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Hey friends! I’ve posted the presentations from the Sikh Seminar Titled “Gurudwara and Sangat, Nurturing Sikh Heritage in Our Youth,” held at the Philadelphia Gurdwara last weekend. I also just recorded my presentation and have posted it as a YouTube video for your comment and review.

Please review the YouTube video and the other presentations and add your feedback in the comments.

The presentations were largely well received. I will add one anecdote–the Gurdwara Bhai Sahib, who has just finished katha before we took the stage, listened intently and had some comments on our presentations after we finished.

Here’s my English translation of the excellent story he told:

About 30 years ago, a group of Sikhs in England raised funds to purchase a church as their first gurdwara building. They were all very excited. Just before the Sikhs moved in, they had a meeting with the church’s pastor to get the keys. The pastor was fighting back tears.

“Why are you crying?” asked the Sikhs.

“You’ve purchased my church, and here you will build and wonderful and beautiful Guru Ghar,” said the pastor. “But what I ask of you is that while you build your gurudwara, you must also build interest in your youth. That is why we are here today–we built a beautiful building, but we didn’t engage the kids, so we are selling our church to you.”

The story really struck home as I have been to a few gurdwaras that are in old churches in New York and elsewhere. It’s a good point, isn’t it? What’s to say that we are any different?

The Next Seminar is May 4, 2008 at Sikh Sabha Gurdwara in Lawrenceville, NJ. The Topic is “The Relevance of the Sikh Rehat Maryada Today.” If you would like to participate, give a talk, or do any other sewa, please contact sutinder singh [ sutinders at ].

Recorded version of my presentation:

I’ve also included the full slides from all of the speakers below.

Mark of Excellence Seminar, New York

December 15, 2007
9:00 amto4:00 pm

The Sikh Research Institute has teamed up with the Sikh Coalition for a Mark of Excellence retreat. It’s a day long event this Saturday.

MARK OF EXCELLENCE: Becoming Guru Centered

Mark of Excellence is a series of lectures, presentations and workshops specifically catered to meet the needs and desires of a particular audience.

Essentially, participants attend personal and community development sessions that seek to foster the Sikh values based on Gurmat traditions: Sikh scripture, history, and discipline. Other principles of universal significance are also incorporated that do not disturb the harmony of the Sikh faith.

The Sikh Research Institute offers a variety of theme-oriented sessions for emerging leaders in the community - high school, college students, young professionals and adults. Each event seeks to facilitate learning while enhancing personal development and growth for each participant.

Through each program, workshop presenters provide an opportunity for the participants to ask questions and seek an answer through discussion and interpretation.

Saturday - 15 December 2007 | 9am-4pm
Cornell Medical College, 1300 York Ave.
(69th Street and York Ave.) | New York, NY, 10021

The Guru: Connecting with the Divine Light
College Students & Young Professionals
The Sikh Coalition
$5-College Students | $10-Youth Professionals

This Mark of Excellence event will feature the following sessions:

Session I
What is Guru? - Meaning, Role & Importance

Session II
The Prophet-Genius of Ten Nanaks - Attributes, Lives & Contributions

Session III
Guru Granth & Guru Panth - Origin, Development & Institution

Session IV
Questions & Answers - Open forum to seek opinions from a Gurmat perspective

Directions: Within the city you can use the New York City Transit Subway #6 train to 68th and Lexington Avenue.
Parking: Several garages are located in the area, and metered street parking is also available.

For more information and to obtain a registration form, please contact:
Lead Contact | Manbeena Kaur
212.655.3095 ext.80 |

Sikh Air Travelers’ Guide

It’s here, the jointly produced Sikh Air Travel Guide. What’s remarkable about this document is not its content, but the collaborative effort that produced it. SALDEF, SikhCoalish (just coined the term), and United Sikhs, three organizations usually vying for the community’s donation dollars by claiming to be the “oldest” or “largest” Sikh advocacy group, jointly authored the document. It’s included for your perusal below.

HRW and Ensaaf have released a report called “Protecting the Killers: A policy of impunity in Punjab, India.” That’s a pretty powerful and self-explanatory title. I’ll let you read the summary of the report below. More information can be found at Ensaaf’s web site.

The Sikh Research Institute recently held a retreat for young married couples in Toronto. Good stuff. Hopefully, in a few years, I’ll be attending a similar retreat. PDF of press release below.