Gobind Sadan
God's house Without Walls



Irina Zelmanov, a visiting sevadar from Israel, hosted a very happy Rosh Hashanah celebration at Gobind Sadan on September 16, 2023. This celebration marks the Jewish New Year and the beginning of 10 days of reflection over the mistakes one has made in the past year, with requests for forgiveness, and dedication to living a better new year.

The celebration was held in the auditorium rather than the Sh’ma Place because of rain, but that emergency venue became an inviting place, embracing sangat old and young of all castes and creeds. Irina explained its meaning and then Siri Chand, one of Gobind Sadan’s pandits, donned a  Jewish prayer shawl and blew the traditional shofar calling people to gather in God’s presence. Irina and Sonu Pal recited the central Jewish prayer, the Sh’ma Israel: “Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is One. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.”

Gobind Sadan’s imam Jabbar Ali also spoke of the Oneness of God and explained that Judaism and Islam both branched off from the same patriarch, Abraham. Hardip Singh thanked Baba Virsa Singh for founding Gobind Sadan as a place where people of all religions find their common ground and live and worship together. He also congratulated the sangat on the 490th year of Guru Granth Sahib Prakash Purab, which fell on the same day.

Irina explained the traditional food offering, which consists of pieces of apple dipped in honey, for a sweet new year, and pomegranate seeds, symbolizing the wish for a multitude of blessings. After the sangat ate that prasad, the children happily danced with Irina to traditional Rosh Hoshanah music.


“Keep growing in love for your Master. Do not look to this side or that or even at the path ahead, because people will always be criticizing you.”

Baba Virsa Singh

“Trees do not wear crosses, but the great spiritual beings see God in trees. Water has no symbols, but Guru Gobind Singh says, ‘My God is in water.”

Baba Virsa Singh JI

"We do spiritual practices to gradually prepare the way for enlightenment. It does not come immediately."

Baba Virsa Singh JI

"Management does not change things. It is God who changes people."

Baba Virsa Singh JI

"Our mind is not controlled. It is a fire fed by wood from the whole world."

Baba Virsa Singh JI

"Think that everything in this world exists with God’s blessings, whether we regard it as pleasant or unpleasant."

Baba Virsa Singh JI

"First look within yourself, and then you will see God everywhere."

Baba Virsa Singh JI

"If we keep faith and love in difficulties, and pray for those who abuse us, we will always remain happy & free."

Baba Virsa Singh Ji

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