Originally Posted by 4629
I am Sikh student doing my masters here in USA. I am 23 years old and keep uncut beard, wear a turban and belong to a good family.
However I would like to change that and would like to cut my hair - I have though a lot about it and itís what I want to do.
The issue that I am facing is I have come from India on student visa (F1) and all my photo IDís have me wearing a turban in them (this includes my passport, visa, driverís license etc)
Hence, I would like to know if there is any way I can get this thing sorted out. Because if I do change my appearance, I would look different from the pictures in my photo IDís.
Regarding my parents, I respect them a lot and I do value their opinion Ė however, the motive of my post is to find options I have to make this transformation.
I donít know anyone who has done this before and I donít know whom to ask regarding this issue, hence my reason for posting it online.
It has been very uncomfortable for me to write this post and it may not sound appropriate.
I hope my post is not taken in any offensive way. I seriously want to change and itís what I want to do. I have nothing against it Ė itís just something I have been wanting to do for a very long time and I donít think I am being fair to myself by holding myself down.
Please let me know your opinions and any possible options
Dear Gursikh ji
I ,on a visit to punjab, saw many young men lost their Sikh identity and I felt very sad to see that. You survived all avalanch of media that advocates the success with" be clean shaven and rise" fake slogan and terrible influence of Sants and Babas; now why to sacrifice that identity adored till now. I have been in U S A for almost 20 years, I havent faced any problem save for a few comments here and there. Read Gurbani, get strength, study as hard as you can and rise to your goal with AkaalPurkh's grace while in tuned to Satguru bachan. Nothing can stop you to become you want to be. Please dont do it.
Wish you a successful life in U.S. May Wageguru be with you. Remember small Sahibzadas,you will keep you going. Guru guidance will elevate you, believe me.