Sojhi

Sojhi is our program for developing K-12 curriculum, resources, and products to help young people, build connections, and derive insights from Sikhi. Sojhi is oriented around the goal of developing insights to inspire a Guru-centered life.

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Wednesday
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30
November
2022

Support the Youth with Sojhi

Sojhi is our program for developing K-12 curriculum, resources, and products to help young people, build connections, and derive insights from Sikhi. Sojhi is oriented around the goal of developing insights to inspire a Guru-centered life.

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Monday
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15
June
2020

Babanian Kahanian Divas

This drop-in live webinar is made just for children! Join us as we welcome various guest presenters to engage with Sabad, sakhi, story-telling, poetry, puzzles, art, and much more.

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Sunday
,
17
May
2020

Getting to Know Vahiguru

This workshop is specifically designed for young children, ages 6-10. Children will walk through a Sabad by Bhagat Kabir Ji using illustrative material and learn about qualities of the Divine. 

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Friday
,
19
July
2024

Learning & Growing (Panjabi)

This episode underscores Guru Arjan Sahib's teaching that money cannot purchase blessings. Concentrating solely on wealth does not enhance one's character.

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Saturday
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13
July
2024

Questioning & Understanding (English)

In this episode, Jasveen Kaur introduces an idea similar to the Mughals destroying crops – that unfortunate events may occur to good and kind individuals.

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Friday
,
12
July
2024

Questioning & Understanding (Panjabi)

In this episode, Tandeep Kaur introduces an idea similar to the Mughals destroying crops – that unfortunate events may occur to good and kind individuals.

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Saturday
,
6
July
2024

Forgiveness & Bravery (English)

In this episode, Jasveen Kaur explores Guru Gobind Singh Sahib’s teachings about forgiveness, emphasizing that, regardless of the magnitude of our mistakes, as long as our intentions to improve are genuine, the door to forgiveness remains open.

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Friday
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5
July
2024

Forgiveness & Bravery (Panjabi)

In this episode, she explores Guru Gobind Singh Sahib’s teachings about forgiveness, emphasizing that, regardless of the magnitude of our mistakes, as long as our intentions to improve are genuine, the door to forgiveness remains open.

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Saturday
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25
May
2024

Wisdom & Youth (English)

In this episode, Jasveen shares a sakhi about Guru Harikrishan Sahib, who became a Guru at age five. The Sikh community warmly embraced their eighth Guru and welcomed his wisdom.

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Friday
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24
May
2024

Wisdom & Youth (Panjabi)

In this episode, she shares a sakhi about Guru Harikrishan Sahib, who became a Guru at age five. The Sikh community warmly embraced their eighth Guru and welcomed his wisdom.

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Saturday
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18
May
2024

Humility & Honesty (English)

This episode explores how Guru Nanak Sahib entered Malik Bhago’s life and its profound impact on him.

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Friday
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17
May
2024

Humility & Honesty (Panjabi)

This episode explores how Guru Nanak Sahib entered Malik Bhago’s life and its profound impact on him.

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Saturday
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11
May
2024

Honoring & Working (English)

This episode unfolds on a cold, rainy day in Kartarpur, where the downpour was so intense that it tore down a wall in Guru Nanak Sahib’s home.

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Friday
,
10
May
2024

Honoring & Working (Panjabi)

This episode unfolds on a cold, rainy day in Kartarpur, where the downpour was so intense that it tore down a wall in Guru Nanak Sahib’s home.

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Saturday
,
4
May
2024

Listening & Believing (English)

In this episode, Jasveen shares the sakhi of Baba Makhan Shah Ji and his deep admiration for Guru Harrai Sahib, our seventh Guru. Baba Makhan Shah Ji was returning to Panjab on a boat when the weather turned dangerous.

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Friday
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3
May
2024

Listening & Believing (Panjabi)

In this episode, Tandeep shares the sakhi of Baba Makhan Shah Ji and his deep admiration for Guru Harrai Sahib, our seventh Guru. Baba Makhan Shah Ji was returning to Panjab on a boat when the weather turned dangerous.

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Saturday
,
27
April
2024

Defending & Healing (English)

In this episode, she discusses Bhai Kanhaiya Ji and his compassionate treatment of opposing forces. It's crucial to recognize that everyone we encounter possesses a heart and mind and is part of a family.

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Friday
,
26
April
2024

Defending & Healing (Panjabi)

In this episode, she discusses Bhai Kanhaiya Ji and his compassionate treatment of opposing forces. It's crucial to recognize that everyone we encounter possesses a heart and mind and is part of a family.

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Friday
,
19
April
2024

Loving & Serving (Panjabi)

This episode focuses on the significance of serving others and the opportunities to embrace and celebrate these experiences. In this sakhi, children will discover that seva doesn't have to feel like a chore or burden; with the right mindset...

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Friday
,
19
April
2024

Loving & Serving (English)

This episode focuses on the significance of serving others and the opportunities to embrace and celebrate these experiences. In this sakhi, children will discover that seva doesn't have to feel like a chore or burden; with the right mindset...

