Kirtan and Simran programs
We have been blessed to have started organising Kirtan and Simran programs at Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara Sahib Erith. We began with celebrating the 550th Parkash Gurpurab (human birthday) of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji and then to remember the sacrifices made in Sikh History during the Punjabi month of Maagh. Kirtan is the singing of Gurbani; the words of the one creator. Simran is the meditation of Vaheguru’s name, helping our spirit to connect to the source of existence and dispelling the negativity that the falseness of this life can create within our minds. During the Coronavirus pandemic the Gurdwara Sahib was closed for most of the time and no programs were arranged in order to adhere to social gathering restrictions.
After the pandemic it was visible to see how disconnected the Sangat (congregation) had become from each other and Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. Uncertainty and negativity were natural products of the pandemic. So with the help of South London Sikh Youth, we took it on upon ourselves to organise regular Kirtan and Simran programs that gave the Sangat the chance to come together and meditate and share positive energy. With the Guru’s blessings we are still organising the Smagams and the local youth are given the chance to do all the seva and the night before the Smagam they decorate the Guru’s Darbar (court) and throne. The Smagams are usually held to celebrate the Parkash Gurpurab of our Guru Sahibs as commonly Gurdwara Sahib Managements only arrange programs to celebrate the birth/ appearance of the First and Tenth Sikh Guru, however we are taught that all of our Guru Sahibs are one. With the blessings of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, we aim to get to the point where we celebrate every Parkash Gurpurab in one year with Gurmat Smaagams.
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