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  1. I saw a news piece today of well meaning Sikhs providing free langar/aid/shopping to people in southall and slough. Every time i hear of charity and religious groups helping people its always the Sikhs or Christians very rarely I'll see muslims, hindus and buddhists helping non-believers of their faith. Buddhists I don't hear ever doing anything for non-buddhists yet they command a religious following of 500 million+ believers in their ideology. They have 3-4 countries to their name also and generally have a better representation and PR than Sikhs. Afghan sikhs have long complained of persecution from local muslims and jihadi terrorists but most world governments drag their feet in helping them by not giving them urgent immediate refuge instead many in the past have had to risk their lives illegally traveling in shipping containers where a few died few years ago. Surely Sikhs are missing something here? It seems to me no matter how much our people do for charity for non-believers that will all be forgotten as soon as anything negative comes up. There needs to be a trade off. If a non-believer gets langar they must do something for Sikhs or Sikhi even if its just free sewa like wash the dishes. I was humbled when I saw an irish non-sikh guy who had an homelessness and alcoholic problem who used to come to my local gurdwara to get langer but in return as a give back to the community he used to wash the dishes. That guy has passed away now but it shows how much he appreciated and grateful to Sikhs and how Sikhs appreciated him in return. We need a something for something culture brought back not something for nothing as we all known when something is free it is not valued as its considered like air or water. When theres value to something people appreciate it alot more this is how human beings are and we need to wake up to that fact.
  2. Gur fateh ji looking for someone to help design the following website and hello to build it so more content can go on there and hopefully be easier to upload and access please do get in touch ? www.gurmatstudy.org
  3. Great news for China they now have translation of Japji Sahib and the first and most important part of the path of Sikhi translated into Chinese http://www.azaadsikhmedia.com/sikhs-has-translated-japji-sahib-in-chinese-language/
  4. Waheguru ji ka khalsa, Waheguru ji Ki fateh ji. I would like to enquire if anyone here know where we can get middle to good quality shasters at a reasonable price in India. Does anyone know where to get budha Dal Shaster?
  5. Just an idea I had, and I hope these words can express it, but when I look around at younger Sikhs today, those who follow Sikhi, to any extent seem to be into everything and anything Sikhi. I was thinking about this, cos I have been like this in my younger days, but now have realised that there are so many areas to work in, for the betterment of the panth, that it is impossible to do every one. Rather than be a jack of all trades and expert in none, i made a decision to look at what things in the panth can be improved and do sewa specifically for that. So i made a decision to work on 2 main projects only for the future, whilst supporting any others i can. Since I have been doing it, i have felt that there has actually been progress, and would like to impress on the Sikhs here that maybe there could be an issue(s) that they feel strongly about and devote themselves to that practically and prioritise that. Here are some areas in which attention is required, please feel free to add others: Sewa in your local gurdwara, ie specifically,langar, education, community awareness Gurmat Sangeet Shastarvidiya SIkh heritage around the world, esp Pakistan, and certain states in india SIkh manuscripts, which are rotting/hidden away, which could be brought before world-wide sangat, and translationed into english Human Rights Fundraising Charity work Sikh political issues in the western world on community or national scale Important annual events in the Sikh calendar Sikhi camps Forgotten traditions within the panth International world days (examples of this are world literacy day, sept, and world book day in march) With some of these people who are reluctant to do sewa for the panth, because of their personal commitment to their Sikhi, (meaning they may not be keeping kes etc) there are still areas in which they can still provide sterling assistance to the Panth.
  6. Vaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Vaheguru Ji Ki Fateh! The article talks about how some Singh used his Dastar to save something. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/sikh-man-uses-turban-to-save-dog-from-drowning-india-canal-a7067391.html Vaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Vaheguru Ji Ki Fateh!
