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Updated on February 15, 2015

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This lens was created because topic WHITE SIKHS is not very popular on search engines. With the help of Hubpages, I decided to do it. Try to search words like white sikhs, black sikhs, converting to sikhism,gora, gori and etc...Very less information!

Have you ever seen them? Interacted with them?

The more I reseached, the more interesting this topic became.

White Sikhs !?! Someone finds it amazing, someone doesn't realise they exist. Have you ever seen white sikh and what is your view? There are some white sikhs in America, Europe and Asia. How many? I would not be able to answer but I would like to know.

White Sikhs - they follow sikhism more than a lot of punjabis living abroad, they speak Punjabi fluently and can read Gurmukhi and Guru Granth Sahib and some of them are fully amrit dari. Although Sikhism does not have missionaries and it does not actively seek converts, people are eager to know more about Sikhism.

Sikhism is the most youngest religion in the world and it's not well known in Europe and other parts of the world. More and more people discovering Sikhism in the 21st century.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Gursant Singh ji,

      First, I want to acknowledge the degree of reverence you express toward Darbar Sahib ji, but also want to caution that while the objects of faith should be respected, excess can amount to idolatry.

      Next, the structure of the Darbar Sahib ji, is designed to invite all people from all religions and all directions upon the Earth. Is it not possible to conceive of the Golden Temple brand as the written invitation that goes out to all people throughout the world? The Langar and feeding the hungry is a focal point of Sikhi. Isnt the branding of food a very appropriate and loving expression of this philosophy? It seems to me that the basic intent of using the Golden Temple branding is an expression of sewa.

      Also, the SGGS ji reminds us that Waheguru ji imbues all things manifest and subtle and that no thing exists without or beyond His being or doing. The Golden Temple brand is not defamatory and the persons using it to label commercial product intend no disrespect, but are associating the high ideal and concept of the Golden Temple with their own work in the world. If the Golden Temple brand were to be removed, would this aid in the promulgation of awareness of Sikhi and the existence of Darbar Sahib ji, or reduce it?

      Are Sikhs actively boycotting the Golden Temple brand and opting to purchase other brands? Surely, the most effective means of eliminating a product from market is to stop buying it. True consensus on this contentious labelling can be obtained through the mass rejection of the products.

      Finally, rather than aiming to remove the Golden Temple brand, dont you think this is an ideal opportunity to encourage Hearthside Foods to incorporate more information about Darbar Sahib ji Sikhi and the Naam into their packaging? Sikhi isnt a proselytising faith, yet, in ways we may not be aware of, it is making itself known throughout the world.

      The secular-spiritual nature of Sikhi is one characteristic, expressed through the householder-devotee lifestyle that sets it apart from other religions. Sikhs always have one foot planted in the secular world, while the other is in the spiritual. How do we do it? We use the secular to understand and communicate the spiritual and the spiritual to understand and commune with Waheguru about the secular.

      From the spiritual side, these secular phrases:

      This body is the jeweller's shop, O Siblings of Destiny; the incomparable Naam is the merchandise.

      The merchant secures this merchandise, O Siblings of Destiny, by contemplating the Word of the Guru's Shabad.

      Blessed is the merchant, O Nanak, who meets the Guru, and engages in this trade.

      ~ Shabad by Guru Nanak Dev Ji in Raag Sorath on Pannaa 635

      From the secular side, this spiritual phrase:

      "There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so"

      ~ Shakespeare

      Sat Sri Akal,

      t

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Sikhs alarmed about Use/Sale of the Golden Temple Brand

      Sign the online petition at this link asking Hearthside Foods to respect Sikhs and stop selling the Golden Temple brand http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/goldentemple

      Whereas: The Golden Temple is the English name for Darbar Sahib located in Amritsar India and The Golden Temple is a central Gurdwara (house of worship) for Sikhs everywhere and Sikhism teaches to never mix faith with commerce and Sikh teachings are offered freely:

      Whereas: no one should profit when sharing the Sikh religion, and no one should trivialize other's religious traditions, much less profit from cheapening them:

      Whereas: The Golden Temple should not be branded and Gurdwaras, including The Golden Temple, are places of worship, and are open to feed people not for commercial purposes:

      Whereas: Sikhs live by the principles of remembering God, working hard and sharing with others and nowhere in the Sikh scriptures is there any promotion of cheap commercial gimmicks using the Sikh sacred shrines for profit:

      Whereas: The Golden Temple is not a brand name for any trade and The Golden Temple is the Almighty's temple, a place of devotion, equality, love, service, and protection for all, not to be used for commercial profit:

      We the undersigned request Hearthside Foods to respect the Sikh faith and stop selling and or using the Golden Temple brand name and or images of The Golden Temple.

      Sign the online petition at this link asking Hearthside Foods to respect Sikhs and stop selling the Golden Temple brand http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/goldentemple

      July 13, 2010 (MMD Newswire) --

      Sikhs are dismayed over Hearthside Food's use of the Sikhs' central place of worship, the Golden Temple, for commercial profit.

