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Commemorating Guru Tegh Bahadur's Shaheedi (martyrdom) for Religious Freedom
Guru Tegh Bahadur gives his head,
                                  but not his faith
Unique was the deed of Tegh Bahadur
(Guru Gobind Singh, Bachittar Natak.)

The anniversary of Guru Tegh Bahadur's shaheedi is observed on 24 November.

Guru Tegh Bahadur (1621-75 C.E.), the ninth Guru of the Sikhs, gave his life for the religious freedom of all. He saved the sub-continent of India from religious bigotry and thus, according to Bhai Gurdas II, "Stabilised the world." That message of Bhai Gurdas II is particularly relevant today in the context a destructive war in the Middle East in the name of a world religion by the so called Islamic State at one extreme, and a political presidential victory in the US on the back of racial and religious divisions, at the other. Today, the world can learn from the shaheedi of Guru Tegh Bahadur who opposed the religious bigotry of Emperor Aurungzeb.

To quote from a forthcoming study,
The martyrdom was a momentous and unique event in the history of human evolution towards a just society in which everyone has the right to practice own religion, subject only to the mutual respect between diverse religious paths.
Never, in the annals of human history has a religious head of one belief system given his life for the religious freedom of another religion...
In desperation and unable to invoke their numerous gods and goddesses, one leading Pandit made it known that in a dream he had been told by Lord Siva to go to Nanak IX, Guru Tegh Bahadur for protection.
(Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur 1621-1675 by S. Gurmukh Singh OBE)

The debt which humanity and India owes to Guru Tegh Bahadur has yet to be fully acknowledged.

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Congratulation on Guru Nanak Sahib�s Prakaash Utsav (Birthday)
Guru Nanak Dev Ji and Bhai
                                  Mardana
Guru Nanak Sahib (1469-1539): Religious, Social and Political Revolutionary

ਸੁਣੀ ਪੁਕਾਰਿ ਦਾਤਾਰ ਪ੍ਰਭੁ ਗੁਰੁ ਨਾਨਕ ਜਗ ਮਾਹਿ ਪਠਾਇਆ।
Sunee pukaar Dataar Prabh Gur Nanak Jagg maahi patthaaiaa.
The Benefactor Lord listened to the cries (of humanity) and sent Guru Nanak to the world.
(Bhai Gurdaas, Vaar 1.23)

ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਨਾਨਕ ਪ੍ਰਗਟਿਆ ਮਿਟੀ ਧੁੰਧੁ ਜਗਿ ਚਾਨਣੁ ਹੋਆ।
Satgur Nanak pargateya miti dhund jag chaanan hoa
With manifestation (birth) of True Guru Nanak, the mist [of ignorance and falsehood] disappeared and there was the light [of knowledge and righteousness conduct.]
(Bhai Gurdaas, Vaar 1.27)
(Note: u pronounced oo as in root )

Any Sikh festival connected with a Guru is referred to as a Gurpurab. So, on 14 November, 2016, the Sikhs worldwide celebrate the Prakaash Utsav Gurpurab of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikh theo-political system and the Sikh way of living called Sikhi (not Sikhism.)

Traditionally, the Prakaash Utsav (birthday) of Guru Nanak is celebrated on the full moon day (pooranmaasi) in the Indian month of Katik, which usually falls in the month of November each year. However, historians have confirmed that Guru ji was born on 15 April, 1469.

He revolutionized religio-social and political thought of the day and introduced a way of life for those who would follow the path of truthful conduct. These were his Sikhs, meaning students who sought the Ultimate Reality by following the path of righteous conduct. The Sangat (holy congregation) became the main medium for collective guidance in the presence of the Guru � the Guiding Light of Guru Nanak which after Ten Guru-persons, today resides in the Sikh holy Scripture, Sri Guru Granth Sahib, the Shabd or Word Guru.

Guru Nanak�s message was egalitarian and revolutionary in his day. Love (prem) for the Creator Being called by many Names in his Baani (Guru�s Word or teaching), is central to his message. That love is expressed by following the path of truthful conduct and by seeing God in all and treating and serving all without distinction. He condemned inequality in any form, under any excuse or on any basis e.g. gender, colour, caste or creed. He condemned superstition, ritualism and despotic use of authority. Such a revolutionary ideology was bound to clash with both, the king and the priest.

He was well aware of the sacrifices and socio-political challenges which lay ahead for the Sikhs. He forewarned those who would follow this path of God-centric selfless love and service:
If you wish to play this game of love, then place your head on the palm of your hand and come my way.
In his meditation, Baba [Guru Nanak] found the whole world burning (with the fire of lust and anger).
(Bhai Gurdas, Vaar 1.24)

And so, Guru Nanak set out to take his message to the world and travelled thousands of miles during long tours lasting over many years.

Publications and articles on this Website give information about Guru ji's life, mission and vision for a just society.

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Happy Bandi Chhorr Divas: Day of Liberation
Happy Bandi Chhorr Divas: Day of Liberation
(Sikh festival coinciding with the Indian Divali)

  • Celebrating the release of 52 Indian rajas secured by Guru Hargobind, the Bandi Chhor Guru (Deliverer from prison).
  • Commemorating the martyrdom of Bhai Mani Singh
  • Remembering countless Sikh martyrdoms in the struggle for the freedom of the sub-continent of India from tyrannical Mughal rule, spearheaded by the Khalsa in the 18th Century
  • Sikh freedom from the darkness of superstition and ritualism

Sri Harmandir
                                  Sahib
"(When) the lamp is lit, darkness is dispelled�

� Where there is light of knowledge, ignorance is dispelled."
(Guru Granth Sahib p.791)

The story of Divali (also spelt as Diwali) for the Sikhs is a story of the Sikh struggle for freedom from the oppressive Mughal regime. The festival coincides with the Indian festival of Divali.

From the time of Guru Nanak (1469 - 1539), the founder of Sikhism, popular seasonal or folk festivals like the harvest festival of Vaisakhi, or ancient mythological festivals like Holi and Divali, or worship rituals like Aarti, began to take on a new significance for the Guru's students, the Sikhs. The "Guru" as the Light of Guru Nanak passing through 10 Guru Personalities and now residing in the Sikh Scripture, Guru Granth Sahib, used these festivals and special days e.g. first day of each lunar month called Sangraand, as occasions for promoting His teaching themes. And so the Sikhs were slowly diverted from darkness of superstitious ritualism based on fear and ignorance to an enlightened ideology based on reason and belief in One Creator.

The enlightened ideology of Guru Nanak gave new significance to ancient festivals like Divali and Vaisakhi.

Thus, "(When) the lamp is lit, darkness is dispelled� Where there is light of knowledge, ignorance is dispelled." (Guru Granth Sahib p.791)

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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
Sikh Council 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.

Further reading -


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
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  • 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:
(1988) : Jathedar Balbir Singh was killed by Sikh Kharkoos, he was accused or being a traitor to the Panth.
(1979) : Khalsa Dal demanded that Amritsar be declared a "Holy City."

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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