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  1. In the uk we have Ramgharia gurdwaras, in some places ther are called Ramgharia sabha! However, I think most gurdwaras and even sikhs calling themselves "Ramgharia" are scamming us as they have weak or no connections to Ramgharia misl, and are just using the fact that they are tarkhans they can use the Ramgharia term because Jassa Singh Ramgharia was from tarkhan background. Please prove me wrong! Also, I have been observing gurdwaras since I was young. I remember when I was a child in the 80s and 90s, Singh Sabha gurdwaras still allowed shoes and langar was eaten on tables, in the times when the adults used to work all the time, doing double shifts etc. However in the 2000s we can see a change in Singh Sabha gurdwaras as well as some other gurdwaras, where shoes are no longer allowed, and we have a lot of space to sit on the floor and do pangat in langar. It's really strange to see so many tables in gurdwaras after seeing langar done exclusivily on the floor gurdwaras in Panjab and India. Just look at Harimandir Sahib, 4 takht, and many other gurdwaras back home. Now, across London, Slough and Berkshire, midlands, I have noticed Ramgharia gurdwaras allow shoes into langar and have little or no accommodation for sitting on the floor. It is bizarre to see in Ramgharia gurdwaras, the sangat coming from doing sangat or matha tek in divan hall, and then putting on their shoes to go to langar. Like we are going to a restaurant or something! What is this, is it some kind of kenya/east africa sikh colonial army era tradition to keep doing this, even after the other gurdwaras have moved back to giving satkar and respect for langar maryada? Then we come to the scam, in the Ramgharia gurdwaras, there seems to be more links to East Africa sikhs than Ramgharia misl. There are more trim Singhs with Kenya paghs on Ramgharia gurdwara committees compared to more sabat surat Singhs on Singh sabha committees, from my observations in these England regions. You will find more kenya pagh and trim or fixo darhi, than bana walay Singh in these gurdwaras, again the Ramgharia label is scamming us, as Ramgharia is used for sabat soorat Singhs from the misl, especially those tuned to bana (and open beard is part of bana). Also, I have listened to Rehraas Sahib in some Ramgharia gurdwaras, and they read the disfigured bhasauria SGPC style of Chaupai Sahib (such as the way performed at Harimandir Sahib the past 100 years), skipping arril and the last lines of kabyo baach benti, which makes them more like a Singh Sabha gurdwara and far removed from being Ramgharia due to having similar disrespect towarda bani as Singh sabha gurdwaras, as Ramgharia misl would respect dasam bani and read the full kabyo baach benti. So the langar thing is bizarre, and now I think of it it's disrespectful. And the use of Ramgharia sikhs and Ramgharia gurdwaras term is a scam as they are anything but, as there is so much disrespect to be associated with the practices of Ramgharia misl! Even the fact they celebrate Maharaja Jassa Singh Ramgharia's birthday doesn't allow them any forgiveness or courtesy! This goes double for the Slough Ramgharia Singh Sabha, as they have a statue of Jassa Singh Ramgharia, and yet are their actions related to actual Ramgharia? Yeh, let's not fall for the scam! and sikhs that are sangat in those gurdwaras, really need to step up and get in those committees and change things for chardi kala! We need to see more chardikala Singhs running things, not trim Singhs and fixo Singhs!
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    Struggling with Faith

    Hello, my faith is wavering, I have tried to upload this many times but it never has. I am not sure who to talk to about this as there is no one I am comfortable to share my thoughts. But I am struggling with religion and how to choose the right one. How do we know sikhi is the right religion rather than religions like islam and christianity. I used to be confident as a kid but as I grow up I am not as sure and lack faith. I wonder if it is because our community is small? Or fear mongering from the Abrahamic faiths Any advice or experience would be very helpful.
  3. can someone explain if suraj parkash is right or wrong? why is it reliable if it was written in 1843, which was way after guru jis time. I follow taksal maryada and i havent quite understood why the taksal has chosen to do suraj parkash parchar.
