New to Sikhism? "These are the 3 Books You Have to Read"

New to Sikhism? “These are the 3 Books You Have to Read”

If you are seeking to go deep into your faith’s traditions, or exploring a new tradition you’ve been curious about, then you’ve come to the righteous place. HuffPost Religion’s new series ReligionReads features necessary books to grasp more about a certain religion or faith tradition, as recommended by religion scholars and practitioners. The list might include non-fiction, works of fiction, poetry, religious texts and more. We hope the selected texts will offer insight, personal reflection and wisdom along the pathway.

This week the series highlights the Sikhism faith. Thanks to numerous people for their recommendations.

350 Year old saroop of Adh Granth kept by the British Museum!

Adi Granth or Guru Granth Sahib

The Adhi Granth, later defined as the Guru Granth Sahib, is the central religious text of the Sikh faith. It is comprised of hymns describe the qualities of Almighty, composed by earlier Sikh gurus. Our recommenders noted two various translations of holy text, one by Gurbachan Singh Talib and other by Ernest Trumpp.

The Sikhs eBook : Singh, Patwant: Kindle Store

The Sikhs

The Sikhs by Patwant Singh is a detailed overview of Sikh history and tradition that reads such as a captivating tale. As Navdeep Singh, policy director of SALDEF, said: “Singh’s work remains one of the most accessible and researched books on the history and evolution of Sikh community. He was pen up a counter-narrative to balance depictions of Sikhs as a feared other and provide a more holistic and balanced discussion and community portrayal.

Lost in History: 1984 Reconstructed | sikh.p.u.l.s.e.

Lost In History: 1984 Reconstructed

Lost In History: 1984 Reconstruct by Gunisha Kaur investigating a timeline of attacks on Sikh houses of worship throughout the state of Punjab that involved pogroms, police brutality and other assaulting on India Sikhs. “Dr. Gunisha Kaur explores the issues that set off this horrific chunk of modern day Indian history and how the globes largest democracy responded to it,” said Sumeet Kaur, SALDEF communications manager.

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Jasmin’s Summer Wish

Jasmin’s Summer Wish is a picture book by Liz Glines that tells the tale of the group of children living in New York City and grapple with the realities of climate changing. It is one of the first kids books to feature Sikh characters in an urban setting, as per to Amazon.

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Garland Around My Neck

Garland Around My Neck by Harinder Kaur Sekhon and Patwant Singh tells the tale of humanitarian remarkable Puran Singh. The book “emphasizes his work with the disabled, destitute, and lower sections of society in the Amritsar zone,” and offers an brilliant [resource] on Sikh philanthropy and service,” as per to Amazon.

The Spirit Born People eBook : Singh, Puran: Kindle Store

Spirit Born People

Spirit Born People is a book of lecture notes by Puran Singh first set up in 1928. It has served as a waking up call particularly for young Sikhs who had strayed from their faith. It also sought to reinvigorate and revitalize the tradition.

Concept of GOD, the Ultimate Reality, in Sikh Religion | SikhNet

The World According To Sikhi

The World As per To Sikhi by I.J. Singh, examining the Sikh philosophy and apply it to the challenges of modern day society, said Sumeet Kaur. While taking a closeby look at these issues, Dr. Singh serves unique manners for Sikhs and non-Sikhs to explore answers to life’s questions for herself and himself.

The Name Of My Beloved

It is a translation of Sikh scriptures by Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh. This is a awesome introduction for a non-Sikh looking to start a study of Sikh scripture, said Sona S. Kaur, communications director for SALDEF.

The History of California's Punjabi-Mexican Communities

Making Ethnic Choices: California’s Punjabi Mexican Americans

Making Ethnic Choices by Karen Leonard exploring the hardships facing by earlier Sikh and Punjabi migrants to the US at the turn of the 20th century. Amazon pen up: “Utilizing written numerous interviews and sources, [Leonard] invokes gender, class, generation, language, religion, and the dramatic political changes of the 1940s in South Asian and the United States to show how individual and group perceptions of ethnic identity have altering among Punjabi Mexican Americans in rural California.

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A History Of The Sikhs

A History Of The Sikhs written by Khushwant Singh in two volumes fulfilling the promise of its title. First set up in 1963, the text offers a sweeping overview of Sikh tradition and history.

Sikhism – Comparative Religions

Centrality of the Guru Granth Sahib

The Guru Granth Sahib is the sacred text of the Sikh the embodiment of the Guru and community. It is central to the lifecycle of devout Sikhs, both in the sense of being physically presented in the gurdwara and as Sikhs’ eventual spiritual authority. 

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Sikh life cycle rites

In observant Sikh families a kids name is selected on the basis of a vak, as the foremost word of the hymn on the left-hand page offers the initial for the infant’s giving name. So, if the first word start with ‘s’, names like Sukhvinder, Simran and Satnam may be considered. The Guru Granth Sahib is word for word at the root heart of the rite of anand karaj

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