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Tattoos and converting to Sikhism

asked 2012-05-02 08:44:36 -0500

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updated 2012-05-02 18:37:59 -0500

Guruka Singh gravatar image

I am a 28 year old man and throughout my life I've acquired almost 35 tattoos all over my body. They are on my hands,knuckles, neck, tops of my feet, arms and legs. I am currently receiving treatment to have the tattoos on my hands and knuckles removed because they are the most visible but cannot afford to get all removed. Some of these tattoos are of a subject matter not consistent with Sikh life. For example, I have a couple of tattoos that are of skulls and one of a dagger with a banner around it that reads "Revenge" while the rest of my tattoos are less "evil". I've come a long way in life and want nothing more than peace and love and a deep connection with the divine. I am looking very seriously into Sikhism and I believe that that is where I belong and foresee a conversion in the near future for me. That being said, I am worried about being accepted as a Sikh when i have mutilated my body in such a way. In my area there is a Sikh center and I very much want to become a part of it and do all I can for the Sikh community but I find myself afraid to make that first step into this religion because of my tattoos and the fear of rejection. Is there any advice you can give me regarding preexisting tattoos and what I should expect? Bless you and thank you for your time.

-Chris

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answered 2012-05-02 13:52:51 -0500

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Chris - Okay, you are already used to being judged for your ink. Some will understand and some won't. All you can do is be you! Take it a step at a time and don't let anyone's reaction affect you. Just bless everyone, whether they judge you or whether they understand you. What matters is your own sincerity. Be true to yourself. Do seva (selfless service.) Your actions and words will speak for you.

Cherdi Kala! ......G

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answered 2012-08-25 03:28:48 -0500

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don't worry Chris. tatoos are not a showstopper from being a sikh. in fact there is nothing to stop anybody from becoming a sikh. all this is just meaningless trivia. you will experience that the guru's roop is the most powerful projection. help yourself :)

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answered 2012-08-26 13:14:42 -0500

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  • No worries bro. It's what is inside that counts.
  • If someone asks, you can always say I had these before God help me find sikhism.
  • The best and easiest way to become a sikh is to hang around the sangat/congregation/company of holy men at the sikh temple or outside the sikh temple.

God Bless u

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