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Food For Thought: Future Of Sikhism

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT:

Sikhs all over the world celebrated "Vaisakhi" on April 14, 2009. Besides remembering the past history and achievements, what legacy are we leaving for the future Sikh generations and the World ?

Harbhajan

source: http://www.sikhism.com/future

Future of Sikhism

Mankind's religious future may be obscure; yet one thing can be foreseen. The living higher religions are going to influence each other more than ever before, in the days of increasing communications between all parts of the world and branches of the human race. In this coming religious debate, the Sikh religion and its scriptures, the Guru Granth, will have something special of value to say to the rest of the world.

The above statement was made by Arnold Toynbee, one of the top historians of the 20th century. Toynbee knew that the nature of religion was poised for rapid change. With new mediums of communication such as the Internet and satellite television, the glorious legacy of Sikhism and its shining principles of tolerance and love can no longer be kept hidden by repressive governments or anyone else. The new religious age is one of religious choice. Fortunately for Sikhism, freedom of choice and mutual respect are completely compatible with its founding principles. In fact, Sikhism has been preaching these ideals for more than 500 years. As religious fundamentalism once again flares during this most recent "clash of civilizations", with all its resulting terrorism, war, ignorance, and hatred, Sikhism can play an essential guiding role to lead the world smoothly to inevitable coexistence. According to Sikhism, our destiny is not Armageddon, but respect and appreciation for fellow human beings. This optimistic message is increasingly striking a chord in hearts across the world.

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According to Sikhism, our destiny is not Armageddon, but respect and appreciation for fellow human beings. This optimistic message is increasingly striking a chord in hearts across the world.

First of all 'respect and appreciation for fellows' is not a destiny, and if it were, it is not mutually exclusive from Armageddon.

Second of all, according to Sikhism the world is going to descend into chaos, people that believe in God will be killed and Kalki avtar will rock up and kick some butt.

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Dear cul,

I believe you mean to say according to panj sau sakhi, sau sakhi, prem sumarag granth, and kalki avtar savayay.....sikhs believe in kalki avtar..

I have not come into any mention of this in Guru Granth Sahib ji

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First of all 'respect and appreciation for fellows' is not a destiny, and if it were, it is not mutually exclusive from Armageddon.

Second of all, according to Sikhism the world is going to descend into chaos, people that believe in God will be killed and Kalki avtar will rock up and kick some butt.

Oh really? An EXPLANATION of the HINDU theory of avatars and the future is to be taken as Sikh belief, nooo.

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Whether or not it is mentioned in the Guru Granth Sahib or not, many people believe the world is descending into chaos. And it seems to be true, candy-coated optimism will not help us through this period. Even though people believe these ideas with their mind they cannot feel the truth of them, a profound metaphysical crisis looms, we have to descend to the depths and use any metaphysical weapons that we have to hand.

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This type of 'prediction of hope' has been used for millennia in all ancient traditions of the world - its not a new concept - Sikhs have their own various version(s).

They are there for a reason - to give hope to the uninformed - hope plays a massive part in the Sikh Marg - the tradition of Asa di Vaar is an ideal example of this - it was the nucleus of the morning kirtan liturgy – and was expounded by the Warrior Singhs like Jassa Singh Aluvalia to inspire his troops in times which could easily have been considered Kalyug real.

But the above point is important – as we must not fall into the trap of thinking that we are protected because the Lords coming Hero will be part of our tribe. It is only our actions that will save us from the metaphorical depths of Hell.

Any story of hope should simply inspire us to become more Guru-Mukh.

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