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My Sikh Sense
By M.S.S. Hari Singh Bird Khalsa


Hari Singh Bird Khalsa

“When the adversity will hit, the communication will break.
Never break the communication, neither with an enemy nor
with a friend. Keep communicating. That’s what God does.
Just understand. Communication is vibration. Keep vibrating,
but positively. Never listen to negativity.” Yogi Bhajan

Questions for Sikh Ministers

Sat Nam, Dear Fellow Ministers of Sikh Dharma!

Your response to these questions is humbly requested.

.) Didn't Guru Gobind Singh direct men AND women to tie turban?

.) Why don't Sikh women tie turban?

Kindly respond to each question.

NOTE: So far only a couple respondents have replied to these questions, with only a couple of replies dealing directly with the question of why Sikh women don't tie turban.

Thank you!

M.S.S. Hari Singh Bird Khalsa --

See Life According To Hoda Katebi.

See Harpreet Singh On Why Sikh Women Don't Tie Turban.

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These women claim to be Sikh. Which of them are identifiably Sikh?

"Given the positive and growing public awareness of Sikhs,
Sikh women manifestly express their parity with men when
they tie turban, thereby advocating gender equality. Without
the turban the perception persists that Kaurs are not true Sikhs.
Singhs are perceived to be the genuine, even dominant gender.
Women wearing the turban makes gender equality more apparent.

Sikh women make a powerful statement about gender equality
when they tie turban. It is a graceful and effective way of putting Sikhs
and other communities on notice. It says, "We are who we are in support
of everyone's human rights irrespective of gender." -- DualityOptics.com

Pages And Points To Ponder

See Turban Is Bana. See Duality Optics. See The Essence of Kaur. See The Turban Is A Bigot Detector. See Broad Points. See But Where Are The Women? See The Role And Status of Sikh Women. See U.S. Sikhs Want Women To Sing At Golden Temple. See Bibi Kiranjot Kaur On Women's Rights. See A Muslim Woman Teaches Kirtan. See Women Are Not Allowed To Play Kirtan. See Sikhism And Homosexuality. See Why Do You Not See Any Sikh Women? See Sikh Identity Is For Men Only. See When Will Sikh Men Stand Up. See Sikh Women's Issues. See Women And The Sikh Religion. See My Response To The Sikh Minister Survey. See How To Make Yoga Classes LGBT Friendly. See Punjabi Sikh Optics Do Matter. See What's With Sikhs And Gender Equality? See Circumstance. See The Woman Pope. See Women Are Much More Than This. See The Question of Authority Within Sikhism. See Should Mixed Faith Marriage In Sikh Temples Be Banned? See Balvinder Kaur Saund. See Maharani Jind Kaur: Saint Soldier. See Sudha Kaur Chopra On Gurdwara Security. See Why Don't Sikh Women Tie Turban? See Life According To Hari Nam Kaur. See I Fight Like A Girl. See Dastaar For Sikh Women. See The Turban Is A Crown. See The Essence of Kaur. See Life According To Joan Baez. See Menstruation From A Woman's Perspective. See Granny Stops Burglar. See Life According To Andrea Mitchell. See 'Sikh' And Ye Shall Find. See The Story Behind My Turban. See We Are We, We Are One. See Sikhs Shine. See Women Wimps Or Warriors. See Women Warriors. See Jai Jagdeesh Kaur's Ad Guray Nameh. See Refuse To Be A Victim Seminar. See Amazon Women. See How The Marines Transform Me Into We. See Memories of Khalsa Women's Rifle Drill Team. See Definitions. See Sikh Definitions. See Glossary of Sikh Terms. See Greetings, Names and Titles.

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My Sikh Sense
By S.S. SatHanuman Singh Khalsa.


SatHanuman Singh Khalsa 

Experience is the best teacher.

Sat Nam. Dear Fellow Ministers of Sikh Dharma, kindly permit me to share a recent missive I received from a fellow minister regarding the practice of Yoga, then my response.

Sorath, Fifth Mehl, Second House, Ashtapadees: One Universal Creator God. By The Grace of The True Guru: They read scriptures, and contemplate the Vedas; they practice the inner cleansing techniques of Yoga, and control of the breath. But they cannot escape from the company of the five passions; they are increasingly bound to egotism. ||1|| O Beloved, this is not the way to meet the Lord; I have performed these rituals so many times. I have collapsed, exhausted, at the Lotus Feet of the Guru.

My response:

Raj Jog Takhat Dhan Dhan Guru Ram Das!

