Hour of NeedT. SHER SINGH
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
We wake up this morning to a devastated landscape across the North-eastern United States, in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
We in the Sikh community are blessed with a large number of fully-functioning gurdwaras in these areas -- eight States along the seaboard -- and they are supported by an exceptionally affluent and blessed Sikh-American community.
It is therefore incumbent upon us, wherever we can, to go out into the community -- as individuals, as families, as groups, as a community -- and offer our help to local rescue and community support agencies.
As well, we can open up our gurdwaras and our langar halls to those who are in need.
It appears that few of us living in these areas will be expected to, or be able to, go to our regular day jobs today, and possibly for the next day or two as well … and, sadly, in some places, even more. Therefore, there are no competing demands on us for our time and attention.
This is a time of dire need for our neighbours and our fellow-citizens.
There is nothing better for us to do, no greater itinerary, for each of us in these afflicted areas, than to step up to the plate and do anything and everything possible … with tunn, munn & dhunn: body, mind & possessions … to help.
But let’s not do anything on our own. Safety is an uppermost issue. And the urgency of the situation demands efficiency through a co-ordinated and organized effort.
Let's all contact local care-givers and offer a hand, a shoulder …
Conversation about this article
1: Ravinder Singh (Westerville, Ohio, USA), October 30, 2012, 3:11 PM.
Amen to that, Sher.
2: Baldev Singh (Bradford, United Kingdom), October 31, 2012, 9:18 AM.
A beautiful way to act in response to the awesome and destructive power of Nature!