  4. We are all shocked to hear and read about the sickening terror attacks on Isreal by mindless, crazed religious fanatics of Hamas that are supported by Iran and others. I am not saying isreal are angels but theres no justification for they did to children, elderly and women. What Hamas did was what many have faced in times gone by when sword of islam wiped out whole religions and peoples as they were considered a "non believer" with devestating consquences. We witneseed babies throats being slit, children shot, beheadings and cruelty the world has never seen at the hands of these low life scum of the earth. But what happened in isreal only a few days ago was not just an attack on Jews or Isreal. This was an attack on the whole of Humanity. But most importantly and significantly this was not just an attack on the Jewish community alone, but on the whole non muslim world. Yes you and me were attacked only a few days ago. The way the world is at the moment is that it is split in 2 distinct enties and peoples. There are two distinct and very different kinds of people on earth. A non muslim and a Muslim. A clear divide has emerged and it is time people decided which side of the fence they are sitting on. Any attack on a non muslim by muslims is an attack on us all. The whole world needs to unite to eradicate the extremist element of islam. Its going to take unity from Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists and Sikhs and even people that dont have a faith to unite against these evil doers. Non of us can single handedly take on the extremist. When a Buddhist is attacked it is an attack on us. Thats how we should see it. The muslims have unity yet we non muslims are un unified and that is whats is making us weak. Anywhere in the world when the sword of islam strikes on a non muslim all non muslims need to get together and fight these people. Or other wise we are just going to be the next target down the line. Its time we set up a non muslim global defense league or combat force to stand togther in times when minorities are attacked by these fanatics All over the world. Currently muslims are trying to take over countries and enforcing sharia and their religion on others. While us non muslims sit back and watch it happen. Its time for actions. But what lacking is unity. We non muslims dont have its time all non muslims looked at each other and see our common beliefs that we share and try and become more unified and strong. Otherwise prepare for a an islamic world in every country.
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    Pakistan Rishta

    It seems like with feminism becoming a strong issue and difficulty of finding traditional women in western and indian sangat, just curious as to what process might be in terms of finding a Sikh girl from Pakistan?
  6. Is it true that Bhatra Sikhs have their own code language ? Can anyone confirm this
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    Suffering & Depressed

    I’m not sure where to start or where to begin. I am due to get married and live together with my partner soon. I have recently lost my job. I have been praying to Waheguru all week to help me but nothing has helped. In fact I don’t know why this is happening. I have prayed to Waheguru on a daily and wished him to help me but I just feel like it has gone in the opposite direction. I have spoken to my partner and she has reassured me that things will get better but I just don’t want to be here anymore. I feel so hopeless. Everyday I chant Waheguru to myself through the day weather I’m leaving to go somewhere to I’m about to do something. Why am I feeling like this? My body is so drained and sad. I literally shake on a daily basis over the past 3 days and have cried everyday. I have even taken off my Kura because I just feel so hopeless. What have I done to deserve this. I have always believed in do good to receive good. I don’t smoke and I do drink occasionally only if there is functions here and there. I want to just feel normal again. I have contacted my doctors but they just want to refer me to get therapy and give me medicine which I condone. My family is Sikh although they are not Amrit dhari they still have strong Sikh beliefs. I attend the Gurdwara when there is an occasion or when something good happens. My main question here today is to know what I should do, my family don’t believe in depression and in fact they look at it the wrong way. I don’t want to suffer anymore I just want Waheguru to help me. I’m 22 years old I don’t know which Paath I should listen to that can help me. I can speak and understand Punjabi but cannot read it. Is there anything I should read or listen or even do that can help me. I never thought I would suffer like this so young but sometimes I just don’t want to even be here. What can I do for Waheguru to help me I don’t want to turn to bad things such as alcohol abuse because I still believe in god deep down. is there any Shabad I can listen to that can help me feel calmer and happier. is it wrong to listen to Phaath through my headphones if I go to the gym? I hope someone can reach out and guide me in what I can do as I do want to learn more about my religion. I do the mool mantra but I only know up to Nanak Hosi Pi Sach. I’m Sorry if I mis spelt or have been rude.
