The following speech was given by Trina Kaur Ahuja, during the afternoon Diwan celebrating Vaisakhi. [Read more…]
The following speech was given by Kunal Singh Khurana, a Khalsa school teen, during the afternoon Diwan celebrating Vaisakhi
Samooh saad sangat jee noo vasaakhi di lakh lakh vadhaayi hovey!
Vaisakhi 1699 was the most dramatic and unique event in human civilization. Sikhs all over the world celebrate this momentous and historic day, a day that marked the beginning of the Khalsa, with a tremendous amount of happiness and festivity.
But to truly understand the significance of Vasaakhi, we need to go back to 1699. The late seventeenth century was an extremely turbulent time in Indian history. It was a time of considerable oppression, bigotry, and hatred under the brutal rule of the Mughal empire. The rights of the common man were trampled on. The price of life was cheap. And misery was everywhere.
By this time, the Sikh panth had long been established. The 9 Gurus had already sown the seeds of seva, devotion and simran. And it was under these circumstances, in 1699 that Guru Gobind Singh ji created the “Khalsa”, or the community of pure saint soldiers.
The idea was to establish a strong fearless community that would be prepared to face the challenges ahead in a fair and even-handed way and rise to help the weak and the downtrodden. The result would be the birth of “Akaal purakh ki fauj,” a community of strong-spirited, righteous, and proud individuals devoted to the fundamental premise of “pehlaan maran kabool.”
The greatest fear of all is the fear of death. And it was this fear that Guru Sahib wanted to eliminate in his Sikhs. Thus, on April 13th, 1699, Guru sahib addressed a congregation of hundreds and thousands of Sikhs from all over India at Anandpur sahib and demanded from them the ultimate sacrifice – a head.
Saad sangat jee, I urge you to take a moment and envision yourselves sitting in that very tent that day. Can any of us even remotely conceive of what Daya Singh ji might have been thinking as he made his way behind the tent.
When Guruji returned to the congregation with a sword dripping with blood, when immediate death became certain, and Guru sahib asked for another head, Bhai Dharam Singh Ji still got up. In his mind, he had no other inclination but to sacrifice his life for the guru.I find this absolutely remarkable.
By instituting the Khalsa, not only did Guru sahib raise the morale of sikhs, but also abolished the distinction between Guru and disciple. He, himself, asked for amrit from the panj pyaaras and thus removed all hierarchy and inequality. Never before in the history of mankind had such an event been ever witnessed.The dramatic specatacle that was unfolding at that moment was unparalleled.
Waah waah Gobind Singh aape Gur chela
I believe that the values that Guru Gobind Singh ji tried to instill in us are every bit as relevant today as they were in 1699. After all, how different is the world that we live in today? There is still turmoil, bigotry, hatred, terrorism, unrest, discrimination and oppression. Throughout the years we have witnessed our sikh brothers and sisters valiantly display these values and provide similar sacrifices not for themselves but for the idea of sarbat da bhalla, or universal good.
It was these very qualities that drove the president of the Oak Creek gurdwara Satwant Singh Kaleka to disregard his own life in the effort to protect the other members of the gurdwara when he used his kirpan to attack the guman Wade Page. The ability to see beyond oneself, to fight for a greater cause, and to stand firm in the face of death were precisely the values that Guru sahib tried to instill in us on that Vaisakhi day.
But many do not understand that those values and The virtue of fearlessness is inherently tied to the Sikh identity. Unshorn hair and beard covered by a turban how a Sikh is recognized in the world. That is how he is spotted in a crowd and is therefore unable to hide, deny his Guru’s teachings or shirk his responsibility. It is this identity that has elevated the sikh psyche. It is this identity that has changed the course of indian and world history. It is this identity that offered hope to the downtrodden, divided and caste ridden society of India. It is this identity for 300 years was feared by the corrupt and divisive socio-political system in India. And unfortunately it is this identity, saad sangat jee, that is now under threat not only here in the United States but in the very birthplace of Sikhi. Today, half of India’s Sikh men forgo the turban compared to just ten percent decades earlier. We have reached a critical time, saad sangat jee. A time when if we, as a community, don’t strive to protect this identity, we will have lost the very essence of our being.
Vasaakhi should be a time to reflect and introspect on where we are and where we are headed. Today as we celebrate Vasaakhi, we must remind ourselves of the high moral character that Khalsa represents and the truthful way of living that it embodies. Guru Gobind Singh sacrificed everything to give us this identity. Let us value what we have inherited. Let us cherish our identity and may waheguru give us the strength and wisdom to truly inculcate these values into our daily lives.
Jab Lag Khalsa rahey nyaara
Tab lag tej deyoon main saara
Jab eh gayey bipran ki reet
Main naa karoon inki parteet
Waheguru ji ka khalsa, Waheguru ji ki fateh!
1. GNFA is pleased to announce its 2013 Youth merit award of $2,000 to a college bound HS Senior. Please read the attached compliance criteria and submit the application form no later than June 16, 2013.
2. GNFA will also recognize all 2013 High School and College graduates of GNFA Community on July 30th. Please forward your name and any other you know of (with e-mail address) to Gajinder Singh ASAP.
For more information, please contact: Gajinder Singh, at 410-740-1225 (H); 410-370-3684 (C) or email@example.com
Please note, there is membership requirement for Applicants and Parents. So, please become members by May 2013.
It is that time of the year to announce the camp dates for this year. The GNFA camp will be held from July 1st – July 5th from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM. The theme this year is Sikh women, in history and today.
It would really help if everyone registered on time. For more information please contact Arvinder Goomer using the form below. [Read more…]
Waheguruji Ka Khalsa, Waheguruji ki Fateh!