While I agree Singh Sahib, the practice of Hatha Yoga is limited and any Siddhis developed in the practice of any school of Yoga can cause egotism, you like other Sikhs bring to mind those fundamentalist Christians who quote scripture -- but miss the mark!

I Sardar ji, am 67 years of age. I met Siri Singh Sahib Harbhajan Singh ji at the age of 21 (1971). My story, that of a young man not searching for a Guru or even a path, is one only Siri Guru Nanak Dev ji could have blessed me with!

My Teacher arrived as I was ready to remember who I am. Ask yourself how a white man, born to Christian parents in post World War II America, came to adopt the path of Sikhi?

If Harbhajan Singh Yogiji hadn't taught me Kundalini Yoga, had he not been a devoted Sikh of the Guru, had he not directed me to the Shabd Guru, connected my soul to the Holy Nam, how would I have lived this Path, which you were born to for over 45 years? 

There are many Souls, not of Punjabi or even Indian lineage, who are drawn to the Path of Guru. Many first awakened to their Destiny by learning Kundalini Yoga (as Taught by Yogiji). Some will get it, some will move on. Some realized their Guru is the Shabd, some not. It's Guru's blessing for each Soul to live the Dharma of the Shabd Guru.

Kundalini Yoga opened me up -- bringing the Naam, and if one listens, one will awaken to the Guru's Hukum! You may want to question yourself, not me?

I am Amritdhari, I have grandchildren born Sikhs! Kundalini Yoga, as Taught by a Khalsa named Harbhajan Singh, is no ordinary Yoga! 

The issue for you, my brother, is you've not had a Teacher nor the practical experience! I suggest you meditate more and judge less until you experience Chardi Kala! Perhaps after you experience the power of Kundalini Yoga (a minimum of 40-days), we can have a conversation that's based on real experience.

I walk with my Guru. He is within me.

Kindly visit me at SatHanumanSingh.com. Spend some time browsing. I know you'll find much more than you even want to know.

Wahe Guru Ji Ka Khalsa! Wahe Guru Ji Ki Fateh! -- Back To Beginning

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My Sikh Sense
By S.S. SatHanuman Singh Khalsa.


SatHanuman Singh Khalsa 

We are IT!

Sat Nam. Shakespeare spoke through Hamlet: “There is no right or wrong, only thinking makes it so!”

It’s the mind which separates each Soul from its True Nature - The Divine! G-O-D is... not only within but also without! All our deepest longing is in our personal communion with our Self!

This Divine Spark lies deep within and beyond the Mind - Mantra takes us “deeply beyond the Mind.”

While we seek new life forms or even gods beyond Earth, our Solar system, we have forgotten or lost our collective memory that our Soul is G-O-D, and we are One with this One - we are the Light we seek, we are ALL that is!

Beliefs are temporary. Knowledge comes from experience. I do not believe in a god or any spirit , or even trust my soul to be saved by any personality or any god!

I know I am and that is THAT!

We continue to ask - WHY, while the response is always WHY NOT?

Yogi Bhajan taught to dwell in G-O-D, not to Trust in God!

Why do I write G-O-D rather than God?

We are the Generator! We are the Organizer! We are the Destroyer! We are the Giver! We are the Originator! We are the Deliverer! WE ARE THE G-O-D!

Meditation is listening to our True Being - this is Sat Nam!

As you meditate thoughts will come and go - patiently listen and know. You are in cinque - keep up, you will be kept up!

Brave and fearless is the soul who faces the Divine Source of all that is.

Wahe Guru Ji Ka Khalsa! Wahe Guru Ji Ki Fateh! -- Back To Beginning

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My Sikh Sense
By Fatehpal Singh Tarney


Fatehpal Singh Tarney

Why there are so few converts* to Sikhism

In past years, I have often used the term “Gora Sikh/Sardar” to identify myself. In recent times, I much prefer “Sabat Surat Sardar” or “Pakka Sardar.”

No religion begins without converts and all religions begin as rebellions. However, many people born into a given faith tend to overlook this fact. Converts are often looked upon with some suspicion, or considered inferior devotees. The reverse of this is the idea that converts reinvigorate a religion – new people bring new life to it – new blood.

Religious conversion has been categorized as follows: free choice conversions; death bed conversions; marital conversions; forced conversions, and conversions of convenience, such as greater opportunities for upward mobility. Examples of this were non-Muslims in the Ottoman Empire or under the Mughals in India who adopted Islam, or when parents wanted a child to be admitted to a prestigious Christian school. This was fairly common during The British Raj.

