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Sikh Students 39th Annual Gurmat Camp - 2016

You will be pleased to know that the Sikh Missionary Society has made arrangements to hold the 39th Sikh Students Gurmat Camp from Sunday 14th August to Friday the 19th August 2016 at the Sikh Missionary Society (U.K.), 10, Featherstone Road. Southall, Middx, U.K. UB2 5AA

It will be a special Summer Day Camp for 9-15 years old Sikh students.

From 9.00 AM to 4.00 PM

Special Features of the camp are:Sikh
                                  Children
Community Living: The Gurmat Way
Gurmat Essay
Talk from Sikh Scholars
Encourage children according to the Sikh Rehat Maryada
Workshops/Seminars & Discussions on Sikh Religion
Tie up Dastar (Sajauna) – preferably in Punjabi Style
Encouragement & Prizes to the children who learn Gurbani Path by heart
There will be an outing on the last day

Fees: £10 per child.
Special concessions may be available in some cases (please give us a call on 020 8574 1902).
Closing date for admission is the 12th of August 2016, there are approximately 100 places available so please book early to avoid disappointment.
Note: Minimum Age for Campers is 9 years and the Maximum age is 15.

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Current State of the Sikh Panth
Dr. Sukhpreet Singh UdhokeDr. Sukhpreet Singh Udhoke will be hosting a programme about the Current State of the Sikh Panth

Please attend if you can on -
Sunday the 24th of July 2016 at 5.30 to 7.00pm.
Please attend with family and friends to get an insight from one of the Panth's leading historians as to where the Sikh Kaum today stands as well as to give your views.

Dr. Sukhpreet Singh Udhoke is a well known lecturer in the Sikh religion and he has been serving the Sikh Community throughout India and abroad. He is well versed in Sikh Religious teachings and History and has written several books on Sikhism and exposing the RSS.



Congratulations on the Khalsa Vaisakhi Day 2016

Guru Gobind initiates the
                                      Five BelovedThe Investiture Day of the Khalsa as the Army of the Timeless Being
Khalsa Akal Purakh ki Fauj

“Khalsa is a manifestation of certain God qualities through God-centred beings. The Khalsa is revealed when the illusion between the Creator Being, His creation and His true devotee is removed. The Guru and His Sikh as the Khalsa, become one and the same. Serving God and His creation becomes the pre-condition for reaching God’s holy presence.”
(see article “Relevance of Khalsa Today”)

The revelation of the order of Khalsa (pragtio Khalsa) was the climax of all that had gone before and the inspiration of all that was to follow. Two hundred years after Guru Nanak (1469-1539) laid down the founding precepts for New Age ideology and institutions, Guru Gobind Singh completed that mission on the Vaisakhi day in 1699.

Guru Gobind Singh Ji taking Amrit
                                (The Master becomes the Disciple)At Anandpur in Panjab, Guru Gobind Singh presented the final form of a transcaste egalitarian order. The Guru looked on with satisfaction at the first five Sikhs who had risen above the fear of death, and who were prepared to tread the path of truthful conduct. They had offered their heads to the Guru and the Guru had given them a new identity and way of life, and embraced them as the Five Beloved Ones (Panj Piaray). They had qualified for admission to the fully evolved order of the Khalsa Panth. They were ready to accept the spiritual and worldly discipline of Sikhism as responsible householders and social activists.

Today, the Panj Piaray (the Five Beloved Ones) represent the ideal of service and sacrifice towards which every Sikh, the seeker after truth, aspires.

Thus, having completed Guru Nanak’s mission, Guru Gobind Singh, returned the Guruship from human succession back to the Guru’s Word i.e. Gurbani embodied in Guru Granth Sahib (the Sikh Holy Scripture). The collective body of the Khalsa Panth or the Sikh Holy Congregation (sangat) in the presence of Guru Granth Sahib, represented the physical form of the Guru, as Guru Khalsa Panth.

The joint Guruship of Guru Granth and Guru Panth is a unique feature of Sikh tradition. It means that collectively, the Sikhs are empowered by the Guru to interpret the Guru’s Word in Guru Granth Sahib. The Guru has given us the constitution, Guru Granth Sahib, and the egalitarian and democratic institutions to work together towards an ideal just society, united in its diversity.

It is in this sense that it may be said that Sikhism is truly a religion of the people, by the people and for the people! The institution of Khalsa Panth, which leads human society towards that deal, is not exclusive but inclusive as symbolised by the Gurdwara which has open doors for all, regardless of caste or creed.

