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Is conversion to Sikhi welcome ?

I wasn't born in India (we only go there once every three years to meet relatives) so I can't really read the Gurmukhi script or any proper punjabi script....... 

My parents took me to a gurudwara regularly as the closest temple was too far, and my hindi was weak so I didn't want to go there anyway.

I'm aged 16 - 20 if that matters.

 

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I'm assuming that you seem knowledgeable about the Sikh faith; however, it is important that regardless of all that knowledge you acquire from books, there is also some practical Bhagti knowledge as well. Try doing some Paht, some simran, (even though many Sikhs suggest Naam is only given through Satguru in form of Punj Pyare, it's still important for Non-Amritdharis to do simran), read up on not only the outside references but sometimes Gurbani itself.

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17 hours ago, Guest PH09891283 said:

Is conversion to Sikhi welcome ?

I wasn't born in India (we only go there once every three years to meet relatives) so I can't really read the Gurmukhi script or any proper punjabi script....... 

My parents took me to a gurudwara regularly as the closest temple was too far, and my hindi was weak so I didn't want to go there anyway.

I'm aged 16 - 20 if that matters.

 

 

 

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Conversion to sikhi is welcome. Some answerers have assumed you're a guy, you maybe , but I won't assume anyways.

Start with 3 principles of Guru Nanak "Meditate on name of god;  Earn hard for what you eat;  Share what you have with others".

Also read english translation of Guru granth sahib if you can. There are resources online.

The word "sikh" comes from sanskrit "sisya" meaning student . A student is someone who learns steadily . 

I won't ask you to go directly take amrit , keep your uncut hair or wear a turban . I think you need to let sikhi grow from within . One day it might show outside as well. 

Listen more baani and kirtan and read baani . Meditate on name of god (Waheguru) in  hours before dawn (arnd 5 am)

So be steady, keep learning. Best wishes :) 

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On 19/8/2017 at 4:44 PM, Guest PH09891283 said:

A)Is conversion to Sikhi welcome ?

B)I'm aged 16 - 20 if that matters.

 

A) Yes, sikhee should be most welcome. It is a blessing of the Almighty, it is an unique opportunity in the human form, to become one with Him, through love, devotion, and His infinite Grace.

While in other religons, you have a hierarchy and a multiplicity of gods, goddesses, devtas, etc, which just confuses a person, and derails one from the straightforward highway to the Supreme Lord Wahiguru Akal Purukh, thus keeps the jeevas entangled in the mayavee creation.

And unlike other religions, which promise so many things after our departure from this plane of consciousness, in Sikhee, if one is sincere and faithful to Gurmat, one can realize that One supreme being in this very life.

I am saying all this not just as a sikh, of which I am proud of being one, but as an human being also.

Just see the greatness and the beauty of that One Supreme Lord, in the Mool Mantra, the base of Sikhee.

Ik oankar,

Sat Naam,

Karataa purakh,

Nirbhav, nirvair

Akaal moorat,

Ajoonee, saibhang,

Gur prasaad    Jap

Aad such, jugaad such, Hai bhee such, Naanak hosee bhee such.

He is the only One Creator.

Truth, is His name.

He is the doer of everything.

He is fearless, he fears none

He is Revengeless,

He never dies, neither is He ever born,

He is Self existent,  His existence does not depend on any other being

He is to be realized  by the Guru's gift of grace, Meditate on Him.

He was True in the beginning. He has been True through all the ages. He is True even now. Oh Nanak He  is forever True.

 

Can you see how gracefully, and in simple language, He who is indescribable by any mind, for He is beyond it and the senses, neither can He can be perceived by any tools or devices, yet He has been described in simple words for us humans, by Dhan Dhan Satguru Nanak Dev Maharaj.

Once one sees the beauty by understanding what Guru Sahiban wants to convey us in these verses, and the magnificence of that Supreme Being, one just remains speechless, there is nothing more to be added....

B) Age is relatively important,as one does not know when shall one depart from this creation, so it is best to start our own research on this path of love, satisfy the mind and fully devote and engage oneself to His Lotus feet.

God bless you.

WAH E GURU

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On 8/19/2017 at 9:14 PM, Guest PH09891283 said:

My parents took me to a gurudwara regularly as the closest temple was too far, and my hindi was weak so I didn't want to go there anyway.

A gurdwara outside of India used Hindi as the parchar medium? This is a new one to me. I wonder where this could have been. OOPs, OK, I see: you're a Hindu, and you just went to the Gurdwara because it was closer.

On 8/19/2017 at 9:14 PM, Guest PH09891283 said:

Is conversion to Sikhi welcome ?

Yes, conversion is welcome if done under appropriate circumstances (no compulsion, also I would never say to someone to divorce their wife to become a Sikh).

On 8/19/2017 at 9:14 PM, Guest PH09891283 said:

I can't really read the Gurmukhi script or any proper punjabi script....... 

OK, you don't read Gurmukhi. Are you a Punjabi? Do you speak Punjabi, if only a little? Only reason I ask is it will be easier to learn to read Punjabi if you already somewhat speak it.

I don't advise that you should become a Sikh right away. Rather, you should learn about Sikh philosophy. You should listen (if you can't read) to the path (recitation) of Guru Granth Sahib, easily available online.

Please ignore the other user who said if you went to a Gurdwara, you're already a Sikh. But before I say anything else, 

Why do you want to become a Sikh? Is there a problem remaining a Hindu?

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[OP here.]

 Thank you for the kind response. 

Yes I have read a lot about the religion, I'll also add Punjabi isn't a problem (we speak that at home), my parents are originally from Amritsar (should have mentioned that), it's just the non-familiarity with the Gurmukhi script. And yeah, I'm a guy.

Learning Gurmukhi should not be very difficult (in contrast it is much harder to learn sanskrit and read the Gita/ vedas), I will refer to the basics of Sikhi playlist on that.

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18 minutes ago, akalpurakh098 said:

[OP here.]

 Thank you for the kind response. 

Yes I have read a lot about the religion, I'll also add Punjabi isn't a problem (we speak that at home), my parents are originally from Amritsar (should have mentioned that), it's just the non-familiarity with the Gurmukhi script. And yeah, I'm a guy.

Learning Gurmukhi should not be very difficult (in contrast it is much harder to learn sanskrit and read the Gita/ vedas), I will refer to the basics of Sikhi playlist on that.

OK, great. But again, why do you want to become a Sikh? Is there a problem remaining a Hindu?

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5 hours ago, akalpurakh098 said:

Yeah, I don't like the religion (or more accurately culture, ie. deity worship).

We went to the Gurudwara for many reasons - 1) Punjabi was spoken, I couldn't speak Hindi. The only other option was we spoke Hindi at home instead of Punjabi 2) Much closer.

In addition to that, from my knowledge it's the only religion that's indigenous to Punjab. 

Welcome to Sikhi :)

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Instead of converting, please grow into sikhi.

Learn gurmukhi and do simran. Also it will be easy to memorise mool mantar and even some pauris of Japji.

This will grow you as a sikh instead of converting to just a label.

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