Sikh Dharamsal – A Place to Learn Spiritual Wisdom and Serve Humanity

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The New Sikh Gurdwara of San Antonio

The New Sikh Gurdwara of San Antonio (Sikh Dharamsal) was formed with the following Vision, Mission, Purpose and Values in mind.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Our Vision

To connect ourselves with our living Guru, Sri Guru Granth Sahib, and Guru Khalsa Panth.

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Our Mission

We are a community that aims to provide an opportunity for people to develop themselves as followers of the Sikh faith, as expressed through the Guru Granth Sahib, Sikh history, and Sikh discipline (rahit).

We hope to positively impact each person we encounter with Vahiguru’s love and to develop followers dedicated to Sikh values.

We also strive to make contributions to the broader community and promote awareness and recognition of Sikhi.

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Our Purpose

A place to obtain spiritual wisdom, which supports:

1. Learning and promoting the Sikh values of naam japnaa (remembrance), kirat karni (work ethic) and vand chakhna (collective sharing)

2. Completing life’s journey from being a manmukh (self-centered) to becoming a gurmukh (Guru-oriented)

3. Living a purposeful life in the bhana (Divine will)

 

An institution for community support and development that provides:

1. Space for conducting ceremonies related to major life events, including janam sanskar (birth ceremony), amrit sanchar (initiation ceremony), Anand Karaj (marriage ceremony), antam sanskar (death ceremony)

2. Libraries and classrooms that offer adults and children an opportunity to learn about Sikhi

3. Continuation of traditions that providing service, food, and shelter to needy without any discrimination

 

A community center for collective gathering, which attempts to:

1. Build stronger bonds within the Sikh sangat through social and cultural activities.

2. Initiate volunteer opportunities to benefit the greater San Antonio community

3. Collaborate with interfaith institutions to build relationships with other religious traditions
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Our Values

We strive to achieve our mission through upholding the following values:

Being Honest and Living with Integrity

We speak honestly, act honestly, and earn our living honestly, and expect integrity from one another.

Thinking and Acting Creatively

We look for positive solutions which are constructive, rather than destructive, so that we are continually developing towards our mission. Be part of the solution.

 Acting with Courage

We are willing to challenge the status quo, but do so in a way that is respectful of other points of view.

 Showing Love and Respect

 We exude love towards the creation around us.  We respect different points of view and perspectives and engage in civil resolutions in cases of disagreement.

 Being Thankful and Showing Gratitude through Service (Seva)

We are thankful for all we have been given, and so, we live to serve Vahguru by serving each other, the community, and the world around us.

 Lifelong Learning

A Sikh, by definition, is a lifelong learner.  We learn from each and everyone and everything that surrounds us.

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Our Goals

1. Our Children grow up with love of Sikhi in their hearts. They are raised with the best education in Sikhi (anywhere in the world).

2. San Antonio and Bexar County should know the Sikhs as part of their community. Our community who come in contact with the public can proudly wear their Dastars (turban).

3. We are part of the major faith traditions and interfaith organizations.

4. We are known as one of the most service oriented communities which takes pride in serving the human race irrespective of religion, gender, race, caste, creed, and all things that separate us from each other.

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