Finding Peace in the Sikh Religion

Thank you Huffington Post for writing this story: Sikhism: 5 Things To Know About The Sikh Religion. I wanted to blog about the Sikh religion after the tragic shootings. It is such a peaceful religion, so I was deeply saddened to hear about the shootings.

Here is my favorite “thing” Huffington Post mentions:

History: Sikhism was founded in the Punjab region in India in the 15th century by Guru Nanak Dev. Sikhism broke from Hinduism due, in part, to its rejection of the caste system.

How cool is it that it started because their Guru didn’t like the caste system. I encourage you all to look at the video and read more about this peaceful religion. I also love how all victims who were interviewed said they need to forgive and love. They also said they are praying for the suspect’s family. That is so beautiful.

The thing that boils my blood the most is religious intolerance. I actually wrote a letter to our local editor about it last year and someone came to my door to argue with me. Gah that wasn’t the point! Here is the letter.

Religion is what is supposed to shape our lifestyle — derive morality and ethics into the life we are given. But recently, instead of the North Star guiding us and providing light, I fear religion is becoming a weapon that continually divides mankind.

How many people think their religion is superior and tell others they are wrong? Why do discussions about religion usually turn into debates? Why are interfaith relationships considered to be the toughest? Why are my gay friends treated differently?

The neat thing about faith is that it is holding onto something no one can prove. It’s believing in the impossible. So, why are we debating over religion and causing so much hate when we cannot even prove the other is wrong or we are right?

Religion isn’t one-size-fits-all. Everyone has different experiences, family and backgrounds. If we were all the same religion, It wouldn’t work.

We need to start respecting other people’s religious differences instead of criticizing them. What matters most is the fire that burns inside of us. Our devotion to God, Jesus, Jehovah, Allah, Yahweh, The Divine, etc., is our own personal relationship. A religion is something so intimate and personal to the individual. This wonderful thing shouldn’t be turned into the ultimate weapon of mass destruction.

I saw this on facebook and had to share this too. Although it is important to understand and respect others’ believes, no one should be killed for them!

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