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  1. She was being sly, by implying that our faith specifically and all others are wrong and only hers is right but she wouldn't come and say that directly to your face.She wants to you come to realize that for yourself. It sounds like some passive agressive <banned word filter activated>. She didnt come there to learn something new it sounds like.She made her statement and left it in the open for all around to hear. She's basically saying "I believe this" and your belief doesnt match mine, so what's wrong with your belief. She was there to undermine our faith. You could've responded in some way like : Well if one faith has to be absolutely right then it is ours. Then come up with some examples from her own religion to really throw her off. 1. Christ said on the cross according to the bible that : My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46, KJV) In comparison our 5th Guru read the following shabad when they were giving shaheedi: ਤੇਰਾ ਕੀਆ ਮੀਠਾ ਲਾਗੈ ॥ Your actions seem so sweet to me. ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮੁ ਪਦਾਰਥੁ ਨਾਨਕੁ ਮਾਂਗੈ ॥੨॥੪੨॥੯੩॥ Nanak begs for the treasure of the Naam, the Name of the Lord. You could also bring up 10 patshah doing ucharan of mittar pyare nu after fighting nonstop for days and watching their sons and beloved sikhs at chamkaur sahib give shaheedi. Then you could bring up things that makes sikhi so much more complete than christainity. examples 1. No avtar,prophet has sacrificed their whole family like 10th patshah Abraham who is like a patriach figure for christainity, judaism and islam. God asked Abraham to sacrifice his own son for him through akash bani, but at the last moment with knife in hand to his own son's threat he backed out. He couldn't do it. Only 10th patshah was able to send his own sons into battle by giving them permission when they asked. 2. No avtar prophet has given themselves for shaheedi for the sake of saving another religion like 9th patshah/ 3. 200+ years of history where God himself lived in form of human body through every experience common to us today, so we could look back and learn directly from them and their lessons through history. Whereas Jesus lived for 30 years and so the time frame is shorter. You could've went on and on and kept going deeper and deeper into sikhi, if she wouldn't interrupt you at every word or leave first.
  2. This was beautiful. One could imagine how maharaj under a beautiful starry sky, where the wind is blowing gently,there's peace in the air, there's incense and candles and divas, and how maharaj absorbed in prem sung aarti as a tribute to the greatness of parmatma while bhai mardana ji played the rabab. How all those listening must have felt,how some must have awakened from their sleep and some must have felt the presence of parmatma within.
  3. https://www.monroeinstitute.org/article/2666
  4. I agree with you that with the above mentioned points the SGPC is really corrupt hoarding billions of dollars that could easily put Sikhi into the top 3 largest religions, and save our targeted culturally,physically and morally dying youth in punjab and in the diaspora. Just look at what is happening to darbar sahib, our heart. The missionary influence cant be missed. "shortened" rehras sahib path specifically avoiding dasam bani for the most part, or even the SGPC run colleges to train prachariks to spread missionary propaganda, to create divisions in our panth. The list goes on and on. However, I am not really focusing on the corruption of SGPC, but more on Sikh identity conflicts. The points mentioned have to do with identity expectations between amritdahri and sehajdhari sikhs while being mixed with SGPC corruption and exposes hypocrisy. They are relevant to the investigation so I thank you, but can you please provide sources maybe. I tried to find specific reported cases but didnt have any luck. I don't doubt that this stuff happens, it's just that I need solid evidence of these happenings as it is a formal paper.
  5. Okay, I am writing a paper on Sikh identity (finally almost done after 8 months). My research question is: to what extent does the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee's definition of sikh identity affect Sehajdhari and Amritdhari Sikhs? I want to know how you were discriminated against for being sehajdhari sikhs compared to an amritdhari SIkhs. Maybe some incident where you weren't allowed to do something that Amritdhari sikhs could do simply because your sehajdhari, maybe the opposite. For instance, i talked about in my paper how sehajdhari sikhs are not allowed to vote in SGPC elections. I also talked about how some specific students in punjab were denied admission to higher level Sikh only educational institutions because it was discovered that they trimmed their kesh. This raises questions about the truly acceptable identity of a sikh. However, to strengthen my arguments, I wanted to add specific examples of this from sikhs in the diaspora. So please, I came here for this purpose. If you want to read my paper please ask. If your are interested please post your experiences here. You don't need to include your name but please include your country.
