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IN THE SPIRIT OF THANKSGIVING
A PRAYERFUL REFLECTION
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Kanwal Prakash Singh
For Sikhs, every day, every hour, every season, and every condition in which Sutguru (God) places us is a moment of gratitude and thanksgiving. The Sikh sacred Scriptures remind us to be a sanctuary of hope and healing, loving, and thankful for all that God places at our crossroads. Let our spirit recognize and celebrate that every living being offers us a unique testimony, sets an example where we may discover inspirations, encouragement, friendships, and lessons to brighten and improve the human condition. For that, among other things that include interfacing with life in its myriad manifestations, we are immeasurably blessed and eternally grateful.
Throughout the U.S., Sikh Americans will celebrate Thanksgiving with family and community gatherings, participate in interfaith prayer services, share ethnic adaptations of traditional Thanksgiving meals with family and friends, feed the hungry and homeless, watch football and fabulous Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, and express their solidarity with fellow Americans.
The past several weeks have been culturally and spiritually uplifting in Indiana: an Interfaith Pilgrimage to the Sikh Gurdwara (Temple); the annual International Festival; multicultural and interfaith educational forums; The Veterans Day remembrances and parades; Diwali (Indian Festival of Light) and Bandi Chhor Diwas (an event connected with the life of the sixth Prophet of the Sikhs, Guru Hargobind Sahib) at the Sikh Gurdwara. There was also the famous Thanksgiving Duck Luncheon, a gathering of brilliant leaders representing every major field and facet of endeavor and community who have been transforming Indiana with their imaginative vision, incredible gifts, and uncommon dedication. The Thanksgiving Duck Luncheon is organized by one of Indiana's outstanding servant-leader, Jim Morris, President of the Indiana Pacers (basketball team) and former Chief of the U.N. World Food Program.
INTERFAITH THANKSGIVING SERVICE
Reflecting upon the events of recent days and upon the rich and beautiful Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at the majestic Second Presbyterian Church last night, my mind kept traveling to a time and place, to a spirit and cherished promise where we carry the light and wisdom from our daily prayers, sacred commandments, and by manifesting our faith as a living testimony and be a sanctuary of hope and healing, messengers of love and gratitude, and as trusted selfless anchors to serve causes that make a difference to human freedoms, prosperity, and strengths of our shared universe and civilization. We pray that we work with fellow Americans and as world citizens to dispel hunger and suffering wherever it is happening, replace devastating fears with freedom and hopefulness of a better tomorrow; strive for peace and humanitarian accommodation as the true answer for human happiness and advancement.
Life is a gift and a miracle of God, and we are All Children of One God. According to the Sikh scriptures: “Each of us a repository of Divine Light.” That means, that each of us has a moral responsibility to do what we can to expand that promise and dispel darkness and despair. “Life is a thanksgiving and a blessing, a time and place to know and serve God.” Generosity of spirit, unbound and unconditional compassion, loving and sharing with joy and thanksgiving are the Face of God. No one is outside the circle of God's Love; we are all God's Family. God's sunlight and rain cover the entire Creation, so must our thoughts and actions.
Thanksgiving is about cultural, spiritual, and humanitarian embrace. It is about creating a sanctuary of hope and promise that extends to include others who may be in need; they carry the power to help us discover our own humanity, our faith lessons, and the true meaning of thanksgiving. In giving, sharing, we become the recipients of the undreamed-of blessings.
REMEMBERING MY FATHER AND WISHING EVERYONE A HAPPY FATHER'S DAY
I am my father's son. In our family we affectionately addressed him as Darjee. He was a distinguished man in scholarship, spirit and with many excellent attributes and a divinely-inspired persona. He was kind, humble, gentle, and deeply devoted to his faith, family, and lived his faith in service and lifting the burdens of others with his deep compassion, understanding, and words of wisdom that seem to come from ...the depth of his conviction. He was in touch with the commandments, lessons, and spirit of faiths and spiritual traditions. I learned all that I am and know from his personal testimony of grace, righteous labor, and devotion to sacred values of loving, sharing, respecting and kindness toward all. I remember my father with deep gratitude and thanksgiving for my good fortune to be loved and mentored by such a wonderful father and teacher.
I loved my father, as many of you do, and I venerate him as someone who graced my life and spirit, and pray that his lessons and values may continue to be part of my life. I am not him; he was the sun, I am only an earthen lamp. I think of him as the dawn breaks and the birds begin their symphony of Praise; the flowers wake up to share their fragrance with the entire world; as the sun goes down and the birds return to their nest in time for Rehras (the Sikh evening prayer); the moon and stars appear to begin their rendezvous in the vast sky with countless galaxies dancing across the cosmic realms to unimagined celestial music and rhythms. I often wonder, which corner of this unfathomable heaven, the Wonderful Lord has assigned my father an eternal resting place!
My beloved Darjee's words come alive when the rains come and nurture the Mother Earth; the life-giving air blows across the continents for all beings without distinction; when I see tragedy and suffering, as we did during the Partition of India and lost everything; I pause to reflect on his reminder that life is a promise and gift with unexpected downs and undreamed-of triumphs; not yesterday, but today and life matters. Strive, excel, and rejoice in the blessings that surround you and others will follow.
For me, as a father of two wonderful sons and having a life partner with exceptional talents and enlightened spirit, every day is Father's Day. Each of you love, remember, and honor your wonderful and distinguished fathers in your own way. I wish everyone a very happy and blessed Father's Day. God bless everyone
Loved having chef and culinary instructor Jasjit Kaur in to talk about Diwali and the sweets she makes to celebrate this special holiday. See the post below for her simple but delicious almond halwa/burfee recipe.