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Reflections, opinions and creative expression

Read in-depth interpretations, opinion pieces and creative writing delving into Sikh thought and world matters. Our articles feature writings from the SikhRI team and guest contributors.

Monday
,
30
November
2020

The Lover & The Beloved

Through the pen of Bhai Vir Singh, we get a glimpse into a profound relationship. The tug of separation. The mystery of longing. The faith in relationships. The yearning for union.

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Monday
,
9
November
2020

Allama Iqbal and The Sikhs

Understanding Dr. Iqbal’s perspectives on Guru Nanak Sahib and the Khalsa, his interactions with Sirdar Kapur Singh and his favorite compositions from the Guru Granth Sahib.

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Monday
,
26
October
2020

Hari Singh Nalua

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Hari Singh Nalua (popularly Nalwa) was the Commander-in-Chief of the Sikh Khalsa Army in the North West Frontier in the Kingdom of Panjab ruled by Maharaja Ranjit Singh.

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Thursday
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1
October
2020

Circles of Influence, Circles of Abuse

Healing and accountability in the wake of allegations old and new

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Monday
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21
September
2020

Maharani Jind Kaur: The Last Queen of Panjab

Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s death in 1839 left a big void in the rule of the Sikh kingdom, which led to the annexation of Panjab by the British. His throne was inherited by multiple claimant heirs, none of whom could survive the intrigues and the schemings of the succession war in the royal court. Maharani Jind Kaur’s story is the narrative of a brave woman, who through all the trials and tribulations of the succession war, with all her faults, proved her mettle as a regent to the young Maharaja Duleep Singh, while also maneuvering through the diplomatic chicaneries of the British to the extent that even the British were wary of her.

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Wednesday
,
9
September
2020

Sikhi & Sexuality

Sexuality is a confusing and often avoided topic. It is generally relegated to being a "private" matter, and therefore not openly discussed or engaged with, even within close circles and small communities. Due to the taboo of discussing sexuality, many people struggle individually, often turning to religion for guidance or, more concretely, moral pronouncements.

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Wednesday
,
26
August
2020

Light Into The Dust

This Sabad (Divine Word), in Rag Tilang of the Guru Granth Sahib, is one of the few Sabads by Guru Arjan Sahib revealed in fluent Persian speech. Guru Arjan Sahib begins by describing the elements infused together to form the creation that we see each day: soil, light, sky, earth, trees, water.

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Wednesday
,
29
July
2020

The Redemption: Jamuna's Journey, Pt.3

Jamuna's transformation to Subhag.

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Wednesday
,
29
July
2020

The Redemption: Jamuna's Journey, Pt.2

The rebirths of Jamuna continue...

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Wednesday
,
29
July
2020

The Redemption: Jamuna's Journey, Pt.1

In 1920 the United States granted women the right to vote. In 1921, Bhai Vir Singh published a book titled, The Redemption of Subhagji through the grace of Baba Naudh Singh. With great sensitivity, he wrote about the plight of women through the voice of a young Jain widow – Jamuna. Men dressed in pious garbs prey upon her. Each new experience shows their immorality which pushes her to seek refuge in death. However, her plunge into the raging waters paves the way for her rescue and redemption.

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Wednesday
,
22
July
2020

Make Your Deeds The Soil

Sabad is Infinite; we are very finite. This is our understanding at the moment, which was different yesterday and may evolve tomorrow, as we deepen our relationship with the Sabad. In this transcreation, we have chosen to keep the repeating words in the Sabad the same. We aspire to learn and retain the Divine attribute as used in the original Sabad and avoid terms like God or Lord.

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Monday
,
13
July
2020

Amritsar: Harimandar, Ramdaspur, Darbar, or Golden?

Amritsar, Ramdaspur, Harimandar, and Darbar – what are these terms referring to? Are they merely historical spaces? Do we have contemporary or near-contemporary accounts of the terms or of their development? Are there any citations in the Guru Granth Sahib?

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Monday
,
15
June
2020

Raj Karega Khalsa: The Khalsa & The Rule

Raj Karega Khalsa – what does this really mean? Why has it been part of so many controversies? In order to answer this, we must know its origin. Who wrote it? When was it written? What’s the context of it? How have the Sikhs interpreted it through the eras? How to perceive it today?

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Monday
,
8
June
2020

Take the Knee...With a Prayer

Raising consciousness and, changing hearts and minds needs wisdom, self-control, patience, and above all, seeing and recognizing the One in all.

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Monday
,
25
May
2020

Let Compassion Be the Mosque

Sabad is Infinite; we are very finite. This is our understanding at the moment, which was different yesterday and may evolve tomorrow, as we deepen our relationship with the Sabad. In this transcreation, we have chosen to keep the repeating words in the Sabad the same. We aspire to learn and retain the Divine attribute as used in the original Sabad and avoid terms like God or Lord.

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