  7. https://www.facebook.com/ZeeNews/videos/10153373677631936/?fallback=1
  8. This is what a real Gurdwara should be like, providing accommodation and spiritual uplift to those in the greatest need. imagine if this could be replicated around all hospitals, medical centres etc in Punjab and other places where there is a Sikh population. http://www.hindustantimes.com/punjab/sewa-at-guru-s-home-prompts-them-to-embrace-sikhism/story-LbCUC4Fp5GdvDzGfu0kEIP.html Sewa at guru’s home prompts them to embrace Sikhism Tanbir Dhaliwal, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | Updated: Oct 23, 2015 09:52 IST Baptised Sikh Gopal Singh from Bihar at the gurdwara in PGI. (Gurpreet Singh/HT Photo) Share 119 Share 19 Share Share A long beard, a saffron turban and a kirpan slung across his shoulder, its khakhi strap looking distinct in the kurta — for anyone meeting him for the first time, Gopal Thakur looks like any other Sikh from the region. It’s only when he speaks that you can sense a distinct accent. The 40-year-old labourer, performing “sewa” at Gurdwara Partakh Darshan on the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) campus, came to Chandigarh from Bhagalpur district in Bihar. Admitted to the PGIMER with severe chest pain last year, Gopal took shelter at the gurdwara and started doing “sewa”. A year on, the man who came here as a Hindu is leaving as a baptised Sikh: Gopal Singh. Converted to Sikhism to lead a “dignified life”, Gopal says: “I feel good while doing ‘sewa’ at the gurdwara, and being a Singh, I am respected more.” Gopal is not the only one. Many Hindu and Dalit men, women and even children who had come to the PGIMER for treatment have converted to Sikhism during their stay here. Most are migrant workers hailing from far-flung states, such as Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Jammu and Kashmir or from the neighbouring country Nepal, who take shelter at the gurdwara in absence of “sarais” for patients and their attendants. Other than free food and shelter, needy patients and their attendants are given lessons on the teachings of Sikh gurus. The gurdwara has not only changed their life but identity and outlook as well. From Devi to Kaur Anandi Devi, aka Pooja Kaur, came to the PGIMER two years back for the treatment of her son, who was hurt in an accident. “Priests at the gurdwara helped me during my difficult time and allowed me to stay here with my child. I do ‘sewa’ at the gurdwara and for it I am paid `2,000 every month,” says Pooja. Sitting in another corner of the gurdwara, 19-year-old Rajesh Kumar, who hails from Muradabad, is learning to tie a turban. “I was brought here after meeting with an accident. After undergoing treatment here, I chose to stay back at the gurdwara. Now, I am planning to embrace Sikhism,” he says. Rajinder Kumar is yet another example of a person who was touched by the love and affection received at the gurdwara. Hailing from Nepal, Rajinder came to the PGIMER way back in 1990. Today, he is settled here. “I had spine tuberculosis. The gurdwara helped me; people here gave me shelter and funded my treatment. They offered me a job. I got married in the same gurdwara and decided to convert,” says Rajinder. Teenager girl’s unfulfilled wish The youngest patient who the HT came across at the gurdwara was 14-year-old Shikha Bhardwaj from Darbhanga district in Bihar. She was suffering from uterus cancer and was undergoing treatment since January this year. Shikha had enrolled for a visit to Anandpur Sahib to embrace Sikhism and had shared her plans too: “My parents have sold all their property to fund my treatment. We do not have any other place to go. So, we stay at the here. Moreover, I feel good while doing ‘sewa’; it gives me some hope.” Unfortunately, she could not survive cancer. Baba Tarsem Singh, a “kar sevak” at the gurdwara says: “We saw that many people were getting cured by doing ‘sewa’. Many patients pray here for quick recovery. Looking at people’s faith, we thought of spreading awareness about the importance of a Guru.” The gurdwara has organised three trips to Anandpur Sahib in the last six months; wherein nearly 100 people embraced Sikhism.
  9. Kindly check the link below https://milaap.org/stories/baljit?utm_source=taboola&utm_medium=referral Sat sri akaal
  10. Sikh Organisation For Prisoners Welfare (SOPW) Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa’s peaceful campaign has led to the start of a process to release six long-serving Sikh political prisoners, by securing their release on parole. He played his part in awakening the wider public to the ongoing injustices against Sikhs in India. As part of this movement we saw people from all over the world, raising awareness and taking part in hunger strikes, including five Singh’s who spent five bitterly cold days and nights, outside the Indian Embassy in London. For over five years, SOPW has been committed to the welfare of all Sikh political prisoners. This process consists of the following steps: - Once we identify a prisoner, we immediately take care of his or her basic needs, eg. food, clothes, toiletries, books, magazines and newspapers, to make prison life a little easier. - We talk to them to find out who they have left behind in their family; elderly