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    a Sikhs goal

    dhan dhan vaheguru satguru sri guru granth sahib ji. A Sikhs goal is to hear, see and meet Vaheguru before death. A Sikhs Duty is to do Simran with each and every breath. We should not only read gurbani, we should and we are supposed to do read it, do vichaar of it, study it, live it, and do Simran to come to the state to hear see and meet Vaheguru. What's mean by "hearing" Vaheguru? Naam=Vahegurus Voice. In the first stadium of the marag, the way to Vaheguru, Naam is the gurmantar ("Vaheguru ") . So Vaheguru spoke, made a sound and then started the establishment of this universe. That sound which Vaheguru made is called Naam. That Naam is everything,is Vahegurus voice, is in each and every living being, and everywhere. And that sound, which was made by Vaheguru can be listened. This is not a theory. It's true . Gurbani says:(search this pankti by yourself Ji) ਸਘਰਬਰਬ ।। ਰਬਕਬਰ ।। Sabhai ghatt raam bolai RAAMA BOLAI raam bina ko bolai re to become a true Khalsa and real Sant we need to reach doing Simran 24/7/365/366. gurbani clearly says Now search please for these panktia in a gurbani search app (for example learn shudh Gurbani or igurbani ) start doing khoj of gurbani and dont stay only reading it. ਅਪਸਸਤ Aath peher salahi srijanhaar tu ਜਸਗਧਮਹਹ ਸਗਗਮਭ jo saas giraas dheae mera har har so gursikh guru man bhavai sas giras means with breathing in and breathing out saas giraas is the first technique of doing naam simran abhyaas. ਭਪਮਦ ਗਮਕੲਤਬ bhaee parapt manukh dehuria gobind miln ki eh teri baria ਅਗਅਜਜਗਨ ਨਸਪਸਸਗਨ antar gur aradhna jihva jap gur nao netri satgur pekhna srawni sunna gur nao come to the state of doing simran antargat , jap the gurmantar with your tongue, see vaheguru with your eyes, and hear Naam (=Vahegurus Voice) with your ears antargat. ਸਸਰਦਪਠ then and only then we will have a place, find a place and get to the place in dargah, nijh ghar sahkhand So there are many Sikhs who do abhyaas, but they do it how they think it's right, they use their own Mat/techniques But a Gurmukh is supposed to leave the own Mat, and only follow gurmat - guru Di mat - Gurbani. why cant/dont we listen to Vahegurus voice currently? because of our thoughts/vichaar/phurne in our minds. the panj chor talk,argue , and trick our mind, they make us forget vaheguru,make us drunk in maya. our mind has to be pure (means to have no phurne/thoughts in mind) to hear naam. forgetting Vaheguru,having thoughts is also a paap. andar di mail kahde naal bandi? = phurnea naal, vichaara nal, te paapaa naal. So how does one do real Abhyaas, naam Simran? Saas giraas is the first technique of doing Simran. Gurbani (search by yourself for thes panktia, do khoj of Gurbani!) : ਸਦਰਸਗ ang 177 simrao din rain saas giraas Saas giraas means with our breaths. Saas =breathing in Giraas=breathing out. When we breath in /or shortly after breathing in we say Wahe. and then while breathing out we say Guru. We are supposed to do Simran with the gurmantar ("Vaheguru") only. Gurbani: ਕਨਗਚ। Kahu nanak gur mantar chitaar. Ang 186 ਸੳਸਕਸਨਗਦ , ਵਗਹਜਹਖ (these panktia are from Bhai Gurdaas Ji) when you do Simran the most IMPORTANT thing is to LISTEN TO YOUR OWN VOICE while speaking the gurmantar. gurbani pankti: ਸਸਰਗਹਧਸ ang 611 reading gurbani is NOT simran. gurbani says: ਪਮਨੳਪਗਜ , ਪਪਥਸਨਅ , ਪਨਭਬਪ। search for these panktia. theres nothing to discuss, as satguru ji clearly varify. read gurbani to learn that giaan and DO VICHAAR of it. Start doing gurbani khoj, look for the way to Vaheguru. Searching panktia is so much fun. Ask these questions to yourself: Where do I wanna go after death? To Vaheguru or back to this world where everything gets worse as we can see day by day everyday? Why I don't do Simran? Why don't I feel vairaag? How can I find