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Food for thought: FUTURE OF SIKHISM

Discussion in 'Hard Talk' started by Archived_Member16, Apr 18, 2009.

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    Sikhs all over the world celebrated "Vaisakhi" on April 14, 2009. Besides remembering the past history and achievements, what legacy are we leaving for the future Sikh generations and the World ?


    source: Future of Sikhism | Sikhism - Sikh Religion

    Future of Sikhism

    Mankind's religious future may be obscure; yet one thing can be foreseen. The living higher religions are going to influence each other more than ever before, in the days of increasing communications between all parts of the world and branches of the human race. In this coming religious debate, the Sikh religion and its scriptures, the Guru Granth, will have something special of value to say to the rest of the world.

    The above statement was made by Arnold Toynbee, one of the top historians of the 20th century. Toynbee knew that the nature of religion was poised for rapid change. With new mediums of communication such as the Internet and satellite television, the glorious legacy of Sikhism and its shining principles of tolerance and love can no longer be kept hidden by repressive governments or anyone else. The new religious age is one of religious choice. Fortunately for Sikhism, freedom of choice and mutual respect are completely compatible with its founding principles. In fact, Sikhism has been preaching these ideals for more than 500 years. As religious fundamentalism once again flares during this most recent "clash of civilizations", with all its resulting terrorism, war, ignorance, and hatred, Sikhism can play an essential guiding role to lead the world smoothly to inevitable coexistence. According to Sikhism, our destiny is not Armageddon, but respect and appreciation for fellow human beings. This optimistic message is increasingly striking a chord in hearts across the world.

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