On October 14, 2017, Sikh Sangat of Canada hosted Sikh Immersion on War, Hate, and Violence at the Sikh Cultural Society of Richmond Hill, New York.
The day began with a tour of the Gurdwara, and over 25 attendees from various faiths and background were able to sit together and eat langar – communal meal. Guests were also provided a brief history lesson on some of the art work and paintings in the Gurdwara, followed by a presentation led by a member of the Sikh faith.During this presentation, guests were able to learn more about what the Sikh faith has to say about war and hate. More importantly than this, guests learned how much we’re all connected and have divinity within each one of us.
“I really enjoyed my experience today at your temple,” shared a guest of Italian decent. “Of course I enjoyed the free food and generous hospitality, but I learned a lot. The Sikh faith talks much about love, acceptance, equality and inclusion. But what I really appreciated was hearing passages from your scripture. The passage talked a lot about wanting to merge with and meet the Divine; the yearning a human has to re-connect with the maker. I have that same feeling, and hearing more from your scripture, I was really able to let my guard down and realized how much I have in common with Sikhs.”
Guests were invited to stay for the regular evening program and sit with the rest of the congregation to participate in the singing of hymns and learning more about spirituality and how it can be implemented in our everyday regular life.
A highlight video of the event can be seen here: Sikh Immersion: War, Hate and Violence.
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