Guru Nanak Bhai Lalo Khalsa School was opened on 8th November 1988 by Ramgarhia Sikh Association Woolwich.
The Ramgarhia Sikh Association had long felt the need of a mother tongue school in the area and decided to open one in their Community Hall. It is important to learn Punjabi because Punjabi is the mother language of the Punjabis as well as the language of the Sikh Religion. Through knowing Punjabi, we gain an understanding of the Sikh cultural and spiritual heritage and develop a strong tie with Punjab, the birthplace of Sikhism. But more importantly, the Guru Granth Sahib Ji is written in Gurmukhi and it is only through knowing and understanding Punjabi that a Sikh can fully participate in the worship of the Guru Granth Sahib Ji in the sangat.
We take children from the ages of 5 onwards and a range of classes and levels. We have introduced e-learning to the classes and have trips\outing to various destinations throughout the year. We also offer examinations for certification in the Punjabi Language.
The school is named after Guru Nanak Dev Ji (Fist Guru Sahib JI) and Bhai Lalo. Bhai lalo ji was born in 1452 at the village of Saidpur (Pakistan).
Guru Nanak Dev Ji with Mardana his companion went on a long journey to visit the sacred places of pilgrimage of the Hindus. One the way they stopped at Bhai Lalo’s workshop at Saidpur which is now known as Eminabad. Bhai lalo was very honest man. When Lalo saw two holy men coming towards him, he put aside his work and spread a bed for them and went to get some lunch for them.
As the kitchen was supposed to be the most pure and clean place in a house, Bhai Lalo asked Guru Nanak Dev Ji to come there and have his meal. Guru ji said “Bhai Lalo, every place is clean and pure for us. Please bring the meal here.” So the meal was brought out and Mardana then divided it into three parts and they all ate it together. “This meal tastes like nectar. What has been put in it?” asked Bhai Mardana. Guru Nanak Dev Ji replied “That was the sweet flavour of truthfulness and honesty that you tasted. This taste is above the tepid experience of worldly delicacies.” Guru Nanak taught the message of Honest hard work as an essential part of ones duty to God.
Guru Nanak Dev Ji also taught two important messages these were, Remembering and Reciting of God’s name and Sharing of ones worldly wealth with others who are less well off.
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