Bhujangan Fresno was a huge success! To read all about it, please visit our blog.
Bhujangan is a historical term used to describe young Sikh girls: fearless, inspired, determined and confident. With these qualities in mind, we are hosting our 2nd leadership retreat for young Sikh girls ages 13–17 in Fresno.
Bhujangan is an opportunity for girls to spend a few days in a safe environment around strong Sikh women.
We want Bhujangans to leave with a sense of community and belonging. We want them to leave empowered, motivated, confident, and empathetic. Learn not only about yourself, but also about your history.COME JOIN US AT BHUJANGAN FRESNO!
i think we should have a fundraiser at a pizza place
In Gil Scott-Heron’s famous 1970 address, he stated – “The Revolution Will Not Be Televized.” He continues to be right. However, it will be localized.
Think global; act local. So let's get started!
The revolution will be localized. Although it has been part of the Jakara Movement's mission since 2005, we are now putting the pieces together to make a real difference in our local communities. We are creating a network structure will encompass every major Sikh locale in North America. It starts here. It starts now.
We are pleased to announce the development of Jakara Movement Misls. Each misl will have three leadership roles that will help develop, nurture, and create a new generation of Sikh leadership.
The word 'misl' is similar to a 'chapter' and comes from Sikh history. Before the rise of Ranjit Singh's Sarkar-e Khalsa, the Sikhs formed local misls/groups that were independent, yet came together whenever the community needed. They were part of the local community and interacted with everyone there, all the while knowing they were part of something larger.
Starting a misl is the first step of creating a new future. Help us start a new misl in your city and then help us fill the necessary leadership roles. It starts with you. Let's start today!
The news is still a shock. The question of “why” has been one that I have heard most often. Followed by “what next?”
It is this second question that most interests me, as well.
The responses have been varied.
There are some that have called out that we are all American Sikhs, although most within the community would be a bit confused as most of us use the title “Sikh-Americans”, while the term “American Sikhs” is generally used for those sections in our community that often were first introduced to Sikhi by the late Yogi Bhajan.
There are others that are taking on the task to ‘teach’ others about Sikhi and raise talking points, when speaking to the media – either national or even regional. SALDEF and Sikh Coalition have been at the forefront and have even produced Sikhi 101-type materials that can be used when speaking to non-Sikh audiences. Both should be commended for their work.
Still far more interesting to me – and is often the case within The Langar Hall – is how Sikhs dialogue with each other. While still important – in some ways it seems a bit less significant how Sikhs speak to non-Sikhs, when compared to how we speak to one another. National attention will wane; the media will become bored; yet, we will still be there with one another. Two recent postings largely speak to this very question.
15 girls. 4 days. A lifetime of change.
On July 19, 2012, five Sikh women established the first ever leadership retreat for 11-17 year-old Sikh girls in Central California. Bhujangan, founded by the Jakara Movement earlier this year, was intiated with the enthusiasm and openness of 15 young Kaurs and their 9 sevadaars. The four-day and three-night retreat was filled with activities designed to enhance the girls’ understanding of Sikhi and our history, promote the building of confidence and friendships, and facilitate leadership development and an understanding of how a Kaur can identify and access opportunities for empowerment.
"Stop wasting your time!"
"Always Jakara this and that, what are you even doing?"
"Is Jakara some sort of cult?"
All of these comments and we could probably think of half a dozen more that would use inappropriate language on a blog like this are what we all commonly face. Sevadars often know their path is lonely and not always met with the enthusiasm from their parents. Even ridicule from friends and siblings are commonly expressed.
You are not alone.
We all face it, but we remain inspired by the seva, sangat, and the cause. The Guru's lalkaar (challenge) to us stirs us from our lethargy. Find a sangat that understands and supports you.
Also be proactive - don't just disappear to do seva, tell your parents about it!
Sign them up to our monthly newsletter! Share with them the goals of Bhujangi (our camp for "at-risk" young men) and Bhujangan (our camp aimed at teenage girls); talk to them about the topics discussed at Lalkaar CA and NY; get them to take your younger brothers/sisters/nephews/nieces to our Jakara Juniors camps; bring them to the next Sikholars conference. You'd be surprised at the difference it makes, once they see the bigger picture and the wonderful seva you are involved in (no guarantees with annoying siblings, though!)
A HUGE thank you to ALL the amazing volunteers from Fresno and beyond that came and made this year a success. We are humbled by your seva. This year, we sold over $50,000 in fireworks (we are still figuring out expenses before we know our take-home).
Check out this amazing video made by the one-and-only Navjit Singh Mann