Thursday, January 05, 2006

introduction on sikhism

Last Sunday i went to gurdwara. I did not go there since Octobre. In November i was in India (where i visited lots of gurdwara's), in December most of the time i was ill. But on Sunday i went and it made me really happy. It was good to be in the sangat again. In spite that it was only a part of my sangat. One group left to find a place of their own, not able to work out their problems. Anyhow they left. I was heartbroken, because in both groups i had good friends.
But i am a very faithful person, so i stayed in our gurdwara. I did not have reasons to leave and the whole discussion i thought was every sikh unworthy. I thought i never could be happy in gurdwara again, but i was!!!!!
So , i decided to plunge in again, though while i was in India, i was considering to take my steps back. So i accepted again to do the introduction program in and outside the gurdwara.
Next week i will introduce about 150 people on sikhism. What an honour!
On Monday and Wednesday i will welcome a group of around 50 students each, all of them are finishing their training as a social worker. In Belgium most people know sikhs because they ask political assylum. So most of the sikhs pass the social services of my country (support, housing, procedures etc...). So it is important that social workers are well informed on sikhism (why does a sikh look like a sikh? where are they coming from? what are they doing here? what are the basics of their faith? etc) There are a lot of prejudices on people that look different and the sikhs are not making it easier on being so different themselves (being amrithari, keshdari, sesjdhari, some being real political refugees and some illegal migrants etc). It will be a lot of talking and explaining, but if only one social worker has a changed attitude on the job, i consider this sewa succesful.
On Tuesday i have the intoductionprogram in a school where teachers are trained. Again i think this is important, since lately so many young sikhchildren are going to Belgian schools. When they wear patka's they face a lot of trouble ( that is if they can find a school that allows them to wear patka. In the changing political climate more and more schools seem NOT to tolerate any sign of religion). So it is good if their teachers are well informed and hopefully protect their little pupils.
When i was studying there was a very open, "leftwing" mind among the students (that was the flower power time. My God, i am getting old!) . What a contradiction with the atmosfere right now; most general thinking is going to the"right wing" now and this means that even teachers dare to say very racist remarks in the classroom. Leaving their pupils helpless under their attacks.

This month there will be an interreligious meditation again. This time we gather in our gurdwara (that is if nothing comes up to fail this schedule), so i am very thrilled to help prepare this event. I really hope that no one in our sangat feels that the visitors of all kind of faith, can not be welcomed in our gurdwara. It will be such an "unsikh like" idea to refuse people. This month's theme is: "het Woord" "The Word" . Actually i want to suggest for the sikhcontribution, that we meditate on: "Waheguru, Waheguru, Waheguru, Waheguru Jio".
On Gurumustuk Singh's blog was a very inspiring version from South America. I will suggest this, otherwise i will translate a little part of Guru Grant Sahib in Dutch to give as a deep thought before going into meditation.

So i am back! And i am happy to be there again. Actually i realise i missed it!

1 Comments:

Blogger Sifar said...

One should not be in the gurudwara to socialize. There is politics always going on at the gurudwara. Instaed of getting involved with it, one should focus on the real purpose of visiting the Guru....

Wednesday, January 18, 2006 2:11:00 AM  

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