Westerners, however, who develop a keen interest in Sikhism are confronted with something quite unique and challenging. The common view in the West among those few who know anything at all about our religion is that Sikhism is NOT known to actively proselytize, but that it does accept converts. The challenge for the Western convert to Sikhism involves, among other things, language.

My personal experience with Punjabi has combined frustration with some frivolity. I am quite proficient in the Spanish language; less so in Punjabi. However, my pronunciation in both languages has been considered excellent by native speakers. Good pronunciation can be both an asset and a liability in that people fluent in these tongues assume that I too am fluent, and begin speaking too rapidly for me. I use both words and hand gestures to slow both Spanish and Punjabi speakers down!

We do not proselytize as some other religions do, but since 9-11 we have been committed to educating non-Sikhs - especially in the West. In my view, parchar is very important. The great ragi from Australia, Bhai Dya Singh, once visited our south Florida Gurdwara Sahib and said something profound – I never forgot it, “Sikhism is the world's best-kept secret!” I maintain that the world needs Sikhi – Gurbani is an oasis with a spring filled with wonderful water, but thirsty people pass it by.

My wise and dear friend, Sardar Nirmal Singh Ji [Camp New Delhi] suggests that we Sikhs should give up hesitation and turn more proactive in talking about ourselves; our beliefs and faith practices to non-Sikhs in the West. In this way, the good that Sikhi offers becomes more visible for others to learn from and build on for common good. Given that there are far more Western converts to Islam, Buddhism, and various Hindu sects, than to Sikhism, it comes as no surprise that there are so-called “white” adherents of these faiths, whereas Western Sikhs, like me, often get the “But you're a white man!” reaction to my saroop.

Once, at a Sikh owned and operated hotel, a young gori lady working at the front desk – no stranger to Sikhs – began her conversation with me with these very words! After I spent five minutes explaining to her that Sikhism is not a race, ethnicity, or nationality, or language, but a religion whose principles guiding behavior are what are central, she reiterated, “But you're a white man!” I also get from many gora people, “Gee, you don't look like you're from India!”

I have come to the following conclusions regarding neophytes to our faith. They ought be told that Gurbani should be their priority. They do not have to immediately stop cutting their hair. The five kakkars and the turban do not have to be straightaway concerns. Sikh sewadars assisting prospective converts should point out the internal diversity within any Sadh Sangat. Point out to these people, for example, the fellow in Nihang bana with a long kirpan, and say that no newcomer should feel obligated to look like this.

Newcomers should be educated about diet. Yes, many Sikhs are strict vegetarians, but others are omnivores with an emphasis, like me, on carnivore! We should explain why we do not eat halal and employ the jhatka method with the instantaneous killing of an animal, preferably with the single blow of a sword or ax, and that some Sikhs, out of respect for their Hindu friends and relatives, avoid beef.

Khalsa status can be a goal and something evolved to. This does not mean that new Sikhs should be discouraged from adopting the Sikh saroop if they are so inclined to do so. What about our Sri Guru Granth Sahib for the newcomer? I offer the following to fellow Sikhs purely as “food for thought.”

Some years ago, I was very impressed with something a mullah in Egypt said. He made the point that a Western convert to Islam reading a Qur'an in English translation, but reading it with careful thought and devotion was superior in the eyes of God to someone in the Near East  mindlessly reading it in Arabic and relying only on memorization based on repetition! Repeating words from holy scriptures is not always a bad thing. As always, Nirmal Singh Ji reminds me that Gurbani commends both Veechaar and Simarnaa, remembrance - both have their uses in learning and living values.

It is not my intention to challenge the use the Punjabi language or Gurmukhi in any way. Once more , my wise and beloved friend, Nirmal Singh Ji, has pointed out the issue of language needs to be examined in a thoughtful manner. No one is trying to disconnect the original language from our Sri Guru Grant Sahib. I also, as a Westerner, appreciate Punjabi as an aid to identity in the Diaspora for youngsters to stay culturally connected with their ancestral roots and receive the message of Gurbani/Kirtan/Katha.

