Wednesday, 25 June 2008
With the grace of Satguru, a Gurmat Naam Abhiyaas Kamaaee camp has been organised at Singh Sabha Gurdwara Bradford, Grant Street, Off Garnett Street, Bradford 3, BD3 9HD. Tel: 01274 738834 on 11th July - 13th July. Please give your darshan and show your support.
Please spread the message via e-groups, phone and emails to Gursikhs up and down the UK.
11th July starts with Amritvela @ 2am.
Sleeping and other arrangements for Gursikh's out of town is arranged.
A Keertan Darbaar has been booked at Singh Sabha for Saturday 19th July 2008. Keertani's from the UK will be attending.
Thursday, 12 June 2008
Wednesday, 11 June 2008
Who knows how many Sikhs there are in the UK, because the government continues to refuse to count them on any firm basis. So, "they are not counted, and, therefore, do not count! " Sikh identity is hardly understood in the departments, the government agencies and services, the media or in the business community. One serious consequence is that Sikhs continue to suffer from mistaken identity and often are victims of assaults. Sikhs are not monitored and continue to suffer discrimination in all spheres of life. But then where is the evidence? After all, they are not monitored and there is no proof!
Since year 2002, I have been a close observer of the relations between the Labour government and the UK Sikhs. That was the year when the Sikhs attempted to present some sort of united front to the government on Sikh issues. It is another matter that the initiative ran into the sands. Every community has ambitious individuals: the self-appointed "community leaders" and "representatives" trying to outdo each other, but hardly in touch with grassroots issues and concerns. There is nothing new in that.
However, throughout these years the government has mostly ignored the Sikhs. Other than paying lip service to community cohesion, consultation with faith communities as "stakeholders" etc, very little attempt has been made to develop a genuine dialogue with the Sikhs in order to understand the real issues which concern them. Even today there is no coherent policy, which assures the Sikhs their identity and the freedom to practice own religion, albeit, subject to reasonable restrictions negotiated with responsible Sikhs.
After Anglo-Sikh relation going back over two hundred years, and their splendid record in the two World Wars as defenders of the free world, the loyalty of the Sikhs to the UK can never be in any doubt. As hardworking citizens, making a major contribution to the economy, their record is second to no other British community. It is regrettable that the politics of another country is sometimes allowed to influence their treatment in this country.
The Sikhs have always been traditional supporters of the Labour Party. Yet, often it is the Conservative Party, which has honoured the Anglo-Sikh historical bond and supported the Sikhs in preserving their religious identity in the plural British society. British Sikh votes and trust have to be won and cannot be taken for granted by any political party.
|This Shabad is by Guru Arjan Dev Ji in Raag Gauree on Pannaa 206 |
|gauVI mhlw 5 ] |
| gourree mehalaa 5 || |
|Gauree, Fifth Mehla: |
|quJ ibnu kvnu hmwrw ] |
| thujh bin kavan hamaaraa || |
|Except for You, who is mine? |
|myry pRIqm pRwn ADwrw ]1] rhwau ] |
| maerae preetham praan adhhaaraa ||1|| rehaao || |
|O my Beloved, You are the Support of the breath of life. ||1||Pause|| |
|AMqr kI ibiD qum hI jwnI qum hI sjn suhyly ] |
| a(n)thar kee bidhh thum hee jaanee thum hee sajan suhaelae || |
|You alone know the condition of my inner being. You are my Beautiful Friend. |
|srb suKw mY quJ qy pwey myry Twkur Agh Aqoly ]1] |
| sarab sukhaa mai thujh thae paaeae maerae t(h)aakur ageh atholae ||1|| |
|I receive all comforts from You, O my Unfathomable and Immeasurable Lord and Master. ||1|| |
|brin n swkau qumry rMgw gux inDwn suKdwqy ] |
| baran n saako thumarae ra(n)gaa gun nidhhaan sukhadhaathae || |
|I cannot describe Your Manifestations, O Treasure of Excellence, O Giver of peace. |
|Agm Agocr pRB AibnwsI pUry gur qy jwqy ]2] |
| agam agochar prabh abinaasee poorae gur thae jaathae ||2|| |
|God is Inaccessible, Incomprehensible and Imperishable; He is known through the Perfect Guru. ||2|| |
|BRmu Bau kwit kIey inhkyvl jb qy haumY mwrI ] |
| bhram bho kaatt keeeae nihakaeval jab thae houmai maaree || |
|My doubt and fear have been taken away, and I have been made pure, since my ego was conquered. |
|jnm mrx ko cUko shsw swDsMgiq drswrI ]3] |
| janam maran ko chooko sehasaa saadhhasa(n)gath dharasaaree ||3|| |
|My fear of birth and death has been abolished, beholding Your Blessed Vision in the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy. ||3|| |
|crx pKwir krau gur syvw bwir jwau lK brIAw ] |
| charan pakhaar karo gur saevaa baar jaao lakh bareeaa || |
|I wash the Guru's Feet and serve Him; I am a sacrifice to Him, 100,000 times. |
|ijh pRswid iehu Baujlu qirAw jn nwnk ipRA sMig imrIAw ]4]7]128] |
| jih prasaadh eihu bhoujal thariaa jan naanak pria sa(n)g mireeaa ||4||7||128|| |
|By His Grace, servant Nanak has crossed over this terrifying world-ocean; I am united with my Beloved. ||4||7||128|||
Wednesday, 4 June 2008
Come with me to a third grade classroom..... There is a nine-year-old kid sitting at his desk and all of a sudden, there is a puddle between his feet and the front of his pants are wet. He thinks his heart is going to stop because he cannot possibly imagine how this has happened. It's never happened before, and he knows that when the boys find out he will never hear the end of it. When the girls find out, they'll never speak to him again as long as he lives.
The boy believes his heart is going to stop; he puts his head down and prays this prayer, 'Dear God, this is an emergency! I need help now! Five minutes from now I'm dead meat.'
He looks up from his prayer and here comes the teacher with a look in her eyes that says he has been discovered.
As the teacher is walking toward him, a classmate named Surjeet is carrying a goldfish bowl that is filled with water. Surjeet trips in front of the teacher and inexplicably dumps the bowl of water in the boy's lap.
The boy pretends to be angry, but all the while is saying to himself, 'Thank you, Lord! Thank you, Lord!'
Now all of a sudden, instead of being the object of ridicule, the boy is the object of sympathy. The teacher rushes him downstairs and gives him gym shorts to put on while his kachera dries out. All the other children are on their hands and knees cleaning up around his desk. The sympathy is wonderful. But as life would have it, the ridicule that should have been his has been transferred to someone else - Surjeet
She tries to help, but they tell her to get out. You've done enough, you klutz!'
Finally, at the end of the day, as they are waiting for the bus, the boy walks over to Surjeet and whispers, 'You did that on purpose, didn't you?' Surjeet whispers back, 'I wet my Kachera once too.'
May God help us see the opportunities that are always around us to do good..
Remember.....Just going to Gurdwara doesn't make you a Sikh any more than standing in your garage makes you a car.
Each and everyone one of us is going through tough times right now, but God is getting ready to bless you in a way that only He can. Keep the faith