Vaheguru? I have become that old, why haven't I seen and met Vaheguru yet? What's my purpose asa Sikh in life? What's my duty? Why don't I ask my guru? Does the sangat I am with, help me to reach my goal? Is that sangat only sangat or is it Satsangat? do Simran to get above the giaan through abhyaas di kmai. While walking that marag do Simran, Satsangat and Seva. Read gurbani to learn/gain the giaan, DO SIMRAN saas giraas to implement the giaan,guru Di mat. Do Simran to fullfil your ACTUAL DUTY asa Sikh. Naam=Vahegurus voice. (The precursor of naam is the Gurmantar) When i any pankti in gurbani theres the word "Shabad" , Baani" "anhat Shabad" or "Naam" they all refer to Vahegurus voice/the sound/sounds which Vaheguru makes, which resides in our hearts. simran= remembering/meditating on Naam through/with the gurmantar., washing your mind, learning how to die while being alive Sangat= group of people Satsangat= being with a gurmukh or in a group where simran is done, where its only talked about how to meet vaheguru and Naam. gurbani pankti about satsangat : ਸਕਜ।। ਜੲਨਵ।। satsangat kaisi jaaniai jithai eko naam vakhaniai. ang 71 gurbani pankti about dying while alive: ਰਰਤਪਜਪਤਜ। raam rattan tab payai jou pehle tajahai sareer . raam rattan =Naam , tajhai sareer = leaving the body. how do you leave the body firstly you need a lot of simran abhyaas, listen to your own voice while doing simran,then you will come to the state where you have NO thoughts/phurne in your mind, then you will fall "asleep" , you must have literally no any kind of thought in your mind, and then, by vahegurus grace, you may llisten to shabad/Naam (Vahegurus Voice) which then lead you to Vaheguru. you first hear and then see Vaheguru (mostly...but everything is in Vahegurus hands, Vaheguru can do and change everything and anything.) gurbani pankti about dying while alive: ਰਰਤਪਜਪਤਜ। raam rattan tab payai jou pehle tajahai sareer . raam rattan =Naam , tajhai sareer = leaving the body. gurmantar-shabad-Naam sikh-gurmukh-bhagat-sant-Khalsa. stages of simran (techniques) : saas giraas, saas saas, rom rom, ajapa jap/antargat. im telling you, your life will definetly change to the good when you start doing simran on routine and regulary basis. there is more to Sikhi than the most sikhs even amritdhaari sikhs, famous katha vachiks know. there is far more than everything we have heard yet. vaheguru. start by doing simran at least 5 minutes a day and slowly slowly increase day by day or weekly as you like. but DO simran. its not what i am telling you, its what Gurbani, our guru tells us to do every single day. these are piecses from more giaan, which vaheguru blessed me with. but these are very important. dont underestimate the things written above. its all true, written in gurbani. through vahegurus grace i got connected with gurmukhs from gurdwara prabh milne ka chao moga, vaheguru taught me this through the roop of gurbani and the gurmukhs. i reccomend to listen to the kathas of gurdwara prabh milne ka chao, visit that gurdwara youll definetly get laha, i also sometimes listen to bhai sukha singh ji uks and basics of sikhi katha. also, what i reccomend is to completely shut off using instagram,snapchat etc.. another tip is, whenever you listen to kathas of anyone, look if the things which are being told in the katha also written in gurbani, does Gurbani verify it? is there a pankti on it? does that katha help me to reach the goal, does it help me increase my simran abhyaas? are the things being told from his/her own mat, manmat or gurmat? do they make sense spiritually? I ask for maafi , if i have written something wrong or hurtful. I will not reply to any replies to this post. Wishing everyone good health,safety, naam di daat and satsangat. Dhan Vaheguru Sahib jio Waheguru ji ka khalsa Vaheguru ji ki Fateh.
