Monday, March 24, 2008

A Sikh Service

In recognizing that people, men and women, cover their heads for various reasons, both practical and spiritual, one is struck with the very obvious covering worn by those who follow the Sikh religion. Why do these men want to join the armed forces of their country but not take off the turban in exchange for the uniform? is an example of the extent of what many people know about these people.

I came across a visit by a man in Knoxville, TN, to a Sikh Gurdwara. His presentation of the basic facts of what went on there, as well as simple explanation of the faith, is a short work worth reading.

The head covering worn by the men and women of the Sikh religion is worn nearly all the time by choice, and is required at worship time.

Click here to read the article by Brian Long, of knoxnews.com: "Sikh service replicates sense of faith, fellowship felt in India"

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"The turban is our Guru's gift to us. It is how we crown ourselves as the Singhs and Kaurs who sit on the throne of commitment to our own higher consciousness. For men and women alike, this projective identity conveys royalty, grace, and uniqueness. It is a signal to others that we live in the image of Infinity and are dedicated to serving all. The turban doesn't represent anything except complete commitment. When you choose to stand out by tying your turban, you stand fearlessly as one single person standing out from six billion people. It is a most outstanding act." - sikhnet.com
- Click here to read: "Why do Sikhs wear Turbans?", from Sikhnet.com. This website also includes photos and videos of how the various styles of turbans are worn, for your further interest. Photo above also from sikhnet.com
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