Upcoming Gurdwara In Rome, Italy Needs Your Support

May 4, 2009 by Harpreet Singh

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh,

This is the story of Love, devotion, hard work and challenges faced by the Sikh community in Rome, Italy and the story begun with the acquiring of a little land in 1994 on lease which envisaged the setting up of a Gurdwara complex near Rome. During the initial years there were few members from the Sikh community in Rome to start the sewa, however they managed and came up successfully championing hardships like managing their own work and at the same time making arrangements for funds by visiting far flung places for work, running for tedious bureaucratic approvals, in period of time procured many essential facilities.
 
The setting up first Gurdwara complex in Lazio region of Ladispoli was quite a challenging experience and was in few years shifted to near Fregene, about 1 hour journey from the centre of Rome. For the last 10-11 years, it is being run from the same complex having capacity to seat around 250 people. Motivation for Love has made all the difficult things possible to achieve by His Grace.  There was handful number of people who began this service.

Basically, the journey started with the few gentlemen who took modest initiative in arranging funds in the year 1994 and successfully found the suitable place in Ladispoli. Within few years, the small yet beautiful Gurdwara was shifted to another place on the outskirts of Rome near Fregene, Maccaresse at Via Luchini Pompeati Arturo, 70 00054 Fiumicino (RM) on lease. With the journey of more than a decade, committee together with the local sangat of Siri Guru Hargobind Sahib Sewa Society has been blessed with buying of fairly a good piece of land for a new Gurdwara Sahib in Rome and presently the construction is in taking plac. However it is seeking immediate building funds  from the sangat across the globe. By Guru`s grace, we would like to schedule its inauguration in the month of June`09.

(Newly purchased site for the Gurdwara complex)

The new Complex will have the seating capacity of 500 people. The interesting thing to note is that it will be just 13 minutes distance from  Cornelia Metro station. From Termini station, Coliseum and Vatican City, it is 30 minutes journey by car. Management has to secure many loans to achieve this objective. Gurdwara Sahib helped many other Gurdwaras in Italy with the building funds but now itself is seeking funds for further construction. Due to the lack of funds, sangat members are taking part in the construction themselves. It needs funds for the construction of ceiling, floors, langar hall and various other things. Donations received on time will assist in making a very beautiful temple for all. It will house a langar hall with a seating capacity of around 250 people at the same time. New address of the complex will be Via Romano Guerra 16, Massimina Rome 00166 Italy.

 
(Construction for Gurdwara Sahib taking place, Rome)

Assist by participating with the sangat in realizing the long pending dream of building a Gurdwara Sahib. Around 0.45 Million Euros is the estimated total cost and the management is in dire need of funds up to 90,000 Euros to bring this gift to the people of Rome. No amount is too small if given with the complete devotion to the feet of the One.

We request you to direct the funds in the name of

Sri Guru Hargobind Sewa Society, Rome
Bank Account Number with IBAN code is - IT89Y0300239241000400463757
Person in charge of management is Balbir Singh and he can be reached at 0039-3389031822, [email protected]


Yogi Bhajan Singh Ji on DAS VANDH (GIVING ONE TENTH)

"It is a priority that we must have land. It is a priority that the payments of the land must be made. It is a priority that for our future children there should be a place. It is a priority that we must build something for tomorrow."

What is the secret of the tenth part? Guru Gobind Singh, the Tenth Master, told his Sikhs one-tenth of the earnings they received did not belong to them but belonged to God. When we give it back to Him, then all of the wealth and prosperity which is ours is revealed to us and is bestowed upon us.

Das Vandh is a pure and simple business with God. The ten-fold return represents our interest and dividends already waiting to be paid to you from the profit sharing pool. To join the ‘credit union’ and begin collecting our multiple returns, we must contribute your one tenth.

Sikhs first began bringing offerings to the Guru during the time of Guru Nanak. Guru Amar Das started the formal tradition of serving lungar when he called upon his Sikhs to bring a portion of their crops and earnings to share in the community kitchen. During the time of Guru Arjun, the Guru’s House fell upon difficult financial times. Guru Arjun’s older brother, Prithi Chand, had performed certain dishonest acts which corrupted the system, and the Guru’s court and lungar began to fall short of cash. Bhai Gurdas and Baba Buddha became so concerned that they went to Guru Arjun asking what solution could be applied. Guru Arjun knew the Cosmic principle to reverse the trend and multiply their prosperity. He told his dear beloved Sikhs that the problem was simple: they had to collect the tenth part of everyone’s earnings to contribute to the Guru’s Court and the Guruka Lungar. Twenty-two Masands were appointed who went to visit the Sikhs on their farms and in their outlying villages each month, bringing them news of the Guru’s mission and collecting the tenth part of their earnings to build their community bank.

The Siri Singh Sahib or Yogi Bhajanji told us the principle was true then, as it is true today and will be true tomorrow. He said:

"These things are a priority over today. So far, all of our structure is being maintained, but now we are asking people: ‘Do you need your future?’ Then you give one-tenth for it! It is insurance; it is paying the premium, it is a participation in your own future. Because it is a law of the Universe that one-tenth of your income you must dedicate to God, to God’s work. This law is not made by me. It is a law from the time immemorial. If you say that you can’t do it, it is because you don’t have the endurance to do it. You don’t have the continuity to do it. You don’t have the values to do it."

Place their Daswand in Guruji's feet however dire the circumstances may be.

In Tankhanama Bhai Nand Lal ji says : He who does not take out daswand and cheats to survive; Says Guru Gobind Singh Ji to Nand Lal Ji “ Such a person will never see progress..”

Dhan Guru Nanak Sahib Ji
Karo Kirpa Sangat Ji,
Sewak

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