Free food /Accomodation worldwide to reduce social divide and help the needy!
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Free food /Accomodation worldwide to reduce social divide and help the needy!

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Found 4th Jun 2014
Free Food (Eat-in or Takeaway) is available irrespective of caste/creed/color/religion at Sikh temples worldwide. I have personally seen people coming 5 o clock in the morning for eat in and takeaway lunches for family at southall sikh temple. Havelock road. Accomodation is free depending on law of the land. In India, most temples offer free food accomodation and clothes.

No donations required. Its financially dependent upon the blessings and best wishes of people and 10% of earnings given by sikhs worldwide. Sikhism is based on 3 rules.
1 Meditiate
2. work hard
3. Share food!

Thanks to Kaku Lala : Gurdwara Map. Alternatively, google it !
sikhiwiki.org/ind…Map
Please cover head and remove shoes before entering. No drugs allowed.

Comments made by Langar takers

Non-Sikh helper in the kitchen helping prepare Langar
"Hospitality of the highest order... Sikhs with fabulous generosity, offer everyone free food called "Langar". You walk into a tent, take your shoes off and put a (provided) white cloth on your head and sit on the floor in long lines. The assembly line efficiency is staggering"
Georg von Harrach, BBC correspondent

Renu Lauer, a Princeton University student ... described her discovery of the langar as a "happy shock." ...

It suggested that the Sikhs had "the ability to balance having a very united and secure community with being able to give to everyone without a sense of discrimination"
Gustav Niebuhr for beliefnet.com

"This is the true 'Sewa(Service)' to humanity" Sher M, Illinois, USA

"What a great service, a glowing example to everyone" Br Shubamrita, Kevala, India

"The fruits of your labour made me a better person" Betty O, Barcelona

"You make it easy for me to believe in God", Mika W, Sweden

"Your grace and hospitality have left a lasting impression", Priscilla E, Illanois, USA

"You are showing us all the abundance of God's love" Debbie M, USA

"Your hearts are completely open, thank you and God bless", Diane W, New York
Voluntary & Selfless Service

Volunteers preparing Langar

The Langar is run by 'volunteers doing selfless service’ Sikhs and others who wish to help. It is a community kitchen and anybody can help in its running. This function of Sewa results in a community feeling in peoples' minds as they drop their mask of ego. The feeling of "I" or "me" is forgotten as they perform this valuable service to humanity.

The langar continued to perform its distinctive role, even in days of the direst persecution. Bands of Sikhs forced to wander in the deserts, jungles and mountains surrounding Punjab would cook whatever they could get, and sit in a pangat to share it equally even as they risked their lives as they dogged the trains and caravans of the Durranis, raiders who came to India for its treasures taking away the young men and women whether Sikh, Hindu or Jain as plunder to be sold in Afghanistan as slaves. Whatever food they had was shared with them all. Later, when the Sikhs came into power and were the only once who ruled afghanistan peacefully, the institution of langar was further consolidated because of increased number of gurdwaras running langar. Maharaja Ranjit Singh was generous in rebuilding many Gurdwaras that had been damaged in the wars and was generous in assigning sizeable jagirs to support them. He also ordered many more Gurdwaras built.

Rules concerning the tradition of Langar

The Langar must be:
1. simple vegetarian meals
2. prepared by devotees who recite Gurbani (Lords hymns) while preparing the langar
3. served after performing Ardas (Prayer)
4. food distributed without any prejudice or discrimination
5. all food must be fresh, clean and hygienically prepared

Importance of Langar to Sikhism

Bhai Desa Singh in his Rehitnama (Code of conduct) says, "A Sikh who is 'well to do' must look to the needs of his poor neighbours. Whenever he meets a traveller or a pilgrim from a foreign country, he must serve him devotedly.

Maharaja Ranjit Singh made grants to gurdwaras for the maintenance of langars. Similar endowments were created by other Sikh rulers as well. Today, practically every gurdwara has a langar supported by the community in general. In smaller gurdwaras cooked food received from different households may comprise the langar.