  9. Anyone know of what Bhai amritpal Singhs schedule is in Punjab during March?
  10. This is for those who may be interested, I have had the opportunity to write a number of books recently, initially they were for sponsors of the podcasts but due to demand I have decided to put some of them out on a self publication site. Slowly they will increase in number with the Sarkutavali Teeka and Gagar Cho sagar also being added in June and August respetively. At the moment there are three books available to purchase which are the 'Sahaskriti and Gatha Teeka by Mahant Ganesha Singh', 'Matra by Baba Sri Chand Ji' and 'The Jap Ji Sahib Katha 01 - Mul Mantra Katha by Sant Gurbachan Singh Bhindrawale' They are all on the following link https://www.lulu.com/shop/search.ep?contributorId=1393200 Thank you, and just so you anyone is aware there is no profit for these books as they all go back into the Sikhism in Snippits podcast
  11. Guru pyaari saadh sangat ji,Waheguru ji ka khalsaWaheguru ji ki fatehHere, I am a 26 year old sikh girl. i have commited 3 of the 4 bujjer kureth, I have committed many sins, lied to my parents, i did not know the value of my life, that each breath that waheguru is blessing me with is precious, that this human life is meant for meeting the lord guru thats residing in all of us.I have sinned again and again, Now I fear for the jamdoot and the 84 lakh joon that one goes through after committing those kirehit.I wish i knew that what i was getting involved in was really harmful for my spiritual health, but i was very naive.Pyari sangat, last year, I started speaking online with this guy who seemed to be very spiritual knowing alot about sikhi, seeming as though he wish me well and gave good life advice, little did i know that guy would turn out to be a person that would threaten me and coerce me with blackmails later, and was a part of the sex trafficking ring in Brampton.I would’ve never thought this would happen to me, but i got really scared as this person would happen to know my location, and threaten me about hurting me and my family, he was a part of the organised crime syndicate in brampton, they later hacked my phone and all my documents and ids was in itPlease advise me what i could do in this situation. Im not in canada at the moment, but when i do go back im scared this person would somehow find my location and abduct me or something.I do not have much evidence left of the person since i found out that he was part of the sex ring and he later hacked my phone through phishing messages that i clicked on accidentally as i was receiving threatening calls from various unknown numbers who were part of his gang, they even threatened to jump me and send some of my personal pictures to all my contacts in my phone.My parents are understanding and they still hugged me and are ready to help me but i dont have much evidence to prove, plus my phone had so many pictures of me of all sorts, im scared he would use that against me.As for my identities being stolen i had copies of my passport on my phone, copies of my pr card, my drivers licence my college certificates and literally every information about my life and all my contacts. Im scared of the things he could to use all that information against me, they could me selling copies of my fake passprt on the dark web as im writing this, i do not know much about what i could do in this situation, i trued talking to the police on the phone but they need evidence, i dont know the persons real name, he was using a fake name the whole time i later found out.I do know his address but he dont live there no more.Im safe right now but im scared what could happen when i do go back to canada, would i be prosecuted for offences i did not commit, since those criminal gangs have my id ?Would i be stopped at the airport, i have no idea..please if someone could give me some insight, in this situation,All i want to do is go back to canada, move on with my life, get a job, be independent, and live happily but im scared because these sex trafickers are masters of manipulation and i am not going to lie, i do fear for my life as well.Please help me if any of you have any advice for me in this situation thankyou kindlyI was very close to being abducted but thankfully by waheguru jis kirpa i was saved, i prayed and prayed , chaupai sahib so many times in the day and night, it helped me get out of that situation temporarily, im jus scared of what could happen when i go back to Canada This is actually happening and many girls fall victims to these people online, in school sometimes even through mutual friends. My mistake was I talked to a person online i didnt know anything about, and I agree it was a stupid decision, but I dont want that to ruin my entire life. Moderator Note: Had doubts on the above post as being not true but for the sake of having a tiny bit of possibility of being truth, i approved it.
  12. Why do a lot of sikhs bash the sikh missionaries? I am not a supporter, but i want to know more about them, and why are they bashed? This might give me a insight to the situation.
  13. https://www.business-standard.com/article/international/british-sikh-mp-preet-kaur-gill-seeks-urgent-action-on-rising-hate-crimes-122101100147_1.html British Sikh MP Preet Kaur Gill seeks 'urgent action' on rising hate crimes Preet Kaur Gill, an Indian-origin British Sikh MP, in a letter to Home Secretary Suella Braverman, has sought protection and urgent action against rising crimes against the community in the UK. Last Updated at October 11, 2022 09:14 IST Preet Kaur Gill, an Indian-origin British Sikh MP, in a letter to Home Secretary Suella Braverman, has sought protection and urgent action against rising crimes against the community in the UK. Quoting hate crime statistics 2021-22, Gill, an MP from Birmingham, said hate crimes against Sikhs rose by 169 per cent in comparison to a 38 per cent increase in reported religious hate crimes overall. "I am deeply concerned by these new statistics. 301 hate crimes against Sikhs were reported in 2021-22, up from 112 in 2020-21. The 169 per cent increase is compared to a 38 per cent increase in reported religious hate crimes overall", Gill said in the letter, which she released on Twitter on Monday. The 2001 census recorded 336,000 Sikhs living in Britain. Gill said 301 hate crimes against Sikhs were reported in 2021-22, up from 112 in 2020-2021. The letter, which was also addressed to Simon Clarke, secretary of the department for levelling up, housing and communities (DLUHC), comes as 28 year-old Claudio Capos from Manchester was awarded a three year jail term recently for attacking 62-year-old Avtar Singh in broad daylight this June. Singh had suffered a severe traumatic brain injury, a stroke caused by bleeding on the brain and multiple fractures to his cheek, jaw and eye socket as a result of the attack, the BBC reported. Gill, in her letter, urged Braverman to implement the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) report on British Sikhs, which was published in 2020. The report found that the lack of an official term was a contributing factor as to why crimes against Sikhs go largely "unnoticed, unreported and unrecorded". This report, Gill said, was shared with both the home secretary and communities secretary at the time and was an attempt to consult the government on the definition of Anti-Sikh hate. "However, despite multiple promises of substantive response and offers of a meeting, the home office and DLUHC, between them, have failed to respond," she added.
