“But how can I be exceptional?” You might ask.
Exceptional is not equal to superior. When you recognize the divinity within you, you recognize the divinity in everyone around you as well.
In the new SikhRI video, we are walking you through the Gurbani view of divinity…
The world is the creation of the Divine, reflecting the Divine being and Divine purpose. The Guru reaffirmed this natural order and brought worldly structures—the family, social and economic systems—within the orbit of religious concern.
We consider human life to be an opportunity to develop ourselves by practicing piety and devoting ourselves to the service of humanity, thereby improving society as a whole.
“The body,” says Guru Nanak, “is the palace, the temple, the house of Divine; into it rests the Divine eternal light.”
For us, a true person of faith does not retreat from the world, but…
battles in the open field
With the mind perfectly in control
And with a heart poised in love, all the time.
This in a nutshell is the Sikh way of life.
The Divine Light in All
The deeper our awareness, our connection to the Divine, the more vibrant is our participation in the everyday affairs of life. Our human obligation is to refine our mental, emotional and spiritual faculties so that we can construct a better world for all of us and our future generations. We are all equally responsible. This duty is not just for the learned or the preachers or the social workers—this is for all.
Equality is paramount. The Guru says, “The one who regards all as equal is truly religious.” The Divine Light is in all and is the same.
We recognize our differences, but in the Guru’s voice, “Different vestures from different countries may make us different; nevertheless, we have the same eyes, the same ears, the same body, the same voice.”
The Guru urges us to raise our consciousness and come to the realization that we are all equally human and have the same biological and spiritual ingredients.
The secret of Divine knowledge lies within each of us. Each moment is an unfolding invitation to celebrate and contemplate the vast field of love. If you keep your heart in awe, reverence and devotion, you will be immersed in the Divine glory.
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.
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.