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Religious Journey 1 Running head: THE RELIGIOUS JOURNEY OF SUMANT LAMBA MD, FACC, FSCAI A Religious Journey through the Eyes of Sumant Lamba MD, FACC, FSCAI Travis H Matheny HU320-02 Culture, Religion and Identity Kaplan University Professor Caroline Westerhof Ph.D. November 23, 2010
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Religious Journey 2 A Religious Journey through the Eyes of Sumant Lamba MD, FACC, FSCAI According to Webster’s dictionary the word “journey” means to “travel or passage from one place to another, to take a trip”. However the term journey can also be used to describe one’s spiritual or religious passage through life. That being said, a spiritual journey is a lifelong process that one must own for them self; meaning, no one can take this journey for them. Hopefully through this journey one will be able to develop a faith that will enable them to make sense of their experience and the spiritual and moral challenges that life brings them. The primary focus of this essay is going to be, to summarize an interview and give the reader a glimpse of the spiritual journey of Dr. Sumant Lamba by describing a religious experience that made him who he is today, describing his understanding of an ultimate reality, explaining how his spirituality has influenced and impacted his life and relationships, as well as what he feels is most important to know about his spiritual experience. Dr. Lamba is an Indian American from Meerut India who has lived in the United States for the past nineteen years and has been a lifelong member of the Hindu faith. A religious experience that he feels played a significant role in the person he is today was his first visit to Vaishno Devi, one of India’s holiest, shrines. Vaishno Devi is located in the Himalayan Mountains near the town of Katra, in the state of Jammu and Kashmir (S. Lamba, personal communication, November 20, 2010). He explained that in 1978 he was compelled to make a pilgrimage to this particular shrine. He further explained that he was discouraged from taking this trip due to the treacherous weather conditions which included pouring rain, thunder, lightning and freezing temperatures. He added that this would involve an 8 mile trek over several
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