  14. What is causing all the root problems for Sikhs? From weak leaders who can't run Punjab. To society issues in the Punjabi Sikh community back home and in the west Let's look at some main issues. Broken marriages/divorces, domestic violence, crime, sexual offenses/rape adultery,physical and mental health problems, family break downs, money,low morality,ethics and values and the list goes on ect. Feel free to add more issues affecting us. Can we pinpoint a root cause for all the above? I have a theory why Sikhs are failing not just in the west but in more importantly our own homeland Punjab.
  15. Recently I've come across quite a few strange Sikh names online and later IRL at various social functions and get-togethers. At first I thought they were trolls (online on places like YouTube) but then a few months later I'd physically meet people with the same type of names, and they obviously aren't trolling anyone. Har5hit, Hardik, etc. The "Har" aspect is self explanatory and not uncommon, but what's the craic with "5hit" and "dik"? When did these kind of names come into use? Some of these people can also speak decent English, so that confuses me further. They must know their names are verging on dodgy.
  16. sikhs should fly the sikh nishan sahib on 15th august
  17. Guru Nanak is aupposed to have said > “I have seen the light of Muhammad (with my mind's eye). I have seen > the prophet and the messenger of God, in other words, I have > understood his message or imbibed his spirit. After contemplating the > glory of God, my ego was completely eliminated.” But there are two things that Muslims believe in 1. Prophet Muhammad being the last prophet. 2. No reincarnation. Sikhs believe that Guru Nanak was a prophet and they also believe in reincarnation. But Sikhs also believe that Prophet Muhammad was sent by God. If Muhammad was sent by God to spread truth, why did he say that he was the last prophjet and that there was no rebirth? How is this contradiction reconciled by Sikhs?
  18. Looking through historical paintings related to Punjab, in general, and Sikhs, in particular, I have encountered a turban style that looks like the patkas/keskis that small kids war but also has some similarities with dumallas. This style can be seen from very early Sikh paintings of the Gurus and also in late British paintings. The turban helmet of the Sikhs was also based on this style. I think that it stopped being used in the 1850s because the triangular shaped turban; that actually had developed as a cover for the smaller turbans; became immensely popular.
  19. is india using mossad style tactics to assasinate sikh activists around the world
  20. just a little info about me I am a girl and currently i am 17 years old. I took amrit at the age of 13/14. I was going to start 8th grade. 2 years back we went to india and i saw my cousin older than me by 1 year had amrit and his 7 year old sister also had amrit. I wanted to take amrit after seeing them because all the adults were proud of them and I wanted adults to be proud of me as well. Fast forward back into 8th grade my gurudawara was holding amrit sanchaar. I begged my parents to let me take amrit and i desperately wanted to take amrit. Before taking amrit my dad told me I had to start wearing a chuni at home and everywhere so I did. I did not practice doing Nitnem. I only knew of the 5 baanis, but not the other paath i had to do. When i took amrit i felt great and i listened to my nitnem. I am now 17 and I feel more and more detatched to my amrit. I told my older cousins how i am feeling and they said “you were very young and we feel like you rushed it a little” I agree with them. I haven’t done my nitnem at all recently. its been months since i did Paath and i feel like im disrespecting Amrit so much by not doing it. I just cant find the motivation to do it and I feel like I should leave amrit and come back to it when i feel more prepared. I wanna be able to practice my nitnem before i take Amrit again so I feel more prepared. I still love sikhi dont get me wrong, but I feel like it’s so much pressure on me right now and I feel as if i cant make any mistakes without feeling an immense amount of guilt. I would like to take amrit in the future with my husband so that i have a partner to help me and motivate me when I’m not feeling the best. I still want to go to protests and support my religion because i love sikhi i just feel like i need to step away from amrit and come back to it. I am 100% sure i want to come back to Amrit but i just feel like I didn’t take amrit because i loved doing paath and everything, I just did it for more of the attention and wanted to follow my cousins. I still love sikhi, but i want some time to get rid of my young desires. My dad took amrit when he was young and broke it and as an adult he cut his hair and drank alcohol and took amrit again with my mom. I want to tell my parents how I feel but idk how without disappointing them. I feel like my dad will get mad at me but he can’t because he broke it when he was little. Im in a tough spot and i just dont know how to tell my parents. I really need advice.