In any case, no pilgrim or visitor will miss food at meal time in a gurdwara. Sharing a common meal sitting for a Sikh is an act of piety. So is his participation in cooking or serving food in the langar and in cleaning the used dishes. The Sikh ideal of charity is essentially social in conception. A Sikh is under a religious obligation to contribute one-tenth of his earnings (daswand) for the welfare of the community. He must also contribute the service of his hands whenever he can, service rendered in a langar being the most meritorious.
Keep the langar ever open

The last words of Guru Gobind Singh before he passed away at Nanded were, Keep the langar ever open , In his words, may langar (charity) and sword (instrument of securing justice) together prevail in the world.” The first Sikh coin minted in the eighteenth century carried the Guru's maxim in Persian: “Deg tegh fateh—may langar and sword be ever triumphant.”

Simple, High Quality Food served Free

Simple Langar Food

An essential part of any Gurdwara is the Langar, or free kitchen. Here the food is cooked by volunteers and is served without discrimination to all.

It was inspired in 15th centuary by Guru Nanak’s act of serving food to wandering holy men when given money by his father to strike a good bargain. The practice of serving food to all was started with Guru Nanak’s Sikhs at Kartarpur.

The Guru’s Langar is always vegetarian, and traditionally is made up of simple, nourishing food. Strict rules of hygiene and cleanliness are important when preparing the Langar (i.e., washed hands, never tasting it while cooking). Individuals with communicable diseases should not participate in the preparation of Langar. It is also suggested that Gurbani ( Lords praises) be recited during the preparation.

Once Guru Gobind Singh, disguised as an ordinary pilgrim, made a surprise check of the langars at Anandpur. He discovered that Bhai Nand Lal’s langar was the best maintained (he had been turned away at several other Langars, where he was told to come back when the food was ready), but at Bhai Nand Lal's he had been served even though the Langar was not yet ready with the usual meal. He complimented him and asked others to emulate his standards of dedication and service.

One of Guru Gobind Singh’s commandments was that anyone visiting another Sikh’s door must be served food, without hesitation or delay. Another of his sayings ran: “Gharib da munh guru ki golak hai — to feed a hungry mouth is to feed the Guru.” This spirit of common sharing and of mutual co-operation and service was the underlying principle of the Sikh tradition of langar.

The Protocols

When preparing food for the Langar, the mouth and nose will be covered by a piece of cloth known as a "parna". Also during the preparation due regard is made to purity, hygene and cleaniness, the sevadars (selfless workers) will normally utter Gurbani and refrain from speaking if possible.

When serving the Langar, the servers must observe strict rules of cleanliness and hygiene. Servers should not touch the serving utensils to the plates of those they serve. When serving foods by hand, such as chapatis or fruit, the servers’ hands should not touch the hand or plate of those they are serving. Those serving should wait until all others have been completely served before they sit down to eat themselves. It is advisable not to leave any leftovers.
Since some Sikhs believe that it is against the basics of Sikhi to eat meat, fish or eggs, hence non-vegetarian foods of this sort is neither served nor brought onto the Gurdwara premises. Others believe that the reason vegetarian food is served in Gurdwaras is so that people of all backgrounds can consume the food without any anxiety about their particular dietary requirement and to promote complete equality among all the peoples of the world. Alcoholic and narcotic substances are stringently against the Sikh diet, hence these with any meat products are strictly not allowed on Gurdwara premises.

A Means of Social Reform

Community kitchens came into existence with the Sangat or holy fellowships of disciples which sprang up at many places in his time. Sikhs sat in pangat (literally a row) without distinctions of caste or status, to share a common meal prepared in the langar. Besides the kitchen where the food was cooked, langar stood for the victuals as well as for the hall where these were eaten. The disciples brought the offerings and contributed the labour of their hands to prepare and serve the food. The institution of Langar had thus demolished the long established caste barriers and gender prejudices of the time.
High caste Brahmins would eat from the hands of low caste Sudar and vice-versa. This practise, slowly overcame the century old established prejudices ingrained in the minds of common people of the land. Before the establishment of Langar, a Brahmin would not eat in the presence of a low caste person and was thought a bad omen if a low caste person was to enter a room where the high caste Brahmin was eating. The institution of Langar has contributed greatly in putting an end to these ancient social prejudices in the culture of Northern India.

93 Comments

Thank you for sharing.

I'm not sure this is a deal or freebie that should be submitted on this website.

Original Poster

What if someone gets stuck somewhere with no money? My father was helped financially after he was looted in India. Temple offered him accomodation, food and money to return home. This is to help people who may be stuck somewhere. I have seen international students doing daily trips to these temples to save cost of food! I aint propogating that everyone should become a freeloader but it will certainly help people who are in need and may reduce social divide worldwide?

cutcopy85

I'm not sure this is a deal or freebie that should be submitted on this … I'm not sure this is a deal or freebie that should be submitted on this website.

