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Camberley Sikh Association – Akhand Paath (Video blog)

Camberley Sikh Association

Some of the founder members of the Camberley Sikh Association, Gurdeep Singh Sarl, Mohinder Singh & Jaswinder Singh

The Camberley Sikh Association held a Akhand Paath at the Ian Goodchild Centre last weekend and asked me to advertise the event on the Residents Network but the advert was not aimed at the Sikh community of Surrey Heath but to all members of the community.

I think we can all learn something from other cultures and traditions and as the invitation was to all of the community, I decided to take up the offer and create a video blog in the process.

The event, an Akhand Paath, was held in Celebration of Siri Guru Gobind Singh Ji‘s Birth. I wont try to explain what an Akhand Paath is as Giani (One with knowledge) Surinder Singh does this in the video.

Anyone who follows this site will know I have done many blogs on community events but this was by far one of the most enjoyable for so many different reasons.

Firstly, the Sikh religion is fascinating. I am fortunate enough to know a few Sikh’s from our community so there were quite a few people on hand to answer my endless questions. Gurdeep Singh Sarl greeted me when I arrived and explained everything that was going on and allowed me the honour to pay respect to the holy scriptures that were being recited, uninterrupted from start to finish. A process that takes around 48 hours.

What struck me instantly was how welcoming the Sikh community were to non Sikh’s. I don’t think all other faiths are as welcoming to outsiders, certainly not my own faith anyway. I was told by several people that it is Sikh custom to open up all places of worship to any member of the community, regardless of religion or personal belief  and feed them for free. Sikh’s believe that food is a basic right that should be available to anyone even if they can’t afford to pay for it.

The warm atmosphere at the Ian Goodchild Centre, in Camberley was something that was very familiar to me. When I was growing up in Manchester, many of the customs, traditions and values of my own faith are, at some levels not dissimilar to the Sikh’s . The main ones being on the importance of stable and close families and cohesive communities.

I think we could all learn a lot from the Sikh community of Surrey Heath, especially how they all pull together, step up to the plate and volunteer to make their association so incredibly harmonious and successful. It really is something quite special to see.

The few hours I spent with the Camberley Sikh Association, I consider to be a life experience that is special. I am so glad I took part in  Akhand Paath, even if in a very small way.

The Camberley Sikh Association hold monthly Diwans and Langar on the first Sunday of every month at the Ian Goodchild Centre. All members of the community are welcome. For more information email camberleysikhassociation@gmail.com

Thank you to the Camberley Sikh Association for your warm hospitality.