wednesday 21 november
6.30 pm ‘Befriending Guru Nanak’ a talk followed by Q&A by Harinder Singh

How do we view friendship? Like us, Guru Arjan Sahib, the fifth Guru who gifted the Guru Granth Sahib and Sri Harimandar Sahib to the world, was physically not able to see Guru Nanak Sahib. How did he connect with Guru Nanak Sahib? What was his intense longing like? Have others in the last five centuries been able to love Guru Nanak Sahib? And if we want to develop and strengthen our friendship with Guru Nanak Sahib, how can we bring that depth of love and longing in our relationship?

Harinder Singh currently serves as the Senior Fellow, Research & Policy, at the Sikh Research Institute (SikhRI). His current focus is on developing critical thinking for Sikh institutions via State of the Panth report series and developing open-source decoding of Guru Granth Sahib in contemporary language for global audience.

He is a widely respected educator and thinker who is deeply in love with 1Force, the Oneness that radiates in all. He co-founded the Sikh Research Institute and the Panjab Digital Library, organized the Free Akal Takht movement, and envisioned Kaur and Singh Academy.

He is a prolific writer and sought-after public speaker. He was also authored several articles on spirituality, history, culture, linguistics, politics, governance, and prison reform.

He has authored Emperor-Prophet: Guru Gobind Singh Sahib, Guru Granth Sahib: Its Language & Grammar, Sikhi: Faith & Followers; edited Guru Gobind Singh Sahib & Sikhs in Bihar, The Khalsa Raj: Banda, Battles & Body-Politic and translated Love Harp (Prit Vina).

He has spoken at universities, corporate houses, government departments, interfaith forums, museums, civic and community organizations worldwide. He regularly appears on radio and television programs globally. He also consults on curriculums, exhibitions, films, board development, and policy-making.

He currently resides in New Jersey, in the United States of America, with his grandmother, wife and two children.