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Abstracts Of Sikh Religion By Non-Sikh Scholars


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Miss Pearl S. Buck, a Nobel laureate, while giving her comments on the English translation of the Granth Sahib wrote:

"I have studied the scriptures of the great religions, but I do not find elsewhere the same power of appeal to the heart and mind as I find here in these volumes. They are compact in spite of their length and are a revelation of the concept of God to the recognition and indeed the insistence upon the practical needs of the human body. There is something strangely modern about these scriptures and this puzzled me until I learned that they are in fact comparatively modern, compiled as late as the 16th century. When explorers were beginning to discover the globe, upon which we all live, is a single entity divided only by arbitrary lives of our own making. Perhaps this sense of unity is the source of power I find in these volumes. They speak to a person of any religion or of none. They speak for the human heart and the searching mind."

(From the foreword to the English translation of the Guru Granth Sahib by Gopal Singh Dardi)

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Sir Lapel Griffin

"But the Sikh is always the same, same in peace, in war, in barracks or in the field, ever genial, good tempered and uncomplaining, a fair horseman, a stubborn infantry soldier, as steady under fire as he is eager for a charge. However, when his self-respect or the honour of his women-folk is at stake, he becomes desperate and will stop at nothing short of murder He does not pocket an insult, bides his opportunity for revenge and becomes quite unmindful of consequences. When aroused, he has the fury of 10 elephants. It is difficult to check him He becomes excited, loses his mental equilibrium and does not care for the consequences of his action You may break him but you cannot bend him When he is in desperate mood, he responds only to tactful handling, sympathetic treatment and persuasion Any coercive measure taken against him hardenes his mood of desperation. Handling in tactful measures, he easily forgives and forgets and is ready to side with his erstwhile enemies"

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Sikh religion is the highest and the best of all religions. By C.H. Payne

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If the Sikhs forsake the Kakkaars, Khalsa Panth will end. These Kakkaars show up the everlasting Guru. Due to these alone, Sikhs have done so much, as no one else could do. Kakkaars are a Sign of Love to the Guru. On forsaking these, cannot do pure deeds, as also he cannot live a life of high spirit.

By Miss Jean Cooler

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The Faith of the New Age

Rev. H.L. Bradshaw, of the U.S.A., after thoroughly studying the philosophy of Sikhism, observed:

"Sikhism is a Universal world Faith, a message for all men. This is amply illustrated in the writings of the Gurus. Sikhs must cease to think of their faith as just another good religion and must begin to think in terms of Sikhism being the religion for this New Age......The religion preached by Guru Nanak is the faith of the New Age. It completely supplants and fulfills all the former dispensations of older religions. Books must be written proving this. The other religions contain the truth, but Sikhism contains the fullness of truth...."

Sikhism is a universal world faith for the New Age with a message for all Men. The other religions contain the truth but Sikhism contains the fullness of truth. The Sikhism is truly the answer to the problems of the modern man. Guru Granth, Of all the WORLD SCRIPTURES ALONE states that there are innumerable worlds and universes, other than our own.

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Sikh religion is ideal brotherhood. In it, God worship is ever present.

By Dunken Greenledge

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From Sikh religion, history and character, I am overwhelming influenced to resign from my high job, so as to make a deeper research. No other race is as brave as the Sikhs are. No other religion is as Humane, on Principles, as the Sikh religion is. Sikh sense of living is the purest of all. Gurbani is a source of Comforting Peace and unity of all. Unlike the scriptures of other creeds, Sikh scriptures do not contain love stories or accounts of wars waged for selfish considerations. They contain sublime truths, the study of which cannot but Elevate the Reader spiritually, morally. and socially. There are least things of sectarianism in them. They teach and inspire the believer with an ambition to Serve his fellow men, to sacrifice all and die for their sake. Macauliff further observes: Many of the great teachers of the world have known, have not left a line of their own composition, and we only knew what they taught through tradition or second hand information. If Pythagorean wrote any of tenets, his writings have not descended to us. We knew the teachings of Socrates only through the writings of Plato and Xenophone. Buddha has left no written memorials of his teaching. Kung fu-tze, known to Europeans as Confucius, left no documents in which he detailed the principles of his moral and social system. The Founder of Christianity did not reduce his doctrines to writing, and from them we are obliged to trust the gospels according to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The Arabian Prophet did not himself reduce to writing the chapters of the Quran. They were written or completed by his adherents and followers. But the compositions of the Sikh Gurus are preserved and we know first hand what they taught. They employed the vehicle of verse, which is generally unalterable by copyist, and we even become in time, familiar with their different styles. No spurious compositions or extraneous dogmas, can therefore be represented as theirs. Based on the Unity of God, it rejected Hindu formulations and adopted an independent -ethical system. It would be difficult to point to a religion of Greater Originality or to a more comprehensive ethical system.

By Macauliffe (Dy. Commissioner)

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Remember the Tenets of Guru Nanak. His concept of God and Universal brotherhood of man. The Unique concept of Universality and system of Langar [free community kitchen] in Sikhism are the two features that attract me towards the study of Sikhism. Langar is an exclusive feature of Sikhism and found no where else in the world. Sikhism is the only religion which welcomes each and everyone to its Langar without any discrimination of caste, creed or colour.

By Dr. W 0 Cole of U.K. [an author of half a dozen books on Sikhism in his keynote address of 1985]

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Sikh religion is one, which could appeal to the occidental mind. If judged from the pragmatically standpoint, it will rank almost First in the world. Of no other religion, can it be said that it has made a nation in so short a time. The religion of the Sikhs is one of the most interesting at present existing in India, possibly indeed in the whole world.

By Dorothy Field

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Sikh does not like slavery. Sikh lives with self-respect and and in high spirits. He fears none and terrorizes no one.

By Frostier (Historian)

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For Nanak, there was no such thing as a God for the Hindus, a God for the Mohmmedens and a God or gods for the outer heathen. For him there was but one God, one sole Indivisible, self existent, incomprehensible, timeless, all pervading to be named, but otherwise Indescribable and altogether Lovely. Such was the Nanak's idea of the Creator and a conception what at once abrogated all Petty Fictions of Creed, Sect, Dogma, and Ceremony.

By Frederic Pincot (British Scholar)

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Of all the humans, Sikh is the most beautiful, who maintains a flowing beard, long beard and turban on head.

By Tyanbee (Historian)

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