Vahiguru ji ka Khalsa, Vahiguru ji ki Fatih!
As I look out my window and see the vibrant magical colors dancing in the breeze, my heart leaps with joy. I love fall: the change from the summer heat into cool and crystal-clear sparkling nights filled with the aroma of the woods.
It’s the same season each year, yet it’s always new and refreshing. With the seasons we share our lives, and as we mature we understand ourselves and the world around us more intimately.
As for the Sikh Research Institute, a lot has taken place in the past three months. We’ve completed the 16th consecutive annual Sidak leadership program, which took place from July 22 to August 4 in Mission, BC. Sidak is growing quickly, as are our students:
Sidak has really changed the way in which I approach Gurbani. Prior to attending Sidak, I almost always relied on translations in order to understand Gurbani, but I now know which resources to rely upon in order to create my own interpretations.
– Mohnaam Kaur Shergill, Canada
This program has given me the support I need to conquer many of my fears. I gained so much more insight and knowledge into the true fundamental values of Sikhi, which I will hopefully continue to explore even after Sidak.
– Mandeep Singh Narwal, UK
Also in August, we’ve launched our new Words of Faith video series, explaining and elaborating on words frequently encountered in Guru Granth Sahib. Led by SikhRI’s Senior Fellow in Research & Policy, Harinder Singh, the videos are captivating and allow all of us to establish a common fundamental base that is essential to understanding Guru Granth Sahib.
Our Bhai Vir Singh fragrance series continuous to be immensely popular, and in August we published his Fakiri Surat letter. Bhai Vir Singh, known as “The Sixth River of Panjab,” was arguably the most representative Sikh poet that ever lived.
Moving into September, we released a new online course Sadu that explores the bani of the same name. The course is available free due to the generosity of Balraj Mann Singh and Jasbir Kaur Mann of Langley, British Columbia.
We’ve also continued our research work and made our third report in the State of the Panth series titled Gurduara: A Sikh Place of Learning available to anyone. The report dives deep into the reasons behind gurduaras and their purpose.
Our 12 Gurus: 1469 – Infinity podcast series is out on a regular schedule and continues to receive tremendous feedback from all of you.
What SikhRI tries to do the most is to enrich lives with the knowledge of Gurbani, and we try to do that in the most authentic and Gurmat-based way possible. As always, please don’t hesitate to send any feedback or suggestions you have to me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are here to serve you.