The Lure of India
On this trip to India, we visited many temples and forts.
One clearly remains uppermost on my mind, that is of course, the visit to a Sikh Temple.
Throughout India’s history, religion has been an important part of the country’s culture. The main religions are: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism.
The most dominant religion is Hinduism. This accounts for about 80% of the population.
About 2% of India’s population are Sikhs.
What I particularly like about Sikhism is that everyone has equal rights. This is irrespective of caste, creed, colour, race, sex or religion.
They have placed an emphasis on community services and helping the needy. They work towards universal, selfless love.
Everyone in the community is looked after and receive food daily.
Nobody is asked any questions. Nobody is judged.
The creators of Sikhism tried (unsuccessfully) to abolish some of the old Indian customs such as the caste system.
Every Sikh is expected to voluntarily contribute to their community by preparing free meals in the kitchen. The common kitchen is called Langar. In every place of worship, (Gurdwara) there is a Langar.
The meals are served to all and are eaten sitting on the floor.
This is to emphasise the point that all are equal.
Sikhism does not believe in fasting. They see the body as God’s gift to the human race.
Therefore, people must foster, maintain and preserve the body in good, sound condition.
I must admit it was a very humbling experience to be a part of this event. It was also a privilege to be invited to participate in the preparation of the food.
What a wonderful way to treat your people in you community.
I am so glad to have these memories of my trip to India
The Sikhs are recognised by five signs. These signs are, uncut hair; comb; sword or dagger; bracelet on the right wrist and shorts.
The religious Sikhs dress, carry a sword. Most of the Sikhs, even today, have uncut hair and gather it in a turban.
I hope you enjoyed this visit to the Sikh Temple.
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