How to get involved
Below is a compilation of camps, retreats, conferences, etc. that happen throughout the year all across the country. Many are great opportunities to get involved within the national Sikh community.
Violence, Justice and Human Rights
There have been innumerable atrocities in Punjab over the past few decades, and our community has struggled to deal with these issues and how to respond in line with our values. In this session, we will draw insights from the experiences of Guru Nanak and explore how he handled the massacres of civilians that he observed in his own life. How was he thinking about the injustices and brutalities that he witnessed, and how might that inform our own thinking?
Violence targeting Sikhs did not happen in a vacuum. It is critically important that we understand the context from which the violence and animosity emerged. In this session, we will look at the various issues through the iconic and seminal document, the Anandpur Sahib Resolution. We will reflect on the grievances raised by the Sikh community prior to the events of 1984, how these public statements raised the ire of the Indian government, and how the diverse issues in the resolution are interlinked.
Delving into Sikh literature has long been the avenue with which Sikhs augment their knowledge and understanding of Sikh principles and history. Often used as an adjunct to the study of Gurbani, reading various works on history, philosophy and principles has allowed Sikhs to connect with and gain a greater understanding of the Guru. The SYANA Sikh youth symposium strives to foster this dedication and passion to learning amongst our Sikh youth.
Open to all youth ages 6-22, the symposium offers an opportunity for Sikh youth to engage with Sikh literature, spend time with their families discussing various topics and then present their new found knowledge in the setting of their local sangats. Those who are successful in securing first place at their local chapters are advanced to a regional event where the winners are then presented at the annual International gathering.
While public speaking and a friendly spirit of competition are also critical components of the Symposium, the greatest success is in targeting Sikh youth to become passionate about self-learning. Those who participate in this event will invariably walk away with greater knowledge, a deeper understanding and hopefully a thirst to continue learning about our great heritage.
ੴ ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਪ੍ਰਸਾਦਿ॥
One Oankar, the primal energy, realized through the grace
ਬਲਿਹਾਰੀ ਤਿਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਗੁਰਸਿਖਾਂ ਜਾਇ ਜਿਨਾ ਗੁਰ ਦਰਸਨੁ ਡਿਠਾ।
I am sacrifice unto those Gursikhs who go to have the glimpse of the Guru.
ਬਲਿਹਾਰੀ ਤਿਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਗੁਰਸਿੱਖਾਂ ਪੈਰੀ ਪੈ ਗੁਰ ਸਭਾ ਬਹਿਠਾ।
I am sacrifice unto those Gursikhs who touching the feet sit in the assembly of the Guru.
ਬਲਿਹਾਰੀ ਤਿਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਗੁਰਸਿੱਖਾਂ ਗੁਰਮਤਿ ਬੋਲ ਬੋਲਦੇ ਮਿਠਾ।
I am sacrifice unto those Gursikhs who speak sweet.
ਬਲਿਹਾਰੀ ਤਿਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਗੁਰਸਿੱਖਾਂ ਪੁਤ੍ਰ ਮਿਤ੍ਰ ਗੁਰਭਾਈ ਇਠਾ।
I am sacrifice unto those Gursikhs who prefer their fellow disciples to their sons and friends.
ਬਲਿਹਾਰੀ ਤਿਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਗੁਰਸਿੱਖਾਂ ਗੁਰ ਸੇਵਾ ਜਾਣਨਿ ਅਭਿਰਿਠਾ।
I am sacrifice unto those Gursikhs who love the service to the Guru.
ਬਲਿਹਾਰੀ ਤਿਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਗੁਰਸਿੱਖਾਂ ਆਪਿ ਤਰੇ ਤਾਰੇਨਿ ਸਰਿਠਾ।
I am sacrifice unto those Gursikhs who get across and make other creatures also swim across.
ਗੁਰਸਿਖ ਮਿਲਿਆ ਪਾਪ ਪਣਿਠਾ ॥੧॥
Meeting such Gursikhs, all the sins are removed.