Friday, November 27, 2009

Reading One-Day Sikhi Camp

On Saturday 21st November with Guru Sahib's kirpaa the local Sangat along with the Sikh Seva group held a one-day Sikhi camp at Singh Sabha Gurdwara in Reading (Berkshire) to mark the Shaheedi purab (martyrdom day) of Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib jee. There were workshops on the importance of Seva, the importance and need of Guru Sahib in our lives and a reflection on the Shaheedi of Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib jee and Shaheeds of modern history.

Some photos from the day (taken from Sikh Seva Flickr)

Hukamnama for the start of the camp. Read hukamnama here.

Younger children doing colouring activities. I think one of them is a holding a picture that he made of Bhaji Ravjeet Singh :)

Younger children learning Panjabi on a special computer program.

Mool Mantar cakes for lunch (each cake had the English translation for Mool Mantar, for example "No hate", "No fear," "Truth" etc)! Bhenji Navrup Kaur Jee made them. They were very tasty!


Bhaji Gurpreet Singh.

Keertan after lunch.

Group discussions

Group feedback on what they thought about the life and virtues of someone without a Guru and with a Guru.

Bhenji Navrup Kaur jee with the younger class. They went through the Saakhi of Guru Tegh Bahadur jee.

Bhaji Parmvir Singh with the younger children. They produced some brilliant poems on the Shaheedi of Guru Tegh Bahadur jee!

Bhai Sahib Ravjeet Singh with young Munsimar Kaur. She looked so cute with her little Dastaar! Waheguru!

Near the end of the day we had a Q&A session and people shared their experiences. Bhai Dya Singh jee shared his experiences of finding Sikhi with the Sangat. It was very inspiring. (It looks like he is shouting in the photo! I think it's just bad timing for the photo! Satnam Waheguru).


A young Bhenji was chosen to read her inspirational poem about Guru Tegh Bahadur jee to the whole Sangat (I will try and look for it and post on the blog! It was an excellent poem!).

Some of the young children showed so much enthusiasm to learn about Sikhi and had a great knowledge of Gurmat already. Blessed are the parents of those children who are walking on the Path of the Great Guru.

Dhan Hai Guru, Dhan Hai Teree Sikhee.


Anonymous said...

Vaheguru Jee Ka Khalsa Vaheguru Jee Kee Fateh

I habe a question regarding Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. As we know, Guru Granth Sahib Ji was initally written by Gurus but also Bhagat and other highly spiritual sants even from differnets origins and cultures. So the Bani was also written is Hindi and persian language and not only in Gurmukhi.

I was wondering why we now have Guru Granth Sahib Ji in Gurmukhi and who translate the other languages at a certain time in the history giving that their are differences in phonetics.

If you can help me with this question...

Vaheguru Jee Ka Khalsa Vaheguru Jee Kee Fateh

Manvir Singh said...

ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂ ਜੀ ਕਾ ਖ਼ਾਲਸਾ || ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂ ਜੀ ਕੀ ਫ਼ਤਹਿ ||

The fact that Baani was revealed in different languages but at the end written or scripted in Gurmukhi tells us that Baani is intended to be eternally written in Gurmukhi.

Gurmukhi means "From the Mouth of the Guru". Gurmukhi is the language of the Gurus.

Gurbani is not just knowledge (Giaan) and instruction (Updesh), it is also Amrit (Divine-Nectar), Naam (Divine-Name for meditating upon), and it Rass (sweetness of the Lord's Love).

Translating Gurbani for knowledge purpose I think is fine and should be encouraged so we can understand and act upon Gurbani. However, Amrit Naam Rass is contained with the Divine-Words that were actually revealed through the Guru Sahibs and Bhagat Sahibs. This is can proved by the fact that people who can't understand Panjabi or Gurmukhi can also get absorbed or mesmerised by Baani.

Hope that helps.

Anonymous said...

Ref Reading camp, there is a photo of a punjabi teaching software ; can you please tell me what this is please and where i can get it from please. Thanks