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  1. Caveat: this is a broad observation and being framed on an anecdotal basis I'm finding in North American western media, there does not appear to be very much mention of Sikhi among the world's largest religions whenever a discussion of religious relativity occurs (ex. comparative stats for religions, interfaith discussions etc.) I always see a reference to Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, however very little mention of Sikhi amongst the grouping of major world religions. I find it concerning as Sikhi is visibly distinct, there are many Sikh-related issues which can be addressed with greater awareness and understanding such as the constant wave of disproportional hate crimes targeted at Sikhs for their visibly different appearance. Sure there the mention of the occasional 'langar', however i don't think there's much time allocated to explain the context and history behind the practice of Sikhs providing 'langar' and how it connects to the broader ideals of Sikhi. This is not to say there have not been campaigns to educate and inform western media about Sikhs by many Sikh organizations doing great work. A great example is the recent PBS documentary about Guru Nanak Dev Ji - https://gurunanakfilm.com/ which was aired on local PBS stations across the US) It just makes me wonder though if the disregard is intentional or due to a lack of awareness of Sikhi or perhaps a conflation of Sikhi as some part of Snatan Dharma (which I imagine is viewed as what is called Hinduism')? There has been a sustained anti-Sikh campaign by many powers that be over history (with a live campaign in India and Pakistan to distort and downplay Sikh history in history textbooks for example), and historical evidence of attempts to dissolve Sikhi or assume it as part of a larger group (ex. Hinduism). So it wouldn't surprise me if the truth is a mix of ignorance and what many would call 'conspiracy'. This being said, in this age of equity/diversity/inclusion, there's a real opportunity to seize the openness and invitation to the table to present the Sikh identify, and bring greater awareness to it to counter any narrative which is misrepresenting it.
  2. ਮੇਰੇ ਬਾਬਾ ਮੈ ਬਉਰਾ ਸਭ ਖਲਕ ਸੈਆਨੀ ਮੈ ਬਉਰਾ ॥ मेरे बाबा मै बउरा सभ खलक सैआनी मै बउरा ॥ Mere bābā mai ba▫urā sabẖ kẖalak sai▫ānī mai ba▫urā. O my father, I have gone insane; the whole world is sane, and I am insane. ਮੈ ਬਿਗਰਿਓ ਬਿਗਰੈ ਮਤਿ ਅਉਰਾ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥ मै बिगरिओ बिगरै मति अउरा ॥१॥ रहाउ ॥ Mai bigri▫o bigrai maṯ a▫urā. ||1|| rahā▫o. I am spoiled; let no one else be spoiled like me. ||1||Pause|| ਆਪਿ ਨ ਬਉਰਾ ਰਾਮ ਕੀਓ ਬਉਰਾ ॥ आपि न बउरा राम कीओ बउरा ॥ Āp na ba▫urā rām kī▫o ba▫urā. I have not made myself go insane - the Lord made me go insane. ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ ਜਾਰਿ ਗਇਓ ਭ੍ਰਮੁ ਮੋਰਾ ॥੨॥ सतिगुरु जारि गइओ भ्रमु मोरा ॥२॥ Saṯgur jār ga▫i▫o bẖaram morā. ||2|| The True Guru has burnt away my doubt. ||2|| ਮੈ ਬਿਗਰੇ ਅਪਨੀ ਮਤਿ ਖੋਈ ॥ मै बिगरे अपनी मति खोई ॥ Mai bigre apnī maṯ kẖo▫ī. I am spoiled; I have lost my intellect. ਮੇਰੇ ਭਰਮਿ ਭੂਲਉ ਮਤਿ ਕੋਈ ॥੩॥ मेरे भरमि भूलउ मति कोई ॥३॥ Mere bẖaram bẖūla▫o maṯ ko▫ī. ||3|| Let no one go astray in doubt like me. ||3|| ਸੋ ਬਉਰਾ ਜੋ ਆਪੁ ਨ ਪਛਾਨੈ ॥ सो बउरा जो आपु न पछानै ॥ So ba▫urā jo āp na pacẖẖānai. He alone is insane, who does not understand himself. ਆਪੁ ਪਛਾਨੈ ਤ ਏਕੈ ਜਾਨੈ ॥੪॥ आपु पछानै त एकै जानै ॥४॥ Āp pacẖẖānai ṯa ekai jānai. ||4|| When he understands himself, then he knows the One Lord. ||4|| ਅਬਹਿ ਨ ਮਾਤਾ ਸੁ ਕਬਹੁ ਨ ਮਾਤਾ ॥ अबहि न माता सु कबहु न माता ॥ Abėh na māṯā so kabahu na māṯā. One who is not intoxicated with the Lord now, shall never be intoxicated. ਕਹਿ ਕਬੀਰ ਰਾਮੈ ਰੰਗਿ ਰਾਤਾ ॥੫॥੨॥ कहि कबीर रामै रंगि राता ॥५॥२॥ Kahi Kabīr rāmai rang rāṯā. ||5||2|| Says Kabeer, I am imbued with the Lord's Love. ||5||2|| SGGS Ang 855
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