CURRENT EVENT

INTERNATIONAL IUS SEMINAR 2013

FORMULATING METHODOLOGY FOR INTERPRETING GURBANI

Dedicated to Centennial Anniversary of
Max Arthur Macauliffe (1837-1913)

will be held in Montreal, Canada on 21st September 2013

by

Institute for Understandiing Sikhism, Laval, QC, Canada

Please see more information at IUS SEMINAR 2013

You may get the Brochure "CALL FOR PAPER" in pdf format

You may access the proceedings of the Conference at
http://www.iuscanada.com/journal/archives/2013/journ1512.html

PREVIOUS EVENTS

INTERNATIONAL IUS SEMINAR 2011

UNIQUENESS OF GURU NANAK'S PHILOSOPHY: Feb 23-25, 2011
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
held at Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, Punjab, India
in collaboration with
Institute for Understandiing Sikhism, Laval, QC, Canada

You may see the Program in detail in pdf format

A Brief report by Dr Tejinder Singh Lamba, New Delhi

The Institute for Understanding Sikhism (IUS), Canada in collaboration with the Department of Guru Nanak Studies, Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU), Amritsar held a successful International Conference: Uniqueness of Guru Nanak's Philosophy from the 22nd through the 25th February, 2011. Welcome Address was presented by Prof Dr Ajaib Singh Brar, Vice Chancellor, GNDU, Amritsar. An Introduction to the Department of Guru Nanak Studies and objectives of International Conference were presented by the Dean of Faculty, Prof Dr Shashi Bala, Dean Faculty. Some universally acceptable principles of Guru Nanak's philosophy were presented by Dr Jaspal Singh, Vice Chancellor, Punjabi University, Patiala. The Keynote Address was presented by Prof Dr Devinder Singh Chahal, President, IUS. The Vote of Thanks was given by Dr Gursharanjit Singh, Head, Department of Guru Nanak Studies.

Thirty presentations were made by as many scholars in three days of hectic Schedule. Eight scholars from UK, USA, Canada & Malaysia, and the rest from eight different states of India, including Amritsar actively participated. The highlight of participants was that perhaps for the first time, participants/Paper Readers gathered, hailed from different inter-disciplinary fields: academics, medical, law, literature, politics, researchers, students, interfaith, Sikh Scholars and some members of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, Amritsar.

The participants enjoyed a rich program enlightening the ideas on Uniqueness of Guru Nanak's Philosophy in a peaceful atmosphere. The visit to The Darbar Sahib (The Golden Temple) was arranged by Prof Balwant Singh Dhillon, Sikh Scholar from GNDU, where in the presence of SGPC Member Sardar Jaswinder Singh Advocate and Sardar Simarjit Singh, the Editor of Gurmat Parkash, extended remarkable hospitality and the participants were honoured with Siropas (Robes of Honor) and some publications of the SGPC on 23rd February in the evening. Later all the participant took the Lanagar at the Langar Hall of the Darbar Sahib.

The Guided Tour of Wagha Border was arranged by the office of the Inspector General Police, Sardar A S Rai, IPS, which was equally exciting and a wonderful scene to watch the Lowering of National Flags Ceremony on both sides of the India-Pakistan Boarder on the evening of the 24th February.

The managing team of Prof Dr Devinder Singh Chahal, President IUS, Dr Avtar Singh Dhaliwal, IUS, Prof Dr Shashi Bala, Dean of Faculty, GNDU, Prof Jaswinder Kaur Dhillon, Dr Gursharanjit Singh, Head, Department of Guru Nanak Studies, and his staff made perfect and excellent arrangements. A lot of credit goes to the Research Scholars and Graduate Students to make this International Conference a great success.

The Keynote Address was presented by Prof Dr Devinder Singh Chahal, President, IUS. The Vote of Thanks was given by Dr Gursharanjit Singh, Head, Department of Guru Nanak Studies.

Welcome Address
Prof Dr Ajaib Singh Brar, Vice Chancellor, GNDU, Amritsar
pdf file

Introduction to the Department of Guru Nanak Studies
and Objectives of International Conference

Prof Dr Shashi Bala, Dean of Faculty
pdf file

Keynote Address
Prof Dr Devinder Singh Chahal, President, IUS, Canada
pdf file

Highlights of the Conference
html file

FIFTH INTERNATIONAL IUS SEMINAR 2008

FIFTH INTERNATIONAL IUS SEMINAR 2008: SABD GURU
and TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF INSTITUTE FOR
UNDERSTANDING SIKHISM (IUS)

The 2008 is very auspicious year for the Institute for Understanding Sikhism (IUS) since it is completing its ten years on study of Gurbani and Sikhism with special reference to Nanakian Philosophy embodied in the Bani of Guru Nanak incorporated in the Aad Guru Granth Sahib (AGGS). Another important reason for 2008 to be auspicious is that during this year 300th anniversary of ‘Reiteration of the AGGS as the Guru for the Sikhs by the tenth Guru, Guru Gobind Singh’ falls during this year on October 20.

The IUS has planned to celebrate its Tenth Anniversary of IUS at Civic Center, DDO, Quebec on Saturday, September 20, 2008 by holding a seminar, SABD GURU. The speakers will explore the intrinsic meanings of 'SABD', 'GURU' and ‘SABD GURU.'

