The World According to Sikhi invites the reader to share in the joyous celebration of the inner life of the mind. The first essay, “Guru Granth: Major Currents in the Sikh Scripture,” explores the heightened concept of the “Word.” Guru Granth, the eternal, living Guru of the Sikhs, speaks not only of the written or spoken Word, but also of the unspoken word, anhad, to which “the inner self vibrates and resonates such that the mind becomes part of divine connectivity.” The Word becomes God only when a Sikh reads it and adopts it, such that the universal and timeless values of Guru Granth provide an ethical compass for an examined life, one of introspection and self-awareness.
When someone feels fear, that fear often turns into hatred. In the eyes of the public, Sikhs are feared because of the misconception that they were behind the attacks of 9/11. For example, Frank Roque of Arizona bragged in a bar that he would "kill the ragheads responsible for 9/11." He was later arrested for the murder of Balbir Singh Sodhi, who was a turbaned Sikh gas station owner. Roque was then quoted saying "I stand for America all the way! I'm an American. Go ahead. Arrest me and let those terrorists run wild." This is not the first time Americans have broken out against those who are associated with the enemy during times of war. During World War I, German Americans were often discriminated against and their businesses were either boycotted or vandalized. The Japanese faced a similar discrimination during World War II, but their discrimination was actually official and the Japanese were hauled off to confinement camps. Unfortunately, these people such as Roque confuse their bias towards Sikhs as patriotism.