Friday, March 15, 2019

Being Sikh in the Black Community





Waheguru ji ka Khalsa. Waheguru ji ki Fateh. I had previously planned to release a blog today on the subject  “How to be Tyar bar Tyar in the 21st Century”, but in light of recent events in New Zealand, I think that it’s best if we postpone discussing that subject. For those who might have been affected by the event, please know that the Sikh community stands with you and supports you.

I’ve instead decided to talk about something that has recently affected me in the realm of social media. You see, a couple of days ago my interview with BBC was released and listened to by Sikhs all over the world. And since I get anxiety about watching videos, or even listening to interviews of myself, I have not sat down and listened. A lot of people told me it was good, but that it also leaned towards the negative side of things. So in response, I did a Youtube video focusing more toward the positive experiences I’ve had as a convert (which I’ll link below)

My Experience with Punjabi Sikhs

Everything was well and good...until I got one notification. Someone had responded to the interview not on my social media account but on another page. They had also mentioned or “@“ me. I went and read the thread she had written and became irritated. This was an African American Sikh lady out of California who I had spoken to one time before. And the topic had solely been on hair. We had disagreed with each other back then and she basically stated that I had chosen religion over culture (and for her vice versa). That was that. More than a year later, we both had interviews and they both released on or near the same day. One of my friends had pointed hers out to me and I was like “cool”. And then I got the notification hours later. Didn’t really think it was going to be about anything. Until I read one of her following comments.

“In my interview..., I mentioned some black folks have been willing to fully immerse themselves into Sikhi which means taking on parts of Punjabi culture. This is one of the bw (black woman) I was thinking about when I said that....". That instantly sparked a tiny flame of anger within me. I also proceeded to read some other comments she had written about me, and I'll be honest. I got pissed off and reacted. I showed the thread to my homegirl and she agreed with me that the thread was showing me in a demeaning light. And that none of the statements were true. In my head I thought:

"How could she be saying this? She's literally only spoken to me once and is judging me solely based on what she sees on social media. And what Punjabi culture is she talking about?! I don't do bhangra. I don't wear Punjabi suits. I wear bana when attending Sikh functions but that's apart of my rehat. And heck, bana ain't Punjabi. I don't cook any Indian/Punjabi food for the most part. So what is her deal? She (nor 95% of people on the internet) do not see my personal life. And her saying this is basically like calling me a brown "oreo"*...This hurts."

And it especially hurt since this was not only someone from the same race but from the same religious community. On top of that, it should be noted that the majority of her social media is composed of people within the black community. For the majority of black Sikhs, we face this kind of attitude from people within our own race. In general, in order to be considered "black", you must be three things: democrat, Christian, and straight. Well, I am straight. But politically I'm independent (leaning left) and religiously I'm a Sikh. So I instantly do not fit into the mold (nor do I ever want to). And the moment you step out of that bubble, you are instantly considered "less than". As in, less than black. Your own community looks at you weird and some ridicule you. But here's the thing. When it comes to most African Americans, they are stuck in a bubble and are ignorant in regards to other cultures/religions. They don't know things such as "Sikhism do not equal Punjabi culture". Heck, even some Sikhs don't know that. All they see is that you're hanging out with Punjabi people a lot more, eating, singing, and praying with them. This sort of reminds me of how many of my white Sikh brothers and sisters are viewed as "traitors" by some within their own race. It's sad. It's really sad. But it's the reality we face.

For me, becoming a Sikh doesn't mean abandoning my culture. I still go to my relatives' houses, eat, and talk loud. I still go to the beauty supply and stock up on hair products (heck, even more so now). I still like to listen to Gospel music or jazz. My mother and I still sit down and watch shows like Martin, the Bernie Mac Show, Ricky Smiley, Good Times, etc. etc. All of my family and my non-Sikh friends still call me Jasmine since I love both of my names and never plan on changing my first name legally. I still love sitting down with older black folk and discussing their upbringing and our history. Yada. Yada. You get the picture.

The fact of the matter is that being a devote Sikh does not mean taking on parts of Punjabi culture. It means bringing the light of Sikhi into your own culture and uplifting it. I believe as the black community becomes more educated and diverse, I will no longer have to discuss these sort of things (whether in person or online). The bottom line is that I'm black, I'm Sikh, and that I couldn't be happier about it.

*Oreo is a demeaning term people (more often African Americans) use towards AAs to say that they are black on the outside but another race on the inside.