Many a Western convert to Sikhi has lamented the insularity of Punjabi Sikhs in their interaction with non-Punjabi Sikhs [and non-Sikhs] arguing that this prejudice to inconsistent with the message and teachings of Guru Nanak Dev Ji. My own experience as a Western convert to Sikhi is to have seen people marginalized when they should have been embraced. Inclusion – not insularity should be promoted and often it is not. Sikh ignorance of and lack of interest in the ideas and experience of Western converts should be a source of concern given the sad state of affairs in Punjab with drug and alcohol abuse as well as the persecution of Sikhs in the Muslim-dominated countries of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

However, I want to be fair. Through the years, I have been warmly welcomed by so many Sikhs of Punjabi origin. Most people who are Sikhs are such the result of accident of birth, I do not imply that this is insignificant. People born into Sikh families have received a great blessing from God. Those of us who are Western converts have also received a blessing from God, but have been given a different path to the same divine essence. Sadly, there are still some people from my home Sadh Sangat who still treat me as an outsider despite over three decades of involvement there and having been president of the Florida Gurdwara (see Notes).

I have written through the years about the limited hospitality guests receive. It has always saddened me to see non-Sikh guests to a Gurdwara Sahib be greeted and recognized by a committee person, but then receive only minimal attention and friendliness from Sangat members. The excuse that language prevents cordial interaction is unconvincing. One does not have to be fluent in English to smile at a guest. A smile is a form of Sewa. Moreover, the infighting that occurs in Sadh Sangats often reaches local media including radio, television, and newspapers. This leaves people with a bad impression of our community.

I have even witnessed verbal abuse and fisticuffs even when there are non-Sikh visitors present at a Diwan. My respected online friend, Sardar Jaidev Singh Ji in America, argues that if we hate, argue, and fight each other, why on Earth would anyone join such a group (see related Issue)? All religions, however, do have their fair share of infighting. If humans were perfect, we would not need congregations as we would already have achieved union with God.

There are other positive things that counteract the negative. I have said on many occasions that my Christian wife has more Sikh friends than I have. My beloved mother, another devout Christian, worshiped at our Gurdwara Sahib for the last four years of her life and was accepted by so many in our Sadh Sangat. No one ever questioned their regular presence at a Sikh place of worship. My mother, born in Italy, said her prayers in Italian and absorbed our Shabads via the translations projected on big screens. God, of course, is multilingual!

My mother always had trouble keeping a chunni on her head. Caring women helped her with this and I, across the Diwan Hall, would regularly gesture to her to keep her head covered. Eventually, I went online and learned how to tie a hijab for her, which would stay on her head. I purchased several hijabs for her. The wonderful thing is that no one questioned my mother's presence at our Diwans. I was often asked this question only out of pure curiosity, “Is your mother a Muslim? I would reply, “No, she's a Christian!" (Why Don't Sikh Women Tie Turban?)

The reputation of our Langar, especially at Harmandir Sahib, has always impressed people around the world. Serving meals without charge to 50,000 people per day and 100,000 at Gurpurbs is amazing. I have a non-Sikh friend who visited Amritsar and was not only impressed with the Langar itself but with the level of hygiene particularly how plates and utensils were thoroughly cleaned. Yes, one would think that the Langar would be a means of spreading our faith. The Langar is praised by many, but when I look, for example, at the Hindus who walk down the street from their mandir to our Gurdwara Sahib for the Langar, their interest is a free meal. They can get a meal at their temple, but there is a charge. To be fair, and sad to say, many Sikhs come to the Gurdwara just to eat Langar.

Allow me to repeat something I have written about many times before. What are the motivations for non-Sikhs to visit a Gurdwara? I suggest that there are six such motivations with some obvious overlap. 1.) basic curiosity 2.) a person has a Sikh friend 3.) a student in a comparative religion class 4.) a person involved in interfaith programs 5.) a political candidate looking for support 6.) a person with spiritual thirst who may or may not know that Gurbani can quench that thirst. Most significant in my view is the 6th motivation, which we as Sikhs must addross in better fashion.

With the passage of time, established religions tend to develop new denominations and sects. Some of these evolve into completely independent groups, while others remain marginal to the mainstream. In Sikhism, there are groups such as Nihangs, Namdharis, Nirankaris, Sindhi “Sikhs,” and the 3HO [Sikh Dharma International]. Given that the first four groups have their origins in the subcontinent, what is of primary interest here is the 3HO group, which began in the West. 

This group was founded by Yogi Bhajan. There is an emphasis on Kundalini yoga and vegetarianism, but a reverence for our Sri Guru Granth Sahib and the five kakkars. They try to spread the teachings of our ten Gurus, our Granth, but also the teachings of Yogi Bhajan. Despite their rhetoric of outreach, they are quite insular and peripheral. 

