Words of Faith

These are articles short and long about the spiritual life, as seen through the lens of various religions. Some are short talks I prepared for a BBC World Service series entitled "Words of Faith." Some are talks I have given here and there. Always they are grounded in what I have learned at the feet of Baba Virsa Singh Ji Maharaj.

Finding God Outside Christianity


Raised in Louisiana as a Methodist, with a very sincere and humble pastor, I nonetheless felt as a child that something was missing. I didn’t know its name. But with a vague, nameless longing, I used to sit alone... Read more

The Discipline Of Love

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Love For God

The whole of Guru Granth Sahib, the sacred Sikh scripture, is a great outpouring of love for God. For example, the Gurus say,

Thou art the River, All-knowing and All-seeing.

How can I, a fish, find Thy limit?

Wherever I... Read more

Purpose In Life

Purpose in Life

In these times of self-centered thinking, it is very difficult for us to understand Guru Gobind Singh, the Tenth Sikh Guru. During his short life of 44 years, he sacrificed his father, his four sons, and eventually... Read more

True Wealth

Bhagat Ravi Das was an uneducated shoemaker in India, but he knew what true wealth is. In one of his hymns that is part of the beautiful Sikh scripture, the Guru Granth Sahib, Bhagat Ravi Das sings to God:

O... Read more

The Sweetest Taste

I’ve just been reading Jaap Sahib, and my happiness is so intense that I cannot describe it. Jaap Sahib is the second daily prayer of Sikhs, the powerful hymn of God’s praises by the Tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh.... Read more

Meeting My Family Everywhere

As I travel around the world, doing research for my book on the world’s religions and meeting people on behalf of my teacher, Baba Virsa Singh, an extraordinary thing often happens to me: I keep meeting my sisters and brothers,... Read more

Meditation I

Daily meditation is so important

– So many useless negative thoughts and emotions build up inside us.

– If we clean the mind daily, then it remains open, free, clear, unburdened, peaceful

– It will remain always ready to perceive... Read more

Seeking God through Meditation

Kabir—a fifteenth century weaver who was both Hindu and Muslim and whose mystical poetry is included in the Sikh Holy Scriptures—spoke these words, taking the voice of God:

O servant, where do you seek Me?

Lo! I am right beside... Read more

The True Yoga

As Guru Nanak—the first of the Sikh Gurus—traveled on foot throughout the Indian subcontinent, he spoke out against superficial, pointless practices in religion. Once when he met  Hindu saddhus practicing extreme forms of asceticism in hopes of enlightenment, he spoke... Read more

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