Amritdhari Sikh is as powerful as the Guru who created the Khalsa.
Let us not destroy the little we have left of our great faith, but let us learn and teach the ways of our Guru.

By the way how many of us know people, who are one of them or are into votes going in the Gurdwara’s.  If you are one of them, I have to say is haram jadho kutha dhur fiti mu thada.  Aren’t you ashamed of yourself, you are going to the Gurdwara to get closer to Guru Ji not TO fight.   If you go and want to vote or say hey I want that committee to lose or hey man our side won your a stupid immature not a Sikh monkey.  Sikhism is not about votes. All I will say is change your ways, or you will regret it. By the way please send to anyone you know tell this to your parents and others and if you know someone that is like what I have explained..... Just print this and show them thanks.

 

The Ride of Your Life  

This'll make Sikhi so much better and easier to understand...

Why is it so important to remember God's Name (Nam Simran)? It
seems like a pretty strange thing to do - I mean Nam Japna means
saying the same Name over and over again, day and night, seven
days a week for all of your life? Perhaps this will make it
clearer:
The human body is like a wedding car. The mind is the chauffeur and
the soul is the bride sitting in the back seat. She sat in the car
thinking that she would be driven to the marriage ceremony at the
tenth door (dasam duar) where God Himself would be the Husband.
Then He'd take her away to Sach Khand (Realm of Truth: God's abode)
and they'd be living in wedded bliss happily ever after.
But soon after sitting down, she found the chauffeur was a very
cunning driver. He opened all the doors so that his 5 friends called
Anger, Greed, Lust, Attachment and Pride could have their wicked way
with her. She just couldn't get out and instead of driving the car
to Sach Khand, he pushed it around slowly and awkwardly in any
direction he wanted depending on where his 5 friends wanted to go.
He just couldn't be bothered to get to the wedding at the dasam
duar, not that he even knew where it was - I don't think he even had
a map and none of his so-called friends knew where to go. The
strange thing is that everyone in this world is pushing their cars
with the bride trapped with the 5 strange thieves and no-one thinks
it's strange because it's what they are used to - I mean everyone’s
been doing it like that for thousands of years and they're all
lost. They're number plate reads: 'M A N M U K H'.
All of a sudden a car speeds by with a chauffeur sitting in the
driving seat driving normally. His number plate is 'G U R M U K
H'. ManMukh stops and talks to him, 'Excuse me, why do you drive
your car while others push them?’
He replies, 'Well, I used to be a MAN-MUKH pusher like you, but I
met a very spiritually gifted holy man who told me that I was
driving my car all wrong. I used to love my car and I didn't like
it when he said that. My car was the best car in the world. It had
fluffy dice and go faster stripes. It had wheels that would bounce
the car up and down; I'd even fitted a £10,000 music centre into the
boot. My car was beautiful and everyone used to tell me how
beautiful it was. `
`The holy man then told me that if I wanted to know how to drive
fast then I'd have to go to a special place called a Gurdwara-Nam-
Petrol station where I'd meet the Supreme Being, called the Guru
Granth Sahib jee and that if I became a disciple and promised to
follow the Guru's instructions then I too could be whizzing around
to my true destination. `
`Of course, I didn't believe him at first and my pusher friends all
laughed at the absurdity of it whoever heard of someone driving
their car? They just wouldn't believe that I'd seen this 'G U R M U
K H'. Anyway, I met the 'G U R M U K H' again and I went to the
Gurdwara-Nam-petrol station and I saw lots of people driving really
fast just like him. I was so exited, I had a tingly feeling in my
stomach - I just couldn't wait to meet the Guru Granth Sahib jee.'
`Then I drank the amrit-nectar and became a disciple. I promised
I'd obey my Guru's instructions and I wouldn't do all the silly
decorations that I'd done to my car. The first thing Guru jee told
me was that this hole in the top of the car, called the mouth was
for a special reason. He told me I'd been pouring the wrong kind of
fuel in it. I'd been saying so many useless words but they weren't
helping me at all. The real fuel to pour into the mouth was The
Name of God: Waheguru. If I kept pouring this Nam-petrol into my
car day and night then I'd have the power to reach God the Husband.'
My Guru jee also told me to sing my daily prayers so I'd I find the
directions and to serve the saints so I'd get the hints and tips of
their blessings. And look at me now, I'm whizzing around like
nobody's business. It was hard at first, but now I'm used to it and
I'll soon be at God's Door and this Divine marriage of Bliss can
take place. I tell you, I can't believe I'd been such a fool for so
many years. My friends still don't believe me, but I don't hang out
with them any more.'
`Plus my Guru jee gave me this new Number plate 'G U R M U K H' it
means the one who has got his face towards the Guru - I follow my
Guru now, before I used have my face towards my own minds desires
and cravings so I was a 'M A N M U K H'. So if you're interested in
learning how to drive your car then come and meet the Supreme
Being - Guru Granth Sahib jee. He'll help you just like he helped
me.
 

Isn't it strange?

Isn't it strange how a 20 dollar bill seems
like such a large
amount when
you donate it to the gurdwara, but
such a small amount
when you go shopping?

Isn't it strange how 2 hours
seem so long when
you're at the gurdwara, and how
short they seem when you're
watching a good movie?

Isn't it strange that you can't
find a word to say when
you're praying,
but you have no trouble
thinking what to talk about
with a friend?

Isn't it strange how difficult
and boring it is to read
one chapter
of the Guru Granth Sahib, but how easy
it is to read 100 pages of
a popular novel?

Isn't it strange how everyone
wants front-row-tickets
to concerts or
games, but they do whatever
is possible to sit at the back
of the gurdwara?

Isn't it strange how we need to
know about an event for
the gurdwara 2-3
weeks before the day so we can
include it in our agenda, but we can
adjust it for other events in
the last minute?

Isn't it strange how difficult it
is to learn a fact about
Waheguru to share it
with others, but how easy
it is to learn, understand,
extend and repeat gossip?

Isn't it strange how we
believe everything
that magazines and newspapers
say, but we question the words in the
Guru Granth Sahib?

Isn't it strange how everyone
wants a place in
heaven, but they don't want
to believe, do, or say anything
to get there?

Isn't it strange how we send
jokes in e-mails
and they are forwarded
right away,
but when we are going to send
messages about Waheguru, we think
about it twice before we share
 it with others?

IT'S STRANGE ISN'T IT?