I met Yogi Bhajan over 30 years ago here in south Florida at the home of a devout member of our local Sadh Sangat. He predicted that I would eventually take Amrit, but it was unimportant to him that I was not in his 3HO group. As a Vietnam veteran with many comrades afflicted with drug, alcohol, and tobacco addictions, I know Yogi Bhajan helped many of them. Even those who left Sikhism benefited from his influence. Some former members of this group have joined the mainstream Sikh fold.

I conclude this essay with a specific recommendation. When people express an interest in converting to our faith, stress Sahajdhari gradualism. Point out devout Sahajdharis. Encourage newcomers to join with other Sikhs in all religious and social activities and become active members of Sadh Sangats. Keep Khalsa baptism as a goal. -- Source.

*Notes

Sat Nam. Fetehpal Singh was president of Florida Gurdwara in 2000s, a unanimous choice of two antagonistic factions. At the end, he was given a Siropa from the incoming committee in recognition of his reconciliation efforts.

The word Sahajdhari was known before becoming prominent during the 1880's as a definition of a Hindu or Muslim, or a non-sikh who had a inclination towards Sikhism but had not taken the step to become a full fledged Khalsa or Amritdhari. If a Hindu was interested in become a Sikh as many thousands were during this time then he would first dispense with his Hindu belief and study Gurbani and do the Nitnem prayers. Right from the times of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the procedure to become a Sikh was to get the Pahul from the Guru and follow the instructions given by the Guru. In 1699, when Guru Gobind Singh Ji changed the traditional method of giving 'Pahul' into 'Khandey di Pahul', he told all the members of the Sangat to adopt this way, if they wish to become part of the new Sangat - Khalsa. Those who followed the instinct of their own mind and ignored this order of the Guru failed to become part of this order.

Sahajdhari Sikh is the one who "practices Sahaj." The word "Sahaj" comes in Sri Guru Granth Sahib a number of times. It is not something that can be practiced. It is a stage that can be achieved by devotedly practicing Vaheguru-Akalpurakh's Naam. However, this differs from someone who is Khalsa as this is the belief, which must be practiced and maintained. "Sahaj" of the word "Sahajdhari" is a Punjabi word, which means 'slow', whereas "dhaari" means to 'adopt'. Therefore, 'Sahajdhari' Sikh means a 'slow adopter' of Sikhism and has no connection whatsoever with the 'Sahaj Avastha' - A stage of unaffectedness or equipoise (perfect balance). Although a Sahajdhari may acquire the progressive steps in order to become a practicing Sikh, some people are still considered a Sahajdhari as they do not keep uncut kesh or hair or adopt the name, Singh, yet they can still follow the main beliefs of Sikhism.

There is a slight difference in people who are considered Sahadharis and hose who are Keshdharis. The main difference is Sahajdhari is one who follows the main beliefs of Sikhism, yet does not keep uncut hair or adopt the name Singh within their name, however Keshdharis, or normal Sikhs are those who do not cut their hair, and may follow the Five Ks and use the name Singh/Kaur, however they remain classified as a Keshdhari as they have not been baptised. This is considered the main difference. Source.

*BTW: Sikhs do not convert, they transform. Use of the term convert especially in relation to latter day Sikhs is inaccurate. One does not simply convert to or adopt another spiritual path. Those who choose Dharma, i.e., adherence to a righteous duty or path, which is fulfilled by the observance of custom or law with conformity and commitment to one's righteous duty and nature, as in Sikh Dharma, experience a true transition, a real transformation of consciousness.

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See Glossary of Sikh Terms.

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My Sikh Sense
By S.S. Ranbir Singh Bhai


Ranbir Singh Bhai

Re Why there are so few converts to Sikhism

Dearly respected and loving brother - Fatehpal Singh.

As you may notice I never address any one with such respect at GLZ.

You deserve my respect due to your own commitment to Sikhi and commitment to your own deep introspection. I salute you.

Punjabi Sikhs are arrogant and feel entitled. These characteristics are very anti-Guru and anti-Sikh teachings within Sikh scriptures.

As you can see the ongoing GLZ dialogues verify my observations.

White Sikhs from the West, whom I have known for some 47 years, are numb to their limited rituals and arrogance of being Sikh instead of living Sikh.

Both groups are now in utter decline. They should be. Sikh practice is very confining when a Sikh does not daily embrace his Guru as in Guru Granth Sahib message - You are Me.

White and brown Sikhs are accustomed to their own survival instincts, which are Compete and Compare. This attitude is based on 100% judgement and 0% trust in the Guru. This judgement is characteristic of the Punjabi culture. We thrive on it. We compete. We compare. We boast. We embellish our history, which we actually don’t know, and don’t care. We belittle each other using false narratives of our degrees and status at the expense of other's self-respect and self-esteem.