  21. Today I see many people mix Punjabi culture things with sikhi. Like I personally think that Bhangra, giddha and other things like this aren’t related to sikhi and aren’t allowed for Sikh to do. People need to understand that being Punjabi is different than being a Sikh. Do u guys think that Bhangra and giddha r forbidden in sikhi?? I wanna hear sum more people’s vichar in this
  22. I finished uni a year ago and although I’ve got a great job I’m feeling lost. I listen to path daily and do as much path as I can but I can’t help feel lost. I’m fairly young 22, and sometimes all I think about is marriage and finding a partner and how I may not be able to find the Sikh girl for myself. I’m a mona but I’m not your typical Punjabi guy. I don’t drink I feel it’s wrong and don’t engage in drugs etc smoking. I workout and look after myself and go gym regularly. But feel somethings missing in my life which is making me feel lost. I know this post seems a bit all over the place but it’s sort of how I currently feel.
  23. https://m.tribuneindia.com/news/punjab/kin-of-gidderbaha-man-facing-execution-in-riyadh-plead-for-aid-393662 Kin of Gidderbaha man facing beheading in Saudi Arabia's Riyadh plead for aid Updated At: May 11, 2022 07:52 AM A relative shows Balwinder's photo. Mallan village resident has to pay Rs 2 crore blood money by May 15 Archit Watts Muktsar, May 10 Relatives of a 35-year-old man from Mallan village in Gidderbaha, who faces beheading in Saudi Arabia, are seeking financial assistance from public to save his life. Notably, Balwinder Singh would be executed if he fails to pay Rs 2 crore blood money to a family there by May 15. Balwinder was held guilty of killing a Saudi Arabian national in 2013. He had gone to the Middle East in 2008. Hardeep Singh, cousin of Balwinder, said, “There was a dispute between a Punjabi youth and Saudi Arabian national. Balwinder just intervened. As the Saudi resident tried to kill him with a knife, Balwinder hit him with a stick in self-defence. The man lost his life after four days of hospitalisation. Balwinder was first awarded imprisonment for seven years. Thereafter, the court told him to pay blood money of Rs 2 crore by November 8, 2021, to the deceased’s family or face beheading.” Another cousin, Joginder Singh, said, “After Balwinder pleaded for some time to arrange money, he was given a deadline till May 15. We have collected around Rs 1.3 crore. Balwinder has also arranged Rs 40 lakh. Now, we are short of Rs 30 lakh.” Hardeep said, “We appeal to the philanthropists and the state government to help us. Balwinder is lodged in Riyadh jail.” Gurpreet Kaur, sarpanch, Dadu Mohalla Mallan, said, “The family is speaking truth. They do not have money or land to save the life of Balwinder. We will go to meet the Deputy Commissioner tomorrow in this regard.”
  24. Vaheguru ji ka khalsa Vaheguru ji ki fateh?? Sangat ji mein toh bhot vadi galti hui h menu kuch samaj nhi aareya gurumaharaj ne menu 10 din pehla amrit di daat bakshke singh sajaya par 10 dina toh baad hi menu kaam vashna ne ger litta te mein meri girlfriend de naal physical hogya ohh vi mein bana paya si mein ta jeen de layak vi nhi aa mein maharaj naal akh nhi mila pareya mein tut chuka ha meri amrit di daat vi tut chuki h menu kuch samj nhi aareya, menu bht khushi si ki mein khalsa panth vich ha gurumaharaj da puttar ha par hun na mein tohh jeeya jareya h naa mareya mein ki kara sangat ji aap ji de komal charna vich ardaas h mujh paapi koi raasta ya koi hal baksho??????????
  25. 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.
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