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'When the sun rises the moon leaves sight. When true knowledge illuminates ignorance is eradicated.' - Sri Guru Nanak Dev Jee - Ang 791 SGGS

A Sikhi Camp took place at Sri Dashmesh Gurdwara on Gipsy Lane in Leicester during the half term week. Starting on Wednesday 13th February, nearly 120 children and young people aged from 5 to 16+ took part in an intiative to bring children closer to the life of Dhan Sri Guru Angad Dev jee the second Guru. This camp was the second in the series of camps dedicated to the Ardas. It is envisaged there will be many more to come.

The camp focused on the life of Guru Angad Dev jee. Children learnt about how Guru Nanak Dev jee had blessed Bhai Lehna Jee (former name) to Baba Pheru Mal Jee and Mata Sabhraee jee. Tracing Bhai lehna jee’s meeting with Dhan Guru Nanak Dev jee right to the passing of the gurgaddi to Guru Amar Das Jee, this was a truly unique experience for everyone including a strong team of dedicated sewadaars from the Leicester area.

Alongside the history of Guru Angad Dev Jee, emphasis was laid on attending Guru sahib’s morning diwan followed by interpretation of the Hukamnama into English for the benefit of children who may not grasp Punjabi.

Particular emphasis was laid on activities which were mentioned in Guru Ji’s jeevan, for example Horseriding (as Bhai Lehna jee first met Guru Nanak dev jee on horseback); and wrestling (as Guru Angad Dev jee encouraged this sport to make sure his Sikhs were strong mentally, spiritually and physically. On Saturday Bhai Amarpreet Singh from Slough attended and spoke about Guru Angad Dev jee and their contribution to Sikhi after obtaining the Guruship.

The theme Shabad of the camp was the first salok composed in Guru Granth Sahib jee by Guru Angad Dev jee.

Jis Piare sio nehu, tis agai mar challeeai Dhrig Jeevan Sansar, ta kai pachai jeevana One should die before the beloved (Guru Nanak Dev Jee), because living in the world after him, is cursed.

Alongside the camp, on Friday the 15th Feb 2013, a Sri Akhand Path Sahib was begun by Leicester youth, to gain the loving blessings and permission of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Jee to hold santhea classes and Sri Nanak Parkash Katha in the Gurdwara following the camp. The sewa for the rauls was carried out by Leicester Naujawan and some dedicated elder sewadaars who are keen to see young people step up to sewa. It was an incredible experience and Maharaj jee blessed the sangat with a Hukamnama on Sunday :

Sorath M’hulla 5 Ja kau har rang lago iss jug meh , so keheeat hai soora Atam jinnai sagal vas takai, ja ka satgur poora.

Since Monday, the Dashmesh academy has come into being: presently Gurbani Santhea for beginners is being taught every Monday-Thursday alongside Sri Nanak Parkash Katha by Baljinder Singh in Punjabi with a short ten minute prelude of English Katha by Bhai Kuljit Singh.

Everyone is welcome to attend and take laha. Look out for camp#3 Guru Amar Das Jee