Sunday, September 03, 2006

visitors


Last Friday i again welcomed Belgian visitors in our Gurdwara. They belonged to the christian workers organisation.
It was a good visit, so i want to share the programme.
First i welcomed them with the other sevadars in the hall, where we helped to bind patka's. Then we went to greet the Guru.
It was noon time, so we shared langar together (i used this time to talk about indian food and spices, about family life).
In one of the rooms i showed the slides: where are the sikhs coming from, what is the basics of the religion, i tell about Guru Nanak and the other Guru's, about taking amrit, bani and bana, why the sikhs came over here, how are they surviving in Belgium. This last item got a lot of attention (the sikhs being foreign workers, part of them legal workers, but still very often illegal )
Afterwards again we went to the main hall, our granthi read out of Sri Guru Granth Sahib. I talked about namegiving, taking amrit, marriage, death in sikhism.
Then a cup of chai and yummy pakora's.
Four hours of talking and explaining, but worth every minute!
And next week another group is coming.

All these visits are signs of hope for me, because as long as we take the effort to know our new neighbours, as long as we want to share our ideas and beliefs, there is this chance that one day people will understand each other.

Hopefully that day comes soon...
Waheguru!

2 Comments:

Blogger Sikhi Seeker said...

Acceptance springs from knowdlege which cannot be shared without taking the first step in communication. I'm so glad to see that you are offering your world so much of your time to help share that knowledge...to raise that acceptance!
Did anyone take pictures of your presentation or the whole tour? If you have any, please share with us..I'd love to see them :)

Waheguru bless you with more courage and energy to continue such good work!

Tuesday, September 05, 2006 10:11:00 PM  
Blogger Prabhu Singh said...

Great job Manpreet Kaur Ji!

Thursday, September 07, 2006 6:19:00 AM  

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