I am fascinated with Hinduism and Sikhism [pronounced Seek-ism] because both faith practices are based on meditation as the tenants of their beliefs. Meditation is an important health practice as my health coach has always told me.
Per my last post Rekah told me about a Sikh temple closer to my home where I could continue my meditation education without having to travel an hour away to the most popular Vedic temple in Los Angeles.
Today I drove by the temple to pick up a schedule of meditation classes/worship services. After I grabbed a few flyers, I was asked, by the nicest man, named Singh, to fill out a contact sheet so I could be placed in the database in order to keep informed of the events. And then I was asked if I liked Chai tea and Indian food and was invited to stay for a meal. True to form, not being able to resist delicious smelling food, I stayed. I was hungry and didn't want to be rude. The aroma was in the air throughout the temple. Singh carried my plate to a table where three other men where already eating. These men were very accommodating, asking me if I needed anything more. My lentils were extremely spicy and tasty. I needed more bread called Paratha to cut the potency of the chillies. Ching was kind enough to bring more Paratha/bread. The Chai was homemade on the premises and the chai flavor was overpowered with the flavor of cinnamon without being sweet.
Here is an easy recipe for Paratha/bread.
For my entire visit, I was treated wonderfully by 5 strangers who welcomed me and my many questions with open arms in that Aunt Bessy from the South kind of way. 'Child please sit on down and let me fix you something to eat!'
Other than Singh and Ching, the other men did not really speak English, so we broke bread with smiles and nods. The other men were much older with white whiskers and facial wrinkles filled with the character of 40 years of journeys. I restrained myself from hugging all of them, graciously bowed out of the dining area thanking them all for their hospitality, collected my shoes and continued my afternoon.
If I would have displayed too much affection I believe I would have been perceived as someone who is not used to kindness. Plus their culture is to embrace everyone on the planet as God's children. Sikhism advocates the pursuit of salvation through disciplined, personal meditation on the name and message of God.
Sikhism is also similar to Christianity in that there is a Holy Trinity:
- Naam Japna: – A Sikh is to engage in a daily practice of meditation... by reciting and chanting of God’s Name.
- Christian comparison - read the bible daily. Study to show yourself approved. Meditate on His word day and night.
- Kirat Karni: - To live honestly and earn by ones physical and mental effort while accepting God's gifts and blessings. A Sikh has to live as a householder carrying out his or her duties and responsibilities to the full.
- Christian comparison - abide by the ten commandments.
- there is one god
- whose name is truth
- god is the creator
- and is without hate
- god is timeless
- god's spirit is throughout the universe
- god is not born
- nor will die to be born again
- god is self-existent
- by the grace of the gurus
- god is made known to mankind.
Peace out until next time.