The Sikh Mag is a quarterly digital publication. It echoes the voice of the modern Sikh and attempts to bring to the forefront, contemporary issues and subjects that we find pertinent.
Sewa, Simran, Ruhaniyat and Rahit
This title is not meant to be metaphorical; it is a statement on the progression of a ‘Sikh of the Khalsa’ life in this ‘yug’ or age. The human mind has a tendency to pick up bits and pieces of religion, culture, literature, art, history as per their interpretation of relevance. These bits are then […]
Singhs & Turbans: An Illustrative Essay
It is worthy to note that the genesis of the Sikh turban is dual in nature. The socio-political origin generally referenced is Guru Gobind’s attempt to elevate every turbaned individual to the status of a King or Leader, hitherto shattering the hierarchy of obeisance to any human form.
Kirpan: The Symbol of Power & Dignity
The Kirpan is a sword, one of the five articles or articles of the Sikh faith. The other four being Kesh (unshorn hair), Kanga (comb), Kara (iron bracelet), and Kachhera (drawers). When a Sikh is baptized, it is enjoined upon him not to part with any of these. Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Guru of […]
Sikh Scholar: Professor Sahib Singh
Professor Sahib Singh has been one of the foremost proponents of the study of Sikh scriptures and traditions. He was a scholar par excellence and spread the universal message of Sikhism with great clarity. Although deeply religious but condemned ritualistic practices. His interpretation of the Sikh religion in a logical manner is reflected in more […]
Symbols of Faith: The December ’20 Theme
What are symbols and what is their impact on society? Surely, there are positive symbols as well as negative ones. How must we distinguish one from another, and what truly is the value of symbols in religious practice? Many such questions today evoke in us conundrums that we find challenging to easily comprehend. Yet we […]
Gurudwaras: Insignias, Symbols, and Practice of Sikhi
Whether the medieval Gurudwara in Amritsar or the postmodern Gurudwara in metropolitan city, people seem to feel similarly when experiencing the space of a Gurudwara. For some, it is a meditative experience in the peace and quiet of the Gurudwara, for others, a feeling of belonging (being among people from all walks of life), and […]
Ik: The Philosophy of Oneness
At the time when the subcontinent believed in polytheism, Guru Nanak philosophized Ik Onkar. The depth of his belief in this theory of One Power guided him in laying the pillars of Sikhism on this word – Ik (One supreme light, the power that exists in every living being).
Sikh Scholar: Bhai Vir Singh
Bhai Saab wanted to uplift the Sikh confidence and reinstate the Sikh history’s original glory. His poems, short stories, and plays are full of instances that show the exact Sikh values our Gurus wished for us to exhibit. Reading his work reveals this impeccable value system penned down so intricately.
A Plea to Restore Nanak’s ‘Ik’
Though spiritual devotion is akin to the mother’s milk or suckling the breast yet she is not edified; it is her purity and the respect for her womanhood, which is worshipped.
Unfortunately Sikhs today and in recent times have been unable to grasp the progressive approach of the Gurus and are dragging the woman back to regressive times.