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My Last Day as a Sikh

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I didn’t sleep well last night. Today is my last day as an honorary Sikh and I feel as if I’m floating between two worlds. We’ve talked about how jarring each transition is, but it’s especially difficult with a faith […]

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When Lions Tremble: Sikhs Bullied in America

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Being bullied is Hell. It’s hoping the night passes more slowly so you can enjoy potential nightmares instead of the guaranteed monsters at school. It’s feeling as if every stare, gaze, and giggle from students in the hall and class […]

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Transitions: When One Faith Bleeds into the Next

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I’ve already done this nine times…but that doesn’t mean it’s any easier. This post is late because I’ve spent all morning–since those “ambrosial hours” of contemplation prescribed by Guru Nanak–thinking about it. The Transition. There are three more days left […]

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Sikhism: The Love-Child of Islam and Hinduism?

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From the outside, it sure looks like this is the case: That Sikhi is a synchronization–an amalgam–between Hinduism and Islam. At first, that’s exactly what I thought, that the whole faith was like a rebellious child born from two warring […]

Seva: Serving God Through Creation

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One concept pervades virtually every faith I’ve encountered thus far during Project Conversion, and that is the idea of service. And not just any kind of service, but the raw, selfless kind. Within Sikhi, it is considered the highest act, and […]

How to Run from the Universe…and Fail.

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You cannot run from the universe and you cannot run from reality because according to Sikhi, God is the universe and reality. So why even try?  Ego. Now, I consult no more with my Ego, For, the Guru has warned that egoism is […]

A Sikh Wearing a Turban Walks Into an Airport…

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…And everyone does this: Man I miss those Godzilla movies. Seriously though, in our post-9/11 world, most of us are sensitive about anything that looks “different” than the understood norm–especially at airports or any mass transit location. Humans are hard-wired […]

Project Conversion: A Greedy Mistress?

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Yesterday was amazing. I woke up at 4:30 and, for the first time since July, I didn’t open my laptop or check my email on my phone for the entire day. In fact, I did nothing related to Project Conversion. And it […]

Sikh Visibility: The Fine Line Between Fearless and Cautious

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Every year during Halloween my parents do something that, until now, I never really understood. As the sun gracefully sets in the west and the sky burns with an orange hue, they bring in their black cat, Oreo. She does […]

Sikh Identity: A Fading Image?

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One of the most pervasive jokes about United States Marines is how neat and particular they are. Nowhere is this concept more pronounced than Basic Training. Everything must be just so: Your rack (bunk or bed) must be made to […]

The Dangers of Ritual

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My oldest daughter has a security blanket named “Pooh.” It’s actually a fitted bed sheet (what’s left of it) with a “Winnie the Pooh” print that went over her crib and she’s carried it around since she could crawl. Sometimes it’s […]

Kirtan: The Songs of the Sikhs

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Hands down, my favorite part of Marine Corps. Basic Training was drill. Performing rifle movements, marching patterns, singing cadences…and of all those things, the evening jog cadence with our Senior Drill Instructor is what I miss most. I still remember the […]

The Rebellion

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In Flann O’Brien’s literary masterpiece, At Swim-Two-Birds, the protagonist is a young writer whose own characters conspire against him in order to determine their own fates. The insurgency falls apart only after the young protagonist, at the end of the novel, completes […]

September 11th: An Interfaith Wake-up Call

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On September 11th, 2001, our world caught on fire. Everything we knew…our innocent concept of reality–was raped, pillaged, and burned. It was our Pearl Harbor, our “day of infamy,” the singular event that shaped my generation. Today I’ve asked you, […]

Birthday Parties, Soccer Games, and Renunciates

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Two very special events took place this week 1) We signed up my daughters to play soccer AND I volunteered as a coach, and 2) My youngest daughter’s birthday is today. She’s turning 6! She’s super excited and we’ll have […]

Sikh Women: Beauty, Valor, and Revolution.

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In 1499, hundreds of years before the full equality of women was established anywhere else, Guru Nanak said: “From woman, man is born; within woman, man is conceived; to woman he is engaged and married. Woman becomes his friend; through […]

Gatka: Martial Art of the Saint-Warrior Sikh

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The more I read about Sikh history and their martial evolution, the more geeked out I get. I mean, these guys (and gals) are seriously like the Jedi Knights of the religious world!               […]

The Sikh Gurus: One Light, Ten Vessels.

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There is a large calendar on my wall that I use to mark off the days for Project Conversion. Each night before bed I mark off the recently extinguished day and settle into bed. The next day, I rise before […]

The Gurdwara: House of the Guru.

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I’ve heard it translated a few ways: “House of the Guru,” “House of God”…either way, this is the base of communal and spiritual life for all Sikhs. Just about anywhere in the world you find a Sikh, rest assured there is […]

The Five K’s: Uniform of the Saint-Warrior

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I’m just going to come out and say it: Sikhs are bad-ass. Who else carries a blade or sword as an article of faith? Who else has a religion known for its peaceful disposition, yet has its own martial art (called […]

A Sikh in a Bible Study Group?

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First of all, my wife asked me to go along. Her church has small groups called “V-Groups” who meet every week and, she didn’t want to be the only person there without their significant other. Sikhs invite people of all […]

The Name is Singh, Andrew Singh

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Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa. Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh! (Khalsa belongs to God. Victory belongs to God!) Good morning and welcome to my first day as a Sikh. You’ll have to forgive the tardiness of this post because, as usual, I get virtually NO […]

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