Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Sangat

I'm so excited to be going off to college. Not only will it be an opportunity for me to explore who I am and what I want to be in life, but I'll be free to go to the gurdwara. I've never wanted to go to a religious building so much in my life. I've been to a gurdwara once, and ever since then, I've wanted to go back. But thanks to my schedule and not having my own mode of transportation, I haven't been back. I wonder how the Sangat is down there? I wonder who I will meet? I've been raised in the church all my life, so I don't know what exactly to expect. It's all brand new to me. Yeah, I'm a little nervous joining a whole new community and all, but hopefully, this feeling will go away once I take the first step (by God's Grace). 

Update (7/21/18): Austin's Sikhs might not be perfect, but you'll find some diamonds in the rough. And not just in Austin. But all over Texas. 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Family

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa! Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh! Sometimes I wonder how my family would react if they found out that I was Sikh. According to my intuition, it wouldn't be very good. Sometimes I wonder why Waheguru had me born into a Christian family (a Baptist family at that). Why couldn't I have been born into a Sikh family? It would have been so much easier. But I guess life wasn't meant to be easy. Like the Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji says, pain is the medicine and worldly pleasure is the disease. In order for soldiers to get fit, they must work through the pain of exercise. No pain, no gain. In the same way, Sikhs and especially the Khalsa must get into shape in order to fight against injustice. I don't know, I just wish that I could openly be a Sikh.

Update (7/21/18): If only you would have known the pain you would go through. But at the same time, you'll come to find it was totally worth it.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Short Introduction

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa! Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh! My name is Jasmine and I am 18 years old. I am African American and became a Sikh three and a half months ago after growing up in a Christian household my whole life. I started this blog in order to tell my story on how I went from an evangelical Christian to a Sikh. It's also a way for me to connect with other Sikhs around the globe who might be in similar circumstances or who have had similar experiences as mine. I hope you'll enjoy this adventure as much as I will and thank you for choosing Sikhi cruise lines. 

Update: And exactly one year after starting this blog, I became an Amritdhari. Wah!

2nd Update (7/21/2018): I was so innocent back then. It's so cute lolololol