Thursday, August 21, 2008

Dublin Gurmat Camp Photos

On Saturday 9th August, a Gurmat Camp was held in Dublin (Ireland) by Guru Nanak Darbaar Gurdwara, Dublin. It was a one day camp open to all the sangat. Bhaji Harpreet Singh jee and the local Sangat went through the effort of organising it. All the sevadaars, Singhs and sangat had so much pyaar for Sikhi and are doing great sevaa.

The camp began with Naam Simran followed by Ardaas and Hukamnama. Afterwards all the campers were mixed into different groups for the "10 Guru Sahibaans" workshop. The workshop looked at the main contribution each of the 10 Guru Sahibaans brought to Sikhi. It's a good test of everyone's knowledge of Sikh history, starting from basics.

The second session, after langar, was getting campers to make a Guru period timeline (from 1469 to 1708) which was followed by a talk on the importance of learning Sikh history. The last session was on "Beauty of Sikhi" by Bhaji Vijay Singh (Hayes). The talk looked at the lives and aims of a Manmukh and Gurmukh and how one can achieve happiness according to Gurbani. After lunch the film "Anokhe Amar Shaheed: Baba Deep Singh" which was followed by Keertan and Samaaptee.

Some photos from the camp:

Simran before the camp started.

Sri Guru Granth Sahib jee


Bhenji Rominder Kaur jee welcoming Sangat.

Young Singh reciting the Guru Sahibaans names.

Workshop on the contributions of the 10 Guru Sahibaan.

Feedback and going through answers! By this stage I was dying for some paanee! (Thankfully someone got me some!).

Langar time.

The Gurdwara Giani jee. He is so nice! Bhai Sahib is very simple and loving Gursikh. Dhan Guru Ke Piaare.

Younger children and parents watching Baba Deep Singh movie:

Timeline workshop:

After the camp there was a house Keertan programme at someone's house. I was told it was a 10 minute car journey! It ended up taking 2 and half hours or something! On the way, whilst stuck in traffic, I was told "Dublin, after Calcutta, has the worst traffic congestion in the world." Waheguru! We eventually got to the Gursikh family's house. The programme was really good and it was nice how everyone gathered in the house to do keertan. It reminded me of Bhai Gurdaas jee's bachan (words):
ਘਰਿ ਘਰਿ ਅੰਦਿਰ ਧਰਮਸਾਲ ਹੋਵੈ ਕੀਰਤਨੁ ਸਦਾ ਵਿਸੋਆ ॥
ghar ghar andar dharamsaal hovai keertan sadaa visoaa.
Every home has become a Dharamsaal, a place of Dharam, where there is Keertan being sung.

Dhan Guru, Dhan Teree Sikhee.

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