I had a wonderful experience organizing the houseless seva, Sacha Sauda Meal Sharing in Sacramento on September 13th. I attended the first meeting to talk about the SAT prep classes, but we also shared ideas on events. At this meeting we chose an event or program we wanted to help out with. After leaving the meeting I didn’t think I would be able to really help much. I’m still a bit shocked that we, a group of high school students, were able to organize such an event. Our group didn’t communicate at all until Palvinder helped us coordinate our second meeting. It was here we were able to talk as a group on asking stores to donate, deciding what we were going to collect, and picking a date for the event. During the first week of August our group began talking and we decided to set up a booth at the gurdwara on the weekends to let the sangat know what we were doing. We had a few problems here. Some wanted to make posters on the computer, while others wanted to make them by hand. We also realized that we all couldn’t be at the gurdwara to table-some of us had to study for tests and others had family gatherings. We decided to create a schedule and see who was free. There were some that went more than others because they have more time. I was the one in charge of making sure someone was at the gurdwara. There was one Sunday where guests came over to my house and I was very busy. I felt very bad because it was my responsibility and I was not able to make it and no one else was either. Even though it was a rough experience, it was a good one because I got to learn a lot. I learned many things from this experience. I learned about corporate donations and sponsorships. I learned about managing responsibilities, and the importance of communicating with the group. This project has taught me how to communicate with people I didn’t know that came to the booth at the gurdwara. It has taught me that disagreements happen in groups, but if you talk it out a solution is possible. I have never organized any community event nor family event, now I feel so proud that I have helped organize such an event. Karanpreet Kaur is a junior at Natomas Pacific Pathways Prep in Sacramento, CA. She is a member of the Sikh Honor & Service Society and Misl Sacramento.
Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ke Fateh! As the weather starts to change (slowly), stores begin to have fall/winter clothing, and school begins it definitely means fall is here! We are also excited to bring you our Misl Sacramento Fall calendar! This fall we've got a number of events and activities planned so be sure to mark your calendars & RSVP on the website and/or Facebook! We're telling you, you don't want to miss out. We are looking for volunteers to help out with the events listed below and to come up with more ideas for events. We want to be sure we are addressing the needs of our community so if you have an idea or want to see something happen simply email firstname.lastname@example.org today! If you are interested in helping out with a specific event listed below please email us so we can connect you with those working on that project! September 2014 September 13th 9am-1pm - Sacha Sauda Meal Sharing | Website | Facebook September 20th 5pm - Leadership Workshop - Commitment | Website | Facebook October 2014 October 4th - Hike & Misl Sacramento Meeting October 11th - Jakara Juniors - West Sacramento Gurdwara Sahib October 18th - Leadership Development & Team Building October - SAT tutoring and Sikhya October – Sacha Sauda Blanket & Coat Drive November 2014 November – Sikhya | College Mentorship & Application Assistance November – Sacha Sauda Canned Food Drive November – General Misl Sacramento meeting & Social December 2014 December – Toy Drive
This past Friday Misl MN hosted a candlelight vigil to remember those lives lost at Oak Creek, WI along with the brave first responders and Lt. Brian Murphy. We wanted to focus this vigil not only on those lives lost but use this as an opportunity to stand together as a sangat and focus on ways to end hate, end violence, end discrimination, end bullying and focus on bringing peace, and keeping our sprits in Chardi Kala (high spirits). Read more
Listen in on AM 900 KBIF 9-10pm PST Sunday Evenings Shabad of the day Guru Arjan, Guru Granth Sahib, p.723 quDu ibnu dUjw nwhI koie ] qU krqwru krih so hoie ] Thudh bin doojaa naahi koi; thu karthaar karah so hoi There is none like you, you're the Creator and all is due to you qyrw joru qyrI min tyk ] sdw sdw jip nwnk eyk ]1] thera jor theri man tayk; sada sada jap Nanak ek you're the strength, you're my mind's peace; Nanak says always remember the One Read more
When I first heard about Bhujangan I wasn't too keen on attending the camp because I thought it would be nothing different from the Punjabi camps I had attended as a child. When I heard about the kayaking and hiking however, I was more thrilled about going. Once I got there and got to spend a few days bonding with and getting to know the rest of the girls at Bhujangan, my initial thoughts about not liking the camp faded away. Over a short weekend I had so much fun with my newfound sisters. We ate together, did paath together, and found strength in one another through our stories. Our older penjis gave us very valuable lessons and techniques to keep in mind and reflect on. The workshops were very helpful and necessary for us American Punjabi youth. I'm so glad that I was able to attend Bhujangan and gain so many new sisters and experiences out of the camp. Amrita Kaur is a high school student in Fresno, CA. This was her first interaction with the Jakara Movement and we are excited to see her be more involved!
A couple days before the retreat as we were walking out of Michaels in Fresno I asked the Junior Counselors if they could design a shirt forBhujangan. When they asked me what the theme was, I replied, “I don’t know, I guess we don’t really have a theme.” They ended up designing a shirt that read “Because there’s one thing stronger than magic: sisterhood.” Read more
It is so refreshing to be a part of something that really focused is on young Sikh girls. I had the privilege of being part of the committee for Bhujangan Los Angeles for the last couple of years, and after completing our second retreat in southern california, I am left beyond impressed and inspired by these amazing young ladies. Sisterhood. Power. Agency. Sikhi. These were all things that we saw blossom in the attendees and counselors throughout the 4 day retreat hosted in the Los Angeles Mountains. Read more
Bhujangi Youth Academy is a place for boys to learn to be men with responsibilities. Somehow in that process, even men get to re-learn how to be boys with wonder. Since 2011, the Jakara Movement has been hosting Bhujangi Youth Academy in central California. The program has seen phenomenal growth from a mere 6 boys in that inaugural year to nearly 30 in 2014. Our expectations are that it will continue to grow…Why? Because there is nothing else like it in our community and that word of mouth is the prime driver. Boys that attend once are hooked for a lifetime. Read more
It was a hot June day, and I was stuck in traffic. This was the last place I wanted to be today. As the cars infront of my inched little by little I imagined myself in my frigid air-conditioned room reading a book or watching Netflix, instead of sweltering in the heat of my run down car slowly making my way across northern New Jersey so I could live in the woods for a weekend. When a friend I met at a book club told me about Lalkaar, a Sikh camp run by a more progressive Sikh organization, I was excited to learn more about it and check it out. But at this moment, I wish I had stayed behind. It was only a week or so before that I had finally decided that I wanted to go, between job hunting and living at home this summer was turning into a long rut. I wanted something to break the norm, I wanted to immerse myself into something larger than me. Unsure if they would consider my financial situation, or the timing of the application I sent a request in anyway. To my surprise the folks at the Jakara Movement, the organization that runs the Lalkaar camp accommodated my needs and were happy to have me attend. I couldn’t say no to that. Read more
Listen in on AM 900 KBIF 9-10pm PST Sunday Evenings Shabad of the day Guru Nanak, Guru Granth Sahib, p.360 jy skqw skqy kau mwry qw min rosu n hoeI ]1] rhwau ] Jay saktha sakthay kau maaray thaa man ros na hoi (rahao) If the powerful strike the powerful, then the mind doesn't feel grief ||1||Breath|| skqw sIhu mwry pY vgY KsmY sw pursweI ] Saktha seeh maaray pai vagai khamai saah pursaaiy But if a powerful tiger attacks a flock of sheep and kills them, then one must answer for it. Read more