Saturday, January 31, 2015

Relay for Life

We are continuing our tradition of having a team for the Canadian Cancer Society's Relay for Life this year. Our team name is Guru Nanak Sikh Team and this year's relay will be May 9-10 from 10 am to 10 am at Masich Place Stadium. It's actually the only 24 hour relay left in all of Canada! We are encouraging all our Sikh youth and their families to once again register for just $10 and fundraise for the CCS. 
I started participating in the Relay for Life about 14 years ago in elementary school, when I joined my friend's team to support her mother, who was fighting breast cancer. We started our own team a few years later with tremendous support from the Sikh community.
In the years that passed I have had family and friends affected by cancer. While most survived, some lost their battle to cancer. I have come to realize how important this event is for me. The theme of the Relay for life is "Celebrate, Remember, Fight back," and that's exactly what I find myself doing each year when it comes time for the relay. I celebrate in the victories of the friends and family that have survived their cancer, and in the advancements in medical knowledge that allow us to treat more cancers, to offer more support to our cancer patients, and that allow us to have better screening recommendations and prevention measures. As a community, we come together and we remember those we have lost to cancer, and lastly, we fight back. We join together to fundraise for further advancements in our research, for more support for our cancer patients. 
This last year I got the chance to learn more about the Canadian Cancer Society. Although I had volunteered for them in different capacities over the years, I don't think I had ever understood before how much they do for our communities. I learned about the broad aim of the organization which allows them to serve the population in multiple capacities: Education (if you go to their website, there is extensive information on cancer types and prevention and screening), Advocacy (they advocate for changes in policies around carcinogens like tobacco and have been successful in creating changes to laws like banning indoor tanning for youth under 18 in BC), Fundraising (they fundraise for cancer in events like Relay for Life), Research (they have funded some groundbreaking research), and Support Services (everything from transportation/accommodation to emotional supports). That's a lot of work for one organization! This is particularly important in a community like Prince George. In larger centers there may be other organizations that can offer these services, but in a community like Prince George it makes a huge difference that we have the Kordyban lodge where patients that are traveling from all around the north can stay while they have their treatments. Because if the CCS wasn't there- these services simply wouldn't be available. 
So think about registering and attending the relay this year. Hope to see you there! 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Happy Parkash Divas!

Today is the parkash divas (birthday) of Guru Nanak Dev Ji. There is an evening program at the Guru Nanak Darbar Temple from 5-7 pm.

From "Sikhiwiki.com"
Guru Nanak founded and formalised the three pillars of Sikhism:

1. Naam Japna Guru ji led the Sikhs directly to practise Simran and Naam Japna – meditation on God through reciting, chanting, singing and constant remembrance followed by deep study & comprehension of God’s Name and virtues. In real life to practice and tread on the path of Dharam (righteousness) - The inner thought of the Sikh thus stays constantly immersed in praises and appreciation of the Creator and the ONE ETERNAL GOD Waheguru.

2. Kirat Karni He expected the Sikhs to live as honourable householders and practise Kirat Karni – To honestly earn by ones physical and mental effort while accepting both pains and pleasures as GOD's gifts and blessings. One is to stay truthful at all times and, fear none but the Eternal Super Soul. Live a life founded on decency immersed in Dharam - life controlled by high spiritual, moral and social values.

3. Vand Chakna. The Sikhs were asked to share their wealth within the community by practising Vand Chakna – “Share and Consume together”. The community or Sadh Sangat is an important part of Sikhism. One must be part of a community that is living the flawless objective values set out by the Sikh Gurus and every Sikh has to contribute in whatever way possible to the common community pool. This spirit of Sharing and Giving is an important message from Guru Nanak.




(bottom image from Sikhnet)
Here is great article worth reading as well: http://www.sikhnet.com/news/guru-nanak-brilliant-spiritual-light-humanity

Friday, May 16, 2014

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa
Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

It's that time of the year again. Guru Nanak Sikh Darbar is having the annual Nagar Keertan (Sikh Parade) tomorrow on May 17, 2014. Starting at 9:30 am (CORRECTION) from the Guru Nanak Darbar Sikh Temple, the Nagar Keertan will travel to the CN centre via Ospika Blvd (you can walk or drive). At the CN centre there will be speeches, langar (food), keertan, and gatka. The Nagar Keertan will then proceed back to the Guru Nanak Darbar. We hope to see you all there tomorrow!!!


Monday, April 14, 2014

Happy Khalsa Da Sajna Divas

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa
Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

Happy Khalsa Da Sajna Divas/Vaisakhi Day
The nagar keertan in Prince George will be on May 17, 2014. Stay tuned for more updates. 




Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year !!!
As we move forward into 2014, let's all take a moment to reflect back on the events of 2013.
PG Sikh Youth wish you the best of luck in 2014. May this year bring you love, prosperity, happiness, and may it bring you closer to Waheguru and Guru's shabd.

Sikh Photos Calendar
From mrsikhnet.com

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Shaheedi of Sahibzada Zorawar Singh, Sahibzada Fateh Singh, and Mata Gujri

From www.sikhiwiki.org
 
 
As the year approaches the end, on December 26 every year, the global world Sikh community commemorate the martyrdom of three of their most loved figures of the Guru household. On this darkest of days, their youngest hero and bravest comrade of Sikhism, Sahibzada Fateh Singh (1699-1705) who was the youngest of Guru Gobind Singh's four sons, Sahibzada Zorawar Singh (1696-1705), his elder brother and Mata Gujar Kaur ji, his grandmother sacrificed their lives for their faith and the right to remain Sikhs.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Second battle of Chamkaur Sahib

From www.sikhiwiki.org


A Story of Bravery and Sacrifice
The Battle of Chamkaur, also known as the Second battle of Chamkaur was a battle fought between the Khalsa, led by Guru Gobind Singh, against the Mughal army and Ajmer Chand's league of Rajput Hill Chieftains. The period of this Battle in Chamkaur is 21,22 and 23 December 1704 [6,7,8 Poh Samat 1761 Bikrmi]. Guru Gobind Singh with his entourage left Anandpur Sahib at the night of 20 December 1704.

Guru Gobind Singh makes a reference to this battle in the Zafarnamah. He tells how a huge (Dahlakh) army [1][2] attacked his Sikhs who were only forty in number and without food. In spite of their numerical strength, the Mughal soldiers were unable to kill or capture the Guru. The Guru also talks of cowardice of one of the Mughal generals and how he hid himself behind a wall, not having the courage to face the Guru.