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Sikh temple invites people of all backgrounds for meditation

By Patrick Colvin

People from different faiths and backgrounds enjoying a free meal at the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara temple. 
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People from different faiths and backgrounds enjoying a free meal at the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara temple. SUBMITTED

December is a time of celebration for many faiths, and this year a Sikh temple in Surrey is inviting people from all backgrounds to join them for a four-day meditation camp to practice peace and mindfulness.

The camp runs from the Dec. 24 to 27 to celebrate the religious ceremony honouring the sons of the 10th Guru — Guru Gobind Singh Ji. The temple organizers are hosting the meditation camp in both English and Punjabi to make it accessible for everyone interested, regardless of faith.

“So it’s open to everyone, so all Sikh gatherings and all families are open to everyone, and everyone can come in and participate,” said temple manager Balra Singh. “Just have a peaceful time, a fun time, you can come with your family and know more about Sikhism and have free food.”

The camp is focused on Simran, a form of meditation that includes deep breathing and speaking the name of the Sikh God, Waheguru. There will also be singing, holy verses, and discussions about the religious ceremony and Sikh history.

According to Singh, to find success in Simran one must remove ego and hatred, be mindful, and be respectful.

“So basically, if you put your ego away you can be more humble and more accepting,” said Singh. “So if you are accepting maybe you will do Simran better, if you have an ego that is the first thing to put away, and hatred.”

Singh also wants people to know that the temple is always welcoming and provides food for people all-year-round.

“First thing is you can have free food here, there is always free food servings, so it’s not just through this camp it’s always throughout the year … and then you can have some peace time where you can sit in the main hall and do Simran, and if you don’t want to do Waheguru you can concentrate on your breathing and have a peaceful time.”