A reader writes: SSakal – The question of the turban as an identification mark of a Singh/Sikh is the key. Guru Gobind Singh created Khalsa and gave them 5 ritual markings to carry as an identification: K – Kes (long hair) K – Kanga (comb) K – Karah (bangle) K – Kashera (underwear) K – Kirpan (dagger) Here lies the Truth. The Guru has never dictated, advocated or commanded His followers to wear a sixth article: T – Turban D […]
In a recent talk at the 2012 TED Conference, Dr. Jonathan Haidt, a social psychologist (and an atheist with an appreciation for religion), talks about the evolution of the human capacity for self-transcendence: “But every known religion has some sort of rite or procedure for taking people out of their ordinary lives and opening them up to something larger than themselves.” His talk is timely, as it comes around the season of Vaisakhi when Sikhs celebrate the transformation of their […]
Sikhs in Los Angeles, California celebrated Vaisakhi today with their annual Nagar Kirtan through downtown Los Angeles, led by the Panj Pyare (Five Beloved Ones), representing the first five Sikhs who were initiated into the Khalsa order by Guru Gobind Singh at this time in 1699. The institution of the Panj Pyare – a council of five ordained Khalsa Sikhs – permeates Sikh practices and significant events.
What manliness you have shown by extinguishing a few sparks. You have made the fire brighter and more furious. ~ Guru Gobind Singh, in Zafarnama – his letter to the Mughal emperor of India in 1705. Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana is scheduled to be hanged on March 31 for his role in the 1995 assassination of Beant Singh, Chief Minister of Punjab at that time. Balwant Singh’s story is available all over the web, but as a short synopsis, I […]
Mystic, poet, warrior, polymath Guru Gobind Singh was truly a Renaissance man, a man nonpareil. — On the Huffington Post, Ravinder Singh Taneja reflects on the amazing life and legacy of Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth (and last in human form) Guru of the Sikhs. Sikhs around the world are celebrating his birth on this day in 1666. The impact of Guru Gobind Singh on Sikhs and Sikhism cannot be overestimated. Happy Gurpurab!
The internet is abuzz today with the reports and video of the violence at the Baba Makhan Shah Lubana Sikh Center, a Gurdwara in Queens, New York. The reports of this incident paint a disgusting picture. When Sikhs are dealing with an ignorant public (and I mean “ignorant” in its literal definition and not in a condescending way), these all-too-common conflicts only reinforce the stereotypes that are promoted in the media. However, while there are those who legitimately object to how the violence […]