The word guru, which means teacher, is a compound of the words “gu,” which means dark, and “ru,” which means light. “Sikh” means disciple or student. And the guru takes that student from darkness into light.
On Wednesday, April 27, the Exploring Our Religious Landscapes participants got to be the students at the Gurdwara Sahib Ji Mata Tripta in Plymouth. We learned about Sikhism’s 15th century beginnings in the Punjab region of India, and the ten gurus, starting with Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, and ending with the Sikh scriptures, the Guru Granth Sahib, which is considered the eternal living guru. We learned about philosophy, theology, and ritual. And we got to enjoy the ritual of langar, the traditional Sikh communal meal.
Enjoy the photos.