Thanksgiving Ardas

“Sukhara / Thanksgiving Ardas will be held during Morning Diwan”, a message from my landlord, who is a Sikh by faith, said. So as I had no clue what either a Sukhara or an Ardas or a Diwan was, I thought I should go to the Gurudwara (Sikh temple) on sunday morning and find out.

Ardas, I got explained, is a Sikh prayer that can be spoken before or after eating. Even though I came nearly an hour late (on purpose, I have to admit), the prayer was still going on. So I sat down on the carpets next to the landlord’s son. I remembered to cover my head inside the Gurudwara, plus I sat properly cross-legged – but on the men’s side. Oops.

langarThe prayer was going on and on, so the landlord’s son and I started to write text messages back and forth. Apparently during a lot of Sikh functions, talking is kind of tolerated, but not on this day. So we kept quiet until everybody got up to go to “Guru ka Langar”.

This obviously I knew. Sikh’s serve free, vegetarian food to everybody present, no matter which religious background, gender, caste, race or social status. Everybody is sitting equal on the floor and the distributors walk along the long lines with big buckets and heaps of bread. Like always in the Sikh communities, I felt welcomed and included. And I had to eat everything that was on my plate.

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  1. Rahul

     /  September 21, 2013

    Ardas is usually said AFTER the kirtan (hymns of the Gurus?). And there is no compulsion to eat everything on your plate but of course that’s good manners, right? 😉


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