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„Change of plans“

Wahe Guru Ji Ka Khalsa! Wahe Guru Ji Ki Fateh!

You might remember that I actually planned to write about the blessings of serving others, but you know what, I also thought a thousand things how this placement with the UNITED SIKHS would be like, and non of them materialised 🙂
One day last week I was having lunch with my room mate and we were talking about future plans and in the middle of conversation he told me a little joke. He asked me: “ Do you know how you can make God laugh?” And he answered himself: “Make a plan!” ..and right he is.
I created a habit of making plans for the day each morning before starting to work and guess what happened during the last week of my placement.. it came different!
And I think I know why: Because we are so used to make our plans according to what we want and God keeps on changing them according to what we need. If I only knew myself… 😀
I let you know what happens! Enjoy your week!

Yours truthfully,

Pritam Singh
Civil and Human Rights Intern
UNITED SIKHS
pritam.singh@unitedsikhs.org

“Tiar – Bertiar”

Wahe Guru Ji Ka Khalsa! Wahe Guru Ji Ki Fateh!

„Tiar- Bertiar. Do you know what that means?“ Mejindarpal Kaur asked me during the information hour on the first day of my UNITED SIKHS internship. And of course I didn’t; I’m a German Sikh coming to London to learn more about Sikhi and to learn Punjabi as well, how could I?! „It means: Eveready!“, she said. Now, what does it mean to me, I thought, to be more than ready. But, as you know, the Guru has his own way of revealing things: I heard the answer while working for the UNITED SIKHS. Actually, this time it wasn’t difficult, to be honest, because the work was the answer itself.
Seeing all the different cases where Sikhs are not allowed to righteously live according to their faith, recognising all the human rights violations that are happening around the world, not only to Sikhs. These insights clearly opened my eyes and touched my heart. “I have to be forever and always ready to serve those in need” I said to myself and I was already thinking of ways to cut down on my hours of sleep… In fact, that’s what I’m already doing in order to write on this blog.
However, I already know what I am going to write about next time, but I do need your help: What is the right Gurmukhi/ Punjabi phrase for “it is a blessing to serve”?

Yours truthfully,

Pritam Singh
Civil and Human Rights Intern
UNITED SIKHS
pritam.singh@unitedsikhs.org

PS: Let me know if I made some mistakes, I guess I still have to work on my English as well.