Surender Pal Singh

Senior Research Associate

Surender Pal Singh is a Senior Research Associate at the Sikh Research Institute. He holds a Master’s degree in Religious Studies and English. 

He is the English Content Reviewer for The Guru Granth Sahib Project. He also develops curriculums, presentations, and research papers and delivers topical courses on Sikh theology and culture online. He is the lead instructor of the Gurbani 101 track at Sidak, an annual leadership development program by SikhRI. He is the co-author of the Gurbani linguistics book Guru Granth Sahib – Its Language and Grammar and the author of the Workbook Gurbani Language and Grammar. He has over twelve years of experience teaching Gurbani linguistics and twenty years of experience teaching Sikh theology and culture.

He currently resides with his family in Canada.

Videos

Monday
,
10
July
2023

So Purakhu - Introduction

Join us as we embark on a journey to understand the seekers' quest for a heart connection and a deep love-relationship with So Purakhu, as beautifully described by Guru Ramdas Sahib.

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Monday
,
10
July
2023

So Purakhu - Sabad 1

In this enlightening video, we dive deep into the first Sabad of So Purakhu, as beautifully expressed by Guru Ramdas Sahib. 

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Monday
,
10
July
2023

So Purakhu - Sabad 2

This enlightening video delves into the profound teachings of the second Sabad of So Purakhu. Guru Ramdas Sahib beautifully explains that the eternal IkOankar (Supreme Being) is the creator and owner of everything in existence. 

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Monday
,
10
July
2023

So Purakhu - Sabad 3

This thought-provoking video explores the profound teachings of the third Sabad of So Purakhu. Guru Ramdas Sahib beautifully illustrates the world as a vast pool, where material possessions represent the water and their allure resembles mud. 

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Monday
,
10
July
2023

So Purakhu - Sabad 4

This enlightening video explores the profound teachings of the fourth Sabad of So Purakhu. Guru Ramdas Sahib guides us to understand that being born as a human presents a unique opportunity to recognize the Supreme Being (IkOankar).

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Tuesday
,
11
October
2022

Symbolism in the Guru Granth Sahib: The Fish

The symbolism of fish that cannot survive outside the water is often used to depict the nature of the relationship a human being is encouraged to have with IkOankar (1Force, Divine).

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Podcasts

Monday
,
19
July
2021

Politics of the Sword Warrior Guru: Surender Pal Singh | The Sikh Cast

Follow Surender Pal Singh as he speaks about how, while serving as the Guru, Guru Teghbahadar Sahib visited far-off places and interacted with many individuals and communities. The Guru faced opposition not only on the external front but also on the home front. The Guru navigated through scheming and aggressions, many times violent, with grace and wisdom. This presentation explores the Guru’s interactions with people and communities and the underlying principles that governed the Guru’s politics of alliances.

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Wednesday
,
7
April
2021

Countdown to Vaisakhi 2021: Surender Pal Singh

Surender Pal Singh, Research & Content Facilitator at Sikh Research Institute (SikhRI) shares his reflection on Vaisakhi.

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Articles

Tuesday
,
10
October
2023

Stanza Structure in a Sabad

While reading the Guru Granth Sahib, we encounter various stanza structures within a Sabad, often indicated through corresponding titles on the Sabad. This diversity in stanza structures arises due to variations in the number of lines in the stanzas.

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Thursday
,
1
September
2022

Sabad Structure in the Guru Granth Sahib

While reading the Guru Granth Sahib, we come across various Sabad structures and forms. Some small and others long. Some have two stanzas, others three, four, or more. What do these different stanzas tell us about a Sabad or its structure?

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Monday
,
19
July
2021

Politics of the Sword Warrior Guru

While serving as the Guru, Guru Teghbahadar Sahib visited far-off places and interacted with many individuals and communities. The Guru faced opposition not only on the external front but also on the home front.

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Monday
,
21
September
2020

Maharani Jind Kaur: The Last Queen of Panjab

Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s death in 1839 left a big void in the rule of the Sikh kingdom, which led to the annexation of Panjab by the British.

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Monday
,
29
May
2017

It Is the Gurgaddi Divas.

On Gurgaddi Divas we reflect on the lessons we continue to learn from Guru Harikrishan Sahib & Guru Eternal Guru Granth Sahib.

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Presenting at Upcoming Events

Sat
,
Jul 20

The Real Guru Nanak

Fleetwood Library

Taking place in English, this session attempts to understand the vision and personality of the Guru based on Guru Granth Sahib as well as secondary texts. It also explores the relevance of the Guru’s paradigm today.

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