Original Poster

Its not a religious post either coz no one in sikhism has ever had or will ever ask anyone to convert !

good info but there should be would be moral responsibility of give back in some form or other

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sach1636

good info but there should be would be moral responsibility of give back … good info but there should be would be moral responsibility of give back in some form or other

Selfless Service is the best service but if someone feels the moral responsibility, he can donate or wash dishes, serve food or help in the kitchen!

kulwindersahluwalia

Its not a religious post either coz no one in sikhism has ever had or … Its not a religious post either coz no one in sikhism has ever had or will ever ask anyone to convert !

I don't think you should be making such a general statement speaking on behalf of all Sikhs because no culture is perfect. I know a Sikh guy who converted to Islam & I also know many Sikhs who preach conversion...

Original Poster

I meant conversion into sikhism! Like Sikhs normally wont ask you to convert to sikhism! Sikhs wont ask you to leave your religion! Its a basic tenant of Sikhism not a generlised statement. Sikhs dont get virgins or heaven by converting people as a reward. Gurus taught them to respect all religions equally.
Good luck to the guy who left sikhism for Islam!

All said & done your post is informative & the Gurudwaras do offer a great service to the community irrespective of caste, creed, culture, religion etc... If only we could all sit together as one!!

kulwindersahluwalia

I meant conversion into sikhism! Like Sikhs normally wont ask you to … I meant conversion into sikhism! Like Sikhs normally wont ask you to convert to sikhism! Sikhs wont ask you to leave your religion! Its a basic tenant of Sikhism not a generlised statement. Sikhs dont get virgins or heaven by converting people as a reward. Gurus taught them to respect all religions equally.Good luck to the guy who left sikhism for Islam!

Again you are generalising by saying Sikhs won't ask you to convert or leave your religion! I've seen it happen with my own eyes. Unfortunately not everyone follows the teachings of the Gurus. In fact some Sikhs heavily believe in the caste system so how do you expect them to respect all religions or to integrate with the host nation when there is such divide amongst Sikhism?

Original Poster

How many times have you seen a sikh distributing free literature to convert people?
How many times have you seen a sikh claiming his lord is greater and others are qafirs or disbeleivers?
How many times have you seen a sikh threatening people about HELL if they dont convert?

kulwindersahluwalia

How many times have you seen a sikh distributing free literature to … How many times have you seen a sikh distributing free literature to convert people?How many times have you seen a sikh claiming his lord is greater and others are qafirs or disbeleivers?How many times have you seen a sikh threatening people about HELL if they dont convert?

Your questions are in direct relation to things that have been said by strong believers of certain faiths. If Sikhism says you should respect all cultures & faiths irrespective of anything then you should not be pointing out such questions as you are saying they are wrong in their beliefs! Surely we should all respect one another & let each other live within the ideologies & beliefs that one believes in...

We converted to North Sea gas!

joyf4536

We converted to North Sea gas!

I'm pleased for you!!

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KiKai

Your questions are in direct relation to things that have been said by … Your questions are in direct relation to things that have been said by strong believers of certain faiths. If Sikhism says you should respect all cultures & faiths irrespective of anything then you should not be pointing out such questions as you are saying they are wrong in their beliefs! Surely we should all respect one another & let each other live within the ideologies & beliefs that one believes in...

When did i say they are wrong? I just asked those questions coz u were adament that you have seen sikhs preaching conversions.. I was just asking... where? Please stop hijacking this thread. Many thanks and kind regards.

kulwindersahluwalia

When did i say they are wrong? I just asked those questions coz u were … When did i say they are wrong? I just asked those questions coz u were adament that you have seen sikhs preaching conversions.. I was just asking... where? Please stop hijacking this thread. Many thanks and kind regards.

The fact that you asked the questions, shows you clearly think they are wrong! Yes I have seen many sikhs in various places in this country & in India preaching conversions. Hijacking this thread lol... You obviously think your opinion is right & the only one that matters!! It's pointless you posting anything if you do not want the input of others...

Original Poster

Where exactly have u seen them?

