ੴ ਸਤਿ ਨਾਮੁ ਕਰਤਾ ਪੁਰਖੁ ਨਿਰਭਉ ਨਿਰਵੈਰੁ ਅਕਾਲ ਮੂਰਤਿ ਅਜੂਨੀ ਸੈਭੰ ਗੁਰ ਪ੍ਰਸਾਦਿ॥
One Universal Creator God. The Name Is Truth. Creative Being Personified. No Fear. No Hatred. Image Of The Undying, Beyond Birth, Self-Existent. By Guru's Grace ~
Chant And Meditate:
ਆਦਿ ਸਚੁ ਜੁਗਾਦਿ ਸਚੁ॥
True In The Primal Beginning. True Throughout The Ages.
ਹੈ ਭੀ ਸਚੁ ਨਾਨਕ ਹੋਸੀ ਭੀ ਸਚੁ ॥੧॥
True Here And Now. O Nanak, Forever And Ever True.||1||
ਸੋਚੈ ਸੋਚਿ ਨ ਹੋਵਈ ਜੇ ਸੋਚੀ ਲਖ ਵਾਰ॥
By thinking, He cannot be reduced to thought, even by thinking hundreds of thousands of times.
ਚੁਪੈਚੁਪ ਨ ਹੋਵਈ ਜੇ ਲਾਇ ਰਹਾ ਲਿਵ ਤਾਰ॥
By remaining silent, inner silence is not obtained, even by remaining lovingly absorbed deep within.
ਭੁਖਿਆ ਭੁਖ ਨ ਉਤਰੀ ਜੇ ਬੰਨਾ ਪੁਰੀਆ ਭਾਰ॥
The hunger of the hungry is not appeased, even by piling up loads of worldly goods.
ਸਹਸ ਸਿਆਣਪਾ ਲਖ ਹੋਹਿ ਤ ਇਕ ਨ ਚਲੈ ਨਾਲਿ॥
Hundreds of thousands of clever tricks, but not even one of them will go along with you in the end.
ਕਿਵ ਸਚਿਆਰਾ ਹੋਈਐ ਕਿਵ ਕੂੜੈ ਤੁਟੈ ਪਾਲਿ॥
So how can you become truthful? And how can the veil of illusion be torn away?
ਹੁਕਮਿ ਰਜਾਈ ਚਲਣਾ ਨਾਨਕ ਲਿਖਿਆ ਨਾਲਿ ॥੧॥
O Nanak, it is written that you shall obey the Hukam of His Command, and walk in the Way of His Will. ||1||
The aim of our fund drive is to increase the amount of monthly pledges to Beaverton Gurdwara from the current total of $1700 to $3500 per month. As you already know, the current location of Beaverton Gurdwara is a leased property and the rent is $1900 per month. With all the utilities figured in, we are spending about $2500 per month. The need has been felt for some time now to hire a Bhai Sahib so that gurdwara open time could be expanded, kirtan and santhiya classes could be offered and monthly sehaj paath could be performed at Beaverton Gurdwara. Sangat of Beaverton Gurdwara also had originally come together with a future vision of a permanent gurdwara location. In order to make that vision a reality, we need to start accumulating funds so that when an opportunity arises to own a permanent location, we could move forward. Please note that all the legal, operational and financial functions of Beaverton Gurdwara are conducted under the name of Sikh Center of Oregon, which is a non-profit religious organization.
Waheguru ji ka Khalsa, Waheguru ji ki Fateh
With Guru's grace and sangat's selfless seva, we had another uplifting experience of Akhand Paath at Beaverton Gurdwara. This event was made possible by the seva of many of you who came to recite and listen to Gurbani, serve in the langar, maintain gurdwara premises, donate supplies to langar and sing Guru's praises together in sangat - our heartfelt gratitude goes to all of you. May your spirit of seva be forever blessed by Waheguru so that all of us can keep moving with your support toward the true vision of Beaverton Gurdwara.
Here are some important announcements from Beaverton Gurdwara for this week:
1. Punjabi and Kirtan classes: Starting Sunday, September 14, the kirtan classes will begin again at Beaverton Gurdwara from 10:30 to 11:30 am. All experience levels and ages are welcome. Kirtan class is in need of an iPad to help with the lessons as well as help our youth members to do kirtan seva in Gurdwara programs. Our youth members would sincerely appreciate the donation of an iPad; please let us know if you are interested in doing this seva.
Punjabi classes will begin on the same day from 1:45 to 2:45 pm. The Punjabi classes will have the following groups:
Group 1 - Ages 5 and above, kids beginning to learn the Gurmukhi alphabet
Group 2 - Intermediate learners, kids who have learned the Gurmukhi alphabet and will work on mastering the vowels (matraa) this year.
Group 3 - Accelerated learners, high school students and adults, with or without previous knowledge of Gurmukhi
Please reply to this email with name, age and level of interested students so that groups can be formed and classes started in an efficient manner.
2. Follow up on Ghadar Party Centennial celebration from 2013: Jo Ogden, the researcher who initiated our sangat's participation in the centennial events last year, has been visiting Beaverton Gurdwara to interview the attendees. Jo is working on publishing a book on her research. She has asked for Punjabi to English translation help with an interview dated 1909 featuring Harnam Singh Tundilat. Please write back to this email if you're able to help with this project.
3. Assist available for Punjabi speaking permanent US residents seeking citizenship: Baldev Pabla ji is a new member of our sangat. Arriving from California, he brings with him years of expertise in guiding community members who have little to no knowledge of English and wish to become naturalized citizens of USA. He has been donating a substantial number of hours to the gurdwara kitchen garden as well. Sangat has been enjoying fruits (and vegetables) of his labor in langar. Sangat members interested in help with citizenship process can either contact Pabla ji at gurdwara or contact him at his family email address - firstname.lastname@example.org. We're grateful to have such learned and eager volunteers among us!
Sunday, September 14:
9:30 to 10:30 am - Sukhmani Sahib
10:30 to 11:30 am - Kirtan Class
11:00 to 11:30 am - Naam Simran
11:30 to 1:00 pm - Kirtan by sangat
1:00 pm - Samapti followed by Guru ka Langar
1:45 to 2:45 pm - Punjabi class
Please bless us with darshan of Guru ki Sangat. We hope to see you at Beaverton Gurdwara.
With gratitude and GurFateh,
Sevadaars of Beaverton Gurdwara