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2019 marks 550 years since the birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder of Sikhism.
Guru Nanak Dev ji’s message of oneness, equality and justice for all came at a time when these principles were wanting in India. He challenged social injustices and gender inequality with not only his pragmatic messages and teachings but by accentuating these same principles in his own life as an example for all. His commitment to sharing these universal teachings is demonstrated by his 28 thousand km journeys to all four corners of the world. He was not only a messenger of truthful living but also a practitioner.
This year communities from the Sikh faith as well as from other faiths around the world have come together to celebrate these universal teachings, recommit to being better to each other and honor a teacher who served and inspired all to be their very best selves.
Honoring Guru Nanak Dev ji’s 550th Birth Anniversary and the Planting of 550 Trees in Burnaby by GNFK Volunteers.
In celebration and in recognition of the 550th Birth Anniversary and in keeping with the teachings of Guru Nanak Devji of service to humanity, the Sikh community is planting trees in cities/villages around the world with the goal of planting 1,000,000 trees. Guru Nanak Dev ji, in his teachings equated our atmosphere to a revered teacher – Pavan Guru , Water to the importance and role of a Father- Panee Pita, and earth to the loving embrace of a Mother – Mata dharat mahat and Night and Day as Grandparents – Divas Raat Dhoy Daiee Dayaa , and in this setting all of humanity is held and protected.
Guru Nanak’s Free Kitchen (GNFK) is participating in this global effort by donating 550 trees to the City of Burnaby and working in partnership with the City to hold a planting event at Second Narrows Park.
The planting of trees is a small gesture towards helping our mother earth, and just as a tree does not discriminate on who enjoys its shade, this effort is also a reminder to ourselves to cultivate our best self to see and be with all without hate or prejudice as taught by Guru Nanak Devji.
Guru Nanak’s Free Kitchen
GNFK was formed in late 2006 with the sole purpose of serving hot healthy vegetarian meals and drinks to those in need (downtown east side), following the principles of sewa (selfless service) as enshrined by the founder of the Sikh faith, Guru Nanak Dev Ji, Love All Feed All. The organization has since expanded it’s platform by holding annual events (e.g. toy drive, school supply drive) throughout the year to help those in need.