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Sikh Students 37th Annual Gurmat Camp - 2014

The 37th Sikh Students Gurmat Camp was held from Sunday 27th July to Sunday 3rd August 2014 at Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa College, Roding Lane, Chigwell, Essex, IG7 6BQ

Special Features of the camp included:Sikh

  • Community Living: The Gurmat Way
  • Gurmat Essay & Painting Competition
  • Introduction to Kirtan
  • Indoor and Outdoor Games
  • Lectures from Sikh Scholars about Sikhism
  • Encourage Children to live according to Sikh Rehat Maryada
  • Workshops/Seminars & Discussions on Sikh Religion
  • Camp Fire and Special Martial Arts Display
  • Tie up Dastar (Sajauna) – preferably in Punjabi Style
  • Encouragement & Prizes to the children who learn Gurbani Path by heart

Thanks for all that attended.

Celebrate the Birthday of the Khalsa Panth

Guru Gobind initiates the
                                      Five BelovedVaisakhi (also spelled Baisakhi) is the festival which celebrates the founding of the Sikh community known as the Khalsa. It is celebrated in April each year. On Vaisakhi day in 1699, Guru Gobind Singh summoned Sikhs from all over India to the city of Anandpur Sahib. At this gathering, the Guru called upon Sikhs to uphold their faith and preserve the Sikh religion. Guru Gobind Singh then lifted his sword and asked that anyone prepared to give his life for his faith to come forward. There was a big silence, but the Guru went on repeating his demand. One Sikh finally came forward and followed the Guru into a tent. Shortly after, the Guru reappeared alone with his sword covered in blood, and asked for a second volunteer. Another Sikh stepped forward and again the Guru took him into the tent, and re-appeared alone with his sword covered with blood. This was repeated until five Sikhs had offered their heads for the Guru. Finally, the Guru emerged from the tent with all five men dressed piously in blue. Guru Gobind Singh called the five Sikhs the Panj Pyare, the Five Beloved Ones.

The Panj Pyare were then baptized in a unique ceremony called pahul. Guru Gobind Singh prepared amrit (holy water) in a bowl using a short steel sword. Then the Guru's wife, Mata Sundri, added patashas (sugar crystals) into the amrit. After completing prayers, Guru Gobind Singh sprinkled the amrit on each of the Panj Pyare. The Guru then knelt before the five and asked them to baptize him as well. The Guru proclaimed that the Panj Pyare would be the embodiment of the Guru himself:

"Where there are Panj Pyare, there am I. When the Five meet, they are the holiest of the holy."

Guru Gobind Singh
                                Ji taking Amrit (The Master becomes the
                                Disciple) The Panj Pyare were the first members of the new Sikh community called the Khalsa. Guru Gobind Singh gave the Khalsa a unique identity with five distinctive symbols of purity and courage, known today as the Five K's. The Guru gave all Khalsa men the surname of Singh (lion) as a reminder to be courageous. Women took on the surname Kaur (princess) to emphasize dignity. With the distinct Khalsa identity, Guru Gobind Singh gave all Sikhs the opportunity to live lives of courage, sacrifice, and equality. These Sikhs were to dedicate their lives to the service of others and the pursuit of justice.

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Happy New Year 2014 as we pray for Sarbat da bhalaa (Wellbeing Of All)
“Be at War with your Vices, at Peace with your Neighbours, and let every New-Year find you a better Man.”
(Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanac, December 1775)

Sikh remembrance events in 2014:

1984 Sikh GenocideFor Sikhs worldwide, the 30th anniversary of 1984 pogroms (ghalugharas) are the most traumatic events which need 30th anniversary markers to be placed in 2014. Truth and justice delayed is justice denied. The “morcha” by Bhai Gurbaksh Singh has highlighted to the world the sad plight of Sikhs and others languishing in Indian jails even after serving their sentences. Sikhs welcome all those who finally realise the magnitude of the loss of life and injustice done to the Sikh nation in 1984 and the years that followed.

In the UK, mention of 1984 pogroms on Holocaust Memorial Day, a 1984 Yadgaar (memorial), and a special debate in the UK Parliament on 1984 pogroms, would be fitting tribute to those who lost their lives. Truth about the 1984 crimes can lead to conciliation; repentance can lead to forgiveness; but the Sikhs will never forget. That is also the lesson for humanity from the Holocaust Memorial Day.

Sikhs in World War
                                  12014 will mark the 1st centennial anniversary of the start of the First World War, in which thousands of Sikh soldiers gave their lives for the freedom of Europe, a debt which countries like France owe to the Sikhs. The banning of the Sikh dastaar in French schools has hurt Sikh sentiments worldwide and is regrettable. The role of the valiant Sikhs in the First World War needs recognition in Europe through full acceptance of respect for the visible Sikh religious identity.
To quote ex-PM Tony Blair, “In the past, hundreds of thousands of Sikhs voluntarily fought with the British Army in the two World wars and many of them died in the cause of freedom. They were among the most highly decorated soldiers in history. Today, British Sikhs contribute a huge amount to the economy and to public life in the UK.”
(Prime Minister Tony Blair’s message of 1st November 2001, to the Maharajah Duleep Singh Centenary Trust.)
The 1st centennial anniversary of Komagata Maru episode is also in 2014. This was mainly led by Sikh freedom challenge to colonial rule, which gave a boost to the Ghadar Movement. It marked the start of the final phase of Indian independence. India has yet to acknowledge the debt owed to the Sikh nation for leading the country to freedom from colonial rule in 1947.

Happy New Year 2014, as we celebrate the Parkaash Gurpurb of Sarbans Daani, Sahib Sri Guru Gobind Singh ji.

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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.

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Sikh Dastaar (Turban) Victory at United Nations
Sikh TurbanThe Sikh Missionary Society UK, welcomes the news that the UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) has ruled against France in the case of Bhai. Ranjit Singh of France. 

Since 2005, seventy-six years old, Bhai Ranjit Singh has been denied access to public health care system and to social benefits, because he believes that the Guru’s sacred gift, the turban, cannot be surrendered to any secular authority.

This success, led by United Sikhs, will add vigour to the efforts of many Sikh organisations to secure Sikh religious rights in Western countries.  What United Sikhs, who led the case, have shown is that cases like that of Bahi Ranjit Singh can be successfully taken to the UN. 

The onus of proof is on the state to show that there are defensible reasons for placing restriction on religious freedoms.  Otherwise, Sikhs have always shown a willingness to co-operate with governments to find joint solutions to any problems.

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Sikh Missionary Society (U.K.) & Sikh Council UK
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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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
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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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Guidance on the wearing of Sikh articles of faith in the workplace and public spaces

Many Sikhism eBooks added to the eBook Publications section.
Information available on Various Health Issues in Punjabi.
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Today in Sikh History:
(1631) : Akal Chalana, Baba Buddha Ji.
(1581) : 5th Patshah - Guru Arjan Dev Sahib Ji
(1581) : 4th Patshah - Guru Ramdaas Sahib Ji
(1574) : 4th Patshah - Guru Ramdaas Sahib Ji
(1574) : 3rd Patshah - Guru Amardaas Sahib Ji

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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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. 
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Times: Wednesdays 6.00 - 8.00 pm 

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Times: Fridays 6.00 - 8.00 pm 

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Times: Mondays to Fridays  6.30 - 8.00 pm 

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