It would be equally wrong for the Anand Kaaraj ceremony to be debased by pretence.One way of meeting this dilemma would be to have wedding service in a Registry Office, followed by a reception for friends and family of both parties.In case the two belong to different faiths, before they marry they must decide which faith they are going to follow. I was invited by the New Jersey for a week long seminar there. During informal conversation at her house, she narrated her experience of their marriage.It may be remembered that conversion for marriage does not mean a change of belief, but it is for a worldly advantage. Here are two case histories from a dozen interfaith marriages that I know. It is rare to find such honest and sincere people.Â What she shared with me is retold below in her words. While working for him as his secretary, I liked him.An even less valid reason is that some gurdwara management committees see mixed marriages in a gurdwara as an additional source of income.Although Sikh attitudes to other religions is one of respect, the Sikh Gurus reminded us that Sikhi is a distinct path in its own right with unique emphasis on the equality of all human beings and it’s far-sighted teachings on gender equality.So what should our community do in the case of someone set on marrying a person of another faith and wishing to preserve their ties with the Sikh community?
Later, when they found my husband to be a nice and noble man and also financially well off, they reconciled with our marriage. Before our relations became normal with them, we started facing other problems.
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.
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.