Basics of Sikhi is a  charity in the UK with two aims, educational and humanitarian.

They are an educational charity aiming to demystify, inspire and uplift. Their inspiration comes from the wisdom and actions of the Sikh Gurus. They hope the wisdom of the Sikh Gurus will inspire Sikhs and those of other faiths to live better lives.

Number 13 has special significance in Sikh philosophy. Its pronunciation in Punjabi and Hindi is “Tera” which sounds the same as “Yours”. When seen from a spiritual viewpoint, the Gurus and renowned Saints like Bhagat Kabir Ji (in the quote on the right), used “yours” to refer to the Supreme Creator.

There is a lovely story about Guru Nanak, the first Guru of the Sikhs, that also inspires love for the number 13. When a young Nanak was working as a store man (Bhandari) in Sultanpur Lodi, his job involved counting out the provisions ordered by customers. One day whilst counting, when he got to 13, he was stuck by saying ‘Tera’. He felt he was saying to the Creator that his is yours and then could not move onto 14 as felt everything he touched was also made by the Creator, i.e. was ‘tera’. In this spiritual connection to the Creator, Nanak kept repeating “Tera” and handing out more and more provisions. The customers were getting a great deal of food for free!! The store owner (not there at the time) heard of this and sent the town police to stop Nanak. When questioned, Nanak explained his actions and was ordered to make up the owners loss from his own wages. However when the stores were checked, there was no shortfall, everything was exactly as it should have been. The Creator saved the honour of his servant.

One of their projects know as ‘Basics of Sikhi’ – A Comprehensive YouTube and grassroots project to spread Guru’s wisdom. The philosophy is, “Sikhi doesn’t need preaching, it just needs teaching.” the channel has 8 playlists, from short videos in “Basics of Sikhi” and “Analogies of Sikhi” to longer English Katha of Japji Sahib, Kirtan and inspirational talks at Universities and Gurdwaras.

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