“Now is the accepted time, not tomorrow, not some more convenient season. It is today that our best work can be done and not some future day or future year. It is today that we fit ourselves for the greater usefulness of tomorrow. Today is the seed time, now are the hours of work, and tomorrow comes the harvest and the playtime.”– W.E.B Du Bois
I would like to extend welcome to those who have found this site. Whether you be from Texas or New York, Asia or Africa, Canada or the UK, your support is treasured and acknowledged. Additionally, for those who are curious about me (or this site), please read the information that I have written below.
What inspired you to create this website?
My hope is that by documenting my findings and explorations, it will encourage others to reach outside the boundaries of what they already know and are familiar with.
Do you plan on having a career in religion?
As of right now, I plan on going to seminary in order to obtain my Master of Divinity. After that, I hope to become a chaplain or a religious educator. But hey, the future is never set in stone.
Can we suggest books to review or for you to write an opinion piece on a certain subject?
Of course! But we warned. All views expressed on this website are authentic (whether positive or negative). That means that anything you suggest to me is liable to both praise as well as criticism.
How did you become connected with religious communities you’re involved in?
Great question! I think the best way to answer this is to recount what my experience has been over these last few months.
Back in September, I attended a Unitarian Universalist church service with other members from our local interfaith organization. I had never been to a place like it before, and after sitting through the service, I left the congregation feeling refreshed and spiritually nourished. These were feelings I hadn’t felt in a long time, but I didn’t really think more of it though. I figured since I was a Sikh, the only place I should go for sangat (community) is to the Gurdwara (Sikh place of worship) and nowhere else.
Fast forward to December, I was looking for a congregation where I knew I could bring my whole self to the plate (without fear of judgement or negative repercussions). Though I still agreed with a significant percentage of the Sikh gurus teachings (including eliminating the five vices within ourselves, seeking the company of those who will spiritually uplift us, that we all have one origin, etc.), my worldview had evolved from being one of panentheism to spiritual naturalism. For those who are unfamiliar with these concepts, panentheism is the belief that the divine is in creation, manifests as creation, flows through creation, and flows outside of creation. It’s very non-dualistic. Spiritual naturalism, on the other hand, teaches deep reverence for the universe, nature, and all that abide within. It also focuses on the fact that everything is interconnected, and has one origin. But what makes it different from panentheism is that it asserts the non-existence of the supernatural or a supernatural diety. So for spiritual naturalists, the universe (though venerated) does not have a supernatural or divine origin, and it does not have a supernatural undercurrent to it. It’s also known as religious naturalism.
During this time of self-realization, I started attending my local ethical society. For me, being around others who thought the way I did was great. But then I realized something. I was falling into the same trap that I had fallen into twice before. That I was only going to surround myself with those who had the same beliefs and thought patterns as me. This is not what I wanted to happen. On top of that, I could no longer continue to ignore my love for Sikh ritual and the Sikh way of living. To me, every Sikh practice has a deep symbolism behind it that I could still relate to and believe in. Once I made that realization, come March, I adopted the Sikh lifestyle again (orthopraxy), but kept my spiritual naturalistic/humanist way of thinking (orthodoxy).
Still, I wanted to be apart of a congregation where people hold different worldviews from me. That is when I decided to become involved in Unitarian Universalism. What’s great about having freedom of choice, is that a person can choose to be involved in more than one community ((whether humanist, UU, Sikh or otherwise) at a time. Right now, it’s just restricted to the online sphere. So until this pandemic is over, I’m just chilling back at home and attending live-streams for my local UU, ethical society, and certain Gurdwaras.
Are there any other projects you’re currently working on?
For the last three years, I have worked on a project now known as Embracing Sikhism. When I converted to Sikhism back in 2017, I found that there was a serious lack of resources specifically for those who wanted to embrace the Sikh tradition from non-Sikh/non-Punjabi backgrounds. This wasn’t too surprising, since Sikhism is not a missionary faith. In response, I created the website, and since then, it evolved (including the addition of a YouTube channel). Even though my beliefs have since changed, I still continue to help those wanting to join the Sikh community, saying, “You do not have to have the same beliefs as someone in order to empathize with and assist them.”
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