Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Lottery funding - Using money from gambling for 'Seva'

Should Sikhs be using money from gambling, e.g the various Lottery Funds to do Seva? Would Guru Arjan Dev Ji have taken this type of money, that is not from honest labour, to complete the Darbar Sahib, Sri Harimandir Sahib (The Universal Temple of God)?

If we think this money is o.k to take, then could we use the money from brothels, and drug dealing to further our projects?

I think Sikhs that use this money have become beggars, and have lost all sense of integrity! The Sikh rahit is clear about this, gambling is not allowed and is considered a major tankha. Then, as Sikhs how can we feel justified to use this black money?

Here is a list of Sikh organisations that have applied for handouts:

Guru Teg Bahadur Sikh Gurdwara in Nottingham - £171,000
Network of Sikh Organisations (NSO)
Sikh Cyber Museum
Guru Nanak Sikh Museum in Leicester
Khalsa woods: Heritage Lottery Fund: £17,599
Sikh Society Milton Keynes
Sikh Community Care Project (SCCP) East London
Karamsar Gurdwara, Ilford
Guru Nanak Community Centre Bedford £934,122
Project: ASHT Development Project Amount awarded: £660,000
Applicant: Asian Health Heritage Amount awarded: £49,900
Applicant: Eastern Arts Partnership Amount awarded: £59, 000
Applicant: Sikh Sanjog Grant awarded: £20,800

This problem happens outside of the UK as well:


If you visit the charities commision website you can see the finances of each Gurughar :




£5, 222, 000! A year! With 1, 000, 000 costs!

With so much money coming into these Gurughars that are just a couple of examples, why are people still getting lottery funding?

Probably because the Gurghars and commitees do not want the youth to do anything worthwhile.

It seems to me that people see a good Gurughar as one that gets bigger in size!

We need commitees to invest the money to make money for community projects like heritage, education and so on.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Well if u wanna go that far I think there should be a form that you fill out before we drop money in the box at every gurdwaras. Fools serve the path warriors serve the path saints serve the path its a play .bow to the word not the book