Friday, March 1, 2019

Happy Women's History Month



Waheguru ji ka Khalsa. Waheguru ji ki Fateh. In the United States, March is declared as Women's History Month. And as someone who is a woman and a Sikh, I've decided that I am going to focus this month on learning the history of women in regards to Sikhi. Unfortunately, there are not that many Sikh resources out there that focus on solely Sikh women. I find that when the Sikh narrative is told, women are 95% of the time left out. And when there is a woman included, it is usually focused on ladies like Mai Bhago, Mata Sahib Devan/Kaur, Mata Gujri ji, or Bebe Nanaki. The reality is that there are way more women who are significant to Sikh history then what is presented. And we as a community must make sure there is equal representation. Because as Guru Nanak Dev ji says:

"Among all the women and men, the One's light is shining."

So how exactly can we make sure women are equally represented?

1. Educate Yourself

There are books out there focused on Sikh women (though few). They are not that expensive and are not that long. I highly recommended Principal Sewan Singh's book "Noble and Brave Sikh Women", because it focuses on significant female figures from a historical perspective rather than a mystical perspective. And not just women living during the Gurus times, but after as well. 

Noble and Brave Sikh Women

There's also "Sundri". A historical fiction written by Bhai Vir Singh.

Sundri (English)

Lastly, the book "The Guru's Gift" explores the lives of not just Sikh women who wear dastars in North America, but the general view of women in Sikhism as well. The co-authors themselves are anthropologists who are not Sikh, so it's interesting to read what they have observed from their perspective as well.

The Guru's Gift: An Ethnography Exploring Gender Equality with North American Sikh Women

 There are also articles out there on Sikh women. One is "10 Bada*s Sikh Women in History" written by the editor in chief for Kaur Life, Lakhpreet Kaur. I highly encourage everyone to look it up and read it. It's a very quick read.

In regard to videos, I encourage everyone to check out the short film animation "Kaur" produced by Sikhnet. Follow the main character, Saibhang Kaur, who struggles with pursuing her passion for science since she is told it's a "boy thing". In order to encourage her, Saibhang's grandmother recounts to her granddaughter the story of Mai Bhago and how she led an army of 40 men into battle.

Kaur - by Sikhnet

2. Leadership Does Matter

Can someone tell me why the majority of our leadership within the Panth are still male? Can someone tell me why the title of "Sant" seems to be exclusively for Sikh males? Can someone tell me why we went from having a significant number of female preachers (such as Bibi Bhagbhari) under Guru Amar Das ji to having very few? The Sikh community is slowly changing this, but as females, I feel that we can not wait for change itself. It is time that we stop hiding back in the langar hall kitchen and claim our seat at the table. We are Kaurs! Whether you define that as "princesses" or "lionesses", our Gurus have given us the power to have a voice as well. Several of the major world religions have a one up on us in regard to female representation. And seeing that this is the 21st century, Sikhs should be ahead of all of them. And I mean ALL of them. So to all the females who are reading this, be a Granthi. Be a warrior. Be a Sant. Be an educator. And to all the males who are reading this, encourage your sister, your aunts, your mother, your wives, and your female friends, to pursue these routes. And if anyone tries to block them, stop them.

3. Celebrate 

As Sikhs, we love to honor our Gurus, our shaheeds, and others who have done significant things in the past. And even those who are doing significant things now. We hang up pictures of them. We celebrate holidays revolving around them. And we tell their stories again and again. This is one thing I love about being a Sikh. But what does this have to do with women? Oftentimes if you walk into a Gurdwara and they have pictures up of martyrs or just great Sikhs in general, 99% of them are Singhs. If you are on a Gurdwara committee or have any say about it, how about you hang up pictures of females as well? What a difference it would make if a little Kaur could walk into the Gurdwara and see someone up on the wall that looks like her. And even though none of the Gurus were female, let's have a dialogue about their wives. They did significant things as well. Mata Kheevi ji (Guru Angad's wife) is actually mentioned in the Guru Granth Sahib.

"Balwand says that Khivi, the Guru's wife, is a noble woman, who gives soothing, leafy shade to all. She distributes the bounty of the Guru's Langar: the kheer - the rice pudding and ghee, is like sweet ambrosia."

In addition, when we observe certain holidays, remember the women. When we celebrate Mela Maghi, remember Mai Bhago who led the 40 liberated ones. When we celebrate Vaisakhi, remember the mother of all the Khalsa Sikhs all over the world. When we celebrate the birthday of Dhan Dhan Guru Nanak Dev ji, let us remember the one who loved him so much and later became the first Sikh, Bebe Nanaki. As Abigail Adams urged her husband John Adams, "Remember the Ladies!"

