Kew Gardens Center: Birthday celebrations for the founder of Sikhism

“There is neither Hindu nor Mussulman (Muslim), but only man. So whose path shall I follow? I shall follow God’s path. God is neither Hindu nor Mussulman and the path which I follow is God’s.”


Thus said Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh religion. According to the calendar Sikhs follow, his birthday falls this year on November 25th and India Home member Suresh Sethi (himself a Sikh) decided to acknowledge and celebrate Guru Nanak Gurupurabh at our Kew Gardens Center. Raghubir Bhatti, another member and Sharon Gill, our yoga teacher, all joined together in a small presentation on the unique life and teachings of Guru Nanak. They told stories of miracles that made people aware of Guru Nanak’s divinity. Then they shared the percepts of tolerance and love that characterize the Sikh religion: sharing, helping and caring for those in need; making an honest living without exploitation or fraud; and meditating on God’s name to control human weaknesses.