Hello everyone and at the onset warm wishes and best regards to everyone in the forum. I was just surfing through the discussions and perhaps would enjoy sharing a few thoughts. It is very enlightening to see many discussions being carried out in the forum and definitely does help the human thinking process to evolve. I had been particularly interested in the topics of Sikhism in relation to sexuality and black magic and would enjoy sharing my thoughts on the same. I consider myself before anything to be human, when my soul is put in such a limit bound by the constraints of the body I will no doubt be influenced to the limitations of the body (to claim that one as a human will not be influenced by the limitations of the body would be to reject the premise that we are humans) which is quite contradictory in itself. So start of with BLACK MAGIC, it is not something that has been created in a day or two or solely by one human being it is something that has progressed from centuries on perhaps from a point when there weren't very many religions to begin with. Just as Vedic Astrology is a knowledge that has been given to us by seers and holds good depending on the WAY WE USE IT, in a similar fashion BLACK MAGIC is as put by many members of the forum NEGATIVE ENERGY. There is a well known verse : We believe in light because of darkness, we believe in happiness because of unhappiness, so if we believe in God then we have to believe in the Devil. Everything exists equally in the world, from the very minor entities like atoms to the universe, we have equal and opposing energies. So to claim that one energy does not exist because our beliefs do not allow such a thing would be trying to become narrow minded and this would led to a termination of evolution as we know it. We must be willing to learn and evolve, ofcourse the final choice rests in our mind as to how much importance we give to something and how much we refrain from accepting it. There is a strong distinction between Spirituality and Religion. With Spirituality we are cleaning our SOUL ENERGY and improving our minds. With religion (it provides us the path) but its like a color glass, everyone sees different from different perspective based on different rules. This does not make any religion right or wrong. It's only a way of GOD to test how humans can see the final GOAL in-spite of variations in the path. Some of Us get lost in the complexities of Religion and begin to argue claiming that we are right and the others are wrong or that we cannot reserve the right to follow anything besides what's mentioned in our own religion which I believe is a falsified view. I think we should accept the viewpoint of ALL RELIGIONS and try to UNDERSTAND THEM without ourselves ending in a perplexing situation. Obviously, initially it will happen, but with proper Godly guidance and dedicated effort we will begin to see the fine string of logic that binds them all. Things like 1. Do onto others what you would onto yourself. 2. Don't harm other humans. 3. Sharing and giving : ) these found, on reading many religions, would be some common things that we would find. Things like Black Magic, Astrology, stars and rituals can be respected. There is no harm in respecting them and learning about them (USE IT FOR GOOD ) because learning is evolution. Why do we have to claim that if one learns about MAGIC one forgets GOD. Ofcourse the MAGIC only gets black when you harm someone using that negative energy. Till then its only pure knowledge to be shared and cherish for human evolution. Same goes with astrology. On the nature of Sexuality, we are all humans, and we are bound to our desires, sexuality weather than be hetero or homo, is a reaction of our bodies to hormones. There are many who try to control it yet cannot, its just like hunger....which is a desire too. We need food, similar we need affection, touch , and sexuality form or satisfies such a humanly trait. Again on the description of lust and love. We need lust for attraction and we need love to sustain that attraction for long periods of time. Ofcourse, Sexuality is equally bad if considered in the limelight of BLACK MAGIC because it can give many diseases and other such things. Yet, in the proper context it can provide a natural way for the human body to function. FINALLY, many of the things that happen to us humans is a result of body that we posses. the goal of spiritualism and religion on the most fundamental level is to look beyond the body where the 5 senses do not hold much importance and the 6 sense becomes alive. Many of us try to do the same, with different paths, and obviously many of us fail and we try again. To judge someone based on the mere result would be wrong, to derive conclusions and judgments based on his faith would be wrong as well. To discriminate against true knowledge and ideas would be egotistical to say the least. So we should learn to accept and forgive. It's a hard concept, yet it is very fundamental to all religions. We as humans are in no position to judge, (I'm being hypocritical) cause there are many times that I become judgmental myself, yet I ask for Forgiveness and seek light and TRUTH. I try not to commit the same mistakes time and again, mistakes make me a human and learning to not make them again and again makes me achieve God and Truth. There are certain limits my body has to obey, like eating food etc. I have to confine myself to those limits and at the same time I try to achieve God, with constant disciple to the best of my abilities. Only when the heart realizes, the TRUTH and begins to believe in it can a person begin to change. Experiences that we encounter will decide that, nothing in the world can be a substitute to DIRECT EXPERIENCE. Thanks and best wishes for letting me share my viewpoints.