Forgive me for my errors and mistakes. Waheguru ji ka Khalsa. Waheguru ji ki Fateh.


Wednesday, February 20, 2019

The Gurdwara versus The Church




On the left: Ministerio Gracia (formerly Southwood Baptist Church and the church I use to attend)
On the right: Austin Gurdwara Sahib (the only standing Gurdwara in the Austin metroplex, but NOT the one I attend) 


I have been a part of the Sikh community for about two-years now and have attended Gurdwara services across the state of Texas. From Dallas-Fort Worth, to Houston, to San Antonio, and to Austin (where I currently live). I haven't visited ALL of the Gurdwaras (I've visited about 80%), but I have a good picture of the lay of the land here. As a former Christian, when I compare the Gurdwaras to the church, I see a lot of room for improvement for the Gurdwaras. I'll touch on this more below. 

Note: I would like to add that the following is written from the perspective of a Sikh from Texas. For those who live in Canada, the UK, California, NJ/NY, etc., you might not be in the same situation or not be able to relate. Congratulations! But a lot of Sikhs living across the country will be able to. I would also like to shout out three Gurdwaras that I think are doing a fantastic job in not just the Sikh community but their local communites as well. They are as follows: Sikh Dharamsal of San Antonio, TX, Gurdwara Nishkam Seva, of Irving, TX (Dallas), and the Sikh Center of the Gulf Coast Area (Houston). 

Classes:


When it comes to the church, not only do you have a nursery for babies and Sunday School, you have classes for those over 18. Some churches have young adult class (targeting at college students), ladies class (which my mom use to teach), men class, Senior Saints (aka old people class), classes for people who don't speak English (so for people from Mexico, to India, to Kenya, etc.), and this list gets bigger the bigger the church is. In these classes, we are not only learning about our religion, but we are supporting each other spiritually.

When it comes to the Gurdwara, what do we have? Khalsa school. Period. And Khalsa schools/Sikhya classes only go up to a certain age. Where does that leave all the Sikhs over 15-16 at? "But there's camps!". First of all, not everyone can afford to go to the camps or are able to. Secondly, you can not create a solid Sikh lifestyle based on a few days out of the year you go off into the woods. It is important that Sikhs of all ages are continually learning no matter what stage they're at. Heck, the word "Sikh" means learner. 

Bhai Sahibs/Granthis:


For the most part, pastors at Churches are pretty approachable and are available to go to for help or advice. And let's say you speak Spanish. Someone at the church can translate what the pastor is saying to you (or they can at least find someone to do it). It makes the church feel that much more welcoming to the outside community and like a place of acceptance and comfort. On top of that, you might have deacons, ministers, bishops, priests, nuns, etc. who are versed in the religion and that you can approach if you don't feel like approaching the head. 

First of all, I commend all the people who take care of the Gurdwaras on a daily basis. It isn't easy (especially living in the conditions some of ya'll do). But don't you think it would help a lot if the people taking care of the Gurdwara could not only speak Punjabi but the language of the local people? Or better yet, who are approachable?  I'm looking dead at you Gurdwara committees and Presidents. There are a few Gurdwaras here in Texas where the Granthis speak English. And that makes the experience that much better and makes the Gurdwara feel that much more welcoming. Not only is it great for Punjabis who cannot speak Punjabi (like some Sikh kids I know can't) and converts who cannot speak Punjabi, but great for interfaith activities as well. I'm not saying get rid of the hour-long Punjabi kathas (which are necessary), but can you please do at least a 15-minute katha in English? Pleassseeeeeee? Plus, being bilingual would help knock down a huge barrier for Bhai Sahibs/Granthis (which I notice are solely isolated to the Gurdwara because they cannot communicate with the community around them). 

I would also like to add that we need more lady Granthis. Just saying. 

Physical Fitness:


Now, Christianity only is better at Sikhi than this probably by 5%. And since we are on the topic of physical fitness, no, the basketball courts do not count. I'm talking about a weight room. Or a gatka room. A room all Sikhs can come to and work on their fitness. Sikhs eat a lot (which we aren't supposed to anyways according to Gurbani 👀), which means we have a lot of calories to burn off. So get a treadmill set up or kettlebells or dumbells, or something and have Gurbani playing in the background. Dasam Bani is especially great for this. 


