Tuesday, March 13, 2007

narrow

Again a group of students came to the gurdwara today. It was a very mixed group, children of newcomers in town. They had several backgrounds, cultural and religious. Their teacher shares my idea that only by doing the effort of knowing each other, we create a more friendly and safe world.
So i (and the teacher aswell) was very surprised that a few muslim kids refused to enter the gurdwara. Some of their classroomfellows , who were muslim as well, did not make a problem of it and were eager to hear about their sikhfriends.
"So were are the sikhboys?" i asked.
And i could not believe my ears, because these boys decided not to come to this gurdwara, because their parents usually go to the other gurdwara in a nearby village.
Our sangat split up 2 years ago in a not so friendly way, which i still regret and consider as very painful.
Never i realised that it could affect the children's life in this way that they ever should refuse to meet Guru Ji in another gurdwara.

How can i talk about the tolerance in sikhism, equality and love, if sikhs themselves are not practising this in their own life. How can i expect other religions to understand ours, if there is still so much narrowmindness.

It is not on me to judge, but it makes me sad.

And by the way, it was a good visit, with lots of interresting questions and sincere attention.

1 Comments:

Blogger ss said...

"How can i talk about the tolerance in sikhism, equality and love, if sikhs themselves are not practising this in their own life. How can i expect other religions to understand ours, if there is still so much narrowmindness."

These things do not destroy the ideals, some individuals might act like this - not everyone.

Some Sikhs smoke, drink and say that it is acceptable to do so - a lot of us don't and refuse to accept that this is in anyway allowed within in a Sikhs life.

The ideal still exists, some stick by it, others don't.

There is nothing inherently here that is stopping you from explaining our ideals and if someone says "well what about ..." the simple answer is ... "not everyone follows the ideals".

No need to throw the baby out with the bathwater :-)

"And by the way, it was a good visit, with lots of interresting questions and sincere attention."

Well thats got to be worth something :-)

Tuesday, March 13, 2007 12:54:00 PM  

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