Forgiveness: the Path of Contentment

While exploring the Sikh blogistan, I came across this link from Sikhswim (Thanks Savraj!) and wanted to share it with the rest of the Langar-ites.

Late last year, November 2007, a Sikh Seattle taxi-driver, Sukhvir Singh was brutally attacked by a drunken Luis Vazquez. Luis had been placed in Sukhvir’s taxi by two police officers, after he had been denied entry into Husky Stadium for public drunkenness and alcohol-induced bellicose behavior.

The story may have ended with the sentencing of Luis Vazquez, but it doesn’t. The story is also about the Sukhvir’s courage, faith, and forgiveness. Sukhvir was the vehicle for Waheguru’s forgiveness. Luis has been given another opportunity. The video is a bit extended, but well worth the watch.

Reflection for Monday by Guru Nanak from SGGS (p. 223) in Raag Gauri:

Khima Gahi Brath Seel Santokh

Extending forgiveness is the (true) fast, (the true act of) kindness, (the true path of) contentment


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10 Responses to “Forgiveness: the Path of Contentment”

  1. bdb says:

    An upstanding man he is. A true hero. He essentially treated the [deleted by Admin Kaur: profanity is strictly prohibited] vasquez like an out of control offspring.

  2. Sundari says:

    This story cannot be understated. We are taught about forgiveness in gurbani, but how often do we practice it? I think examples like this are reminders of how important forgiveness can be in an individual's life (the forgiven and the forgiver). If this is the only experience Vasquez has with a Sikh, then at least he has experienced a true element of Sikhi.

  3. bdb says:

    An upstanding man he is. A true hero. He essentially treated the [deleted by Admin Kaur: profanity is strictly prohibited] vasquez like an out of control offspring.

  4. Sundari says:

    This story cannot be understated. We are taught about forgiveness in gurbani, but how often do we practice it? I think examples like this are reminders of how important forgiveness can be in an individual’s life (the forgiven and the forgiver). If this is the only experience Vasquez has with a Sikh, then at least he has experienced a true element of Sikhi.

  5. […] that identity may not be at the forefront of our thoughts. The response of victims has also been inspirational like Mr. Sukhvir Singh ji’s in Seattle. The events of 1984 inspired many to re-commit to […]

  6. PSV says:

    Sukhvir Singhji is a true Sikh. A hero. God bless him and his family,always

  7. PSV says:

    Sukhvir Singhji is a true Sikh. A hero. God bless him and his family,always

  8. […] a limitation to recognition from organizations such as SCORE and the Kaur Foundation? Why wasnt Sukhvir Singh, a role model for us all after being viciously attacked by a passenger, recognized for his […]

  9. Judy says:

    Forgiveness is the biggest superior paper morals of human behavior the peoples have big and open heart they will forgive others however how they misbehave with them. We must learn through such peoples stories and trying to adopted them to transform our society to live better place.

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