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Sat sri akal Dalvir Ji!

No need to apologize for such long introduction. I have created this forum for people to share their stories. Thanks for sharing your story.

P.S. I'm so happy that you think that this website is fantastic.
Sat Siri Akal everyone,

I'm a singer and musician, currently finishing my BA in languages and studying to become an internationally certified Kundalnin yoga teacher. I stumbled over Sikhi in march 2010 in the process of switching from hatha yoga to starting practicing Kundalini yoga. One day early on I saw a clip on youtube with Yogi Bhajan and he really caught my attention with his presence and his words. I started looking at sikh websites and blogs and generally pondering the existential questions, and the whole thing just blew my mind to the extent that my entire life has changed in a few short months. At first I really had a problem with the word religion; I've had some bad experiences of organised religion before and that was really such a huge step for me to get over the distrust.

I'm really yearning to learn more and to learn gurmukhi (I've started with the alphabet little by little) and to read the SGGS more. The more I find out, the more at home I feel and the more I want to learn!

I found my way to this site through a blogger sister, and I'm so thankful for that. I have been wishing to be able to have more contact with others following this path and it's great to be here. :) WJKK, WJKF!
Waheguru ji ka khalsa! Waheguru ji ki fateh!

hello everyone -

I'm so glad to be here as well, and to have the opportunity to get to know all of you. i came across sikhi unexpectedly, when i heard a shabad that touched me deeply, causing me to go online and research further. shortly afterwards i began practicing the prayers and things have taken off since then. i recently had the blessing of attending my first kaurs retreat, which helped me to transition from a personal/private practice to a personal and shared one. i feel amrit moving towards me, from the future into the present, like a powerful, inevitable blessing that my mind does not fully believe or comprehend. i am truly humbled and blessed should i have the opportunity to serve God and the world in that capacity.

it's such a relief to put into practice the experience of surrender into the power that is Waheguru. i look forward to learning more and more as we each share our stories and insights with each other.

in peace -

hear the sound
Waheguru ji ka khalsa! Waheguru ji ki fateh!
My names Gurjit Singh most people just call me Gurj, I am born and raised in the UK. I’m born into a typical Punjabi family, it’s been about a year and a half since I’ve started following sikhi, none of my family members are religious, could just say Sunday Sikhs, thats when they make their trip to the local gurdwara. In the last year I’ve decided to take the steps to keep kes, before that I used to shave and have short back and side’s lol. The hardest part for me was finding new sangat I’ve always been around drinker’s people consuming meat from a young age.

Visiting the gurdwara regularly and going to Sikhi camp I have found the sangat I was looking for. Plus finding this website helps because it’s nice to know there are others in the same boat. I feel blessed to have found Sikhi even if I am born into a Sikh household, I do ardas to Waheguru everyday to keep me on this path and bring the family on the path as well
Thank you for reading,
Waheguru ji ka khalsa! Waheguru ji ki fateh!
Sat Sri Akal

I was born to a minimally spiritual white Western family (atheist father, non-practicing Christian spiritualist mother) in a culture with Christian foundation (always did Easter and Christmas activities at school, talked about Christan stories, etc). When I was 12 and at school, I was assigned 'Sikhism' to research and present to my class. Nothing special there. Entered high school, began to feel interested in religion. Mum wouldn't take me to Church (thank God!), so I started researching Paganism (which was trendy in the 90s) and became a non-practicing Wiccan/Neo-Pagan (non-practicing because I didn't believe magic was the right thing to be doing and wanted to place my faith in a higher power not in candles and things that I "want"). Over my teenage years I kept searching for a religion which made sense to me. I recalled the Sikh project I did in primary school and investigated. Found a statement somewhere that only men are Sikhs. It wasn't until I was about 17 and took another look at Sikhism that I realised I had been misguided.

I managed to find and download a copy of Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji and began reading it and was totally blown away. That was about 8 years ago. I tend to go through stages of spirituality where I am intensely interested for a period of time, then come across some injustice in the name of religion (usually other religions barbaric practices against women, or cultural ones) and forsake everything for a few months. But when I come back to Sikhi (I'm drawn to it like a moth to flame) it's with more passion and devotion than before.

