Australian TV on the World’s Biggest Free Kitchen (langar) at Sri Harmandir Sahib Ji in Amritsar. Australian channel provides a brief documentary on the process of langar and how the kitchen provides food to thousands of devotees everyday. The reporter accurately highlights the key concepts of Sikhs and the interviewers also provide explanations of how everyone regardless of their caste, creed, gender, status, etc. eat food sitting at the same level.
Australia is perhaps one of the most racist countries against Sikhs, and this few minute documentary should provide awareness to many people who don’t know about Sikhism.
The Langar or free kitchen was started by the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak Dev Ji. It is designed to uphold the principle of equality between all people of the world regardless of religion, caste, colour, creed, age, gender or social status. In addition to the ideals of equality, the tradition of Langar expresses the ethics of sharing, community, inclusiveness and oneness of all humankind. “..the Light of God is in all hearts.” (sggs 282)
For the first time in history, Guruji designed an institution in which all people would sit on the floor together, as equals, to eat the same simple food. It is here that all people high or low, rich or poor, male or female, all sit in the same pangat (literally “row” or “line”) to share and enjoy the food together.