Support Groups/Social Services:

As I am editing this, my friend Navdeep reminded me of something else that churches have that a lot of Gurdwaras don't. Say if you are suffering from an addiction or mental illness. A lot of urban churches will have something to help you recover from it, alongside side any psychiatric help or rehabilitation you are doing. The Gurdwaras (apart from a few in the UK I know of) don't have this. Now, Sikhs are highly educated. You can not tell me there isn't a psychiatrist, psychologist, counselor, or therapist in your Sangat. Or someone who can fulfill that role. The Sikh community cannot be strong until it gets over some of the issues that people are privately dealing with. It's time that Gurdwaras not just become places of social gathering but of healing.



So yeah. That is all I have to say for now. I could say more about these are the big ones I can think of. If you are on a committee, or are a president, or are a sevadar at your local Gurdwara, I pray that my words inspire you to action. If not, Waheguru. For those who read this till the end, I am very much appreciative of and always love having your support. Until next time, Waheguru ji ka Khalsa! Waheguru ji ki Fateh! 

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

How to Block Out the Negativity in the Sikh Community





Earlier in the year, I felt horrible. Why? Because I was constantly surrounding myself with negativity on social media and in real life. I honestly thought about leaving Sikhi. And I have actually seen people leave Sikhi because of it. So I decided to disappear for a little while, sat down and had some discussions with a few friends, chilled by Lady Bird Lake here in Austin, and learned so much about myself and life in general then I had learned in the last couple of months. I came back feeling better than ever and knowing how to handle certain situations. Someone who is new to Sikhi (or maybe even old) might ask, how do I block out the negativity? Here are a few strategies that you'll find useful.

Thanks to Jermaine for inspiring this. You are the goat 🐐 .... now let's jhatka it 😂 AYE! AYE! I see some of ya'll runnin with your pitchforks toward me. If you can't take a joke, well...read below. This is especially for you.

1. Read Gurbani

Reading Gurbani (whether you define that as just the scriptures from SGGS ji or scriptures from all three Granths) washes away negativity. It teaches you how to spend your life in a productive and effective way. The most important thing though is to implement what the scriptures are saying into your life.

2. Do Not Argue

First of all, it's best to stay away from hot button topics within our community (unless asked for your opinion for a valid reason). Those are as followed: Khalistan, the role of women in Sikhi, meat-eating, the authenticity of certain Sikh scriptures, what is the original rehat, 3ho/Sikh Dharma,
 and stupid stuff like keski (turban) vs. kesh (hair). If you're reading this, it is likely you aren't an expert in Sikh theology or ideology. So please don't pretend to talk or type like you're one. Secondly, don't get into arguments. Just by avoiding the topics above, the likelihood that you will get into an argument with someone is cut down by 85%-90-%. Gurbani also has the following to say about arguments. *Hopefully ya'll can zoom in on it* Read the whole thing and think about this every time before you say something to your fellow Sikh or type something



3.  Meditate/Do Simran

Instead of arguing or getting into heating discussions, how about we do something that will actually help us toward our goal (merging with the One)? Everything else is really a waste of time. There are different ways you can do Simran (which simply means the remembrance of God). You can listen and sing along to kirtan. You can do Gurmantar. You can do Mool Mantar. Just see what works for you. 

4. Do Seva

If you're filling your day full of volunteer work while doing simran (whether at the local park or the Gurdwara), you won't have time to be paying attenton to what's going on around you. I think for some Sikhs the problem is that they have nothing better to do with their time. So get in contact with the volunteer coordinator at your Gurdwara (if they have one) or look at the following website and type in your country, city, or whatever they ask you to 



5. Surround Yourself w/People with Positive Energy

Now I've been blessed with the intuition and gift to know when people are BSing me, hiding something from me, don't like me, are jealous of me, think they're more intelligent than me,
 taking advantage of me, or just like being negative. Even some of my friends fall into one of these categories sometimes. Unfortunately, though, I have not been blessed with the gift of calling people out or saying what's truly on my mind. But hey, why deal with this when you can just surround yourself with positive people in the first place? That means being careful about who you allow on your social media and being careful about who you allow into your life. If someone is constantly making you smile, laugh, checking in on you, and you feel comfortable around them, that is a positive person to have in your life. If every time someone comes around and you say "Oh no" or "What are they up to now?" or you frown, that is someone to stay away from. If they say something snide, rude, or snarky to you, just ignore it. In the words of Soorma Singh, "You gotta learn just not to give an F!" 

