WALKING AND WORKING FOR GREATER UNDERSTANDING
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Oct. 13, 2012
Kanwal Prakash Singh
Many moving expressions of support and solidarity and inspiring and
amazing efforts to connect, to learn about Sikh faith, culture, and community
have continued since the tragic events at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek,
Wisconsin on August 5, 2012. The Interfaith and civic leaders, educators,
and fellow Americans have been working hard to know about many faiths
and communities that live among us and how these faith traditions, their
revealed wisdom, experiences, and presence enriches America's cultural
and spiritual landscape; how we can bring the diverse communities
together to build peace and goodwill in the neighborhood home
and across our shared human universe.
This unimagined and transforming spirit, efforts to enter into faith with
one another, build new and unfinished bridges and walk towards each
other in friendship and trust to shape a future full of renewed hope and
promise is a cause for optimism. In time, this could lead to dispelling
barriers that separate us, dispelling unfounded stereotyping, unfair
harassment, discrimination, bullying in schools, and unprovoked violence
against faiths, cultures, and communities different from our own, making
such incidents a thing of the past. We are seeing faith leaders and
educators working with civic and law enforcement authorities make the
centerpiece of American founding anchors: equality, justice, respect and
dignity of each American a sacred and honored mandate. The path to that
prayerful vision is a journey, not a destination.
From the Sikh Sacred Scriptures (Guru Granth Sahib):
"God is the Father and Mother of all Creation, and we are all His Children."
"O Mortal, Recognize all humanity as One Race, One Brotherhood."
The Sikh scriptures reverberate with the all-embracing message of:
Oneness, Unity, Universality, Service, Sanctity of all faiths and spiritual
traditions, and our collective responsibility to assure Equality, Justice,
and Dignity of all beings and our life-sustaining sacred environment.