Saturday, October 29, 2005

Happy Diwali/Halloween/Eid

Well, I am so glad to be done with the exam. Now it is just wait, wait and more wait till January and pray for good results.

Well, during the exam, I met an interesting lady in the mid 20's who was also an EE . She was sitting next to me. During a very brief conversation during the break, she asked me if I was a Sikh. I said yes. Then suddenly out of the blue, she said "I was was thinking about coverting to Sikhism because I liked the fact that they serve delicious food". Jokingly, I said "Well that is a good reason to convert." She continued that the Mosque does not do anything like that. I asked if she goes to Mosque and she replied no. She mentioed that she grew up in Sacramento area and had been to the Sikh Gurudwara there many times to attend weddings and everything. At this point, the afternoon part of the test was ready to begin and I asked for her business card. Looking at the name, I asked what kind of name that was and she answered Iranian. I am even more amazed. The test started and she finished her exam early and left before I did. That was the last thing I got out of the conversation and I wished I had more time to talk and find out more about her. I found this whole thing to be very interesting since this was the first time I had met someone from a Muslim country that had told me about an interest to convert to Sikhism. I wish I had more chance to ask where she was in her search for Truth and Sikhism. It just raised a lot of questions in my mind.

My opinion from all this and a few other little incidents is that there is a great interest in Sikhism in the World, but only sad thing is that I don't even think our Gurudwaras here in the west are prepared and know how to take people in that are showing interest. First thing being that the kirtan and katha are all in Gurmukhi, which is Ok but there should be some English. The granthis should also be able to converse and understand some English. Also, I wish the Gurudwaras would involve kids more in Kirtan and Katha. If someone were to ask me today what they need to do to covert to Sikhism I don't think I will be able to point them to the right direction as far as the Gurudwara/granthi are concerned. Sure I can give them an overall concept of Sikhism, seva, simran, bana etc. But to really point them to the right direction, and provide all details and everything, It would be very difficult. I guess since I find it hard myslef, how can I point someone else. Whenever people ask me about Sikhism I usually end up pointing to them to the most common websites such as www.sikhnet.com or www.sikhs.org or www.allaboutsikhs.com and www.sikhwomen.com . I would love to hear other's thoughts and guidance on this as to how they would handle if some one shows them interest in Sikhism.

13 Comments:

Blogger Gurinder said...

I think you did the right thing by providing the websites to them so that they can read and educated themselves regarding sikhism in their own privacy. And also that they do not feel PRESSURE!

Thats why sikhs do not have Missionaries who have the Burning desire to convert everyone into sikhism!

People should feel no pressure. Everyone needs TIME to think and see for themselves....

So, I think you did a great JOB! Sikhism is NOT about numbers but about quality!

7:39 AM, October 30, 2005  
Blogger Gurinder said...

sorry off the topic, please check this website:
http://www.whyichosesikhism.com

spread awareness

5:23 PM, October 30, 2005  
Blogger SikhsRus said...

Gurinder,

Thank you for the website. It is great info and something I can disuss with my kids. The website is right about our youth not knowing about Sikhism enough. On your comments above, I agree with what you say about providing websites. But what does a person to do when they have all the information.

9:23 PM, October 30, 2005  
Blogger Sikhi Seeker said...

..All i see is personal support that can be offered to a 100% degree. Rest, the trouble is already spelled out by u MSingh ji. In fact we were just discussing this and some of the other serious challenges with the religious set up of authorities @ home.

i wish there was more available...until then do as much as you can:)

Chardi Kala!

p.s.// don't worry abt the exam nemore...it must've been good :)

11:00 PM, October 31, 2005  
Blogger Sikhi Seeker said...

...and Happy diwali to you and Gurinder ji!

11:01 PM, October 31, 2005  
Blogger Gurinder said...

Happy diwali to you also!!!!

8:36 AM, November 01, 2005  
Blogger SikhsRus said...

Thanks! Well! I can't wait to go home and light some candles. I prefer candles over christmas lights because it just makes it more festive. Wife made some gulab jamuns yesterday, and cann't wait. My youngest one is a sugarholic and can probably eat till he is sick. We really have to limit his sugar. Have fun everyone and enjoy time wherever you happen to be and with whomever.

12:57 PM, November 01, 2005  
Blogger Sabri Hakim said...

Happy Eid

11:34 AM, November 02, 2005  
Blogger Truth Seeker said...

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11:59 AM, November 08, 2005  
Blogger SikhsRus said...

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9:15 PM, November 08, 2005  
Blogger SikhsRus said...

You are right that Guru's word is universal, but Guru Gobind Singh established the Khalsa and blessed Sikhs with their unique identity and commanded all the sikhs to accept Guru Granth as their eternal Guru. So identity of 5Ks is unique and meaningful only to Sikhs and not other sects or religions. If you belive that same divine light that passed from Guru Nanak to Guru Granth then identity and word of all Gurus is equally important.

9:41 PM, November 08, 2005  
Blogger SikhsRus said...

Truthseeker,

I have deleted your comment by mistake. Sorry about that! Your comments are always welcome.

9:27 AM, November 11, 2005  
Blogger Truth Seeker said...

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7:30 AM, November 12, 2005  

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