KiKai

The fact that you asked the questions, shows you clearly think they are … The fact that you asked the questions, shows you clearly think they are wrong! Yes I have seen many sikhs in various places in this country & in India preaching conversions. Hijacking this thread lol... You obviously think your opinion is right & the only one that matters!! It's pointless you posting anything if you do not want the input of others...

kulwindersahluwalia

When did i say they are wrong? I just asked those questions coz u were … When did i say they are wrong? I just asked those questions coz u were adament that you have seen sikhs preaching conversions.. I was just asking... where? Please stop hijacking this thread. Many thanks and kind regards.



KiKai

The fact that you asked the questions, shows you clearly think they are … The fact that you asked the questions, shows you clearly think they are wrong! Yes I have seen many sikhs in various places in this country & in India preaching conversions. Hijacking this thread lol... You obviously think your opinion is right & the only one that matters!! It's pointless you posting anything if you do not want the input of others...



KiKai is absolutely correct because from your statements you clearly believe your believe system to be superior to others, in this case Islam. Your statements were constructed to appear tongue in cheek, yet at the same time attempting to purport that Sikhism is a superior faith. This is a pity because you ruined your own post, the subject matter of which is quite commendable. Your very statements demonstrate perfectly how false your claim is that sikhs don't to try make out that theirs is a better faith.

You are living in cuckoo land if you think Sikh's don't try to convert others to their faith. Although the number of preachers are small in the UK, a rudimentary search on YouTube would very quickly dispel your notions. Not that I have anything against them. I personally think Sikhism (and most religions) can have positive effects in certain circumstances.

Its quite naive to suggest that your temple leaders wouldn't want non Sikhs to have any positive image of Sikhism after feeding them for free, which would they would no doubt hope would lead the individual to convert.

Furthermore perhaps you should also look into other faiths charitable aspects as many Mosques, Churchs, Temples and Synagogues also provide other forms of help to people from outside their faith.

And just in case you misunderstand, my reply is not directed at sikhs or their faith. Rather it's directed at you for your prejudices. You're not a good spokesperson for Sikhism.

Original Poster

I just typed a disclaimer that people with a different beleif system need not worry of conversion as its not a religious but a community service! I have prepared food and washed dishes with a lot of christians, hindus and muslims without any talk of religion or god. Now, if someone comes bragging on this thread about her sikh friends converting to Islam and try hijacking it saying sikhs try to convert others ... what response would you expect?

Original Poster

There are atheist people who beleive in selfless service for humankind and they come in this community kitchen to serve!

kulwindersahluwalia

I just typed a disclaimer that people with a different beleif system need … I just typed a disclaimer that people with a different beleif system need not worry of conversion as its not a religious but a community service! I have prepared food and washed dishes with a lot of christians, hindus and muslims without any talk of religion or god. Now, if someone comes bragging on this thread about her sikh friends converting to Islam and try hijacking it saying sikhs try to convert others ... what response would you expect?



I think it was a response to your statements rather than a 'brag'.
They might not be talking about Sikhism in the kitchens but you sure are shouting it from the er, HUKD rooftops....sorry i couldn't think of a better whatchumacallit.

chillax

Original Poster

when did i ask about sikhs leaving sikhism or Islam being a better religion taking sikhs away? What was she responding to when she said her sikh friend left sikhism for Islam? Was it me saying sikhs are superior? anyways, you 2 seem to think alike... is it the same person with another ID?

t4nz

I think it was a response to your statements rather than a 'brag'. They … I think it was a response to your statements rather than a 'brag'. They might not be talking about Sikhism in the kitchens but you sure are shouting it from the er, HUKD rooftops....sorry i couldn't think of a better whatchumacallit.chillax

kulwindersahluwalia

I just typed a disclaimer that people with a different beleif system need … I just typed a disclaimer that people with a different beleif system need not worry of conversion as its not a religious but a community service! I have prepared food and washed dishes with a lot of christians, hindus and muslims without any talk of religion or god. Now, if someone comes bragging on this thread about her sikh friends converting to Islam and try hijacking it saying sikhs try to convert others ... what response would you expect?


kulwindersahluwalia

There are atheist people who beleive in selfless service for humankind … There are atheist people who beleive in selfless service for humankind and they come in this community kitchen to serve!

Firstly I wasn't bragging about anybody converting, I was simply telling you that these things do happen. And secondly conversion is prevalent in all faiths. You are just not open minded to this fact & interpreted it as an attack on Sikhism... Which quite frankly is ridiculous as I am a Sikh myself!! Selfless service (Seva) irrespective of a persons faith is a wonderful thing as I see all humans as equal...

t4nz

I think it was a response to your statements rather than a 'brag'. They … I think it was a response to your statements rather than a 'brag'. They might not be talking about Sikhism in the kitchens but you sure are shouting it from the er, HUKD rooftops....sorry i couldn't think of a better whatchumacallit.chillax

Definitely a response & not a brag...