  6. Thanks but I changed my topic since then. Thanks, i will try to find some research about this
  7. Heres an update: I know it has been a while , but I have a topic and I am almost done the introduction. It justs maps out what I am going to do for the essay.I know there are spelling errors and random incomplete sentences, I plan on fixing them. But what do you guys think? To what extent does the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee’s definition of Sikh identity affect Sahjdhari, Patit and Amritdhari Sikhs? Introduction This paper examines the question: To what extent does the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee’s definition of Sikh identity affect Sahjdhari, Patit and Amritdhari Sikhs? This paper will focus on how the extent to which Sikhs are categorized based on their devotion to their religion affect their lives. The Sikhs examined in this paper reside in Punjab, India and they will help to answer the question. The question is significant as it reveals conflicts that arise from the interpretation of orthodox Sikhs as superiors to less religious Sikhs. This question also allows investigation into different definitions of Sikh identity besides the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee’s definition. This will provide insight as to why less religious Sikhs are treated as inferior to orthodox Sikhs by the SGPC. Sikhism was the chosen religion of focus as identity in the religion is unique and is valued significantly. The sources of information the paper used are primarily journal publications, books and other online publications to address the research question. The paper will first discuss briefly what the SGPC is and the history and contents of the Sikh Gurdwara Act,1925 to provide the required background information in order to answer the research question. The Sikh Gurdwara Act will define Amritdhari, Sahjdhari, Patit Sikhs and a general Sikh. Then the paper will discuss how these groups of Sikhs except the Amritdhari Sikhs are mistreated by the SGPC and how this relates to the SGPC’s definition of Sikh identity. Afterwards, potential reasons for the unfair treatment between these Sikhs will be discussed and explained with quotes from the holy Sikh scripture Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji and the Rahat Maryada.
  8. Sggs ji is the path for us to merge back with guru ji while dasam granth sahib is like an elevator which leads to shakti. SGGS is like miri or bhagti while dasam granth sahib is like piri or shakti. Maharaj wants sikhs to have more bhagti than shakti and place bhagti under more importance. Even at darbar sahib , beside sti akal takht sahib with the 2 nishan sahibs; one is slighly taller than the other which represents the miri piri concept. Also dasam granth sahib is slightly shorter than Sggs in terms of aangs which was done on purpuse by maharaj so that Sggs remains slightly higher than dasam granth. Guru sahib wants us to be sant sipahis but the word sant comes before sipahis so that is what we should focus on first. So Dasam granth sahib was not added because it was maharaj ji's hukam and it has a slightly different purpose than SGGS. Dasam granth sahib deserves a lot more respect.
  9. Project sounds great but I do not have any money to donate. I am however working on a raag kirtan playlist. So far the total is around 200ish. I compiled raag kirtan from soundcloud and youtube. Around maybe 100 shabads are puratan raag kirtan. If it would help in any way I could send it to you guys. However I am not sure how much you guys may have already listened to.
  10. I daydream sometimes that I could somehow go to India without anyone knowing and just stay at darbar sahib for a little and go to baoli sahib at goibdwal sahib and attenpt to fulfill maharaj jis bachan. Also I daydream sometimes that I have a secret room in my house where only I know about and can go to without anyone knowing. Thatway I can have privacy as my house is overcrowded with people and I cant do rehras sahib without having to hear my grandmothers phone conversations across the room, or my siblings running all over. Anyways in regards to your post I ask: wont you have some vacation time for every year? You could just save an go to India and spend time at darbar sahib. Also I agree with you about careers .I dont like the idea of spending years to study just to begin doing a job and paying off the debt, but there arent too many paths in western society or in the rest of the world which provide much money without some formal education not to mention how the education can take up a good chunk of your youth years. This is also causing problems with people getting married. People get married at older ages here in the west and most developed countries and have children later. Also I noticed that a lot of the youth of these countries do not want to get married, or cant maintain a marriage and divorce, and in general have negative views about marriage. Also why dont you move somewhere where taxes are less. Maybe a different state in open farmland where there would be less people and like having a cabin in a forest. It would also most likely be cheaper in terms of insurance and other costs. Also make your time useful at work by doing some simran. Sorry for all the random stuff lol.
  11. I guess you could bypass all of this if you or another rehitvan gursikh has their own personal farm with cows, wheat, etc. That was how it was in the old days, so it was not too difficult to maintain bibek budh as a sikh back then, unless you were in a jungle during the times where the head of a sikh was worth a lot money.
  12. I found this picture, I don't know if it is credible or not. In the middle, it is supposed to be Maharaja Ranjit Singh, in the back it is Hari Singh Nalwa, I am not sure about the rest.
  13. No I am sorry. I am not familiar with any Nanaksar mahapurkhs.
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