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Learning about Sikhism

asked 2013-03-07 16:05:42 -0600

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Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ke Fateh.

I am a university educated professional. During my time at university I was always interested in the academic study of religion, primarily learning about Sikhism. I am unsure how I became interested in learning about Sikhism and what has driven my passion to develop my learning further. As a South Asian non-Sikh, my learning of the Sikhs’ has developed in me a great affinity to the Sikhs.

It all begun during my university education, I began my personal academic study into religion. I have been yearning for spirituality for many years and I decided to explore my yearning further. I reached a point where I re-evaluated why I was doing this. What did I really want out of this studying of religion? I determined that what I really wanted to know was Truth. With this approach I opened myself up to the possibilities of truth regardless of what religion they might be found in. What I discovered was that there is a lot of basic agreement and some very interesting ideas in other religions. In particular, I studied the academic perspectives of the Sikh Gurus and their lives which inspired me immensely. I could not say they were wrong when I found something of value in them to me personally. There were many aspects of Sikh life which I can relate to.

It is for those reasons that I decided to study & read almost every academic book on Sikhism I could find and now I want to delve further into the philosophical teachings in an English format that I understand. As a non-Punjabi speaker, I have tried to obtain an English copy of the Shri Guru Granth Sahib and have been unsuccessful in finding a reasonably priced one.

I also want to delve further into the spiritual aspects of Sikhism as academic books are normally focused on histories and similar topics. I would therefore like to know if anyone can recommend or direct me to any useful books I could purchase from the UK where I am from.

I hope you can help.

Best wishes

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answered 2013-03-10 07:21:15 -0600

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Thank you. I will order them. Thanks again and God bless!

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Awesome! :D

Please feel free to ask if you have any other question

Gurujis Daughter gravatar imageGurujis Daughter ( 2013-03-10 23:16:32 -0600 )edit
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I have ordered the books and they will arrive in the next few days. Thank you again.

exploration gravatar imageexploration ( 2013-03-11 15:52:28 -0600 )edit
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answered 2013-03-08 23:50:30 -0600

Gurujis Daughter gravatar image

Hi, Thank you for sharing everything. There is alot about Sikhism on http://www.sikhnet.com/

If you are finding English translation of Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji, there is alot on the internet. http://www.srigranth.org/servlet/gurbani.gurbani?S=y This has english translations. There are some Shabads with English Translation on youture from which I learnt alot about the religion. http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL4140FF9258431574

If you have any specific questions, please feel free to ask them.

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answered 2013-03-09 07:24:36 -0600

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Thank you for your reply.

I am trying to avoid reading material online as I am one of those old fashioned book readers who avoids electronic computers whenever I can. I don't use the Kindle either or any of those new high tech savvy stuff. I love the smell and feeling of reading books that I can purchase and keep forever and whenever I want to refer to something I won't need to go online.

Do you know any stores/book shops or any books I can purchase on Amazon that may be helpful.

It is not only general books on Sikhism, but books authored by spiritual sikhs and their interpretation of the Sikh teachings. I hope that makes sense.

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answered 2013-03-09 22:43:01 -0600

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That is really good that you prefer books better then internet. The two books I would suggest are http://www.amazon.ca/Autobiography-Sahib-Randhir-Singh-ebook/dp/B0089PT3JW/ref=sr11?ie=UTF8&qid=1362890287&sr=8-1 and Undithi Duniya by Bhai Randhir Singh These are awesome books written by a very spiritual Gursikh. You learn alot from these.

Other would be http://www.amazon.ca/Meaning-Sikh-Baptism-ebook/dp/B008ATO2ES/ref=sr12?ie=UTF8&qid=1362890287&sr=8-2

http://www.amazon.ca/Ecstatic-Sway-Enshrined-Lotus-Feet-Divine-ebook/dp/B00B86DRR8/ref=sr15?ie=UTF8&qid=1362890287&sr=8-5

http://www.amazon.ca/Rangle-Sajjan-ebook/dp/B00B8605FA/ref=sr13?ie=UTF8&qid=1362890287&sr=8-3

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answered 2013-03-11 15:58:10 -0600

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Are there any Sikhs who are from Southall who can accompany me to a Gurdwara as I have never stepped foot into one?

I would like to witness Sikhism in practice rather than reading about Sikhism from books. The books give you helpful knowledge, but the experience of viewing Sikhs following the example of the Gurus is completely different.

I called the Gurdwara by telephone but the woman who answered said "there is nothing to see in the Gurdwara." Quick call. I was left bit confused.

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If I was in that town, I would have gone with you no doubt. Mostly, Sikhs are very happy to show you around. I was a little surprised by the lady on the phone. And you are right, it is a very different experience to go inside and look at the celebration and the meaning behind it.

Gurujis Daughter gravatar imageGurujis Daughter ( 2013-03-12 18:28:07 -0600 )edit
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answered 2013-03-12 18:32:16 -0600

Gurujis Daughter gravatar image

I would suggest if you could post on a Sikh forum more widely used, like http://www.sikhsangat.com/ or http://www.sikhnet.com/discussion/ . I am sure there would be alot of Sikhs from that place there. If not, I do not there is anything wrong to go alone, you can ask people around about things, and I am sure they will be glad to explain! If you go on Sundays, more people might be there so it might be easier to get people to show you around.

There are lots of awesome things to see at the Gurdwara! Who says there isn't? And if you go there, please don't leave without eating Langar (The free food offered) :)

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answered 2013-03-13 05:36:25 -0600

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Thank you. I wasn't aware of the Sikh sangat website. I will start contributing there too.

I have read a lot about how Gurdwara's work and how they operate and also the politics that exist, but to visit and see what it is all about is a different matter all together. I want to visit the huge one in Southall and go to their Langar too. I wonder if they have a bookshop as I can purchase books.

Thanks for being so helpful.

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