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  1. Oh I may have out this in the wrong place, i thought it was SGGS topics. Sorry!
  2. Hello, I'm back after being away for a while. I absolutely love this quote "So many Siddhas and Buddhas, so many Yogic masters. So many Goddesses of various kinds. So many demi-gods and demons, so many silent sages. So many oceans of jewels. So many ways of life, so many languages. So many dynasties of rulers. So many intuitive people, so many selfless servants. O Nanak, His limit has no limit!" It was really helpful to think of the teachings of the religions as but one gem in an ocean of jewels. Anyone have any suggestions of an audio version online of the SGGS in English? Thanks!
  3. Hello! It's been a long while since I've been on here. I hope everyone is well. Last time I was on here I was a practing bahai, which lasted about six months. After leaving the bahais, I've studied kababalah and gnosticism. I have always really struggled with the labels of religion and my religious identity. My family is Christian. I discovered the teachings of hermeticism, which is a 3rd century or so philosphy from Alexandria, which was a very diverse spirtual center at the time. It tells the myth of Hermes Trismegistus (the thrice great Hermes) who was a prophet, perhaps the same as Enoch in the Bible (Idris in the Quran) or Toth of the Egyptians. This man was the first to be given wisdom of the hidden things of God and their teachings have been passed on since then. I say it's a myth because I don't believe this literally. But I do believe throughout time mankind has had simmilar mystical insights. Hereclitus, a Greek philospher who wrote in 300 BCE, of a logos or Word that eternally existed and was common (existing everywhere) but of which most are ignorant. I think this Word is the same entity discussed in John of the Christians or the Spirit of Revelation of the Bahais and is realted to the Angel who gave Mohammed the Quran. This sounds new agey, and perhaps it is, but it is nice to find the idea has very old roots. What's the Sikh thoughts on this? What is the origin of the Sikh revelation?
  4. Hello! I really enjoyed our conversations here ealier. So much so it caused a crisis of faith. Bahais believe in the unity of religions and that God has spoken thru messengers. Yet they don't count the Sikh Gurus as one of them. I think that you can ever put God is a box. His revelation appears where and when He wants it to. He is more generous than we can comprehend. So I'm not primarily identifying as Baha'i anymore. I realised i have a deep desire to not reject the faith of anyone and not to deny God's presence in many places it can be found. I guess I'll become a Unitarian Universalist or something.
  5. On Sunday I'm visiting a Gurudwara! I'm very excited. I let them know I was coming. Is there anything I need to know beyond common courtesy (dress nicely with dress shirt and tie, turn off my phone and don't disrupt during the service, say thank you, etc)?
  6. Literally, what is the Name or Names of the Lord? I'm very interested in the mysticism of the names of God. Islam has 99 names, Zorastorianism has a simmilar list. Kabbalah also deals in depth with Divine Names. I have started a practice of chanting divine names during all of my prayers. Any resources of the Divine Name in Sikhism? Btw... My morning and evening prayers these days is a Hebrew prayer followed by reading an Ang of the SGGS followed by chantinng divine names in Arabic. Thanks.
  7. ਸੰਤਾ ਸੰਗਤਿ ਮਿਲਿ ਰਹੈ ਜਪਿ ਰਾਮ ਨਾਮੁ ਸੁਖੁ ਪਾਇ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥ Santhaa Sangath Mil Rehai Jap Raam Naam Sukh Paae ||1|| Rehaao || Remain united with the Society of the Saints; chant the Name of the Lord, and find peace. Ang 31
  8. Thanks! I'm very interested in the mystical and esoteric intrepration of scripture. I'll try to share some of that stuff as I come across it.
  9. This is wonderful! Thank you for this wisdom. I'm might not agree 100% either my Baha'i community or my Christain family church but it's nice to feel I can embrace the essential truths in these faiths. I think the SGGS and Sikh teachings more fully enable this.
  10. I can see the wisdom in maintaining a cautious mystery about the percise nature of the Guru. The teachings in Baha'i are purposefully ambiguous here too. To me, it makes the most sense, to think of Divine Revelation as an emanation which in Platonism is derived from God but is not God Himself, like the rays from the Sun. This is the Logos or the Word in the Christain gospel. It is also the Torah which is seen as preexisting the world by some Jews. It is the Message of the Quran and it is the Spirit that speaks thru the Baha'i messengers and the Sikh Gurus. Knowing the Guru/Torah/Word is only way to truly know God, because it is by this method God reveals Himself.
  11. In the Christain Gospel, Matthew 27:51-53 "At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split 52 and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life.53 They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and[e] went into the holy city and appeared to many people." There is a Baha'i intrepration that the tearing of the curtain to the Holy of Holies and the busting open of the tombs is symbolic of Jesus' teachings that reveal the essential, holy truth of Judaism. Jesus, for example, stresses compassion over legalism and inclusion over purity. I think that Baha'is clearly base the doctrine of progressive revelation on Sikh teachings and not solely on the Quran. Bab and Baha'u'llah being persian Sufis would have no doubt been aware of Sikh teachings or picked them up Sufis drawing from the Sikhs. So if you are cynical you could say Bahais incorporated Sikh teaching in their new faith. If you are less cynical, perhaps Sikhs and Bahais both understand the same truth.
  12. I've replaced my obligatory reading of Baha'i texts with the SGGS. I definitely agree.
  13. This deserves it's own thread. I hope you will discuss this further.
  14. I hope we can discuss (rather than necessarily debate) in greater detail the theology of the nature of Sikh Gurus and the parallels with Baha'i Divine Manifestations. It's come up several times already in my posts. I started to try to write an essay about the nature of Divine Messengers but it quickly became very wordy and went in circles. It's difficult to put into percise words such a profound topic. "The Palace of the Lord God is so beautiful. Within it, there are gems, rubies, pearls and flawless diamonds. A fortress of gold surrounds this Source of Nectar. How can I climb up to the Fortress without a ladder? By meditating on the Lord, through the Guru, I am blessed and exalted. The Guru is the Ladder, the Guru is the Boat, and the Guru is the Raft to take me to the Lord's Name. The Guru is the Boat to carry me across the world-ocean; the Guru is the Sacred Shrine of Pilgrimage, the Guru is the Holy River. If it pleases Him, I bathe in the Pool of Truth, and become radiant and pure." (Guru Nanak, Sri Rag, pg. 17) This Sikh quote seems very simmilar to Baha'i teachings. Baha'i teachings explain that there are throughout time Divine (from God) Manifestions (of Divine Revelation) that act as perfect mirrors to the Divine Light. On a personal level understanding that God has sent His messengers to all many people in every era thru different faiths was a key that unlocked the essential truth of the diverse faiths. I find that the numerous scripturers contain the Voice of God and it's by their study and thru their teachings that I encounter God in more profound way than I could alone. I believe that the Sikh scripture, the Sri Guru Granath Sahib, is clearly the product of Divine Revelation. Though I know I'll get no disagreement of that statement here, I'll explain how I know this to be true. I think in discerning truth of revelation it needs to pass two tests: 1. There needs to be an experience of Divine Illumination in receiving the words. For me, I experienced that with the first page of the text. 2. The fruits of the revelation are, for the most part, love of God and love of neighbor rather than the perversion of these loves. Sikhs are well known for their generosity and mild manner and have a long history of benefiting mankind. I feel I am barely scratching the surface with this discussion, so I'd welcome your thoughts and wisdom. God is most glorious! -MM
  15. I'm an occupational therapist. I work in a nursing home with the elderly. I also have two boys ages 3 and 6, a job in itself.
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