Wednesday, February 08, 2006

define it right

Containing any meaning in words is a difficult task, I agree. But when I land on things like this, I expect more perfection. While browsing around on what internet provides on world religion databases about religions, I found Sikhism defined as follows:

"Sikhism: Hindu - Hinduism Dictionary on Sikhism

Sikhism: "Discipleship." Religion of nine million members founded in India about 500 years ago by the saint Guru Nanak. A reformist faith which rejects idolatry and the caste system, its holy book is the Adi Granth, and main holy center is the Golden Temple of Amritsar."

Followed by another attempt to define Sikhism as per:
"Sikhism: New Age Spirituality Dictionary on Sikhism

Sikhism

A religion, based mostly in the Punjab province of India, that attempts to blend Hinduism and Islam. The movement is based on a vision and subsequent teachings of founder Guru Nanak in the 15th century AD. Disciples, called Sikhs, follow the one true God named Sat Nam (�True Name�). Their main scriptures are contained in the Granth Sahib (�The Lord's Book�), compiled by the guru Arjan, and salvation is viewed as a merging with the universal force"

I prefer definition 1 to begin with. I get quite worked up on the definition of Sikhism as a BLEND of Hinduism and Islam and my uneasiness has no bounds when I find such exclamations coming from Sikh resources that people shall look upto. It brings me to my unanswerable query of whether we'd be ever able to achieve a stage of standardized history and explanation - one that stands high in the rightful shade and guidance of Sri Guru Granth Sahib.

8 Comments:

Blogger SikhsRus said...

I have seen some of these as well! Basically, I think it comes from authors who are actually afraid and insecure about their own religion mostly right wing Christianity or Hinduism. I have not seen any from a muslim author yet.

Thursday, February 09, 2006 11:49:00 PM  
Blogger Sikhi Seeker said...

Oh talking of the Muslim declarations, you have just been saved from a whole world of scholars and locals who claim Sikhism a sect of Islam. It's quite infuriating. I once came across this article which set forth to prove this declaration which I shared with solarider at that time. I'll look it up if i find it and send you the link, if you are interested.

p.s.// Sorry, I didn't know that your father isn't keeping good health. Wishing him high spirits and good health.

Friday, February 10, 2006 3:19:00 PM  
Blogger SikhsRus said...

I think, everybody wants to lay claim to something is so precious as Sikhi!

Monday, February 13, 2006 8:04:00 PM  
Blogger ss said...

Oops I seem to have missed out on this post.

"I think, everybody wants to lay claim to something is so precious as Sikhi!"

If I recall correctly, it was something similar to what sikhsrus said, when we discussed this.

I was planning on writing a lot about this subject on my blog one of these days.

One of these days.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006 9:29:00 AM  
Blogger Sikhi Seeker said...

ss ji, yours was a similar conclusion, I remember.

And on a totally unrelated stream, I recently read that Khushwant Singh had prophecised that there will be no Sikhs remaining by the year 2000. It just bewilders me....what in the world can bring someone to make such a prophecy??

Wednesday, February 15, 2006 9:42:00 AM  
Blogger SikhsRus said...

Khushwant Singh is an interesting character. I like a lot of his writing (Train to Pakistan, We Indians etc.) because he makes reading fun and is quite right on the money on some things. I had not heard of this prophecy of his and hope does not come true. Sometimes I think he does seem to focus on negatives and criticism instead of praise. For example, he has written things about "Yogi Bhajan" which I would put in the criticism category, instead of looking at the accomplishments of the man.

Thursday, February 16, 2006 12:38:00 PM  
Blogger Sikhi Seeker said...

Khushwant singh, I agree (as ss puts it) should be consider just another writer who is a Sikh. And you are right about his critical nature. But you know something Sikhrus ji, this man shall go to any extent to sound funny and different. I mean he has said some good stuff about Bhagat Puran Singh ji, but nope, this man has said some stuff and written it to sound funny and in humour, but I am so in love with Bhagatji that I am sensitized to any humour targeted to my hero. You know what I think, people who lack sensitivity, are not deserving of my respect at least. Oh well! And the ironicity is that there is only one man (at least in writing) who has made funny comments about Bhagatji - and it's sad to see that this man is a Sikh. Yes, oh well!!!

Sunday, February 19, 2006 8:41:00 PM  
Blogger dum elf said...

AWSOME! i did not realy read it.

Saturday, February 25, 2006 4:03:00 PM  

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