December '20

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 […]