A Mormon Pilgrimage to Sikh Sacred Practice, Text, and Temple
This article highlights surprising parallels and intersections between Sikhism and the author’s own LDS Christian background. Three aspects of Sikh practice particularly worthy of “holy envy” include the devotion shown in the distinctive Sikh symbols of the Khalsa, the Sikh commitment to seva (service) including the practice of sharing langar (a community meal), and most particularly the Sikh appreciation of and loyalty to their holy scripture. The chapter centers on how the importance of Sikh scripture is embodied in the work and worship of the pilgrims at the Golden Temple in Amritsar. The author affirms that the effort to approach Sikh scripture seriously and with holy envy, can open bridges of understanding and provide resources to enhance one’s own devotional and academic reading of scripture.
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