A voicehearer’s path ~

Sikhism ~

459px-khanda1svgI am quite thankful for Wikipedia, it lets a person do casual research into almost any subject one can think of, and there are usually references where a person can do deeper research depending on the need or desire. I have heard of Sikhism, of course, and anyone who desires a successful interfaith structure to see us through this millenium sans “holy wars”, has seen the symbol, but I had done no reading on it that would let me know the stance of this faith regarding compassion, that one thing that seems to flow through any faith founded on the holiness of Spirit.

Sikhism fits, most definitely. The emphasis is on good works, the faith is monotheistic, and according to Wikipedia the practice is based on the teachings of the 10 gurus or enlightened beings that founded Sikhism in a span of time from 1499 to 1708. There is a home page for those who wish to research this way of life more thoroughly. One draw is that the Sikhs’ founder was inclined to feel that G-d did not need rituals and traditions, that this was a human thing, so there is a specific stance on such things within the faith.

I remember being told in church that one could not get into “heaven” via good works alone, which necessitated the intervention of a G-d being such as Jesus. I think what made me question that so closely was the presence of the other special borns in religious history, such as Osiris, etc. There was too much resemblence to all the other religions for the claim of uniqueness to stick to Christianity if one examined the claims closely. That brings us straight back to the kind of lives you live being the source of your eventual reunification with the Light. It’s just not possible for me to believe one can go on lying, stealing, and killing, and claim to know the God who is Love.

Comments on: "Sikhism ~" (3)

  1. Prithi Hardkaur said:

    Hi Sumariel,

    It’s awesome to see people interested in finding out about Sikhism despite the tension inherent in our world that might have led you there!

    I’m also pleased that you did your own research and came to to an informed conclusion about the compassionate basis of Sikh dharm (teachings) rather than being put off by the sometimes intimidating images that are often used to illustrate articles or books on the subject. (If you want to know what I mean just do a google image search using “Nihang Sikhs”!!

    I agree with the info you’ve posted, though I would make a slight alteration in that we have a Guru today from which we draw our daily practices as well as faith, inspiration etc. The Guruship now resides in the Sri Guru Granth Sahib, which though not a breathing Guru is considered ‘living’ in that the spiritual light (jyot) within it is ‘alive’.

    Something that might initially be seen to create a tension between compassion and Sikhism is that it is not a pacifist religion and there is a strong mentality of sant-sipahi, the saint-soldier. This means that it is always required of Sikhs to uphold the Truth, whether for themselves or for others, even if they have different beliefs or spiritual practices. Sometimes this has meant raising the sword to uphold the religious rights of all those in India at the time who were suffering under the opressive Muslim rule. However it is said that “only when all other means have been exhausted should you raise the sword” and also that one should never feel anger during battle…in this sense being a saint and a soldier are not mutually exclusive as it is essential to have control over your mind as well as your physical body.

    • Thank you for reading the blog, and thank you for correcting any misconception I may have had, I find the Sikh approach to spirituality a fascinating one, and hope to hear from you again!

  2. Prithi Hardkaur said:

    You’re welcome!

    If you have any questions, just ask 😀

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