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What are the major Sikh issues of today and how can they be resolved?

asked 2017-10-03 01:17:56 -0600

Jatt_Sikh gravatar image

updated 2017-10-04 12:21:36 -0600

Guruka Singh gravatar image

World's biggest faiths in terms of number of adherents are Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism even those people do not have so many issues like that of the Sikhs.

Sikhs who are minuscule in numbers are deeply divided their issues have remained unresolved since long. I would like to hear from the online Sangat as to what do they think are the major Sikh issues and how can they be resolved.

On a personal level if you have faced real difficulty in practicing your faith then do come out in the open and suggest as to what best can be done to reform the Sikh Panth.

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answered 2017-10-04 12:25:36 -0600

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updated 2017-10-04 12:35:56 -0600

Our biggest challenge is a simple one. We are unable to surrender to and trust in God and Guru Ji. The issue is ego, pure and simple. Ego leads to disagreements and fighting. Ego leads to abuse of others. The more we make Sadhsangat - meditating and chanting together - our priority, the easier it becomes to let go of ego. In the moment we completely surrender to the Guru , all issues dissolve away.

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100% agree! I was trying to get at that, that all these problems can really be linked to one problem, but i lost my train of thought because it was the middle of the night. Thanks!

strongKaur gravatar imagestrongKaur ( 2017-10-04 14:32:15 -0600 )edit

answered 2017-10-04 01:09:55 -0600

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Take a look at these

Your answers are going to vary based on individuals and where they are living I think.

Based on some of those responses common themes seem to be lack of sangat in some areas, racism/bullying, sexism, lack of personal role models (people you know) to guide you, and language barriers (younger generation not understanding). Other problems are drugs and alcohol especially. In Canada we have a problem with gangs. I feel like sometimes people don’t actively step up and take a role in their own spirituality, they don’t realize that it takes work or prioritize it as an important part of life because they are lost in maya. Sometimes we learn about various things but don’t apply the teachings. I think this is a big issue that is central to all other issues- just making things ritualistic and not really applying our minds to understanding what Gurbani is saying. If we really understood and applied it to our lives, we wouldn’t divide ourselves.

In terms of addressing issues, each person has their own realm of what they can influence. We can address things on an individual level- as a person, change your life and how you practice. That inspires the people around us. There is a role of actually organizing change as well, by educating people to prevent bullying (I’ve seen many awareness events about Turbans for example), teaching punjabi at the Gurdwara to work on language barriers, etc. There’s community level change, there’s international change through social media and websites like Sikhnet.

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what r the issues u have faced as a Sikh woman if any?

Jatt_Sikh gravatar imageJatt_Sikh ( 2017-10-04 02:05:06 -0600 )edit

personal question which I find hard to answer even online! I think a lot of the above issues are ones I share- racism (although I’ve found it to be more subtle), sexism, lack of sangat. As a woman- of any ethnicity- that feeling of being unsafe at times, insecurity...

strongKaur gravatar imagestrongKaur ( 2017-10-04 02:53:30 -0600 )edit

and the pressure of varying expectations from society and culture of what it means to be a “good” daughter/wife/woman.

strongKaur gravatar imagestrongKaur ( 2017-10-04 02:53:39 -0600 )edit

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