 THIS NEXT ONE IS A BIG ONE SO PLEASE READ. THIS IS MY PERSONAL BENTI TO ALL SIKHS

5. Stop Dwelling on Negativity

For the last month, the Sikh community has been like a broken record player. "OMG, our Panth is so divided". "OMG, why are Sikhs always attacking each other." "OMG, Sikhs should stop attacking XYZ group or XYZ person". "OMG, the Sikh community is falling apart". Listen, it's great that we might recognize a few things wrong with our community but just constantly talking about it is not going to bring about a solution. All it does it make Sikhs look disharmonious and keeps people away from Sikhi. And it's frankly annoying. Look, this is Kalyug. This stuff most likely ain't going away. So my benti to the Sangat is 1) focus more on Simran and 2) decide to put mostly positive
energy out there. How? Well, share articles of Sikhs excelling. Share videos talking about Sikh history or showcasing Sikh celebrations. Write about how everyone can become closer to God. Uplift and encourage your fellow Sikh brother and sister. If you see someone doing a good job, shout them out. Discuss ways we can contribute to society and tackle social issues/injustices. Just anything that brings light into the world.

If you read this far, I hope you will not praise my writing but actually implement these things into your life. If not...why'd you read it in the first place?! 😂 Keep in Chardi Kala ji! Waheguru ji ka Khalsa. Waheguru ji ki Fateh. 

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

"Okay, Mom"

For those who don't know my family situation, PLEASE click on the link below:


So, I need everyone's advice. And this is in regards to my mother. You see, my mother has stopped being OPENLY hostile towards Sikhi which is a step in the right direction. But there's one thing she still seems to be lacking which is respect. Whenever I am with my mother, I automatically tone down my religion. I do not want to make her uncomfortable in any way or disrespect her beliefs. But she doesn't seem to hold the same sentiment. For example, whenever she is driving in the car with me I do not put on kirtan. Instead, I put on the news or just a regular radio station. But whenever I am in the car with her, she almost always has it on the Christian radio stations (such as 94.9, 90.9 Heaven 97, etc.). And instead of saying anything about it, I usually just put my headphones in and ignore the preacher talkin on the radio. 

Another thing she does is always quote the Bible. For example, there might something going on on the news and she'll then say, "Well, you know the Bible says xys". And instead of me saying what Gurbani says, I just say "Okay, Mom" or nothing at all. 

Then there are the constant exclamations of "Praise Jesus!". And I'm like "Okay, that's cool. But would you like it if I said "Dhan Guru Nanak!" every time that I was in your vicinity? Probably not. 

These are just a few examples of the things I have to go through when I go home. Even my grandparents aren't that, how do you say, Jesusfied. And she always asks me why I act like sometimes I don't want to go home. Well, this is a huge reason why. I'm uncomfortable around her and her basically throwing her religion in my face. When I do the exact opposite out of respect. 

So I need ya'lls advice. For those who have not grown up in a Christian family (more specifically a Protestant family), please try to understand the mentality we are dealing with here. Thanks

-
-Gurpreet

Friday, January 11, 2019

Adopting the Five Kakaars

So, this one is for those of ya'll who might be thinking about adopting one or more of the kakaars. The advice I will give on this stems mostly from my own experience.

Kirpan: 

It is important to check what the knife laws are in your country and state. The only countries I am aware of that have outright banned the kirpan are Italy and Denmark. Everywhere else, the laws change. For example, in Texas, we can wear swords in public if we want to. BUT certain places such as hospitals, mental health facilities, schools, etc., the blade must be 5 and a half inches or less. This leads to my next point.

For those who are in university, check with the school to make sure it is okay to be carrying a kirpan. I visited the Office for Inclusion and Equity, sat down, and had a conversation. I also was able to get it in writing that I can warry a kirpan as long as the blade is at maximum 5 and a half inches. For those who work, I suggest you check with your company and notify them as well.

If you ever have legal issues, I suggest contacting the Sikh Coalition to know your rights.

Now, for those who wear their kakaars 24/7, they can find that sleeping with a  normal sized kirpan can be difficult. The solution is to either wear a smaller kirpan or get a dori kirpan. A dori kirpan is what we Nihangs wear especially when doing ishnaan or going to bed. It does not get in the way that much compared to a regular kirpan.



