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Compassionate 7-Eleven Owner Who Fed Thief, Is Probably More Than An Indian, He Is Likely A Sikh.

by Anura Guruge


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This was a GREAT story. It made my day. So good to see that we still have decent, compassionate, charitable folks like he.

Mr. Jay Singh, please take a bow. You have done all of us Asians proud. Good on YOU.

This is from the story:

“He said, ‘I’m hungry. I’m stealing it for myself and my younger brother.’ I said you need food? I’ll give you food. That’s not a problem,” Singh said.

Mr. Singh, modestly, attributed this compassion and charity to ‘Indian culture’. That is true.

But, I have a hunch that it goes beyond that.

I cannot, alas, be 100% sure, but I suspect that Mr. Jay Singh is a sikh — despite the lack of a hat on his head, or a bracelet on his arm.

Jay Singh can very well be a Sikh name.

All ‘Singhs’ are NOT Sikhs, BUT ALL Sikh men are ‘Singhs’. Get that. Having a last name Singh is the norm for a Sikh man.

So, why am I making a big deal that he might be a Sikh.

Sikhs have a deeply ingrained tradition when it comes to charity and giving — especially food to the needy.

I know quite a few Sikhs. Most are AMAZING folk. Generous to a fault.

That bracelet they are supposed to wear bears testament to that. They wear it to remind them that that is the hand with which they do good.

Sikhs, because some wear turbans and have beards, are often mistaken for Muslims. They are not Muslims.

Get to know a Sikh.

This just happens to be a great time to talk about Sikhs. They have a major holiday, ‘Vaisakhi‘, that always coincides with the Sinhala New Year, coming up this Sunday, April 14.

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by Anura Guruge


Ananda College, Sri Lanka Pays Homage To American Colonel Henry Olcott, Its Founder.

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by Anura Guruge


Ananda_CrestRelated posts:
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List of prizes at Ananda.
>> Ananda College prize giving 1969.

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Colonel Henry Steel Olcott [2 August 1832 – 17 February 1907], born in New Jersey, an officer during the Civil War, and a member of the committee that investigated Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, is NOT a well known figure in the U.S.

Not so in Sri Lanka (once Ceylon).

Henry Steel Olcott is a well known and well respected legend. His greatest and justified claim to fame is that he founded a number of Buddhist schools in Ceylon, my old alma mater, Ananda College, in Colombo, with 6,000 students in my time [i.e., 1958 to 1967] and now [per Wikipedia, 5,000], the largest. We were ‘taught’ about Olcott and his picture hung in the school (and I must admit that he comes across as being a bit scary, when you are a 6-year old boy in shorts, not used to men with such luxuriant beards).

Olcott other claim to fame was that he, with his ‘good friend’, Russian-born Helena Petrovna Blavatsky [1831 – 1891], converted to Buddhism in Ceylon — at that time the highest profile Westerns to do so. They were also the founders of the (to me the always very strange and confusing) Theosophical Society.

Anywho, I just thought I would share this with you. Checkout the Theosophical Society. It might appeal to YOU.

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Blavatsky and Olcott in 1888 (from Wikipedia). Ananda College was founded 2 years prior to this picture being taken.