No wonder Sikhs are walking targets today. They will be in the future unless our next generations stop dealing with the old generations, which is useless and redundant in the 21st century.

White Sikhs are also declining. Their offspring are aimless and directionless. Their parents are ignorant of Punjabi culture and it’s nuances. Society today demands that you must clearly project your identity with merit  and excellence. White Sikhs have fallen to the wayside after the passing of Yogi Bhajan.

White Sikhs, from my advantage point, are very similar to Punjabi Sikhs - arrogant about their decision to become Sikhs and looking like Sikhs instead of living as Sikhs. They are unable to transfer their legacy to their children. Most are stuck in a time warp. But their children have options. One is obvious. Not to look like a Sikh and for the most part not to be a Sikh. They have opted for being just good and fair human beings. They have chosen the best option: denounce their adopted Sikh faith; forget their parent's Judaism and Christianity; and finally - move on to practice Yoga as exercise and live for joy and satisfaction. Now there is a new business paradigm - teaching Yoga!

The sophistication of Sikh values, the depth and spirit of Sikh sacrifices are unknown to most Sikhs especially to the academics and their bookish arrogance. It shows in their ignorance during their intellectual discussions. It’s very sad for me to read and see. It extinguishes my adherence to my deeper values when I listen to Sikh academicians.

My Brother - Guru lives within you and me. We don’t need a congregation of the ignorant and arrogant. Sikh Gurus and Bhagats in scripture admonish such behavior including those who are Sikhs.

This is America. The only great country on this planet. I am so happy that I am not among my own. Instead I am among all God’s beings, and daily experience the human spirit. Nowadays strangers give me more wisdom and respect than friends or people known for lifetime.

Also, don’t listen to people over 50 years old. They are on the verge of becoming obsolete. They are set in their ways and their ways and thinking are becoming obsolete.

Today - the smartphone is a friend, a Guru, a sex partner, an entertainer, a business partner, a communicator with people called family and friends. Smartphone stays close to you and remains in your pocket. Friends and family don’t, and cannot.

World has changed. We need a changed perspective.

Please travel on your journey alone. You are doing well. I enjoy your narratives.

I’m still Ranbir Bhai in Beverly Hills - sitting near a beautiful fountain with a strong cup of dark coffee from Guatemala. It’s going to be a wonderful day in Beverly Hills. I will watch people all day long. I will be served. I am. You are. We are. -- Back To Beginning

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My Sikh Sense
By Nirmal Singh


Nirmal Singh

Re Why there are so few converts to Sikhism

We have been treated to two very interesting perspectives on Western Converts to Sikhi by Fateh Singh ji and Ranbir Singh ji.

Both are very thoughtful persons with deep commitment to the Guru and their insights should help us all get a better understanding of the difficulties that the converted Sikhs face, not only to get integrated with the mainstream but also relating to continued nurturing of their quest and its facilitating its transmission.

If we look at the experience with and of the Eastern Sikhs, Deccani Sikhs, Mazhabi Sikhs and Sikligar Sikhs, etc., we would find a lot common with the issues mentioned by Fateh Singh ji and Ranbir Singh ji.

That should tell us something and my hope is we do not just look past it.

Respectfully,Nirmal Singh
Camp New Delhi
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My Sikh Sense
By Anonymous Kaur

Re Why there are so few converts to Sikhism

This is an interesting topic. It has never been a matter of joining for me, it's a matter of how we live our lives according to Sikhism. There are many, many, many of us, and more coming.

Sikhism has touched the world in a very special way. Perhaps we all need to be one in spirit and quit judging the younger generation and just live as great examples. There is so much to offer each other and so much service to be done around the world. That is something young people can relate to. That is something to be proud of.

I am an American Sikh. I read someone saying that many left after the passing of Yogi Bhajan. Really? No, it's just nonsense and perhaps some wishful thinking. Our Sangat has doubled in size and most of the Sangat is now young people and couples who have 3 or 4 children. I travel all over the U.S. teaching and speaking and I find this everywhere. We are growing and will continue to grow, forever. That is the story of Sikhs. When anyone falls ten more will come in his place.

Many of our Sangats are now mixed both American and Punjabi Sikhs, young people included, and the new Phoenix Gurdwara, has now tripled in size. Construction is completed. All are welcome.

