The long term solution is to ensure that Sikh children grow up fully understanding and valuing the forward looking teachings of the Gurus.
It is the writer’s experience that most of those who look out side the community for a marriage partner have little or no understanding of basic Sikh teachings.
This is not necessarily their fault and much of the blame often lies with parents unable o r unwilling to distinguish between Sikh teachings and sometimes, negative Punjabi culture.
In response to the growing trend of Gurdwaras relaxing Gur Maryada to accommodate the wishes of individuals rather than respect the Guru’s teachings and Sikh Rehat Maryada, the Sri Akaal Takhat Sahib – the Supreme seat of authority of the Sikhs – has issued a Hukumnama (decree) regarding this matter on the 16-8-2007.
Sikhs are urged to live honestly and work hard to look to the needs of their family and wider society.
Sikhs see the one God of us all, the Creator of all that exists, as beyond human understanding.
The original letter (along with a translation) can be seen on the link below: My opinion regarding interracial and interfaith marriage is different from it.
What, I tell the youth at the camps is briefly mentioned below.
Sikhi teaches that we should be open and honest in our behaviour, particularly in a gurdwara, and it is wrong for any couple to go through a Sikh marriage ceremony with no intention of living according to Sikh teachings as emphasized in the Sikh marriage ceremony.Many organizations celebrate the day by holding interfaith events where faith leaders get together to give talks and lectures.People are encouraged to talk to and listen to people from faiths different than their own and to understand the basic tenets of other religions. In order to have a Christian wedding at a Church, most Christian Churches would expect the couple to be both Christian and some even attend Church to show commitment to the faith. However, when it comes to Sikhs, it seems the media and outsiders feel it justified to criticise Sikhs for only allowing Sikhs to partake in the Sikh religious marriage ceremony in the Gurdwara.In recent years, the incidences of interfaith marriages (i.e.