Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Akhand Jaap 10
WAHEGURU JI KA KHALSA WAHEGURU JI KI FATEH.Prayer for Peace - 'Akhand Jaap' by British Sikh YouthThe world we live in today is full of conflict and suffering. In this context people can often feel helpless and anxious about what they can do. Sikh youth believe they have found some guidance in a 500 year old message from the founder of the Sikh faith Guru Nanak Dev Ji. The message is a simple one, to pray and have love and respect for humanity. In an effort to spread this message, British Sikh youth have been conducting events known as Akhand Jaap (continuous recitation) since September 11th 2001. These events have previously taken place on nine occasions around the UK, hosted by Gurudwaras in Essex, London, Middlesex and Yorkshire.At the Akhand Jaap the word Vaheguru (wonderful Lord) is sung continuously for 24 hours. The congregation is lead by various groups of 'Keertanias' from around the UK and abroad. In singing this 'Gur Mantar', even small children can join in and feel the power of congregational prayer. This youth initiative attempts to create an atmosphere in which every participating soul can benefit. Past programmes have had a tremendously uplifting effect on participants propelling them to tread the path of Sikhi.Since 2001, 'Jaap' events have grown larger and even attracted members of diverse communities. This programme has had world-wide effect, as other countries have begun emulating similar prayer events.The 10th 24 hour Youth Peace Prayer event takes place on Saturday 25th November 2006 at the Gurudwara on 18-20 Soho Road, Handsworth, Birmingham, B21 9BH. This Gurudwara is served by members of the charitable organisation - Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha. It may be noted that at this place of Sikh worship 11 day prayers to promote individual and collective peace have been held for the past 29 years.The doors of any Gurudwara are open to all. Let's pray for peace together.