Kachera:

Tell me why nobody ever told me underwear does not have to be worn with kachera? I figured this out months later after I started wearing them. So I'm just telling you that now so you do not have to go through the pain of it. I suggest also buying multiple pairs of kachera. So when one pair gets dirty, you can just switch out into another pair. And when one rips (which will happen), you can simply replace it.  Also, if you are going to machine wash your kachera, make sure to tie the string beforehand. Because if you don't, most likely the string will go back into the tunnel part. And let me tell you, it is VERY inconvenient to spend 30 minutes trying to fish it back out.

Kesh and Keski:

For this one, I'm going to divide it by gender. Because different genders struggle with different things.

Girls - For most of us, we've had hair on the top of our heads all our lives. So we know how to take care of it. The only thing we're not used to is body hair. There is really nothing you need to do to take care of body hair. It's just a matter of self-confidence. At first, it's gonna be like "AHHHHH" but after a few months, you get used to it. If you get smack from your family for not shaving (which I did), just ignore it. They cannot force you to shave (at least, I don't think they can).

Boys - Well hello there. Most of ya'll have had body hair for most of your lives but not a lot of head hair (except for a few exceptions). For most of ya'll, it will a new experience having a joora, man bun, afro, ponytail, dreads, braids, etc. So here are my suggestions to ya'll.

First of all, the easiest way to learn hair care is to ask your sisters or your mother. If they are not comfortable with that, or if that is not a possibility, find a good hair stylist and get hair care tips as well as recommendations from them. And please, PLEASE look at the ingredients of the products you are putting on your hair. Make sure most (and better yet, all) the ingredients are natural. Try to stay away from chemicals as much as you can. Also, try to stay away from using heat as much as you can. This goes for girls and boys.

Secondly, the same thing I told the girls I'm going to tell you. If your family gives you flack for keeping your kesh, you are just going to have to ignore it. I always say people coming into Sikhi (or those from not so Gursikh families) have to have a backbone. Don't let people's comments get to you.

Thirdly, I know nothing about beard care. Sorry lol.

For Both Genders - Coloring your hair is looked down upon in Sikhi. So if you do it and plan on becoming Amritdhari, I suggest you stop.

Now, we will get into Keski. Taking care of a dastar isn't that hard once you get use to it. Here are a few quick tips on that.

1. Own several. Sometimes one dastar might not want to tie one day. So use another one.

2. Keep them hung up. Not only does this show respect to the dastar, but it helps keep the wrinkles out.

3. Steam and turban material go together. If you take steamy showers, put your turban in the bathroom with you as well. Or just turn on the shower, put your turban in there, and keep the door closed for like 15-30 minutes. Makes it easier to tie.

4. Preferably hand wash your dastar. But for people like me who can't do that, machine wash it. And do NOT put your turban material in the dryer. Always hang it up and let it air dry.

5. For the few months, no matter what turban style you wear, don't get upset because it looks like crap. Tying a turban takes practice and experimentation. Even I don't tie a 100% perfect turban. And for the ladies, if you really care that much about how your turban looks, just throw a chunni over it. Guys, ya'll are out of luck 😂

Kangha: 

Ain't much to say. Just keep it off the floor and keep multiple. If you lose one or one breaks, just replace it.

Kara: 

Get one that fits you. Less banging against the table that way. Keep them off the floor. Etc. Etc.


Where Can I Get the Kakaars?

The easiest and less expensive way to get them is from the Gurdwara. Most Gurdwaras should have them in stock and they are given away for free. Just let them know you need it.

If that doesn't work out, look online to purchase them.


Hope this helped. And good luck on your journey.

Waheguru ji ka Khalsa! Waheguru ji ki Fateh!


Saturday, January 5, 2019

Resources for Sikh Converts (And All My Creations)

This is the mother load you've been waiting for! A goldmine of resources with all of them being in English (this varies for the websites). Please do enjoy! And check back for updates! Don't forget to share it with those you know.

Note: A mention does not equal an endorsement. Thank you.



"Derby #13 Q&A - Where to start if we're new to Sikhi?"

Books


Collection of Free Online Sikh Books in English

Sikh Book Club

Youtube Playlists


Information about Sikhs and Sikhism

"A playlist for everything about Sikhs and Sikhism. Covers a wide range of topics from the founding of Sikhism to the plight of Sikhs residing in America"

How To - Sikh Edition

"For those who want to know how to do something"

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Being Sikh in the Black Community

Waheguru ji ka Khalsa. Waheguru ji ki Fateh. I had previously planned to release a blog today on the subject  “How to be Tyar bar Tya...