Langar • WALT: • Understand what Langar is and how it started • Analyse the ingredients of Langar Greeting Task: What is meant by langar?
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What is Langar? Golden Temple Freedom of Food video The Langar or free kitchen was started by the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak Dev Ji. It is designed to uphold the principle of equality between all people of the world regardless of religion, caste, colour, creed, age, gender or social status. In addition to the ideals of equality, the tradition of Langar expresses the ethics of sharing, community, inclusiveness and oneness of all humankind. "..the Light of God is in all hearts." (Sggs 282)
Feeding the Sadhus • Guru Nanak Dev Ji was given 20 Rupees to go do some business • On the way, he met hungry Sadhu’s (holy men) • Spent money on food and clothes for them.
Questions • What was Guru Nanak Dev ji asked to do with the 20 rupees? • What did Guru Nanak Dev ji spend the moneey on? • Why do you think Mehta Kalu was annoyed with Guru Nanak Dev ji? • What did Guru Nanak Dev ji mean when he said he had done a “A true trade”? • What can we learn from this sakhi?
Langar: Mata KhiviJi Mata Ji was the wife of Guru Angad Sahib Ji, she rendered service in utmost humility. She would supervise thelangar and serve the food with her own hands to all who came. • Met five Guru’s in her life • Mentioned in Guru Granth Sahib Ji • Dedicated her life to seva • A true role model
Sri Guru GranthSahib JeeMaharaj says: "Balwand says that Khivi, the Guru`s wife, is a noble woman, who gives soothing, leafy shade to all. She distributes the bounty of the Guru`s Langar; the kheer - the rice pudding and ghee, is like sweet ambrosia."(Ang 967)
Taste the langar while you’re making it Do simran while you’re washing up, serving Do’s and Don’ts of Seva
Langar: Guru Amar Daas Ji Amar Das the third guru formalised the institution of langar, the guru’s free kitchen, uniting the Sikhs by establishing two key concepts: Sangat Pangat: sitting together on the ground in a row to partake of food from a common kitchen regardless of caste, creed, gender, age or social status Sikh Podcast: Langar
Quiz on Langar at Darbaar Sahib Langar Hall: At the world’s largest free eatery
How many plates, bowls and spoons are there at Darbar Sahib 40’000 50-50Ask the audience Phone a friend 20’000 A B 40 million 132’000 C D
B-40’000 You have won £100
How many people come to eat daily? 50-50Ask the audience Phone a friend 330’000 3 million A B 80’000 3000 C D
C- 80’000 You have won £200
LohLangarTapdeRahin means… 50-50Ask the audience Phone a friend Langar before sangat May the plates remain hot A B The Langar of Guru’s Shabad Has opened May the hot plates of the Langar remain ever in service C D
D- May the hot plates of the Langar remain ever in service You have won £300
3000 people are served every…? 50-50 Ask the audience Phone a friend 30 minutes hour A B 15 minutes day C D
C- 15 minutes You have won £500
There are 300 permanent sevadaars In langar at darbaar sahib. What does Sevadaar mean? 50-50Ask the audience Phone a friend Cleaners Paid worker A B Chef Volunteer C D
Congratulations D- Volunteer Congratulations
Ingredients of Langar TASK: Annotate your langarthaal with the key ingredients of langar What does langar represent? How should langar be served? What should our thinking be when receiving langar? Who is langar for? What are the rules (maryada) in langar? Make sure you use key words
Homework 1 Always be grateful for everything especially langar whether in the Gurdwara Sahib or at home. Praying before and after langar is vital. Why? Masaru Emoto’s Rice Experiement (video) Recite the following before and after every meal/drink. If you forget just recite as many as possible before bed: qUdwqwdwqwruqyrwidqwKwvxw ]thoodhaathaadhaathaarthaeraadhithaakhaavanaa ||You are the Giver, the Great Giver; we eat whatever You give us. Extension: Write down how did reciting before and after the meal make you feel?
Homework 2 Homework: Purchase some non perishable food which we will donate to the Leicester Homeless Centre. Write a letter to the homeless shelter explaining what langar is and why you are donating food. Non Perishable: Tinned food, cereals, packet or boxed food (must be vegetarian, egg free, alcohol free)