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Summary of Question:Am I A Sikh
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Date Posted:Saturday, 12/30/2000 11:55 PM MST

Im 16 Years old and I drink and do drugs. I don't think drinking or doing drugs should have anything to do with your religion. Religion should be something that helps you get through your life, and helps you deal with all your problems and questions. So if we were created all equal then why is it that if I want to have fun I am considered less of a sikh. I'm not a hardcore sikh, I cut my hair a few years ago and I also eat meat. But when I was younger I remember going to many sikh camps and learning about the gurus and learning about the history of sikhism and how to do paat, and when to do this and that. So I do know a lot about sikhism and the history. Lately Although Sikhism doesn't have many rules I don't think any religion should. So if we were created all equal then why is it that if I want to have fun I am considered less of a sikh. In the starting of Sikhism guru nanek beliefs were all spiritual, they taught you how to be a better person, but I think guru gobind singh and other gurus changed a lot of

this, what they did complicates and gives many people problems. So I only concentrate on the spiritual part of sikhism. Don't think I am a bad person either because I am a very good student and do well in school. I am perfectly normal and am nice and I don;t fight or swear or do bad things in general. I just like to have a good time in life and whatever happens when I die happens. I either go to heaven, hell, come back as another being or whatever. I think all people in the world shouldn't think about jesus, buddha, geneish, or a guru but they should see that there is a creator and thats it, and when we die , the same thing will happen to all of us.

sorry for writing my thoughts out of place and unorganized but I would really like to know what you think about what I wrote.

Thank you

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Being a Sikh of the Guru has nothing to do with learning about the gurus and learning about the history of sikhism and how to do paat, and when to do this and that, or knowing lot about sikhism and the history. The Sikh Way isn't about rules - it's about SELF-discipline. "Having fun" is an interesting one. Sometimes what looks good and feels good turns out to be not very good after all, and likewise, what appears to be bad turns out to be very good. Things are not always what they seem. I'll just say this, living as a Sikh is between you and your Guru in your own inner consciousness. Not in your mind. Your mind can rationalize anything. It's beyond the mind. It's deep, deep in the heart and the inner consciousness. If you spend time turning your attention inward with devotion and surrender to the Guru within you, you will begin to understand what you must do. If your mind is always going outward to your friends and your environments, you will miss the boat.

Create a balance in your life.

.....G




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