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Fundamentalism and Sikhism

Discussion in 'Sikh Sikhi Sikhism' started by care4sikhi, Jun 25, 2004.

  1. care4sikhi

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    I read elsewhere...

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  3. care4sikhi

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    any comments...
  4. Amarpal

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    Mentor Writer SPNer Contributor

    Jun 11, 2004
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    Dear Member (care4sikhi),

    The word ‘fundamentalism’ had basically come into use in the context of Christianity. In a broader sense, it refers to the mental make-up of the individuals, who believe that every thing that is said or written in the scripture is absolutely true, the rituals they practice are true, and those who hold positions contrary to it are supposed to be punished; their position remains unchanged even in the face of adequate evidence to prove the other viewpoint.. For example, if scripture says that earth is flat, which we know now that it is not true, and some one continues to hold to that view then the individual is likely to be considered a ‘fundamentalist’.

    Such cases are there in all the religions.

    All religions have truth incorporated in them in the part, which deals with spirituality; it does not change with time.

    The temporal aspect of the religion that deal with the social practices and the way of living tend to become obsolete as time passes and the society moves forward to face the new challenges posed by the new emerging needs of living. Sometimes scripture comes in to conflict with the new scientific evidences that come or the new needs of living. On occasions the scripture finds it difficult to substantiate what it says with adequate reasoning.

    This conflict in the temporal or ritual aspects creates two sets of people. The group that questions the scripture calls the other group as fundamentalists.

    Guru Sahibs had foreseen these problems that is why they separated the institution for spirituality from the one meant for temporal aspects of the religion. Harmandar Sahib is the spiritual seat and Akaal Takhat is temporal seat for we Sikhs. These institutions should work to educate people in their respective area.

    With Love and Respect of all


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