Where to Start Learning about the Sikh Religion and Philosophy

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  1. Kahuna

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    Hi,


    I'm interested in learning about the Sikh religion and philosophy. The very limited amount of information I've read has led me here and I'd like a guiding hand as to what to read and who to talk to?

    Thanks

    Ben (link is to my facebook if anyone wants to add me).

    (About me: 31, M, Uk. Brought up as a Roman Catholic, lived in Saudi Arabia as a kid as an ex-pat and I am white. I strongly believe in concepts of equality re: race/gender etc...).
     

  2. spnadmin

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    I recommend this book

    Sikhism: An Introduction
    Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh (author)

     
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  3. Kahuna

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    Thank you. This is the first book I'll buy then. Much appreciated.
     
  4. findingmyway

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    Kahuna ji,
    First of well welcome to the forum. welcomekaur
    I've attached an article about Nankian philosophy which I think covers the basics really well. Also feel free to spend time exploring and participating in the forum. The new to Sikhism section especially has a lot of information.
    http://www.sikhphilosophy.net/new-to-sikhism/

    Happy reading!
     

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  5. Kahuna

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    Thank you for this. Much appreciated.
     
  6. passingby

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    If you wish to explore the emotional aspects of sikh divinity, Bhai Vir Singh's writings in Punjabi are words which have come out of true heart. For a start, Guru Nanak Chamatkar, Asht Guru Chamatkar and Dashmesh Chamatkar.
     
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  7. Kahuna

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    I really appreciate your help, thank you. I only speak english though (sorry), I'll have a look for it translated into english after I've read 'Sikhism: An Introduction'. I will have a look :)
     
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    I would myself take caution when reading Bhai Vir Singh. He has promoted sanatan leanings in several areas, and also stands behind the notion that Bacchitar Natak is an authentic work, and that Helmkunt Sahib is the realization of that work. This is only one example.
     
  10. passingby

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    Thank you spnadmin ji for your thoughtful observation. You might be correct. I did not realize that this might be a point of concern.
     
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    Thanks to you. It is not always ...so much of Bhai Vir Singh contributed to building a cultural and spiritual heritage among us. Like everything else it is important to read with a keen eye. And read a lot in order to have points of comparison and contrast. :)
     
  12. Kahuna

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    Couldn't agree more!
     
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    Thank you winkingmunda
     
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    sikhapath ji

    Love your "id" 0:)
     
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    Will do and thanks for the comment :singhsippingcoffee:
     
  16. Kahuna

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    So am I best off starting with "Sikhism: An Introduction Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh"?

    I got paid today so will be buying one of them.
     
  17. passingby

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    Al long time ago I read Gopal Singh's book on Guru Gobind Singh ji, published by National Book Trust, India (it is in English). I would recommend that. In fact he wrote another one on Guru Nanak Sahib too, published by NBT again.
    These are simple books but good for getting acquainted with lives of Gurus.
     
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  18. Kahuna

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    So "Sikhism: An Introduction Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh (author)" is the book I should buy now that I've been paid? I'll order it today but just checking...
     
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    Yes I would start there. I also listed another book written by Nikky Guninder Kaur Singh. That would be a second choice.
     
  20. Kahuna

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    Id just like to thank everyone who has added a comment to this thread. I am finding you all very helpful and good natured. What is the situation with white Sikhs? You ever have a white Sikh? Just curious, I think education is whats imporant but would be curious to know if you ever have any people convert.
     
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