Our values and our lives are precious as Sikhs, and our daily ever-flourishing relationship with our Siri Guru Granth Sahib grows strong. We love our lives and are gratefully feeling the sacredness of how we live as Sikhs. There is no debate for us, we are strong in who we are and proud of our Sikh heritage.

No need for any negative dialogue, thank you. Just appreciating Sikhi and all the beautiful and faithful Sikhs all over the world.

Anonymous Kaur --

My Sikh Sense
By M.S.S. Hari Singh Bird Khalsa


Hari Singh Bird Khalsa

Re Why there are so few converts to Sikhism*

Sat Nam. Anonymous Kaur apparently sees the world through white eyes, as opposed to colored eyes, given her fluffy, Trump-like commentary. She is unrealistic and naive when you consider that out of all the Caucasian families native to the 3HO/SDI Sikh Sangat after 48 years there is only one African American family. To this day, no one has attempted to answer or even to engage in discourse regarding the above questions.

For all her flowery rhetoric, it's interesting that Anonymous Kaur chose not to use her name or her location. Perhaps, next time, Anonymous Kaur will share with us her identity.

*Again, Sikhs do not convert, they transform. Use of the term convert especially in relation to latter day Sikhs is inaccurate. One does not simply convert to or adopt another spiritual path. Those who choose Dharma, i.e., adherence to a righteous duty or path, which is fulfilled by the observance of custom or law with conformity and commitment to one's righteous duty and nature, as in Sikh Dharma, experience a true transition, a real transformation of consciousness.

Here are a couple more questions in need of answers/discussions.

.) Did Guru Gobind Singh direct men AND women to tie turban?

.) Why don't Sikh women tie turban?

Given the positive and growing public awareness of Sikhs,
Sikh women manifestly express their parity with men when
they tie turban, thereby advocating gender equality. Without
the turban the perception persists that Kaurs are not true Sikhs.
Singhs are perceived to be the genuine, even dominant gender.
Women wearing the turban makes gender equality more apparent.

Sikh women make a powerful statement about gender equality
when they tie turban. It is a graceful and effective way of putting Sikhs
and other communities on notice. It says, "We are who we are in support
of everyone's human rights irrespective of gender." -- DualityOptics.com

M.S.S. Hari Singh Bird Khalsa --

*See Definition of Tribalism.

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My Sikh Sense
By Dr. Arjan Kaur Khalsa


Arjan Kaur Khalsa

My Story
Going behind the turban.

My local clients know me pretty well, they know about my spiritual practice, and we share our spiritual practice philosophies regularly.  But, most of you don’t really know who I am or what the turban means to me.

I’ve read some really sweet comments by many of you about my turban and thensome… ahem, not-so-nice comments from people.  So, today I’m giving you an insider’s look into ‘the turban’ and my spiritual practice, for those of you who are curious.

I am a Sikh. This is my spiritual path, and this has been a huge part of my life since I was 22 years old.

I grew up in a non-denominational, awesome family in the heart of the south in the U.S. My Dad has always been the type to look at ‘The One Universal Spirit’ that is contained in all beings and lives inside all of us.

By the time I was 21, I had already spent several years partying with my friends, playing pool, going to bars, frequenting Dave Matthews concerts (they got their start in Athens, GA, where I went to school, so I was at fraternity parties where they were performing for 50 people… awesome for me!), and going to college football games. At 22 years of age, I realized that I was done with all of this and looking for ‘more’.

All of the media and our culture dictated that what I was doing was supposed to make me happy. However, at the end of the day, I felt sad, empty, and lonely. I knew that what I had been doing for the past 6 years was not going to fulfill me for the next few decades and that there had to be something else out there to help me feel self-fulfilled, happy and joyful.

Enter a Kundalini Yoga student into the Pier 1, home store where I was working during Chiropractic school. To make a long story short, I was in love with this lifestyle at ‘Hello’. Kundalini Yoga and the Sikh spiritual path fulfilled this longing that I was experiencing.

The practice of it, for me, includes ‘Bana‘, which is a way of dressing so that we actually stand out and are recognizable (like a uniform for doctor or police), and those around us, remember that ‘Universal Oneness’ that lives in all of us. ‘Bana’ includes wearing a turban, which hundreds of years ago in India was typically only worn by royalty (so it’s like a crown!). The practice of wearing a turban by the Sikhs was also way of equalizing the people during a time of inequality and divisive caste system. (See More.)