It is in that true Khalsa spirit that we should celebrate the Khalsa Vaisakhi Day on 14 April 2016.

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Waheguru’s Blessing in the New Year 2016 & Celebrating Guru Gobind Singh ji’s Parkaash Gurpurb

Guru Gobind Singh Ji taking
                                    Amrit (The Master becomes the
                                    Disciple)

Khalsa Mero Roop hai Khaas

(The Khalsa is in My Image)

Events of the last few years have shown us how far we have moved away from Guru ji’s clear directive to seek collective leadership. The 18th Century Khalsa followed that injunction and overcame impossible odds to promote the egalitarian Khalsa miri-piri tradition. We have witnessed traumatic events in Panjab and failure of Sikh religious and political leadership. Yet, there is also a revival in the desire to seek collective direction through the Sarbat Khalsa.

LangarPanjab issues are important for us; but it is in the UK that we should succeed as a distinct community promoting Sikhi ideals while relating to the British multi-cultural society. Both parts of our Sikh-British identity are important for our progress as a distinct community in British pluralism: to be good Sikhs and responsible British citizens. In this context The Sikh Manifesto 2015-2020 has been widely accepted as a guiding paper regarding Sikh miri-piri tradition and Sikh-British aspirations and issues in the UK.

Sikh charities continue to do much field seva where most needed. Sikh heritage organisations continue to research into the proud Sikh identity and our Anglo-Sikh past. Issues like calls for returning the Koh-i-Noor and other Sikh historical artefacts to India, strongly resisted by many UK Sikhs, keep the spotlight on Anglo-Sikh heritage.

Inspiring leaders and progressive organisations with clear objectives are important for the welfare and advancement of every community. Sikh history shows that individuals, no matter how talented, can succumb to worldly incentives and pressures. Or, without succession planning they leave behind a power vacuum which can threaten the future of the community. Jathebandis have limited objectives and can be dominated by individuals and vested interests.

Only the egalitarian Sikh tradition, symbolised by the miri-piri institution of Sri Akal Takht Sahib as the voice, not of some individual jathedar or a political faction (or family), but of the collective, the Sarbat Khalsa, will hold the Khalsa nation together.

Let us "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow." (Albert Einstein)

May the Khalsa be imbued with humility and high wisdom. (Sikh Ardaas)

May happiness and blessings of the Guru be with all as we enter the New Year and celebrate the Parkaash of:

Sahibe-e-kamaal Guru Gobind Singh; Badshahe darvesh Guru Gobind Singh; Shah-e-Shahenshah Guru Gobind Singh.

Have a promising and fulfilling New Year.

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Parkaash = illumination. Birth of a saintly person who becomes a source of spiritual enlightenment.
Gurpurb (or Gurpurab) is a religious festival commemorating a Guru.
For Sikh word concepts refer to the glossary



Guru Tegh Bahadur - Hero of Religious Freedom for All
Guru Tegh Bahadur gives his head,
                                but not his faithGuru Tegh Bahadur (1621-75 C.E.), The ninth Guru of the Sikhs, who gave his life for the concept of religious freedom for all.  November 24th marks the anniversary of his sacrifice. This happened long before the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) guaranteed every ones right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. It was also much before the establishment of Western democracies.
The Guru carried the conviction more than three hundred years ago, when religious intolerance and persecution were common all over the world, that every individual must have the freedom to worship the faith of his or her choice.
'The Lord (Guru Tegh Bahadur jee) saved the honour of the Hindus' frontal mark (tilak) and sacred thread (janyoo), and made a great sacrifice in this dark age. He did this for the sake of the righteous people: He gave His head but didn't utter a word of pain. He did this for the sake of Religion (Dharma): He gave His head but not His faith! Miracles are a cheap way of fooling people: Prophets of Waheguru (God) choose not to display occult powers.'
Guru Gobind Singh Jee
Never in the annals of history has the religious leader of one religion sacrificed his life to save the freedom of another religion.

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Articles on Sikh Ideology & Identity

Current Affairs advisories from Sardar Gurmukh Singh(Principal Civil Servant ret'd /
Member, Board of Jathedars, The Sikh Council UK) and Chair of the Sikh Missionary Society Advisory Board -

Further Reading

Congratulations to Sardar Gurmukh Singh on his Order of the British Empire OBE in New Year 2016 Honours List

Further Reading



Sikh Missionary Society (U.K.) & Sikh Council UK

Sikh Council UK (Board of
                                          Jathedars) meeting at the Sikh
                                          Missionary Society UK on 4
                                          July 2015
SikhCouncil UK (Board of Jathedars) meeting at the Sikh Missionary Society UK on 4 July 2015
Sikh Council U.K.The Sikh Missionary Society (U.K.) is now affiliated to the Sikh Council UK supporting the principle of Sikh unity to pursue Sikhi miri-piri objectives in the UK & Europe (following the Paris Sikh Summit of 26 November.

