Yes, one could say that a Sikh individual who does not wear a turban can be just as religious if not more, than his counterpart who does wear a turban. BUT, many of those individuals that are seen without turbans and who are seen cutting their hair, do so out of fear; fear of society, fear of judgment, fear of not being accepted. If one is true to the Sikh faith, one is very religious, then why does one also cut their hair, not wear a pagh, and cut their beard? Why does one fear the judgment of others? Wearing a pagh and not cutting ones hair is all a part of the Sikh faith and so by not taking part in it but still being very religious, many find that to be a contradicting approach.
You could also argue that well, hair and paghs are all a part of one’s outward appearance and as long as one’s heart is clean and one has faith in Sikhi and God, it is fine. Many who are seen with paghs and beards, are also seen committing heinous crimes or doing things that contradict values and beliefs of the Sikh religion. In this situation it is not about how a person looks and how long their hair is, it is about how true they are to Sikhi and its core principles.
This conflict of wearing a turban and not wearing a turban is not a new argument. It has been going on for many, many decades. There are numerous ways to look at this conflict and one could argue for so many sides. I honestly believe that this varies person to person.
Chakraman Gold by Paul Heussenstamm
lived from 1469-1539. He was born in the Punjab, a region of northwestern India situated on the route many outside invaders took into the Indian subcontinent. The Punjab was home to both Muslims and Hindus. Sikh traditions about the life of Guru Nanak are from texts called janam sakhis (“birth witnesses”), which were probably first written down in the seventeenth century and reflect events that are important to believers, though not necessarily historically verifiable.
Sri Kesgarh Sahib
Okay, So here goes it was one of my twitter rants today. Well you know how everyone has so many different respectable names for God right?
People with english as their first language tend to say GOD
Sikhs tend to use the term VAHEGURU regularly although their are more names for GOD
This is Awesome.