Spiritual Life: Mankamal Singh, board member of the Sikh Network
PUBLISHED: 08:00 26 August 2017
We yearn to work for common good
The Sikh faith was founded on priciples of “Sarbat Da Bhalla” – working towards the common good of all.
For Sikhs, this means reaching out to serve and uplift all of humanity as an expression of devotion to the Creator.
Obviously, these values are not just exclusive to the Sikh faith and are shared across a spectrum of different faiths and belief systems. Many may relate to them as basic human values.
Redbridge is fortunate to have a collaborative faith forum that encompasses these values to ensure all members of the community receive the benefit and services that they should. Redbridge SACRE is another positive example where educationalists, councillors and faith representatives come together to improve understanding and relationships between all.
However, having been invited to many other discursive inter-faith events around the UK, I often found them to be counter productive.
I never liked the one-upmanship and lack of community action that often stemmed from these debates.
Over the years I found that I am more motivated to join collaborative multi faith-led projects which work on tackling real social issues where the synergies of different groups can propel outcomes.
A wonderful example of this is Project Malachi – a pop-up shelter in Ilford supporting rough sleepers.
This is a noble project started by the Salvation Army and now supported by a collaboration of diverse faith groups.
At the end of the day, no matter how we worship or look, we all yearn for the universal principles of “Sarbat Da Bhalla”.