2016 rumallas created by Surinder Singh
Annual Master-Crafted Rumallas Presented at the Golden Temple in Honor of Siri Singh Sahib Ji
When the Siri Singh Sahib, Yogi Bhajan was born, his family was so grateful that they gave the entire village gifts. From then on gifts of food and clothing were given to the community each year on his birthday. Keeping with the tradition and to honor Guru Ram Das, the Siri Singh Sahib would sponsor langar, give sweets and offer new rumallas to the Siri Guru Granth Sahib at the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India. Honoring this legacy, as his students, we have continued this birthday tradition of making an offering of new rumallas, expertly crafted by the renowned Surinder Singh, to the Siri Guru Granth Sahib at the Golden Temple each year. Our students at Miri Piri Academy who live near the Golden Temple, are present to make this offering on our behalf.
Weekly Akhand Path Sponsored for Continuous Prayers for our Global Family
Since 2003, Sikh Dharma International has sponsored the weekly Akhand Path in Anandpur Sahib, India as a continuous blessing for our global sangat. This unbroken prayer, recited in the home of the Khalsa, Takhat Sri Kesgarh Sahib, is dedicated every week to the benefit and chardi kala our global Khalsa family.
Sikh Dharma International also offers many online resources for those seeking knowledge and the experience of holding an Akhand Path or a Sahej Path in their own home or community. Click here to access this section of our website. Or click here to sponsor a weekly Akhand Path in Anandpur Sahib and offer your personal dedication or prayers.
Dharmic Office of Public Affairs – Diplomacy and Service
In May of 2016, the Dharmic Office of Public Affairs (DPA) was established to serve our entire Sikh Dharma/3HO family of organizations and constituents. SS Shanti Kaur Khalsa, is serving as the Executive Director and SS Sada Sat Simran Singh is serving as the Director of Indian Sangat Affairs. MSS Kirtan Singh is assisting as the SDI Ambassador.
The DPA seeks to affirmatively influence opinion and expand awareness about the legacy organizations of the Siri Singh Sahib, build and maintain a positive reputation for our organizations and build solid relationships with the Indian Sangat, the yoga community, the media and the general public. The DPA also seeks out avenues of service to help connect our for-profit and non-profit Legacy organizations with worthy projects and causes around the world.
In August, 2016 the office of Dharmic Public Affairs along with the East West Tea Company and United Sikhs sent 24 cases of Yogi Tea to support the flood relief efforts in Lousiana.
In October, 2016 Sada Sat Simran Singh, Director of Indian Sangat Affairs, and Dr. Harjot Kaur, Chairperson of the Khalsa Council completed a diplomatic tour to India and visited with the Jethadar of the Akal Takhat and many other SGPC and DGPC officials and government representatives on behalf of our worldwide community.
Khalsa Council – Leadership Across the Generations
Khalsa Council serves as a leadership body for our Dharma, meeting twice a year to discuss issues of relevance to the present and future of our Dharma.
Following Summer Solstice, a large group of Millennial Sangat Members met in Espanola, NM, to share their thoughts about the future of our Dharma and to identify their key areas of interest and concern. The Khalsa Council invited representatives of this group to lead a presentation and discussion session with the members of the Council at the September meetings. They identified 4 key areas: New Businesses, Integration of the Generations, Transparency and Seva Programs (Service). The Khalsa Council broke into discussion groups and several task forces were assigned to further develop and implement the ideas brought forth.
Click here to learn more about the International Khalsa Council and to access meeting reports.
Raj Khalsa Yatra – A Spiritual Journey to India
In celebration of the 350th birthday of Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Sikh Guru, the SDI community is embarking on the Raj Khalsa Yatra to India in December. Participants will celebrate the New Year at the Golden Temple in Amritsar and commemorate the 350th Anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s Birth in Patna Sahib, the place of his birth. The Siri Singh led many Yatras to India as a way for our sangat to connect with Sikhs from around the world and to walk on the sacred ground where the spirit of Sikh Dharma was born. Click here to learn more about this and other Yatras.
350 years ago, a magnificent soul was incarnated on the earth in the small village of Patna in far eastern India. Guru Gobind Singh began an era on this planet where religious tolerance was a human virtue and religious freedom became a human right.
Guru Gobind Singh related to swords and other weapons as a manifestation of the sacred power of God, only to be used consciously and without anger in the face of tyranny. SDI has commissioned Master Sword Maker, Jot Singh Khalsa to create the “Sword of Raj Khalsa” which will be presented to Takhat Patna Sahib at the 350th anniversary celebration of Guru Gobind Singh’s birth. The Sword of Raj Khalsa will join a long line of gifts which have been given by the Sikh Dharma Community to the Guru at significant gurdwaras in India on numerous historical occasions.
Click here to learn more about the Sword of Raj Khalsa and other historical gifts presented in India in years past.