I can't believe that Sikhi is such a beautiful gem that the vast majority of the Western world is totally oblivious to! Perhaps that's God's grace for you, only those who are granted grace come to find true Sikhi. I think we're all very lucky here!

Ishna
Thanks for sharing your story! I'm extremely happy that you wrote about yourself.
When I was back in school, I chose religiona and philosophy. We learned about religions but somehow we never discussed Sikhism. I only discovered Sikhi here in Ireland.

Danka
Well primary school was the only time I ever encountered Sikhi in an educational setting and I think that's because the teacher needed enough religions to assign to the groups in the class (I imagine he took a list of world religions and worked his way down!).

Us "converts" need to share our stories so we know we're not alone.

Ish
I specially created this forum for people like you and me!
Our pleasure!

Darryl C. said:

My name is Darryl Cain. I am 47 y.o. Born and raised in Texas,USA.

After researching eastern religions and recently receiving the SGGS in English, I find the 'Mul Mantra' and the inspired teachings of the 10 gurus are the truth that I will trust and live with for they are my own beliefs.

I am a new Sikh with a need to learn more everyday of my life.

I thankyou for the opportunity to learn with you and from you in the Sikhi community.

I will later on

You guys are really amazing and sincere people. Sikhi is unknown to most of the world and now people are discovering it through various on line tools. While it is now politically correct to talk about  multiculturalism, secularism, equality, and equal rights for women, Guru Nanak established these principles and enshrined then in Guru Granth Sahib 500 years ago. Here is a hymn from Guru Granth Sahib " Bisar Gayee Sabh taat Parayee"

which sums up the Sikh philosophy of universal love and friendship with all.  here is the translation.

 

I see no stranger, I see no enemy;

Wherever I look, God is all I see.

 

I don't think of Us and Them,

No one do I hate or condemn,

            I see God's image - each one a friend.

 

Of any religion, caste or race,

All I see is God's shining face -  

His smiling face, His gracious face.

 

Accept as beautiful all His design,

I learnt this truth in sangat divine.

 

One Word resounds in me and you -  

Waheguru ... Waheguru ...

            In him, in her, in me and you -  

            Waheguru ... Waheguru ...

 

Beholding in every being His light,

I bloom like a flower in joy and delight.

 

 



Saranpreet Kaur said:

Sat Siri Akal everyone,

I'm a singer and musician, currently finishing my BA in languages and studying to become an internationally certified Kundalnin yoga teacher. I stumbled over Sikhi in march 2010 in the process of switching from hatha yoga to starting practicing Kundalini yoga. One day early on I saw a clip on youtube with Yogi Bhajan and he really caught my attention with his presence and his words. I started looking at sikh websites and blogs and generally pondering the existential questions, and the whole thing just blew my mind to the extent that my entire life has changed in a few short months. At first I really had a problem with the word religion; I've had some bad experiences of organised religion before and that was really such a huge step for me to get over the distrust.

I'm really yearning to learn more and to learn gurmukhi (I've started with the alphabet little by little) and to read the SGGS more. The more I find out, the more at home I feel and the more I want to learn!

I found my way to this site through a blogger sister, and I'm so thankful for that. I have been wishing to be able to have more contact with others following this path and it's great to be here. :) WJKK, WJKF!
Thanks a lot for your story. When I was 13, I didn't know who am I. Well done to you for making such big decision!

Jemima Reason said:

Hello, 

I am a 13 year old girl who has recently converted to Sikhism. I come from a white, British family and both my parents are Christians. I discovered Sikhism about a year ago through learning it in school, and i was intrigued. I started looking it up on the internet and i found out that most of the things that Sikhs believe in, i already did. I had already started not cutting my hair, and was already a vegetarian before i even knew Sikhism existed. I have recently pondered upon this website and thought it looked worth wile to join and share my views. 

God bless all of you - Jemima

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