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My special thanks for all postings regarding Sikhs in Italy, these are very informatory. It shows light on different world. it’s about something within that doesn’t die as people search for means of living in foreign lands. It’s about the urge they carry to introduce to others that they are known as Sikhs and are part of this planet. People from other faiths when meet them at least they can tell about themselves just as they learn about others. Imaginable dreams! It’s a global melting, scattered seeds of One source getting together as time changes as per His ordinance.


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and if i may say so..Sikhs never create "ghettos"..wherever they go they are open and mix in with the crowd...not aloof and shut in like some other communities...thats a good sikh trait
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in Malaysia..its the GURDWARAS that attract the Pakistani "Punjabis"..not their mosques !!
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AAD ji..I guess you are Italian ??
THANKS a million for these informative posts..I have a few relatives in Italy..long lost and forgotten.
It was in Italy that I first met a real Gentleman..the Late Dr Kharrak Singh of the IOSS Chandigarh..He was workign for the FAO then and based in Rome...I still remember the ITALIAN FOOD !! ( names forgotten)..just the absolutle heavenly taste only lingers in my brain...as if it was just yesterday..and not in 1970....
Yes -- Italian American. VaheguruSeekr ji got me thinking a lot about the similarities between Italians and Punjabis. The food is good -- and Italian/India fusion style of cooking works. Many ingredients are the same -- tomatoes, squash, sweet and hot peppers, onion, garlic, saag and bitter broccoli which is another dish that I am told they like in Punjab, eggplant, cornbread - the list goes on. Also spices like bay leaf, hot seed pepper and cinnamon -- again the list goes on.

What strikes me is the pictures of the Sikhs in Italy -- they don't look all stressed out.

I forgot chick peas -- channa.
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My special thanks for all postings regarding Sikhs in Italy, these are very informatory. It shows light on different world. itís about something within that doesnít die as people search for means of living in foreign lands. Itís about the urge they carry to introduce to others that they are known as Sikhs and are part of this planet. People from other faiths when meet them at least they can tell about themselves just as they learn about others. Imaginable dreams! Itís a global melting, scattered seeds of One source getting together as time changes as per His ordinance.
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That is the miracle -- everything you say up above. Go to a gurdwara in italy and find yourself at home after all -- or so it seems. You can see in the video how respected the Sikhs are also in that part of the world.
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Turban Day Celebrations In Rome, Italy

May 4th, 2009 by Special to SikhNet



It was a moment of wonderful feeling of sharing the cultural heritage in one of the reputed universities in Rome, Italy when on 28th April 2009, an occasion on Turban was marked to bring awareness on the cultural heritage from the region of Punjab, India. The day started with incessant rain which was thought to be a mood spoiler but it proved out to be blessing in disguise as the original open location was shifted to one of the largest rooms of the University at Viale Romania. Luiss Guido Carli is a famous international university of Rome where students from many different corners of the world come to attend undergraduate, graduate and post graduate courses. It is also one of the most expensive universities known for its superb state-of-the-art facilities for its students.


Turban Day event was basically a five-hour event and was the first time that such an event was organised in an Italian university, it became one of the largest crowd puller owing to the interesting picture portraits by famous Italian photographer Alessandro Marongiue was adorned on the some of the walls of university. People started peeping from the windows and doors to know what is happening, which made them curious for the love for turban.
It saw participation of hundreds of students and at least 21 students got a chance to wear the crown of turban. There was much excitement among them as very few people know about it and there was a large queue of seekers. The remarkable event was supported with light spiritual music which soaked the environment with a feeling of bliss and harmony. The students were seen rejoicing. The message of universal togetherness in diversity was shared among them and they got a taste of cultural activities from the East. It seems like perfect blend of the East and the West.

Reference:: Sikh Philosophy Network http://www.sikhphilosophy.net/showthread.php?t=24556

It was inspiring and brought a sense of motivation for seekers of such colourful cultural activities. It was admired with fun and frolic manner with full support of music, multimedia projections, and pictures on the walls. the insightful view of the culture and importance of ďNo SmokingĒ was shared.

The event was organised in the university by a student named Harpreet Singh from New Delhi, India who was at many times asked by his Italians as well as other friends and colleagues alike about the significance of the Turban in their daily life, purpose behind it and does he belong to the Arab World?, so the need was sensitised to organise an event which can act as a platform for generating awareness for the youngest and one of the most admired cultural heritage from India. It was organised with the help of local Italians who are deeply familiar with the way of life and are the organiser of Kundalini Yoga events in Italy in which Mr. Romeo Grappasoni, Ms. Guilia Laruffa and Flaminia Parkash Pacceli helped many students to know about the turban.
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Earlier, it was planned for 13th April 09 but due to the holiday on Easter, it was fairly scheduled for 28th April 09. University management showed its eagerness in organising the event and facilitated all the desired equipments for the event disposal. Students who wore turban became ambassador of the event and shared their sentiments with others.

All the student delegation was very happy for it is organised and they carried home a warm feeling of happiness leading from awareness of leadership by turban in action.
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May 4th, 2009 by Harpreet Singh

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This is the story of Love, devotion, hard work and challenges faced by the Sikh community in Rome, Italy and the story begun with the acquiring of a little land in 1994 on lease which envisaged the setting up of a Gurdwara complex near Rome. During the initial years there were few members from the Sikh community in Rome to start the sewa, however they managed and came up successfully championing hardships like managing their own work and at the same time making arrangements for funds by visiting far flung places for work, running for tedious bureaucratic approvals, in period of time procured many essential facilities.

