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  1. :D Bhai Sahib, what you have heard is true! (there may also be ice-cream and cakes!)
  2. Vaheguru. Benti, please all attend the camp. Just to let the Sangat know, there will be a talk by Dr. Tarlochan Singh jee on the topic of Gurbani and Science covering creation, purpose of life, how the universe works etc for the elder youth and adults. Bhai Sahib has done similar talks before which were a success with Guru Sahib's kirpaa. When I was at the Gurdwara, a Bhaji was telling me that his relative who was an atheist went to the Gurdwara for the talk on Science and Gurbani. By the end of the talk he said that he believed in Waheguru and that he was no longer an atheist. Gurbani is an
  3. 1. You could either print out pictures or show pictures via computer projector of famous Sikhs in history. You could go with a theme of either sikh bibiaa or shaheeds. If shaheeds, you could start with Guru Arjan Dev jee, then Guru Tegh Bahadar jee, Bhai Mati Das, Bhai Sati Das, Bhai Daya jee. Discuss where they got strength from etc. 2. Play Quiz with them. Divide into mixed groups. Have questions from Sikh history, what certain words mean, dates, and include general knowledge questions to give some confidence to those children who know less about Sikhi so that they still feel involved. 3.
  4. To my knowledge there is no Gurdwara in Dusseldorf itself. The nearest Gurdwara, with large and significant Sangat and a lot of young children coming into Gurmat is "Duisburg". Address: Gurdwara Singh Sabha Duisburg Homberger Straße 417, 47443, Moers (+49) 2841-55172 Main Sangat attends on Sunday. Diwaan is tell 3 or 4pm. But Gurdwara and Guru Ka Langar is open all day, 7 days a week Giani Makhan Singh, the local Granthi Singh, does very nice Keertan and Kathaa at the Gurdwara Sahib. Everyone is very welcoming. Gurmat and Keertan classes are every Saturday and Sunday afternoo
  5. Bhai Sahib jee please read article below: http://sikhism101.com/node/203 Quote from article on Sikhism101.com, written by G S Lamba:
  6. Waheguru! Just got my account validated again after a very long time :D !! I must have forgotten my password! Thank you to the Forum Admin for sorting it out :s Can't wait for Saturday's Keertan Darbaar at Park Avenue. Hope everyone comes and joins in! Dhan Guru Nanak!
  7. An amazing camp. It's very strange - we only stayed there for the weekend but it felt like we had known the Sangat for months! I think the Aunty jees and Bibian were very inspirational - especially the last day. A Gurdwara where there were only 2 or so Amritdharis at the most and the majority of Sangat being Mona - It was breath taking to see on the last day the majority of Bibian adorned with Dastaars and looking like Guru Gobind Singh jee's daughter in the roop of Mata Sahib Kaur ji. Dhan Hai Guru!
  8. The Kalgi (plume) represents royalty, sovereignty and authority. When we enter a Gurdwara, we are entering the House of the Guru. For a Sikh, the Guru is the Highest of High, King of Kings and Ruler of Rulers. Guru Gobind Singh Sahib jee is known as "Kalgee-aa Waale" (The Wearer of the Kalgi). It would be absurd to call Guru Gobind Singh Sahib jee "Kalgee-aa Waale" and "King of Kings" and then enter the Guru's Darbaar wearing a Kalgi. Raam Raheem attempted to imitate the Tenth Guru by wearing a Kalgi and the Sikhs were in uproar. I know some families which are Mone and don't follow Gurmat bu
  9. The Dohraa comes from "Rehitnaamas". A Rehitnaamaa is a Hukam, Order, of the Guru which has been SCRIBED DOWN by the beloved Sikhs close to the Gurus at the time. Just as a Judge announces a judgement but the the Recorder or Secretary records the judgement on paper, similarly Rehitnaame are the judgements and instructions of Guru Sahib which have been scribed and recorded by the GurSikh companions of Guru Sahib at the time. The first part of the Dohraa is Guru Gobind Singh Jee's pavitar bachan recorded in Bhai Prahlaadh Singh jee's Rehitnaama and also written later on in the late 1800s in Gi
  10. Every Sunday 10am to 11am there is a programme on BBC ONE called "Heaven & Earth". http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/programmes/heavenandearth/ It discusses different contemporary issues and news articles with different religious representatives. Also it has a special feature programme which interviews famous people and focuses on an aspect of a religion. Sadly, the show seems to always have talkers from the Christian and Muslim community and the Sikh Community are IGNORED. Once in a full blue moon they feature something from Sikhi and have Indarjit Singh as a speaker. The Sikhs are bein
