A light for humanity
November 23rd, 2019
New Jersey Performing
Arts Center, Newark, New Jersey
Celebrating oneness by spreading the teachings of love, equality, peace and brotherhood on occasion of the 550th Illumination Anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder of Sikhism. The event will showcase Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s life and the relevance of his teachings in the modern world. With an expected audience of over 3000, the event intends to create an experience that is enlightening, engrossing and entertaining.
This event will be approximately 3 hours long with an audience of 3,000 plus, from the diverse demography of the Tristate area - Greater New York, Connecticut and New Jersey. There will be various activities and exhibitions depicting Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s life teachings. There will be performances, presentations and animations by distinguished musicians, singers and artists from across the globe.
“Oneness – A Light for Humanity” is based on Guru Nanak’s teachings of love, peace, equality and universal brotherhood. Guru Nanak Dev Ji was born in November 1469 in Talwandi, Punjab, India (now known as Nankana Sahib, Punjab, Pakistan). He has been a strong advocate of three main principles: Naam Japna (Meditation in the name of God), Vand Chakna (Always share) and Kirat Karna (Honest Living). This Event will showcase how these principles have enlightened generations since the 15th century and how it will continue to uplift and influence the spiritual well-being of our society. We believe this is a great opportunity for people seeking Spiritual Wisdom and Universal Oneness to come together.
“Oneness – A Light for Humanity” will have eminent speakers; scholars; political and spiritual leaders and senior executives from private, public and voluntary sector organizations, from all backgrounds and nationalities. The wisdom shared by these attendees will be a great amalgamation, to commemorate Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s 550th Illumination Anniversary.
Naam Japo/Meditation on God's Name- It is God's grace to repeat and focus the mind on His name or identity. One's inner voice remains imbued with reverence and gratitude of the Creator and the one eternal god and his will. While contemplating God's names a devotee is able to get nām, the divine connection with God. Nām is able to fulfill all desires and cleanse the mind of its impurities distress.
Vand Chakko/Sharing with others- It means to share what you have and to consume it together as a community. This could be wealth, food. etc. The term is also used to mean to share one's wealth with others in the community, to give to charity, to distribute in Langar and to generally help others in the community who need help. A Sikh is expected to contribute a portion of their wealth or income to people in need or to a worthy cause.
Kirat Karo/Honest Living- The term means to earn an honest, pure and dedicated living by exercising one's God-given skills, abilities, talents and hard labor for the benefit and improvement of the individual, their family, and society at large. This means to work with determination and focus by the sweat of one's brow and not to be lazy and to waste one's life to time.