Sikhism 101

Sikhism was founded upon a profound reverence for sanctity of the spiritual nature of every human being and abiding respect for whatever the path that brings any person into their relationship with The Holy. Sikhs are known throughout the world for their remarkably generous hospitality in feeding the hungry. Sikhs are mandated to protect the religious freedom and safety of all people. Ironically since 9/11, Sikhs, with their turbans and beards, have often been mistaken for Muslim terrorists and become frequent targets of deadly violence.

The Guibord Center deliberately begins the 101 Series with Sikhism in order to challenge our assumptions about Sikhs and to introduce people to these remarkably kind and deeply spiritual men and women.

The Presentation

More than fifty people showed up on a beautiful Sunday afternoon to join with Guibord Center Advisors Nirinjin Singh Khalsa and Ravinder Singh Khalsa in a delightfully rich discussion of Sikhism.

Nirinjan Singh Khalsa, a member of The Human Relations Commission of the City of Los Angeles (as well as a member of many other boards and commissions), led everyone though an highly interactive power point as he answered the framing question: “What is it about your faith that touches your heart?”

Participants asked thoughtful questions and there was great banter back and forth as preconceptions flew to the side and people gained a new respect and awareness of the world’s fifth largest religion.

Half-way through the program Jacquie Singh Kaur and her family and colleagues of The Khalsa Peace Corps gave everyone a taste of Sikh hospitality in a delicious sampling of the vegan foods that they serve to those who are hungry.

Following the break for fellowship, Guibord Center Advisor Ravinder Singh Khalsa presented an astonishing documentary that he and his wife, Jacquie, and their colleagues had been creating and pulled together especially for the occasion.