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 Post subject: Re: Is Sikhism Orthodox?
PostPosted: August 17th, 2015, 2:47 pm 
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Greetings of Peace,

I just encountered another, more explicit reference to Sikhism in The Nature and Function of the Spiritual Master which I thought was especially interesting as it corroborates my own impressions. Schuon wrote,

"Nevertheless, as there is no rule without exception—in view of a certain aspect of All-Possibility—one must mention the cases, extremely rare in comparison with their opposites, of Kabîr, Guru Nanak, and Jakob Boehme. These cases of intrinsic orthodoxy without a traditional framework are explained only by very special circumstances, and possible only—as far as Boehme is concerned—as a result of a certain shrinkage in Catholicism from the time of the Renaissance, and—as far as the Indians are concerned—as a result of the juxtaposition, both painful and mystical, of Hinduism and Islam. In fact, exceptions of this kind are due either to contact between two powerful, ponderous, even tyrannical religions—whether rightly or wrongly so is not the question here—or, as in the case of Boehme, to a sort of stifling of sapiential esoterism within the framework of a traditional civilization which had accidentally and very recently given rise to a vacuum such as Protestantism. In the present day however there are no longer anywhere in the world powerful and fervent religions dangerously bordering on one another and so giving rise to what may be called "explosions" of bhaktic esoterism, and nowhere does there still exist a powerful religious civilization which is artificially stifling its sapiential esoterism or gnosis, and though there are yet other factors—more personal and more subtle—which occur in the cases cited, they need not be taken into account here. At all events, the present-day world does not and cannot present the circumstances making possible legitimate spiritual exceptions such as those mentioned. In a world where the formal framework of the sacred everywhere becomes more and more whittled away, spirituality is more than ever linked to this framework, which is like a last witness to the truth. Spirituality has need, in fact, of a formal or psychological atmosphere of which the modern world is the very negation."

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 Post subject: Re: Is Sikhism Orthodox?
PostPosted: August 22nd, 2015, 6:33 pm 
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Thank you for that excerpt Desmond.

I have been reading more on Sikhism lately, and I have been struck again by the truth in your original post in this thread: the strong emphasis on the cultivation of spiritual virtues; the recitation of Guru Granth Sahib; the role of the divine name.

It seems to be that Sikhism is undoubtedly an orthodox path, though whether within Hinduism or not, I am unsure. This does seem the general impression of the perennialist writers.


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 Post subject: Re: Is Sikhism Orthodox?
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Here is one of my favorite Kirtans with a beautiful expression of universality:


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