      The recent sale of the Golden Temple brand to Hearthside Foods with $700 million in total revenue, ignites Sikhs' unease over what they claim was Yogi Bhajan's commercialization and trivialization of their religion. Amidst the complex battle between Bhajan's family and students in Oregon courts over the control of Bhajan's empire, the Golden Temple name and logo recently sold to Hearthside Foods upsetting many mainstream Sikhs. Hardev Singh Shergill, editor of the Sikh Bulletin explains:

      "The Golden Temple is the English name for Darbar Sahib located in Amritsar India. The Golden Temple is a central Gurdwara (house of worship) for Sikhs everywhere. Yogi Bhajan was dead wrong to use the Golden Temple to sell breakfast cereal, to feed his wallet and ego. Sikhism teaches to never mix faith with commerce. Sikh teachings are offered freely. No one should profit when sharing the Sikh religion. And no one should trivialize other's religious traditions, much less profit from cheapening us. The executives at Hearthside Foods are innocent and ignorant. They know nothing about Sikhism. They are just more victims of Bhajan's cult."

      "We ask Hearthside Foods to respect Sikhs and stop selling the Golden Temple brand. We've started an online petition to ask Hearthside to stop using the Golden Temple brand name," says Gursant Singh, editor of Gurmukhyoga.com, a former Yogi Bhajan student who left Bhajan's group after travelling to India and meeting with mainstream Sikhs there. "I didn't know I was in a cult. Yogi Bhajan was more like Jim Jones than a Sikh. It is important to repair the damage he caused. "If a company used a brand name like "Vatican Vermicelli" or "Paul's Last Supper Wine", you'd find religious people everywhere rising up in protest. Give the Golden Temple back. Sikhs welcome Hearthside employees to visit Darbar Sahib, or any Gurdwara, where people are fed delicious food free of charge daily. Eat at the Golden Temple. Don't eat The Golden Temple."

      "The Golden Temple should not be branded. Gurdwaras, including The Golden Temple, are places of worship; they are to stay open, and to feed people," says Harmander Singh of Sikhs of England, coach of Fauja Singh, 99 year old marathon runner, and London's 'Sikhs In the City' team. "Many Sikhs have arrived in the West since 1984, escaping from religious persecution and genocide in India. We feel shame over how Yogi Bhajan conned young people - we Sikhs live by the principles of remembering God, working hard and sharing with others - nowhere is there any promotion of sex tantra and yoga gimmicks in the Sikh scriptures. Rather, for Sikh's perhaps the most sinful act imaginable is to fleece innocents in the name of the Divine."

      Back in the early 1970s when Yogi Bhajan and his students named their Eugene Oregon bakery, The Golden Temple and started selling Wahe Guru Chews (Waheguru is Sikh's primary word for the Divine, literally, 'wondrous teacher') there were few Sikhs in the West to protest. Dr. Trilochan Singh in his book Sikhism and Tantric Yoga written in 1977 stated, "In England last year a firm advertised some blue jeans as Jesus Jeans. The whole religious world of England rose in one protest and stopped the manufacture of these jeans. The word Golden Temple has become an instrument of commercial affairs of Yogi Bhajan."

      Dr. Iqbal Singh who lives a few miles from the Golden Temple in India and has written five books on Sikh history agrees, "The Golden Temple is not a brand name for any trade. This is the Almighty's temple...a place of devotion, equality, love, service, and protection for all, not to be used for commercial profit."

      Media Contacts:

      Hardev Singh Shergill

      editor@sikhbulletin.com

      Gursant Singh

      London UK Ph. 011447507897373

      Gurusant@hotmail.com

      Gurusant.com

      Gurmukhyoga.com

      Harmander Singh from Sikhs in England

      harmanders@btinternet.com

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I like to say, "I'm gurmukh inside." I also like to remind myself that Waheguru ki ji fateh when the urge to push destiny arises. I live in a predominantly Indian community. Some call me the 'arya' and some call me the 'gori'. The fact is, while Sikhi is inclusive in principle, it is still exclusive in practice in a lot of places. I would only caution that the inclusiveness of Sikhi be emphasised. Maybe 'Human by Grace of Waheguru, Sikh by Choice' would bring the point home. Maybe not. But aside from all that, I am really glad to know there is a rise in westerners who recognise the Truth to be found in the SGGS and Sikhi and who are pursuing it as a spiritual path, rather than an ethnic identity. Perhaps a reminder that no one is born Sikh is necessary for the reason of exclusivity, but also to discourage resting on ones laurels.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      well Danka ji, when one become a sikh then he is no more gora or kala.

      gurbani says "awar allah nur upaya kudrat ke sab bande"-god has created the whole universe and all the r his men so i dont think it matters if one is an gora singh or kala african singh or indian singh but what really does matter is that how much we believe in guru and how much we practice the guru's words.

      And those T-shirts, pullovers and locket's look really kool but i think sikh swaroop speaks more than they do. with such thinks we can impress the people walking around us but we can not impress the guru.

      guru ji said "rehat payari mujh ko sikh payara nahi"...

      god bless u

      prabhjot singh.

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      desilegend 7 years ago

      @Natalie W Schorr: Thanks. Congrats on making the lens of the day!

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      Natalie W Schorr 7 years ago

      Interesting and informative lens!!!

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      desilegend 7 years ago

      @sheriangell: Thanks for stopping by! By the way your lens is in my superhero lenses. Good read!

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      sheriangell 7 years ago

      Very interesting....I've never heard of this and it's always good to learn something new.

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      desilegend 7 years ago

      @SueM11: Thanks for stopping by!

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      Sue Mah 7 years ago from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

      Pleased to know you here at Squidoo. You are the first white Sikh I know. We have many Sikhs living in Malaysia. Great lens to educate people more on the Sikhs.

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      desilegend 7 years ago

      Do you know any gora/gori sikh? Have you seen them in you local gurudwara?

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      desilegend 8 years ago

      Please leave a comment or anything you want to say here.Much appreciated!