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.
This drop-in live webinar is made just for children! Join us on June 14th, Children’s Day, as we welcome various guest presenters to engage with Sabad, sakhi, story-telling, poetry, puzzles, art, and much more. These various activities will help children learn about Sikhi in new and creative ways, prompting lots of questions and space for self-discovery. Note for our Nature Art activity with Rapinder Kaur: No previous art making experience required. For this virtual expressive arts workshop you will only need access to basic art materials; a couple of sheets of paper, and any of the following: markers, pens, pencils, pastels and or simple paints. Other options include: found nature objects: leaves, twigs, sticks or other nature objects, scissors, glue and tape. Theme: Jagat (Our World) 30 min - Creator in Creation: Introduction to Words About the World in Gurbani and an Explanation of Arti Sabad (Jasmine Kaur) 15 min - The Light Within Us (Inni Kaur) Travel with Guru Nanak Sahib and Bhai Mardana to the coastal town of Puri and find out what happened there. 15 min - Music Rendition (Preetinder Singh) 15 min - Plexers (puzzles) (Harliv Kaur) Includes creating your own plexor for the word - Jagat or Duniya 15 min - Kavita About the World (Arpinder Kaur) Arpinder and her son Jivat Singh will be reading, singing, and discussing a Kavita (poem) on nature. 15 min - Panjabi Story (Gurmeet Kaur & Liv Kaur) Gurmeet and her daughter Liv Kaur will be sharing a folktale from their book series. 30 min - Nature Art Activity (Rapinder Kaur) Participants will be led through a fun & engaging art-making activity using found nature objects and simple art materials to help them explore what both they and nature need to flourish and grow.
A story-time session with Inni Kaur. In this webinar, Inni Kaur reads “Nuri’s Awakening,” from Journey with the Gurus, Volume 3. All you need to enjoy this webinar is your imagination, a blanket, and a stuffed toy! “You are a spark of the Light of Ik Oankar. I want you to remember that the Light of Ik Oankar lives within you….” said Guruji Audience: Grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles and children who love to hear stories! About the Presenter: Inni Kaur is a passionate author, poet, story-teller, and painter. She is the author of the children’s book series, Journey with the Gurus that is inspired by the life and teachings of Guru Nanak. Her other children’s books are Sakhi-Time with Nani Ji and Thank-You, Vahiguru. To Inni, every single day is a celebration. While she writes anytime the spirit moves her to, she also thoroughly enjoys watching the clouds pass her by, taking long mindful walks to appreciate nature’s innate beauty, and painting abstract artwork Learn more about Journey with the Gurus here: http://www.journeywiththegurus.com
The dictionary describes the word ‘Inspire’ as "to influence, move, or guide by divine or supernatural”. Guru Sahib tells us in his Bani that if you want to create a prodigy tell your children stories of their ancestors. One such story for our children is the life of the Char Sahibzade! This webinar looks at the lives of the 4 Sahibzadey and takes a close look at the "code" that they lived by. Some questions that we will answer together are: What were some key values and how do we know?
With summer at our doorsteps, now is a great opportunity to plan a few educational family activities for the next few months. Play is important, no doubt, but so is accepting Gurbani as part of everyday life and learning to ask the right kind of questions. Questions that are explored in Gurbani. For that to be a part of your journey, SikhRI composed a summer curriculum to engage the whole family and especially children.
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. In this final podcast, we will get to hear a sakhi centering around Guru ji’s important decision: who will be the next Guru? Guru ji has taught us all so many life lessons; a special one is being discussed in this final episode: the need for us to live enriched, full lives while here in this world. We must work our hardest to make this world the best it can be, not only for ourselves but also for those who come next.
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. He was unaware of the power of Vahiguru. Guru ji wisdom and understanding broadened Bhai Lehna ji. This beautiful sakhi truly captures how wise Guru ji was, so wise that Bhai Lehna ji felt that he needed to reshape his life to live by the wisdom of Guru ji. Listen along to hear the meeting of Bhai Lehna ji with Guru ji.
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. Guru ji learned why and he demanded that Bhumi make good on the pain that he had caused. But rather than going the traditional route, Guru ji requested that Bhumi follow through with four promises. Guru ji wanted Bhumi to learn his lesson and be true to his word and follow the right path. Promises are never meant to be broken. They have significance in relationships, communication, and respect. Find out if Bhumi kept his promises. Listen to learn more about Bhumi’s path from crime to compassion.
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.
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.
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. The next day, at the prayer service, Guru ji angered the priests by not following them in prayer. This beautiful sakhi highlights compassion to people and their different needs, desires, and choices. Vahiguru has no shape or form; Vahiguru is everywhere around us. Listen to this podcast; it’s filled with stars, lamps, and pearls.