They Jumped in and Helped

They Jumped In and Helped    Mary E. Latela, September 30, 2015

According to Antonia Blumberg, Associate Religion Editor, The Huffington Post (Posted: 09/29/2015 07:31 PM EDT) two Sikh men in Punjab, India, are being applauded for saving four boys from drowning during a religious ceremony.

Hindu youth were participating in a ceremony in honor of the god Ganesha, when four boys accidentally fell into the canal are were being pulled under.  Inderpal Singh and Kanwaljit Singh, members of the Sikh religion, were sitting on an embankment nearly, and when the boys fell in, they rushed to help.

Sikhs are followers of a monotheistic (one god) religion founded in the 15th century by the first Guru. Practices include prayer and worship, does not permit the use of idols. In dress men must and women may use the turban to cover all hair, and it is only removed in private. The turban, fashioned or any of several fabrics, can be as long as 10 meters (http://www.religioustolerance.org/sikhism.htm).

Inderpal Singh said simply, “I had no time to think and quickly removed my turban and threw at the drowning boys and pulled them in.” The other man could not swim, but he too used the turban so that the boys could be pulled up and out of the fearsome water.

To me, this story of doing the noble thing without thinking, of extending oneself, is very endearing. It is not about comparing one religion to another, or spouting doctrine. Without checking the rule book, you witness an act of kindness, done swiftly.

Lives were saved, and in addition, it seems that minds and hearts were filled with joy. Thank you for small acts of friendliness.  Keep things simple. Act with simplicity. Be kind. Just do it.

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