When wearing a turban, we cover our crown chakra, which is an energy center located at the top of our head. Additionally, I don’t cut my hair, and I tie it up at this crown center. Energetically speaking, this helps to pull the Sun energy down and into the Crown energy center. The turban helps to keep the energy contained.

As for myself, my spiritual practice includes Kundalini Yoga, meditation, eating foods that help me to stay connected to that ‘Universal Oneness’, and living a conscious lifestyle that cares for my body, mind and spirit and helping to uplift those around me, if it's in my power (in Sikhism, this is called ‘Seva’ or ‘Selfless Service’).

I love and value ALL Spiritual Practices and appreciate all people who are conscious and loving and work toward making the world a better place for all.

Thank you so much for taking the time to find out more about me. I thought it may help some people in understanding who I am and why I look different.

My challenge to you today: Is there is someone in your community who looks different than what you are used to? This may include someone with a different religion or culture, someone from another country that you’re not familiar with, or someone with a disability or disfigurement. If so, I encourage you to take the time to ask them about who they are and what their life is like. Most people are just ‘normal’ people and like the same things you do… love, community, peace, and friendship.

Find the things that you have in common and enjoy those. I know that I always appreciate when people come up to talk with me out of curiosity, innocence and the intention of learning and understanding. -- Source.

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Women's Pages And Points To Ponder

See Turban Is Bana. See DualityOptics.com. See The Essence of Kaur. See The Turban Is A Bigot Detector. See BroadPoints.com. See But Where Are The Women? See The Role And Status of Sikh Women. See U.S. Sikhs Want Women To Sing At Golden Temple. See Bibi Kiranjot Kaur On Women's Rights. See A Muslim Woman Teaches Kirtan. See Women Are Not Allowed To Play Kirtan. See Sikhism And Homosexuality. See Why Do You Not See Any Sikh Women? See Sikh Identity Is For Men Only. See When Will Sikh Men Stand Up. See Sikh Women's Issues. See Women And The Sikh Religion. See My Response To The Sikh Minister Survey. See How To Make Yoga Classes LGBT Friendly. See Punjabi Sikh Optics Do Matter. See What's With Sikhs And Gender Equality? See Circumstance. See The Woman Pope. See Women Are Much More Than This. See The Question of Authority Within Sikhism. See Should Mixed Faith Marriage In Sikh Temples Be Banned? See Balvinder Kaur Saund. See Maharani Jind Kaur: Saint Soldier. See Sudha Kaur Chopra On Gurdwara Security. See Why Don't Sikh Women Tie Turban? See Life According To Hari Nam Kaur. See I Fight Like A Girl. See Dastaar For Sikh Women. See The Turban Is A Crown. See The Essence of Kaur. See Life According To Joan Baez. See Menstruation From A Woman's Perspective. See Granny Stops Burglar. See Life According To Andrea Mitchell. See 'Sikh' And Ye Shall Find. See The Story Behind My Turban. See We Are We, We Are One. See SikhsShine.com. See Women Wimps Or Warriors. See Women Warriors. See Jai Jagdeesh Kaur's Ad Guray Nameh. See Refuse To Be A Victim Seminar. See Amazon Women. See How The Marines Transform Me Into We. See Life According To Hoda Katebi. See Memories of Khalsa Women's Rifle Drill Team.




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Why Don't Sikh Women Tie Turban? Desmond Tutu's Plea To Israel.
See The Homeless Banned And Jailed In 'Christian' America.
See Let's Have 'The Race Conversation' For Real, This Time.
See More Diversity Dialogues. See Institutionalized Racism.

See Required Reading. See Recommended Reading.
See Why Are White Tantra Yoga Classes So 'White'?

See Islamic Extremism vs Christian Extremism.

See A Native American's Thanksgiving Rebuke.
See What White People Need To Know.

See Americans Need To Pay Attention.
See What's Wrong With This Picture?
See A Case Of Unjust Enrichment.
See What Tribalism Looks Like.
See Guidelines For Facilitators.
See For The People Of Color.
See What Is White Privilege?
See KRI Needs To Go To Jail.
See Jon Stewart On Racism.
See The Ubuntu Philosophy.
See TheMahanTantric.com.
See Example of Tribalism.

See ACT For Diversity.
See Comments Con.
See Comments Pro.

See Obama 43 To 1.
See My Main Point.
See Definitions.
See Questions.

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Library of Teachings Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati
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Hari Jiwan Singh Khalsa Christmas In New Mexico
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Ganga Bhajan Kaur Khalsa SatHanuman Singh Khalsa
Shakti Parwha Kaur Khalsa
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