‘Be The Lighthouse’. That was the theme of the recently concluded Sikh Youth Camp 2017 in Jakarta, Indonesia.
The two-day camp, organised by the Sikh Naujawan Sabha Indonesia (SNSI), was aimed at empowering, inspiring and grooming the Indonesian Sikh Youth. Some 100 participants and sewadars (facilitators) from all over Indonesia attended the camp in Puncak, a hill station outside Jakarta.
The camp focused on instilling the core values of our Sikh philosophy like as Naam Japna (meditating on Gods Name), Kirat Karni (earning a honest living), Vand Chakna (sharing), Chardi Kala Vich Rehna (staying in eternal optisism), Sarbat Da Bhalla Karna (doing welfare for all), Jivan Mukt Hona (being liberated while alive) and Hukam Vich Rehna (living in God’s will).
Through a series of workshops, games and inspiring sessions, participants were taught how these values can and must be integrated into their daily routine to live a Sikh Way of Life. They analysed various world scenarios and presented their views on how the Sikh values have been applied. They also discussed the lives and events of various ‘Lighthouses’ from Sikh history and our Gurus.
Growing up and living in the 21st century poses many unique challenges for the Sikh Youth. However, these values remain fundamental in their journey of continuous learning and improvement.
“These values must be taught from a young age. Every Sikh needs these tools when making decisions. At a mature age, one must make the right decision when faced with a difficult choice,” said one camp volunteer.
ਮਨ ਤੂੰ ਜੋiਤ ਸਰੂਪੁ ਹੈ ਆਪਣਾ ਮੂਲੁ ਪਛਾਣੁ ॥
Man Thoon Joth Saroop Hai Aapanaa Mool Pashhaan ||
O my mind, you are the embodiment of the Divine Light – recognize your own origin.
ਮਨ ਹiਰ ਜੀ ਤੇਰੈ ਨਾiਲ ਹੈ ਗੁਰਮਤੀ ਰੰਗੁ ਮਾਣੁ ॥
Man Har Jee Thaerai Naal Hai Guramathee Rang Maan ||
O my mind, the Dear Lord is with you; through the Guru’s Teachings, enjoy His Love.
A Sikh, similar to a lighthouse, must be enlightened from within and shed this light on others, when in darkness, to guide them along. Helping, without discrimination, the people around to navigate through tough waters.
SNSI has been running many such events since its incorporation in 2000. The youth of the Sabha intend to continue running such events so as to keep the youth positively engaged on the Sikhi path. Through their resource arm Sikh.id, they also hope to constantly engage and enlighten the Indonesian Sikh Diaspora.
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