Archive for March, 2008

Sikhs Run Across Canada, Summer 2009

The Guru Gobind Singh Children’s Foundation is planning an ambitious nationwide relay run this summer, to commemorate the group’s 10th anniversary. The stated objectives are to raise money for underprivileged kids and promote awareness about Sikhi. As a fairly regular runner, I can say that this looks to be an exciting event. Check out the planning slide deck below for details on the relay (source page) and contact Parminder Kaur [p flora 23 at yahoo . com] for more information.

Read this doc on Scribd: ACR Meeting 5

The Guru Gobind Singh children’s foundation is a youth run initiative has been raising money for underprivileged children in developing countries since 1999. Not only has the foundation raised tens of thousands of dollars, but it has also brought mainstream recognition for Sikhi.

The foundation’s main fund raiser each year is a relay run. In the past they have done runs from Toronto to Ottawa, Niagara Falls to Toronto and 24 hour runs in addition to a wide variety of runs and fund raisers.

To celebrate the foundation’s 10th anniversary in 2009, the youth are planning a relay run across Canada.
The run run will raise money for children as well as raise awareness of Sikhi in Canada.

The initial planning groundwork is in process and now the foundation mostly requires a large source of volunteers to actually take part in the run.

The Sikh Swim Cap

So a recent post on sikhchic reminded me that I forgot to share my secret technique for swimming while Sikh. I’ve attached the following image, which should benefit anyone with long hair. I don’t claim to have invented this technique, but I hope the graphic gets the point across. You’re basically extending the size of a single swimming cap by making a ‘tube’ out of a second one. It creates a great seal and really does keep more of your hair dry!


seattle sikh retreatHey folks, the Seattle Sikh Retreat is back for 2008. It’s Memorial Day Weekend this year. It seems like it’s far away, but it’ll be here before you know it. Register by May 15 to get the early bird rates! Why should you bother attending? It’s a forum where you can get together with like-minded people and discuss your connection with Sikhi. You can learn from the speakers, engage in dialogue, and meet exciting people from around North America. We’ll have awesome sports activities (rumors are circulating of a Sikh Olympics), a beautiful campfire, and lots of nitnem, simran, and laughter. Best of all, we’ll create an open forum where we can meet each other on common ground.

It’s so easy to get caught up in the ritual of religion. As children we are taught what it is to “be good” and jump through certain socially acceptable hoops. Many of us have grown up in the United States, and we’ve learned kirtan and attended divaans at the instruction of our parents. We tell everyone that the Guru Granth Sahib is our Guru, and that its teachings will get us closer to God. Amidst all of this routine, we often leave out an important aspect of our Guru — the Guru Panth. Many people will be surprised to learn that the current Sikh guru is actually the Guru Panth and the Guru Granth. What does this mean? Who is the Guru Panth? How can we relate to it? Are we the Guru Panth? All these questions and more will be answered at the retreat. Retreats and conferences like the Seattle Sikh Retreat are a welcome reprieve from the day-to-day, and are often eye-opening and life changing experiences. Make sure you read all the positive comments on the seattle sikh retreat website!

Check out this neat video:

Disclaimer: I’m one of the organizers of the Seattle Sikh Retreat, and have been since 2005. :)

Sikhsabha’s website has the full details. Check it out. As usual, the sikhswim editorial board will be there.

Holla Mohalla 2008: Gurmat Sangeet Raag Darbar

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  • Darsh Singh: Always a winner

    darsh singh
    Darsh Singh is the man. And this article does a great job of telling us why. It’s always great to see folks that maintain the ideals of Sikhi and translate them directly into success in all aspects of life. Anyway check out the full article. Kudos to Bhajneet Singh for reporting this to the sikhswim staff when the story was first reported.

    Always a winner – that’s Darsh Singh

    Sikh Spotting: Jay Paul Singh

    jay paul
    Sachdeep Singh reported this story to the Sikhswim staff a few days ago. Not much on Jay in the article, but it’s a nice photo for sure. Besides being a great pharmacist, Jay is also a great runner — he won the 400m dash at the Sikh Games last year!

    Pharmacy Times Article

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  • So while doing some kirtan yesterday I decided to make a recording. A friend of mine had requested this particular shabad so I decided to record it, and I might as well just post it for your criticism here. I learned this particular tune from the ever-knowledgeable Bhai Parkash Singh.

    The shabad has a rather strong meaning. In it, Guru Tegh Bahadur, the ninth Sikh Guru, writes that he has found love to be false in this world, because no one — not your dad, mom, brother, sister, husband or wife — will go along with you in the end. Of course this is true, but it’s just one of those things that are a little on the serious side. Here’s a link to the entire shabad at sikhitothemax.

  • Filed under: Gurbani, Kirtan
  • Sikh Heritage Seminar #16: Langar

    March 2, 2008
    11:00 amto3:00 pm

    Remember I gave a talk on Japji Sahib at the Philly gurdwara? Well there’s another seminar coming up–this time it’s the concept of Langar. Good friend of Sikhswim Sukhwant Singh will be a speaker there. I was planning to go skiing that day–but I may change those plans. These seminars are the perfect thing for any gurdwara seeking to engage its sangat. Sometimes you have to wonder: How many people are showing up at the gurdwara just for the langar? :) Too many I think.

    Seminar #16 “Concept of Langar”

    You are cordially invited, with family and friends, to participate in our 16th seminar “Concept of Langar” in the Sikh Heritage Seminar Series.

    Date: March 2, 2008 (Sunday) 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Discussion Session: 3:00 – 3:30 p.m.

    Location: Philadelphia Sikh Society Gurudwara Sahib, 6708 Garden Court, Millbourne, (near Philadelphia, PA) PA 19082. Phone: 610-352-4733

    Moderator: Manjit Kaur, Southampton PA

    Speaker: Amarjeet Singh, Philadelphia, PA
    Harpreet Kaur, Philadelphia, PA
    Sukhwant Singh, Lawrenceville, NJ
    Dr. Navjeet Kaur, Huntingdon Valley, PA

    This seminar is about “Concept of Langar”in the Sikh faith. Let us join together and remind ourselves of the true message behind this great tradition started by our Guru Sahibs. This Seminar will give us an opportunity to reflect on how closely we are following the values of this tradition and also it will give us today’s health perspective.

    Please join us and participate in the discussion session after Langer. These sessions are a very important part of our seminars; we can discuss, learn, and have a chance to share our views with each others.

    Looking forward to seeing you.

    Thank you and Guru Fateh.

    Yashpal Singh
    Manjit Kaur

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