Sikhs, Jews and God

Sikhs believe singing the divine words awakens the soul. Like Torah....

There are approximately 23 million Sikhs in the world. I learned this from Manbir SIngh, a  brightly turbaned young man with a well-tended beard, full of love for his faith and sharing it. He was a volunteer for the Sikh Youth Federation that had a presentation at a local university. The group caught my attention when they asked if I would like to have a turban tied on my head. No. But I had been promising myself to write about Sikhism and Judaism because I felt we were kindred spirits. As we talked and shared the beliefs, rituals and symbols of our two religions I realized that we have much in common. We must remember that we have friends from many different faiths. We just need to spend time together.

Sikhism is fairly new, beginning with the birth of the first Guru in 1469. The religion grew up in the Punjab region of India. There have been 10 human Gurus, the last living Guru, Guru Gobind Singh Ji died in 1708. Before he passed, he gave “Guruship” to the eternal and final Guru of the Sikhs, the Guru Granth Sahib Ji, a living  scripture.

Just as Judaism, ethical monotheism, was a revolutionary worldview when the Jewish people bought it out of the desert 3500 year ago so too did Sikhism come from a place that did not practice their new views and ethic.