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Remembering Delhi Pogrom 1984
The bodies of butchered Sikhs being
                                quickly desposed off by the Indian
                                Government.Sikhs worldwide remember the 1984 pogrom in which, according to official figures, at least 3,000 Sikhs were killed by organized mobs in Delhi in the first 3 days of November 1984. Thousands of Sikhs were also killed in other cities of India. While the terror of the human slaughter within such a short time was horrifying, the contrived completeness of the failure of the Indian administrative system was inexcusable.

Those killed, the widows, and their children who grew up without much support or succor, are the direct victims of the pogrom. The world Sikh community suffering from the collective trauma and remembering the pogrom, is the second victim. It may be argued that the Indian democracy, which failed to protect own citizens and continues to deny justice to the victims, is the third “victim” of this tragedy.

Pogroms, genocides and human tragedies, should unite all right thinking, fair-minded people above communal and religio-ethnic divides so that lessons are learnt, and history does not repeat itself. The politics of forgetfulness must not be allowed to suppress the traditional Sikhi spirit of remembrance expressed in the daily Ardaas (supplication).

In an ever shrinking world, no one can remain immune from large scale selective massacre of one community and prolonged delay in the delivery of justice. We remember those who lost their lives in the Sikh genocide of November 1984 and their families who continue to be denied justice to this day.

Further Reading


Guidance on the wearing of Sikh Articles of Faith in the workplace and public spaces
The Five Sikh Articles of FaithAchieving this Guidance on the wearing of Sikh Articles of Faith in the workplace and public spaces by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is an important step forward in recognition of the Sikh religious identity in the UK. The Sikh Missionary Society UK was represented by Gurmukh Singh (UK) in the drafting of the Equality and Human Rights Commission guidelines.

You should read this guidance if you require:
  • clarification on how the law currently applies to the wearing of Sikh articles of faith
  • examples of best practice in dealing sensitively and fairly with observers of the Sikh faith
  • a tool to strengthen good relations by promoting greater understanding between Sikhs and others
  • a guide for private and public sector organisations in terms of dignity and fairness at work, and service delivery with regards to the Sikh community, and in promoting good relations, and
  • links to other guidance on this topic
For further reading -

Sections 11 and 12 of the Employment Act 1989 as amended by Section 6 of the Deregulation Act 2015 exempts turban-wearing Sikhs from any legal requirement to wear head protection at a workplace.


 
Aim and Activities
The Aim of the Sikh Missionary Society is the "Advancement of the Sikh faith in the U.K and abroad" which is brought about by various activities:Guru
                              Nanak Dev
  • To Produce and distribute books on the Sikh Faith in English and Panjabi, and other languages to enlighten the younger generation of Sikhs as well as non-Sikhs.
  • To Advise and support young students in schools, colleges and universities on Sikh issues and Sikh traditions. If you belong to an educational institution and would like more information on Sikhism please contact the Resource Centre
  • To Arrange Classes, Lectures, Seminars, Conferences, Gurmat camps and the celebration of Holy Sikh Events.
  • To award prizes to children on the basis of their achievement and interest in the field of Sikh Faith and Panjabi Language.
  • To make available all Sikh Artefacts, Posters, Literature, Music, Educational Video's, DVD's and Multimedia CD-ROMs
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Today in Sikh History:
(1977) : Bhai Jarnail Singh assumed responsibility of Bhindrawalae Jatha.
(1637) : Bhai Gurdas Ji, the author of the great Vaars, passed away.

The Sikh Missionary Society U.K seeks financial and other help from Sikh Sangats and Gurdwaras to meet the objectives of the Society. The Society also acts as a Sikh Resource Centre and has over 1000 life and ordinary members from all over the U.K and abroad. 


 
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Ongoing Classes and Courses
Punjabi Classes - learn to read, write and speak Panjabi. To find out more about Punjabi Classes at the Sikh Missionary Society call (020) 8574 1902. 
Times: Wednesdays 6.00 - 7.30 PM

Kirtan Classes - learn to play and sing Kirtans - You can bring your own instruments for practice and accompaniement. To find out more about Kirtan Classes at the Sikh Missionary Society call (020) 8574 1902.
Times: Wednesdays 6.00 - 8.00 pm 

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