I visited the Guru Gobind Singh Gurdwara on Sunday, 19 April, to partake in the Gurdwara’s ongoing Vaisakhi celebrations. Also in attendance were Richard Fuller, Conservative PPC for Bedford & Kempston, Jas Parmar, Conservative Mayoral candidate for Bedford Borough, and Kuldip Singh, my running mate for Kempston Central & East.
Visiting the Gurdwara is a highly worthwhile experience if you have not already visited. In accordance with the teachings and remit of Sikhism, any individual is welcome in the building, regardless of your personal religious beliefs. During worship, shoes should be removed from your feet and your head should be covered. In a show of humility before the Guru Granth Sahib, people of all social stations sit on the floor – humility being a very attractive aspect of the religion. The more general thinking is that, without removing the obstacle of the ego and self-service, you would be incapable of ordering your life more fully in line the oneness of the divinity.
Regardless of your religious beliefs, you are welcome to partake in the delicious food served after worship – the Gurdwara is well worth a visit!