As has been the tradition for the last 7 years, we will have a special Diwan by students & youth of GNFA on the evening of December 25th, 2012 from 7:30-9:30 pm. All grade teachers are requested to forward names from their classes or contact parents for the same.
Parents your child can either do:
- Speech in Punjabi or English (2 mins)
- Poem in Punjabi (1-2 mins)
- Shabad related to the theme (5-8 mins)
- Young ones can recite a shabad (if they cannot play harmonium)
- Narration of Sakhi (2-3 mins)
To register for the event we will need your child’s name, age & title of shabad , speech or poem. Please register by Sunday to ensure time slot for your child.
You will find lot of related material on the internet for this especially youtube. Monthly magazines like “sikh phulvari” are very helpful too.
For registering or questions please e-mail Ravinder Sawhney at:
- firstname.lastname@example.org or
This is a joint effort of Khalsa School and Dharmik Committee. As incentives, we have gifts for all participants.
JAAP SAHIB PAATH RECITAL
The GNFA Dharmik Committee invites all youth to participate in the upcoming Jaap Sahib Paath Recital on Saturday January 26th, 2013 from 9:30am – 12:00 Noon.
Guidelines for various age groups are as follows:
GROUP EXPECTATIONS AGE
|Group 1||First Pauri of Jaap Sahib||3-5 Years|
|Group 2||First 15 Pauris||6-8 Years|
|Group 3||First 28 Pauris||9-11 Years|
|Group 4||First 63 Pauris||12- 14 Years|
|Group 5||First 98 Pauris||15 & up|
- Jatinder Dusaj – (410)-551- 8010
- Bhai Jagmohan Singh -(301)-384-213
- Harpreet Kaur- 443-939-2654
Please read this encouraging article from Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa in Australia about her unique solution to overcome bullying.
The G.N.F.A Dharmik Committee invites all youth to participate in the upcoming Japji Sahib Paath Recital and Gurbani Vichar on Saturday September 22, 2012. Gift cards and Pizza for all participants! All participants will be recognized and will receive gift cards
Guidelines for various age groups
|Group 1||Mool mantar and First 2 Pauris||3-5 Years|
|Group 2||Eleven(11) Pauris||6-8 Years|
|Group 3||Twenty(20) Pauris||9-11 Years|
|Group 4||Thirty two(32) Pauris||12-14 Years|
|Group 5||Complete Bani||15 Years and Up|
Bani Recital 9:30am – 11:30 am
Bani Vichar 11:30am – 12:30pm
To register, please contact:
- Harpreet Kaur – (443)-939-2654
- Jatinder Dusaj – (410)-551- 8010
- Sarabjeet Kaur – (240)-264-7912
The GNFA Khalsa School will be registering students at GNFA on August 5, 12, 19 and 26th from 10:00 AM to 12:00 noon in Room # 3.
Orientation will occur on September 2nd. Classes will begin the following week on September 9th. Classes will be held from 9:30 AM to 12:00 noon (please note that KG and the HS Gurmat classes will start at 10:00 AM)
All students will need to register, this includes any and all returning students and slots are based on a first-come first-serve basis.
- Kindergarten (born before Sept 30, 2008)
- Elementary School (Grades 1 – 5)
- Middle School (Grades 6 – 8)
- Panjabi for All (Adult Class
- HS Gurmat Class (For teenagers only)
The tuition fee is $150 per student per year payable to GNFA. Registration Form is attached
We encourage all parents to become GNFA members.
School teaching is based on Sojhi curriculum provided by Sikh Research Institute for KG through 8th grade. Curriculum includes Boli (language art – Panjabi & Gurmukhi) and Virsa (Sikh history and Gurmat).
For more inforrmation please contact: · Gajinder Singh, 410-740-1225 and via email
On July 15th, GNFA Chairperson, Dr. Arvinder Kaur Uppal presented $2,000 Merit Award to Ajit Singh Gill who will continue his college education Honors Program – School of Business at the George Washington University, Washington DC.
Every year GNFA gives one $2,000 Merit Award to a college bound High School graduate. Criteria for the award: GPA and SAT score; involvement in the GNFA activities; GNFA membership of individual and parents; score in an extempore – Sikhi related essay; and, an interview.
Education Committee compiles the list of qualified candidates and pass on to Judges.
Finally, an independent panel of three (3) judges pickup the winner based on essay6, interview and one’s achievements in and outside of GNFA Community. All achievement awards, accreditation and citations are carefully evaluated.
Four (4) meritorious students (all with weighted GPA of over 4.00) applied for this Award. Evaluation score indicated, it was a close competition. In right prospective, they are all winners, however, our congratulations go to Ajit Singh. Ajit is son of Kirandeep Kaur and Kuljit Singh Gill.
Also, on Sunday, July 15th, GNFA recognized sixteen (16) – College (5), and High School (11) graduates of GNFA Community.
Year 2012, graduates were:
College – Navneet Kaur Sehdev; Beneta Kaur Ahuja; Sidak Kaur; Jyoti Sardana; Hirdesh Matta.
High School – Nihal Singh; Ajit Singh Gill; Nimarta Kaur Chowdhary; Prabhleen Kaur; Raveena Kaur Ahuja; Amreen Kaur; Navneet Kaur; Haneet Singh; Sahib Singh; Rishab Khatri and Talwinder Kaur Nagi. Every graduate got GNFA Certificate and a gift pack from Khalsa School, containing Sikhi related books and DVDs.
We are so proud of our Graduates, and wish them all, best of luck in their studies and future life.