The setting up first Gurdwara complex in Lazio region of Ladispoli was quite a challenging experience and was in few years shifted to near Fregene, about 1 hour journey from the centre of Rome. For the last 10-11 years, it is being run from the same complex having capacity to seat around 250 people. Motivation for Love has made all the difficult things possible to achieve by His Grace. There was handful number of people who began this service.
Basically, the journey started with the few gentlemen who took modest initiative in arranging funds in the year 1994 and successfully found the suitable place in Ladispoli. Within few years, the small yet beautiful Gurdwara was shifted to another place on the outskirts of Rome near Fregene, Maccaresse at Via Luchini Pompeati Arturo, 70 00054 Fiumicino (RM) on lease. With the journey of more than a decade, committee together with the local sangat of Siri Guru Hargobind Sahib Sewa Society has been blessed with buying of fairly a good piece of land for a new Gurdwara Sahib in Rome and presently the construction is in taking plac. However it is seeking immediate building funds from the sangat across the globe. By Guru`s grace, we would like to schedule its inauguration in the month of June`09.

(Newly purchased site for the Gurdwara complex)
The new Complex will have the seating capacity of 500 people. The interesting thing to note is that it will be just 13 minutes distance from Cornelia Metro station. From Termini station, Coliseum and Vatican City, it is 30 minutes journey by car. Management has to secure many loans to achieve this objective. Gurdwara Sahib helped many other Gurdwaras in Italy with the building funds but now itself is seeking funds for further construction. Due to the lack of funds, sangat members are taking part in the construction themselves. It needs funds for the construction of ceiling, floors, langar hall and various other things. Donations received on time will assist in making a very beautiful temple for all. It will house a langar hall with a seating capacity of around 250 people at the same time. New address of the complex will be Via Romano Guerra 16, Massimina Rome 00166 Italy.

(Construction for Gurdwara Sahib taking place, Rome)
Assist by participating with the sangat in realizing the long pending dream of building a Gurdwara Sahib. Around 0.45 Million Euros is the estimated total cost and the management is in dire need of funds up to 90,000 Euros to bring this gift to the people of Rome. No amount is too small if given with the complete devotion to the feet of the One.

We request you to direct the funds in the name of

Sri Guru Hargobind Sewa Society, Rome
Bank Account Number with IBAN code is - IT89Y0300239241000400463757
Person in charge of management is Balbir Singh and he can be reached at 0039-3389031822, lallbalbir@tiscali.it
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Yogi Bhajan Singh Ji on DAS VANDH (GIVING ONE TENTH)

"It is a priority that we must have land. It is a priority that the payments of the land must be made. It is a priority that for our future children there should be a place. It is a priority that we must build something for tomorrow."

What is the secret of the tenth part? Guru Gobind Singh, the Tenth Master, told his Sikhs one-tenth of the earnings they received did not belong to them but belonged to God. When we give it back to Him, then all of the wealth and prosperity which is ours is revealed to us and is bestowed upon us.
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Das Vandh is a pure and simple business with God. The ten-fold return represents our interest and dividends already waiting to be paid to you from the profit sharing pool. To join the Ďcredit unioní and begin collecting our multiple returns, we must contribute your one tenth.

Sikhs first began bringing offerings to the Guru during the time of Guru Nanak. Guru Amar Das started the formal tradition of serving lungar when he called upon his Sikhs to bring a portion of their crops and earnings to share in the community kitchen. During the time of Guru Arjun, the Guruís House fell upon difficult financial times. Guru Arjunís older brother, Prithi Chand, had performed certain dishonest acts which corrupted the system, and the Guruís court and lungar began to fall short of cash. Bhai Gurdas and Baba Buddha became so concerned that they went to Guru Arjun asking what solution could be applied. Guru Arjun knew the Cosmic principle to reverse the trend and multiply their prosperity. He told his dear beloved Sikhs that the problem was simple: they had to collect the tenth part of everyoneís earnings to contribute to the Guruís Court and the Guruka Lungar. Twenty-two Masands were appointed who went to visit the Sikhs on their farms and in their outlying villages each month, bringing them news of the Guruís mission and collecting the tenth part of their earnings to build their community bank.

The Siri Singh Sahib or Yogi Bhajanji told us the principle was true then, as it is true today and will be true tomorrow. He said:

"These things are a priority over today. So far, all of our structure is being maintained, but now we are asking people: ĎDo you need your future?í Then you give one-tenth for it! It is insurance; it is paying the premium, it is a participation in your own future. Because it is a law of the Universe that one-tenth of your income you must dedicate to God, to Godís work. This law is not made by me. It is a law from the time immemorial. If you say that you canít do it, it is because you donít have the endurance to do it. You donít have the continuity to do it. You donít have the values to do it."

Place their Daswand in Guruji's feet however dire the circumstances may be.

In Tankhanama Bhai Nand Lal ji says : He who does not take out daswand and cheats to survive; Says Guru Gobind Singh Ji to Nand Lal Ji ď Such a person will never see progress..Ē

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