Welcome to New to Sikhi community
Sat Sri Akal Jason,
Firstly, I'd like to thank you for dropping by and sharing your experience with us. Thanks for your time!
Well done on learning Punjabi. I found Punjabi the hardest language ever. I speak 4 languages bt this one is the hardest.
I know what you mean by "isolating experience". I've been there. I always wanted someone to come to me and talk to me but it means you have to make 1st step or 2nd or 3rd yourself.
I had discussions with pure sikhs and in general they are happy to see gora in the gurudwara. They are shy as well. I'm sure if you come to Baba ji and ask for help in learning about Sikhi... or Are you from Birmingham?
Do you want I try to find some sikh from this area? Which gurudwara you are visiting? My suggestion is to use facebook and go to Sikh groups and leave a message there?
Do you want I do it on your behalf?
Waiting for your reply.
Yours, Gori Sikh
sat sri akal jason
i really appreciate ur efforts of learning more about sikhism and punjabi language.
yes u r absolutely right, even i feel peace whenever i visit gurudwara. so u want to know more about sikhism.
well sikhism is not just a religion is a discipline to live life in accordance to the gods will. In sikhism god does not mean Guru Nanak or Guru Gobind Singh but by saying god we mean that invisible power which is there in everything, which is common to everyone, a god which prevails in each one of us, all humans being equal in his eyes.
Sikhism as we all know started by Guru Nanak who himself was born in Hindu family but never accepted Hinduism as his religion. They said neither i am a Muslim nor an Hindu".
At the time of guru Nanak the Hindus were in majority and the society was bound in the shackles of caste system, differences in males and females(womens being considered low), different gods for different communities like Allah for Muslims, ram or shiv for Hindus or budh etc. People being unfaithful and all. To remove all these differences Sikhism came into existence. In sikhism we believe in Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji(the holy sikh scripture also the 11th guru of the sikhs) in which are the writings of sikh gurus and also of many other hindu and muslim saints who all spoke about the one god wahegure.
The main message in in SGGS can be summaried as:
1 All Peoples of the World are Equal
2 Women as Equals
3 One God for All
4 Speak and Live Truthfully
5 Control the Five Vices
6 Live in God's Hukam
7 Practise Humility, Kindness, Compassion, Love, etc
i will be writing more next time.
sat sri akal.
Sat Sri Akal
I can remember from my very early years craving to find and know God, however Christianity didnt work for me. So I read about as many spiritual paths as I could and I, eventualy i found Buddhism which seemed to have the most answers but never completely satisfied me and so there i was 3 or 4 years ago concluding that I would have to define faith for myself as no existing religion quite fit me. Then i had a dream that i had made new friends although i couldnt tell much about them in that strange way of dreams but at the end of the dream i realised i was standing with this friends next to a mirror and when i looked into the mirror i was wearing a turban and my friends were Sikhs. This dream was odd and yet inspiring so i began researching Sikhi on the internet and realised i had been a Sikh my whole life but no one had ever told me. I craved learning more and finding community for about a year, when my wife told me their was a Sikh at her work whos mother was coordinating Gurmuki classes and if i liked i could call her and arange to join one of the beginner classes. Which i did so far its greatest benifit has been helping me meet Sikhs and make new friends, as sadly i must be the worlds worst Gurmukhi student but i still press on and will master it if it takes a lifetime. I have been continualy amazed by how friendly and supportive the Sikhs i meet are, although some are obviously a little bemused by this stranger with an obsession for Sikhi. I love the community spirit and selflessness of the Langar, and am only sad that the only Gurudwara in Brisbane is so far from me that i am unable to be there as often as i wish.
Sikhi is at the begining of its transition from a universal message from the Punjab to a universal message seen and heard by the world and we are among the first generations creating the bridge into the world wide community. Something we all can and should encourage Sikhi dosnt and shouldnt try to convert but it needs to be ready with answers and assistance when people come knocking at its door. I have found Sikhs to be open and friendly to those who seek them out but there are still many hurdles like language that visitor needs to overcome.
Sat sri akaal to all my GORA Bros n Sis ,
i enjoyed reading all post Jason ,Danka ,E Sweet,Amrit kaur ji ,Tamara ,Prabhjot ji .
Welcome to All new Sikhz .
my respected frnd Shawn from Texas , when found Guru Granth Sahib by chance said the following words ,
This book introduced me to the Siri Guru Granth Sahib, which I subsequently downloaded in its entirety and have been devouring for a couple of weeks. I consider this book to be the most profound I have ever read. I can read it the rest of my life and still not scratch the surface of its profound message. Wow! Me, 50 years old and never investigated the Sikh way of life as put forth in this wonderful book. I've read and studied the Torah and Talmud, the Upanishads, the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the Qur'an, Sufi writings, Bahai teachings, the Christian bible, the words of Dali Lama, the I-Ching, as addition to practicing my grandfather's Lakota ways, yoga, and the spiritual aspects of martial arts. Well, better late than never. I have searched my whole life for a teaching such as found in this book, a way to help me get back to my creator ... Source Sikhnet
Sat nam sri wahe guru ji
Sath Sri Akaal Jason,
How wonderful to learn that others are out there that are going through the same experiences. I too "converted" to Sikhism 4 years ago and I STILL find it daunting to go to the Gurdwara alone! So well done for that. I really set where Sikhism evolved from I found that reading "The Sikh Religion" by Max Macauliffe absolutely amazing. I am lucky that I work with a lot of Punjabi Sikhs and am offered many opportunities to learn key words but have to admit that I am dreadful at speaking the language. Where did you learn? I would be interested to learn it properly.