Topekan Daljit Singh Jawa pens book highlighting commonalities among different faith groups

Daljit Singh Jawa, a member of the Sikh faith who lives in Topeka, holds a copy of his new book “Unity in the Diversity of Different Religions: A Compilation of Inspiring Quotes and Stories from Many Faiths.” (Phil Anderson/The Capital-Journal)

Daljit Sing Jawa, one of the few adherents of the Sikh faith tradition living in Topeka, has long been a supporter of inter-religious cooperation and understanding.


Jawa, a native of India who came to the United States in 1975, has taken part in Interfaith of Topeka for more than three decades.

“I have friendships with people of different faiths in Topeka,” Jawa said recently. “I find there are many good and nice people in all religions.”

Jawa, a retired civil engineer who worked for the state of Kansas, has drawn from his experiences and penned a new, 63-page book titled “Unity in the Diversity of Different Religions: A Compilation of Inspiring Quotes and Stories from Many Faiths.”

In writing the book, Jawa said he wanted to shine a light on similarities that exist among the world’s major religions — many of which have a presence in Topeka.

“I hope the book helps to break down barriers and bring about understanding,” he said.

The book was two years in the making for Jawa — which may seem like a long time until one considers his previous project, a book titled “It is the Same Light.”

In that seven-volume series, which took 20 years to complete, Jawa translated the Sikh religion’s holy scriptures into English.

His latest endeavor, which was published a few months ago, provides scripture passages and examples from various religious groups that show how they teach principles such as love, forgiveness and compassion.

“Our rituals and scriptures might differ,” Jawa said, “but all the religions teach the same good values for everyone. You should love and forgive others and not fall into lust or greed or slandering.”

It was through his friendships with people of various religious groups that Jawa got the idea for much of the material in his new book.

He said practitioners of the various faith groups gave him scripture passages and stories that exemplified the moral teachings of their religious traditions.

Jawa kept his chapters short — some are only a page or two — making it possible to pick up the book and flip to virtually any page and find a short story that comes from one of the world’s religious groups, including Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and the Baha’i faith.

From the Sikh religion, Jawa provided an example of a person coming to the aid of an enemy. When confronted with the prospect of being a traitor, the person responded that he was only doing what he was taught — seeing God in the other person, and acting accordingly.

At a time when religious tensions seem to be on the rise, Jawa said the message of his book is especially needed.

“That’s why I hope people read it,” he said. “I hope they will shed the stereotypes that they have of others and begin to talk with them and find out they are really good people.”

The soft-cover book, which sells for $15.99, is available at, and It also is available in e-book format for $3.99 from the same vendors, or it can be read it at

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