February 23: Guru Puja Diwas celebrated in Calgary, Canada

Guru Puja Diwas celebrated in Calgary

The Calgary Branch of the Sant Nirankari Mission in Canada celebrated Guru Puja Diwas with much excitement and enthusiasm with activities spanning over two days. The main congregation was held on February 23, with a Sewa Dal rally organized on February 24. The main congregation was highlighted by devotional songs performed by the youth as well as a video documentary created for His Holiness by the Bal Sangat. The Mission also marks this occasion (the birthday of His Holiness) by making a positive contribution in the community.

Guru Puja Diwas celebrated in CalgaryGuru Puja Diwas celebrated in Calgary
Guru Puja Diwas celebrated in CalgaryGuru Puja Diwas celebrated in Calgary
Guru Puja Diwas celebrated in CalgaryGuru Puja Diwas celebrated in Calgary

Community Contribution
On this occasion, the Calgary branch participated in the Mission’s national food collection drive and donated much needed non-perishable food items to the local food bank. Ms. Julie Brewster, Development Coordinator, from the Calgary Food Bank attended the congregation and recognized the Mission for our donation. She was very appreciative of the Mission’s positive contribution to the community and the partnership that we have developed with the Calgary Food Bank. This year, with the blessings of His Holiness and the generosity of the congregation, the branch was able to donate 3000 pounds of food (as compared to 900 pounds in 2012).

Sewa Dal Rally
A Sewa Dal rally was organized on February 24. All of the local Sewa Dal participated in this rally to show their gratitude to His Holiness for blessing them with the opportunity to serve the Mission and humanity at large. The rally started with the Sewa Dal prayer followed by physical training exercises. Rev Surjit Virk Ji, while presiding over the Sewa Dal Rally, praised the Sewa Dal for their dedication and enthusiasm in carrying out their duties throughout the year. He also highlighted the virtues that Sewa Dal members must adopt to fulfil their responsibilities and lead a blissful life.

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