Ryerson University Students Get a Taste of Sikhism at Langar

November 29, 2005

Source: SikhNet News


On November 29, 2005 SikhNet News reported, "For a few serene moments, Sammy Baah was a certified chickpea magnet. Sitting on a cold floor, he scarfed down the stuff at a ferocious pace yesterday, while young women in scarves [made] their way through the room doling out seconds. Wearing a Yankees cap and a not-entirely-sure-of-anything-but-the-food expression, the 20-year-old student didn't seem the type to get caught in a Sikh temple. 'I don't believe in inner peace until you're dead,' he said, between forkfuls. So the Sikh Students Association brought the temple to him — and about 300 other Ryerson University students — for its annual Langar lunch, held in a nondescript campus room, adorned only by white sheets covering the floor. Traditionally, the Langar is the part of a Sikh temple, or gurdwara, where meals are served... In this case, the students association took the Langar directly to a horde of hungry students — and its centuries-old mission still rang true. 'We're promoting unity,' said Mandeep Wasson of the students association. 'There's no caste. No creed. Nobody's inferior. Nobody's superior. We're all equal. It's based on humanity.' Although the event was a departure from the gurdwara, it held fast to the most essential elements of the faith. Langar is in keeping with one of the Three Pillars of Sikhism — to feed the hungry, regardless of creed. It was also timed to mark the birth of the faith's founder, Guru Nanak Dev Ji, who was born on Nov. 15, 1469."