Original Poster

All someone needs to do is google Kikai hukd muslim and there are countless islamic threads where you added heat and started them which were marked spam by mods.. Similarly I have seen the other guys id and he has suggested muslims travelling to Israel to not to get thr passports stamped there.. Both of you are clearly muslims and KiKai u are lying blatantly!

thank your for listing this although I must admit I didnt read it all which I guess shows some disrespect which wasn't intended.

I am amazed and in awe of this and I am sorry that there isn't a temple near me to experience this process first hand. I will go to one when I am near enough to see this for myself tho.

I have friends that are Buddhist and they don't attempt to convert and it's always a very relaxed time with them. I think this must be another religion which follows the same type of path.

Is there a 'noddy' book on your faith I could read as I don't even know if you have one God or many ? (sorry )

Original Poster

Hi Jonnythomas,
Many thanks for you comment.
Sikhism beleives in one God. Southall, Hounslow, Leicester, Birmingham,Bradford,Leeds,Bedford and most of the sikh majority areas have sikh temples. Whenever I am far away from home and feel the urge of home-cooked food. I google Sikh Temple near me you can do the same...

So...where's the voucher code then?

Original Poster

No Voucher code lol! Smile and enter. Or enter and we will love to bring a smile on your face ..

:-)

Thanks for the offer but I'll kindly refuse. It's for the best.

http://blogs.westword.com/showandtell/assets_c/2011/09/droids6-thumb-160x212.jpg

This is not deal. This is the service made to "GOD" and given by "GOD".

I do not think that accomodation is provided by any Gurudwara in Southall. Correct me if I am wrong

cutcopy85

I'm not sure this is a deal or freebie that should be submitted on this … I'm not sure this is a deal or freebie that should be submitted on this website.



I agree

I went to Southall temple a few years ago. It and the area are great to visit for all sorts of reasons. I think we were offered a meal at the temple. I've worked with quite a few Sikhs over the years, have only positive things to say. I don't think many people will abuse this posting-I doubt many would go who aren't open minded to where they are visiting.

Very informative post. Thank you. I would like to point out, however, to the people claiming that the op is taking a dig at Islam; Islam is not the only religion preaching that non believers are damned to hell. Roman Catholicism does this too. I think Judaism also preaches that they are chosen people. As mentioned by others in this thread, most religions do evangelise also, some even knocking on our doors? Why is it assumed that op is talking about Islam?? Paranoia??

Tempted to offer my services at a sikh temple btw

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myguyfromthe80s

:-)Thanks for the offer but I'll kindly refuse. It's for the best.

Many thanks for your time!

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rbsjp

I do not think that accomodation is provided by any Gurudwara in … I do not think that accomodation is provided by any Gurudwara in Southall. Correct me if I am wrong

It did provide accomodation services to a lot of international students. It just arranged accomodation for free for them. Due to security, Gurdwaras are open from 5 in the morning to about 9 in the night in UK but gurdwaras in India do normally provide food and accomodation 24 hours a day eg. golden temple, bangla sahib and a lot more local 1s. These were the places I 1st saw foreigners in India.. Most of the people when go from one state to another... and if hotels are full they look for gurdwara... there is even a saying in our culture.. that if you all come to my home where am i gonna go? Gurdwara (temple)? I have felt sometimes that if i wont have anything left in my life, i will just go spend my life in golden temple.. doing service, meditation and living and eating costs will be stressfree... one of My Uncle did the same... he is in mumbai.. hazur sahib!
Edited by: "kulwindersahluwalia" 5th Jun 2014

Voting hot because it is hot and that's what this site is about, please don't flood the thread with hate, it's kinda boring and predictable now.
P.s I don't promote or support any religion.
Edited by: "lovernotfighter" 5th Jun 2014

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lovernotfighter

Voting hot and because it is hot and that's what this site is about, … Voting hot and because it is hot and that's what this site is about, please don't flood the thread with hate, it's kinda boring and predictable now.P.s I don't promote or support any religion.

Agree with you! I request Mods to delete the hateful discussions! I regret losing my temper as well!
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