parents with no other support, a family member in need of medical attention, their children whose education is interrupted, a sibling who is due to be married and of course, their family home which may be in need of urgent repairs. Our fieldworkers remain in regular contact with the prisoner as well as his/her family; providing advice, support and financial aid. - Often, we find that the Sikhs had inadequate legal representation, with the lawyers taking the money but not getting the results. So we hire the best legal team for them, personally monitor the court case, cover the necessary bail bonds and other hidden costs involved in getting the prisoner released. Financing the lawyers makes up a large part of our costs as some cases need to be taken all the way to High Court and even Supreme Court level, where the expertise of just one lawyer can cost upwards of £10,000. - Our support does not stop upon release. We run a rehabilitation programme; which provides the means for self-sufficiency, so that they can support their own family and rebuild their lives with dignity after decades in Indian jails. Our philosophy is to “thrive, not just survive”. We have tried our best to support these prisoners through all of the above stages. The SOPW team feel it is in keeping with our religious and moral duty to support these Singh’s as they taste freedom for the first time in many years. We have also been inundated with messages from the worldwide Sangat, who wish to see these Singh’s supported. IN KEEPING WITH SOPW AND THE SANGAT’S WISHES, WE HUMBLY ANNOUNCE A REHABILITATION PACKAGE OF 500,000 Rs (over £5,000) TO EACH OF THE FOLLOWING SIX; Gurmeet Singh Shamsher Singh Lakhwinder Singh Lal Singh Varyam Singh Gurdeep Singh Khera They will be starting their lives again from the beginning, after spending over 18 years behind bars – a time during which the world has changed. We are not giving these brave Singh’s a handout. United, we the Sikh Nation, are paying back the debt to those who stood up against an oppressive State system and brought to an end the mindless killing of thousands of our innocent Sikh youth. We have the following nominated volunteers around the global Sikh community, who have put themselves forward for this project and will assist you with your enquiries: SOPW (UK)-0300 999 0187 INDIA: BHAI RAJINDER PAL SINGH-0091 935 772 3874 USA: BHAI BALBIR SINGH (CHICAGO)-001 937 776 3358 CANADA: BHAI AVTAR SINGH-001 778 846 8419 ITALY: BHAI JASVIR SINGH-0039 3899 838 761 OR BHAI SATNAM SINGH-0039 3332 110 444 SPAIN: BHAI GAGANDEEP SINGH-0034 600 772 727 OR BHAI LABH SINGH 0034 632 136 018 GERMANY: BHAI GURPAL SINGH ‘PALA’-0049 1762 1695 928 HOLLAND: BHAI HARJIT SINGH-0031 620 682 862 OR BHAI BALHAAR SINGH-0031 653 835 018 FRANCE: BHAI SATNAM SINGH ‘GATKA’-0033 628 232 936 SWEDEN: BHAI RAMANDEEP SINGH-004 687 249 058 If you, the Sangat, wish to contribute to this seva, here are the following ways you can donate: FROM OVERSEAS: International IBAN no: GB75MIDL40421341572733 Swift/BIC code: MIDLGB2155M FROM THE UK: Bank: HSBC Account Number: 41572733 Sort Code:40-42-13 You can send a cheque, made payable to SOPW, PO Box 690, Southall, Middlesex UB1 9QL. To donate online: www.justgiving.com/SOPW Or visit our website to make a donation:www.prisonerwelfare.org
  11. Waheguru ji ka Khalsa Waheguru ji ki Fateh Sadsangat ji, A delhi based charitable trust involved in building completely self-sufficient communities is setting up a new village. children's orphanages and parchar of Guru jis message throughout India is also planned (and possibly worldwide one day God willing). The trust is in urgent need of a 2nd hand motorcycle to transport heavy goods and also people across long distances, ideally an Enfield Bullet. Please would sangat help to aquire this vehicle. A Sewadar is in delhi presently, not having any success with market traders or classifieds due to low budget, please PM for contact details. The charity is also looking for dedicated volunteers and lifelong commitment sewadars too. Please PM for details. There will be more requirements that come up, daas will update this post as and when. The trust is operating entirely within trust funds donated by those who have dedicated their lives to this sewa. Monetary donations are not being accepted at present, but sangat may locally offer expertise, equipment, farm animals, and particularly (agriculture/forest) land for sites, in any Indian state. God bless. Waheguru ji ka Khalsa Waheguru ji ki Fateh Daas
  12. Gurfateh Parkash 2013 is coming up 12, 13, 14th July at Guru Nanak Sikh Academy Hayes, Kirtan lineup is on website www.parkash.org Please see attached poster and come along, reap the benefits of amazing Kirtan and Sewa, with lots of extra projects and stalls this year, Sikhi camp, jobs fair, fab food and more...don't miss it!!! sangat from all over Europe expected... YouTube advert video link GNSA Singh channel...subscribe now for updates and recordings!!!See you there! Fateh!!!
  13. Here is an in-depth book in english on Gurmat by Bhia Sewa Singh Ji Forgetting the way of love-bhia sewa singh
  14. http://Sikhiwiki.org/index.php/Bhupinder_Singh_Kohli http://www.facebook.com/bhupindersingh.kohli
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