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Learning about Sikhism

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