Fascinated with forgiveness in Sikhism, an Israeli woman arrives in India to study and investigate.
AMRITSAR: Impressed with the teachings of the first Sikh teacher Guru nanak Dev, an Israeli woman, Hagit Gal has come since Tel Aviv to conduct an investigation into the teachings of Baba Nanak, especially focusing on the aspect of forgiveness Sikhism as preached by Baba Nanak and others.
While talking to TOI on Sunday Gal said she had heard about the 550th anniversary celebrations of Baba Nanak being celebrated across the globe especially in both India and Pakistan following which she started exploring Sikhism .
I reviewed several sacred Sikh scriptures, including Sri Guru Granth Sahib, and discovered that Baba Nanak had preached on personal responsibility and had always encouraged people to forgive those who hurt them, not to benefit others but to benefit themselves, said.
Gal said he would visit the Golden Temple and meet with Shiromani parbandhak committee officials for their help in their research work.
He said that during his brief stay in India, he met some Sikh scholars and other common Sikhs, and also visited some Gurdwaras to learn more about the forgiveness part of Sikh Guru's preaching.
She said she would dedicate a chapter about significance of forgiveness as preached in Sikhism and her personal research work in her yet to be published book which would be based on forgiveness part of different religions.
Gal, who has already done research on forgiveness preached in other religions and cultures around the world, said: The religions on which I am focusing my research now include Christianity, Judaism and Buddhism in addition to several cultures, including the ancient Hawaiian culture -ho’oponopono (to make things right) and the Hasidic Jewish culture.
Emphasising that women should practice forgiveness in their lives she said "women are the masters of the house and they have the power to bring peace into the house , if some misunderstanding occur within the family she can practice forgiveness to bring peace and love in the house and that’s Guru nanak Dev had preached" said Gal.
She said she would also visit several Sikh schools and colleges in Punjab to meet Sikh girls as part of her research work.