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What is the Sikh Religion?

Updated on August 5, 2014
Wikimedia Commons Picture of the Year:  2009
Wikimedia Commons Picture of the Year: 2009 | Source

Opening the Door

The other day I met this elderly man who was quite mystical with a long, wavy greybeard. He stood waiting in the lobby, wearing a beige turban ... I thought he looked very sad maybe because everyone else kept staring at him as if he were the enemy. I felt bad, and so I did something unexpected. I approached him.

A Chieftan

c. 1835-45. It depicts a Sikh sardar, a title originally meaning "chieftain", or "headman" in Persian, but which came to be used routinely for Sikh men of a certain rank.
c. 1835-45. It depicts a Sikh sardar, a title originally meaning "chieftain", or "headman" in Persian, but which came to be used routinely for Sikh men of a certain rank. | Source

Letting Goodness Come In

Part of me felt embarrassed by the indifferent treatment from my counterparts, and the other half of me was curious about his origin. I walked up to him with a smile and introduced myself. He seemed altogether startled that I did so. Reflecting upon this I now recognize how lonely and isolated he must have felt, and I am very ashamed that I never learned this lesson until now.

He told me that he was from India as I suspected. He explained that he followed the Sikh Religion ... believes in One GOD, the law of Cause and Effect also known as Karma. He briefed me on the history of his people and the atrocity against them by their Muslim invaders. He taught me about the power and belief of Singh ... The Heart of a Lion.

BBC Documentary on Sikhism

The Founder of an Empire

Maharaja Ranjit Singh
Maharaja Ranjit Singh | Source

A New Found Friend

I was absolutely enthralled.

He was the warmest, most gracious and kind hearted man who did not deserve to be looked down upon just because he wore a turban. When he walked out of the lobby, he was no longer sad, but delighted.

A cultural barrier had been knocked down.

Today, I proudly stand.

I have practiced good karma, and I have learned a valuable lesson about appearance and perception. As the old saying goes, never judge a book by its cover.

Expectations of a Sikh

  • Selfless Service
  • Respect all paths
  • Help the Disadvantaged
  • Student of Life
  • Does not Discriminate
  • Everyone in Life is Equal
  • Chant the Name Warrior Saint
  • Meditate on God
  • See God in All

Qualities of a Sikh

  • Disciplined
  • Honest
  • Humble
  • Fidelity
  • Fearless
  • Protector
  • Selfless
  • Compassionate
  • Exalted Attitude

Portrait of Warrior

Sikh - Atma Singh  image: Half length portrait of Atma Singh, wearing uniform and turban.  World War II, 1943
Sikh - Atma Singh image: Half length portrait of Atma Singh, wearing uniform and turban. World War II, 1943 | Source

Symbol of Sikhism

Sikh Symbol
Sikh Symbol | Source

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    Vegas Elias 5 years ago from Mumbai

    Well written hub Ziena. I voted you up for it. Its true that certain outward appearances like adorning a turban or wearing a burkha by Muslim ladies may create a barrier between them and the others around them.

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    ziyena 5 years ago from Southern Colorado

    I so agree Michael.

    Tired of all the prejudice in this world.

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    diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico

    I have always admired Sikhs. They are brave yet peaceful, very industious and family oriented and so different from many other religions.

    We have many in Britain and they never cause problems or take up terrorism.

    Glad you opened up to the chap.

    Bob

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    cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

    ziyena, Perception is reality. to many people judge someone when they first see them, leading to false assumptions. That's exactly whats wrong with our society, instant gratification. noone wants to take the time to really understand who others are and what they actually do believe in. Media propaganda..

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    ziyena 5 years ago from Southern Colorado

    Thanks Billy ...

    I definitely need to fine tune ... wish I could find more time!!!

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    Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

    What I always feel when I read one of your hubs is I wish it was longer. Nice job as usual and keep up the good work.

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