So here we are at the end. I’m told that, while I will not go on looking like a Sikh, a Sikh is one who searches for truth and meditates of the divine in all. In reality then, even though today I shave the lion’s mane (unshorn hair) of the Kesh I wore so proudly, I am still one of them in spirit. In fact, that description sounds a lot like many of us, doesn’t it? We are so much more alike, so much more like a family than we realize…
— So writes Andrew Bowen, who, at the end of September, concluded his month of living as the Sikh named “Andrew Singh”. During this year, Bowen has been immersing himself in a different faith each month and reporting on his experiences as part of Project Conversion 12.
His 30-day experience as a Sikh is a bit of a microcosm of the entire Sikh experience, and I must admit that as much as he has learned about Sikhism in this short time, reading about his experiences has also been an education for me as a life-long Sikh as well. Both non-Sikhs and Sikhs could learn from his experiences, insights and observations.
Bowen’s articles about living as a Sikh can be found at http://blog.beliefnet.com/projectconversion/sikh/.