A Message From the CEO
Waheguru Ji ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji ki Fateh!
Greetings from the SikhNet office in sunny New Mexico. By Guru’s Grace, I am humbled and grateful to share that it has been another great year at SikhNet.
It has been a delight to travel and get to know our global sangat, to read your emails and responses to our new courses, our new audio and animated stories and to our newsletters, where we share our work with you!
In the coming year, we have huge changes coming to the Gurbani Media Center – updating systems from the ground up, as well as more new courses in the Learning Center, more travels, more new Stories, and more improvements to our apps.
It is our honor to share with you everything SikhNet has done in the past year in our Annual Report. Please know, we couldn’t do any of it without you. Thank you for your ongoing support!
With much love from my family to yours,
Chief Executive Officer, SikhNet, Inc.
Please take a few moments right now to support this mission of Light by giving a portion of your Dasvandh to SikhNet. We need to raise $300,000 by the end of the year in order to fund SikhNet’s growth, and to continue serving millions of people around the world.
SIRI GURU GRANTH SAHIB (English)
Now Available! 10 Years in the Making
The first complete audio recording of Siri Guru Granth Sahib read IN ENGLISH.
- A complete audio recording (like an Akhand Path) that people can listen to in their home, office, car, etc.
- For Sikhs and non-Sikhs alike to discover Gurbani’s message
- With soothing nature sounds & background music
- This complete recording of the English translation
of Siri Guru Granth Sahib is over 92 HOURS long
- Available on SikhNet and multiple streaming services
GURBANI MEDIA CENTER
Totally new Android app re-built from the ground up.
Our hard-working tech team spent 8 months developing and rebuilding our Android GMC app, which is now 100% in sync with our iOS GMC app. This allowed for a huge growth in Android GMC app users and many happy people.
New “My Library” features
Now, you can save all of your favorite Artists, Albums, Tracks, Playlists and Radio Stations to your very own library for easy reference and collection.
Podcast & Audiobook
We added a new Category “Podcast” to GMC app that has playlists of Podcast discussions specifically related to Guru Granth Sahib ji and various Sikh Talks from America that inspires and provides information to the cyber sangat. A new category “Audio Books” has also been added with books by Bhai Vir Singh ji that you can listen while traveling or just while relaxing.
Gurbani Albums & Featured Playlists
- Added 74 new albums consisting of digitized old Gurbani, western style, mainstream, healing meditation, devotional, Kavishri and English Katha’s for sangat.
- 100 featured playlists of different styles/moods were created for listeners to enjoy kirtan of different styles/moods. The playlists are created with Gurbani kirtan dedicated to specific Gurpurab and historic events.
New SikhNet Radio Channels
Historic Sikh Gurdwaras in Delhi added to SikhNet Radio
SIKHNET LEARNING CENTER
In Honor of Guru Nanak Dev’s 550th Birthday
- Our relationship to Guru Nanak Dev Ji
- The universe is a university. What courses are we taking right now?
- The process of awakening into life as described in Gurbani
- Establishing a daily spiritual practice that works
- Developing our subtle sensitivity and intuition
- How to clear your mind of worry
- What is Amrit Vela and its importance
- The role of the nitnem banis in our spiritual practice
All the courses in the SikhNet Learning Center are mixed-media courses involving, reading, audio, video, quizzes and self-assessments. Students interact with each other directly as well as with the instructors through the 24/7 commenting system.
I am so incredibly grateful for this resource. You all have created an easy, effective way of learning this invaluable wisdom.A. Moritz
This course has enriched my life. It has given me the strenght that i need. Now am no longer wandering in the dark but i have the light of the Guru to guide me. I feel small when I read the comments of the other students. They are so much further than me. I have great difficulties in learning the language so i use the english translations. But it makes no difference. I feel the power of the Guru flow through me when i chant “Waheguru” and when i meditate with the slow breathing method. I will learn all these difficult words eventually. But it is not necessary. Even people like me who do not learn a foreign language quickly can connect to the Guru and feel the light in their lives every minute.L. den Boef
It’s been an extraordinary experience worth repeating over again.A. Suarez
SIKHNET STORIES FOR KIDS
In 2018, SikhNet raised funds to produce
12 New Audio & Semi-Animated Stories
This year, we will be creating audio and video stories from the winners of our 2019 Script Writing Contest. If you would like to sponsor one of these stories, contact Darshan.
