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Message for 2012
Sikh Message for 2012
2011 has been one of the most eventful years in recent history. The
world population now exceeds 7 billion. We face global economic
crisis while natural and man-made disasters have taken their toll.
Tyrannical regimes have tumbled and the most wanted terrorist in the
world, Osama bin Laden, has been killed.
We watched helplessly, as the summer madness swept across English
cities and shops and businesses were looted and set on fire.
Prime Minister David Cameron warned us following the summer riots,
that these unprecedented events were “a wake up call for the
country.” Indeed, it was also a wake up call for all religious
communities in the UK to work together to meet the challenges of
diversity in human society, and to unite by sharing human values
preached by all religions..
The economic and environmental challenges which the ever shrinking
global village continues to face, seem almost unsurmountable. Yet
these challenges can also be a spur to finding solutions for the
survival of the humankind.
Sikh thought stresses, “Where God exists there is no selfishness,
where self exists there is no God.” There is need for balance
between material ambition and spiritual well-being. Community
involvement is necessary for the creation of a just and peaceful
society. Every person needs to work for peace; especially those who
lead communities, and those who are in positions of power and
To the religious zealot, the Sikh message is clear: God is
everywhere and in everyone; no religion is superior to another. No
matter which religious path one follows, all will miss their final
religious objective without truthful conduct and good deeds. There
is no place for terrorism in true religion; nor for those who incite
hatred against other religions.
It is futile to seek converts to own religion by condemning others
and fighting wars in the name of religion. True religion should seek
converts to peace and contentment while respecting the rights of
In connection with religious freedom, Britain has led the world in
respecting the rights of people from many diverse religious
backgrounds. Sikhs are proud of their “British” identity. Sikhs are
also proud of their distinct Sikh identity which is associated with
their outstanding military service in Europe during the two World
Sikhs in the United Kingdom urge the British government in 2012, to
persuade EU countries to fully accept Sikh identity as an important
Today we see the results of selfish pursuit of power and wealth, and
irresponsible consumerism. There is much human poverty and suffering
while the rich get richer. Guru Nanak’s universal message to
humankind is highly relevant: to live a life of service, a life of
sharing with others, and belief in equality of humankind before One
Creator of all.
Sikhs invite people of all beliefs to do something about the
environment to save “Great Mother Earth” (Mata Dharat Mahat).
How the human race rises to the challenges ahead, will shape the
world in the years to come.
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