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1947-2014 (Archived)
Jun 17, 2004
Amritsar February 8:

Akal Takht, the supreme temporal seat of Sikhs, has come out in support of ‘EcoSikhs” call to observe March, 14, the Gurgaddi Divas of 7th Sikh Master Guru Har Rai ji, as Sikh Environment Day.

Endorsing the Call given by EcoSikh Akal Takht has urged upon all the Sikhs to to plant a tree each while observing March 14 as Sikh Environment Day.

Singh Sahib Giani Gurbachan Singh the religious head of Sri Akal Takht Sahib, based in Amritsar, Punjab, India in a message issued yesterday said that this is an important step forward for Sikhs who are passionate about protecting the environment, and an exciting moment for EcoSikh. The message will be released on TV and in newspapers in India. The full message in Punjabi is below.

The English Translation of the Message is as follows:

Today, the whole world celebrates the World Environment Day. The ‘EcoSikh organisation’ has taken up March 14th, 2011 Guru Gaddhi Diwas (day of enthronement) of Sri Guru Har Rai Sahib Ji, to be celebrated as “Sikh Environment Day”. Sri Guru Har Rai Sahib is remembered in Sikh history for his deep sensitivity to nature and its preservation. The efforts of EcoSikh organization, to celebrate this day as ‘Sikh Environment Day’ are very appreciable. The Creator God has created a vast variety of flora and fauna to maintain ecological balance on this earth. Whenever we try to modify the creation, it loses its balance and we face disastrous earthquakes, floods, draughts etc. It is only due to this disturbance in the ecology that the environment sensitive people in the world are specially celebrating Environment days throughout the world.

Confirming the presence of the Creator in His creation, the True Guru has said;

“Baleharee Kudrat Vasiya”, which means,
I am a sacrifice to Your almighty creative power which is pervading everywhere.

And has said,
“Pavan Guru, Pani Pita, Mata Dharat Mahat !!”, which means
Air is the Guru, Water is the Father, and Earth is the Great Mother of all.

The Gurmat (Sikh Guru’s teachings) describes air as the Guru, water as the Father and the earth as the mother and has told us to respect and take care of these three elements. I, hereby, from Sri Akal Takhat Sahib, founded by the bearer of Miri Piri, Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji, while congratulating all the Nanak naam leva Sikhs (the followers of Guru Nanak) around the world on occasion of GurGaddi Diwas of Sri Guru Har Rai ji, appeal that every Sikh should plant at least one sapling on this auspicious occasion and attain blessings of Sri Guru Har Rai Ji by celebrating this day as ‘Sikh Environment Day’ and wish Khalsa Panth remain at spiritual heights.

Servant of Guru’s Kingdom,

(Gurbachan Singh)
Jathedar, Sri Akal Takhat Sahib
Sri Amritsar



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