Each of our Non-Profit organizations gave a short presentation to the Khalsa Council. The following are short summaries of their presentations.
Collaboration of Our Non-Profits
MSS Guruka Singh
The CEOs of the legacy non-profit organizations have been meeting together monthly in a spirit of mutual cooperation and strategic alignment to serve our Dharmic goals. Like fingers on a hand, we must work together. Each non-profit has its own specialty and skills, but we serve a common mission. The CEO’s have joined together with members of the SSSC Organizational Interface Committee to form a “Mission Commission”. The Siri Sikdar Sahiba has been facilitating those meetings, working to align the common mission of the organizations, including their business plans, goals, and strategies. The Commission has specifically been revising the grant proposal process to be more collaborative, and there is a spirit of mutual cooperation using a new online grant preparation process.
Sikh Dharma International
SS Pritpal Singh, Director of Dharmic Education reported on the upcoming 3-day Japji Course, being held in Espanola, New Mexico. There are a group of wonderful teachers sharing the technology of JapJi Sahib and the life and teachings of Guru Nanak. The course will also be presented in France at Chateau Anand following the 2017 European Yoga Festival.
Ongkar Kaur, Director of Marketing shared about the Community section on the new SDI website. It is a place for teachers and Ministers to share about their events, courses and Dharmic activities with our global Sangat. We want to support to great work that is going on around the world, and to create a sense of our global community.
Kundalini Research Institute
MSS Nirvair Singh, CEO shared about the activities of the Teacher Training Executive Committee. They are looking at ways to revise and upgrade the various teacher training programs and are looking for new members on the various sub-committees. The role of KRI is to protect the integrity of the teachings and examine how we present the connection between Kundalini Yoga and Sikh Dharma. They are working on that in the Level 1 Training. KRI is encouraging involvement in the process. He gave a short tour of the Library of Teachings. He noted that there is a great focus on writing up the kriyas for searching and viewing on the website, including historical notes on the kriyas. It is also possible to share clips of the online videos. He mentioned the fundraising efforts needed to complete the transcription of the lectures and the establishment of a Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings Endowment Fund. This is a way to maintain the teachings through perpetuity. Nirvair Singh announced the new online photo archive which contains thousands of photos available for free download at: yogibhajanphotoarchive.com
SS Pritpal Kaur, CEO gave a presentation on the activities of 3HO. Our 3HO events give people a way to experience our teachings. This Summer Solstice was one of our largest ever. Solstices now include an SDI Academy tent to present dharmic courses and activities, including kirtan and banis. The East West Tea Company continues to provide funding for Peace Prayer Day as well as the 3HO Live to Give grants. 3HO is working with LYF to develop permanent spaces for the bazaar. Other summer events included the International Women’s Camp and Childrens’ Camp. Pritpal Kaur reported on a Khalsa Women’s Training camp in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, attended by 162 women, and a Women’s Camp in China attended by 80 women.
Sikh Dharma Education International
SS Simran Kaur, Board Chair reported on the activities at Miri Piri Academy. This year there are 95 students, with an 85% return rate. All the staff members returned as well. She invited members to visit the blog on the MPA website to learn about all the activities of the school. The academic program is constantly improving and the test scores have been very high as a result. She reported on the anti-bully initiative and about the environmental remediation at the school, due to the serious pollution problem in Amritsar. All the rooms now have HEPA air filters and air quality monitors to measure outdoor air quality.