A Look Inside the Religion of Sikhism

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EUGENE, Ore — Members of the Sikh community are uniting for a vigil of peace after the Wisconsin shooting.

KEZI took a closer look the Sikh faith, which may be one of the more misunderstood in the country.

Spotting someone who practices Sikhism isn’t hard, the problem in general is most people simply dont understand what Sikhism is. A vigil held Wednesday night in Tugman park was hoping to change that.

The entry of the Gurdwara, or Eugene Shikh temple, is filled with flowers and a note from some local students saying, “We are sorry for your loss.”
“Oh did I cry when I heard about all the flowers in the room,” said American Sikh Siri Kirpal Kaur Khalsa.

The note reads “The flowers should remind you of god’s grace.”
But, do Shikh’s believe in god? They say yes, but their god may look a little different. “It honors that the creator is in everyone and everything and it permeates all life,” said American Sikh Sat Hari Khalsa.

Sikhs believe there is no hierarchy¬† and no right or wrong religion. “Service is a huge part of the Sikh tradition and a huge part of the way we serve our creator,” added American Sikh Sat Hari Khalsa. They serve through their religious garb and that’s where they say the bias begins to blossom.

“Misconceptions due to our garb, oh yes,” said Siri Kirpal Kaur Khalsa. “The turban is there so that we are visual, so that we don’t try to blend in that when we put a turban on we have to walk that walk,” said American Sikh Sat Hari Khalsa

Sikhs don’t practice Hinduism or Islam, but rather Sikhism, which comes from India.

“There is no difference between the king and the person who sweeps the floors, we are all equal in the eyes of the creator and that is the essence of Sikhism,” said American Sikh Sat Hari Khalsa

Sikhs are uniting with the community to remember all the people killed and injured in Sundays shooting. ” This gives us a chance to come together as a community in an act of peace,” said American Sikh Sat Hari Khalsa.

A religion much like the flowers they were given as a gift — not looking to blend — believing there are many different paths to happiness.

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  1. Sat Bir Singh Khalsa says:

    Dear KEZI,

    Thank you for the continuing coverage and attention you are giving to the tragic temple shooting. By keeping the story visible you are doing two great things; giving people a chance to process the events in order to bring closure to their feelings, and secondly, reminding us of the goodness that pervades our combined interfaith community. Thank you for the support and resources you are sharing to give an inisight into the Sikh faith and a face to the local Sikh community.

    The support of unity and sympathy from the Eugene/Springifled and surrounding areas is overwhelming. The kindness in people’s hearts is felt in every note, smile, and flower delivered to our community. These gifts honor the memory of those who lost their lives and those who courageously responded to protect them.

    Collectively our Eugene/Springfield community represents the highest ideals of society that we all aspire to. As a Sikh in our community I and my family feel blessed to be a part of it.

    In gratitude and humility
    Sat Bir Singh Khalsa

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