| Opinion | Malaysia | 10 Aug 2017 | Asia Samachar |
By Samlaleo Singh
Really sad to read an article so skewed. I am married to a Chinese + Bidayu lady and have two kids all following Sikhi, never got the privilege to have an anand karaj because we were told both needed to be baptised. We were told to change the name of female spouse to Sikh, only then we will be allowed to do so.
I never did. We just registered in the legal form and went to gurdawara and got Guru Ji’s blessings. Here I am 18 years later, kids all grown. They do nitnem, path (recitation of Gurbani) and listen to kirtan daily. We go to gurdawara, we do sewa as a family like any other Sikh family. My only regret is that the Sikh community is more concerned about one’s race than spreading the love of Guru Ji…
Folks like the writer of the article ‘Mixed Marriage Dilemma’ forgot that every Sikh should also be baptised (amarit shak or partaking amrit), only then are they allowed to get married. But it seems he too, forgot that after marriage of these Sikhs, most do not follow the Sikhi way. Buts it’s ok because they are Sikh. Sad reality.
Here is my advice. Stop the politics in gurdawara, create an environment for youth to be closer to Sikhism. Stop spreading hate. Sikhi doesn’t belong to Punjabis only. It’s a universal religion.
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