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Monday
,
8
April
2024

Sharing & Caring (English)

In this particular episode, she delves into the themes of sharing and caring. The Sacha Sauda sakhi sheds light on the genuine meaning behind sharing, caring, and engaging in honest trade.

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Monday
,
8
April
2024

Sharing & Caring (Panjabi)

In this particular episode, she delves into the themes of sharing and caring. The Sacha Sauda sakhi sheds light on the genuine meaning behind sharing, caring, and engaging in honest trade.

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Friday
,
29
October
2021

Episode 12: The Second Nanak

Vahiguru created everything, and Vahiguru is all around us. Thank you all for joining us throughout this glowing journey we’ve all had with one another. It has been a pleasure sharing the sakhis of Guru Nanak Sahib.

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Friday
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1
October
2021

Episode 11: When Guru Nanak Met Guru Angad

The sakhi of how Guru Angad Sahib and Guru ji met is momentous. Their paths crossed at the perfect time. Guru Angad Sahib was Bhai Lehna ji at that time. Guru ji’s wisdom was something that Bhai Lehna ji was absolutely missing in his life.

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Thursday
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12
August
2021

Episode 10: Keeping Promises

Do you know about Bhumi? The rich landlord from Dhaka, India? Well, if you don’t know of him, hit the play button. This is a sakhi you’re not going to want to miss. There’s a reason why Bhumi was so rich.

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Thursday
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15
July
2021

Episode 9: Vahiguru Is Everywhere

The next sakhi takes us to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Around the year 1525, Guru ji and Bhai Mardana arrived in Mecca. Guru ji’s interaction with the qazi (a Muslim scholar) was very shaky at first because the qazi thought Guru ji was disrespectful.

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Thursday
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1
July
2021

Episode 8: Protecting the Rights of Others

Vahiguru exists in everyone – even in those who don’t embody what Guru ji stood for. Surprisingly, mean people also have Vahiguru in them; they just have forgotten that. All they need is a special reminder from a place of love that Vahiguru is in them.

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Thursday
,
27
May
2021

Episode 7: Remembering Vahiguru’s Beautiful Creation

The next sakhi in our series takes us to the town of Puri, in India. The Mayor of the town invited Guru ji and Bhai Mardana to listen to Aarti , a special prayer performed by the priests. Guru ji happily accepted.

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Thursday
,
29
April
2021

Episode 6: Keeping Our Thoughts Clean

This podcast brings us to Haridwar, a town that lies on the banks of the Ganges river. Guru ji challenges the thinking of the men whom he meets at the river.

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Thursday
,
8
April
2021

Episode 5: Being True, Inside and Out

Our next podcast takes place in Tulamba, focusing on a man named Sajjan and an inn he ran for travelers to stay overnight. Over time, Sajjan began engaging in a very unhealthy habit, which negatively affected travelers.

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Thursday
,
25
March
2021

Episode 4: Importance of Honest Living

In this episode, we delve into Malik Bhago, a very wealthy and powerful man who held a feast for the gods and goddesses to seek their blessings. Guru ji was the only one who refused his invitation.

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Monday
,
8
February
2021

Episode 3: Lasting Friendships

In this episode, we learn more about friendships and growing up while remaining apart. Guru Nanak Sahib ji left Talwandi to live with his sister, Bebe Nanaki, and her husband, Jairam Das, in Sultanpur.

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Tuesday
,
26
March
2019

Episode 2: The Lesson in Equality

In this episode, we explore what happened during Guru Nanak Sahib’s “janeu” ceremony. When Guru ji was eleven years old, Pandit Hardyal, the family priest, told his parents, Pita Kalu ji and Mata Tripta ji, that now was his time for the “janeu” ceremony.

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Wednesday
,
6
February
2019

Episode 1: When Guru Nanak was Little

2019 would mark the 550th Prakash Purab (Illumination Day) of Guru Nanak Sahib. To commemorate this monumental event SikhRI is launching a children’s audio story series in English and Panjabi based on the life and travels of Guru Nanak Sahib.

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Anandu Sahib

Anand Sahib course is designed for children aged seven years and above and will cover the first five pauris (stanzas) and the fortieth pauri of Anand Sahib.

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Barah Mah

The course is based on the Bani of Barah Maha revealed each by Guru Nanak Sahib and Guru Arjan Sahib. The Gurus have transformed this folk poetry into a spiritual journey of love.

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Sojhi Means Insight

Gurmat and Panjabi schools across the globe are used as a means to impart Sikh spirit, principles, values, and history to the youth. While teachers and volunteers at these schools do their best in delivering Gurū’s message, there is a gap between each school knowing what to teach and taking it to the next level of engaging children. SikhRI offers a strategic solution to this key challenge and also helps develop higher-order thinking skills among children through Sojhi curriculum. We share classroom and teaching ideas and strategies, share tips about classroom management, behavior management, and effective instructional strategies:

•   Improving the effectiveness of Sikh educations
•   Offering high standards of learning
•   Relevant course material for students
•   Developmentally appropriate learning activities
•   Consistent syllabi and teaching for instructors
•   Instructors training in content and teaching mechanism

Our curriculum is developed and reviewed extensively by educators, child development specialists, and experts and scholars in the subject matter covered by the curriculum and it is widely used in Gurmat and Panjabi schools across North America, parts of Europe and Asia.

