Sunday, May 25, 2008

Weekend Conference for Sikhs in British Armed Forces

From Friday 9th to Sunday 11th May, the "Chardi Kala" Sikh Conference took place at the Armed Forces Chaplaincy Centre in Andover, Hampshire. The event was organised by Bhenji Mandeep Kaur, the first civilian Sikh Chaplain in the British military. This year marked the second year of the annual weekend dedicated for all the Sikhs serving in the Royal Navy, British army and Royal Air Force and their families. Daas was invited on Saturday 10th May to do a talk.

Bhenji Mandeep Kaur. She has the responsibility of providing moral, pastoral and spiritual support to Sikhs serving in the armed forces and their families.

Daas delivering presentation on the "Purpose of Life". The talk looked at the life of a Manmukh and a Gurmukh both their journeys from birth to death.

Q & A session. This was lively. It was good to hear people share different questions.

I had to leave early because I had to attend Bhaji Vijay Singh's Sukhmani Sahib & Keertan programme at Southall. This a group photo of the all the attendees and guests from Saturday late afternoon.

It was really enjoyable to attend the Sikh Conference. With Waheguru's kirpaa I met some really Chardi Kalaa people serving in the Armed Forces. May Waheguru keep them in Chardi Kalaa and bless them with Baanaa, Baani, Seva, Simran and the gift of Amrit.

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