I came to appreciate the significance of this year quite late and quite suddenly. Admittedly, among the daily comings and going of life, I wasn’t paying attention. And so, when the last days of October turned to the advent of November, I found myself unprepared in my unmindful state. This year, by culturally established timekeeping, is the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, the first Guru of the Sikhs. Traditionally celebrated in November, tributes to Guru Nanak on this anniversary began appearing on my social […]
Erasmus, the religion blog for The Economist, looks at the religious practices around shoes and feet among the Abrahamic faiths: …at the moment of his encounter with God, Moses was ordered to take off his shoes because he was treading on sacred ground…The fathers of the early Christian church were intrigued by the instruction to Moses. They thought shoes reflected decay and mortality, because they were made from the skin of dead animals, while God was calling Moses to a […]
According to the Sikh Foundation, the Satinder Kaur Kapany Gallery at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, California, is “the only permanent collection of Sikh Art in a North American museum.” Due to the delicate nature of the collection, the pieces in the gallery are rotated every six months. The Sikh Foundation provides a sample of the artwork on display during this spring, including the above portrait that is believed to be of Guru Nanak (the founder and first […]
Back in February, I had the opportunity to review two graphic novels published by Gyan Khand Media (http://www.sikhcomics.com), a publishing house that creates comics based on Sikh history. The two I reviewed were stories of Guru Tegh Bahadur and Baba Deep Singh. The author behind Sikh Comics, Daljeet Singh, was also good enough to share the story behind the project as well. Recently, I was contacted by Daljeet Singh who indicated that two new novels have been released. I was […]
As in 2009 and in 2010, the White House will be holding a special ceremony on Friday to commemorate the birth of Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh faith, born in 1469. Manmeet Singh Grewal, from Modesto, California, is among 150 Sikhs who have been invited to attend: “For me, it’s an honor,” Grewal said Wednesday morning. “Furthermore, it’s a honor for the entire Sikh community.” …What will he say if he has a chance to speak to the […]
Recently, I have been reading an early account of Britain’s annexation of the Sikh empire during the 19th century called The Sikhs and the Sikh Wars: The Rise, Conquest, and Annexation of the Punjab State. Published in 1897, British authors Sir Charles Gough and Arthur D. Innes document the history of the Sikh faith, and describe Guru Nanak, the first Guru and founder of the Sikh faith, as thus (pages 16-17): A seeker after truth from his earliest years, he […]
A reader sends in this photo of a new mural on the side of a business in a main thoroughfare in Sacramento, California. The large painting features a depiction of Guru Nanak (far left), the founder of Sikhism, alongside representations of figures from other faith traditions all on a rainbow background (the color pattern could also be representative of times of day and night).
Harvard University’s Pluralism Project recently released “America’s Interfaith Infrastructure“, a pilot survey of interfaith activity in 20 American cities: For twenty years, the Pluralism Project has followed the development of America’s fast-changing religious landscape and studied new forms of civic and interfaith relationships. The events of 9/11 demonstrated the importance of interfaith groups already formed; in the ensuing decade we have witnessed the growth of hundreds of new interfaith initiatives. Given this rapid expansion, what we might describe as the […]