The interconnectedness of our realities is defined by strings diverging in a thousand directions yet converging at our innermost beliefs. Often, the most meaningful impacts are preceded by faith: faith in our convictions and in the strength of the diversity of our strings. A man truly ahead of his time, Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder of Sikhism, had the foresight and courage to not only express, but also to carry out a socially radical philosophy.
To commemorate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, Let’s Share a Meal in collaboration with the Sikh Chamber of Commerce Global hosted Oneness: A Light for Humanity at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center on November 23rd. Boasting an attendance of over 3,000, this event reflected the teachings of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, which advocated for equality that transcends all barriers. This events immersive performances and activities truly united a global community in the name of “Oneness”.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy opened the event by expressing his thoughts on the Sikh community, stating that “New Jersey exhibits a vividly-colored tapestry with every person and each community contributing their own threads. How boring this tapestry would be without the Sikh Community (…) and how vibrant it is with them.” Other government officials in attendance included Gurbir Grewal – NJ Attorney General, Ravi Bhalla – Hoboken NJ Mayor, and Bob Menendez – NJ senator.
Nishkam TV had the privilege of interviewing prolific speakers such as American comedian and keynote speaker Hasan Minhaj, gaining insight to his experiences with diversity in the industry. Minhaj voiced his enthusiasm and admiration for the Sikh community. We also covered the day’s events, which was an eye-opening opportunity that allowed us to showcase not only inclusivity, but also the pioneering efforts of interfaith people across the globe.