The Hacienda de Guru Ram Das community in Espanola, New Mexico will honor and remember those killed and injured at the Oak Creek Gurdwara last Sunday. This tragedy has touched each one of us personally. We invite the surrounding community to join us in the Gurdwara at Hacienda de Guru Ram Das this Sunday, August 12, 11am – 1pm.
All Gurdwaras are open to everyone, but this will offer us a time to join together in unity and support. This tragic event has not only impacted Sikh communities worldwide, but all those who believe in the right of all people to live in dignity and freedom.
Invitations are being sent out to interfaith organizations and public officials to join us for Gurdwara and Langar. Gurdwara will include a15 minute presentation honoring and remembering those who lost their lives, those who were injured, and their families.
Outside the Gurdwara will be a remembrance exhibitwith photos and information about these martyrs, a donation box for the injured officer, and a Condolence Bookto sign which will be sent to the Oak Creek Gurdwara along with a condolence letter on behalf of the Espanola Sikh Sangat.
In addition to the August 12 Gurdwara, we have the names of all those killed including the shooter, and those hospitalized in critical condition (including the defending officer) and their names will be included in the daily Ardas (prayer) for 17 days (August 5 - 21st).
We have had two visits from the press (New Mexican, ABQ Journal North) with front page stories on Tuesday August 7, and two television interviews appearing on Sunday evening (Channel 7 with Sahaj Singh, and Channel 4 with Hari Jiwan Singh).
Several representatives from Sikh Dharma, including some from Hacienda de Guru Ram Das, will travel to Wisconsin this weekend to attend funeral services.
We encourage everyone, whether a Sikh or not, to reach out and connect in unity.
Our Pledge to America
By Yogi Bhajan
Khalsa, the Pure Ones, feel a debt to America, after those who suffered and died to give the sons and daughters of this land the freedom which they enjoy today. We, the Khalsa, want to repay that debt. We are a large family, with hundreds and thousands of brothers and sisters. We believe that everyone should have the right to live in dignity. We believe that the principles laid down by the founding fathers of this nation should be made a reality. This statement stands as a pledge and a promise that anytime, anywhere, in any situation, Khalsa offers to give their lives in all innocence to aid any innocent person in the attainment and fulfillment of the treasured American values of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We live to those ideals and if necessary, we will die for them. We are Khalsa, not because we are strong but because we stand to defend the weak. We are Khalsa not just because we stand together, but because we are dedicated to alleviating the sufferings of all people everywhere. That is our pledge to America in its two hundredth year.
~Siri Singh Sahib Yogi Bhajan from the book, "The Man Called the Siri Singh Sahib." This quote was made in 1976 when the US was celebrating its 200 year anniversary.