The Nashville Chapter of Religion Communicators Council was graciously hosted by the Sikhs of Nashville at its August 2012 meeting.
Online PR News – 21-August-2012 – Nashville, TN – The Nashville chapter of the Religion Communicators Council (RCC) made a special trip to visit the Sikh Temple in Bellevue this month. Guests learned about the history, beliefs and practices of the faith and were invited to see the worship hall, where they were led in two prayers by the preacher.
According to Dr. Prem Singh Kahlon, a leader at the Bellevue center, Sikhism is the fifth largest religion in the world, with 23 million members worldwide. There are about 700,000 Sikhs living in the United States with about 50 Sikh families living in Nashville.
President of Nashville RCC Chapter and Pastor of the local Church of Scientology, Rev. Brian Fesler said, “We were pleased and honored to visit the Sikh Temple and learn from them. It’s vital for all of us to learn about our neighbors and make efforts to understand other faiths.”
Kahlon said Sikhism is strictly a monotheistic religion and recognizes the same heavenly light in every human being; rich or poor, high or low, irrespective of caste, creed, color, race, gender, religion or ethnicity. Sikhs are very humble people and won't talk about "being the best" but instead insist they are blessed as taught by their spiritual leader and founder, Guru Nanak.
Kahlon taught RCC that Sikhs greet each other with the salutation: "Glory to God, it is not my victory; Victory belongs to God." He also mentioned that the Sikhs don't have a concept of giving, because they believe that everything we have is really a gift from God. So instead when they give, they feel they are really sharing the gifts they have received from God.
After a formal presentation, the group was invited to visit the temple to see where they worship. Before entering, everyone donned a headscarf in the Sikh tradition. The Sikh preacher opened the Guru Granth (holy work) and recited a prayer.
For more information about the Religion Communicators Council, visit www.religioncommunicators.org/nashville-chapter.