14-Nov-2008, 06:49 AM
Re: Can One Convert to Sikhism?
Originally Posted by Suntink
I think it is fine or even good if one converts to Sikhism. But my question is the person converting are they going to follow Sikhism or are they going to follow a new branch that has come from Sikhism. Like the teachings of 3HO, Radhasoami's, radicalism, black magic.
I have no problem at all with a person converting to Sikhism, but I want them to know that as a Sikh you can wear whatever clothes you want, do whatever yoga, speak whatever language, where whatever colour turban and eat whatever meat as long as the animal was not tortured.
Why are so many new converts to Sikhism following practices that when a Sikhs whose great grand parents where Sikh asks his/her parents about these practices they know absolutely nothing about them. Are people trying to tell us that Kundalini yoga will help you with Sikhism and it is a really good practice for Sikhism? Well let's be frank our great-great grandparents where Sikh and no one in our families for generations know anything about Kundalini Yoga. Not just that but a living human Guru, black magic, inner light and sound, Hind Gods, idol worship. We don't know anything about these things and some internet sites tells us that Sikhs are also Hindus and that they believe in Hindu Gods and that you can see light after doing Yoga. I think I saw something on this post about people not being allowed to convert.
In my opinion I hope Sikhs remember that Guru Nanak’s message is that everyone is always allowed at a Gurdwara. We are a non-denominational religion.
I really believe that what I wrote is completly appropriate, so I hope it is not taken in the wrong way.
Actually I think you would find many SPN members in agreement with what you have posted above. Reading some months and years back in the SPN forum threads you will see that many of the issues you have mentioned have been discussed and your point of view is well-represented. I don't think Sikhism is non-denominational as much as it is a tolerant religion. Don't let people on the Internet rattle your cage.