First of all Pen Jee,
your questions are not silly.
Secondly, to get rid for once of all from the endless cycle and births is only by attaching ourselves to something which by itself is beyond this reincarnation cycle, and that is only Waheguru / Nam/ Shabad, nothing else.
In this respect Guru Jee is very clear :
Prabh ka simran garb na baseh.
Our efforts , actions, can only bind us in the mayavee creation, but it's only by His kirpa and His SACHAA NAO, which ferry us across from the darkness of mayavee and perishable creations upon creations to the ultimate and highest changeless real of Truth and akhoot Jot, namely Sach Khand of Satnam/ Waheguru Akal Purukh.
well historically greek men used to take a young boy and groom him to be a lover so they could practice homosexual love , so the link has existed in the past in the west. And I understand it often still goes that way teens are 'guided' into the life
It means someones who follows the sikh rehat / way of life
We have to do simran, a lot of it. You have to get to the stage of naam and see sach Khand on earth before liberation. It’s not easy, it’s hard as your mind and kaljug take over but hopefully it’s possible with Maharajs kirpa.
Sorry that you lost your mum at a young age- our time and number of breaths are predetermined.
We travel in soul families yes.