Saturday, May 14, 2016

Understanding and Appreciating the Beauty of Sikhism

Unitarian Universalists for Sikh Awareness
Ever since I preached on Sikhism this fall, I have been pulled toward the religion and its traditions in a profound way. I often find myself with a case of "envy" after I preach about another religious tradition; every tradition has such beauty. At Yom Kippur, I have Jewish Envy; after preaching on the occasion of Mahavira's birthday I have Jain Envy, and so on. So it's not surprising that preaching on Sikhism gave me Sikh Envy.

What's been more surprising, to me at least, as that my Sikh Envy has not gone away! In fact, it keeps growing.

Weeks ago, I started a Facebook community called Unitarian Universalists for Sikh Awareness and a Twitter account for the same. Please feel free to like/join! I created the UUFSA logo shown here from the Sikh symbol (inside in orange) and the outer part of the UUA's new logo. I'm unreasonably proud of myself for this. [Addendum: I have since begun work on a website too.]

I find myself wearing a kara and reading all sorts of books on Sikhism. Recently, I attended my first Sikh service (conveniently for me, on a Friday) at the Milford Gurdwara Sahib (home of the New England Sikh Study Circle), and I loved it. Wonderful people; beautiful kirtan; langar (vegetarian food for all)... what's not to love? I also took my first Punjabi lesson. It all feels so good for my spirit. Stay tuned for more on this journey.

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