A Sikh in Dialogue with Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium
Both Sikhism, which originated with Guru Nanak (1469–1539), and Evangelii Gaudium agree on various issues, especially on the need to bring about peace and harmony, love, and mutual trust in the world. Sikhism holds that all human beings originate from the same Divine light and are hence one in essence and equal: as God is present in all beings and places, reviling anyone or desecrating any place of worship would mean reviling or desecrating the Divine Presence. God loves all beings who in return must imbibe love in return: the best way to express our love for God is to love God’s creation. Each religion is a valid means toward God-realization. Only dialogue, not polemics, can help them reach the truth. Freedom of faith for all and affirmation of our own identity without threatening the identity of others are at the core of Sikh message, as exemplified by the martyrdoms of Guru Arjan and Guru Tegh Bahadur. Each person must be true to the faith he believes in. Monopoly over revelation is rejected: the Guru Granth Sahib is a fine example of this. “Remembrance of the Name Divine and doing noble deeds comprises true religion which must aim at uniting humankind,” as says Bhai Gurdas.