march 2017 programmes
wednesday 8th march
6.30 pm Gobind Singh – Guru of the Sikhs - A Presentation using visuals and verse by Inni Bawa
Guru Gobind Singh was the 10th and last Guru of the Sikhs in a line of Teachers stretching from the 15th to the early 18th century that resulted in the formation of new religion – Sikhism in the Indian Subcontinent.
From its peaceful beginnings with Guru Nanak in the tradition of the Bhakti movement sweeping across most of India, the followers of this religion transformed themselves into a fighting force, not only for their own survival, but as protectors of religious freedom for the Hindus. The person who created Sikhism as we know it today was Guru Gobind Singh. The tradition of ‘service’, ‘equality’ and ‘sacrifice’ began earlier than him but the turban and the 5 K’s, the names Singh for men and Kaur for women and the martial tradition was his great contribution.
What is not often realized are his musical and spiritual contributions.
While recuperating from a car accident, unable to read I began listening to kirtan streaming from Darbar Sahib, Amritsar. The composer of the Shabad, I later discovered was Bhai Nand Lal. Some weeks later I read two of his books and began to visualize Guru Gobind Singh Sahib. Later I read Bhai Vir Singh’s book “Kalgidhar Chamatkar,” and I am in awe.
Mysterious are the workings of the Universe. In November 2016, I got to work on an exhibition titled, “Emperor-Prophet: Guru Gobind Singh Sahib” and my admiration amplified.
As we mark the 350th year commemorative celebration of Guru Gobind Singh Sahib, I 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 teachings
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.
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