Launching of Guru Granth Tri-centennial in North America
From right to left, Ranjit Singh (speaking), Prithipal Singh, Gurtej Singh Khalsa, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Inderjit Kaur, Satpal Singh, Didar Singh Bains, Harbans Lal, Mahesh Parekh, Kirtan Singh
The Guru Granth was compiled and canonized by Guru Arjan in 1604. It contains the hymns of 36 gurus and holy men from all world religions originating in the Indian sub-continent using all major languages of the South East Asia and Middle East. The last Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh ordained the Granth as the Eternal Guru in the last sermon he delivered in 1708. To celebrate the occasion a Seminar on “Shabad Guru” was held on May 6, 2008 at the Baha’i Center Auditorium. It was sponsored by Guru Ram Das Sikh Mission of America (GRDSMA) chaired by Bhai Sahib Satpal Singh Khalsa.
Keynote speaker Dr. Bhai Harbans Lal traced the history of the compilation of the Guru Granth and highlighted the spiritual doctrines it offered for peace, harmony and prosperity of the world global village. Guru Granth promotes interfaith dialogues and awakens one common spirit among people worldwide, he concluded.
Dr. Hakam Singh pleaded for the understanding and the practice of the teachings contained in the Guru Granth for many real benefits it offered.
Sardar Prithipal Singh, special assistant to Jathedar Akal Takhat narrated a visit of Bhai Sahib Satpal Singh Khalsa to the Golden Temple in Amritsar where he completed Akhand Paath, the continuous recitation of Sri Guru Granth Sahib, at the Akal Takhat. He then said a prayer in the presence of all five jathedars asking for guidance to found GRDSMA to further the Sikh mission work in the footsteps of late Yogi Harbhajan Singh.
Didar Singh Bains who is recognized for excellence in the California farming industry as well as Sikh leadership in America and was recently recognized with a title of Panth Rattan joined other speakers in highlighting the significance of the Guru Granth Celebration.
Giani Ranjit Singh former head granthi of the Delhi Gurdwara Management Committee asked for promotion of the language of the Guru Granth among Sikh youth. He proposed a vote of thanks to the organizers and the speakers of the seminar.
The seminar was attended by members of several Sikh gurdwaras and Sikh organizations of Los Angeles and State of California. Many travelled from Canada, New York, Texas, and Arizona to attend this seminar. The speakers and dignitaries attending the seminars were honored by plaques presented by Jathedar Vedanti, Bibi Inderjit Kaur, and Bhai Satpal Singh.
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