The following speakers from India, Pakistan, USA and Canada are participating in the seminar:

1. Dr Dharam Singh, Prof Encyclopedia of Sikhism (Retired), Punjabi University, Patiala
2. Dr Satnam Singh, Punjabi University (Confirmation is still awaited)
3. Dr Samina Yasmeen, Allama Iqbal Open University Islamabad, Pakistan
4. Dr Kulbir Singh Thind, the pioneer of Gurbani CD, California, USA.
5. Prof Dr Balbir Singh, California, USA
6. Dr Avtar Singh Dhaliwal, MD, Tennessee, USA
7. Dr Gurnam Singh Sanghera, Surrey, BC
8. Gurdev Singh Sangha, PhD Candidate, Kitchener, ON
9. Prof Dr Devinder Singh Chahal, IUS, Laval, Quebec
10. Presidents of Gurdwaras of Quebec will also be participating in the seminar

FOURTH INTERNATIONAL IUS SEMINAR 2004

For the Proceedings please see the publication:
Understanding Sikhism, The Research Journal,
January-June 2005 Issue Volume 7, No 1

TITLE: QUADRICENTENNIAL OF COMPILATION AND
INSTALATION OF AAD GURU GRANTH SAHIB

The following speakers gave their presentations on Nanakian Philosophy

Prof Dharam Singh, PhD, Punjabi University, Patiala
(Structural Features of the Sikh Scripture)

Dr Harbans Lal, PhD, Guru Granth Academy, Taxes, USA
(Guru Granth Worship the Sikh Way)

Prof Devinder Singh Chahal, PhD, IUS
(Universal Acceptability of Nanakian Philosophy)

Mr Harcharan Singh, Editor Sikh Virsa, Calgary, AL
(Is Akhand Paath Devotion Or A Disgrace?)

Dr Avtar Singh Dhaliwal, PhD, Jackson, Tennesse, USA
(Doctrine of Soul in Gurbani)

Dr Jodh Singh,MD, New York, USA
(Ethics of the Sikhs)

Dr Chandan Singh, PhD, New York, USA
(Ego)

Mr Gurdev Singh Sangha, Kitchener, Ontario
(Gurbani Paath)

Mr Nirmal Singh Nilvi, Jew Jersy, USA
(Multiple Interpretations of Gurbani)

Col Permaindar Singh Randhawa, Chandigarh, India
(Message of the Aad Guru Granth Sahib Via Electronic Media)

Mr Gurcharan Singh Bhatia, IUS
(Are we following the Message of Guru Nanak?)

You may see the Program in detail
html format and pdf format

THIRD INTERNATIONAL IUS SEMINAR 2003

For the Proceedings please see the publication:
Understanding Sikhism, The Research Journal,
January-June 2004 Issue Volume 6, No 1

TITLE: DOCTORINE OF GURU NANAK IN JAP

Major Topics Discussed:

Meanings of Hukm According to Nankian Philosophy
Prof Devinder Singh Chahal

Bliss of Listening
Dr Avtar Singh, MD FACS

Harness the Mind to Win the World
Dr Harbans Lal, PhD, D Litt (Hons)

Questioning- Answering System in Jap
Dr Kulbir Singh Thind, MD

Cosmological Ideas in Science and Aad Guru Granth Sahib
Dr Hardev Singh Virk

Pollution and Purification of Mind
Rabinder Singh Bhamra

The Five Khands
Dr (Brig) Sangat Singh Syalee

How to Become Truthful
Gurdev Singh Sangha

Declaration on Ecology and Spirituality
Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, IAS (Retd)

A Survey about the Understanding of Sikhism among the Sikh Youth
Anjan Kaur Sohi and Reena Kudhail

Views of Young Sikh
Ruby Kaur Kooner

Views of Young Sikh
Vaishali Bhandari

 

SECOND INTERNATIONAL IUS SEMINAR 2002

For the Proceedings please see the publication:
Understanding Sikhism, The Research Journal,
January-June 2003 Issue Volume 5, No 1

TITLE: SABD GURU, CONSCIENCE, AND CONSCIOUSNESS

Major Topics Discussed:

Understanding Sabd and Guru, and their Implications
Prof Devinder Singh Chahal

Sabd Guru to Granth Guru - A Study
Prof Devinder Singh Chahal

The Concept of Sabd Guru in the Sikh Religion (Abstract)
Prof Hardev Singh Virk, PhD

Surat: Higher Consciousness of Devine Engagement
Dr Harbans Lal, PhD, D. Litt (Hons)

Transforming Power of the Devine Word (Sabd): A Focu on the Mystical Dimensions of Sikhism
Dr Pashaura Singh, PhD

Consciousness of Reality and Truth in Eastern and Western Thought and Gurbani (Abstract)
Prof Manmohan Singh, MD

Consciousness and Gurbani
Dr Awtar Singh Dhaliwal, MD, FACS

Religious Wars and New Consciousness in Nanakaian Philosophy
Dr Sukhraj Singh Dhillon, PhD

Conscience of Custodians of Sikhi (Sikhism)
Dr Jarnail Singh, PhD

Ek Oh Beant to Ek Om Kaar
Prof Devinder Singh Chahal

Speeches from Gurdwara Representatives
Mrs Kulbir Kaur Ahuja

FIRST INTERNATIONAL IUS SEMINAR 2001

For the Proceedings please see the publication:
Understanding Sikhism, The Research Journal,
January-June 2002 Issue Volume 4, No 1

TITLE: SEMINAR OF GURDWARA: PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE

Major Topics Discussed:

The Dharamsala: An Early Sikh Religious Center
Dr Balwant Singh Dhillon

Gurdwara and the Aad Guru Granth Sahib - A Legal Perspective
Dr Kashmir Singh, PhD

Meanings and Functions of Gurdwara According to Nanakian Philosophy
Prof Devinder Singh Chahal

Gurdwaras in the US: Governance, Authority, and Legal Issues
Prof N. Gerald Barrier, PhD

Gurdwaras and Sikhs of the Future - A Thought
Dr Harbans Lal, PhD, D Litt (Hons)