The Gurdwara is a focus for the community living a practical life in accordance with the teachings of Sri Guru Granth Sahib, more than a place to worship. They are the heart of the community where they gather and collectively support each other.
The average life of a Sikh can be from 70 to 100 years. With age, comes dementia, immobility and dependence. Lifestyles have changed. Gurdwaras influence decisions and help the Sikh community to meet and adapt to changing times as a community, family and individuals. They need to focus on our elders’ lifestyles and help improve them.
Dr Sadhu Singh, Director of BSCF, said: “Gurdwaras teach us to meditate through teachings, Kirtan and common discussion on understanding ultimate reality as explained by Guru Granth Sahib.
“Gurdwaras are community centres offering food, shelter, and companionship to those who need it. We now need them to help our elderly communities growing needs by offering them residency in their quarters where they will be well looked after. Their families can still visit them and they can have their own networks of support and friends. Gurdwaras need to be thinking ahead and getting involved.”
Watch the conversation with Dr Sadhu Singh which goes into more detail via YouTube
Learn more about the Role of the Gurdwara in 21st Century.