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Anyone here familiar with Sikhism?

Post by Left Behind on Wed Feb 08, 2017 9:39 pm

I was reading a few articles about Sikhs. They have an interesting theology and history.

They originated in Northern India about the same time the Protestant Reformation was happening in Europe. Their teachings incorporate some ideas that are found in Islam. . . one God, who is one in nature, and formless, with others found in Hinduism, such as karma and reincarnation.

Like the Hindus, they were teaching about concepts like the infinity of the universe or there being millions of living species, centuries before Western science was picking up on these ideas.

A lot more to them than turbans and daggers. Smile

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Re: Anyone here familiar with Sikhism?

Post by mac on Sun Feb 12, 2017 3:03 am

Left Behind wrote:I was reading a few articles about Sikhs. They have an interesting theology and history.

They originated in Northern India about the same time the Protestant Reformation was happening in Europe. Their teachings incorporate some ideas that are found in Islam. . . one God, who is one in nature, and formless, with others found in Hinduism, such as karma and reincarnation.

Like the Hindus, they were teaching about concepts like the infinity of the universe or there being millions of living species, centuries before Western science was picking up on these ideas.

A lot more to them than turbans and daggers. Smile

Not my field of interest but "millions of species"?  An interesting idea but, I wonder, any evidence to support that notion?

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Re: Anyone here familiar with Sikhism?

Post by hiorta on Sun Feb 12, 2017 8:10 am

When the worlds of insect life and plant species are included in the understanding of Life, with the vast range of geographical variations, might 'millions' be quite accurate?
Sikhs seemed to be warrior focussed and a numerically smaller group, the peaceful Singhs are also part of the picture.
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Re: Anyone here familiar with Sikhism?

Post by mac on Sun Feb 12, 2017 1:21 pm

hiorta wrote:When the worlds of insect life and plant species are included in the understanding of Life, with the vast range of geographical variations, might 'millions' be quite accurate?
Sikhs seemed to be warrior focussed and a numerically smaller group, the peaceful Singhs are also part of the picture.

I see what might have been meant - I'd been thinking about human-equivalent species.

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Re: Anyone here familiar with Sikhism?

Post by Left Behind on Sun Feb 12, 2017 8:29 pm

I'm not sufficiently familiar with their teachings, but yes, they do seem to be referring to animal and insect species: and they claim that the soul reincarnates through all these species before it reaches the level of spiritual development to merit incarnating in a human body.

Then again: if we combine their ideas with those of Kardecian Spiritism, which teaches that the universe has an infinite number of planets, inhabited by incarnate souls in varying levels of development, according to the planet in question: it is conceivable that there could be millions of planets inhabited by "humans", in the sense of highly spiritually developed, creatures who are incarnated in physical bodies.

"8.4 million species" is the number that I've seen crop up again and again, among Sikhs.

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Re: Anyone here familiar with Sikhism?

Post by Left Behind on Sun Feb 12, 2017 8:39 pm

hiorta wrote:
Sikhs seemed to be warrior focussed and a numerically smaller group, the peaceful Singhs are also part of the picture.

Well, we might be doing them a dis-service, and not be being accurate, if we speak of the warrior Sikhs and the peaceful Sikhs. Their religion teaches that everyone is equal in the eyes of God. They are opposed to any sort of oppression or coercion.

But they are also not pacifists. They believe that evil must be resisted and that when all else fails, physical force is permissible.

Their ideal is to combine the traits of Saint and Soldier.

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Re: Anyone here familiar with Sikhism?

Post by Left Behind on Sun Feb 12, 2017 8:45 pm

Also, as with any other large group of people -- there are an estimated 25 to 30 million Sikhs in the world -- I'm sure that you're going to find ones in the group who are just-plain-violent people. But the same could be said about members of any other religion.

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