Guru Gobind Singh Sahib was the 10th and last Guru of the Sikhs in a line of Prophets stretching from the 15th to the early 18th century that resulted in the formation of Sikhi: New Faith and its Followers. From its peaceful beginnings with Guru Nanak’s proclamation of Ik Oankar – One Creator – in the Panjab region sweeping most of South Asia, the followers of this Path transformed themselves into a theo-political force, personally connected with the Divine and publicly addressing injustices of caste and Mughal hegemony. The person who inaugurated the Khalsa as we know it today was Guru Gobind Singh. The tradition of ‘service’, ‘equality’ and ‘sacrifice’ began earlier than him, the institutionalization of the turban and the 5 K’s, the names Singh for men and Kaur for women, and the Saints-Warriors tradition was his great contribution. What is not often realized are his musical, scholarly, poetical, and spiritual contributions. Inni Kaur will attempt to look at his legacy through the eyes of a believer, and regardless of nationality or background connect you to the beauty of his wisdom.
About the Presenter:
Inni Kaur serves as the CEO of Sikh Research Institute. An influential leader, respected artist, poet and published author, her eloquent words have been heard around the world, including presentations at Yale and Fairfield Universities, and the U.S. Office of the Pentagon Chaplin. Inni Kaur is dedicated to community and service of others, and continues to be an integral member of several faith-based organizations. Presently, Inni Kaur serves on the Board of the Interfaith Council of Southern Connecticut, Munshi Bishan Singh Kochhar Foundation, and the Namaskaar Foundation. She serves on the editorial board of Nishaan and on the Advisory Board of the Sikh Family. She published a children’s book series, Journey with the Gurus that was inspired by the life and teachings of Guru Nanak Sahib.