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  1. Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh Suppose that someday I decide to take Amrit. Some of the K's are "easy" to maintain, while others might prove problematic. I'm currently studying to become a nurse, but do not know what my eventual setting will be. If I wind up working in surgery, having an untrimmed beard may not only be prohibited, but dangerous. Are there special dispensations for such things? Do any of you know of individuals who have dealt with such issues? Would it preclude me from taking Amrit? Similarly, what's the legal process like for changing one's name?
  2. Questions from an ignorant manmukh, vol.1

    That's an interesting comparison. Thank you for that!
  3. Questions from an ignorant manmukh, vol.1

    I totally managed to overlook question number 4. Apologies. You can find the pdf version here: http://www.vidhia.com/Max Arthur Macualiffe/Sikh_Religion_Vol_1.pdf The quote in question occurs on pg 145.
  4. Questions from an ignorant manmukh, vol.1

    As to your first point, I just want to clarify that I'm not concerned with getting some kind of reward. Living the guru's hukam with as little humai as I can manage is absolutely reward enough. I don't ask out of selfish reasons, but rather to ensure my understanding is at its best. Your second point is spot on. Thank you for your input!
  5. Questions from an ignorant manmukh, vol.1

    Yes, but there's being stuck in the cycle of death and rebirth, stuck with a heart and mind that only knows and craves Maya; and then there's a life of eternal torment for not being a Sant. It's possible my christian upbringing has me fixated on the idea of a different geographic location that only exists for the sole purpose of torturing sinners.
  6. Questions from an ignorant manmukh, vol.1

    I've always worked under the impression (even before finding Sikhi) that our deeds inform our next life, not that you get one chance to do things right and if you don't - sorry. Torment for eternity. Such would seem to fly in the face of a loving Waheguru. Now, if there were some evidence for something of a temporary hell where your sins are cleansed but then your soul is reborn (like a smelter's forge removing impurities from metal), I might could reconcile that with my understanding of God. But eternal torture? Doesn't make sense with a loving God. Even Hitler, in another life, could find the guru. If I don't believe it true for everyone, how can I believe it true for anyone?
  7. Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh I am a 31 year old white male living north of Houston, TX with my wife and two young children. I recently became aware of Sikhi, and found an immediate and intense resonance with the words of the guru. I have been watching numerous videos from BoS and NanakNaam, and recently began reading Max Arthur Macauliffe's The Sikh Religion. While reading, I came across a passage that, frankly, upset me. I had been working under the impression that in Sikhi there is no literal hell, yet in this book Macauliffe suggests that not only might that notion be wrong, but that Guru Nanak Dev Ji has even said that "the hindus are going to hell". Maybe it's my being raised in the christian church, but that seems like quite a statement. The way I see it there are four options. 1 - I'm wrong and sikhs do believe in hell. 2 - Guru Nanak is referring to a maya-based hell on earth. 3 - The Guru changes this philosophy later, and had I kept reading I would've come to that part. 4 - This isn't a very good book about Sikhi. I look forward to using this community to deepen my understanding of the guru, and finally find some sangat.
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