Congratulations to our winners! Keep an eye out for their inspiring stories.
9 years old, UK
winner of up to 15 years category
Story: Trees Grow
23 years old, India
winner of 16-24 years category
Story: Singh the Lion
SIKHNET ON THE GROUND
COMMUNITY OUTREACH TRIPS
Gurumustuk started his visit to Australia in Melbourne, to participate in The Hari Singh Nalwa Retreat – for aspiring Leaders in the Panth organized by a Sikh organization called Akaal Fauj. This was a unique new camp format that was designed to help Sikhs who want to make a difference in their communities through service projects, offering some help to get them going, as well as the chance to learn from others who have successfully started and run service projects.
The core theme of this camp was to equip young minds to be more effective in their communities and take them from being just dreamers to leaders who have the tools and information to create change. Harshdeep Singh (the brainchild of this camp) led the camp with along three facilitators to help guide the process: Mejindarpal Kaur (UK), Harjit Singh (Perth, Australia) and Gurumustuk Singh (USA.
Gurumustuk’s second stop was Sydney for the Sikh Youth Australia Summer Family Camp. This camp started in 1998 and their first summer youth camp was held in 1999, and has shared their passion for seva and helping to inspire those around them ever since. SYA summer camp is a camp for people of all ages; truly a “Family” camp.
Because of whole families going to the camp together, everyone grew spiritually together. The camp balanced “fun” activities along with lots of time to go deeper and develop one’s spiritual side. The atmosphere was very positive and open, with Sikhs from all over Australia and all types (short hair and long) with everyone being welcome. Everyone was interested in connecting to the Guru and working on themselves.
In March and April, Gurujot Singh, Gurumustuk Singh and Guruka Singh joined forces to visit the United Kingdom. From the halls of Parliament to Birmingham and Leeds, and from Gurdwara halls to the cozy living rooms of Sangat members, we were blessed with sweet Sangat everywhere we went.
Between all the evening kirtans, workshops, panel discussions and classes, along with meeting so many wonderful souls and the establishment of new partnerships, we had too many beautiful experiences in UK Sangats to describe in this report and so we invite you to read the photo essay from our trip.
THE SIKHNET NEWS
Features original articles from our volunteer staff of over 20 contributing writers along with daily news stories gathered from around the world by our news editors. Keep up-to-date on all things Sikh-related and enjoy in-depth journalism along with thought-provoking original essays and posts every day.
Every day over 16,000 people receive inspiration from the Daily Hukamnama from Harimandir Sahib in Amritsar, delivered via our website, on Facebook, Twitter, via email or through the Daily Hukamnama smartphone app, and even by a telephone call.
The Youth Q&A Forum has been online since 1999. This is an open forum where anyone can ask any question and anyone can reply. The forum is moderated by a team of Gursikhs and the best answers are voted for by the forum members. No subject is taboo, and questions can be asked anonymously if desired. No question goes unanswered.
Our YouTube Channel has been one of the greatest ways we reach, inform and inspire our global sangat. SikhNet was one of the first organizations out there making videos for Sikhs across the globe. Since 2006 we have produced over 640 videos which have over 19 million views!
A 26-part Video Series About Japji Sahib called Gurbani Whiteboards
7-part Sikhi Strong
A 4-part Sikh History Series on The Early Life of Guru Nanak
Kids Stories Videos
2 Short Form Documentaries on Inspirational Sikhs
Over 25 More Inspirational Videos on important topics and issues for Sikhs
SikhNet hosts open discussion forums on many topics such as family and personal relationships, the Guru’s path, health and wellbeing and Gurbani vichar.
With almost 6,300 articles on Sikhism, the Sikh people and their culture and over five million users, SikhiWiki.org remains the top research and resource site for Sikhs on the Web. Since it is a WIKI, anyone can contribute and/or edit information on SikhiWiki. Our moderator, Hari Singh oversees all SikhiWiki articles.
Our Guru Granth Sahib Katha App allows people to learn and understand the meaning of Gurbani using this easy to use audio book style app. Currently featuring over 600 hours of Gurbani Katha in Punjabi by Giani Thakur Singh and Giani Harbhajan Singh USA. We are regularly adding additional Katha audio in both Punjabi and English to the app. In 2020 this app will merge in with the Gurbani Media Center app.
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