Talks on how to overcome the challenges of humankind
In February 2015, Dharam Singh Nihang Singh, the founder of the Sach Khoj Academy, was the first speaker of the dialogue series “Religion matters – Rethinking the challenges of tomorrow”. In this series organised by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), distinguished individuals were invited to exchange their views on religion and sustainable development. It was the first time in Sikh history, that a Nihang Singh was asked to share the wisdom of Gurmat and the order of the Khalsa in relation to the global challenges humankind is facing.
In 2016, Dharam Singh Nihang Singh served as the key author of the chapter on Gurmat in the book “Voices from Religions on Sustainable Development”, published by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. The book is the outcome of UN consultations in Summer 2016 in New York on the issue of religion and sustainable development. The original English book has been translated into German and Chinese; Arabic and French translations are under planning.
Inspired by talks with religious and political leaders from all over the world, Dharam Singh Nihang Singh is focusing on creating spiritual awareness beyond existing religious and national boundaries, and bringing together people from all backgrounds with the help of spiritual wisdom. All efforts of the Sach Khoj Academy are aimed at strenghtening unity, peace, human rights, justice and environmental protection – as outlined in the UN 2030 Agenda (SDGs) – while ensuring that no one is left behind.
In dialogue with international politicians, experts and religious representatives
Extract from the booklet “The role of religion in development policy”.
February 2016: After talks during the Berlin conference Partners for Change on Religion and Development with Mrs. Tawakkol Karman who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011.
February 2016: In dialogue with German State Secretary Silberhorn in Berlin, who agreed with Gurmat’s universal spiritual approach and said: “In politics one needs to listen to what the majority wants. In religion one needs to listen to what is truthful. We expect from religious people truthfulness and that they give us universal answers to the challenges of mankind.”
February 2016: Prayer at the Berlin Conference Partners for Change.
February 2016: After long talks in Berlin on the current challenges of humankind, an American Indian from the indigenous Lenape tradition dedicates a song to Dharam Singh Nihang Singh about the Great Creator, Mother Earth and the Buffalo as the sustainer.
February 2015: Talking with Mrs. Christina Rau, wife of former German president Johannes Rau, during the Religon Matters event in Berlin. Some time after the conversation she sent a letter expressing her appreciation for the inspiring talk.