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asked 2012-11-05 15:00:19 -0600

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I am really thankful to god for giving me life on this earth in a sikh family. I used to cut my hair and eat no-veg. But with god's grace, I'm away from all these deeds. i am also trying to do go on the path of being an amritdhari. But there is one obstacle in that!!! I have a shop, where we sell cigarrettes and lottery and according to our gurujees, it is a forbidden path. I feel very ashamed to tell anybody when they ask what I do for living. Recently, I was rejected in a gurudwara for giving in some money for charity from my dasaundh because of my career. I cannot describe how I felt at that moment. I sometimes think of changing my work but I don't know what else to do, because that is all I have been doing since I started working and it is going to unbalance a lot of other things in my life if I would even think of a change. Please help me in deciding what to do.

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maybe you can stop selling these cigarrettes and lottery .... and this will slowly take you really away from these things.. maybe you can think what else can benifit you if sell that in your shop (except the bad stuff) .. i am not sure if i am right but i wish my advice can help you

KGC gravatar imageKGC ( 2013-01-29 01:18:38 -0600 )edit

Just do ardas in front of Guru Jii and ask for the right way and see what Hukam Guru Ji blesses you with..the fact that you are having these thoughts is a sign that Guru Ji wants you to do something have faith & trust Him..He will guide...God bless us all...

unknownkaur gravatar imageunknownkaur ( 2013-01-29 04:01:35 -0600 )edit

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answered 2012-11-05 18:19:04 -0600

kanwaljit.singh gravatar image

I am not sure about lottery but selling cigarettes is definitely against what you represent as a Sikh. I think with time you will get strength to look at other avenues. You should be happy that the Gurudwara declined your contribution. I believe most of them don't ask where the money is coming from. If you have a convenience store, you can stop keeping those items on sale.

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answered 2012-11-08 15:57:35 -0600

Prabh Kaur gravatar image

Same I am not sure about lottery but cigarettes! Why don't you stop selling them? You don't have to change your business, just stop selling the item.

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answered 2012-12-30 01:09:15 -0600

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From what I know you shouldn't be selling lottery tickets either. It leads the buyer into gambling. Gambling is forbidden in Sikhi, if it is forbidden to you then you shouldn't be giving other people the opportunity to do it.

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answered 2013-01-20 07:39:18 -0600

Sardar Sukhmeet Singh gravatar image

The basic fact is the Gurdwara Committee was discriminating you on what you do for a living, and that is just wrong, it doesn't matter what it is(well any job is ok, except being a barber, don't do that job, or else) but other than that they should not discriminate you on what you do to keep your family alive, you should go to another Gurdwara, if you wish to stay loyal to your Gurdwara so be it, but, realize what they did with you, a form of Caste, if you take the cigarretts as an Amritdhari, then can you be discriminated only a little. I would be on your side on this one, Waheguru will see what you would do, in America a lot of Sikhs own things that sell cigarretts, drugs, and even lottery, and not a single Gurdwara Committee discriminates them

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answered 2013-01-28 11:41:39 -0600

taninder gravatar image

I believe that nobody is answering your question. You wanted to know what careers should you do instead of this job. In order to receive feedback you may want to give a basic idea about your education and interests to let us (the community)successfully find a career that suits you and doesn't require you to do things that are against sikhi.

remember, "soche soch na hovai je sochi lakh vaar."

Don't worry about this matter. Waheguru will give you the answer to this problem.

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