NIRMAL SINGH’s EXPLORING SIKH SPIRITUALITY & THE PARADOX OF THEIR STEREOTYPING: REVIEW COMMENTS BY NOEL KING

The review comments on the book by Dr Noel Q King, Professor Emeritus, Comparative Religion, UCSC who is a well-respected scholar on Sikh religion and Sikh history:

“The writer is one of those jewels in the diadem of the Gurus.  He has faithfully kept up his prayers and studies throughout a long life as a soldier and a representative of his nation abroad.  Now he continues his sewa to the entire universe by giving us a very clear statement about what Sikh spirituality and faith can mean in spiritual, ethical and social issues confronting us.  In eleven chapters he tells us of the beginnings and the Diaspora of the Sikhs; their teachings on life, death, purpose and emancipation from the round of incarnation.  He illuminates their experience of suffering and human travail and their ministry to all human beings and Nature; going on from the meaning of the holy books and music, to our ways of spirituality, he tells us various ways the Sikhs can face the stereotyping and victimization that has so grossly and unfairly come to bear upon them in these last years.  I was particularly impressed by his use of local history, contemporary happening and Sikh memories of the past and the brilliance of the practical measures he proposes.  The book has a preface, glossary and an index.  Sardar Nirmal Singh’s analysis is rooted in scripture and cites Gurbani extensively.  It is also sensitive to the questions vexing the minds of our youth in the overseas setting.”

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