  11. According to the Panthic Sikh Rehit Maryada: A Sehaj Paath's Arambh (start) and Bhog (completion) should be done from a Sampooran Saroop of Sri Guru Granth Sahib jee as a Hukamnama can only be taken from a Sampooran Saroop of Sri Guru Granth Sahib jee (which cannot be done from the computer or a Pothi Sahib). After doing Arambh of Sehaj Paath from Sri Guru Granth Sahib jee, if due to personal circumstances if one continues the Sehaj Paath from Pothi Sahibs (small volumes) or from the computer/laptop, then according to elder Gursikhs there is no objection. However, the Bhog (completion) of
  12. What is ‘Naam’? A great stress is given on NAAM SIMRAN (remembrance of Naam) in Sikhi. 'NAAM' refers to the ‘DIVINE-NAME’ revealed by GURU NANAK SAHIB JEE. Naam is also the ‘DIVINE PRESENCE’ everywhere, supporting all things at all times – in today’s language we could say the ENERGY STRUCTURE or POWER of the whole Universe. Essentially it is the presence of Waheguru, which is inside us, and supporting absolutely everything, which is MANIFESTED in the DIVINE-NAME (Gur Mantar) given by the GURU to the seeker. Naam is something to JAP (chant), REFLECT and CONTEMPLATE through which Naam becomes
  13. The Dome of Sikh Gurdwara is called a "GUMMAT". A Gurdwara "Gummat" is an upside down LOTUS FLOWER. Look closely at Sri Darbaar Sahib's Dome. Unfortunately, some Gurdwara Dome's in the West look more cylinder like Mosque style dome's rather than Lotus flower's. The Lotus Flower represents purity, beauty and truthfulness whilst residing in the world of Maya and falsehood. Therefore, it's a key feature of a Sikh Gurdwara and represents the Guru's House being a place of enlightenment, purity and truth within society and Maya. The Dome of a Sikh Gurdwara represents Sikh Sovereignty. This is il
  14. This week's Panthic Weekly news: A Sikh Student's Story of Harassment & Intimidation http://www.panthic.org/news/124/ARTICLE/3161/2007-03-14.html Vaheguru
  15. I sent this to Channel 4, building upon what Dal Singh jee wrote in his complaint: Benti - The more people that complain to Ofcom and Channel 4, the more seriously television producers will take in account the Sikh Opinion. It may seem "minor" or "small issue" to some, however, if this goes unnoticed it allows more misrepresentation and more bias in the future. Best to nip the issue in the bud. Bhul Chuk Maaf.
  16. To make a complaint: Channel4.com - Make a Complaint Form Complain to Ofcom Details of the Programme: Programme title: PARTITION: The Last Days of the Raj Date(s) & time(s) of broadcast: 12/03/07, 9pm to 10.30pm Channel / station: Channel 4
  17. Bhaaji I suggest you and your parents arrange a meeting with the headmaster. Keep calm, graceful and dignified. Explain the situation and how you were threatened. Ask the headteacher if a teacher threatened a child to court if he didn't remove a mandatory article of faith, what would you do? Ask the headmaster questions so that he responds directly. Express how its unacceptable and how you are offended and fear that if this is not nipped in the bud the teacher could get away with worse. It could be possible that the teacher is ignorant of Sikhi and didn't mean anything by the comment. Howev
  18. On Fridays I work a late shift at work and finish at 8pm. I usually go on my lunch at 4.45pm or so. I get 45 minutes For my lunch and go outside and sit on a bench and eat fruit. After eating I go for a walk and recite Rehraas Sahib da Paath. For Ardaas I usually stand somewhere on the side in the carpark or somewhere and do standing Ardaas. So you can try to do your Nitnem in your lunch breaks. If you need longer lunch (for morning Nitnem) then ask your boss to have extended break. Be honest that you have to do mandatory prayers and so need time to complete them. By law they must try to acco
  19. This is a moving email which I was forwarded by a friend. Reading it I was saying to myself, "I hope this is not true!" It has a powerful message, which hopefully everyone should get by the end of reading the story. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Story from Seoul: Author: Anonymous My mom only had one eye. I hated her... she was such an embarrassment. My mom ran a small shop at a flea market. She collected little weeds and such to sell... anything for the money we needed, she was such an embarrassment.
  20. Bhai Sahib a Powerpoint summarising Guru Har Rai Sahib jee's life is on the link below: http://forums.waheguroo.com/index.php?act=...ost&id=5036
  21. Q & A: Did Anyone Get To God Before Guru Nanak? http://forums.waheguroo.com/index.php?showtopic=16892
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