First Anniversary Issue
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| creative encounters |
| sacred spaces |
| voices of youth |
| practically speaking |
| focus on the interreligious movement |
| in review |
| poetry |
| prayers and meditation |
The Golden Temple, Amritsar, India;
photo, Alan Race
The Golden Temple or Harimandar, situated in Amritsar, Punjab, is the most sacred temple for Sikhs.
Emerging from the shimmering waters, the golden structure with its unending designs diaphanously merges with sunlight. We suddenly come upon this expansive panoramic view after walking through the narrow and busy streets of Amritsar city and the limitless brilliance sonorously playing with the transparent light and transparent waters sweeps us into a sensory swirl. Here infinity is virtually encountered.
We then go down a few steps. Unlike other monuments where one climbs upwards, the entry into the Harimandar motions our bodies downwards. The physical descent was Guru Arjan’s architectural device to ensure that we enter the sacred precincts with a sense of humility. Guru Nanak said, "Haumai marai gur sabad pae" ("Getting rid of ego, we receive the word") [Guru Granth Sahib, p. 228].
Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh,