Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Norway Sikh Family Camp...

From Friday 28th December to 30th December 2012, a Sikh Family Camp was held at Shri Guru Nanak Niwas Gurdwara in Drammen (Lier), Norway, organized by the local Sangat. Giani Kulwinder Singh jee (UK), Bhai Vijay Singh jee (UK) and Daas attended the camp to do seva.
Approximately 150 people attended the camp. The camp started with Simran and a short introduction by Giani Kulwinder Singh jee. The campers were divided into groups according to age. There was one special group for parents and adults as well. There were three talks/workshops in the day and viewing of a Gurmat video for the whole Sangat.
With Guru jee's kirpaa, the camp had a very positive impact on the youth and was able to clarify their doubts and empower them with knowledge of Gurmat  principles. Following the positive feedback from the Sangat, the Gurdwara is now looking to continue on the seva by encouraging local youth to get more involved and take a leading role in seva, for example through starting a weekly Gurmat class etc.

Many elders and youth used the camp to look at themselves and how they can better Sikhs and progress in Sikhi. It was a pleasure to be in their humble Sangat and receive their pyaar, kindness and hospitality. It was promising to see how positive, forward-thinking and accommodating the Gurdwara Management Committee were. May Guru jee continue blessing the Sangat and may Sikhi flourish further.
The opening Hukamnama for the camp was:
ਠਾਕੁਰੁ ਗਾਈਐ ਆਤਮ ਰੰਗਿ ||
ਸਰਣੀ ਪਾਵਨ ਨਾਮ ਧਿਆਵਨ ਸਹਜਿ ਸਮਾਵਨ ਸੰਗਿ ||੧|| ਰਹਾਉ ||
"Sing the Praises of the Lord and Master, with the love of your soul. Those who seek His Sanctuary, and meditate on Naam, the Name of the Lord, are blended with the Lord in celestial peace. ||1||Pause||" (Ang 679)

Gurdwara Sahib

View outside from Langar hall

Registration - Bhai Sukhvinder Singh, a young Committee member, who is one the main organizers of the camp
Sri Guru Granth Sahib Jee
Giani Kulwinder Singh jee giving the introduction talk
Saadh Sangat
Giving information about groups

Adults session with Giani Kulwinder Singh jee on Gurbani grammar.

Daas with adults exploring Sikh history and Sikh principals
15+ group with Giani Kulwinder Singh jee exploring Sikh history and Sikhi spirit
15+ with Daas and Bhai Vijay Singh doing Q&A

Langar time

Langar time

Adult/parent class on Gurmat Rehat

Rehraas Sahib da Paath with Sangat

Evening diwaan Keertan by local Raagi Jatha, Bhai Surinder Singh jee.

Prize giving to younger group

Prize giving to middle group

Prize giving to elder youth group

Local Raagi Jatha, Bhai Surinder Singh jee, during Sunday diwaan. Very sweet keertan and very humble Gursikhs.

Bhai Vijay Singh jee doing Keertan during Sunday diwaan.

Talk during Sunday diwaan on Chhote Sahibzaade's Shaheedi

Giani Kulwinder Singh jee during Sunday diwaan talking about Shaheedi, afterlife and Karam philosophy.

Visit to a mountain in Drammen

With local Veer who is Committee member outside Gurdwara Sahib
Giani jee and Daas with Veer Vishavjeet Singh jee, local Chardikala Gursikh
Dhan Hai Guru, Dhan Hai Teree Sikhee!



Anonymous said...

bhaji, will your talks be up on youtube? they are really wonderful.

Manvir Singh said...

Vaheguru jee. No one made any recordings in Norway jee. I know that the New Year's eve keertan vichaar at Crawley Gurdwara Sahib was recorded and put on YouTube.


Sukhvinder Singh said...

Waheguru ji ka Khalsa, Waheguru ji ki Fateh.

Thank you so much for showring us with knowledge and Khalsa spirit.

Our Sangat is thankful for your darshan and sewa.

I am looking forward to having you in Norway again and we will prepare for recordings next time :-)

Waheguru ji ka Khalsa, Waheguru ji ki Fateh.

Das Sukhvinder Singh