Free Resources for Educators

Currently we provide printable worksheets, lesson plans and Powerpoint files for Kindergarten to Grade 8, free to download. Each grade is divided into two core curriculum: Boli (Language Arts) and Virsa (Sikh History). Curriculum for Pre-K and High School is under development.

SikhRI welcomes feedback, comments, and suggestions on the Sojhi curriculum. If you or your organization is interested in sponsoring a Gurmat Educational online resource, please contact the info@sikhri.org for more details.

Teacher Training

We also offer training workshops for parents, educators and adult caregivers in which we guide them to explore exercises and activities they can do with their child to bring them closer to Gurbani and Gurmat. Our full day training sessions for Gurmat and Pañjābī Schools are perfect for administrators andteachers from your local area.

•   Gain skills to use in your classroom
•   Participate in role-playing scenarios
•   Discover ways to use research material accurately
•   Enhance your knowledge base on content
•   Clarify subject matter misconceptions

Our sessions are led by Sojhī trainers from SikhRI. We rely on our local hosts to provide logistics such as training venue, location and meals, and enlist the participation of schools in the region.

Free Resource Downloads

Links and file downloads to the curriculum and collections of resources assembled for your needs.

Getting to Know Sohila

This education resource will introduce students to the Sohila Bani (composition). We have paired lesson units and short informational videos on the Sohila Bani.

Getting to Know Jassa Singh Ahluwalia

Explore the life and lessons of Jassa Singh Ahluwalia and his legacy through our downloadable education resource and our originally produced podcast and video series ‘Sikh History.’

Getting to Know Hari Singh Nalua

Explore the life and lessons of Hari Singh Nalua and his legacy through our downloadable curriculum, as well as through our originally produced podcast and video series 'Sikh History'.

Getting To Know Guru Nanak Sahib

This set of lessons is meant to introduce children to Guru Nanak Sahib and help them develop a fundamental knowledge base through Sakhis and other activities. Getting To Know Guru Nanak Sahib is perfect for use at home, Gurmat and Panjabi schools, as well as Sikh camps. 

Seva: Gurmat Educational Unit

The unit, packed with exciting lessons, will take students on a journey of exploration of the concept of Seva in light of Gurbani–Wisdom, Tavarikh–History, and Rahit–Lifestyle. SikhRI’s Seva lessons are created to be used equally at home, Sikh camps, or Gurmat and Panjabi schools.

Getting to Know Guru Granth Sahib

This comprehensive resource is easily accessible for use at schools, camps and for families wanting to support their children's summer learning experience at home. Each lesson plan has been thoughtfully constructed to encourage, engage and strengthen the curious minds of future generations, by offering resources inspired by the teachings of Guru Granth Sahib Ji.

Sojhi: Grade 6 to 8 Curriculum

For Grade 6 to Grade 8 — this curriculum is developed and reviewed extensively by educators, child development specialists, and experts and scholars in the subject matter covered by the curriculum and it is widely used in Gurmat and Panjabi schools across North America, parts of Europe and Asia.

Sojhi: Grade 3 to 5 Curriculum

For Grade 3 to Grade 5 — this curriculum is developed and reviewed extensively by educators, child development specialists, and experts and scholars in the subject matter covered by the curriculum and it is widely used in Gurmat and Panjabi schools across North America, parts of Europe and Asia.

Sojhi: Kindergarten to Grade 2 Curriculum

For Kindergarten to Grade 2 — this curriculum is developed and reviewed extensively by educators, child development specialists, and experts and scholars in the subject matter covered by the curriculum and it is widely used in Gurmat and Panjabi schools across North America, parts of Europe and Asia.

Presenters & Facilitators

Staff
Sojhi

Jasmine Kaur

Coordinator & Chief Developer of the Sojhi Curriculum

Jasmine currently works as an Adjunct College Instructor teaching courses in Technical Business English, Education and Social Sciences.

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Sojhi
Presenter
Sidak

Jasleen Kaur

Research Associate

Jasleen Kaur is a Research Associate at the Sikh Research Institute. She has received a Religious Studies B.A./M.A. from the University of Virginia, focusing on South Asian Religions through the lens of literature and poetry.

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Staff
Presenter
Sojhi
Sidak

Inni Kaur

Creative Director

Inni Kaur is Creative Director at the Sikh Research Institute (SikhRI). She has served SikhRI in several capacities since 2010, including Chair of the Board, and most recently as CEO. 

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Staff
Sojhi

Harliv Kaur

Sojhi Curriculum Developer & Teacher Trainer

Harliv Kaur is an elementary school teacher who specializes in English as a Second Language.

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