MrSikhNet said:We all hear about different Sikh groups or "Jathas" who have certain practices which are different. As with my previous example (American Sikhs and Yoga), some can be quick to judge them. It is not that you have to agree with or practice in the same way. It is just that if Sikhs are to be more united we have to learn to be more accepting and open hearted. Why would any young person want to stay a Sikh if at every turn they are judged, criticized, and all they see are people fighting about every little thing. It's no wonder many chose not to stay a Sikh.
http://www.mrsikhnet.com/uploaded_images/IMG_4120-768894.jpgThe next time you come across someone and a critical thought comes to mind, be aware of it. Recognize that you are thinking like that. Try to shift how you are thinking and attempt to give the benefit of the doubt. No one has the right to judge others. We are all on a path trying to be better people, and no one is perfect. We all make mistakes and learn through the hands of time.
I have found in my personal life that when I have negative thoughts towards other people, it is generally a reflection of anger or irritation IN ME and not really the other person. I see the world based on how I feel and what is going on in my life. I remember coming to this conclusion and it was like a lightning bolt hit me. I was like "WOW! so this is why I feel that way and why other people do weird things". This awareness gave me even more understanding and acceptance towards others. So, when I see someone who shouts with anger "Go back to Iraq you $%$#" or does something hurtful, I can be more understanding and compassionate rather than reacting.
Gurmastak Singh further writes in his blog "So, as you can see I am just starting my journey and have a lot to learn. My hope is to travel more and share the torch of love and acceptance. To encourage more people to build bridges so that we can be more unified as a Sikh Panth. You CAN help make a change!
So, are you ready to take the torch and pass it on? Change starts with you."
Are you ready?