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Does a Sikh Defend all and praise The One?

asked 2016-11-07 23:24:10 -0500

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updated 2016-11-08 11:07:08 -0500

Guruka Singh gravatar image

Alright, so I am not Sikh, but am writing a paper for my school on a principles of another faith which I have holy envy for. There are several things in Sikhism that have really resonated with me and therefore have chosen to write about that, but I would like to hear as directly from a source as possible, especially because the internet can been so misleading. From what I understand it seems like defending all, regardless of who they are or what they do, is an important principle of this faith and also that all praise, even if it is not directed towards The One, goes to Him inadvertently. These two principles are what I plan to write on and any feedback is appreciated. Feel free to share any other insights that you feel may be helpful. Also, I would like to be able to possibly quote people, if that is not okay with you, please feel free to let me know:)

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answered 2016-11-08 11:05:51 -0500

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updated 2016-11-08 13:17:24 -0500

Alexandria - Thanks for posting your question here, and you are certainly welcome to use quotes.

A core principle of the Sikh path is Ahimsa. Everyone pretty much understands ahimsa to mean "non-violence" but many people misunderstand what it really means. Most think that non-violence is a passive position where one refuses to hurt any living thing, and it's generally associated with Ghandi and the resistance against the British Raj in India.

As I understand it and live it, and as it is practiced by Sikhs, ahimsa is an active stance. It means that you use the most efficient method to prevent harm taking place. Let's look at an example: You are walking down a street in a city at night and you hear screams from a side alley. As you pass, you see that a man is attacking and attempting to rape a woman in the alley. Now a "non-violent" person might walk by and say to himself "This is that woman's karma. It is the will of God. I shall not involve myself in a violent situation because I believe in non-violence. May both this man and this woman be blessed."

But as a Sikh, I would say something quite different. I would say: "Someone is being harmed in my presence, I must stop the violence by using whatever force is necessary to prevent harm from being done to another." Then I would intervene and stop the attack. The amount of force used, from words, to hand-to-hand combat to weapons is used without any anger or malice with the sole goal being to prevent more violence from being committed. Use of weapons is only acceptable when all other means have failed.

The Sikh understands that ahimsa is the active stance of taking responsibility for yourself and others and consists not simply not harming others, but of actively preventing violence from occurring wherever possible.

Every human being is a sovereign spiritual being. When one human tries to impose his or her will on another and through that causes harm, physically, verbally or by taking away that person's freedom, then it is time to act in defense of that person. Creating peace is a matter of constant alertness. It requires strength, a neutral mind and a deep sense of personal responsibility.... knowing at all times that the other person is you.

That is true non-violence.

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answered 2016-11-08 01:44:21 -0500

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updated 2016-11-08 01:54:33 -0500

The most important aspect of Sikhism is earning one's livelihood through honest means and sharing one tenth of the earnings with the poor and the needy, for charities, for religious causes, etc. Rest, like most of the organised religions on earth, Sikhism too has it's own do's and don'ts. Citizen of any nationality is welcome to join this faith.

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