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Why I Embraced Sikhism: Pamela Wylam (EOS, SSAlag)
Posted by Preet Mohan S Ahluwalia Send Email to Author on Tuesday, 5/25/1999 9:11 AM MDT
Excellence of Sikhism, Sarup S. Alag
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Mrs P.M. Wylam, an English author, who wrote the book "An Introduction to Sikh Belief", gives her impressions about the various aspects of Sikhism.


"...Religion, Guru Nanak believed, should be equally accessible to the ordinary man, the simple potter, the peasant, the shopkeeper or even the lowest outcasts. Therefore, Guru Nanak taught only one simple belief, and only one simple religious practice which, once imbibed into the heart of a sincere devotee, could save him from all evil and temptation. The belief was in the One-ness of God, the Creator and the practice was in the constant rememberance of His name."


"...The Fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man is one of the main themes of Guru Nanak's message. All are welcome into the fold of Sikhism without regard to cast, class, colour, race, gender or creed; all are treated on equal terms. Nobody is therefore, favoured simply because of superior birth or secular influence."


"...Guru Nanak recognized the goodness in all religious faiths. He therefore taught that people should fervently and sincerely practice their faiths in their lives. According to Guru Nanak the uttering of the words alone does not mean much unless followed by actions. Therefore, the Sikh is enjoined not to seek retirement from life, and not to become a hermit or live a life of asceticism or lonesome meditation. Guru Nanak said that man can reach God even while living in the world, and going about his normal worldly duties."


"....Throughout the course of Sikh history thousands of Sikh martyrs have shown the capacity for physical endurance and the requisite moral courage in the maintenance of their 'integrity and high principles'. It is, however, infinitely easier to die for a faith than to live for it, since death is like a momentary opening and shutting of a door, while life means continued suffering for as long as the spark of life is there, for the purpose of striving for the ideal."


"....Thus in a nut-shell the teachings of the Sikh Gurus do not dogmatise, nor do they specify any permanently demarcated moral injunctions, such as "Thou shalt not kill" or "Thou shalt not steal". Instead the ethical code which is indicated throughout the scriptures naturally arises out of a few fundamental ideas which are common to all human society. That main idea is to love God's Name, and above all things, to desire a union with Him."


Mrs Wylam was so impressed and inspired by the Sikh principles that she herself became a Sikh and came to be known as Mrs. Manjeet Kaur Mecormack.


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Thought:

"Jis piyare sio nehu tis aage mar(i) chaliye,
dhrig jivan sansar ta ke pachhe jivnaa"
(When you regard your beloved, you sacrifice your life to follow His command. It is disgrace to live this wordly life if you disobey His teachings and ideals.)


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