Wednesday, May 11, 2016

A Sikh with Passion and Courage

Yes, I wear a Turban and practice The Five K’s. I am Ravi Singh, a Sikh born and raised in the United States.

You probably might be wondering what are The Five K’s. Well, in order for you to understand this blog and my life in general I would like to tell you a little bit about my religion and background.

Sikhism is a monotheistic faith formed in the fifteenth century by Guru Nanak Dev Ji. The goal of every Sikh is to build a close, loving relationship with God. Yes, with God. That God can have many names and Sikhs can only find him through meditation. The Five K’s are:

  1. Kesa (long hair, which is never cut). This term is sometimes used to refer to the turban that is used to cover the hair.
  2. Kangah (comb)
  3. Kacha (short pants)
  4. Kara (metal bracelet)
  5. Kirpan (a ceremonial dagger)
Therefore, I have always worn my turban and my metal bracelet in public. My family, which is originally from Myanmar and India came to the United States around the 1960’s in order to find a better future. Although they have always inculcated in me the value of my religion and I’ve always been proud of it, I’ve dealt with different situations.

During the Iran hostage crisis in the United States back in 1979, I was bullied for being mistaken as a Muslim. Later on, I was not able to graduate with my turban from the Military Academy.

Thankfully, I’ve been a person of word and have always fought for what I really want.
On 1990, I graduated from the Marmion Military Academy with Honors AND wearing my turban!

Do you want to know how?

Check out my next blog post soon!