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Vaisakhi 2009: The Promise of a New Start Amid the Economic Crisis

Posted by peacedevelopmentnetwork on April 26, 2009

 

 

Bhai Sahib Mohinder Singh, Chairperson, British Sikh Consultative Forum

Bhai Sahib Mohinder Singh, Chairperson, British Sikh Consultative Forum

On Wednesday 21st of April we had the good fortune to be invited to a Vaisakhi celebration in the House of Commons organised by the British Sikh Consultative Forum (BSCF). Usually Vaisakhi is celebrated on April 14th but Parliament was in recess at that time. Despite coinciding with budget day a good number of MPs and Lords gathered to honour the occasion. Mr. Bhai Sahib Mohinder Singh, the Chairperson of the BSCF, gave the keynote address explaining the historical significance of Vaisakhi as a time of humility, reflection and new start for the Sikh faith that comprises 24 million worldwide and 700,000 in the UK. He applied the lessons of this period to the current economic crisis saying,

 

 

 

‘every crisis is an opportunity and contains within it the promise and hope of new beginnings. The present crisis highlights the unity and interconnectedness of all humanity….I believe the present crisis presents us with very real prospects to rethink and reorganise the global order.  The crisis has revealed to us the disconnection and void between policy making and moral practice which lie at its root.’ He emphasised that the human consciousness must be empowered with values in order to affect change.

‘Such values can be awakened within us by faith and spirituality’ he explained, as well as by ‘drawing on the repository of wisdom offered by the world’s faith traditions.’

He added that the UN needs to be strengthened to assist in international peace-making and to deliver the Millennium Development Goals.

 

 

He also emphasised the importance of marriage by adding, ‘to achieve cohesion, we need to strengthen the sacred institution of marriage, the building block of family and community life.’

For More Information http://www.BSCF.org.

 

 

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2 Responses to “Vaisakhi 2009: The Promise of a New Start Amid the Economic Crisis”

  1. DEAR SIR,
    SAT SARI AKAL
    I AM RETIRED DOCTOR SERVED NHS IN U.K. FOR ABOUT 37 YEARS
    I AM CHAIR OF CENTRAL SCOTLAND INTERFAITH GROUP..GOING STRONG BY THE DAY
    I AM PRACTISING SIKH AND OFTEN MAKE PRESENTATIONS BAOUT MY FAITH TO ANY ONE ORGANISATION WHO SHOWS FAITH IN MY RELIGION(SIKHISM)
    I LIKE TO JOIN YUOR GROUP AND MAY BE I CAN BE APPOINTED AS YOUR REPRESENTATIVE IN SCOTLAND
    I AM ALSO INCHARGE OF PUNJABI CLASSES IN GLASGOW GURDWARA(I DO NOT TEACH BUT SUPERVISE)
    I GRADUATED FROM SH. AMRITSAR MEDICAL SCHOOL
    I AM A FAITH PERSON AND RESEARCH IN THE SCRIPTURES OF MY 10 GURUS

    SAT SARI AKAL

    • Dr Satwant Singh Multani

      Dear Dr Multani
      Thank you for your comment. I’m sorry I could not really talk to you on April 2nd at the House of Commons. Thank you for making the journey for the event all the way from Scotland.
      I have been communicating with Christine Webster and Arthur Gardner to support their work for the Interfaith Youth Hostel and Paul Currie’s walk. I will add your name to the supporters of the walk and the vision of the Interfaith Youth Hostel. Please talk with Christine and Arthur about how we can work together to promote understanding among different faiths for the good of society as a whole. On July 4th we will be having a Peace Council gathering in London to see how the branches can cooperate together with national projects and campaigns.
      Thank you for your support once more. It is gratefully appreciated.
      Yours sincerely
      Robin Marsh
      Secretary general
      UPF – UK
      Mobile 07956210768

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